This school has no reviews from 2009-20012 and only 1 in 2013. There are great reviews from 2008 and before. These reviews are definately outdated. This school provides students with limited (if any) opportunities for extra curricular activities. Cheerleaders, soccer team, and any other sport at this school is only based on who you know and does not give all students equal opportunity to join a sport. In the past, school is undoubtedly the best place for children to be involved in sports. This school does not promote that. You can only be a part of the sports team or activities, if you know someone who is doing the picking and choosing. The college promotion program (AVID) at Arizona Middle School is not for everyone to join. In fact they interview your student and then send a letter whether you are accepted into the program or rejected in being college bound. My daughter took the initiative and wanted to be a part of this program. After 1 interview with 1 person, she received a letter of rejection. So, basically there are no activities that your child can be apart of unless they interview and are approved by the interviewer. This leaves a student with no opportunities to improve.
Middle school is difficult. Not everyone gets along, but staff tries their best to stop and prevent bullying. The teachers are fun and most know what they're doing. Arizona isn't the nicest looking school but many students, staff, and parents try and keep it clean. It's fifty years old, it shouldn't look brand new and perfect. Overall, Arizona Middle School gives students a good education and makes things fun. I loved my three years at Arizona and I will miss it when I go to Hillcrest.
my son goes to Arizona Middle School and he gets a very good education and the teachers are great
My son and two nieces currently attend Arizona Middle School. The staff is great and the activities are good for the students. The after school program is awesome. Test scores are comparable. Our sports program is awesome and growing. I recommend this school to anyone. My son is a honors student and is going to La Sierra next year in the AP program.
I'm currently attending Arizona Middle School, receiving straight-As, and participating in several of the clubs offered by my school. I think very highly of my school (and coming from a student, that should mean a lot), but if I were to congratulate it in one aspect, I would have to say that whoever interviewed and chose the staff members (the principal, I would assume) did an excellent job. Every teacher I've ever had at this school has put extra effort into making it easy for me to learn. Almost all of the teachers are strict when it comes to enforcing rules and making sure we learn the concepts yet very cool and upbeat. Students actually enjoy classes, but the teachers make to discipline us as well. Also, the counselours are always kind and ready to be helpful. Overall, I am proud to call myself a soon-to-be alumni of this school.
There are both good and bad things at this school. The mathematics department is having trouble for a reason; the school has a lot of new teachers. Some positive aspects include Pentathlon (the signature club), AVID (from which it became a model school), and a friendly atmosphere. Arizona may also be very old- but will get a new two-story building in fall 2007; in addition, the district is expecting a new gym for it in the future. Test scores have risen dramatically over the years. If people would just give it a chance, then it would be just as good as any wealthy middle school in places like Irvine or Poway.
Arizona seems to be a well structured atmosphere for our impressionable children. I am impressed with the teachers and counselor. I see my daughter has developed a more responsible attitude. Hats off to the teachers!
Few artistic electives (art, creative writing and band) since the industrial tech. class was calnceled. Many students enrolled in math intervention or reading intervention as their elective. Top-credentialed teachers and innovative programs, such as interventions and pull-outs during P.E. Won cleanest school award three years in a row. Won Academic Pentathlon at one oar many levels for Riv. Co. last three years in a row. School has increased test scores past few years except this year; students struggling in math. There is a desperate need for more parental involvement at this school. We need volunteers, materials and support.
This is a great school in our area. The staff is very friendly and hard working.
Arizona Intermediate School has outstanding academic and social excellence.Being at Arizona has taught me respect and responsibility. With that I have also reached an academic excellence further than ever before. The staff at Arizona is kind and caring. Take it from someone who resides at this wonderful school.At Arizona every problem is delt with great perseverance and curiousity. As a student at Arizona I am proud to say my school has brought me to the conclusion that we are the best and that is done with hard work and teamwork.
I have yet to speak to the principal or my student's counselor after several requests. The policy of being open and keeping the parent informed isn't being upheld. If a child is in need of academic help, and the parent has tried several times to initiate contact with the teacher, I think the teacher should follow up. That has also been the case with my student. My son's counselor wasn't even aware of my students risk of losing credit for his class. How is it that the Administration staff isn't informed? I have yet to be contacted by anyone at the school in regards to my student's lack of credit and what is needed to make it up. Very poor communication, and follow through.
My experience since Kinder: if a student is academically challenged, Arizona does not live up to the expectations of Advanced Classes. I moved out of district in culmination of similar situations. Tired of school teaching 'down'. I went to the Board, PTA, GATE meetings to no avail. No Choice - move out of distict - Corona-Norco School District. My son had a month left until graduation from middle school. Asked if he could remain with his class, the answer was NO. I understand overcrowding, but one month prior to graduation was not unreasonable. Very discouraging but made me feel just that much more confident about our decision to 'get out' of the Alvord Unified School District.
The teaching staff at Arizona is outstanding. Mr. Bush (Science) and Mrs. Bush (Language Arts) are both outstanding teachers. My daughter came from a private school and I was concerned about sending her to puvlic school, my fears were completely unwarented. She is receiving a top notch, well rounded education.
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