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Hurley Ranch Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 950 students

Our school is best known for the amazing staff that go above and beyond for all.
 
 

 
 
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Posted September 1, 2013

Great school overall. Supportive staff, cooperative administration. Their budget is underfunded but teachers make good with what they have. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

this school is great teachers are really good staff too! they do so much for the kids fun raiser.. lots of fun things always thinking about kids and what they can do more better for the school!! you will love it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

Hurley Ranch is a great place to work and a wonderful place for children. Hurley has quarterly events for students and parents, they provide before school tutoring and an afterschool program, they have monthly assemblies, Principal s List breakfasts every quarter and a PTO that goes above and beyond for the kids. Students work together with parents and teachers to create Student Action Plans specific to each student s needs. The office staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the Administration is always visible. Hurley Staff members are open to ideas or suggestions and go out of their way to help whenever and wherever needed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2012

I just have to say that I love the front office staff! They are so warm and friendly and take great pride in making sure the students and parents feel welcomed. Both the principal and assistant principal always seem to do what is best for the students and their education. I definitely would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

I look forward to the day I can move out of this neighborhood and in to one that has schools that care about the education of our childrens future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2010

This School is a great school i enjoyed it for my daughter , unfortunatley she had to move to another school for Jr. High , but she loved this school, The principal is great always wanting to help and the office staff bring a fun ,warm and inviting feeling when you come in , and the Teachers are great I always look forward to the exciting events they have for students, this is one school that sure does try to live by its motto home of the stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

I love this school from the office staff to the teachers everyone there is awesome. My son has learned so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

My daughter is in 5th grade at this school, about to finish her second year here. The school she came from was awful; there were serious bullying problems that the school never resolved until I pulled her out before the end of the year. However, since starting at Hurley Ranch, my daughter has flourished! She's had great teachers, the resource teachers really care, and the principal is wonderful. The front desk staff is a little 'stand-offish' but I have no complaints overall. As a matter of fact, my husband and I are separating and I'm looking for a home in the same area only so my daughter can continue attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

This school is horrible!!! I was waiting to see how the school year would go for my children before coming to any conclusions. The teachers in the higher grades have no idea on how to control their pupils. I went into my child's class one day, it was like walking into a zoo. Wild!! I actually felt sorry for his teacher. Not to mention the front office staff. Talk about rude impersonable people. Their noses are so high up in the air you would actually think they own it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

I'm not sure why so many parents are complaining about this school. I guess that the unhappy ones are the first to point the finger. I've seen other parents yelling at teachers and staff in front of the kids, and trying to find blame in the staff for their child's behavior. As a parent, watching these other parents not making their children be responsible for themselves is what makes these kids even worse! Overall, this school has an awesome front office staff, principal, and the most devoted teachers I've seen. Yes, they don't have a lot of funding (like the rest of the state), but they buy things out of their own pockets, and encourage donations. We are all here to make sure the kids succeed: parents and teachers need to start working together instead of playing the 'blame game!' Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

I am very happy with this school. The staff/teachers/adminstration are a wonderful group of people. They all take the time to help the students with anything that they need. The teachers make themselves available if you have any concerns and the principal and asst. principal are also there if you have any other concerns. There needs to be more parent involvement in the school to help enrich the learning process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

I am throughly disappointed in this school. There are obviously money issues and I feel sorry for the staff/teachers/administrators that are trying to work under the current conditions as it seems it is an impossible obsticle to overcome. But who wants to see their child's education suffer because of that? Basically, there are some good caring teachers, but the school is ridiculously overcrowded and underfunded. I have had issues with a teacher ignoring my requests for a meeting and/or a phone conversation on my son's progress for over 2 weeks. Not until the vice-principal was contacted did this teacher have the courtesy to call. She said she was too busy to even use the bathroom during school days, much less to call. When I volunteered to help in the class, she declined, citing 'confidentiality issues'. This school seems to be a sad, scary drop-off/daycare for forgotten kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

My child has gone to this school for 2 years now. She is currently in 2nd grade. If not for her teacher this year she would have been pulled long ago. The teachers at this school try to do what they can with the limited amount of resources they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

First year my son attended, he had 4 different teachers. He had 4 bullies at one point. Moving here from CA, I thought it'd be different but schools seem to be worse. They seriously need more structure and discipline for these kids and their parents which ultimately is where the violence derives from. So far, this year has been okay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

I have a 3rd grader and came from a highly performing school near carefree. I was so nervous because of how poorly this districts schools are rated. However I have been very impressed so far.with the exception ofthe meal plans, they are very limited in what they serve. I will be sending her own lunch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

Pulled my child from this school. Transportation issues, it's a blame game. Teaching is less than average! I was shocked at what my 4th grader brought home. I feel sorry for those children still there. The teacher, amazing! Sweet and caring, will miss her drive and determination, the school however needs some serious work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

The kindergarten of excellence program is awesome! My child has flourished at this school, the teachers have been informative, warm and inviting in my experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

Hurley Ranch is an awesome school, as a parent I have seen my child learn tremendously and have seen him become a more motivated reader and am thankful for the great staff on board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

The school definately shows how much they care for their students and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

The special ed department is NOT on the ball at district level which makes it hard for the special ed teachers to do their job. They do not call you back despite repeated messages and are slow to implement any services. I think this school needs to be looked at by the state. I am not impressed at all.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
63%
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 "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 74% 42%
Black 13% 5%
White 7% 42%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: breakdancing
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Tommie Dyer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 742-9625

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Soaring Stars Afterschool Prog
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • kinder through 3rd grades
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • A World in Motion
  • ATA Martial Arts
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • A Child's Joy
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: breakdancing
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Please come in and visit us or give us a call. We believe that for all students to be successful there must be a strong home and school connection. Thank you for your time and commitment to education.
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