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Altar Valley Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 321 students

 

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Posted February 28, 2012

This is one of the worst middle schools in Tucson! The Altar Valley administration does not go above and beyond to make sure that the students of this school are safe! This year Altar Valley let two men coach the wrestling team and of the men is a "Minuteman" and they of was arrested for inappropriate behavior with a former student. minor.


Posted March 10, 2011

The students are a great bunch, so eager to learn and improve themselves. Our staff encourages each student to be their best not just do their best. Extra support is available for students needing help in any class. Every student has a mentor that they can go to and talk with or just to know that there is another adult interested in them and that makes them feel like they matter. Parents have been more involved this year with events at the school. There is family fun night every Tuesday. The pta is more involved with the students, parents and student council to have fun events at the school. The principal is a GREAT encourager to all students, teachers and staff. He has wonderful ideas and programs in place that will benefit all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

Altar Valley is a fine school to go to cause of the safety and learning involved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

The children are the most honest children about their feeling anywhere. They will tell you their life story if you allow them. Sometimes you want to stop them because it is too much information and you know that this personal information just so true that it hurts just to listen. Your heart goes out to these kids here in the school because they need us so very much and the teacher and other employees care so very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Our staff goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our students. Our students are really terrific, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The Teaching Staff are first class!


Posted October 23, 2008

This school has transformed very much since last year. Russell is changing this school a lot. I am more than happy to send my child to Altar Valley Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

Umm..I am a student here, and over-all it's an amazing school! We have great teachers,and an awesome new principal. We used to have a ton of fights there, but this year with our new principal we just wanna make him proud, because after all it is: Home of the Eagles!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2008

The small size ofthis school, along with the caring, knowledgable teachers makes me proud to send my student here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

This school is improving, a lot this year. Test scores are up and there are some really great teachers, and a new principal now.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 21, 2006

This school is behind. There is a turn over of teachers. While some of the school personel is very friendly, and they do have a wellness center at this school, the overall quality of educaton is lacking. They do offer some extracurricular activities, but it doesnt compensate for the lack of instruction.
—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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
37%

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 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%

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 "Performing Plus".
  • 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 51% 42%
White 40% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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16350 W. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85736
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