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Ironwood Elementary School

Public | K-6

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 18, 2014

Ironwood has done a remarkable job with my autistic son... both the Gen Ed staff and spec ed teacher have been focused on helping him meet goals at his own pace. Their speech therapist is top notch. Dr. Abrams also welcomed our outside clinical staff into the school, so that we could align home and school programs. Great place to send your kids, and the best elementary school in Tucson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2014

This school has done an awesome job with my non verbal son. The special Ed teachers are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

I cannot imagine why people are saying kids with ADHD or problem children are treated unfairly, or Hispanic/minority children. Really? My children have issues, we are Hispanic, and we love Ironwood. Other parents may be looking for excuse for why their child is not excelling anywhere. I have seen firsthand, the care they take with difficult children, and the love they offer. If a child has behavior issues, they form a plan to help that child lear and grow. Really now people, are you really going to blame the school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

I am very disappointed with Ironwood elementary. If you have a child that already exceeds academically then you will not have a problem but they are ignorant on how to handle kids with ADHD and inquire constantly about medicating them because they don't have the patience to deal with them. They also don't work much with the kids that are not as quick as the other ones. The teachers spend way too much time having personal conversations DURING class and not enough time working with the kids who are falling behind. They also have zero tolerance for children of ethnicity as my children and I am pulling my kids out of this school. Class rooms are very over crowed with no help for the teachers. Find another school if you want your child to succeed and not fall through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

My Son went to Ironwood Elem. for kinder & half of his 1st grade year. The school is beautiful, in a nice neighborhood and has a cute feel to it. My nieces and nephew also attend Ironwood currently and my Sister has no complaints. As for me, I did not have the best experience. My Son is a handful but I feel like instead of wanting to help him they pushed him away as a problem child. I had a psychologist write a recommendation for a 504 plan & they DENIED it. His kindergarten teacher left me a voicemail that i still have saying, "I am done with him". So with my personal experience I'd say with a child w/o behavioral/education delays that Ironwood is a decent school. But if your child isn't "perfect" try elsewhere. Maybe another state that takes education seriously :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

I just keeps getting better and better... my kids have the BEST teachers this year who teach THEM- not to a test, not to a standard, they teach to my child!!! I cannot say enough about Ironwood. The principal could not be better- totally prefessional, yet full of integity and love! Everyone there is smiling and happt to make a difference!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

Both of my kids go here and it is an excellent school.The staff want to be there and you can tell they are happy about it which gives the kids a great atmosphere.They are caring and they are great teachers.My kids and me and their dad fell very comfortable with this school.The staff know you by name and actually take the time to talk to you which is nice.I would reccomend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Our family has been very happy with Ironwood Elementary since moving here 2 years ago. The principal is fantastic. He is always present on campus, knows ALL the kids, and takes time to talk with parents. Both of our sons have done really well with their academics and testing. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to move to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

We had two children in Ironwood for 10 years, and were very happy overall with their experience and teachers. We knew all three principals, and each cared about the quality of the school very much. Both my husband and I volunteered over the years at Ironwood (hundreds of hours), allowing us to see what goes on in the school from many angles. While there have been a few isolated incidents and aides in particular who haven't been great, we both feel strongly that the staff cares very much about EVERY student. The assistant principal is amazing -- she sees each child as an individual and gives them the benefit of the doubt, even if they're repeatedly in her office. The teachers are on the whole devoted, concerned about the welfare and success of their students, and very hard-working. The support staff are mostly wonderful, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The student to teacher ratio here is stated as 1:18. This school is way overcrowded. Most classes have 28-32 students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

This school has amazing teachers, administrators and support staff! The atmosphere at Ironwood is awesome! Go Coyotes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

My children have been attending Ironwood since 1998. I have three in this school. I have been very happy with the teachers and staff at this school. I have even been a substitute at this school and enjoyed that experience as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

My child has attended since she started school and I over the years have become less and less happy with the staff/teachers and principle. My son will be starting school next year and they both will not be attending this school. I feel that they are harder on the children if they are Hispanic and both of my children are so this has been an on going problem and I think any parent who wants their child to be treated equal and fair as the other children would greatly consider sending them some where other than Ironwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

This school is awesome. From the Principal to the Janitors the staff is complete A+ The Teachers rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

Ironwood Elementary is an A+ school. The principal and vice-principal are very friendly, and truly love the kids. They show up for after school activities and love to participate. The teachers are excellent and both my children are thriving. My only concern is that they do not test eyes and ears at the beginning of the year. We did not know till December that my daughter needed glasses. Would have helped alot to know in the beginning. Overall..its a wonderful school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2006

My son has done wonderfully at Ironwood. I think the Office staff is great, the principal and vice principal are always willing to work with the parents. I am very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

My daughter has attened Ironwood Elementary for the last two years, and has blossomed in every way. Great teachers, great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2006

I really like the dynamics of this school. The administration staff is strong, and the teachers are loving. My only concern is the size of the school and the seemingly increasing concerns for children falling behind. The large size of the school increases yearly, thus providing additional challenges in behaviors as well as academic levels. It has been challenging to obtain the minimally acceptable testing for delayed learners. - and there seem to be many more each year. They do, however strive to find the right 'mix' for programs each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

My two children have attended Ironwood Elementary for the past two years (4th and 6th grade). My children are in the special education classes. I have found the teachers to be creative in helping my children with not just their behavior, but their academic growth. As a parent I appreciate being part of the team for my child's education. I am not as familiar with the extracurricular activities. I do know that a Before and After care program is available, karate, and strings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Ironwood Elementary is the reason we purchased our home where we did. Our daughter has attended every day of her elementary career at Ironwood, and we wouldn't want it any other way. The teachers, staff, and administration are heads and shoulders above any other! The principal knows everyone of the 850+ students by name. She treats her staff, parents and especially the students with respect and kindness and it turn receives the same. Ironwood is 'Number 1'
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

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 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

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 63% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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 67% 42%
Hispanic 25% 43%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 38%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3300 W. Freer Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85742
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Phone: (520) 579-5150

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