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Blenman Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 510 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

My grandson goes to Blenman. As a retired teacher of 38 years I very much appreciate what his teachers there have done to help him. When he transferred to Blenman he was behind do to a poor reading program at his previous school. He is now on grade level and meeting state standards. THANK YOU AWESOME TEACHERS!!!


Posted April 17, 2014

Everybody has their opinion..tell me 1 school anywhere that has everything organized.. I realize that some teachers don't care as much as others but I've had nothing but good experiences with Blenman..Yes I'm not exactly fond of the principal..I believe she is very fake but I do love my children's teachers and the other office staff..Blenman has a lot of children in the poverty level attending and I believe they do the best they can with what they have..I'm very happy with my decision with leaving my children at Blenman and feel sorry for whomever has had a bad experience..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

The school doesent have trays for the students to eat on,they dont give them forks or spoons to eat your breakfast with,only if u get a yogurt!! They give pancakes n syrup but make them eat with theyre hands,i asked for a fork for my daughter so she could eat her pancake and the lunch lady acted like it was a problem and finally gave me a spoon. The tables are dirty at the beginging of breakfast every morning which means it was there from the day before!!we have 3 girls who go to blenman and I dont want my kids eating off dirty tables,messy foods with nothing to eat with and the orinciple acts as if she could care less! Ive asked the lunch ladies for utensils and if They were bring trays back more than once,all i get is "they have paper bags to eat theyre food on" and a spoon with an attitude for asking everytime!! That is not how i want my kids to have to eat at school, dirty tables,no utensils or trays thats gotta be a health hazard!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

I do NOT recommend Blenman to anyone. You know the saying of what rolls downhill?....It all starts with Ms. DeSalvo the Principal (by title). The School as a whole is very unorganized, and it seems that the majority of the teachers are clueless when it comes to dealing with children, from yelling at them in an unprofessional manner, to allowing them to run amuck. I have witnessed teachers grabbing other students by the arm to get their attention. When the final bell rings, it is a free for all with kids running out of their classrooms, and down the halls, zipping right past silent teachers who dont seem to care. As far as security, there is not much. Parents can roam the campus in the morning, and after 3pm. I do not feel safe with my child in the hallway, with who we assume are parents.How do we know who is a parent and who is there for other reasons? All in all, avoid Blenman. Run as fast as you can. (Dont worry, no one will stop you in the halls).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

I attended Blenman when I was in kindergarten and I was unhappy with it then, they didnt teach me how to spell my last name. Now as a parent I was very aprehensive on sending my child there. She went for second grade and the very firs day they put her in the wrong grade, 1st grade, so i got the fixed the next day she was in a 2nd grade class where the teacher extremly over weight sat down on a chair, threw the luch cards all over the floor and made the children crawl around on the floor to find their cards, like animals, the thrid day was the same thing, needless to say, that was the last day at that school. I dont recommend Davidson elementary either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

Ms. Desalvo is a very unorganized principal. She should not be the principal next year. She organizes award assembly and then only awards the students she likes. You take her the data and as an unprofessional leader of our children she refuses to write my daughter an apology letter for her neglegence of being an organized principal. Yet, this is the leadership we want our children to follow. No wonder why this school has low grade levels. There leader cant even honor them in an assembly they invite them too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

I'm not happy with this school what so ever. And I went there as a kid and loved it. not so good for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

Sad to see the kids are never outside for recess or PE. Unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I've never jet such hard-working teachers.They are totally dedicated to their students, going above and beyond the call of duty.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

Blenman Elementary is one of the most diverse school communities in Tucson. Blenman was built in the 1940's and was named after Judge Charles Blenman, an English attorney who sailed non-stop from Southampton around Cape Horn to San Francisco in 145 days; he settled in Tucson in 1893. His travels reflect the diversity of our school community. We have students and parents who speak over 17 languages and dialects! As a Structured English Immersion teacher, this can be challenging, but often I am the student. My students have so much to share and are so eager to learn about so much in the curriculum from rocks and minerals, to math story problems, and especially technology! We are extremely fortunate to have a Promethean Board in our classroom. However, our computer lab and the classroom have computers that are ten years old. How thrilling it would be to have a laptop with which to operate the Promethean Board, and have new computers that don't crash when my students are trying to write stories, do research, and play educational games with the latest plug-ins. Our Title One school does not always have the budget for such luxuries, but our principal has been very creative in trying to get the resources that our students need. I love Blenman, my nephew went here! We are such a unique place with very special people. The teachers care so much for our students. There is truly a sense of community in our school. Our global school should have an opportunity to learn with 21st century skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

My son is a special needs student of Blenman. I am disapponted over the lack of aids or any willingness to modify learning. I notice a zealous attempt to conform individuality to achieve medioracty. I wish more focus was placed on guiding children through learning vs. memorizing for test readiness. So much emphasis is placed on attendance that I feel he is nothing more than a commodity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

We absolutely love Blenman. They have an excellent SFA (Success for All) reading program. Great treatment to GATE (Gifted and Talented Edu.) children, who often in other schools get left behind without additional challenges. Lovely community, gardening, music and lots of Art. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

My son attended Blenman from Kindergarten through fourth grade. He had many good teachers and was able to get involved in library (they have their own!), art, and music programs. The teachers were experienced and were able to handle a diverse student body from a wide range of cultural, racial and economic background and stay focused on education. Parents are involved through the PTA, the fantastic Halloween carnival, and many programs throughout the year. I found it to be a good neighborhood school and wish my son could have stayed through fifth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2003

I attended a kindergarten open-house at Blenman as a prospective parent. It was sad to see a piano sitting in the hallway unused, while the room has 'listening stations' where kids listen to stories on tape. The 'art' activities were mostly 'coloring within the lines'. Even the paper for 'free drawing' had a border drawn around it, for the child to stay within the lines.I heard this was a good school, so I was disappointed.


Posted March 28, 2003

I have one child that just finished 5 years at Blenman and another who is now in the 1st grade after completeing kindergarden there. I moved out of the district last year (for a brief time) and went out of my way to transport my children to Blenman, after reviewing and visiting other schools in the different district I had moved too, I was not impresses by them in the least.Blenman impresses me, It is an amazing school. Both my children have learned so much. I think the principal & vice principal(who is new) are both very aggressive in dealing with important issues regarding the quality of education the children recieve.I even moved back to that area so my kids could legaly go to school at Blenman. For a TUSD school, it is a fine one. Now the only thing I do not like is the lack of security regarding the playground gates. There needs to be more seperation between the playground and the busy street the school is on.Sometimes the gates are unlocked and the children can wander away or even possibly get abducted. That bothers me quite often. There is monitors out at all times but there are blind spots that need to be taken care of.


Posted October 15, 2002

Blenman Elementary, overall, is a wonderful. My son has done well with the SFA (Succes For All) reading program. We are disappointed that the children receive PE class only once every two weeks though. Reading is definetly what this school focuses on. All other subjects and activities are taught around the SFA time. There are times that this doesn't seem right though. My child looses math time so that he can attend library, computers, music/art. The school does have an active PTA and like most PTA's and schools we are definetly in need of some more parent involvement. We have a great carnival every year that is a wonderful Family Fun night for all. As I said above, overall, the school is good, teachers are great, the principal is okay, my son is learning and is happy to go to school. That says a lot to me.


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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 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
31%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 "Underperforming".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 46% 43%
White 28% 42%
Black 13% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 4% 2%
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 71%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1695 N. Country Club
Tucson, AZ 85716
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