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Frances Owen Holaway Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 372 students

 

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Posted December 2, 2012

I was in the first class at Holaway Elementary. It was brand new and we planted some of the trees which are still there. My brother also went to Holaway. My children went to Holaway, and my Granddaughters went Holaway. I have one Granddaughter still at Holaway! So 5 stars from me and my family!!


Posted June 24, 2011

This school is AWESOME! My son has attended for 6 years and we have had a great experience. The teachers and Mr. Galaz, the principal, are caring and attentive and always willing to discuss your child's progress. They hold our children accountable and nip issues in the bud. I will miss this school so much! Ok, so I'm unable to enter my star rating but I would rate teacher quality and principal leadership 5 stars and parent involvement 2 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

This school does not work well with special needs children, and is a reflection of the district's own problems with how it lumps all disabilities into one. Only one school has a program for autistic children, and the other program forces kids to take on the label emotionally disturbed. This program - CHOICES - is not made for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and makes symptoms worse. In my opinion, Holaway has a long way to go before it works adequately with a range of children with special needs and it's principal needs much training.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

As a teacher at this school, I am very excited by how involved parents are in the education of their children. We just completed the 8th Annual Holaway Walk-A-Thon fundraiser and it was great to see so many parents enjoying this healthy activity with our students and staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2009

Great teachers who offer support to students and families
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Holaway teachers and staff do so much for their community! We are very fortunate to have our after school program, KIDCO, at Holaway. The students are so polite and very cooperative. I enjoy working with everyone at Holaway. Thanks for the opportunity to brag about Holaway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Holaway has amazing students who learn so much, teachers who work together, parents who contribute, support staff that goes above and beyond, and a principal who's a compassionate leader!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2009

We have a great and loving staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

My child has attendted this school since kindergarten. This is a nice small community school. The teachers take a real interest in their students. The principal is definately a 'high profile' individual, involved in every aspect of this school & the students. I felt that much more than the three 'R's' were taught to my child. Parents are always welcome. They offer band & orchestra extracurricularly, taught by two wonderful teachers. The Odessy of the Mind leader is one exceptionally hard working lady.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

My daughter currently attends kindergarten here and loves it. Ms. Jaime is a great teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

Holaway is a school that is deeply in tune with its students. The faculty and staff have great concern for the students individual needs. The children spend half a year doing art and the other half in music. Giving the teachers more time to really get to know the children and their specific needs and talents. The school has done great with my child who has special needs. We have been given many resourses and I do feel the principal sincerly knows my child and every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Holaway has wonderful caring teachers! If a problem arises, the principal is quick to address the situation. Very good neighborhood school!
—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 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
66%
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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%
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 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%
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 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 43%
White 25% 42%
Black 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 35%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3500 N Cherry Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
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