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Centennial Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 448 students

 

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2011:
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Posted March 27, 2014

I loved centennial when I went there for 3 an a half yrs. I loved the teachers that I had. They were so nice. I loved my class mates as well.


Posted November 15, 2013

I love this school!! We are moving shortly and I hate the thought of leaving this amazing school. Teachers and staff are all great, I have yet to meet an individual I wouldn't invite to dinner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I have had both of my children attend this school, my older son from kindergarten through sixth grade. The teachers still remember him by name when we attend activities for my younger son. The majority of teachers have not changed since the children started attendance eight years ago. The children have the ability to play in band or orchestra with instruments provided at no cost to them. Many afterschool sports are offered throughout the year, again free of charge. They also offer afterschool reading and math clubs. With the consideration of the demographics of the area, Flowing Wells does a fantastic job in providing for its students. The district is small and has the ability to continue many programs other lower income schools have had to cut. My children have always been happy here and though the area at times leaves much to be desired the schools is one of the factors that keeps me living in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

If you are considering this school or even the district DON'T. Save yourself the grief and the frustration. I have had 6 years of frustration with this poor performing school and district. There is a reason why Sonoran Science Academy has a huge waiting list as no parents that care about their kids are happy with this school district. If I could afford to put my child in private school I would. Dr. Patton, the principal, allowed the 6th grade to not be prepared for testing this year. They do not know the material for the aims test, there are huge behavioral issues, and the teacher turn over is high. These words come straight from Flowing Wells District Administrators. They need better administrators and leadership across the board as they are failing the children. RUN from this school district and stay away from it. If I could give this school and district a negative grade I would. It never used to be this bad either. The district has gone down hill in the last 7 years or so and its sad. You can not get parents to stand up as a group because most are too poor and just trying to to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. They don't have time to worry about the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

To the "happy" parent who posted in January 2012. What you describe isn't the Centennial Elementary I know of in Tucson. My child is also in Kindergarten and there are no numbers on their report card so not sure how other teachers do them differently. Maybe you got one of the good teachers because my child's teacher misses so many days they should not even be allowed to grade the students. Wait until your child gets in first grade I hear one teacher has no time to put the work packets together herself so she gives 6 year olds a bunch of staplers to "help" her out. That is accidents waiting to happen. This is for sure NOT the high standard school they claim to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

I have been happy with Centennial. My son just started Kindergarten and has been very happy there. I was worried about AZ schools since we just moved from Northern VA where the schools are top in the country. At first they started really slow and I thought WOW is this what the year is going to be? Now he is reading and starting to put together sentences. I guess if I have anything to say is I wish he was challenged more. He has received mostly 4's on his report card which is 'above benchmark" so I feel like the teacher should notice this and give harder assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

So far in the first 6 weeks of school my child's teacher has missed at least 8 days of class. This has greatly affected my child who depends on some sort of routine and this is Kindergarten so she has not been in a full day of school in her life yet. The teacher couldn't even make it a point to show up for an important meeting that was scheduled 10 days in advance. Teachers here don't care about education. Can't wait to see if the teacher is even available for parent/teacher conferences. Probably won't show. So far this Centennial Elementary is not the "great" school everyone claims it to be. Its worse than the lower graded schools here in Tucson from my perspective. I for sure won't be sending my other child to this school. So sad, I had such high hopes of my children getting a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

This school and its facilty are wonderful, They take a personal approach to each child as a individual learner and work with the family. they are involved in every aspect of child development and helping children cope with stressfull stiuations. I love this school. Both my children go to Centennial and while both are at different academic levels they are incouraged to thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

My son has fallen behind and I feel it is because of the principal and the special ED department. We are looking to change schools. The security of the school is not well attended, in fact this year several of the younger students have gone through the fence and not noticed by the play ground attendant. There will not b e as mant attendants next year. (2010)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

I have found that my son has fallen through the cracks, but it is not due to the school or their programs. He recieves special reading classes, which I am happy with. He has caring teachers, secretaries, nurse, counselors and Principal. The security for the safety of the children is excellent. There is a lot of parental involvement at this school. Parents come in to help teach, as well as helping to construct teaching materials. Many parents volunteer to help with parties, as well as field trips. I believe this to be a quality school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

My 21 yr went here when the school was brand new- and I loved it then (1989). My 7 yr old goes there now and I still feel comfortable with the school and the faculty (2003).
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%

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 63% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
80%
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

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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 58% 42%
White 35% 42%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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