Archive for October, 2011


By Maria Hass

The Chandler Unified School District received an A grade overall based on the Arizona’s new grading system. This grading system relied significantly on Reading and Math scores taken during the statewide AIMS exam. Each school is given a label grade and a letter grade. The label grades are: excelling, highly performing, performing-plus, performing, underperforming or failing. The letter grades consist of A, B, C, D or F.

The Kyrene School District, known for its educational excellence for many years, missed the A grade by a point and landed a B grade this year. The Chandler Unified School District came out on top and continues to provide strong educational standards for families in the East Valley. Many Chandler residents support education. School initiatives passed easily through a Yes vote from residents.

The Chandler Schools’ performance is as follows:

Jacobson Elementary: A, Excelling
Ryan Elementary: A, Excelling
Basha Elementary: A, Excelling
Bahsa High: A, Excelling
Bogle Jr. High: B, Excelling
Chandler High: A, Excelling
CTA Goodman: A, Excelling
CTA Independence: A, Excelling
CTA Liberty: A, Excelling
CTA Freedom: A, Excelling
Chandler Traditional Jr. High: B, Excelling
Patterson Elementary: A, Excelling
Conley Elementary: B, Highly performing
Erie Elementary: C, Performing Plus
Frye Elementary: C, Performing
Galveston Elementary: C, Performing Plus
Haley Elementary: B, Highly Performing
Hamilton High: A, Excelling
Hartford Elementary: D, Performing
Fulton Elementary: A, Excelling
Hull Elementary: B, Excelling
Andersen Elementary: C, Highly Performing
Andersen Junior High: B, Performing plus
Know Elementary: C, Performing plus
Humphrey Elementary: C, Performing
Navarrete Elementary: B, Highly performing
Perry High: A, Excelling
Riggs Elementary: A, Excelling
Tarwater Elementary: B, Excelling
Bologna Elementary: C, Performing
San Marcos Elementary: C, Performing
Sanborn Elementary: C, Highly performing
Santan Elementary: A, Excelling
Santan Jr. High: B, Highly Performing
Shumway Elementary: C, Performing plus
Hancock: A, Excelling
Weinberg Elementary: B, Highly Performing
Payne Jr. High: A, Excelling
Willis Jr. High: C, Performing plus

* Schools with a majority of families in higher income levels mostly performed at A, Excelling, while schools with a majority of families in the low income level performed fairly. When looking for a place to live or a home to invest, the school system is a key factor that home buyers look for in choosing a home. Aside from location, lifestyle and community services, surrounding schools somehow determine the length of time a family stays in their home. For the Arizona Republic’s complete article on the school grades, go to

October 25, 2011 at 7:09 am Leave a comment

The AZ Real Estate Market Shows Mixed Results

by: Maria Hass

The overall median prices in Maricopa County showed mixed results with some areas increasing and some decreasing in values. The following are the details of the report by Chandler Republic on October 8, 2011 issue.
Zip Codes with increase of 10-20%– 85383, 85305,85263
Zip Codes with increase of 20% or more-85262
Zip Codes with decrease of 10% or more85050,85304,85029,85051,85020,85006,85008,85281,85040,85204

The report further states that in the SouthEast Valley, the zip code 85204 in Mesa has the biggest decrease in overall home value.

The zip code with the most sales is 85249 in Chandler.
The zip code with the highest overall median is 85284 in Tempe.
The zip code with the biggest decrease in resale home value is 85281 in Tempe.

The message this report tells us is, home values are local and home values could vary from one neighborhood to another neighborhood. Not all prices are falling in Arizona. There are some that are appreciating in value, some stable and some declining. When asked, how’s the real estate market? A good and truthful answer is, “It’s mixed.” One could go even further as saying it depends on the area, price range of the home and the type of sale (short sale, lender-owned, regular sale, new construction.) It’s always never thesame across the state and nationally.
So, be careful where you get your figures. National figures does not reflect Arizona figures.

October 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment



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