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Bonillas Elementary Basic Curriculum Magnet School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded

 

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Posted January 8, 2014

My daughter went to this school 2 years ago and I thought I had made a good decision taking her there because of the strict rules and "involved principal" but I began to realize that this school lacks teaching techniques and as strict as it seemed by daughter got lost at the school for an hour. The front office staff is very rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

Unfortunately, this school has fallen very low over the past 4 years. They do not teach our children what they need to excell they are m ore worried about AIMS testing. Parents are expected to teach and do homework I am fine with participating in my child's education but it's a lot more than that I am picking up (and have been for the last 2 years) a lot of slack. Classes are over crowded & Each teacher makes up their own rules they expect PARENTS to follow.. lol if I didn't sign it in the school agreement or if it's not in the handbook I for one am not forcing my child to follow it especially when I do not agree with the rule. Some teachers are on real power trips! It's very unfortunate.. Another thing that is VERY serious is the bullying that goes on in every grade; and Bully's are NOT taken seriously and it's awfulI have had to go to the school & speak to them about it multiple times a year. Thank goodness one of my children is going to middle school so it's the last year & my other child is gifted & can handle inadequate teachers.. Find a better magnet school for your child, this has not been a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

My son is in the Magnet program 3rd grade because we were just shy of the school boundary for it. I am so glad I made the switch to this school. It is a tough school, lots of discipline (which also means lots of well behaved kids) lots of homework, lots of parent involvement. My son has improved academically and socially because the rules are enforced, and pride is instilled in the students to suceed. He received a donated dictionary from the Shriners, has to do book reports and read, and the school keeps up to its promise to give each student personalized assistance. The grounds are kept neat, school functions like festivals and skate parties are plentiful. The principal is very involved in this school, and said as much when I met him to discuss enrolling my son there. You can tell he takes pride in his students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

It is the most wonderful place to teach at with our strong back to basic philosophy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

Although there is good structure I feel at times my son comes home overwhelmed from anxiety with all the excessive rules, it's hard for him to find school fun due to all the rules upon rules upon rules and detention for every little thing rather than reinforced learning through explaination and talking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

I think Bonillas is an awesome school. My oldest two have been going since kindergarden and they have excelled. I only had one minor issue with a teacher but she was right about my child. I did apologize to her because during the second semester my son was doing alot better. I think the office staff are awesome ladies who care about the children. Actually everybody does from the principal to the monitors including the bus monitor Cindi. I really enjoy the school. My third will be starting in August at the same school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

As a magnet parent, this is my 6th year at Bonillas, I have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader. I am very pleased with the teaching styles and academics used at the school. The principal is hands on and really listens for parents input. I have recommended and will continue to recommend parents send their children to this school. Oh yeah, and they can wear shorts now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

We are just finishing our 14th year at Bonillas (two girls K-5 and one son K-1) and have overall been very pleased. In all those years we've only had one bad experience with a teacher (and she's not there any longer). Over the years they have tended to move toward teaching toward the aims test and a bit away from the Basic Curriculum that we loved when our first daughter attended, but I think that is happening throughout the district. We are looking forward to a few more years there as our son progresses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

Bonillas was an excellent school when I attended years ago and remains a great school today. My children love their teachers, the location and the activities offered.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 18, 2005

This is really a great school. Teachers assess each child indiidually and give work based on their abilities. Children are disciplined to the right amount. There is a good music program in place and a very active PTC
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

For a public school within TUSD, this one is among the best. Minor complaints: the GATE program is not self-contained and therefore only meets for about an hour a week, and the kids are not allowed to wear shorts. But the school puts a lot of emphasis on personal responsibility, and the kids 'get it' pretty early on. For the most part, they are kind to each other and to adults. The teachers and principal are all very caring and accessible. There is a lot of racial diversity without much, if any, racial tension. It's a homey, safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

Was once an excellent school. Has been left adrift and continues to produce lower test scores. Teachers used to have all the same curriculum across grade level. Now they seem to be afraid to cooperate. School and playground rules are no longer enforced consistently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2004

Overall we have been happy at this school, but my daughter had a very hard time adjusting at first. It's a great school academically speaking, but I feel that it is lacking in the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

Bonillas is a great school if you want to be involved and are willing for you and your child to adhere to a high standard of behavior and academics. If you want the same old touchy feely neighborhood school, try somewhere else. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

My son is currently enrolled in kindergarden at bonillas. I find the school to be average and mundane. I do not appreciate a candy reward system that is in effect and I do not like that 'snack' (provided by parents) is usually something sugary. If you are looking for something with a little innovation in their education...this is not the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Bonillas is a terrific school. The students perform at or above grade level. The teachers are all well educated and hard working.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2003

I am a magnet parent. Although the discipline policy seems strict upon first glance, I now believe that it could even be stricter. Overall I am extremely pleased with everything from the principal to the teaching methods (Go Phonics!) to the availability and the approachability the teachers!


Posted March 27, 2003

Bonillas has the best teachers and principal. This school is also one of the top schools in Tucson. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants their children to succeed.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
84%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • 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 73% 43%
White 14% 42%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 68%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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4757 E. Winsett Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 225-6060

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