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Wheeler Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 320 students

 

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Posted February 10, 2014

Most teachers have a it is just a pay check attitude maybe because it is ran by a prison warden not a principal. Dr. Emmert looks for every reason and little thing wrong with a child, and acts like she is the best thing to man because she has a doctorate she belittles the kids has a horrible attitude and when you try to talk with her about your concerns, she says if you do not like she can find you another school makes it seem like she is doing you a favor by contacting the welcome center forcing you to have to move schools because of her a inconvenience because that is our home school. My children attending wheeler have regressed not progressed and I no longer believe in TUSD at all next year I will be moving my kids to a real school not a education boot camp ran by a warden and correctional officers. The school has taken all fun away from school for the kids even passing out valentines. The only time you hear anything from anyone in the school is when they have complaints about your child. Wheeler and the way it is ran is wrong and if it is a representation of the school district than TUSD does not care about there kids it is all just money to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

Most of the teacher at Wheeler are good. But the Principle has bully behavior, my child been there 5yrs. never a behavior problem for any of his teachers. Yet Stacie Emert seems to go out her way to find him and tell him must drink his milk, must pull up his pants, his waist band was showing under his shirt, not visable to anyone. All on a regular basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

My daughter's school closed from all of the budget cuts, so i enrolled her at Wheeler. Her reading and writing improved remarkably. They offered lots of extra help and special time to help her. I am very satisfied with this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

I attended Wheeler over 20 years ago, and now my child is attending the school. I have enjoyed the office staff and his teacher very much. I am a little disappointed that the school has not seen many upgrades in over 20-years! It also appears that there is a lack of parent participation. I hope to see these things improve in the upcomming year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

I thought the Principal was exceptional. She is ambitious for her school and their students to be the very best they can be. She seems to be very disciplined in her goal and sets standards that all must be follow not just a few. I like that since too many elementary schools allow certain parents privileges other parents are not receiving. While I was a parent at this school I've witnesses her treat every single parent, students and teachers exactly the same with no favorites in sight. It doesn't matter if that parent is one she works with daily or if this parent is only seen when their child has a situation. She is considerate to all who she serves. She handles the children the same way without reserve. I enjoyed watching this during all my time helping out there at the school. Way to go Dr. Emert!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

Its too bad that parents in the surrounding area take so little interest in the school environment. With thier involvment, that school could be great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2006

My son's teacher was awesome! He has made great progress in his enthusiasm for learning due to the personal teaching style of one particular teacher. The ratio of monitors to children on the playground is not enough. This school in my opinion clearly does not belong to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

One of our children attended here throughout K-5, the other we moved after 3rd grade. We moved because the teacher options were not acceptable. Our years of experience here saw some excellent teachers, as well as some so-so teachers. Both of my children missed some basic math foundations in the early years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

This schools standards have drastically dropped since my child attended. When we started in kindergarten the class sizes were acceptable and the individual attention given to each student was great. Over the years with administration changes the quality of the school fell to the point where I pulled my child from the school. Discipline was non-existant. Teachers were forced to spend most of their day dealing with disruptions rather than teaching students. I addressed my concerns with the district supervisor and felt like my meeting fell on deaf ears. Nothing changed and that is when I decided not to re-enroll my child. If you are involved with your child's education continually check their progress at Wheeler. Chances are your child will not be challenged and encouraged to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

Both of my sons attended Wheeler. My oldest was, at that time, seriously hindered by his ADHD. It took one of his teachers there to recognize that his problem wasn't his ADHD, it was that he was bored to tears. This teacher took intimate interest in his achievements, and made sure that he had plenty of mental stimulation, as well as other outlets. I was in constant contact with all of my son's teachers at all times, and made to feel as though my involvement was of paramount importance. I would heartily reccomend this school to any parent of middle school children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 4, 2005

One of the problems of this school is that parent participation in most all school events/activities is non existent. Also, many of the teachers are overloaded by large classrooms and underfunding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

If you are a parent reading these reviews, please go and visit Wheeler for yourself. Most of these reviews are very one sided, and come from only one source. It's unfortunate that some people have to resort to posting negative comments that hurt everyone. Parents that have kept their students at Wheeler complain that enrollment is down, so let's do what's best for children, stop the negativity. Children need to see that we are all working together to achieve the same goal. I feel that Wheeler has a very caring atmosphere. Wheeler has an excellent staff dedicated to the success of all children. With all of the controversy surrounding education today, let's do what we can where we can. Starting at our home school, Wheeler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

I have 2 children at Wheeler. I am not at all happy with the leadership of this school. The prinipal is very unfriendly, she never has the best intrest of the school in mind. She only thinks of herself. she has been at the school for 3 years its time that the district moves her somewhere else.... She is even effecting the long time good teachers. Please think twice before placing your child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

I am a parent of 3 children at wheeler . I thought we were a great school until we recieved a new principal this year. She is not experienced , friendly or a very good role model. I am looking for a private school for my kids now. Think twice!


Posted May 7, 2003

Wheeler was a great school untill the addition of the current principal. Unfortunatly the principal has no social skills, nor experience and is most unprofesional. Her lack of caring for the children shows greatly. For safety & wellbeing she must be removed!


Posted May 6, 2003

This school has a long way to go to get back on its feet after administration changes. Parents, teachers and administrators need to work together to help the children and forget about who is backstabbing who. Lets pull together Wheeler.


Posted May 3, 2003

I have been involved with wheeler for 7 years up until this year we have been known as a great school. Parents are wonderful and we couldnt ask for better teachers they are very warm and caring. This year we got a new principal. she is inexperienced and not very friendly. Parents are hoping that she is removed and we can once again become a caring friendly school that we use to be.


Posted April 30, 2003

The principal I feel does not care about the students or their safety.I think the teachers would be much better off without a principal at all then with the lack of leadership. Find a new Principal!


Posted April 28, 2003

I would without a doubt not recommend anyone to Wheeler until we get rid of the principal. She thinks that our school belongs to her not the students,parents and teachers.


Posted April 28, 2003

Teachers,kids,and parents are fantastic however cant say the same for our new principal.She is lacking in social skills,she is rude with both parents and kids.Wheeler was great till we got her.


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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "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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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
Hispanic 45% 43%
White 38% 42%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 60%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1818 Avenida Del Sol
Tucson, AZ 85710
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