I love this school. So many opportunities for all kids. The administration is helpfull and superb with both gifted and Special needs students (I have one of each). When my older child attended Esperero, promotion was underattended. Everyone is very invested in this school. The teachers are mostly amazing. I do think that there is too much homework in 6th grade. But all in all I think the school is evolving in a positive way because they must teach a wide variety of students.
An overcrowded promotion ceremony sends a mixed message about who in the community is valued. Last night, May 20, 2013, there were so many seats reserved for "parents who volunteer", I had to stand. It was bizarre. The teachers did not have seats and stood along the walls of the gym . I felt bad for them, but I was trapped too. If students are the stars of the night, in my opinion, the family membersof those students need to be shown respect.
I think the huge number of Open Enrollment students, particularly from the neighboring, Fruchtlender Elem., is encouraging a negative environment at ECMS, both socially and academically. Math classes, in particular, are being remediated because these TUSD kids cannot keep up. Socially, there is a very different vibe coming from the TUSD kids (ie: Fruchtlender) than what CFSD families promote. CFSD is a school district with families who value high achievement in ACADEMICS; not social climbing (laughable). Fruchtlender families need to go to Townsend where they belong. Superintendent Kamerzell has created this unhealthy learning environment with her emphasis on open enrollment. Fire Kamerzell first.
This school is way too overcrowded at this point. The number of open enrollment students allowed in is overwhelming. Not only is the school too crowded from sheer numbers, but now there is a different sense of community being promoted from those children coming from TUSD schools, primarily Fruchtlender. I do not believe this overcrowding of the classroom or the "crowding out" of people who live in CFSD is in the best interest of the community or Esperero Canyon Middle School. I am profoundly disappointed with the overall quality of education compared to that of my two older children, who both attended CFSD middle schools pre-2007. Crowded classrooms is not the way to a good education and ECMS kids are suffering because of it. AIMS scores keep declining. What else is going on in this school?
I am a student at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Last year, when I was in 6th grade I loved Esperero and I felt very welcome. This year, as a 7th grader, I haven't been as happy going to school everyday. Overall it is a good school and has taught me many things however, sometimes I feel the teachers are unfair. I feel I am getting a good education but I do not like the arts program. At Esperero I am taught things that I know will help me succeed in life but if I were principal I would change a few things. I do recommend Esperero.
Esperero has aspects that are positive and negative. I believe the location is wonderful, where kids would be able to take short field trips to Sabino Canyon if the Principal would arrange that. Some teachers are supportive and effective. However other teachers are unable to teach kids. My child when she finished 5th grade had a 6 on her Writing AIMS however in 6th grade it dropped to a 5 and now after 7th grade it has dropped to a 4, barely meeting the standards. This makes my child distraught because she strives to exceeds and realizes that despite her effort, her level of writing has decreased greatly. Moving on to the administrators. I find that the new Principal did not meet my standards. She is artificial and does not care about the students or parents. The Principal has brought unrest to Esperero, and it is difficult to explain the things that she has done that I find uncomprehendable. I wish that she was not in charge of the school, however my child enjoys the classes for the most part, and the atmosphere is far better than other options for middle schools.
My child is attending this school for the first time. I am very impressed with the teachers as well as the curriculum. My child loves it.
Esperero has had a huge drop in AIMS test scores (as much as 18% in 2011), and recently got a B score from the Arizona Dept of Ed. Class sizes can be as large as 30.
We recently moved out of CFSD and we loved Esperero. Any student will be lucky and privledged to go there. Awesome teachers and great education
I love Esperero! The teachers,counselors, and principal are extremely dedicated and caring. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the teachers' workloads have increased, but they continue to give their best efforts. The curriculum is definitely challenging. I feel that Esperero is comparable to many private schools. My younger son graduates from Esperero this year, and I am going to be sad to say goodbye to this amazing school! I highly recommend it.
My daughter goes to ECMS and the truth is that there are some amazing teachers there but then again there are some that don't want to help my daughter succeed. She is very academically driven and sometimes the stress can drive her crazy. She still has amazing friends at this place you call school.
this school is terrible despte what the 'friendly staff' say and make you think the teachers are very unsupportive and unmotivatiol as well the dicsipline policy is ridiculous at esperero your son or daughter may get in trouble for the smallest slip-ups although its a very bad school they have a few good teachers and good encore classes otherwise bad.
Im am a student at esperero canyon middle school. I've had some good and bad experiences there. There is one teacherwho has stood out to me, and his name is Mr. Grobe. He is one of the best teachers I've ever had. I sometimes feel that the teachers here are unfair. And you dont always feel like you fit in. Over all this is an okay school. I would love to see some improvements.
Great Principal, Great Teachers, all very dedicated to the students. High parental involvement. Fantastic music, arts and sports programs. A bit too much emphasis on homework and Student Lead Conferences (most parents would prefer to meet directly with the teachers), but overall a 5 Star school with all the attributes you'd want.
Esperero was a great place to work - the staff are helpful and supportive to the kids' needs!
Wonderful school with teachers that work together. Music/band teacher is great. Sports programs are fair. Extracurricular activities outstanding. Very safe campus with an active anti bully policy. Open enrollment now, the student population is shrinking as the local apartments are going condo. We are staying in the area until our child is ready for HS, then we will move into a different district. This has to be the best middle school in Tucson.
My children just started at ECMS and every day they are very excited to go to school. The teachers are well educated and the students are all nice to each other. One thing we are concerned about is the amount of homework our children receive. Sometimes our children are given a lot of homework which takes them the whole evening to complete. We believe that overall it was a great choice to move our children to this school.
My daughter has recently promoted from Esperero, and I am amazed at the quality of this school. Many schools challenge a student in math or science, but at Esperero she was greeted with high expectations in music, spanish, and writing as well. I can not imagine a better, more motivated staff - or a better place for my child to get a middle school education.
My Daughter just graduated from Esperero, we were really satisfied with the quality of academic programs. It was a great experience for our daughter, gave her the stepping stones for High school.
Esperero Canyon Middle School provides an exceptional educational experience for all children. The school has a student centered outlook. For example, last year the site council and several student representatives helped to facilitate the development of a student created code of honor. The administrtaion and staff are also dedicated to providing an environment where all students can acheive academically as well as develop strong personal skills of organization, time management, problem solving, and self-directed work habits. The teachers all stress the use of Habits of Mind that encourage the students to monitor their own progress and teach them to be self-directed learners. The staff also works hard to plan learning opportunities that are both interesting and aligned with state standards. My daughter is always challenged and enjoys the time she spends at school.For example, this year she participated in a mock trial where parents came in to be the judges.
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