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Twin Peaks Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 6, 2013

There are very few teachers that seem like they even enjoy teaching at this school. I've witnessed staff being very rude to very young children and it is just not acceptable. They have unrealistic expectations for kinder level kids, and reprimand constantly vice actually instructing. The gates are closed earlier than they are supposed to be in the morning forcing kids to be tardy prematurely. I am so disappointed with this school and the staff. The only positive thing I can say is that the grounds are maintained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

I have experienced nothing but good in the three years that my children have attended Twin Peaks Elementary. The teachers are fantastic. The administration is involved and ready to tackle anything that comes up. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

I regret moving my family to be in this school district. I am so disappointed in everything except their parent involvement. I have sat in on the classes (for each of my children's classes K-3rd grade) and was heart broken to see the type of interventions they have for children's behaviors. There is no room for a child to fidget, doodle, or move around in their chair what-so-ever. I can't sit through long meetings at work without doodling. How can they expect young children to just sit completely still? That is not a realistic expectation. There was very little actual instruction and many "group" activities. The classroom looks like assignments given out and children figuring things out for themselves or get a friends help. How embarrasing is it to have to ask your friends for help. I have no idea where the teaching comes in. The most disappointing factor is that both of my children struggle with reading because everything is timed. Instead of taking the time to sound a word out they start shouting out every word they can think of that starts with that letter. My children are as different as night and day. It says something when both do the same thing to read.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

AMAZING school! My daughter is challanged, supported, cared for and encoraged daily. The pricipal is involved and connected and all the staff seem to be focussed on the childrens well-being, happiness, safety and education. I have no complaints! This is a 5 star school where your child will recieve an amazing, balanced education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

My child has been at Twin Peeks since kindergarten and now is in 6th grade. Every teacher, staff and volunteer have been great with the children. Parents are very involved. My child is above average intelligence and very well behaved so I can't be sure how much intervention is provided when needed. My observation of several children who seem to be very behind and would have been in special needs classes 20-30 years ago receive very few hours of extra help. They also pass to the next grade every year. I wonder if parents are aware that their child might qualify for an IEP or if teachers are informing parents of their rights to services available. A huge problem in AZ are politicians who don't place much importance on education and cut funding nearly a million dollars last year. A state full of wealthy retirees will not vote them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

Twins Peaks is a Great school. I really like all the choices the kids have about what to get involoved in after school. I do wish school started earlier. Most parents have to be at work before 9am and the before school Leap program is very small and usually full. The only thing that does discourage me, not with Twin Peaks, but the education system in general, is how some teachers can not handle children with ADHD. They don't have the patience or time to deal with them. There are at least one or two teachers at every school. Having a child with ADHD is very difficult and most of my encounters with the class room teacher have been very stressful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2007

This school has very good academics. Most of the teachers really care about your children's needs on an individual basis. There are many activities offered. Parents are very involved in every aspect of the school from helping in their childs classroom to helping with school functions. The students and parents at Twin Peaks are one big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2006

Twin Peaks is a fantastic school. The teachers really care about the students and put in the extra time and effort needed to make sure all students feel appreciated. The leadership is outstanding. The support given by the principal is impressive. The campus is clean and a safe place for my child. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at Twin Peaks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

Great School. My six year old truly enjoys it. The teachers appear to truly care. There are many activities at the school through out the year. It is a fairly new school and seems to be doing well. They are always looking for parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

Overall, Twin Peaks is a good school. Twin Peaks is a little bit too disorganized for my taste. Example: School gates don't open until 20 minutes before class starts, and not all the teachers open their doors on time. Also, the parking lot is poorly designed and many fender benders happen. On the plus side, the teachers are very nice, and geniunely concerned with the education of the students, plus the school does try to interact with parents as much as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2003

this is a great school it has alot of great teachers and great parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2003

I have only been in Arizona about 8 months and I really like the school, my daughter is really getting everything she needs there. I feel like they take the time to help when extra help is needed, and they keep the parents notified as to how the children are doing.


Posted March 30, 2003

I am thoroughly disappointed in the FAME grading system. Because very few parents feel the same, I cannot believe the district has not abandoned it altogether.


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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 32%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7995 W. Twin Peaks Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743
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Phone: (520) 579-4750

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