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Mary A Otondo Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 758 students

 

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Posted February 26, 2014

I was very hesitant to switch my daughters to a different school. I am not at all impressed with Otondo. The first week of school I already had two issues with a teacher, I asked for my daughter to be switched to a different teacher, because my daughter was not comfortable with her teacher and started acting out. I was told no, by the principle. All year long I've had issues with Otondo as a whole. I never know when my children have a day off until the day before. Like no school Monday, were told on Friday.. Both my husband and I work. So the issues continue. My daughter is allergic to Cantaloupe and one day I got a frantic call from her teacher that she had accidently had it at lunch, it was mixed in with another fruit so my daughter didn't know. That ended in an ER trip, why would they serve mixed fruits and serve it to children who are allergic? Yes, my daughter is too young to understand what's in the fruit. My children will not be attending Otondo next year, and we cant wait to get them to another school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

My son transferred to Ontondo from another Yuma school district, and I watched his love and passion for learning severely decline. It seems Ontondo ( or the Yuma school district One in its entirety) is too focused on reported performance and test scores to really spend the time and energy to nurture the young minds of their students. I feel the staff is overwhelmed with the stress to have their students score well on standardized test, which takes their focus away from dealing with cultural dynamics, special education, and adapting curriculum to reach each child in their class to make sure each child has a positive outlook on school. I would not recommend this school for others, and I will not be sending my next child to Ontondo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

Two of my three children attended this school in the five yrs we have lived in Yuma in both cases I have watch the decline in their grades and overall learning. This is truly sad after seeing the promise both showed while we lived in Mi. Overcrowded classes overwheld teachers and a general disconcerned attitude from the upper admin. has really helped us in our decision to remove our children from these schools in Yuma and return to Mi.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

This school can be a great school if there was stronger leadership. As is at other public schools, there are great teachers at this school and not so great ones. School accomodated our request to choose a teacher, but if you don't have much of a choice, that does not help. I wish teachers work together as a team. Depending on the grade, it seems there is not much collaboration between teachers. One big problem my child's class had is a lack of true instructional time. Unfortunately, my child's teacher was absent a lot more than I exprienced with any other teachers. They could not find a substitute few times and the School decided to split her class and send them to different classes. This happened 3 times for this grade during Fall semester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

my son transfered to otondo in october frm another elementry school in the district and he has shown great improvement on his behavier as well as his accademics since the transfer. the staff and atmosphere are verry welcomeing and educational.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

Thank goodness for some of the teachers who are both proactive in their approach to teaching and are willing to not only think but teach "outside the box"! Mr. Weatherbee is one of those who does. You can see it in how the scores are as well as how his students act. He teaches them not only how to "pass the test" but also how to "pass in life". We need more Highly Effective teachers like him in our local schools!!!


Posted February 5, 2009

This is a GREAT school, which unfortunately for the kids and teachers is not adequately supported by the district or state. The teachers do all they can with what they have along with support from the school administration to provide a safe and encouraging learning environment to an average of 30 kids in each room. This school however id SEVERELY LACKING in parental involvement. There is little to no involvement with the PTO, very few parents/families volunteer for things at school, unless it is a FREE field trip. This school could be a 5 star GREAT school if more families just got involved!
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Posted August 11, 2008

We are a military family and our children have gone to school all over the world. I think the teachers and staff at Otondo are excellent. Ms Pisano the Asst. Principal cares deeply about the kids and there needs. My son had Mrs Frame in 5th grade and we are so excited that she is moving to Castle Dome so she can continue to challenge her students. We are very happy that we chose a public education for our children. It is a wonderful school filled with great teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

I have one child that attends Otondo Elementary and so far with just being 3 weeks into the new school year my child is doing well. I was disappointed with the homework, or lack of, however, I have my own extra homework packets that we do at home because I really feel that learning doesn't end at 2:40pm. Only time will tell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

I have had 3 children go to this school the ones that seem to get the attention that they deserve are the smart ones. The ESL students seem to be the ones that get what is needed. My oldest son struggle all through school and no one appeared to care or even want to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

Otondo has been wonderful for my children. We're going on 4 years now. We have had a few problems, but with open communication between the staff and are family things worked out just fine.Every year there will be some adjusting...that life. Otondo has a lot to offer our children. We are active supporter and don't expect the school to raise our children. We help out as much as we can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

My daughter just started school in the middle of the school year; I have to say when you look at this school it's stunning you think this is going to be a great school, But looks can be deceiving. I have had the worst experience at this school my daughter has ADD and her teacher is no help! I called the school about making an appointment with principle, and I never received a phone call back. It seems you just have teachers that don't care there just there to get paid. I am sending my daughter to another school because I don't think the school has what it takes to educate my child in the right way some kids need more help then others, and it is sad that the teachers are not willing to spend a little more time with the kids that need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

Every year we come from Salina California, and my son is always very happy to return to his school. The principal, Mr Taylor is always kind and friendly to everyone, and the teacher always willing to help in any way they can. Last year I noticed that the school got a policeman. I like that he is a friend with all the kids and seen him kick the ball with them. I feel comfortable that he is at my sons school. Otondo has been a great school for my son and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2005

My son has attended otondo his entire school life.I have found that overall the teachers really care about thier students. My son has benn in odyssey of the minds for 2 years, and the involvement of the teachers and parents is amazing. He was puut in a special ed reading class in the first grade he is now in the fourth grade and is one of the best readers in his class.I believe that it is because of the teachers he has had in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.He is in mrs. Weatherbee/grant's class for the teachers and staff I must say thank you for giving my son and I a great school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

I've had three kids at Otondo, from kindergarten through fourth grade. We came from Department of Defense schools overseas, so that's my comparison. In general, Otondo (like most schools in Yuma) just don't measure up to national (and definitely not international!) scholastic standards, the atmosphere and general feeling is unsettled, and oversight of teachers and the attempt to establish consistency in their methods, behaviors and competencies is limited. That said, its generally safe, in a good neighborhood, food (like in most schools) is junk, there are some good teachers, and the philosophy--although not very convincing--is generally positive. Language and cultural diffences and values limit many of the student's abilities or interest in learning, and detract considerably from the overall learning environment and standard. It's a shame that Arizona does not make schools and education a higher priority, but that's just the way it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

We have been in the school for 4 years. The first two were much better than the last two. The school is over crowded, but there is a new one being built. We were much happier with Mr. Rodriguz as the principle than their new one. this last school year the new administration didn't do any of the encouraging reading programs as previous years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

School is way to crowded. What used to be art and music rooms are now classrooms. Teacher turn-over is extreamly high, my daughters 2nd grade teacher left after 3 months and they are currently looking for 15 teacher for next year. There are literally no field-trips to supplement education and good programs such as AR reading and box tops for education are not supported by the school. New principal has not made many notecable changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

the the the the the school school is cool.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2004

Many great teachers have departed this school because of the leadership. The PTA is a nothing more than another avenue for the Principal to get more money from the TAX payers. If the kids were to stay in the class rooms more it would help. Stop trying to get money off the backs of the kids via the photo packages that are not really wanted. Get back to the basic learning skill and methods and stop the fancy things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2004

I have found the staff of teachers to be very friendly and willing to work in whatever capacity they need to in order to help the student.
—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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
42%

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 "Performing Plus".
  • 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 57% 43%
White 39% 42%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2251 Otondo Drive
Yuma, AZ 85365
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