School Details

Cotton Boll School

8540 W. Butler Drive, Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 412-4700
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 904 students 19 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

79%
72%
69%
83%
81%
75%

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
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
68%
65%
81%
82%
77%

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
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
68%
63%
75%
82%
79%
40%
62%
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 2013
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
68%
63%
80%
84%
79%
43%
59%
53%

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
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
72%
65%
86%
89%
85%
50%
60%
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
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
66%
58%
78%
77%
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
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cotton Boll School is a public middle school in Peoria. 904 students go to Cotton Boll School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 13% of the Cotton Boll School students are "limited in English proficiency." 57% of the 904 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cotton Boll School is 19:1. C. Doby Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 52% 26%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 63%
Multiracial 3% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 29%
Limited English proficiency 13% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son started attending Cotton Boll in early 2012 after we moved from CA to AZ. We'd been very fortunate in CA to have been in a highly desired exceptional school district but I can honestly say that I'm more impressed with Cotton Boll than with the school in CA. As soon as we stepped onto the Cotton Boll campus we could tell that the school is a great place. All of the staff are helpful friendly informed and clearly care very much about the students. My son's teacher Mrs. Wallander specialist Ms. Brown and the many others at the school who I've interacted with are fantastic. We couldn't be happier with the school overall and the learning and support our son has received there. As another reviewer mentioned this school is a "best kept secret".

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is Peoria's best kept secret. I'm almost afraid to submit this review because I want to keep this secret all to myself. You have never come across more charismatic teachers in all your life. They truly CARE about your child. How many people can say that about a school? Especially when most schools are becoming more about "test scores test scores test scores." This is a school that wants to better our children for their future not for a test score. Thank you Cotton Boll teachers and staff for showing me that there are still schools out there who care for our children and their future.

  • (3 years ago)

    The only thing that my third grader learned this year was to be afraid of his teacher. I tried to bring it up to the principal and he to just tried to blame my child and that he could do nothing. My child has special needs and they did not even seem to care. The teacher would even say my child is lazy and that he will never be tops academicly in front of him. I am so glad we are moving.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Cotton Boll staff are some of the greatest Teachers and Administrators in the USA. Given a really tough job they strive every day to give to their students the best education that is available.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went there and so did my son and many of his cousins! It's a great school with great teachers

  • (5 years ago)

    Dear Parents and Staff I would like to share with you that I was about to take my daughter out of Cotton Boll due to concerns with the quality of education. After looking at test scores and other areas I was very concerned as to how my daughter would be challenged and the quality of her education. I decided to be very honest with her teacher and talked about my concerns. Her teacher assured me that the children were the most important and teaching was his passion. He gave me examples and reassured me that he would be challenging my daughter. My daughter has been blessed with very good teachers at Cotton Boll.....Mrs. Quintana Mrs. Garcia Mrs. Pease and now Mr. Lemster. Mr. Lemster/s professionalism and caring attitude convinced me to give Cotton Boll another year. I would once again state Teachers can be very important role models!

  • (5 years ago)

    The administration at this school rocks! Teachers care the extracurricular activities are great and my kids are thriving. Mr. Lemster Mrs. Curtis Mrs. Lavendar....you're the best!

  • (5 years ago)

    Cotton Boll Elementary administration front office and teachers are not only well informed but go the extra mile in helping. Test scores as performing plus rating does not do the school just for what a great place it truly is & felt on the campus.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids were having problems at previous schools. They love this school and are doing well. They have great teachers. The previous school they said my youngest might be learning disabled. This school has turned him around and he now gets B's and I can tell he is learning a lot more.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been in this school for 4 years he began with the head start program and pre-school kinder and he just finish his first garde I love his school I could not be more happy my son is reading so fluently his teachers have been amazing especially Ms.Wallender shes is an amazing teacher the staff in the front office are so nice and the ladys in the cafeteria are very nice I cant even expalin how happy I am that my son attends this school .

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent Teachers. My children are very happy and is progressing very well academically. There are many extra programs available for all the students and it seems that the teachers really care about children and doing their jobsI have had my kids at another school and they have done much better here!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two children that attend this school and I am very happy with the education they are receiving at Cotton Boll. The K- 5 teachers my children have had were all excellent at giving my children the skills they needed to succeed in their future years. At the same time the teachers truly cared about each child and made school and learning fun. I would highly recommend Cotton Boll to anyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    My third child will soon be promoted from Cotton Boll. We have had a child at the school for 16 years. I couldn't ask for a better school. The staff and teachers are wonderful! They work with you and go the extra mile for the students!

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent Teachers. My child is very happy and is progressing very well academically. There are many extra programs available for all the students and it seems that the teachers really care about children and doing their jobs.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cotton Boll is an Excellent School. My son is currently attending and has been for the past 3 years. He spend time with intelligent and caring teachers who are always concerned about his wellfare and education. I work in the Peoria Unified School District and would be able to have my son attend any number of elementary schools in the area. I could not select a better school and would not find a more professional or caring staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent Teachers. My child is very happy and is progressing very well academically. There are many extra programs available for all the students and it seems that the teachers really care about children and doing their jobs.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is not one of my favorites i had a hard time speaking to the teachers sence 6 to 7 and the principal is hard to speak to.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm uncertain about Cotton Boll. I think the principal is really good including the assistant principals and I've talked to all of them. Its the teachers I question. They seem to spend more time yelling at children than actually teaching them. My children have only been there for a year but I wasn't pleased. I heard many times that Peoria was a good school district for the West Valley but I can't see that with Cotton Boll. Last year they went to Heritage and that was better. The teachers AND children were much more communicative. If I don't decide to move my children I hope this next years proves better.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall I think Cotton Boll is a great school. As you can see from the demographics there is a large population of non-English speaking students. My kids have complained often about not being able to move on with their classes because the other students do not understand.

  • (8 years ago)

    My two children have attended Cotton Boll for the last four years. I think Dave Snyder the Principal is wonderful. He has gone out of his way to help my son through a difficult time. The counselor we worked with was Ms. Neely I wish she was still at Cotton Boll but at least we know we can call Mr. Snyder is we need any assistance.

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