Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Palmcroft Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 563 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

23 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted June 1, 2013

This school is AWESOME! Both of my sons have thrived well -- in both Kindergarten and 2nd grade! To the previous ratings about Kindergarten -- that is utter nonsense. My Kindergartener was learning about geometric shapes, advanced math fluency, and writing reports. He is completely ready for 1st grade. My second grader received enrichment and is now working at a higher level in all areas. Parent support is a must in my opinion to make your child's education sound.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

My family and I just transferred out here and am NOT AT ALL pleased. My son complains everyday how the homework is TOO easy for the lesson he's "learning" now is what he already learned in Kindergarden. And at other times, he cries about not knowing the assignment which makes me believe the teachers are not doing the just that they are just assigning homework without going over the lessons. At his previous school, they were just learning about Geometric Shapes and being able to tell time right before our move and does not complain about not knowing what he's suppose to do. The school security looks awful and at times I worryabout my child running out of the school perimeter or worst some stranger come on location and taking any child they see wondering around alone without any supervision and or security in place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

The teachers really do a great job with all the kids in spite of the crowding.


Posted July 14, 2010

I enrolled my son in this school for 2 days, then pulled him out and homeschooled him. Upon enrollment I witnessed teachers screaming in the face of 1st graders, kids running all over the office while their teacher talked on her cell phone. The first day of school, the teacher actually physically wrestled my son into his chair, and when I went to check on him at lunch, he was in the middle of an asthma attack that no one noticed. He threw up, and I took him home, no one noticed he was missing..WOW! Horrible school! My oldest daughter went for 3 years about 6 years ago, and we liked it just fine, but it has since went downhill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

I believe the involvement of the Principal is a key factor why kids and parents like this school, Mr. K care about the kids and I have never seen such a great Principal involvement, not like Valley Horizon, the principals in the past could not even hold a meeting for parents to here, Valley Horizon does not even compare to the principal at at Palm Croft. Keep up the great work and control of the kids with all the involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

To 'I do not believe'! It's not just Palmcroft, but all schools that are facing this. The budgets have been cut so much that the classrooms are now over crowed and there is no money for Full Day Kinder. What Palmcroft is asking is what the state has recommended. As a parent who had children go to Palmcroft from 1988 until 2009 I know the staff, teachers, and Principal are all working hard to do the best possible job...you can not criticize them for what this miserable economy has brought with it...Blame Bush and Obama both! palmcroft is an excellent school! Signed Bill Wachunas
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

I do not believe that this school lives up to any other state expectations. Now they are considering cutting the Kindergarten program to have days or making parents pay tuition. This is unacceptable to me as I believe that children should receive the best education possible. I am from Massachusetts and this school is so far behind what the children are learning there. I am afraid of what will happen when I move back to Massachusetts I believe that they will end up being left back in order to catch up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The school works very hard for its students and truly believes in their students. The principal is a man of principle and integrity and urges the same of his teachers and staff. Wants the best for the school and strives to work at getting just that, the best.


Posted December 14, 2008

I have worked at almost all the schools in Yuma, and so far I find Palmcroft school the highest level of teaching, parent involvement, and they have a Principal that is always there. He knows the childrens names, and always makes time to talk to parents, teachers, and children no matter what it may be about. I find it refreshing that the principal is out daily inter acting with teachers, students, and parents throughout the day. I find the curriculmn in each class outstanding and well organized. The staff is very caring and safety always comes first. Sometimes I think they should use this school as a guide line to teacher other schools how to act, teach, show respect to staff, teachers, and students. This is an outstanding school with fantastic teachers and staff.


Posted June 12, 2008

The Principal is totally involved; he knows every child by name and personality. If you involve yourself in your childs personality and teacher choice, your child will have an awsome expericence here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

I had my resevations about this school when I went to enroll my son there. I had heard MANY bad things but I enjoyed my experience with this school and my son did so well there! He was actually excited to go everyday. If your child is starting kindergarden I would suggest asking for Mrs. Gauna. I absolutely loved her!! My son went from not knowing jack to being at the top of his class. She worked well with him and I worked with him at home and it paid off. He finished the year off with all A's and 1 B. Thanks Mrs. Gauna and Palmcroft!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Palmcroft is an outstanding school. Both of my children have attended Palmcroft the past five years. I am very pleased with their education. The Reading First Program has been great and the teachers work very hard to maintain high expectations for all the students. My children have had success with all their teachers. The PTO needs help and parents need to be more involved in education at this site. However, the principal and his staff are extremely caring and make every effort to work with parents and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

Four stars for this school especially Mrs. Etherton room #104 kindergarden. My son absolutely loves even doing his homework because of them all.... Don't stop keeping up the excellent work... The o-n-l-y complaint I would ever have at Palmcroft would be lack of a suitable playgroundnd, how old is the playground there. Isn't great for a k student at all.. Maybe have jumpers for them =) I would consider providing them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2007

Great staff and employees there deserve the four stars i give them all!


Posted May 30, 2007

I just enrolled my son in The Palmcroft Elementary School, which is in an excellent location. The teachers are strict but still remains friendly. The only improvement the school needs is a bigger playground(when was the playground last re-made?) for recess especially for kindergarden. They should add jumpers! Come on now, recess is only 15 minutes to 30 minutes - last time I remember when attending. correct? Overall, Palmcroft is greatest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

My son has been at Palmcroft for 3 years and each year has had an exceptional experience. The Principle is hands-on and knows the children by name; because he takes the time to get to know them and involves himself with them each year. The teachers are dedicated and work together as grade level teams. The office staff and cafeteria staff are awesome! Whether a school is 'performing' or not, the ultimate responsibility for a childs education lies with the parents. Get to know the teachers and the expected level of work. Choose the teacher who best fits your childs learning style. Parents who find assignments 'vague' are not asking for clarification. Palmcroft is a 'performing' and outstanding school in the district. As a parent, I am actively involved in the expectations and benchmarks; therefore the teachers and staff have never let me down! Kudos to Palmcroft!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

Excellent location for a school, excellent teachers, excellent service to children . The people and parents complaining about themselves is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

My daughter started this school in Feb. This is by far the worst school I have seen throughout our moves as a military family. The is no communication with teachers and homework is a single sheet of vague assignments. I will definitely place my child in a different school for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

My son just started here about two weeks ago and I am not impressed with this school so far. We just moved here from New York and the schools there are excellent. My son barely comes home with homework and what homework he does come home with is remidial.I will give this school till the end of the year to see if things will change. I am in the process of looking for a better school for him to attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

Palmcroft school is a small community with a representation of military families, as well as migrant families. There is diversity represented. All three of my children have attended this primary school. My youngest is a fifth grader this year. Her teacher has many years of experience under her belt. In fact she was my second daughters teacher in the fifth grade as well. My daughter was well prepared for sixth grade at the middle school when she left. The office staff is great. The school secretary has oodles of years there, and is as sweet and caring as can be. The receptionist is bilingual which makes for easy communication with Spanish speaking families. The principal is genuinely caring. The nurse is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
65%
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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%
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 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
34%
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 "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 61% 43%
White 29% 42%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 73%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

Fax number
  • (928) 314-0685

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

901 Palmcroft Drive
Yuma, AZ 85364
Website: Click here
Phone: (928) 502-4352

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT