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Gridley Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 679 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

We are loving our transition to Gridley. There is way more options here and the teachers are very responsive. The principle is wonderful and accessible. We made the right choice by moving to Gridley!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I'm an eighth grader at Gridley this year and it has been such a great school! Making the transition from elementary to middle school was difficult for me and every teacher has been supportive and caring from the beginning! I actually look forward to going to school every day! I would recommend Gridley Middle School 100%! :)


Posted May 17, 2013

Very very disappointed in Gridley Middle School. They employ teachers who are not certified to teach. I was confused when my son who excels in math was struggling. Six months later a notice is sent home saying she will no longer be in the classroom since she has exceeded her time without certification. My son lost 6 months of valuable time. Also they discourage parent involvement. If I send an email or call one of his teachers he gets yelled at the next day about how they dont want to hear from parents. I would definitely not send my children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

Not a great school :( I hoped it would be but recently several certain things were handled very poorly by several different administrative people. The admin was not supportive, friendly or helpful but more snotty, and unhelpful even when it came to light they were in wrong. The school was not willing to fix the wrongs they made. I don't know how they expect to lead by example when even the school doesn't own their mistakes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

Gridley Middle School is an AMAZING school! Coming from a student of 3 years at this school, currently an 8th gader, the teachers are absolutely outstanding and awesome to us, and Mrs. Sheppe, the principal, new my name on my first day and never forgot it, along with every other teacher, and i feel like they are all my best friends! Gridley is a fantastic choice for new 6th graders, because everyone i know has loved their experience with Gridley! GO GRIZZLIES!!!


Posted June 29, 2011

i am not proud of gridley. the students can be obnoxis and rather rude. my children of 18 16 and 13 have all attended gridley and all have had not bright experiecnces at that school. staff can be unprofessional and discrimanating. what i have heard from my children is apauling. i have pulled my 13 year out of that school to attend magee. i had high standards for that school and they have not quite met them. not everyone has the same learning chance. your experences may be different but mine is repulsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

As grandparents and legal guardians to an exceptional Gridley MS student we remain most appreciative of the understanding and support we have experienced from his Teacher, Teacher Assistants, Assistant Principal, Nurse,Nursing Staff, School Counselor, and Principal that kept our exceptional student IN school throughout the school year. This is a great reflection of a Principal actually partners with staff and parents to help students experience acceptance, personal success and an education be they exceptional or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Well, another school year is about to end and we remain delighted with the excellent service Gridley Middle School has provided to us in regard to our Exceptional Student again this year. Thanks to his user-friendly teacher and a very supportive school atmosphere (where staff actually work well together in order to benefit students) we were able to keep our exceptional student in school in spite of his numerous memory deficits and behavioral challenges. Thanks Gridley!


Posted July 18, 2010

My son is entering the 8th grade at Gridley this year and we are extremely pleased with the quality education he has received thus far. The principal, Mrs. Scheppe, is a very involved, positive, firm administrator. She is at parent drop-off/pick-up every day, greeting the children by name and getting to know them. As I parent, I appreciate seeing her ensure that our children are safe and she is aware of what is happening on campus. The assistant principal, Mr. Davies, is also very involved with the students and has no tolerance for bullying, disrespect, etc. The team-approach that Gridley implements ensures excellent communication between parents and teachers. The teachers and administration run a tight ship and maintain a high academic standard. I highly recommend Gridley!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

This is not a school I would ever recomend to any parent. the teachers mainly Mrs. Rau have got no business being teachers. The principle has got to have some sort of clue. But dealing with her just proves that she really has no clue what goes on. except her laughing and thinking everything is funny. I'm very dissapointed in TUSD. for them to allow the continuation of bad teaching is rediculus. DONT SEND YOUR CHILD THERE!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I have had one child graduate from Gridley and now have another in her second year there. The teacher and administration support is wonderful. My first child loved the drama activities offered. My second child is in accellerated, advanced and GATE classes. There are study groups and academic support galore. Those who doubt TUSD provides a good education really need to take a better look. My 2nd and 1st graders are anxious to become Grizzlies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

Gridley is an incredible school because they take the time to acknowledge children who work hard in behavior and achieve high standards in their academics. At the end of every quarter children with no referrals get to attend an award party. At the end of a child's schooling at Gridley children who have maintained an A average GPA get to go out on a day of a limo ride to various places including lunch. Each child gets a bag full of coupons for free items to be redeemed at businesses within the area of Gridley. Thanks to the wonderful PTA who spends hours getting businesses to donate these coupons. Way to go Gridley! Show these children that hard work pays off!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

We have had three children attend Gridley. The principal, staff and teachers are wonderful and caring. Our oldest daughter went on to University High School and did well. Our son required special attention and the teachers and counselors worked closely with us and him to help him succeed. They put together an IEP specifically for him to meet his situation. He is now doing very well in high school. Our youngest daughter is doing very well at Gridley now. She is in orchestra and her teacher continues to encourage and inspire her as she learns to master the viola.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Gridley is a wonderful middle school with caring and attentive teachers who are doing the very best with the children under the terrible conditions that are troubling our public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

Anyone who says Gridley is a terrible school they are wrong. i have only been at this school for 6 days now and all the teachers are so funny and nice and Mrs.Scheppe is the best principal you could ever have. My name is hard to pronounce and the first day of school she was already asking me how's going (name)! i really recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

I am a sixth grader at gridly and has been very good year.The teachers pay more attention if you go after school > but the principal is the best she principal and the band teacher mrs.Switer is a good director!all three bands made it to disneyland to play there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2009

I am in sixth grade at this school. I might be moving and i will miss it if I leave. I think that a better music program would be good. Three electives are rotated throughout the year which is good because you get to try everything. Lunches are healthy but they taste good, too. They have a P.B.S. plan (Positive Behavioral Skills) and if you follow it and get good grades you get rewards. Overall, I give this school 5 Stars. If you are going into sixth, you are lucky because all of the teachers are really cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

Gridley is an amazing middle school! I'm now attending this extremely extraordinary learning environment after a couple years at a nearby charter middle school. What a difference! The students at this school are very repectful, the staff and teachers take pleasure in teaching a child to their fullest capability, there's great communication through PTSA, incredible extracurricular activities (like sports, student council, and NJHS), and there's just a wonderfully welcoming environment that most other middle schools tend to lack. I can truly take pride in knowing that my school is exceptional in numerous ways. Grizzlies rock!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

Good school, great principal, most of the teachers are good. Some teachers seem to lack in organization skills. Orchestra is great, the music program is the saving grace of TUSD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

This is probably the best school ive ever been to. Mrs. Rishor your awsome!
—Submitted by a student


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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 63% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
89%
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 58% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
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 59% 42%
Hispanic 30% 42%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Fax number
  • (520) 731-4601

Resources

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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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