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Anthem, AZ
Students enrolled: 842
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2701 W. Memorial Dr.
Anthem, AZ 85086

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August 07, 2014
Open enrolled in Diamond Canyon 3 years ago and have not looked back. Bullying on the playground and son put in divider room between K classes for several hours without parent or principal knowledge. I will drive to get the education my child needs and is fostered in.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2014
This school was highly recommended to us as one of the best in Anthem. We had much higher expectations based on their rating and it was a huge disappointment. This school has way more cons than pros. People that send their children to Gavilan Peak obviously have never attended any another schools to compare it to and have no idea of the better options available to them.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2014
This school has continued to go downhill over the last few years. The campus is run down, dirty and lacks supervision from aides and teachers alike, unsuitable for the education, safety and supervision of the students. Theft is a problem in the classroom of students belongings as there are very few supplies and textbooks available and the teachers seemed overwhelmed by the class sizes. The troublemakers seem to run the show here.

- submitted by a community member
July 01, 2014
I went here for grade 5 and had the teacher tell me she could no longer help me with math, move me next to people who were bullying me and all they do if you have a problem is tell you to "fill out a form". I did and nothing was ever done to stop it. I'm glad I don't have to go back! Classes are crowded and kids actually twerked on their desks in Mandarin. No wonder the teacher quit!

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2014
We were not happy with the 6th grade experience. One of the teachers is, the other two are not up to par. Normally involved parents become disconnected; the teachers want little or no parental involvement. One of the teachers does not handle herself in a professional manner. She humiliates and talks about students. Normally bright kids feel defeated and don't perform. She does not work with students or parents. Everything is done solely to improve state test scores. The male teacher is supposed to teach Science. That is a joke! He waits until the last weeks then does a quick lesson, with homework, 1 classwork & 1 test. This is not a fair practice! There is no opportunity to pull a grade up, if a student doesn't do well on 1 or the 3 criteria. The principal does nothing to correct the problem. He is ineffective. Even after parents talk to him, nothing changes. The Elementary Honor Society really changed this year after the old teacher left. There weren't any field trips scheduled for the group or any of the Sage classes. The kids really looked forward to the extra field trips. Hopefully these issues are resolved quickly!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
We attended 5th this yr. And this is by far the worse school we have ever been too. I would recommend the school. Do your research prior to sending. -lack of communication from this school to parents -that goes with the principle does not respond to parents. And never around at school -no text books for student must copy info in a notebook -screaming crossing guard/aide who screams all day at the kids. They are scared of her. They way she dresses is inappropriate for school grounds -kids not aloud to be on playground. 5th grade is only allowed on the basketball court that's it -the library aid yet again is screaming and whistling loudly. Wow. Seriously. I helped in my last school never had issue with kids. Do we need to scram at them. Maybe that what Gavilan code is. To scram all day long. How does that help. -PTA is horrible won't give money to teachers who ask. Even though they had money 20k from the yr before. The parents can pay for it not a PTA thing is their saying. Why would I give money to them? -no school spirit at this school. Back to school night staff was rude wow really gps -bullies in 5th now be 6th I could go on and on go to diamond canyon it's night and day.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Overcrowded, no discipline or policies in place. Bullying, bad language, no respect for other students or teachers. After one year here we can't get out fast enough. Children are not in an environment where learning is promoted or prioritized.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
I love Gavilan Peak school! We are finishing our first year of kindergarten here and are looking forward to attending again next year. I do have to say that if you do not want to be involved in your childs education, this is NOT the school for you. There is a considerable amount of homework, especially if you are in the mandarin immersion program. My daughter loves it and we are ecstatic that she is able to learn a second language so early.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
Another great year at GP! The teachers are so amazing-personally & academically. They are always striving to do more. The Mandarin Immersion is such an awesome program for the students. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
We are so pleased with our experience at Gavilan Peak. My children have excelled academically, socially and with sports. I have found the teachers and administration to be proactive and responsive.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
We love Gavilan Peak School! My daughter attends and she is thriving here! She attends via "Open Enrollment". Her teacher is an absolute dream, what every teacher should aspire to be, an A+ example. Dr. Wong is doing things just right, she expects a lot and wants the children to be ready to compete the a global market. They earn the "Excelling" rating year after year. I have nothing negative to say.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
Gavilan Peak is a school that pride's itself in excellence. The staff, though often overworked, are very caring and strive to support students to be their very best in character and academics, Teachers are expected to challenge themselves beyond their comfort level, which leads them to stronger, more effective practices in the classroom. Leadership is strong where teacher training and academic excellence is concerned, somewhat weak in useful evaluative feedback to teachers, and needs work with consistency and follow through of campus/district rules where those few disruptive student/parent behaviors are concerned. Most parents are amazingly supportive, respectful and understanding of what it truly takes to run a classroom of 20+ students from diverse upbringings. However, be wary of the 'gossipy' ones (generally hanging out in the front well before/after school). They appear kind upon first meeting but can be very destructive and unkind in their objectives and to your spirit.

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2010
I have sent my children to school at Gavilan Peak on open enrollment. I have been very pleased with the teachers, administration and academics. I am a teacher myself and I have seen my children blossom at Gavilan. They are both great readers and love to go to school. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
My son has been attending this school for 5 years. I have enjoyed watching him grow academically. Yes the school has gone through growing pains--but the principal expects excellence and it takes time to achieve that--the time is here. This is an outstanding school. Other schools in the community hold Gavilan Peak as a measuring stick for a high achieving school. The middle school teachers are a cohesive team that challenges students and my son is ready to meet their challenge.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2009
I'm proud to be a teacher at Gavilan Peak School! What a fabulous staff and outstanding administration we have at this school!

