School Details

Salk Elementary School

7029 E Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85207
(480) 472-8400
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 661 students 19 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

63%
72%
69%
66%
79%
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
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
64%
62%
81%
78%
75%
50%
60%
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
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
62%
63%
77%
81%
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
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
63%
61%
85%
81%
80%
59%
59%
56%

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
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Salk Elementary School is a public middle school in Mesa. 661 students go to Salk Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; American Indian/Alaskan Native; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 16% of the Salk Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 80% of the 661 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Salk Elementary School is 19:1. Fremont Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 6% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 6% 4%
Hispanic 44% 39%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 50%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 57%
Limited English proficiency 16% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is raising children to not learn how to deal with issues but to tattle on every little thing. I mean little. I understand bigger issues. My 7 year old has gone so down hill once he started going to this school. Learning things from other kids I can't even imagine at his age. Now he is always getting in trouble for saying and doing innapropriate things. My 6th grader calls home for everything. Your not actively writing on your paper...call home. You made a sound with your pen cap....call home. I am worn thin. They are worn thin and feel they can't do anything right. Our family neighborhood families and our church think they are awesome kids. Too bad the kids don't feel that way anymore. They come home saying they can't do anything right and they are losers. Not Okay! When my 6th grader would tell on his friends for something they were all doing the Principal threatened to call the Mesa Policy Department on him if he didn't tell!! To me that's bullying!

  • (3 years ago)

    Salk has been rated an A+ school this year !! And it is an A+ School ! If you have children that go to Salk and thay are having issues at school are they having issues at home as well? I've seen the Principal and the Staff bend over backwards to help troubled kids But the "help" needs to begin at home Parents!

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a grandmother who has seen my granddaughter excel and thrive in this school. The teachers have been encouraging and nudged her to her full potential. The programs for the students offer opportunities for growth on social as well as educational levels.

  • (4 years ago)

    I don't believe the majority of the population being Spanish is not the problem. I think it is a good thing for our children to be raised in a diverse environment. The issue is what the other parent said-it is all about pushing these kids through. A few years back there was a big thing about 'we have zero tolerance for bullying' that is not true-it is happening every day right under their noses and they don't want to see it. It is sad that my son has to come home every day saying that he was called this name and kicked and hit and no one is ever there to see it-when he tells he is dismissed. They cannot control what happens on their own campus or buses and that is sad.

  • (5 years ago)

    Awful school!!! Heavy hispanic population & class was spent half in english and the other half of the time translating in spanish. My son became bored and was getting in trouble. Who can blame him!! He went all of about a month after I pulled him out. Nobody seemed to want to take the time to help. Since he has been in his new school everything has drastically improved!! Attitude grades have soared outside of Salk!! The staff has such a ho hum attitude there. Pulling him out there was the best thing I ever could have done!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Salk is an awesome school. You can feel the positive school climate the moment you walk on the campus. I have seen the principal go out of her way to make a difference for the students. They love her and it shows. The teachers a so loving and highly qualified. Best school my children have ever attended.

  • (6 years ago)

    I like the teachers my daughter has but I am not happy with quite a few policys. It seems to me that the 'rules' are only inforced for 'certain' students. There is too much inconsistancy in discipline to be effective in that department and too much violence on the buses

  • (7 years ago)

    I am not a fan of Salk. My daughter is attending Salk. She is bored and not challenged. Our son also went to Salk and it is about pushing the kids through.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers get 5 stars all the way! I've never seen a more devoted group of people. Every one I have met has gone out of her way to help my child. I just cannot say thank you enough.

  • (7 years ago)

    Salk is a fabulous school. The principal is the best ever very involved in the school very loving and an awesome leader. The teachers are enthusiastic and go the extra mile for the kids. The school has won several awards for their no bullying policy. It is a perfect place for children to grow and learn.

  • (8 years ago)

    Salk is the best....I would never want my child to have to go to another school.Great caring happy teachers......make for happy and eager to learn students..Thanks Salk....

  • (8 years ago)

    Excellent school and staff! Wonderful Principal and teachers! The school would be better if the parents were more involved in their childs education.

  • (8 years ago)

    Horrible school! The principal is not very involved in any school functions and alot/most of the teachers are so close to retirement that they are in that 'burned out' state of mind..The principal does not handle complaints very well. There is no parent involvement and very little communication. Safety issues are not a concern. Too many rough students in school and way too many students.....not enough helpers.

  • (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful school! Already this year I have seen growth in my child! He is reading more than ever and had an awesome teacher. The principal is wonderful and very supportive of the staff. Thanks SALK!

  • (9 years ago)

    Not a bad school and most of the teachers seem nice. My children have made a lot of new friends and I think the atmosphere is good. The class size is fine and the teachers seem dedicated to helping even the slowest of learners. I recommend this school to all who have children in the area.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a really good school and the teachers are really supportive.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is horrid. Instead of trying to elevate students to a higher education they are forced to bring the entire class down to the lowest student. Bright intelligent students suffer. There is no real 'education' - only enough to get by on the standardized testing. It's a fluffy party school where students are 'rewarded' with candy instead of given a basic solid education. This is not the teachers fault - it's a basic fault with the system. The teachers are not given the means. Classroom books are in shambles and the teachers have been reduced to peace keepers and baby sitters. Children come and go so quickly in this school transferring in and out all year long. There is no true stability.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is horrid. There are very few parents who care and are involved. The apathy runs high here.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have 2 children ages 7 and 10 who attend Salk and have done so since they were in kindergarten. Salk has many very experienced teachers who are very creative in their teaching methods. One of my favorite things about Salk is how diverse the student population is; children of all ethnicities are treated respectfully and inclusively. New principal Karla Carlson has done a wonderful job. She has made/continues to make changes to the school to make the school a better place for the students teachers and parents. I do wish that the teachers were more proactive about testing children for special learning needs (whether that be the need for advance placement/ELP or special education) I have had some resistance to my requests for this kind of testing for my children.

  • (10 years ago)

    Salk is an older school that needs repairs to the extior of the building including were the childen play. The students are over crowded in the classroom and some teachers have the burnt out attitude. The parents that do take a time out of the go go go family life are greatly out numbered by the parents who do not take time for there children so spirit is lax by student body. With a high school and junior high close by you would think they would have the schools enter-act with programs to promote reading students tutoring students and students helping students move to the next grade level such as 6th graders paired with 7th and 8th graders for the next year and same with high school students and the junior high. The staff needs to be more alert with the surroundings of the school so are children are safe from strangers.

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