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Posted October 25, 2012

I know soeone who works there-they hate it! No supplies, no support and the school functions very poorly. Students can be unruly and difficult with inconsistent parental support. They are trying to get out ASAP. How in the world can someone with no education degree or educational experience open up and run a school? AZ must have some incredibly low education standards! A slick website does not equate to quality education.


Posted July 24, 2012

Teachers here are excellent. Kids are great. Most parents willing to work with teachers. Principal/Owner/Superintendant has no educational experience whatsoever and does not trust the teachers to do their jobs, hence the yearly turnover. There have been unsubstantiated rumors about mishandling of funds. Teachers are not given any supplies, and there has been a long standing issue with regards to student uniforms. The playground continues to be a broken parking lot, contrary to multiple promises otherwise. This is NOT a "high tech" school. Curriculum is outdated and incomplete, and suggestions from teachers to admin regarding curriculum, safety improvements are typically ignored. The focus from admin is on what things look like, rather than the actual substance. Rules are changeable and there is no written rulebook for teachers or students. On the plus side, teachers do hold high standards for their students, and give 120% of their time, effort, and salary. No useable library here - it is locked and only admin has the key.


Posted August 20, 2011

This school is terrible. The Owner/Superintendent/Principal has never taught a class in his life and he is trying to run a school. There is absolutely nothing here that will help make your child successful in life. There is no classroom supplies, no counselor, no special education, students have physical education in a torn up parking lot, and there is no transportation for afterschool activities. The school messed up on required uniforms this last year and would not pay us parents back when all supplies where ordered wrong. Many teachers left halfway through the school year and we the parents never knew why. At the end of the year many more teachers left. The school goes through several new teachers every year. How is my child supposed to learn in positive environment when the teachers are leaving all the time? That obviously shows there is something wrong with the leadership at this school. Do not be misled by the school website. Most of the pictures are not of the school. If you care about your child you will not send them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

This school is awful. There are many good educators at the school, but they are not backed up by the administration. The principal is cold and standoff-ish. She treats the students and the staff the same, like she doesn't really care about them, with the exception of her daughter who is a teacher there. The students have become more defiant and there is a lot more bullying between students. As a parent, the principal has even been snippy with me. My children will not be returning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

There as been alot of chages this year in the school not for the better. It is being ran like a military school. The only thing great about the school is the first grade teachers. They are awesome! Other wise the school is on the down fall. Many students are being pulled out due to the staff.


Posted August 7, 2009

My daughter went to CRS last year and is returning this year. Her teacher last year was awesome! The school has come along way since opening. My husband and I are looking forward to this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

I love this school, my son is a 1st grader there and he is doing well. The staff is great and the new principal and Mr Griffin really care about the childs education as well as behavior. Thanks for another great year of my sons education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

This is a school that has more 'great' to it than meets the eye. For the last 4 years our family has been scattered in many schools looking for schools that we could truly endorse with our children(s) attendance. We think we found it. CRS & FIMS follows through on their rules, has ever increasing education expectations of it's students, has clear methods for obtaining these objectives on a student by student bases and offers many well managed perks. I feel confident in it's Admin. to retain effective teachers, to weed out any students/teachers that attend for babysitting and provide learning opportunities and maintain the fundamentals. Even my kids, who were very reluctant to change schools again, are reporting that they are learning more then they had at previous schools and enjoy the 'community'. We think we'll park here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

Hmmm. The other reviews are interesting, especially the bad ones. We are not experiencing those things. The class size is about right (25 in the 5th grade). The classrooms are a bit small, but the learning we are seeing in our child is way better than what TUSD had to offer. Plus, they have rules that mean something, there is homework most every night, and our child is starting to improve in knowlege and ability. We have enrolled another of our children in the Middle School that is offered, and we are pleased with it as well. Learning is happening. Homework that reinforces the class-work is being assigned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Worst school ever!!! Horrible administration out for the buck, huge class sizes, tiny rooms, not much in the way of curriculum. Watch out on the pre-enrollment tours they misrepresent everything. My child learner very little here- don't make the same mistake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2007

Most class sizes are way too high. Great teachers and office staff but the lack of assistance for better education from the principal is unbelievable. My feeling from my experience is the children are only dollar signs. I have been concerned for the education of not only my child but all students in this school. Yes, every school has good and bad but I have experienced more bad then good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

My son spent his 5th grade school year at CRS for reasons unrelated to our satisfaction with his previous school. We had heard that class size was small and that the children excelled. On the 1st day of class, we were disappointed to find that the class size was quite large (a nearby public school had closed), that the teacher was new to the school, and that my son's classroom had no windows. Throughout the year my son repeated his teacher's many complaints about the lack of space, materials, and time. My son's previous school had a diverse cultural, economic, and racial mix of students which the faculty extolled as a virtue. Getting along despite differences was a strong part of the behavior code. Unfortunately at CRS where my son was a minority, he was made to feel very uncomfortable socially and developed some negative self images. I do not recommend CRS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

Im pleased that this school teaches spanish. I feel that learning a secondary language such as spanish will help my child in achieving his goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

My children both attended crs before we moved to another base, and both of them were behind in all their test scores and learning. My son is special needs and his need were not met by crs even after I was assured they would be. Do yourself a favor and do not enroll your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

This school is excellent I'm truly happy with the academics here, my son is only in the 2nd grade and is reading at a 5th grade level and his spelling of words is exceptional. The school provides before and after school care for those to use. You can see the parental support daily with the parents participating in the morning assemblies. I would recommend this school to any and everyone with children. I just love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

After having 2 children that attended school there, and later moved to a public school, I can say this. Both of my children were behind other kids, due to the lack of structure and teaching at CRS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

The teachers are excellent. Parents are very involved. Some classes that were said to be part of the curriculum never happened or got cancelled a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

School OK - teachers good, but community doesn't seem involved. Parents don't seem to do much and kids do not go on field trips...needs more parent involvement to help the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2003

I have two children and I would never dream of sending them any place else. The staff is wonderful. Very caring and very nurturing to the students, and willing to help them suceed in their education any way that they can. Mr. Griffin, the Director, as well as the rest of the staff, takes time to know each student's name and parent's name. He makes sure that your child receieves a quality education, and makes learning fun for them. My oldest child is reading 2 grades higher than his own grade and my younger child has already learned more than any other kidnergartener I know of. The assistant director, Mr. Mathias, joined the staff this year, and so far, so good. He seems to be a great guy and also has the open door policy. In the few short weeks he has been there, he has gotten to know the children and can tell you what type of a day your child has. Parents, if you are looking for a school that truly cares about your child and can get the job done when TUSD cannot, then seriously consider Children Reaching for the Sky.
—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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
85%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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
Hispanic 67% 42%
White 16% 42%
Black 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1844 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
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