School Details

Sunburst School

14218 N 47th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 347-2600
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 & ungraded 576 students 19 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

63%
61%
69%
82%
73%
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
  • Washington Elementary School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
51%
62%
81%
67%
75%
47%
47%
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
  • Washington Elementary School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
52%
63%
85%
73%
80%
47%
40%
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
  • Washington Elementary School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
51%
61%
87%
74%
80%
59%
46%
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
  • Washington Elementary School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sunburst School is a public middle school in Glendale. The principal of Sunburst School is Rhonda Warren. 576 children attend Sunburst School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and American Indian/Alaskan Native. 9% of the Sunburst School students are "limited in English proficiency." 60% of the 576 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sunburst School is 19:1. Sweetwater School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 34%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 4%
Asian 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 27% 50%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 77%
Limited English proficiency 9% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son had struggled his entire school career barely passing each year. Sunburst was the only school that took the time to identify his learning disability and get him the services he needed. This is my son's 2nd year at Sunburst and he just brought home his report card and made the Honor Roll! MY son made the Honor Roll!! I'm so proud of him and love how excited he was to bring home his report card. I have the teachers and staff of Sunburst to thank for this amazing achievement. Thank you for caring so much about your students and instilling a love of learning in them you've changed my son's life!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two grandchildren who attend this school. Both of my grandchildren love their teachers! I have been to many school programs and field trips. Very impressed with how the teachers all work well together and are so organized with the children. When visiting the school you must sign in and out thru the Front Office I really like this for safety reasons!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my daughters first school. She has learned so much and enjoys going to school. She has an amazing teacher Ms. Hilliard.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school! They keep parents involved and informed! Sorry that we moved and my children no longer attend! ( I really see the difference! If your child goes there you are very blessed! )

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love Sunburst. I spent 7 yaers of my life there (K-6) and gratuated 2 years ago. I was in the gifted program since second grade and loved the teacher. We're still in touch. I love her so much. The faculty and adinistration is great- they still remember me. I love Mr. Elliott. He was my favorite teacher and I wish I could go back and thank him. He is the man who enstilled the meaning of respect dilligence and character into me. He upheld high standards for his students and wanted you to succeed. So thank you Mr. *Dude*. Sunurst is an amazing school and I will definitely be sending my kids there someday.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sunburst is an awesome school. We love it and the teahers are outstanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school. The teachers care about your child's educational progress. My kindergartener was reading by mid-school year. They also have a promising music program. My sixth grader loved playing in the band. I love the fact that there is someone on campus to greet the children as they arrive to school.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love sunburst school and too prove it i have been working as a 6th grade teacher for 25 years i couldn't picture myself in a diffrent school that is better then sunburst i love the students and the everyone who works there is great

  • (5 years ago)

    I've been with this school since 1999 and all i can say is that Sunburst is a great school with wonderful principal teachers a wonderful nurse who's been there forever (U rock Nurse K) a very helpful staff and wonderful volunteers....the teachers are there to help your kids and they are really communicative you know what's going on at school..... Sunburst U rock!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school with wonderful teachers and administration. Sunburst is a safe place for kids and I appreciate that the principal is visible around the school. He sets the tone and has high expectations for the students and staff. Great job Sunburst!

  • (6 years ago)

    I would give this school a averag I think it is a great school if you have a problem free child but the office staff and the principal do not have the abilitys to deal with children with learning or behavior problems and they do not deal with parents well

  • (7 years ago)

    My son go to this school and I see evry day his teacher how she take care of all student to lirning them so good the principal; see him evry morning outside to whating for all the student .This school is wonderful and I can sey Bravo.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 children that go to this school and one that goes to another school district. No comparison! The Sunburst administration and teachers are the best. The principal is visible and engaged with the teachers and students. He is outside speaking to parents greeting students and making an impact on his school community. The teachers go all out to reach their students. This school is wonderful and if they were K-8 I would have moved my other child here without hestitation. Bravo.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a pretty good school. My kids seem to like their teacher.

  • (9 years ago)

    excellent music & sports programs. great handling of project potential as well.

  • (9 years ago)

    When my kids started at sunburst I was very nervous since I was sending my oldest to a private school in a different state. I was so suprised that he was not up to speed with writing compared to the students of Sunburst. My kids have been going there for 4 yrs and I couldn't be happier! The teachers really put in alot of effort and work with you in any and every way that is needed. Any concerns I have had the staff has been there to help. I couldn't have asked for a better school!

  • (10 years ago)

    I cant say enough nice things about Mrs. Cook Mrs. Hutki and Mrs. Eden. You have made the transition to a new school pleasant for all.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have 2 students that I drive 30 minutes each way to attend Sunburst. We are very happy with this school. It is far superior to the school in the district we live in. I am very thankful that we were able to continue taking our children to Sunburst after moving out of district!

  • (11 years ago)

    I have 2 children currently enrolled at Sunburst and who have attended for the last 3 years. I am very pleased with the quality of education and awareness of safety issues. My children love going to Sunburst and I have been very happy with the teachers they have had each year. My only concern really centers on whether my oldest child is being challenged enough in his class; but I believe this is an issue with any school. I understand that teachers have to teach to the class as a whole and of course focus on concepts that perhaps other students are not understanding. My hope is that next year he may qualify for the project potential program that Sunburst offers for accelerated classes. But all in all I am very pleased with the education both of my children are receiving!

  • (12 years ago)

    I have 2 children in this school and the teacher's are just wonderful they are there to teach because they want to and because they care...the curriculum is great the effort to involve the parents is awesome the positive attitudes and enthusiasm from the kids the teachers and rest of the staff is just amazing

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Overall score

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