School Details

Wildfire Elementary School

3997 E. Lockwood Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85050
(602) 449-4300
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 911 students 19 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

91%
75%
69%
91%
82%
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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
71%
65%
95%
83%
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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
71%
63%
92%
84%
79%
78%
68%
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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
73%
63%
96%
87%
79%
80%
70%
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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wildfire Elementary School is a public elementary school in Phoenix. 911 children attend Wildfire Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Wildfire Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 5% of the 911 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Wildfire Elementary School is 19:1. Desert Trails Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 69%
Hispanic 8% 23%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 29%
Limited English proficiency 2% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is amazing it has the most kindest teachers the nicest principal and everyone else is so so kind

  • (1 year ago)

    my school is amazing in so many ways from teaching staff to the playground I love it

  • (2 years ago)

    one of the best schools i've ever encountered. absolutely love the teachers and the principal is an amazing leader and motivator.

  • (3 years ago)

    Mrs.Bauer in Kindergarten along with Mrs. Zupke and Mrs. Clark in first grade and Mrs. Kennedy in 3rd grade are EXCEPTIONAL teachers! They go above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every student. We could not be happier! Thank you for being such an exceptional team of educators for our children. You are truly the very BEST!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Teachers are exceptional educators and people. Wildfire teachers teach from the heart they excell equally at identifying the strengths and areas for growth and work to meet the needs of all the children! I'm going with it all starts with good Leadership; we have a wonderful principal who is present and in touch with the kids teachers and families. From our janitor (BJ) to our teachers (too many to name) to our offrice staff (Carol and Terry) to our pricipal (Dr. Bales) we have the best! I feelincredibly lucky that I can send my children to school every day knowing they will be in a nurturing environment in all ways! Thank You Wildfire Staff we love you!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Incredible Core Knowledge program which sets this school apart and provides students with a well-rounded education. Strong and dedicated staff who provide leadership and guidance as well as awesome students!

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved to this school 3 years ago out of district to get a better education for our kids. The teachers and staff at Wildfire are the BEST they have gone above and beyond to help our kids have the best school experience they can have.

  • (4 years ago)

    After reading the other reviews I was very disappointed with my son's kindergarten experience. While the building is beautiful and there is spirit and activities he did not feel good about going to school. He did not have Mrs. Bailey whom I've heard many good things about and his teacher was not as strong. She was given 27 students (Kindergarten!!) with no aide. She relied heavily on parent volunteers to help teach. She was often flustered and seemed overwhelmed (who would't be?) I believe she did the best she could but my son who never really liked preschool slipped through the cracks and cried before school every morning. At the end the teacher advised us to hold him back. Instead I switched him to a charter school where his experience is the opposite (nurturing attentive rewarding and fun). His new school assured me he does not need to be held back.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is a student at Wildfire Elementary! He started Kindergarten in the middle of the school. My son Is a Type 1 diabetic and he also has Celiac Disease. Before I registered my son I went to meet the school nurse Mrs Street! I figured if my son was going to be attending this school I needed to be comfortable with the staff esp te nurse! Not only did Mrs. Street help choose which teacher would be best suited for my son she set up a daily communication plan with me and the teacher. She gave everyone on staff a photo of my son so if anyone thought he might need help with low blood sugar...she was called right away and he took priority! Ahh then there is Mrs. Bailey my son's teacher! She is just the most wonderful teacher! She can read my son like I read my son! She has such a unique relationship with each and every one of her kids! Then there is the front office and the aids who greet my son by name every time they see him coming! It is scary for any parent to drop their children off everyday at school and trust that they are getting the best care and education possible. We have truely been blessed with Dominic's first year in school!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are new to wildfire and we love it . My son is in kindegarten and is excelling.The staff has made us feel like family .

  • (4 years ago)

    Wildfire is an excellent school! From the teachers to the curriculum our school sets the standard. Go Firebirds!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Because the children seem to be very happy there and their school work shows it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm both a parent and a teacher. I love Wildfire for my own kids My children love the rich Core Knowledge curriculum. They are excited to learn and share what they are learning about in school. All of our neighbors' kids love to join in on the conversations about the continents and what they have learned in school too! I'm blessed that it is our home school. I'm double blessed to be a teacher at Wildfire. I love the staff I work with along with the great kids and their wonderful families. My students make it fun for me to come to school every day! The best thing about Wildfire is the kids both my own and my students...they make everything worthwhile.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child can't wait to go to school every day because Wildfire makes learning fun! My daughter is only in 3rd grade and by now she has dissected a cow's eyeball spent an overnight at Lake Pleasant learning about the wildlife there and will soon travel to Kartchner caverns. There is also an Art Masterpiece program whereby the students get to learn about great works of art and the string orchestra program where the students learn to play the violin viola etc. The school also encourages heavy parent involvement with a volunteer parent in the classroom every day. I am pleased to donate my time in the classroom and to be an Art Masterpiece presenter. The school also offers band computers and Spanish classes. The core knowledge curriculum is second to none and the teachers are out of this world! They have the children doing hands-on experiments and projects to help them learn and retain their knowledge. The children also do presentations for the parents of their projects further helping them gain confidence in public speaking. My daughter will also soon be in the 3rd grade play about life in ancient Rome. Perhaps the best part of this school is the 'Make Your Day Count' program whereby students must take responsibility for their actions / behavior. The students are encouraged to participate in 'responsible telling' and to discuss their conduct on the playground and in the classroom. They 'take points' for poor behavior and progress on 'step' levels if the behavior is particularly bad which in turn progresses the level of discipline. I cannot be more thrilled with the principal Dr. Troy Bales or the teachers we have had the absolute joy to have Susan Yannitelli and Kathy Getman as well as retired teacher Mrs. Wayne.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff is great the teachers are great the principal is outstanding. I have 2 kids and one of them has special need. It has been a positive experience and my son loves school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Wonderful staff lead by an excellent principal. My kids feel welcome and enjoy going to school every day. They are challenged which holds their interest in the curriculum.

  • (4 years ago)

    my grandchildren are there and they are getting a great education

  • (4 years ago)

    Wildfire is a great school with outstanding leadership. The Core Knowledge curriculum is excellent. And how the school teaches the students to be responsible citizens is invaluable.

  • (4 years ago)

    We love the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Our principal Dr.Bales holds everyone to a higher standard. Our teachers truly love their students and their jobs. Our front office will go above and beyond for the parents/students. Our PTO have taken an equal role in raising money to support school programs. There is so much parent/grandparent involvement. We love being a part of the Wildfire family!

  • (4 years ago)

    Just when I think that I can't love a school or a teacher more my child moves up to the next grade and I am surprised once again!

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