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Canyon View Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 452 students

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Posted April 24, 2014

My child is in the gifted program at Canyon View and we are regularly asked "why not send her to Basis?" Well, our primary reason is that she LOVES this school. Additionally, we feel she is challenged and kept on her toes by all her teachers. The staff and teachers work together to make this a top rated elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This school is not that great anymore. Very nice staff and teachers but not challenging at all. My child is board and has become very lazy since the expectations are so low. 10 minutes of homework in 4th grade (at the most). It has gotten progressively worse over the years that we have been there with our children. This is the worst year yet. The new principal is a great talker, very charismatic but we don't see any improvement in the classroom. Lots of hype around the community events but less meaningful work in the 8 years we have had children at the school. I don't recommend this school especially if you are from a decent school district elsewhere. you will be underwhelmed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

Canyon View is an okay school. Not a lot of diversity and some of the teachers can be off putting. It is a must that you stay involved and connected to your child at this school as they can derail them is allowed to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school and school district (Catalina Foothills Unified School District) has been am is nothing short of a blessing. Principal Hienkman is the most amazing administrator and man and the entire school staff and teachers are so wonderful! My son is in the first grade and is on the autism spectrum. His growth and development in the inclusive setting at Canyon View has been wonderful and miraculous. Also, the international diversity of the families and students is so wonderful and enriching. I can't thank this school enough and couldn't be more proud of the fact that my son attends CVES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

We were very happy with my son's kindergarten teacher last year and are excited for another great year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

Great school! Friendly, kind people who care about all of the students. Common core standards are being taught. There is a challenging curriculum that keeps students at all levels moving forward at a just right pace. They are allowed to move to higher faster paced classes and also get interventions as needed. Music, PE, Art and Spanish are treated as seriously as math, reading, science and social studies which makes a well rounded kid! There is great community involvement and the FFO and staff plan fun extracurricular events. The focus is on educating the whole child, not just obtaining a test score. I have three kids here and feel lucky to be giving them such a great, well rounded education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

I have had two children graduate from Canyon View and one currently is enrolled. Canyon View prepared my children very well for middle school. My son ended up being 2 1/2 grade levels ahead in math by the time he finished Canyon View and qualified for an extended Curriculum in Social Studies and Spanish at the middle school level. My daughter is now excelling in the local high school in a rigorous college prep track. We were initially enrolled in private school for 4 years and felt that the education was better (yes, better) in public school especially in math, science and technology. We are very happy and love to give back to this school by volunteering as our way of saying, "Thank You".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

Canyon View Elementary. We had plenty of good options when looking where to send our oldest daughter to school when it was time for her to start Kindergarten. We chose Canyon View based on its reputation and feel. We have a second grader and kindergartener, and I am so happy to say that we have not questioned our decision once. The staff at Canyon View is incredible - from the secretary, to the teachers, to the Principal. A+ school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

Every child experiences a rewarding outcome at Canyon View. Located in the foothills of the Catalinas and in a safe neighborhood, Canyon View has a great learning environment. Even if you are not considering this school for your child, I would encourage you to talk to Mr. Henikman, the principal, and you'd get an idea on how a school's success depends on its leadership. You can spot him immediately almost every morning, greeting the kids by their names. Barring my child's teacher this year, which is an aberration (the reason I gave 4 stars for teacher quality), Canyon View is full of friendly, highly experienced, and encouraging teachers. The extended math program is top notch. The extended language arts is far ahead compared to other schools including the one touted as top in nation. Spanish, Music & Art would exceed your expectations. Parental involvement is highly encouraged. In my opinion the staff is one of the most friendliest you'd ever come across. I'm already looking forward for another great and exciting year. Overall, we are very happy with this school in particular and the district in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

I have been a parent at Canyon View Elementary School for several years and my children have received an excellent education, particularly in math, science, technology and the arts. It's clear how the school is centered around students from the very beginning. In Kindergarten, the teaching team kept my sons engaged using everything from iPads and creative play. In First Grade, the teachers identified that my sons needed some extra help, which they received through Imagine Learning and Read Strong. By Second Grade, a teacher really believed in my son's abilities and she promoted him to an extended math program. His math skills exploded! My other son loved poetry, so his teacher asked him to write her a poem every week , eventually entering him into the district poetry contest. By Fifth grade, the kids are doing everything from running the school video announcements to performing in the outstanding 5th grade band. Mr. Henikman, the principal, is a dynamic leader who makes sure the school's focus stays on the kids. My sons think he's just great; they love how he greets them by name every morning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

As a pediatrician, I choose Canyon View Elementary for my kids! Outstanding experience for kids! Engaged and committed staff that teach to each child's level. Extended math and reading opportunities allow for kids to develop socially with kids their own age while learning at an advanced pace. We entertained Ventana Vista Elementary, but opted to keep our daughter at Canyon View considering how happy she is learning and growing in this ideal nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

The teachers at Canyon View are experienced, dedicated and involved. Well-rounded curriculum, student exposure to experiences beyond the regular classroom and an involved community make this a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

Wonderful principal, experienced caring teachers, involved families. My children love their teachers, the science assemblies they have every month, community garden, science club.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

Excellent teachers, nice campus
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

a) Marta Gunderson is an excellent principal. This is her first year in the school and she seems to know many if not most of the kids by name. Teachers seem to really like her. I often see her talking to the students and many students come up to her with hugs and seem to feel very comfortable in her presence. Science and math curriculum are being revised and those subjects will be emphasized next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

Canyon View Elementary has a long history of excellence, especially under the leadership of Mr. Ahearn who knew every single student's name. Last year's Principal couldn't compare and the jury is out on the new Principal. Best Band program anywhere, and unique Steel Drum Band opportunity for the kids, with the incredible dedication of Mr. Cox. Great teachers overall (there's always 1 or 2 that you hope your children won't get). Lots of parental involvement although the FFO tends to be on the cliquish side. The past problems of too much homework seems to have been corrected. All in all, a terrific place to get your child off on the right foot for a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

Canyon View used to be a great school. Unfortunately it is going through a lot changes and not for the better. It is sad to see a school you loved change so drastically. Many of the faculty, staff, and parents are unhappy. The new principal, while a great person, is a poor fit for Canyon View and she is far more an administrator than a true principal. This is her first year as principal and it shows. Big changes are in the works for the upcoming years included no longer grouping children by learning rate. Children will be forced to stay in the same classroom for the entire day (except for specials) which is a huge change for Canyon View. The one positive is that Canyon View still has the best teachers in the business and hopefully they will stay through all the turmoil.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2005

Excellent teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

The school is wonderful. Teachers really care about the students and are highly trained. Music and art is still taught by specialists brought in to the school (unlike most schools in the area). Parents are very involoved and often volunteer. 20 to 1 ratio is in all 1-3 grade classes. Test scores are outstanding. Teachers fight to work at this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 3, 2005

Having been an insider for many years to dozens of schools, I would rate CV tops in parent involvement. I don't believe that academiclly cv (or this district) is so superior when compared to schools in other regions/states
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 10%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(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
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
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)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rob Henikman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • mgrinney@cfsd16.org
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (520) 209-7770

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Reading & Math Interventions
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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5725 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85750
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