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Ron Watson Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 398 students

 

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Posted August 8, 2013

I use to be a student of RWMS I am WELL known at that school for being a trouble maker but you know what the teachers and staff AND including the principle there all helped me become a better person unlike some schools the staff there take the time to talk to you and help you and make your day better. As for education they do help you some even offer to use there lunch break and help the students. as for some little kids out there that complain about school some just complain because they don't want to do anything in school they expect for them to be the center of attention they need to get up and ask for the help. When I needed help I stood up and asked for it I didn't just sit an wait for the teacher to offer it so a lot of parents complaining about this school make sure you talk to your kid first and don't just judge the teachers I appreciate the teachers helping me there one of them is actually my favorite teacher in the world an still is she helped me get through a lot and pushed me to become a better person and I visit that school here and there from time to time this school is not bad and is no different from any other school.


Posted September 28, 2012

I was recently told at a parent teacher conference that my student was failing because there are too many trouble makers in his class and the teachers do not have time to help him. This is bull....my child suffers because they administration will not do anything about those few who are causing problems. There is also a lot of bullying at this school and the principal HAS AND WILL set up children to be bullied....my child is one who spoke up and told the truth about an incident that happened and now has been cussed at daily and called a snitch, he was also assaulted on the bus. I am going to transfer my child as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Is luck on your side? My student was lucky to have nice teachers. Although having some nice teachers isn't what it's all about. I'm sure the teachers do their best with the resources given to them, but overall the quality of teaching is less than par, sorry for the few teachers that know how to teach! The office staff changed and too bad their Vice Principal has moved to another school. He was a good one, the backbone of this school, but now he's gone! The counselor needs to be replaced, period. Less important, but still needs mentioning is the sports program. It is there, but basically a big disappointment. Instead of feeling like a winner, kids will feel the opposite. Some coaches have the best attitude, but lack in coaching skills. Some just should not be coaching anything. Thank goodness for the few parents that tried to help. On a positive note, high school is just around the corner?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

Hi im a stundent at ron watson i am a sixth grader i really like the teachers there they are really nice and also the do very fun educational stuff and its very big school i guess there is a sixth grade building a seventh grade building and a eighth grade building i like ron watson middle it is an awesome school i cant wait to finish this year.


Posted June 5, 2011

I am sooooo disappointed in this school. My student needed help I had meetings with teachers and the principal, I was assured they would test her and also provide help with the math. None of that happened and my student failed Math. She went from 5 yrs of honor roll in her elementary school, to failing classes. This is awful. I do NOT recommend this school to anyone that has students who might need help as they will not get it at RWMS. I hope moving her to a school that seems to care about their students will help her get back on track. They have caused a huge concern for us as now our daughter thinks school is boring and no fun and no one cares to help her. Good idea to think about a different school. Understandable why Arizona has such low ratings when you have teachers that don't care about the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

Best band and great councilers, dedicated instructors ad alot of parent involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

This is an excellent school. Administration and staff strive to make student success their number one priority. The principal is always available to meet with parents to address any concerns appropriately. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

Ron watson, im a student here and i have onlie 3 things to say against the school.Showers,We need school showers its discusting that we have to be swaety pretty much all day.We also need gym clothes,i cant go around running in skinney jeans!Another thing is that classes are so boring,and im falling asleep! And no! its not beacuse i dont get enough sleep its becuase some of the teachers do not make it fun to learn and that makes it even harder to learn and gather the information that we need to suceed!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2007

Their PTO strives to do everything they can but desperately needs more parental involvement. Officer Caylor is friendly and visible allowing for regular school function to continue. Mrs. Marron the school secretary is always professional and will do anything in her control to assist students, teachers, parents or the community. It is nice to see that there is finally grass, trees are growing though they need more, and much needed athletic fields are finally in place. This school is finally coming full circle due to limited funding. The students have been patient and for the most part a great crop of kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

The 7th grade teachers in particular are dedicated to ensuring that all students at Ron Watson have a diverse academic experience both inside and outside the classroom. Yes they are strict and have high standards, but this is a refreshing dose of much needed structure in most middle school student s every day life. Yes there are troublemakers, and they are dealt with accordingly. We really like the blue behavior card policy that calls for student accountability. The students may find it tedious, however it has made a large difference in classroom behavior according to my children. They are glad that there are immediate consequences for troublemakers allowing classroom management to focus on student needs and allow the lesson to continue without distraction. The principal and vice principal are swift and judicious in dealing with discipline related issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

We recently learned that due to boundary changes, our child will be attending this school in the fall. The staff have been more that welcoming and very helpful to us during this period of registration and transition. There is such a difference in the attitude of the office staff compared to her current school. We are looking very forward to attending this school in the fall. Thank you so far. From a new parent for next fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2007

My son is continually complaining about this school and some of the teachers. Not all of the teachers are bad but a good few are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2006

I love the school there is some trouble makers. but they keep to themselves the kids are nice the teachers are outstanding and great they really teach . the curriculum is just awesome especially honors this the best school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2006

my son hates this school becuse of the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

Both my chidfren are at Ron Watson each of my children are encourage to do their personal best. Teachers are highly skilled and word hard,the principal takes the time to know each student. My oldest child graduates this year and I want to say thank you for bringing the best out of my kids and confindence they need to go out into the world. Priscilla Smith
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

I am so happy to see so many parents wanting to enroll their children in our school. I believe that Ron Watson Middle School has set the bar for academic excellence and faculty teamwork. We have a School Resource Officer that is actively involved with our students and is pleasure to work with. Our PTO is second to none. We are the best Middle School in the district.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted July 29, 2006

The best middle school my kids have been to. With the awesome office staff and teachers, Ron Watson Middle School makes up for the size of the school. I am confident the school will improve even more as the years continue. The only recommendation I have is for a shade to be put up for the students. I really like this school, great job staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

I chose to enroll my child in this school mainly because it was the closest one to our home. We just moved into town three months ago and I noticed the lack of parent-teacher communication and extracurricular activities. The school is new and so are the facilities, thus I gave a 4. Other than that, they still need a lot to improve on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

This school is the best, I feel the quality of the office staff, the principle and the teachers is beyond compair. My son has been to many different schools due to our military involvment,and having to move so often. This is our last move and this time he is adjusting well (finally)in no small way due to the help and care of the staff at this wonderful Middle school. Here they take the time to work with my son and his special needs. A small school it is, but a blessing beyond compare for sure! Way to go Staff keep up the Fantastic work, we sure are proud to have our Jonathan as part of the student body at Ron Watson!
—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.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%
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

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
35%
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

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
61%
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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 52% 43%
White 45% 42%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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 55%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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