School Details

Thunderbolt Middle School

695 Thunderbolt Avenue, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
(928) 854-7224
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 943 students 19 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

77%
77%
65%
91%
91%
85%
54%
54%
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 2013
  • Lake Havasu Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
66%
58%
81%
81%
72%

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 2013
  • Lake Havasu Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thunderbolt Middle School is a public middle school in Lake Havasu City. The principal of Thunderbolt Middle School is Mr. Paul Olson. 943 students attend Thunderbolt Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Thunderbolt Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 51% of the 943 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Thunderbolt Middle School is 19:1. Telesis Preparatory is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 74%
Hispanic 21% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Asian 1% 1%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 45%
Limited English proficiency 2% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school isnt all that it is cracked up to be. The education sucks. I like some of the teachers but the way they teach is not helpful. Second they have no clue how to comtrol kods. I mean I don't mind but when they make all these stupid policies you'd think they'd try to enforce them. Wrong. Fights happen Pda and even drugs and do they stop. No. Come on Thunderbolt staff. I'd like to leave on a good note though. One thing thunderbolt is excellent at in my opinion is their sports program I was on their 7th grade boys basketball team and track team. I thoughts these programs and coaches were excellent. I compliment you on that. B hall-7th grade-boy

  • (2 years ago)

    A 9 out of 10 really? That's a laugh this school is the worst I've ever been to. More like a 2 out of 10 maybe.

  • (2 years ago)

    Arizona has the worst public schools in the United States and Thunderbolt isn't an exception. Overall this school is just terrible. Academics are terrible learning environment is terrible there's no consequences for students misbehaving controlled by cliques overcrowded this is one of the worst environments to send a child to school in. Okay where to start. Teachers To be honest teachers here aren't bad but they don't make learning very interesting. Academics Terrible in every sense of the word. They are learning things here other states have learned 2-3 years ago (sometimes more). Tests are a breeze for kids who have moved into the district from out of state. Cliques Many of them. Many kids don't know half of their grade because they stay inside their group trying not to talk to "outsiders". No consequences You can get away with anything in this school. Curse all you want fight in between periods disrespect your teachers there's no punishment. Overcrowded There are classes that have 35 students in them! This town needs two middle schools but due to AZ's budget cuts on education they had to shut down Daytona. My tip Don't move to Arizona W/ kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the worst public school my daughter has attended. They are rude uncaring and the principle is terrible. My daughter is a straight A student. The academic part of it is ok but everything else is just awful.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son was an honor roll student until he got to Thunderbolt & it all went downhill. The policies make it difficult to be all you can be there. Some teachers are allowed to have their own grading scale where you get an F for no date on the paper. Some teachers dock a full letter grade for stuff like that. Others like to rip up papers if they are mad at the student others throw them away for no name. My son is constantly assulted by other students in the hallway yet no one seems to do anything about it. Can't wait til my son is out of there. We don't have a choice in schools due to budget cuts and they closed the other Middle School in town. My son is constantly bored & teachers don't know how to handle that well.

  • (4 years ago)

    Thunderbolt is excelling and is academically challenging for my son Thomas. Thomas loves his school and continues to perform above average with the wonderful instruction and mentoring he receives from the administration staff and educators. Thunderbolt deserves to win because it is a winner! Laurie Monson Anderson

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attends Thunderbolt and was an honor roll student all through Elementry. His 6th grade year was tough at Thunderbolt but he still managed to be on honor roll. This 7th grade year he is struggling to stay an average student because of a school policy that lacks flexability. The policy states that missed work due to absence can not be picked up unless the student is going to be gone for 3 days or more. This is rediculous...it puts the student in a bad situation and sets them up for failure. Students can't keep up with the class and their assignments if they can't collect their missed work while out sick! Unfortunately 1 assignment NTI on time can make a student go from a A to a D. On many occations the teachers lose the assignment and blame it on the student. It happens....trust me!

  • (6 years ago)

    mrs. Mack rules! best teacher at t-bolt! its a good school too. the teachers here are cool

  • (7 years ago)

    I believe that Thunderbolt Middle School has the excellence that is shown in our test scores extra-curricular activities and many honors programs. We have great support from our teachers in the staff and quality help for all learning disabilities. I as a parent of a 7th grader that attends here am very satisfied with the quality of education that she receives.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is one of the best schools ever! We have some of the best teachers here. Also there is a ton of school spirit. Our school is just the best.

  • (8 years ago)

    I would have to say that Thunderbolt Middle is average at best. Both of my children have attended Thunderbolt and both breezed thru. Both of my children felt bored.

  • (10 years ago)

    A wonderful school with very dedicated teachers. The enrollment is too high for the size of the building and safety is an issue. In the past the principal was wonderful. The curriculum is incredible and teachers are working hard. Parent involvement is key to a the success in any school and seems to be improving. Overall a great school in need of a new principal!

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