PUENTE DE HOZHO BILINGUAL MAGNET SCHOOL

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3401 N 4TH ST
FLAGSTAFF, AZ 86004
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Phone: 928-773-4090
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District: Flagstaff Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 57.1
  • Number Students: 400
  • Number Teachers: 20
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5329
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Dawn Trubakoff
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (22 ratings)
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    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-14
    "Very disappointed in this school. Academic basics are not emphasized. Student learning is limited by the least common denominator in the classrooms. Title I interventions pace limits on when and how teaches can teach new material. Teachers cannot teach new material unless all children are present in the classroom. Many students are in and out of the classroom throughout the day getting reading and math intervention. The smarter students are held back because of the number of students requiring intervention. It may be good for a student whose home language is Spanish to learn some Spanish but it will be at the cost of learning math and reading. Unless there is more emphasis on math, reading, and science hen it is recommended not to send your child here. There are better schools in Flagstaff. Look at the future of where your child will be going to after Puente. Mount Elden is one of the worse schools in the state. It is a reflection of the elementary schools that send students there. It would be interesting to see how the students from Puente do when they arrive to MEMS."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-09
    "Puente de Hozho is a unique school that offers my children a different experience than the traditional schools. They learn half the day in English and half the day in Spanish. They are benefitting from the many advantages of learning another language such as being able to think in different ways, persevering when learning is challenging, understanding and caring about people from other cultures, etc. They have the added benefit of experiencing two teachers every year and learning from their expertise. I have found Puente de Hozho to be a caring, stimulating, academically challenging, safe, culturally enriching school. Other posts have mentioned test scores which if you compare apples to apples, Puente actually does well. They consistently rank above the other title one schools, just behind the higher socio-economic schools and the students learn half the day in another language. Puente has the highest number (by far) of students learning English which does affect test scores. My children have always had "meets" or "exceeds" test scores as students of Puente. This is a great school. I am so glad my children have had the opportunity to be enriched and educated at Puente de Hozho."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-19
    "This schools cultural aspect is its strong hold. However, I would only consider putting your child at this school if you speak either Navajo or Spanish in the home, or place your child into the preschool class from the very beginning. It became clear to us after much struggling and stress that they do not teach a second language at this school, they teach IN two languages. The communication was very poor between us, the teachers and principle. Ultimately, we felt like a burden when we asked questions and for help. Good program for some kids, but make sure you know what you are getting into before you send your kids here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-06
    "Puente has been an excellent choice for our family. I have to disagree with another poster who stated "The measure of a good school is not how well the kids can speak or read two languages but how well they can read, write and do arithmetic." That is a value judgment laid on us by a system that values those things in younger grades, and tests for those achievements through a system that rewards good test-takers. Is Puente for everyone? Of course not. Learning in two languages is challenging, and it does tend to drag back on achievement as it is typically measured. However, our child is blossoming, he is being exposed to the values of different cultures, and he is becoming bilingual-- very important to us. The teachers have been open to parental participation, and the principal has been very receptive to our concerns and need to tailor our child's whole education (of which school is only a part) to our needs. I only wish that the school had adequate staffing and funding it needs to address all of the students' challenges. We can meet our child's needs, as well as assist some classmates, but it is overwhelming."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-01
    "The new testing scores are out and it shows the dismal record of the east Flagstaff schools. Mount Elden middle school is now failing as expected. The scores show an annual decline in the student performance across the grade spectrum at Puente. I guess that bilingual education system and cultural awareness is working real well. The kids will do very well in the real world when they can barely speak one langauge much less two. How about the declining scores in math, reading, and writing? As the scores from Mount Elden middle school show, the elementary schools feeding the middle school have failed. Great, they get some classwork in spanish and navajo but who cares if they can read, write or do arithmetic. They will do better in jail after they drop out from high school because they can't read or write. Being able to speak spanish and english will help them survive behind bars; not help them to finish school successfully. Keep up the good work. Obviously the parents are not the brightest based on recent previous comments. Get your kids out of this school while you can. We did."
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