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Gale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 381 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 29, 2014

We have attended Gale since kindergarten and my child is in 3rd grade. it has had its up and downs this year with principal change, fundraisers changed, etc. My daughter is happy for the most part but the lack of communication, notice given, and follow up frustrates me. It has slowly gotten better throughout the year but there is still progress to be made. Most of the teachers are wonderful for the lack of resources they have. We have had great teachers over the years, this year was a bit of a let down. The PTC board seems to be their own click, have their own agenda and does not do what benefits the school as a whole, just the select amount of them. I was told by one board member, if htey are the ones doing the volunteering, then it should be what is best for them, "as they do the most for the school". Many parents, because of the mentality of this board, have chosen to not be active with events and fundraisers, but just as volunteers in class rooms and field trips. The overall attitude of the school has changed, not for the better. This is our home school and we will stick with it, but hoping for positive changes to come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My grandson goes to pre- school at Gale. I was impressed with the new student/parent orientation and how attention there was. My grandson looks forward to school each day and is proud of his take home work. He was developmently behind but I see great strides and improvments. He still has a way to go but I confident he'll be ready for what lies ahead.


Posted February 21, 2014

hello I am a student who goes to gale the school has fallen apart art will be ending soon I don't know why there really are no sports after school activities or clubs that bothers me also the learning everything we have has been review from 4th grade there really is no bullying expect a few girls who think they popular and flirt around boys I like the new princable shes pretty nice but its just sad I was here since 1st grade and everything has fallen apart since our old princable left its very upsetting :(


Posted January 30, 2014

Gale elemtary is an excellent school. The new principal was given a lot of change without much notice. She has risen to the occasion and introduced the OMA program and has hired a new PE teacher. The teachers are outstanding and offer an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

Gale Elementary is absolutely wonderful!! I am so pleased with the new administration, teachers and facility! I really enjoy the new principal and look forward to seeing what the year will bring. Both my children wake up every morning extremely excited to be going to school and wonder why they are unable to go every day, including weekends!! I As a parent, my ONLY concern is my children's happiness and if they enjoy learning! Gale has provided the love of learning to my children in a very special way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

This school is the best! The staff and teachers are so nice. My daughter is in fourth grade this year!


Posted August 2, 2013

Gale is an amazing environment for our daughter - she loves it, and we couldn't be happier. Stellar leadership and faculty, wonderful programs (thanks to the Parent-Teacher Club) and a beautiful facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2011

I love Gale!!! This is my daughters 3rd year at Gale. The teachers and the principal are very involved. The PTC is great and everyone works hard to provide a great learning environment. You can be as involved as a parent as you would like and all the teachers I have had so far have an open door policy and encourage the involvement of the parents. I am glad my daughter attends gale and I wish I would have know about Gale when my oldest daughter was in elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

We are so impressed so far with Gale! My son is in Kinder with Ms Schlak and loves her so much! The principle is awesome too. She will answer any and all questions you have and will respond promptly to emails. It is amazing that this school is able to function as well as it does with the madness that is TUSD. The parent involvement is also high at this school. I have high hopes that my son will continue to do well in this high expectations/excelling school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

This is our first year at Gale and it has been a great, positive experience for all of us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

Gale has great number of caring staff and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

Due to the unbeatable staff, including, but not limited to, the teachers and prinicpal, we will always stay loyal to Gale. The PE, Music, and Art programs made possible through parent fundraising help to make our school special. We are so in love with Gale and the learning, caring, safe environment that we have passed up on sending our children to the 'college prep' elementaries in town. It's the best bet for an all-around quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

A school who brings the family in to be involved! even in a wheelchair!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

My child is in the Project ABLE class and is doing wonderful. Ms. Ellen is a wonderful, caring teacher. Next year my child will start KG at Gale. Principal is great too, very involved in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Gale is a wonderful school with very dedicated teachers. The test scores prove how dedicated these teachers are! the principal & office staff go above and beyond what is expected of them. Gale has many many programs, including art, music, pe and staffing the library that are all made available by the the fundraisers at gale. Without the parent participation which is extremly high, gale students would not have as many wonderful opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

My daughter has attended Gale from K through the 3rd grade. Gale is an excellent school! The atmosphere encourages learning, it is a safe environment, and the parents contribute to making this a great place for a growing mind to blossom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

Gale is great school for sure. Paula Godfrey, the principal is a true leader and the teachers that my children have had, do a wonderful job in educating them. I love that they have fine arts here as well. They have music and art and P.E. also. The art teacher is an actual artist and the artwork of many students is displayed all around the school. It is an excelling school and they work hard to maintain that rating. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

An amazing school; the principal, Paula Godfrey is an amazing leader. The faculty and staff are just as amazing. Each person you encounter is courteous and professional. It an excelling school and we are so lucky to have bought a home in it's area! Go Gale Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

Gale is an excellent school. The Principal never ceases to amaze me, she seems to know every kid by name, always greets others with genuine care and concern and is very involved in each childs education. The staff are fantastic, teachers are warm and nurturing, yet expect good behavior and push kids to do their best. I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of education my children are recieving, that they are being challenged and are excited about the things they are learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

I've had experience with 5 elementary schools and Gale is by far the best. The faculty is outstanding and the Principal is in a league of her own. I couldn't be happier!
—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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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 58% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 25%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Tucson, AZ 85710
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