School Details

Sunset Vista

7775 W Orangewood Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85303
(623) 237-4000
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 843 students 19 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

54%
55%
69%
65%
61%
78%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glendale Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
42%
62%
48%
60%
75%
40%
43%
58%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glendale Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
44%
63%
68%
64%
80%
55%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glendale Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
41%
61%
67%
66%
80%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glendale Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
51%
64%
71%
79%
86%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glendale Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
47%
59%
57%
52%
63%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Glendale Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sunset Vista is a public middle school in Glendale. The principal of Sunset Vista is Jacqueline Cunningham. 843 children attend Sunset Vista and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 26% of the Sunset Vista students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 843 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sunset Vista is 19:1. Desert Spirit is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 9%
Hispanic 65% 72%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Asian 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 18% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 89%
Limited English proficiency 26% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I was very pleased with Sunset Vista Elementary School. In my personal experience the teachers were great the principal was nice and my kids were happy to be here. The school still looks new they have great technology and my kids had great experiences. Overall I'm very happy with Sunset Vista. It is one of the best schools in the district.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a former student of Sunset Vista Elementary and My personal experience in that school was not great. I was 8th grade class of 2010-11. The year before was so bad. I'm not going to get into detail let's just say it was so bad they had to separate the boys and girls from lunch and recess. They lack in their education specially since they have numerous behavior issues. It makes it difficult for students who actually want to learn. The teachers are excellent though. If your child wants to learn they'll offer help with after school tutoring and such. When I was their they offered programs for 7th and 8th grade to help them exceed on their AIMS. One thing for sure is that school is trying hard to improve.

  • (1 year ago)

    WORST SCHOOL IN THE GLENDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT! DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE! NO CHILD NEEDS TO SUFFER THIS ADMINISTRATION!

  • (1 year ago)

    Sunset Vista Elementary is one of the worst schools especially when it comes to positive versus negative comments and teachers. They concentrate so much on the behavior that the teaching is second rate. They do not treat each student fairly and this is seen daily especially since Dr. Richardson is now at the school. DO NOT EVEN SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Im am happy with the improvement this school is making but no way this school is 58% white i hear spanish more than english being spoke! And all paper work and banners/posters are in spanish and english! Ugh!

  • (4 years ago)

    It truly amazes me how poorly a school can be run. There should be a round about door for the amount of faculty that comes and goes in this school. Maybe one day the district will see who the real problem is.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is defintely not a school for kids that excel in reading spelling math. They will be bored out of their minds even if they are in the top level class. I will be looking for a school that provide a challenge for my 6th grader it was just unfortunate that this is the school they send a bus to our neighbor hood for even though it is not the closest school. The staff here is truly wonderful though and the front office staff is the best~

  • (5 years ago)

    I was saddened that my child was flip flopped classes during the year. It seemed that no one wanted to help him. Finally at the end he ended up with a wonderful teacher for the last part of third grade Mrs. Amavisca. She was so helpful and really cared about each child's learning. She also sent emails and notes home weekly for my son's progress and things he needed to work on. Plus she is bilingual and that helped alot with the parents that do not speak much English. I am thankful that my son had one of the top teachers in that school at the end. I only wish she could move up grade by grade until he graduates from the twelfth grade. Thank God for teachers like her.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall I think the school is great! It's in its third year of existence and they have been adding great things since it's inception...like the computerized 'Smart Boards'. I have 4 children that are presently attending and all are happy being there. The reason for only 4 stars...I agree the PTO is lacking but in this case it's the parents fault. They need to get more involved! Parent turnout at school functions are poor as well such as student plays...come on parents show some support! The only problem I don't like is the system they use for grading. It's very confusing and never really explains how your child is doing on a consistent basis. I know there's no consistency throughout the different grades...each teacher uses this system differently. Remember I have 4 kids in different grades. Lastly Miss Mumford is truly a gifted teacher!

  • (7 years ago)

    Its a nice school. Mrs. Hightower is very warm and loivng to the students parents and her staff. You can see she really cares greatly for the school. PTO sadly is a no go. Its run by just a very few set of parents and teachers cant seem to get any other parents to show interest in their students. over all the teachers are really caring towards students.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers here really care and show enthusiasm. The principal Mrs. Hightower is great and goes out of her way to listen to the students and parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great teacher involvment~ A+

  • (7 years ago)

    We just finished our first year at Sunset Vista. I think Lupita Hightower the principal is wonderful! Mr. Ketchum who oversees the older grades has always said hello to me even though my kids are younger. The teachers we had this year are A+++++++. We especially LOVED Miss Mumford. She is enthusiastic about what she does and is a top notch teacher.

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