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Kirkland Elementary School

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Posted October 26, 2010

Kirtland serves a population that is mainly low-income, a significant proportion of whom speak Spanish as their first language. Considering their population, they are an extremely successful school. I have observed many schools across the country working with students from a similar background, and this school does a better job than 90% of them. Their principal and most of their staff are very active and seek out opportunities and initiatives that the believe will help their students. If you would like your child to learn how to work with students of many different walks of life, I would highly recommend Kirtland as a public institution where they will learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 29, 2008

I am so pleased with this school overall, its very small however, I like that its small and the children do not get lost in the over crowded schools I see in most APS facilities. The staff over all is great, and the principal is great he really belongs to this school. Kirtland Elem is the best keep secret I have found yet. However parent participation is very poor and many of the students are a challege as English is the second language for most so this has to be a challege for educaters but I truly think they do there very best for all the children. The only real negetive thing I can say about the school is there before and after care program which is seriously lacking in leadership. I find it to be cost effect and would pay more to get a better before and after care program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

I think that Kirtland is just really in a bad position. I think they try to do the right thing by these children but they just aren't able because of several environmental issues that affect the entire area. As a whole this school has serious logistics issues and parental involvement just isn't what I had hoped to see in my son's school. They are disorganized, slow to respond to legitimate problems and seemingly incapable of handling the high volume of children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

Kirtland has great programs that allow Headstart students to participate in field trips and use of the library. This is great for transitioning from preschool to kindergarden and so on. They also have a great after school program which emphisizes on learning and doing homework. They also follow a program with Phonics to enhance reading levels. They hold parent-child activities to help parent involvement in their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

I drive my student across busy Albuquerque every morning to Kirtland Elementary School. I have found the teachers to be kind, caring and dedicated. The school has a large computer lab, an year round art teacher, a wonderful PE program and a beautiful library full of new books. My third grader has done very well academically and socially. I would highly recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2004

This school needs some serious help! As an active duty USAF member, I have seen schools all over the world and in my opinion, this school lacks the funds, and the teachers to 'get the job done'. I pulled my 1st grader out of Kirtland and placed him in a Spanish language immersion (90% Spanish/10% English) at another school because I was so disappointed in this school. As a result, he benefited from teachers that actually seemed to care and dedicate their time and efforts to not only my son, but to the parents and community as well. In general, NM has a poor record for education, and I feel that this school typifies that fact. I can't begin to explain how, as a parent, I have never felt so 'out of the loop' in my child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2004

My daughter was diagnosed with ADD late in the thrid grade. We moved to Albuqerque From Westerville Ohio, a suburb of Columbus Ohio. If I would have known that the schools here in Albuquerque were as slow as they were we would not have held her back a year to redo third grade. Now her education is behind and socially she is behind. She is going into the fifth grade and is 11 years old. We thought we were doing a good thing by holding her back when we moved here so that it wouldnt effect her emotionally/socially, but it has in the long run. She attended Sandia Base School for thrid grade and then Kirtland for fourth. Sandia was no challenge to her and the teacher and principle really need to work on their people skills. Also, 'Rain' does not constitute an emergency pick up!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 51% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

55 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

59 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students46%
Female54%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current25%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female68%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current31%
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 Students44%
Female54%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities42%
English Language Learner Current27%
English Language Learner Exited50%

Reading

All Students37%
Female46%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities25%
English Language Learner Current27%
English Language Learner Exited50%

Science

All Students51%
Female46%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities58%
English Language Learner Current33%
English Language Learner Exited50%
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 Students48%
Female55%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current13%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female59%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current7%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 69% 59%
White 13% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 10%
Black 6% 2%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 99%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3530 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 880-3744

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