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Alice Vail Middle School

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Posted June 22, 2014

My child attended this school since 2011 and from the time he started to when he finished, Alice Vail Middle School went from being a spectacular school to absolutely mediocre. Not only did budget cuts effect the school, but the leadership of the new 2013-14 principal was the worst I have seen. There were problems I had attempted to speak to the principal with multiple times and I was actually turned down and run away from. My child and I can agree that about 75% of teachers were supportive and good at what they did. However, they were not allowed to work to their full potential because of nonsensical limitations set by this principal. The environment was hostile during the 2013-14 school year and no progress was made whatsoever. The way this school was lead was not acceptable at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

A good school overall but, the changes in the extra circular this year are not so great. This student is actually repeating work done in an advanced class last year, I know overall this is not the schools fault but I do wish that the budget cuts in our schools would end. Makes for a long day for our kids when there is no fun activities to break up their days! Overall good teachers and this student enjoys the academic challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2012

My son attends Alice Vail and I couldn't be happier! The principal is awesome!! He makes it a point to know every child's name. The teachers truly care about their students. The grounds are kept clean. I know my child is getting a quality education and is safe and happy here. The newly formed PTSA is getting involved and really getting Alice Vail involved in the community. I am proud to recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

I believe there is a new Principle here. We encountered a situation this year and it was handled promptly, professionally and effectively by the Principle. The PTC has started back up this year. The school seems to be free from violence. We are happy with this school.god d
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

This is a good school. It has a ton of electives which is unusual in Tucson these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Overall, a good school. My kid is in the GATE program but has friends in both GATE & non-GATE classes. We had a "situation" this year that was not handled properly by the vice-principal. Frankly, he does not know what he is doing. This is my personal experience & opinion. The principal is rarely around & seems to "hide out", away from parents. If he does show up to an event, he is there for about 5 minutes, says something, and then takes off as soon as he can escape! I even had a teacher tell me that she is just biding time until she can retire in a few years. 6th grade GATE is terrific. It is taught in 'blocks' & the kids really are immersed in the subject matter. I like& appreciate most of the teachers I have dealt with at this school, so far. Leadership is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

It is a great school. The teachers try hard to get through to students. My son loves all the extra fun subjects, the GATE program is academic but balanced. Many of those students want to go to UHS. The food is good, my son likes it. The rules are clear and counsellors follow through on problem solving. A word to all parents...supervise your student, they need it more than you think, go over the rules and talk about acceptable behavior!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

Alice Vail is a great school. I went there my 6th grade year. the teachers are helpful and actually care. the lunch is great!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2007

My son is in the Gate program. He loves it. The teachers study subjects with depth and monitor work loads so the child is not ovewhelemed. No child in the class is allowed to display behaviors that will hold back other children's education. He loves orchestra, P.E, film class, art, Spanish and the Chess club (these are not part of Gate) . The library is wonderful, there are many choices for teenagers. The school tries hard to do well with disadavantaged and minority groups so all children are educated and become a productive member of society. My son has good exposure to all facets of society . He has learned to make positive choices. He feels he is getting a good balanced education without being to intense. The school has a lot to offer if the child makes good choices. The teachers are respectful with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2007

Excellent students, obsreve with intrest and obedence level is tremendous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

This is a great school - The staff and teachers really care about the students and encourage each one to a commitment of upholding high estandards and achievment at the individual's maiximum capacity. It has an outstanding fine arts/band program. One of my children attended the GATE program, I volunteer so have had one-on-one contact with parents, staff, and students over many years. My observation of the staff when dealing with discipline problems has been that they are compassionate yet firm in applying appropriate responses. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

I am disappointed however that a child is not 'eligible' for Honor Roll if they miss school for a doctor's apt. I take my child to the doctor when they are sick (to prevent infecting other students) or so he/she can receive immunizations or dental checkups (thus 'preventative'). Why should the student be penalized for parents who 'CARE' ??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

Alice Vail middle school is a good place to be and it makes me feel at home. I love Vail because of the staff and teachers. Thanks to you all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2007

I went here like three or four years ago, and was in the gate program. The teachers were... unique and I learned many things.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 4, 2007

I am a student at Alice Vail Middle School and I am in the GATE program. Vail is a good school and we have great staff members. There are not that many fights here, only but some of the students are undisciplined. There are some of after school sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track&field, there is also a chess team, yearbook staff, newspaper staff, Science Olympiad team and more that I'm sure I'm leaving out. There is a tiny bit of racial tension (unfortunately most Caucasian individuals are in the GATE program and a lot of Latino students in the 'regular classes'.) The GATE and regular classes have both of their electives together which include: drama, Spanish, cultures, P.E., Personal Finance, Art, Film, and band.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2005

The Vail Gate program is wonderful, I have two older kids, and I wish I knew about the gate program when they were in middle school. Support from the administration for sports and fine arts is high. The school started a science olympiad team this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

I really enjoyed this school. Sports program was very good but this school may not be the best if your child is exceeding and needs more of a challenge.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted September 8, 2005

I have 2 children in this school & have been (for the most part) happy with all that I have seen acedemically. Workload tends to be inconsistant. I am disappointed that there is no PTO. I find it hard to believe that Parents out there just do not have any want to be involved with what their children are doing. How busy can we all be? These kids are our future! My kids are also actively invoved in sports in this school. I think what I noticed the most from this is that they now not only know how to work as a 'team' on the court or on the field but they're applying their teamwork skills in our home as well. Thanks coaches!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

I go to this school and am in it's G.A.T.E. (Gifted and talented education) program in which selected students that pass a test enroll in advanced classes. I think that this school is ok but there is kind of a racial tension going on.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2005

This school is a very horrible school. I hate to put it down so much but it does tell me to tell the truth. There is many fights at the school my child was bullied alot and most of the kids say some of the most horrible things i have ever heard. It is very rude and I would not reccomend it. The teachers dont care about the students 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 63% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Plus".
  • 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
Hispanic 53% 43%
White 30% 42%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5350 E. 16th Street
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