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Cottonwood Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 22, 2014

I love this school! My son has been given opportunities he did not have at his previous school- advanced math, music performances, just to name a few. There is a nice sense of community- school carnival, Mc Teacher Night, supporting families in need. Teachers are always going above and beyond in communicating progress and are always available. The principal is approachable and quick to respond to questions and concerns. The office staff is warm and inviting. This school is rated Excelling and received an A+ because of all the hard work and dedication of the leadership and staff. Thank you Cottonwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

This school has gone downhill in the last couple of years. Great teachers have been leaving in droves, special ed teachers seem to leave all the teaching to the underpaid parapros to the detriment of the other kids in the class. There is no longer an art program. Real shame as this was a great school when we first started here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

Cottonwood is a good school for regular education students. The inclusion program is lacking because the special education teachers expect the parapros to find printed resources for each f their students. Special education teachers do not work with these children Directly. Instead they expect the regular Ed classroom teacher and the parapro to modify all lessons. LD teacher during 2012-2013 did not spend the required IEP time teaching students as she had many many excuses.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 17, 2011

The teachers and staff are all amazing and the entire community values the education system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

I love the teachers, the atmosphere, the values daily presented by this school! We've attended many schools (as a military family) and this one has been the best public school we've attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

This school/district cares nothing for special needs children. They refuse to provide any help whatsoever. We have been fighting with this school for over 5 years to provide the education my son needs and finally gave up and moved him to a t.u.s.d. school which recognized his problems within a week a started an evaluation. Somthing we have been pleading Cottonwood/Vail school district to do for the past 6 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

I Love this school! Great teachers, young and spunky and smart! Take your children here if you wan't a top quality education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

My daughter attends kindergarten at Cottonwood, and is absolutely thrilled every day to go to school. Due to some overcrowding (the area is growing rapidly), two of the kinder teachers are team-teaching, and making it a VERY positive experience. The kids love having 2 teachers, and more friends with whom they can interact during their day. Cottonwood has exceptional staff, teachers and support by parents. Slower learners are identified quickly and given extra help as needed. We are very sad to be moving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2007

Cottonwood is by far the best school that my children have attended. They have been to two other schools in the Tucson area, and we are most happy with Cottonwood. The teachers and support staff genuinely care about each individual student. I have noticed a tremendous jump in my children's math and reading levels. So far, my children have been in the Third and Fourth grade at Cottonwood. The teachers are definately top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

Two of my children attend Cottonwood, and I am thrilled with their education. They have art, PE, music, and writing classes - all of the things which usuall get cut when the budget is tight. The entire staff is dedicated to my children's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2006

My daughter attends kindergarten here, and it has been a very positive experience for her. The school is very new and is surrounded by new homes. The teachers are very attentive and the class sizes are small. The Vail school district has a very good reputation, and is definitely preferable to the larger surrounding districts such as Tucson Unified. Many families in the community have one parent staying at home, so involvement is higher than average. The school has at least one afterschool family activity every week. I would definitely recommend this school, and I hope to find one that is comparable when we move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2005

Great school, couldn't be happier with the school staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2005

Great hard working teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

Cottonwood is awesome. The second grade teachers are hard workers and care about their kids. The students are well prepared for the state test because of effective teaching practices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

Cottonwood is a great school. Community involvement is of the utmost importance. I couldn't have picked a better school for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

This is a new school, entirely gated, lots of outdoor play areas and equipment, good library and computer lab. Excellent special needs personnel and resources. There is a daily school-wide re-teach/enhancement program for core subjects, which keeps everyone going, and doesn't embarass the kids. The kids go to music class, art, P.E., computer lab, and reading class. In a good neighborhood and district. A lot of the parents work in the Air Force, at IBM, and Raytheon. The kindergarten and daycare teachers are nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2004

I was very pleased with the kindergarden curriculum and the teacher my daughter had. There was a huge emphasis placed on reading and my daughter was reading very well by the end of kindergarden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2004

Cottonwood has a group of very involved parents. The teachers are dedicated and interested in fostering a learning environment. It is a very regimented school, yet extremely friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2003

This school is good as long as your child doesn't have a learning disability. They do not recognize certain disabilities and won't provide help. They should educate themselves on this so they can help the children instead of turning them away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2003

This is the best school ever. My children went here for a short time, but they carried the happiest memories ever. The whole school is wonderful, loving, caring. I could go on for day. If you want a great education for your children and a caring staff... send you children here. I wish ever state could have a school this wonderful. They are the best in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
80%

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

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93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
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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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
White 62% 42%
Hispanic 27% 43%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 21%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9950 East Rees Loop
Tucson, AZ 85747
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