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Soleng Tom Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 465 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 12, 2007

Different leadership would restore this school to its 'great' status. I, for one, have pulled my children and enrolled them in a charter school where students are the top priority, not the private agendas of the people who are responsible for educating them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

It is really sad that Soleng Tom is spiraling downhill. It was a great school. If you look at academics it still is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

The involvement of the teachers and the principal is excellent. They are good not only with the curriculum, but also with keeping the kids respectful and in line. The only complaint I have for this school is I wish they had more school based sporting events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

Not a good school for open-enrollment if your child misbehaves a little. The Principal will inform you unkindly to go elsewhere. Every week it is mandated to say the pledge in Spanish(although many of us parents don't agree) and if your child is tardy then he/she has to sit in the Principal's office. You don't get to know who the teacher is until the night before. There are no music programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2006

The staff is excellent and parent involvement is incredible. Although the principle is sometimes harsh, she does have everything in order. She should be a little more flexible to some teachers' ideas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

This school was once a wonderful school that practically ran itself because of its excellent teachers and staff. The current principal does not lead the school; instead, she controls it with intimidation and manipulation. As a result, almost all the really good teachers and support staff (including a counselor recently voted the top elementary school counselor in Arizona) have bailed out, either taking early retirement or moving to other schools (over 25 so far under this principal). The parents are no happier, which has resulted in less and less parent support. As a former employee, as well as the parent of 3 children who have attended this school under its current principal, I cannot with good conscience recommend Soleng Tom anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2006

What a great staff if they would only stay! The Principal is too demanding and does not allow for creativity. Very micromanaging and treats teachers as slaves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2006

The teachers at this school are excellent But the turnover rate is horrendous. If you like curriculum all day and no breaks then you would like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2006

Soleng tom was once a great school, but good teachers are leaving and the ones who remain are constantly stressed out. Sadly, this school has been mismanaged into the ground. However, parental involvement is great and the ptsa provides for many extracurricular activities. I would probably not recommend this school until they replace the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2006

Parents are the strength of Soleng Tom. The administrative staff skills are dismal and quality teachers are leaving. I would not recommend this elementary school to my family or friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

Soleng Tom was once a great school; however, under the present principal, it has become a mediocre school with a largely mediocre staff. Parent involvement is still OK, but it is dwindling. Administrator seems to have many private agendas. There is no computer lab. Classrooms are too small for the number of students assigned to them. Safety and traffic control problems continue to plague the parking/pickup/drop-off areas, and promised surveys soliciting parental input on these issues have not been provided.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

Provided a safe learning environment. Staff is friendly, helpful and well prepared. Our child received a top rate education from a public school. Provided many opportunities for parental involvement in classes as well as with other students and parents. Orchestra program while crowded provided fundamental skills which helped our child decide to continue with music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

Wonderful participation of parents,teachers and principal. Our children have been there a total of 10 years, no complaints! A great start for anyones education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2005

Excellent school. Teachers and other staff go above and beyond to provide a quality educational foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

I feel the school in general is very good academic wise, there however is a need for more emphasis on individuality needs as far as personality differences. To much attention is placed on 'cutesy' type things like the giving or taking of 'peace bugs' or the like, depending on the grade level. A child starts the day with so many of these 'items'and as the day wears on they lose one or more of these items for 'misbehavior', at days end the child's day is judged on how many 'items' they have been able to maintain. I disagree with this 'value calculator' as well as with the inability to diffentiate the obvious differences/ expectations between male and female students, way to much generalization done here. The principal is very 'my way is the way'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

My son started Soleng Tom in January of 2005. He loved the activities and the learning environment and had a wonderful two quarters with Mrs. Brunenkant. Well done, Soleng Tom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2005

This school is one of the top schools in TUSD for parent involvement. I had two children who attended here and I would recommend it very highly. Teachers are wonderful. Great school overall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2002

This school has a great extracurricular program. My son really enjoys and looks forward to going to those programs during his school day. They also have a ""desert habitat"" which is amazing, and a wonderful hands-on way for the kids to learn about our desert.


Posted October 15, 2002

Soleng Tom is an excellent school with active parent participation. Our extra-curricular activities are lacking due to non funding from TUSD but our PTSA has been quick to help fund a music & Spanish teacher to our children to make up for that. Overall, I am a very satisfied 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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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 "Excelling".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 26%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Tucson, AZ 85748
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