School Details

Black Mountain Elementary School

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Cave Creek Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
85%
65%
85%
91%
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
  • Cave Creek Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
87%
63%
95%
95%
79%
83%
79%
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
  • Cave Creek Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
80%
63%
95%
93%
79%
68%
74%
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
  • Cave Creek Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Black Mountain Elementary School is a public elementary school in Scottsdale. The principal of Black Mountain Elementary School is Matt Owsley, who can be contacted at mowsley@ccusd93.org. 495 students attend Black Mountain Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 5% of the Black Mountain Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 495 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Black Mountain Elementary School is 17:1. Quality Interactive Montessori is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 89%
Hispanic 8% 8%
Asian 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 5%
Limited English proficiency 5% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Black Mountain is hands down the best school in the Cave Creek Unified School District. As an employee I am familiar with all the campuses and hold them all in high regard but I feel the community feel great teachers dynamic principal organized front office Health aide and support staff and involved families BMES is number one.

  • (6 months ago)

    BMES is a fantastic learning community. The teachers are well qualified compassionate and loving. The families are highly involved and friendly. The Principal is very hands on and is kind yet respected by students staff and parents. My son is very happy and is always motivated to go to school. He is supported and feels happy and safe on campus. I am thrilled to call BMES our school! Go Bobcats!

  • (6 months ago)

    As a parent of two students at BMES I couldn't be happier with the principal teachers and staff. I was asked to speak with the A+ visitors in March and the enthusiasm and honesty shared at that meeting was outstanding. I was so happy to hear that I was not the only parent feeling the sense of community and commitment from everyone at BMES. Hands down BMES is the BEST elementary school in the Cave Creek District.

  • (6 months ago)

    Black Mountain Elementary is exceptional for these reasons 1. Our students arrive full of desire to learn each and every day. 2. Our PTO is deeply committed to helping our BMES achieve its social and academic goals. Our volunteers work every week in classrooms every week in the library every month with Mini Museum and organize every large festival/event hosted by our school. They work hard. They do this because they care about BMES and want to do their part in making sure the kids at BMES have a great academic and social experience. 3. The hardest working most passionate and deeply dedicated group of people you could EVER hope to work with are the teachers here at BMES. The desire to reach all of our students is priority and the desire to see them achieve is the focus of every lesson design. Hours are poured into lessons that go way beyond the span of textbook methodology. Hours are spent long after the setting of the sun creating exchanging and refining lessons so that our kids can receive the best that we have to offer them. 4. Our principal...a true leader wise beyond his years completely dedicated to the kids his teachers and the community-- A joy to know.

  • (6 months ago)

    Black Mountain is an excellent school in the Cave Creek Unified School District. The entire campus is welcoming and warm including staff and students. BMES also partners with the community for many great causes.

  • (6 months ago)

    Black Mountain is a community school that is focused on engaging all students and providing a safe fun and educational environment where all students can succeed. The staff is very stable knowledgeable and educated with most having advanced degrees and 2 teachers being National Board Certified Teachers. We are constantly collaborating to improve both our teaching and student outcomes and I believe we have the best elementary school and Principal Mr. Matt Owsley in the state.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 4th grade son has been enrolled at Black Mountain Elementary since Kindergarten. The school may look a little dated but don't judge a book by it's cover. All the teachers my son has had are very experienced - one almost 20 years and still shows genuine interest enthusiasm. When he started we had a very nice principal and now for the last 2 years Mr. Owsley who is a kick and a hard worker. The PTO has undergone leadership changes (as older kids go on to middle school so do the parents) and from what I can tell they are committed to giving the kids the faculty and the school their very best in fundraising and providing many items the school's budget is not set up to provide. I really like the school and so does my son and I gladly give it 5 stars.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been at BMES for 7 years and continue to be amazed at the professionalism and commitment the teachers principal and support staff bring to the school every day. BMES has high parental involvement and an active PTO. It's a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We've been at BMES for 2 years now after switching from another elementary school in the Cave Creek district. Thank goodness we switched our son was falling behind at his previous school...after only 1 year at BMES he was finally reading at grade level and excelling in Math. In his second year he was tested for gifted! It's amazing how far my son has come in just 2 years of solid teaching and positive leaning environment. Class sizes are small and parent involvement is top notch. I highly recommend this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school has a phenomenal principal who care about his students. He is active with the students and is a great leader. Our teacher are very supportive of him and he sets a great example through his leadership. Our teachers are community leaders who put the kids education first and always strive to make our kids have the best experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school is an important part of my community. It is large enough where there are many extra curricular activites yet small enough where everyone seems to know each other. Our 2 children love BMES. We wouldn't have it any other way!

