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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 September 9, 2014

I have both of children at this school. I can not say enough wonderful things about this school. The education and competitiveness is at a high level, but its still fun. We use the before and after school program and have used the summer school and it is wonderful. The kids are so happy! They even have a wonderful 3 year old and preschool program and I can't say enough wonderful things about the teachers, principals, aftercare and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

I just had to write another review addressing the other one about the high cost of the before/after school program. Yes, it does seem that there are cheaper programs out there for non-school hours, but I have also tried going the cheaper route. I feel much more comfortable with my daughter's SAFETY at this school than I do at the others that I had tried. They are diligent about knowing where every student is at every minute, and that is VERY important to me (my daughter is a kindergartner). At her old pre-school, she was actually "lost" for a short time, which in my opinion, is simply unacceptable. I do not feel that I will ever have that problem with Soleng Tom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

My kids have gone to Soleng Tom for the last 9 years and there are so many good things about this school. I am so glad that they went to this school-it is one of the best elementary schools in TUSD! They have high test scores, great parent involvement, teachers who want to see your child succeed and a principal who takes an active role of keeping parents informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Soleng Tom was a wonderful find for a public school in Tucson. The teachers and principal are very involved and it shows. Just take a walk through the campus and you will see different initiatives and community involvement in project and photos all around. One of the main reasons we decided to stay in Tucson was finding this school for our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

We moved to Tucson shortly before the new school year started and were in a panic to find a great school for our children to attend. My son has high functioning Autism and is main streamed and our daughter was in preschool. We literally had him on three different wait lists for charter schools that had been recommended to us, as we were very hesitant about putting him in a TUSD school. Very good friends recommended we try to open enroll him into Soleng Tom. I was cautiously optimistic as it was now the week before school was to start, but the office staff was incredibly friendly and warm, the teachers were nothing short of amazing and the school atmosphere was beyond our expectations. It is very much a welcoming school and literally felt like family. My son had Mrs. Knight and Mrs. Valdez and we could not have asked for better teachers for him. We always felt informed, aware and like our involvement was appreciated. It is very nerve wracking sending any child to school and sending our special needs child was no exception. The PTSA was fantastic and although we have since moved cities, we consider Soleng Tom a gem of a school and would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

I truly love Soleng Tom. The students, teachers, and staff are friendly and believe children are the top priority. Mrs. Domec and Mrs. Vuturo are most friendly. Mrs. Richardson, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

We have been nothing but impressed with Soleng Tom. The staff, teachers and parent commitment is AMAZING! Despite the budget crisis recently, Soleng Tom's PTSA & Staff have stepped it up to continue to provide the BEST for their students by raising funds on their own time & effort. Because of the PTSA, parent support and commitment, Soleng Tom has special touches throughout the school that sets them apart. (ie: covered/shaded playgrounds) Once again, due to the commitment & dedication of the students and parents, the school has "one" major fundraiser throughout the year. The yearly "spell-a-thon" is something everyone looks forward too, and it's quite educational as well, which is refreshing for a fundraiser! The teachers are truly great teachers....we have yet to be disappointed. I never worry about who's class my boys will be in each year as they all are worth having. The principal trusts his veteran staff, and supports them endlessly. We're proud to be Soleng Tom Dragons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

Please consider the cost of after school care at Soleng Tom before you make the decision to take your child/children there. The school charges twice that of any other school in the area for full time after school "enrichment" and a $40.00/day flat rate (even if it's only for 1 hour a day.) There are other schools in this area that offer physical education, language, music, art and AFFORDABLE after school programs. Soleng Tom does not offer ANY of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

One of the better schools as far as TUSD goes, from what I've been able to gather. But compared to schools outside of Arizona, still a disappointment. I moved here with my 6 year old son over the summer and requested a transfer to Soleng Tom through the TUSD Open Enrollment program. He is gifted by the standards of other schools, but could probably handle being skipped two grades here in Tucson, and I have met with nothing but brick walls trying to get my son into a challenging program. They use buzzwords like "the whole child," and worry about teaching life skills that should be the responsibility of the parent, effectively making me, the parent, responsible for his academic growth. Bottom line, I should have just kept him in our local school for all the difference it has made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

My grand daughter goes to Soleng Tom and we all love it!


Posted March 17, 2010

Soleng Tom is awesome! It's a bummer that it's in TUSD, because TUSD is not so awesome. But Soleng Tom has done a wonderful job of giving students a quality education despite all the challenges of being in TUSD. Now that the new principal is there, it will be even better. My daughter is in 1st grade. She transferred to Soleng Tom from another TUSD school and the difference is dramatic! The students in her class are well behaved and not allowed to get away with bullying or misbehaving. My daughter loves school now. I would highly recommend Soleng Tom to anyone who takes their child's education seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

I love Soleng Tom. My Daughter hates to miss school. Her teacher's have been amazing. The support of both parents and teachers is hard to find and we have it. Our home school is Ford and I will never send my children there. My daughter is in 1st grade and reading and comprehending at a 2nd grade level. She loves to read and now she wants to write her own stories. The programs that they offer the kids such as 'Stories that Sour' teaches our children that what they have to write about matters! I am proud of Soleng Tom. I am not impressed with TUSD and I am not sure if she will stay in TUSD but as long as my kids are in Elementary they will be at Soleng Tom. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Soleng Tom is one of a few elementary Tucson schools receiving an excelling rating. My grandson goes there and the environment there is outstanding. Great teachers, great programs. Having been a teacher I know from experience that this is a superb school. At thr teacher conferences it is very common for both mom and dad to attend. That was not what occured in my teaching experience.


Posted July 15, 2009

My daughter is going into her 3rd year at Soleng Tom and is so happy there! We believe what makes this school one of the tops in Tucson are the teachers. They love what they do and they do it with so much heart. They set a high standard for themselves and by their example the kids strive to do their best and be their best! We're very excited about the new principal and are eager to see what new ideas he brings to the school and the teachers. We know with all the budget mess it will be hard to implement 'new' things but with the principal, teachers and parents all wanting the best for the kids anything is possible! We're hoping for more Music, PE and Spanish!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

We love the principal and staff at Soleng Tom. It is a very caring environment and a great place for my son to thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

Our daughter is about to finish her second year at Soleng Tom and it has been a great experience. It seems we've gotten a 'private' school education very inexpensively. The principal is very involved and she is highly visible throughout the school. The teachers, so far, have been very, very good (especially Mrs. Lowe). Children are taught accountability and organization very early on and there is no tolerance for bullying or gossip. The only downside, is that the school is part of TUSD, and cuts are being made for the upcoming 2008-2009 school year and class size will be increasing dramatically : ( Suggestions for improvement would be earlier music education, increased GATE hours and more P.E.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

PTSA Rocks! Great parent envolvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2007

Wow! What a great school! The teachers are outstanding and extremely caring, the staff is always friendly, and it is just an over-the-top extraordinary school! It is such a great experience for my child to come here. Soleng Tom is an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

For eight years I have watched this administration transform the most wonderful school into a place of sadness and misery. My children will now attend a private school, something we should have done years ago. I will never forget the handful of wonderful teachers that have truly enriched my children's lives, nor those of the PTSA & staff that have become my true friends. I will forever mourn the loss of the wonderful teachers & our counselor that were bullied out of this school because they stood up for what was right for our children. For those that remain, stand up for the children and fight for what is right, and do not let this administrator continue to be the only one that has a say in what goes on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2007

Excellent school, positive teachers, motivated and smart students and well-arranged schedule of activities!
—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.

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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11141 East Camino Quince
Tucson, AZ 85748
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