School Details

Esperero Canyon Middle School

5801 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 577-5330
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 604 students 16 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

74%
79%
63%
92%
94%
79%
78%
77%
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
  • Catalina Foothills Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
82%
65%
94%
95%
85%
78%
78%
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
  • Catalina Foothills Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
80%
58%
89%
91%
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
  • Catalina Foothills Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Esperero Canyon Middle School is a public middle school in Tucson. The principal of Esperero Canyon Middle School is Mr. Brian Lorimer. 604 children attend Esperero Canyon Middle School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.8% of the Esperero Canyon Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 8% of the 604 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Esperero Canyon Middle School is 16:1. Emily Gray Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 20% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 4%
Limited English proficiency 0.8% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I'm Nadine walker and I love esperero canyon middle school they teach you many things like to be kind and helpful. While you learn you will have so much fun with your teachers. You should know basics. I love the teachers and staff. My school could improve to be a little more brighter in ideas in dances and fun things!

  • (9 months ago)

    Esperero Canyon has been an incredible experience for our boys. They have not only excelled academically but these incredible teachers have taught them invaluable tools to progress independently to the next level and become self sufficient. They also have encouraged growth on personal and emotional levels. It is no wonder that the teacher of the year usually comes from ECMS. We built in District 16 so as not to be forced into 'private' schools to attain academic and developmental excellence and they have not disappointed. The Principal staff and the parents' tremendous involvement support and concern for the overall well being of the students sets this school apart from the rest.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is a great place for kids to learn. I am so pleased at all of the programs offered. The school has great science and math classes more nationally board certified teachers than any other school in the district the best of instruction in the arts that a middle schooler could ever receive. The special education teachers are awesome and the principal understands both high achieving students and special education students a rare find. The administration cares about my kids and knows them by name. We are so happy with this school. Cannot say enough good things about my children's experiences!!! It is getting better all of the time. They have tutoring and help for students!!!! A beautiful place where kids get a great education. PE is also awesome!!! My kid had a print out of his fitness statistics at age 12!!!!! Also so many computers and people who know how to teach using technology!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    An overcrowded promotion ceremony sends a mixed message about who in the community is valued. Last night May 20 2013 there were so many seats reserved for "parents who volunteer" I had to stand. It was bizarre. The teachers did not have seats and stood along the walls of the gym . I felt bad for them but I was trapped too. If students are the stars of the night in my opinion the family membersof those students need to be shown respect.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think the huge number of Open Enrollment students particularly from the neighboring Fruchtlender Elem. is encouraging a negative environment at ECMS both socially and academically. Math classes in particular are being remediated because these TUSD kids cannot keep up. Socially there is a very different vibe coming from the TUSD kids (ie Fruchtlender) than what CFSD families promote. CFSD is a school district with families who value high achievement in ACADEMICS; not social climbing (laughable). Fruchtlender families need to go to Townsend where they belong. Superintendent Kamerzell has created this unhealthy learning environment with her emphasis on open enrollment. Fire Kamerzell first.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is way too overcrowded at this point. The number of open enrollment students allowed in is overwhelming. Not only is the school too crowded from sheer numbers but now there is a different sense of community being promoted from those children coming from TUSD schools primarily Fruchtlender. I do not believe this overcrowding of the classroom or the "crowding out" of people who live in CFSD is in the best interest of the community or Esperero Canyon Middle School. I am profoundly disappointed with the overall quality of education compared to that of my two older children who both attended CFSD middle schools pre-2007. Crowded classrooms is not the way to a good education and ECMS kids are suffering because of it. AIMS scores keep declining. What else is going on in this school?

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Last year when I was in 6th grade I loved Esperero and I felt very welcome. This year as a 7th grader I haven't been as happy going to school everyday. Overall it is a good school and has taught me many things however sometimes I feel the teachers are unfair. I feel I am getting a good education but I do not like the arts program. At Esperero I am taught things that I know will help me succeed in life but if I were principal I would change a few things. I do recommend Esperero.

  • (2 years ago)

    Esperero has aspects that are positive and negative. I believe the location is wonderful where kids would be able to take short field trips to Sabino Canyon if the Principal would arrange that. Some teachers are supportive and effective. However other teachers are unable to teach kids. My child when she finished 5th grade had a 6 on her Writing AIMS however in 6th grade it dropped to a 5 and now after 7th grade it has dropped to a 4 barely meeting the standards. This makes my child distraught because she strives to exceeds and realizes that despite her effort her level of writing has decreased greatly. Moving on to the administrators. I find that the new Principal did not meet my standards. She is artificial and does not care about the students or parents. The Principal has brought unrest to Esperero and it is difficult to explain the things that she has done that I find uncomprehendable. I wish that she was not in charge of the school however my child enjoys the classes for the most part and the atmosphere is far better than other options for middle schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child is attending this school for the first time. I am very impressed with the teachers as well as the curriculum. My child loves it.

  • (3 years ago)

    Esperero has had a huge drop in AIMS test scores (as much as 18% in 2011) and recently got a B score from the Arizona Dept of Ed. Class sizes can be as large as 30.

  • (4 years ago)

    Im moving my family to Tucson. Is this a school where the kids have uniforms?

  • (5 years ago)

    We recently moved out of CFSD and we loved Esperero. Any student will be lucky and privledged to go there. Awesome teachers and great education

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Esperero! The teachers counselors and principal are extremely dedicated and caring. Unfortunately due to budget cuts the teachers' workloads have increased but they continue to give their best efforts. The curriculum is definitely challenging. I feel that Esperero is comparable to many private schools. My younger son graduates from Esperero this year and I am going to be sad to say goodbye to this amazing school! I highly recommend it.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter goes to ECMS and the truth is that there are some amazing teachers there but then again there are some that don't want to help my daughter succeed. She is very academically driven and sometimes the stress can drive her crazy. She still has amazing friends at this place you call school.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is terrible despte what the 'friendly staff' say and make you think the teachers are very unsupportive and unmotivatiol as well the dicsipline policy is ridiculous at esperero your son or daughter may get in trouble for the smallest slip-ups although its a very bad school they have a few good teachers and good encore classes otherwise bad.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im am a student at esperero canyon middle school. I've had some good and bad experiences there. There is one teacherwho has stood out to me and his name is Mr. Grobe. He is one of the best teachers I've ever had. I sometimes feel that the teachers here are unfair. And you dont always feel like you fit in. Over all this is an okay school. I would love to see some improvements.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great Principal Great Teachers all very dedicated to the students. High parental involvement. Fantastic music arts and sports programs. A bit too much emphasis on homework and Student Lead Conferences (most parents would prefer to meet directly with the teachers) but overall a 5 Star school with all the attributes you'd want.

  • (8 years ago)

    Esperero was a great place to work - the staff are helpful and supportive to the kids' needs!

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful school with teachers that work together. Music/band teacher is great. Sports programs are fair. Extracurricular activities outstanding. Very safe campus with an active anti bully policy. Open enrollment now the student population is shrinking as the local apartments are going condo. We are staying in the area until our child is ready for HS then we will move into a different district. This has to be the best middle school in Tucson.

  • (8 years ago)

    My children just started at ECMS and every day they are very excited to go to school. The teachers are well educated and the students are all nice to each other. One thing we are concerned about is the amount of homework our children receive. Sometimes our children are given a lot of homework which takes them the whole evening to complete. We believe that overall it was a great choice to move our children to this school.

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