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Kyrene Del Norte School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 574 students

 

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Posted July 12, 2013

I have been a student at Norte for 6 years and I am so, so, so happy my mom chose to put me in it!! All the teachers are so, so, so nice and I love going.( well, I`m not THAT exited about going to school, but you know what I mean) I had the best.. teacher..EVER last year and I will miss her so much! Thank-you Mrs. Larson!! (go to this school)


Posted June 11, 2012

This school is going down...Most of the experienced teachers are retired or left the school. Managing with new teachers...For some of the teachers...it is the first time to face real students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I love this school. Mr. Fallgatter is an awesome principal. The teachers at this school really care about the kids and their education. My oldest went to school here 6 years ago and now my youngest children go here. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved (even if youw ork outside the home) and the communication from this school is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

My son went to the Montessori for the Pre-K and I liked the small school environment and care. I am satisfied with the teachers attention/discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

Hmmmm..... I found the reviews on these pages difficult to agree with. I'm now a 7th grader and when I went to KDN in third grade and I thought most of the kids were very nice but I did have a bulleying issue and addressed it and it was not taken care of. The cafeteria food was horrible. And the school wasn't very welcoming for new kids, i found it difficult to make friends.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 18, 2007

I have to say that this is probably the only scool district that I would let my childen attend. My daughter started there in Kindergarten and she is now in 2nd grade. My son will be starting the Pre-k Class. I moved to Gilbert in the Middle of my daughters school year debating if i should move her schools. I checked the reviews and what parents had to say about the gilbert scholl that I would have put her in. Wow I am glad I didn't change. It is so worth the drive to keep my daughter in a school that I know she can advance in. Thank You to all the teachers at Del Norte!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

Kyrene del Norte is a rare find among schools. As an educator and parent, finding the right school for my child was important. Sometimes even challenging since my expectations were higher than most. My daughter was in the Montessori program in Preschool and now in All Day Kindergarten. Since day one, the staff, teachers, administrators have been supportive and caring. The small school environment is great since the school does not include middle school. The students are truly receiving the best of instruction and attention. My child liked everything about her first year experience that we drive from the far east valley daily for her to continue her education at Kyrene Del Norte. The commitment of the school to their students is genuine. I highly recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

Kyrene del norte has been the best experience, the teachers are well educated and parent envolvement is always welcome. If I could keep my kids in this school I would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Great school, small commmunity feel to the staff and parents, highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

This review is on the Kyrene Montessori Pre-k through K program. The program provides a teacher and an aide in a class with up to 25 kids. The kids range in age from 3 to five (pre-k through k). The instruction is good. My daughter has learned much in her pre-k class. The teachers seem very knowledgeable and keep excellent control of the classroom. The teachers have both montessori and AZ teacher certification. Once a week they have music and PE. They also do art projects regularly, but I don't believe there is a separate art teacher. If your child is in the half day program, he/she might miss PE or Art. Additionally, if your child chooses to nap after lunch, he/she might miss the PE or art program. Spanish isn't part of the curriculum and is taught only if the teacher or a volunteer is familar with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2006

The montessori program is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

When my daughter was entering kindergarden we researched several schools. We chose Norte because of it's MAG (multi age group) program that combines 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. She is in the third grade now, and has flourished in the MAG environment. She has been allowed to progress at her own pace and has consistently worked above grade level since entering the program. I am hopeful that program will be expanded to include the 4th and 5th grades as well. The teaching staff is experienced and caring. Classrooms are well disciplined for the most part. We are also pleased with the music, art and PE programs. The music teacher in particular seems to excel in teaching basic music theory in a fun way. There is some degree of parental involvement but not nearly enough. Dedicated volunteers still manage to sponsor various outreach events throughout the year. Teachers still need more help in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

Kyrene Del Norte has been an excellent place for my child to attend. The teachers are very committed to the curriculum, which is flexible according to each child's needs. Their 'Zero Tolerance for Bullying' program is totally backed up by all staff, as is their 'Character Counts' program, which offers rewards for behaviors such as honesty, courtesy, being a good example, respect and responsibility. My son is excelling in this academic environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

This school has been wonderful for my children. One of my daughter's who has ADHD and two forms of Anxiety disorders has excelled in this school. My older daughter has been involved in many of the school's extra activities and learned alot from them. One of the best has been the Buddy Program. She got to be friends and help out other children in the school with disabilities make friends and get to where they need to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

Del Norte was the first school to launch a Montessori program in the whole Kyrene district for 3-5 years old children. It's a great program to start your kids with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

Kyrene del Norte has been a great choice for my two kids. Most of the teachers there are good and very in tune with what each child needs. There is a good mix of cultures and lifestyles represented at Norte, which is a plus in this case. The new principal has been well received by the students and parents, and the Character Counts program has been well received by the kids. The parent-teacher organization has a handful of dedicated parents and teachers running the show, but could use more support, both financially and practically. Their Buddy Club is a big hit and has lots of student participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

My daughter attended this school from the 1st grade through 5th grade. The teachers and staff, with the exception of one teacher that proved a poor 'fit' (which can happen in any school), were really wonderful. She was placed in reading and math classes that challenged without overwhelming her (or - what would have been worse - boring her). Her teachers seemed to have the correct amount of push and support/help to keep her motivated and learning. The principal was new this year and has made a good start. Buddy Club is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

The quality of the Montessori preschool is exceptional! The students are actively engaged, enthusiastic about attending each day, and show remarkable learning and progress. My student is able to attend music, P.E., and library weekly as well. He loves all of his teachers and they are very patient and kind to their youngest students. Parents are welcome in the classroom to observe, work in small groups, and help with special projects. This has been a wonderful educational experience for all of us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

This school is on average I'd give it a 3.5 on a scale of 1-5. The old principle just retired so i don't really know much any more. As you know the education in arizona is second or third to lowest. One teacher has a hearing problem, and for bullying no one really cares.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 12, 2005

This is a great school. I have 3 kids in this school and they LOVE IT!! The staff and teachers are friendly and the school is so well organized. They have some awesome teachers that really care about how well your children are growing.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Black 24% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1331 East Redfield Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
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