Balsz Elementary School

  • Balsz Elementary School serves 937 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 29% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 19% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Balsz Elementary School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is equal to the Arizona state level of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Arizona state average of 62%.

School Overview

  • Balsz Elementary School's student population of 937 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 49 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students937 students
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Gender % This chart display gender of Balsz Elementary School
Total Classroom Teachers49 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Balsz Elementary School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,897 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Balsz Elementary School is 0.42, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AZ)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#1513 out of 1897 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
29%
42%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
19%
42%
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Student : Teacher Ratio19:119:1
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American Indian
6%
6%
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Asian
n/a
3%
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Hispanic
75%
45%
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Black
14%
5%
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White
4%
38%
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Two or more races
1%
3%
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All Ethnic Groups This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Balsz Elementary School. This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in AZ.
Diversity Score0.420.65
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Eligible for Free Lunch
88%
43%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
4%
6%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Balsz Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Arizona by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameBalsz Elementary School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

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  3.50 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
There are numerous wrongs with this current school district of Balsz. The classrooms status of kids per classroom currently sits at 30; therefore overcrowded. Balsz now converted to Tillman Middle School with the help of the Tillman Group due to lack of other organizations willing to invest in the district and poor investment funding. Staff is outnumbered resulting in the increase of inappropriate behavior and failing to properly monitor student safety. Tillman Middle School has no safety resource officer resulting in an increase of illegal use of drugs, students walking off campus, and students wandering around campus with no supervision. The Tillman Middle School contains no proper system in regards to its special education department. While one is in place, student placement in proper special education classrooms needs a complete overhaul. Special Education administrators are not positioned at a campus site; therefore resulting in complete miscommunication and lack thereof. The Tillman Group under its resources has provided higher levels of academic programs and facilities since its involvement. Tillman Middle School currently resides in numerous extracurricular activities resulting in requesting for additional funding through government and private donations to support the overhaul of facilities. Despite the Tillman Group involvement, the campus is unsafe without some type of safety officer.
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