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Holladay Magnet School

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Posted November 10, 2013

We enrolled our son at this school in August and love the emphasis on performance arts. As professors, we see many many students who are terrified to give in-class presentations. Giving children the opportunity to perform, in a positive and nurturing environment, is giving them a gift that will set them apart from their peers for many years to come. Bravo Holladay!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Both my daughters went through Holladay and love it there! The teachers were encouraging and motivating and pushed my children to do their best. The performing arts has taught my children to be confidant and has motivated them. The principal is also a huge asset! He is always kind and respectful and is often in the hall greeting everyone as they walk through the door. He encourages the children to do their best for themselves and offers positive guidance. This school has made a huge difference in the way my children learn and has turned them into inspired students! We loved our time here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Re: Aug 9th 2013 negative review: This is an outlandish accusation and public smear, and totally unfounded! I worked closely with Mr. Haynes and the school staff for four years: the three years that our daughter was there, and on a continuing basis for the following year, and I expect to continue this relationship into this year. Mr. Haynes is a fantastically professional, caring, warm and supportive principal. I have never known him to behave in any remotely inappropriate fashion. Mr. Haynes has brought a level of stability, concern, commitment, support, guidance (and more: the list is long) to all facets of the Holladay community: children, their families, neighborhood, teachers and staff, all on a level that was absent for several years prior to his return to the district. I'm astonished at this parent's lack of concern for civil discourse, and blatant naming of staff as restricted by the guidelines of this forum. Among the many outstanding features of Mr. Haynes' professional conduct is his practice and dissemination of civil discourse to the children and community at Holladay school. Shame! These posts will be reported.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Both of my children attended Holladay-each for 3years. As a parent I spent 6 years at Holladay. We weathered the transition in Leadership. My husband and I were very pleased in the appointment of the current principal, Mr. Haynes. He is a caring, dynamic, professional leader. He has supported the entire teaching team at Holladay, and as a result my children received a wonderful education. Holladay is a special place, made even more so by the strong, experienced leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

This school has returned to its former status as a hidden gem in TUSD. Now that the leadership has stabilized, and the school's existence is not threatened by the district, we are enjoying the wonderful variety of offerings at this school, which include visual and performing arts, music instruction, and sports. Students here can participate in chorus, theater, team sports, and take lasses in journalism, gardening, cooking and dance. An amazing place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

My son went here for all three years. When we moved out of district, I put him in the home school, and quickly realized that it was a huge mistake. He was able to come back without any problems. Even if it is a far drive, I know he is getting the education that he deserves and the support that he needs. They have just approved the school to become a k-5 school so it will no longer be an intermediate school. The parents worked really hard advocating for the school, it is one of TUSD secrets! They have amazing before and afterschool programs that continually enrich the children lives beyond the classroom. They also do a lot of projects with the kids to help foster what they are learning in the classroom. They have a full time gym, art, and preforming arts teacher so your kids get a great all around. You definitely should check out this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

my son has been incredibly happy at this school--and wishes it would roll out to 6th grade so that he could stay (and thats not because he's freaked out about middle school!) He has gone from being so-so about the annual performances at every grade level to wanting to become an actor and playing the piano like a maestro. He takes advangtage of the great after school programs AND Club Wednesday. Fortunately he has only once had to take advantage of the before-school a.m. tutoring for a problem that he had with math. He enjoys all of the above and the systems thinking that is a key part of his education. Collaborative work among the teachers and project and inquiry based learning work well for him, and they work well for me too, as his Mom. He is thriving in an academically strong and extremely diverse environment that he would not be getting at other schools. Frankly, I couldn't be happier with the principal, the great teachers, and the curriculum that the school offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

My son attended this school for all three years. He has become such an amazing musican. So well rounded starting with keyboards in 3rd. The teachers are supportive and the community of the school is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

We have had a wonderful experience at Holladay! My children have participated in the free after-school program and I know they are receiving quality care and learning many valuable skills that will carry them throughout their academic career. The academics are amazing. My children have learned some amazing facts about real-life, usable information. They know the value in recycling, reusing and reducing! The P.E., art, music and performing arts programs are the main reasons my children attend Holladay and these programs are stellar! Thank you for the opportunity to write about this excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My daughter is finishing up 5th grade at Holladay, and has been there all 3 years. It has been a terrific experience! There are very few public schools that offer a major drama production for all 3 grades, every year with an incredible instructor, Mrs. Draper- plus extended day programs in chorus and dance, which my daughter participated all 3 years. Also Coach Legan, amazing! Olivia participated in track and field events for the 1st time, which was a whole new experience as well. For the 2nd year in a row, Holladay took 1st place at the city-wide track meet, and girls basketball. Not to mention a 1st class fine arts program, keyboard labs, computer, solid academics and wonderful parental/community support in a small school setting. I do not understand why more parents do not consider Holladay for their kids , grades 3-5. Wonderful school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

My son went to Hughes Elementary for third grade, and switched to Holladay for fourth. His experience has been wonderful at Holladay. He has been exposed to a multitude of arts and music, and his teacher has been both supportive and challenging. He feels a real sense of community (which he was lacking at Hughes). We are thrilled to be at Holladay, and I whole-heartedly recommend it to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

My daugher loves Holladay! It has an outstanding fine arts and performing arts program - as I write this our house is filled with the songs she learned for the class play. Her classroom teacher is a wonderful, warm person who has enhanced her writing skills significantly. The pull-out GATE available at Holladay provides a mathematical and logical 'stretch' for advanced students. And finally, my fairly sedentary child has been motivated to join both basketball and track teams that are available to all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

In response to a review posted on Dec 12, 2009, the school has had some challenges with turnover in principal leadership that has settled now significantly. There have been some student behavioral issues that have been nipped in the bud. The school is active in promoting a respectful school climate between students and an engaged parent teacher community. Our current principal epitomizes this and brings the best out in all. Funding cuts are harsh everywhere. The school is on a clear new path with expeditionary learning and morale is high. Holladay is a great school and I've heard that kids who have left tell their parents how much they miss Holladay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2009

Unfortunately, this school is going downhill rapidly. It's very sad because it used to be a great school. They are now on their 4th principal in 3 years, and the lack of consitent leadership has really hurt the school. The morale here is very low, especially among the teachers. Also, bullying and behavioral problems have become much worse recently, and I no longer feel that my children are safe there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

This is our first year at this school and we are very pleased. Warm welcoming principal,teachers and staff, very family oriented
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Outstanding program. Academics are highly stressed with lots of individual attention and opportunities to succeed. Magnet emphasis is on Performing arts. Full time visual art and music teachers on premise. All students learn piano keyboarding and music theory. Full time PE teacher who coordinates track and basketball programs. Track team has won city championship at least three times. After school program is free with a variety of choices, including dance, homework assistance, chorus, keyboarding, games, and sports. Approximately 150- students with small classrooms. Great diversity opportunities. Parental involvement highly encouraged, again with many opportunities for areas of interest. Never have a problem getting my children to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

This school provides a wonderful combination of arts, music, basic curriculm and diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
68%
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".
  • 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 66% 43%
White 19% 42%
Black 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 63%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Teri Melendez
Fax number
  • (520) 225-1601

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1110 E. 33rd St.
Tucson, AZ 85713
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