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Marion Donaldson Elementary School

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Posted August 17, 2014

Seven years into my 2 girls at Donaldson. Both my girls have had a positive learning and social experience at this school. Could not ask for anything more. Change in leadership a few times with the current Principal being in her second year. The teachers have all been fabulous for my girls. The school has a small, secure feeling to it... Love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

This school is on top of what is going on in the community. They are always having dinner nights out at Subways or even other restaurants. The PTO is getting better in including the younger children as my daughter is in Kindergarten. I know in preschool last year they were not included in many of the school fundraisers that they were having. The nurse there is always ready to answer any questions that you are having. We also have a new principal this year so haven't had any problems so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Donaldson Elementary was a major let down. The teacher my son had was very helpful in the beginning but at the end of year ended up acting like the staff and principle, gossip and very inappropriate comments made to my 6 year old about me, his mother. My son complained of others kids bullying him and when I brought the issue up to the staff and teacher they would pretty much say my son was lying and that there were no issues of children bullying. Last year Kindegarden had tuition and after major medical issues and major surgeries I could not afford it and the one staff member that was helping me put together payment plans and taking some tuiton off ended up resigning and I was back to being harrased by the principle about making payments to tuition in full. I later found out that the principle had the power to help with the tuition and even lower the amount owed but with me would not lower the tuition at all. When I visited the principle regarding my issues with the school and the comments the teacher and secretary in office were making to my son she only wanted to bring up tuition owed and decided to take my son out of full time K to part time starting that min.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

great teachers, safe school, responsible teachers, nice students, all very talented. safe school bus drivers!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2011

Great schoo.l Great principal, with an outstanding attitude . People care there. Well organized. My son now loves going to school. By the way we just found a new fundraising site bargainsthatbenefit.com It's free, You can buy numerous deals and bargains and they donate 10% to the school of your choice! Bettr than buying a $15 tub of cookie dough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

Both of my kids go to Donaldson and they love going to class. As a mother I recommend Donaldson Elementary School the teachers are great my kids are learning as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

As a parent, I'm glad that the District has been able to find the money, even in these bad economic times, to add a teacher to drop class size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

Donaldson is a poor elementary school. There are more than 30 students in the upper elementary grades with 3 of the 4 taechers unable to cope with the high number. My son's self esteem and overall love of learning has tanked having to be at such a lousy school. The principal spends more time at the district office or off campus than he does on campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

My grandchildren just transferred due to a change of address and they are thriving in Marion Donaldson Elementary School's positive environment.
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Posted August 29, 2008

Everyone at Donaldson is so accomodating. My son wears a hearing aid, and they have taken every step possible, so that his education is uninterrupted. The teachers, staff, nurse and principal are absolutely amazing! My son is excited about school and the teachers are the best of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

Donaldson is a small school with a great sense of community..My daughter loves it here!!
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Posted September 28, 2007

We just recently moved into the area. We had a choice between Harlelson and Donaldson and decided to send our children to Donaldson. The was an excellent desicion. The staff is terrific and always willing to help. The teachers take time to help each child. Even the bus drivers are excellent with the children. I am glad we were blessed to find such a terrific school for our children. This is a 5 Star school all the way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

I am very satisfied with the education my son and daughter have received at Donaldson. The teachers are very good and try to encourage parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2006

Everybody at this school is simply wonderful. The teachers, the office staff, the principal--everybody is extremely helpful and wants the best for every child. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Donaldson happens to be one of the better schools. Because of where I live, I have the choice of sending my kids to either Donaldson or Butterfield and after speaking with several parents from both schools -- Donaldson won, hands down! The teachers and staff are great. The principal is there if you need to speak with her and best of all, the kids really enjoy going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

I think that this is a wonderful school. My daughter enjoys going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2004

Donaldson is a small school with a great sense of community. Everyone is made to feel welcome. Their PTO is small, but strong, and meetings are very friendly. Parent volunteers and other volunteers are used to enhance the curriculum and help add to the already caring environment.
—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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 42%
Hispanic 42% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 20%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Tucson, AZ 85704
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