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Doolen Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 637 students

 

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Posted August 2, 2014

Sorry I meant to put 1star or not any I am the parent who just posted about my autistic child . They should be ashamed about they behavior . Do not sen your child there if they are in a SPEC . ED class
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

I don't have a lot of great things to say about this school. I admit my daughter can be dramatic and strange but she gets picked on by the students enough, the teachers don't have to join in. We have gone to the school on 3 separate occasions to meet with staff and they never are available or follow up. My daughter does have a few teachers she really likes and some really good friends but if we have any options she will not be returning for 7th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I have problems with this school and they way the handle my child and not in a good way :( !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

I have not really been impressed with the 7th or 8th gate teachers. The really do not seem to care about the students. They do not keep up on grades, the lose students work that has been turned in. They are either over worked, unorganized or they just don't care. Which is sad, because they have bright students that work hard. The 6th grade gate teachers that my child had were so much better, but they have since left the school. As for the rest of the administration, there are not much better. There is bullying going on all the time and nothing seems to be taken care of. Students get their personal belongings stolen and the school does nothing about it. We haven't moved our child out of the school because we haven't heard anything better about other schools in the district. So we have had our child study martial arts in order to protect themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

I have issue with this school and how they handle bullying. My child is bullied almost daily yet no one really deals with it. Even when there is physical bullying no one gets in trouble or suspended like district policy says they should. I am currently looking at removing my child before the next school year because I dont want her tortured any longer by horrible kids and a staff that just doesnt care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

I've been going in the Doolen GATE program for 7-8 and i wouldnt want to get anywhere else!! there is interaction between non-gate and GATE if you want to. it's really fun and most of the teachers are good. the enviorment's really easy to understand aswell. Some say its ghetto but school's only fun if you want it to be! So far, best school years ever!!


Posted August 10, 2011

Being a student at Doolen MS was 3 of the greatest years I have had. That school has amazing teachers, and amazing people. I met some of my best friends there. <3 I actuallt just got promoted from there this year (2011). That school is amazing, regardless of what anyone says. The people are great, the teachers are nice, and they really try to push us into learning. You would be a very smart parent to send your child here to Doolen Middle School. :)


Posted April 26, 2011

Great school but when I went to the open house a lot of the kids were getting into fights as in punching each other. I mean I like that it has cool extra curricular activities like Track and Field, Soccer and baseball. It just brings the smartness down!!!!


Posted September 9, 2009

As a former student, I attended 6th and 7th grade and currently in 8th grade at a different school, I was glad to leave. Doolen needs alot of work. This year they have french, cap (civil air patrol) and other nice things, but it is still the same school. There is fights almost everyday, there is alot of marajuana there, the kids are not nice. The academic standards are not high. At Doolen you get 'easy A's' and you don't have to really work hard. The extra-cirricular activities are good. They have wright flight, cap, orchastra and band. I was bullied many times, but I got through it. I would rate this a 1 out of ten school. Although, there is some teachers like mr. Deeb and ms. Deeb and ms. Bartz, who are the coolest teachers ever. So decide for yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

This school is a lot safer than when my sister went here but still needs to work on this issue. My daughter went here for 3 years and did good. There is not a lot of communication between the school and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

I can't really give this school too much credit. As a student at this school currently I feel ashamed. We have no proper education and it is so easy for me. I excel and Doolen is really bringing my smarty-ness down!!!! We think were all cool when were so cool that we can't even pass our benchmark testing or our Arizona's statewide test the AIMS. Please don't send your child here!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2006

great school, very proud of the work that the kids put in
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

Our son attended for 3 years and was challenged academically and took part in the orchestra. He was admitted into University High School and adjusted there beautifully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2005

Doolen Middle School is a combined special education middle school with a focus on preventing drop out. The program also provides for the gifted. The combination of the two make for a completely split student body. The gifted children are sepperated from the mainstream. We found that do be a very problematic set up. The kids not only have no interaction, but the school itself celebrates all of the accomplishments of the gifted and rarely if ever recongnises the disadvantaged except with the presents of the police dept. The achedemic for the gifted as my child took part of was not only long and never ending, but taught my child for the first time how to 'copy cat' learn just to get through the massive amouts of material. There is no parent involvement! We found the staff to be hostile to the presents of patents. Not the best experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2005

My child is in the all day GATE program. They expect alot from the children. But, they have excellent teachers for this program. I am not commenting about the rest of the school as there is little interaction between the GATE classes and the rest of the kids.
—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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%
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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
39%
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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
50%
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 "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "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 40% 43%
White 34% 42%
Black 11% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 65%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • (520) 232-6901

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2400 North Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
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