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Kyrene Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted February 23, 2006

Great school all-around. The KMS TV program allows 'techie' students to learn and improve their computer skills at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

KMS is a god send! I love this school and all of there staff. This school is one of the best that I looked at for my children. They proved me so right! Kids at KMS should fell very lucky they have the teachers and staff that will go above and beyond for all of them that attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

Too many students in class and poor communication between administration and parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

My child is in his second year at KMS and is doing extremely well, with great teachers, and honors level work. We travel 50 miles a day to attend KMS. The principal is very visible, available, committed and no nonsense. The rules for safety and discipline seem very clear cut. I feel safe having my child attend KMS. The neighborhood is quiet, the setting pretty. The changes this year to electives seem wise to us (we are an artist family)and we think that it is enough to have our child have orchestra and Spanish every other day because there is so much in this type of study that needs to be done at home before a next session is needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

I am finished with the Kyrene District. There is total disregard for the needs of kids, with test-score hysteria and poor fiscal planning driving the cutting of arts and Spanish language instruction. Kids need balance and a sense of community and citizenship, and they need to feel successful and joyful about school. This school strips what is joyful out, substituting worksheets ad nauseum for good teaching and lifelong learning. If you think of your child as a learning machine responding well to Pavlovian punishment instead of shared enthusiasm, send your kids here. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

Academic programs OK. Teachers AWESOME. New scheduling and lack of exploratories paired with 68 minute classes is very disconcerting. Behavior is not the best - disruptions make it difficult for teachers. Principal is close-minded, not a lot of communicating with parents, PTO is small group that doesn't attempt to communicate with community of parents. Sadly, even with the great teachers, not a good choice for open enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

'Administrative Nightmare' sums is up. Very inflexible, and now cutting programs to make way for testing, testing, testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

Administration is rigid; doesn't think of all students when making decisions, scheduling for next year in electives is vague due to district changes; electives of Family & Consumer Science, Art, Drama, and Technology are in a wheel - students sign up for these but only get two of them and they do not get to pick which two. Spanish has been moved to an elective. PE is only every other day. Total of two semester electives for year is too low. Teachers are awesome! Not sure how they can be effective with 68 minute classes and so many cuts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2005

My daughter attended KMS and she loved it. I did not like the drug problems and the fights but, they weren't all that frequent. The only sport that I ever really heard about frequently was cheer, but overall it is a good school. The teachers are great and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

I think the school has a lot to be desired. I'm upset about many things the administration is doing to segregate our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2005

I was first introduced to Kyrene Middle School two years ago and have been suprised at every corner. The Principle cares about her students and desires that teachers also care equally. It has been a pleasure to be involved with Kyrene Middle School, it is a model school for learning, arts and personal developement for students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2005

KMS is great! I love the interaction between the teachers and my student. However, with the recent changes to next year's currculumn (2005-2006), with 68 minute classes and fewer choices for courses such as band,Foreign language, P.E., arts and technology, the whole dynamic of the educational structure at KMS will change. I know that this is being done to help better prepare the children for AIMS testing, but there needs to be an equitable balance - which has not been met with the current school booard's decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

Kyrene Middle School staff is the best in the country! They are so willing and nice. Have great extracurricular activities for the children and great academics!
—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 63% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

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 65% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%
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 58% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

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

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

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 41% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Black 15% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 1% 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 40%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1050 East Carver Road
Tempe, AZ 85284
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