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Laura N. Banks Elementary School

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Posted June 9, 2009

I'm looking into different schools in the area for my kids, unfortunately. The district is letting great teachers go and keeping some of the tenored teachers who don't want to be there anyway. There are a couple of wonderful teachers in the kinder & 1st grade that will be staying but that doesn't help my older children. The current principal has high hopes and grand ambitions for the next few years. Unfortunately the PTA and Staff have decided that cultured activities, rodeo dance and sock hops aren't needed. :( I will still look into other schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I helped out at that school for years and I will tell you the adults that work there dont want and dont make you feel comfortable at all some good teachers but to many kids in a class and now they are letting some go and thats the good teachers.I am very happy to say my daughters will not be there next year.I beleave it should be torn down and moved to another location, with all new employees with proper training it could inprove but that wont happen those people are like high school girls in there own click some parents are worst than the kids.
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Posted August 13, 2008

I was very disappointment with and the lack of leadership. My children were there since kindergarden and finally had it this year. I pulled them out after two years of trying to work with them. There are some good teachers there but there also some not so good ones. The classes are very crowded. 28 students to one teacher in the second grade. To many 'bullies' and rude parents. I hope things turn around. But I won't be there or my kids to weather the storm.
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Posted May 19, 2008

My daughter is in the 4th grade and has attended Banks since Kinder. I am very happy with this school and all the employees. What the school needs is more parent involvment. At the band concert, one of the 5th grade classes only had eight children show up. How sad for the other children that had to do this themselves. Where was the parent involvment to make sure there children got there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

Most of the teachers at Banks are friendly and care about their students. There are however several teachers who are not happy teaching anymore and it is projected upon their students. There are wonderful exceptions to these teachers. If I could name these wonderful 3rd grade teachers I would. The school itself isn't very old. Unfortunately it has starting to go down hill. There does not appear to be any pride in their facility...The current principal does not reinforce student ownership as the previous principal did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2006

We are very pleased with the experience that our child has received for his schooling. We feel very comfortable with the communication from the teachers, the school, and the safety. We are pleased all around with Banks...Outstanding Job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

This is a great school. There are quality teachers here.
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Posted January 25, 2005

my son is in kindergarten, i feel they are a very good school. my son has done extremely well with his teacher. i feel they are one of the best schools in tucson.
—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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Plus".
  • 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 63% 43%
White 32% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 70%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3200 S.Lead Flower
Tucson, AZ 85735
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