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Old Vail Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 670 students

 

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Posted January 17, 2014

Old Vail Middle School. The Vail school district is more concerned about their super star status that the kids that really need the help slip through the cracks. Their focus is on test scores ONLY because those are what they review for their ratings. Kids learn at different rates but the Vail School district teaches the same fast pace. If your child picks up things instantly, doesn't need to study or any kind of help, GREAT you're in luck! But for the other 75% of the kids who need a lot of help, don't get it. Better not fall below the standards on those stupid standardized tests either, or they will rip your kid out of their class and be put in a "special" class where they will STILL not get it. They need more tutoring, after school, small groups and not pressure the kids so much on those standardized tests. They are stressed out and too much emphasis is put on those standardized testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

We are DONE with this school and not returning. The 6th graders are treated like herds of animals, stuck in relocatable buildings in the back of the real school. In the desert with a space dug out just enough to place the buildings. A mud pit during monsoon and watch out if you are little, you will get tossed into the mud pits. 6th graders are not treated as part of the middle school. I agree wtih other comments about the terrible 6th grade math teacher that has her own mental issues. The Curriculum is slow and easy YET you are not allowed to work on "homework" during class so much of the day is wasted. The kids are pressured to worry about test scores for all the wrong reasons and there is no inspiration or field trips or fun. The principal doesn't get back to you. The lunches aer horrid and run out frequently if you choose to eat it. Enroll elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

We left this school as I won't allow my 2nd child to attend. First of all, the principal did not ever get back to us regarding the curriculum. The teachers are very mixed from good to horrible. The horrible takes over the entire learning environment. One particular teacher blames the kids for bringing out her mental issues. One teacher chooses to speak of his religion and bonding with the kids that fit into his beliefs. They don't allow kids to be kids but instead make it like a prison for outdoor activities and lunch time. They also do not make sure the the child ran activities are done so fairly. Don't expect to get any math learning if you are not advanced (I can't speak for that program) however I do know ELP (their advanced learning class) is busy work, nothing more. They definitely teach to the test and the curriculum is easy, in fact lame. You can't work on homework in class but you can sit and talk about video games and other nonsense for hours. Too bad...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

Poor ,office manager INCREDIBLY RUDE! Principals assistant very rude and harsh for punishment also most teachers have little to no patients and yet complain about grades.My grandson is very smart yet is having s hard time..and with a staff like this ,I can see why!


Posted September 1, 2011

Great School in a Great School District. We have been very happy with the quality of teachers and the education our children receive here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

My children have attended OVMS for over two years now. In that time we have had some outstanding teachers who are very dedicated and capable. These teachers had the student's attention and respect due to the fact that the children were engaged and challenged. Unfortunately we have had some teachers who should not have been in the classroom. These teachers way too lenient in what was expected of students or were unable to explain some material in the detail students needed. If students are saying the class is too easy or had to go to other teachers to have things explained you know something needs to change in those classrooms. When you have a class that is all As maybe its time to review your standards. Overall it just seems the standards are not what they should be. Kids come in from out of state and they breeze along not feeling challenged due to the fact they are ahead of the rest of class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2010

If you read the reviews, it is odd that the studets hate it, but the parents love it. I think the schools standards are too low. My daughter was a solid C/D student in another state. She is honor roll here. Its not that they teach her any better, they just dont expect the kids to actually learn. The staff is nice, the teachers are pleasant. The students are right, they do need lockers. Middle school should prepare the kids for high school. No lockers, sixth graders only have two classes. Out door hallways and the classrooms are trailers..in Arizona? We are military and have experienced schools in several states. This place is a huge letdown and it makes me very worried about our country's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2010

Excellant school. The teachers are amazing, compassinate, caring, and so helpful. This will be my older sons 2nd year at OVMS. My youngest son will start 6th grade this year at OVMS. Looking forward in seeing what their 6th grade program has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

This is an A school my daughter has excelled here
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Posted August 12, 2009

I love my school and I came here as a new student last year, first day of the second quarter, and they made me feel welcome. I was happy and I made the year with straight A's.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2009

I Have been going to old vail for two years now. It is very amazing. It Has good teachers and very high standrds. They are very respectful and helpful. Most of all they try hard to help you succed in everything you do. The Have great sports and make sure that you have the good enough grades to be on them. Overall I Love OVMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2009

I go to OVMS. I don't like the choice of sports at our school. Math is way to easy and because they don't have room in Advanced math I and a lot of others are in the easy class. I don't feel like I have learned anything In S.S. I don't like ZAP. I don't like the idea of an out door hallways. I also think we need lockers. We are stuck carrying around very big backpacks to school because of all the stuff the teachers make you carry. Overall I dislike very very very much this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2009

Both my children attend this middle school and have done exceptionally well thanks to the devoted teachers and school policies that refuse to accept average work. Kids here are accountable for their work quality and assignment due dates. They are constantly challenged and because of this my kids have excelled with almost straight A's each quarter. I would like to see a better quality sports and extra curricular program though. Vail schools overall rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

I think this school has very low standards. I am a seventh grader in the Algebra class and I think that TOO MANY people are there, much too easy to get into. The sports programs are GREAT. And perhaps I'm basing my bad rating because of my bias towards all Arizona schools. I HATE Arizona, I really haven't learned anything in any other classes but Science and Algebra. if possible, avoid moving to Arizona if you have kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2008

We moved from Washington state about 8 yrs. ago. We let our children go to school at OVMS because we had a relative tell us about it. Our kids are extremely proud of thier school, and actually like going to school now, they have great extracurricular activities. The teachers really invole the students in the learning. The school also frequently sends out PTA flyers. So the parents can really be involved. The School is really safe too, no questions asked
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

I moved to Vail from Tucson because the School District had a great reputation. There reputation has held true. We are extremely pleased with the OVMS class ciriculum, which keeps the kids interested and eager to learn. They have team sports available and they really appreciate parent participation and volunteers! The teachers and coaches relate well with the kids and there is a mutual respect within. There is so much more to say, but I hope this gives an idea of what a great school OVMS is. Go Hawks!
—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 61% in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 71% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 24%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Fax number
  • (520) 879-2401

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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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13299 East Colossal Cave Road
Vail, AZ 85641
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Phone: (520) 879-2400

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