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Harold Steele Elementary School

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Posted today

A new principal took over two years ago, and, in that short amount of time, she took an outstanding school and made it mediocre. There are still a few good teachers, but several of the better ones have fled or been sent packing. The new afterschool program is decent, but it's not as good as Zone was. School events (open house, student performances, etc.) are now disorganized and chaotic, and the level of communication from the school to the parents has decreased significantly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

The test scores are very reviealing. I have had three children who had the same teacher. This teacher is admittedly math challenged. The first had her in 5th grade; 6th grade was a nightmare of trying to catch up in math and overcoming ridiculous ideas. I took it on myself to teach the second and third kids (3rd and 2nd grade). As this teacher is moved through the ranks, more students suffer. Other teachers these kids had were absolutely wonderful, but with one of the three pillars of required knowledge (math, reading, writing) below standards, it hurts these children for higher education. Next year I will be looking to move them out of TUSD to a district less concerned with special interests and more concerned with actual education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

Both of my children attended Steele until two yrs ago when my daughter went on to middle school and my son was going into 5th grade I took them out of public school and now they attend catholic school. I loved the teachers at Steele however my daughter was not prepared for 6th grade math and has struggled every grade since 5th. Her 5th grade teacher even admitted to them not being prepared for 6th grade. My son was in GATE but it was foar from enriching for him. I dont blame the teachers one bit but I do put responsibillty on the head honchos in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

My children have been going to Steele for three years now and we have had terrific teachers with Mrs. Naylor, Miss Clark, Mr. Scalise, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Fuller and Mr. Rider. It is a shame that with the economy as it is we must put our children at risk by possibly losing teachers who not only love their jobs, but impact each student by inspiring them to learn and sparking each child's interest in school with new methods of learning. Steele has some of the best teachers around who are supported by a great team player like Mr. Erickson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

My daughters are in Kinder and 1st grade with the teachers: Mrs. Naylor and Ms. Clarke. I am thrilled with both teachers, the Principal Mr. Erickson, and the Zone Director Mrs. Rosenbaulm. Each and every staff member at Steele Elementary has been caring and helpful to each and every person they encounter. An excellent school and staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

My daughter has been attending Steele for 2 years now, and I am absolutely thrilled with both the teachers and the principal. Mr. Scalise is her teacher this year, and I don't think there is a better teacher anywhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2007

Great...teachers are phenomenol.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

I am a new parent at Steele Elementary this year and so far my daughter and I have truly enjoyed our experience. I am a little disappointed to find that there will be no music or art teacher for my daughter's class. My daughter is a gifted artist and I feel that school should encourage that and offer her an education I that area. However, I am happy that my daughter is at Steele and her teacher, Mrs. Harrison is exactly what I want in a teacher. She is caring, compassionate and most of all smart! My daughter loves having her this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

The 2006-2007 school year was our first year at Harold Steele Elementary school. My daughter was in kindergarten with Mrs. Naylor and had a wonderful experience. I was honestly concerned about it in the beginning because of the amount of students who had english as a second language. The year turned out fantastic, not only did my daughter learn a lot and learn about other cultures, but made some really good friends. My son was in the third grade with a first year teacher. She was an excellent teacher and will do well in her chosen profession. My son improved consistently throughout the year in reading, writing and math. He looked forward to going to school because she made learning fun. The only drawback to the entire year was the number of unruly students, but the principal and teachers can only do so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2004

My daughter attends Harold Steel elementary school, She is in the kindergarden class of a first year teacher who has no control over the students. My daughter has stuggled with the loudness in the class and unruly children, What is even worse is that the principle has done nothing to reasure the parents of these students that the situation will get better. I have on many occastions stepped in as a parent helper and have observed that not only is my child frusterated but so are a hand full of others who strive to learn and are detered by the uncontrolable class room enviroment. On a positive note; if you have a child who needs to attend after school care the zone program is wonderful. My child has really learned alot and if it were not for this she would be attending somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2003

The switch from one principal to another, was very hard on many students emotionally. However, Mrs. Rosenbalm who is head of 'Zone of Steele' is awesome, as is the program. Affordable, and high quality childcare before and after school, only $80/wk and that covers their activities too. Zone Rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2003

Safety: Something needs to be done about the parking situation. Possibly turning part of the playground area into parking or a pick-up/drop-off loop.


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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
69%
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".
  • 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 45% 43%
White 40% 42%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 68%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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700 S. Sarnoff Drive
Tucson, AZ 85710
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