  • (1 year ago)

    We researched several schools when we moved into this area and couldn't be happier we chose to enroll at Black Mountain Elementary. The teachers make learning a fun and rewarding experience and provide an open environment that welcomes parent involvement and communication. Every person at this school - the Principal teachers staff parent volunteers - truly cares about the success and well being of the students.

  • (1 year ago)

    We relocated from Chicago neighborhood to BMES last fall... both daughters adapted to new class structures they were both in excelling classes in IL. Would love to see CCUSD get on board for recognizing and implementing excelling classes. Overall- the school is involved with students and parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can't believe the last reviewer! BME should have 5 stars overall. My son also attended school at BMES since 1st grade and it has improved in many ways. The sixth grade classes did have over 30 students per class but not the 36 that the last reviewer wrote. The teachers were great! They did not mix up grades one time! One project due date did change but it should have. It is called monitoring and adjusting - something good teachers should so. There was some change in Math teacher as the first one had a baby and the school refused to just put anyone in the spot. Instead substitute teachers were in the spot until they made a choice. In all there were 3 sixth grade math teachers. As for the no homework that was totaly wrong! The school is not against homework just against irrelevant homework. As for students transfering to PV very few students have left the school. In fact many many students come to BMES from outside the attendance zone. This school is the best and I am sad that it was my son's last year. It really is heading in the right direction!!!! It is too bad that it hasn't always been this way.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can't believe BME has 4 stars overall. My son attended K-6 there and it has really gone down hill in my opinion. The extreme right led by the local newspaper vote down EVERYTHING the schools try to do and its taking its toll. Results 36 kids in my son's class this year overwhelmed unorganized teachers mixed up grades and nobody even notices project due dates ALWAYS changed on original due date newbie teachers writing emails to the parents with multiple spelling errors 6 sixth grade math teachers in one year no homework because the principal and the teachers don't believe in it no librarian no gifted anything (many of the brainiacs have transferred to PV district anyway) and many other traits of a very mediocre public school. Too bad. It hasn't always been this way.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter almost had finish her 2nd year at BMES. Since the new principal has been on board the school is going in the right direction. He connects with students parents and teachers. The teachers are excellent and the PTO is really involved. Looking forward to another exciting school year!

  • (2 years ago)

    My child's homeroom teacher Mrs. Finley is amazing! When I ask my daughter about what she does at school she doesn't give me the "nothing" comment. Instead she won't stop talking about everything. And I know it is not just my child's teacher because all of my friends' say the same thing. Great teachers great principal great school!

  • (2 years ago)

    BMES is a great school! My daughter has the best teacher ever too! I love that my children have the opportunity to do so many extras! She was in the Reptile club this year is going to apply for the BMES National Elementary Honor Society and is currently in intramurals. We even attended a star gazing night at the school last week. This school really goes above and beyond for its students!

  • (2 years ago)

    BMES is ok if you just want your child to go through the paces. The school tends to spend more time promoting itself and trying to convince the public they are great when really they are just mediocre by true educational standards. Their average of 80 for AIMS math may permit them to claim that they are great but what that really means is that 20% of the kids couldn t even pass the AIMS math test which is a low bench mark to begin with. 80% doesn t mean that all the kids got B s it means only 80% of the student body could muster 60% or greater score on the test. I would recommend looking at the AZDE spreadsheet on the AZDE website and look how the kids really did. Compare this to some of the local charter schools and it s clear they have nothing to brag about. Lastly we found the school to be a bit depressing. There is a constant barrage of threats that things are going to be worse programs cut and teachers laid off etc... As parents we were constantly told how bad things are going to get. It s just not an upbeat positive place to be and more of a place that seems to be very proud that they are striving for mediocrity.

  • (3 years ago)

    Sorry but Black Mountain is not the school you are looking for if you are looking for excellence. There are no services for the gifted the new math program Go Math is second-rate at best and the teachers are fine but not stellar (as with most things in the CCUSD). If the school only put as much effort into the learning as they did into the anti-bullying or Love&Logic programs the school would not be in the bottom tier of the elementary schools in the district. And while the heavy-handed old principal is gone she was replaced with a new principal who while he seems nice enough it is evident he has no experience leading a school in an area like Cave Creek. Like most administrators in the district he wants to keep the status quo and not make any waves. So if you want adequate Black Mountain is for you. If you want more keep looking (if at all possible outside of the district).

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