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La Cima Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 606 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2013

Good school. Great teachers and staff. I attended there several years ago and I feel I got a good quality education from there.


Posted July 8, 2011

The Principal does not have people skills. I volunteered at the school multiple times and was never thanked by her for the days of service provided. Many of my parent friends stopped helping at the school. You don't stay were you are not welcomed. I felt she did not care about my concerns for my child. She is not a warm person. We will open enroll my other children at another school because of her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

The new principal ruined my 8th grade year. She did not care what we thought, what we cared about, or what we needed. She just hide in her office and came out once in a while to bust students she did not like. She does not know what she is doing.


Posted January 17, 2011

The school was OKAY. I went to La Cima for most of middle school and the students dont really care about anything. There are a lot of great teachers but not students. It is hard to make friends there because the students are mostly all the same. There are no groups at that school like goths or skaters or anything like that. There is really no diversity. But it is an okay school. They have good advanced classes on mostly every subject.


Posted January 2, 2011

I started going to this school in 7th grade and i left after the 2nd quarter.I would have to say this is the worst school EVER ! The students dont care about their future, grades,and they most certainly dont have respect for the teachers and staff.Theres very few good teachers and almost no parent involvement.I feel sorry for the teachers because the students refuse to cooperate. I wouldn't recomend this school!


Posted September 17, 2010

This new principal is terrible! We thought we would give her a year to figure things out, but it was the wrong choice. She was completely phony with us and has changed a warm and wonderful school into a plain building with little character and nothing to offer. Also, the teachers that made the school so wonderful have almost all left due, in large part, to this new nightmare of a principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

I have never experienced a school where students rarely have homework. Expectations of students appear very low. If we as parents aren't involved in our child's academics our students will be a product of a failing system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

When I enrolled my son into LaCima Aug 2009 I was nervous due to the ratings but now I couldn t be happier. I love this school. The teachers really care about the kids. They are easy to talk to. They will communicate via email, phone or in person. The teachers, office staff, nurse, and monitors are very smart and friendly. They pay attention and are easy to talk to. My son really likes it there too & looks forward to the football and wrestling activities they offer. He has learned so much and has fun doing it. He has excelled to advance math and gets A-B's in all his classes. This is the best school I have seen yet & I have seen a few from TUSD to Rancho Sahuarita. I am VERY happy with LaCima in whole and plan to keep my son there until he moves on to H.S.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

I attended La Cima from grades 6 to 8. I learned things from this school throughout and walked out with an A-A+, but however the school system itself was pretty bad. The principal when I attended there was alright, but that was the only thing that was decent. First of all, all of the classes I've taken weren't even challenging enough (even if it was high end classes), which led me to get an easy A. Also, the teachers really don't care about the grade system too. It's like if you submit something in, you will get an A, no matter how the quality of the homework submitted is. Second of all, 65% of the teachers I had were near retirement age, so they couldn't teach energetically and really get the point across. There are more things i'd like to say but I can't due to the word restriction here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2007

I went to this school a year ago, and I never realized that it was such a terrible school until I left. Teachers seem to kind of try, but the students just dont want to work. Students can pass without even trying. Overall, it didn't serve its purpose: to teach students, and to prepare them to be good people in the real world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2007

I went to this school some yours ago and it was the best school that I have been at. The teacher are very good and helped me in every thing. they were also me friends.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 6, 2007

My child was at La Cima for half [a] year.It was the worst school We have experienced.Teachers don't act like they care.My child was bullied non-stop by kids she did not know. My concerns with my child's problems at school were not taken serious by the principal. There is a lot of 'gang like' activity in this school. I would not recommend this school for any child. Amphi district needs to re-evaluate this school and hire a whole new staff. For the children's sake I hope something is done about this troubled school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2006

Student teacher ration very bad. District is asking for teachers to take on my students with more work time and state mandated tests. Over all bad school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

Big push to teach 'to the state standards'. Weak leadership. Lots of stress on teachers. Students are disrespectful and negative.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 28, 2005

Plenty of extracurricular activities; nice facilities; knowledgeable teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2004

My son attended 6 through 8 at La Cima. While he did well there, I was not impressed over all. There is too much emphasis on discipline and not enough on academics. We had problems with several teachers who seemed to be burnt out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2002

Average education in this school is not bad, but compare to other school's test results I would say teachers need to have more challanged kids to potentially improve their average quality of education to compete with other school in the town..


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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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
59%

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 65% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%

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 58% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
70%
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 "Performing Plus".

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 67% 43%
White 21% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
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 27%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5600 N. La Canada
Tucson, AZ 85704
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