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Magee Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 701 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted May 19, 2014

How quickly and how far Magee has fallen! My oldest daughter (now a Junior at Sabino) went to Magee and we were pleased with the teachers and the principal. They were strict yet caring and dedicated. In the two years since the change in leadership, we have watched this school tumble. My youngest daughter is about to complete 6th grade at Magee and we have decided she won't be returning. The few teachers that do care (or did care) are leaving. (Yes, the band was amazing, but even that teacher is leaving). The classrooms are crowded, the staff is overwhelmed and simply don't care anymore. Unfortunately, it is the students who are paying the price. The good teachers are moving on. The principal is simply not nice to deal with and I never got the feeling he cared about any of the kids or our concerns as parents (and yes, we have brought them to his attention - many times). I pains me to see a child go from enthusiastic about school to hating it. We will be moving her out of Magee in hopes of rekindling that spark.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

This school has gone down hill the last few years. I understand that there has been budget cuts for TUSD, but it is reflecting on these kids education. This school does not provide text books for the children, some teachers provide xerox book pages for students. If a child does not complete classwork they do not have a text book to take home to complete the assignment. Some of the teachers my children have had are extremely helpful and pick up the slack for others. This school has become worse the last couple years probably due to other TUSD schools closing and now the classes are more overcrowded than before. The front office is extremely rude and lacks communication skills with parents. The new principal has yet to show leadership for the school. Check out other districts or charter schools before thinking of registering your child here. Great schools rate Magee at 5. poor rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

This school is great!, it has its ups and downs but overall it's a great middle school.the teachers are understanding(for the most part) and another are the field trips and clubs. DC club great ODYSSEY of the mind also very great it is a nice school they also have a anti-bulling campaign that's why I give 5 stars


Posted May 20, 2013

Magee used to be a great school. I've attended Magee since the sixth grade. The old principal was great, but he's recently retired. Our new principal is the rudest man I've ever met in my life, quite literally. When I address him with problems, he sends me back to class. He introduced the 'PRIDE' program to Magee last year which has done nothing but harm. I had accumulated these PRIDE hours, and was never told about them. Come the end of this year, I'm now not allowed to walk at graduation, participate in the 8th grade end-of-the-year activities, or get a yearbook that was paid for. The school staff is never helpful and does nothing but harass students. This is the end of my eighth grade year, thank goodness. Do NOT enroll your child at Magee - the school has changed for the worst.


Posted December 15, 2012

Great teachers who actually care about student achievement! Leadership is also a positive influence on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2012

We have nothing but great things to say about Magee. Both the principal, assistant principal are doing a wonderful job. Also we have had some of the best teachers ever! We are proud of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2012

I am so happy to see that I am not the only one having problems at Magee. I am very surprised that more parents aren't saying anything about this. I am having a second meeting with all 6 teachers as well as the principal because my child "doodles" on her papers. If this is the worst behavior going on at this school then they should be very proud indeed! My daughter and I feel that we are being picked on and bullied by the staff. I have never had any positive feedback from any of them and only negative. She also got in "trouble" for reading in class. I don't feel comfortable discouraging my child from reading. I hope more parents will come forward and speak about this unfair treatment of our children. I don't want to pull my daughter out in the middle of the school year...but she will NOT be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

For the first time in my daughter's life she came home crying and screaming that she hated school!!!!! Their "Pride" program takes punishment to a whole new level. If they forget anything, a pencil or even a sharpened pencil or a piece of paper they get detention and the parent has to put their job in serious danger to pick up their child from detention daily because they can't ride the bus home. I totally disagree with this program they have gone too far. Very unhappy parent I won't take the chance on losing my business because someone can't lend my daughter a pencil to write with especially when other kids are stealing them from my daughter. And what of the "No Child Left Behind" crock that I now have to pay for a tutor that I can't afford. She dreamed of becoming a surgeon and now wants to drop out of school. Totally disappointed in this school. NO HELP HERE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

The teachers are wonderful and nice. They definitely know how to teach the students in a fun and exciting way. The band program there is amazing teaching high school level music in their wind ensemble (advanced band).


Posted August 5, 2010

I had a child at Magee last year. It was a great experience for us. A principal who was quick to help resolve any issue, teachers who really care about the students, the best band/orchestra I have ever seen in a middle school, the D.C. Club which culminates in a trip to D.C. at the end of the year, other great field trips, parent nights, etc. We were so pleased that we made the decision to put our child at Magee. I have to say this was one of the first years with all of my children in school that I haven't had any negative issues. Wow. We, obviously love Magee. A great big thank you to the principal and all of the fantastic staff at Magee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

What an incredible, dedicated staff. They are teachers, friends and proxy-parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I do not agree with the parent who posted on April 1. First, the discipline is the best this year that it has been in three years. Second, the cuts are not the school's fault, but the legislature's and they are not even done yet. Third, the hugging issue is not really an issue. Kids still hug (I saw several yesterday), but they are trying to stop couples from getting too romantic at too young an age... I applaud that! Also, the band and orchestra are the best in the entire state, the scores are good though they took a dip last year, and my kids have loved going there over the last five years. Magee is a great place for kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

My child goes to this school, and she tells me everything that goes on at this school. This school is very poorly at disciplining. They do not allow hugging. Hugging is something friendly and shouldn't be restircted from a public area. Anything more, I could understand. But this school is cutting off other teachers, and even the good ones. And it needs a lot of our help with the money. Even though this school is not the best. It contains many students. And these students are there to learn and be social. They are already taking one thing away from them, don't let it be the other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

magee is really cool especially ms.wilson!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2008

It is a very genuine school. They teach everything that is required to teach and more. I recomend your child going to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2007

Extremely poor communication levels from teachers and administration. Lack of administrative oversight and overall poor performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

My daughter attended this school all three years of middle school and loved it. She was and still is a straight A student. My daughter is now a Jr. at Sahuaro High School and says she learned many many things from the great teachers at Magee Middle School. Especially Mr. Keuter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

Magee is not committed to parental communication, with some teachers not responding to e mail at all, schedule changes without any parental involvement. There appears to be little commitment to brighter students as long as they meet the AIMS that's sufficient. My child has graduated this school rating worse than they did on admission. There is no real discipline with children turning in work if they want. There are a minority of excellent teachers but they certainly are in the minority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

Magee MS suffers from lack of parental communication. From both parents and teachers. Parental involvement in this school is the key to your childs success. You must take the initiative because some of the staff will not. There have been many failed attempts at communication with a few of my sons teachers. Our son was new to the school this year and has had problems with other students and complains about the fighting that goes on undetected. I will not have my child in a school where he feels unsafe....and communication is not an option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

Magee Middle School's Principal Mr Jerry Holmes is an excellent leader and manager. His visions for taking Magee onward in this challenging time for public education is well planned, and will meet the needs of the increasing diverse population of Magee's student body. The academic expectations of Magee's teachers and staff are high. Discipline, safety, and honesty are paramount at this school. Expectations are high for students at Magee, and must be meant by each individual student. Parents must remain engaged and active in their child's education to insure this success. Teachers and administrators cannot insure a child's success without involved parents.
—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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 50% 42%
Hispanic 33% 43%
Black 7% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 47%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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