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Zia Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 386 students

 

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Posted August 7, 2014

I can't speak highly enough about the special ed program at Zia Elementary. The teachers are top notch and have an amazing way with the students and identifying the best way your child learns. My child has been fully supported academically, emotionally and physically. The teachers have a way of bonding with your child that brings tears of happiness to my eyes. Can't speak highly enough about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My twin daughters just started at Zia Elementary schol as kindergarten students. So far I am pleased with this school. I love tha fact that it is a small school and the faculty, staff and administrators make parents feel welcome and part of the school community. My girls are very happy in their dual language classroom and they really like their teacher. No complaints from this family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

My son is in the bilingual Kindergarten class and has an amazing teacher! He loves his teacher and class and the Spanish immersion. He is like a big sponge learning and singing more and more Spanish everyday. The school also has the best playground and grass area in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

We love Zia! We were previously at a local private school, however, due to my sons sensory processing disorder the private school did not feel he was the best fit. Nervous about going to public, I researched and found Zia, small, with good test scores-taking into account it's population, with an open mind and an advocate for kids who march to the beat of a different drum. My son has thrived at Zia, has had the best year by far! He did not qualify for services, so we got them privately. Zia is better in many areas in comparrison. The school, the teachers, the principal are all top notch. I have attended several APS school board meetings, due to APS' budget deficit, and have been most pleased to see our principal there- while many schools don't have representation at the meetings. Our principal is very pro-active, having held budget meetings for parents and meeting with parents individually, he is very approachable and I feel manages the school well. I disagree with the prior rater, he is very proffesional. I have not encountered any lack of proffessionalism or arrogance from my interactions with him. The PTA is also very active, but needs more involved parents, as do most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

Zia is a great school with fantastic teachers. My children have learned a lot in the time that they have attended Zia. Unfortunately the pincipal is arrogant and very unprofessonal. He has very poor communication skills and not very much interaction with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

My two children attended this school for 3 years. The teachers are wonderful! The principal on the other hand is rude and judgemental. I placed my daughter in another school for his poor treatment of students (not just my children either) and his inability to understand that children are children and categorizing them makes you a bigot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

I have a child entering 2nd grade at Zia. I am pleased with the organzation of the school and the leadership. We are delighted to be part of the Zia family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

This school has an unusually high level of parent and family involvement. It's a giant family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Both of my children attended Zia Elementary and received (with the exception of one very bad teacher) a great education and great support. I love this school and hope they'll win the $20,000 and that it's used directly for students and creative endeavors like art and music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

There is an individual at Zia that always finds time for us... Thanks to Ms. Hillard! She's awesome, the time and extra effort put in by this lady is greatly appreciated, and will be missed by a certain fifth grade student and his family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

Our family actually moved to be in the Zia school district. We love Zia! It is a small school with a great community. We couldn't be happier with my daughter's teacher, Mrs. Lucas and her EA, Miss Kelsey. They are as kind and sweet as they are great teachers. My daughter's class is bilingual K/1st combo class and this has not hindered her learning at all. Mrs. Lucas really knows how to make sure the kids don't fall behind in either language. The teachers at Zia are all great and care about more than just their own classes. The Family Focus center is wonderful and offers a number of classes. My daughter has enjoyed it immensely and it is very affordable, with some completely free classes. The PTA is also great putting on many wonderful school events. We are moving and will be sad to leave Zia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

This is a great school with lots to offer. We love all the teachers. The Family Focus Center offers great after school programs for the students. The principal is another story. He has no personality and apears to be mad all the time.
—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 51% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

73 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students64%
Female58%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities0%
English Language Learner Current25%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female58%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities0%
English Language Learner Current20%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students39%
Female26%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities36%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female45%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities46%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female65%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities46%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students52%
Female48%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities7%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female70%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities13%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 55% 59%
White 25% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 10%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
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 59%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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440 Jefferson NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: (505) 880-3744

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