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Degrazia Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oh, where to begin? My children have been in attendance since my eldest entered kindergarten. Each year the school goes further and further down hill. Over the past 5 years there have been two changes in administration, the latest of which has been a complete joke. The current principal has no follow through with issues parents bring to his attention and blows off major concerns. Look around the campus and you will see that 90% of the teachers and staff look completely annoyed and unapproachable. The school secretary comes across as very rude and snarky, and talks down to parents. For the most part the teachers look disinterested and are down right mean to students when they think parents are not watching. I could understand this level of attitude in a high school environment when you are dealing with teenagers and their own self-serving attitudes, but at an elementary school? Only at big events when lots of parents are in attendance do they slap on a fake smile and make nice. Walk around the campus a few minutes before or after and you will see the true attitude at the school, and the students are picking up on it and starting to emulate what they see. It's so very sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

Degrazia Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in Tucson. I have had my kids in each the Tucson Unified District and Marana, and Marana School District is amazing. The kids are all so hard working, the teachers are eager to help and welcome you into the class any time. Not to mention the surrounding neighborhood. It is a very safe community and tons of kids, my children love the neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

This school has the potential to have a great community of involved & supportive parents, but they don't seem to welcome it. Every new rule created seems to push parents further and further away, which baffles me, because research clearly shows that involved parents leads to a better overall educational experience for children. Teach in any impoverished school, and see just how negative the effects of lack of involvement really are. They take it for granted here and often show disdain for it. That being said, the teachers are fantastic and do their absolute best with what they have. They can't do anything about admin or the overstuffed classrooms. From the parent and student perspective, this school was better 3 years ago before new admin, and with the change of admin again this year, it can only get better. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I'd still have sent my kids here. But I would do so with realistic expectations about the way they run things. I know it could be much worse. I just shouldn't have to work so hard to support my kids. There are still some VERY positive things going on at Degrazia, including music & PE twice a week. I know both are rare these days!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We've got the best teachers and staff ever. The families love to participate!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

We have spent two years at DeGrazia and our daughter has had a fantastic experience. Someone asked her recently what she didn't like about school and she couldn't think of anything! That says it all to me. She has had fantastic teachers, from the classroom to music, PE and the GEM program. The principal is kind yet firm and the kids all love him. We give DeGrazia two thumbs way up; it is a great school and we are very happy with the education our child is receiving there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

My daughter has attended from kindergarten to 6th grade. We have had a great experience at this school. The staff caring and the education has been excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

The last three school yrs. I have seen such positive improvements at Degrazia. Being at events, you can see the parent involvement and support growing each and every year. The staff if greatly encouraging and supportive. At one time I had fears about my children attending there, those fears have been put to rest. Mr. Poling and the staff at Degrazia are really doing a wonderful job and it shows!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

We have been at DeGrazia for three years now and love the staff, teachers and Mr. Poling. We could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

My sister and I were fortunate enough to complete all 7 of our elementary yrs. at Degrazia. The teachers and aides treated us with respect and gave us every opportunity available (within the district's financial restraints). We both attribute our degrees to our strong academic beginnings. Thanks to all the staff members that gave us 100%.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2008

We've been at DeGrazia for 2 years now with 2 children there. The staff, support, and academics have been nothing short of excellent. We have had fabulous teachers who challenge our kids and make them eager to learn. Love the leadership and the atmosphere of standards as well as encouragement. I'm surrprised by the few sub-standard reviews here. But, as we all know, satisfied people are less likely to post their opinions! Here's one for excellence!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2006

My family and I just moved here from FL and I am extremely impressed with the school and staff. My 6 year old has been loving school and I am looking forward to our other 2 children attending. The staff has been very understanding with the ADHD stuff and ever so willing to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

I have two children in this school. Admittedly they had problems in 2004.those problems were recitfied immediately, the parents were invited to voice their concerns. The Superintendant listened and worked out a plan that was truely benifical for all involved. The academic quality of the school is wonderful. This school in my opinion is constantly striving to exceed all state standards. I do wish they would add a separate art class. There a number of programs they do have that are not seen in other schools. They reading program is terrific. They attend music and phys ed weekly. The parents are always welcomed to partake either in classroom invovement, feild trips, or to voice concerns. We are all part of the school. They make school a wonderful place for children to love learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

This school has no art program which really kind of ticks me off. They decided to do away with it due to funding. If teachers want to add it to their curriculum, they can but are not required to. We moved to this part of Tucson because of the schools but I am not hugely impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2005

This school does not offer a variety of art and music classes. What is available is very limited. Recently there has been some question to whether the staff is properly trained in emergency situations, (students safety at home or school)should the situation arise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

This school is fine for a middle of the road child. Any child needing a higher curiculum or one to fit there needs is not made readily available. The GEM program is a joke. Any child wanting to apply is giving two days to do so at the beggining of school. The testing is outdated and hardly any new children are admitted. The turn over rate of principals is a huge red flag, they have had 5 in the past 4 years. The current principal has a high school mentality, choosing a hard approach to your 12 year old and under student. The school counselor, although excellent and genuine, is under utelized, and over worked. Setting up a 504 behavior plan or an IEP is cumbersome; having the plan followed by school staff is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Great student/teacher ratio's. Outstanding academics. Lots of parent/teacher interaction. Highly recommended
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
85%
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 "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
White 62% 42%
Hispanic 30% 43%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 44%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5051 W. Overton Road
Tucson, AZ 85742
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