- submitted by a teacher
February 05, 2009
Gavilan Peak is way too crowded as are most public schools in AZ. Amazed at the lack luster curriculum!! Are 3 days of PE really needed when there are no foreign languages at all?? C'mon!! Coming from the east coast, we are very disappointed. The teachers do the best they can with what they have to work with. My son has 32 students in his 6th grade classes!! Yes, 32. We have spent 2 years at GPS with my son making honor roll each quarter. He has very little if none... homework daily. The over crowding is unacceptable and therefore after years of being supportive, proponents of the public education system, we are forced to go private next year and for as long as we will be educating our children in the state of AZ. The new VP is a bit odd to boot, adding unnecessary policies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2008
our children's teachers - great admin - unfriendly dr. wong - we've seen her 5 times in 4 years on campus new vp - doesn't have the greatest reputation the teachers are really giving it their best, if it wasn't for them, my children definitly wouldn't be going there.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
Good communication among teachers. Office staff is helpful and principal is very involved and enthusiastic. My children are thriving at Gavilan Peak. A great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2008
I love Gavilan Peak . I send my son here on open enrollment. He entered in the midst of 1st grade and is about to start the 5th grade. Eevry teacher he has had has ben truly enrolled in my sons success. I love the staff and Dr Wong Is awesome . She is always on campus mingling in the classrooms. When I asked for her help with my child she was sure to get involved and followed upto make sure that I was taken care of.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
I have to say I wqs very disapointed in this school. From day one it was apparent that my child's education was not the top priority. If you want to talk to someone nice in the office ask for Monica other wise you will be talking to apaththetic, crisp and cold office personnel. At Christmas the teacher would not allow the children to celebrate the holiday not even say the word Christmas. I was appalled. Why should some teacher who practices atheism ruin the holiday for children! My impression was very political envirnment and NOT for the Best interest of my child. I am happy to say that my child is doing 100% better in the new school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
I have been very pleased with the teachers and front office staff of Gavilan Peak. They are very hard working and helpful people. I am also very impressed with their knowledge and ability help kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 30, 2008
I am pleased with how my children are being challenged and succeeding at Gavilan Peak. The administration and staff have high integrity and welcome participation from parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
GP is an excellent school

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2007
I have 2nd and 5th grader attending GP and they are doing very well. They could have more homework though eventhough they would not agree. Not crazy about using class time to do homework. That time should be spent teaching. However overall program is very good.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
My son is in kinder at GP for 2007 and so far I am very impressed. The principal is top notch, extremely enthusiastic about creating the Best School in Anthem! My son is really taking the 'Pillars of Character' to heart, and his teacher is Super Organized! They also have a very supportive PTA!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
i like this school my daughter attends this school, however i would like other parents to know that the front office staff is extremely rude

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
Our son just finished the 8th grade and we are extremely pleased with the 2.5 years he attended GP. The principal is first rate...She puts education first. All of the teachers we dealt with were caring and motivated to do the right thing for their students. Sports programs were good, too. We highly recommend GP.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
very good ,school priciple is great, school has improved over last several years.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
I taught at Gavilan Peak School for 3 years and I have to say that it is a great school. Teachers are committed to meeting individual student needs and the parental support is amazing. I feel that GP has come a long way and continues to try to improve in all areas. I would definitely send my child to GP and fully trust the teachers who strive to make learning engaging and meaningful.

- submitted by a teacher
November 30, 2006
Congratulations Gavilan Peak! My child has received high level of education at this school! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
Ridiculous in many aspects. Way too overcrowded. The way the staff handles issues of any kind is unacceptable. Would never recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2006
Two of my children have attended this school. We have been a part of this school since it opened its doors. Being a teacher myself, I have been extremely disappointed with Gavilan Peak. The principal and assistant principal are both very inconsistant when it comes to discipline. Major incidents are often times ignored while minor things are blown out of proportion. The administration claims to promote parental involvement, but I have found the opposite to be true. The only time they want you to be involved is when you are willing to volunteer your time to lighten the teacher's load or you want to help raise money for the school. Administration backs the teacher 100% even when the teacher is obviously wrong. I will not be sending my child back to GP!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
The flex grouping that they do at this school works very well for the teaching of kids working at different levels. The draw back to this is that you sometimes don't get much feedback from the other teachers involved in your childs education. The teachers I have worked with over the last 3 years are very dedicated to teaching children and give quality education to their children. The principal seems to be more hands off, but overall, this school has been great for my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
Quality of academic programs is pretty good, comparable to other schools in the Deer Valley School district. My elementary school child has had an ongoing problem with being bullied, however. The school administration hands out 'character slips,' but little else is done. Disciplinary practices at the school seem to be poor - little or no follow-through. There is no after-school 'homework club'.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
The teachers are caring and take pride in what they teach. The children are happy and are challenged at their own learning level based on their flexible grouping program.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Not much homework, expectations standard, not very high.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
This is a pretty good school for Arizona, considering Arizona is ranked 50th in the country for education. The teachers are great, most are very well educated and keep up with the latest educational training. This is one of the best schools in Anthem, with a real emphasis on academics, particularly reading. We have one of the best reading programs I have seen anywhere! Our PTA and parent volunteers are dedicated to our children, with a strong core of volunteers. The school admin welcomes strong parent involvement. This is a new school (3 yrs old) so had a few 'bugs' to work out the first two years, but is growing into a high quality school with dedicated teachers, admin, and parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 27, 2005
We have been here for 3 years. We, too, are from the east coast with very high standards. This school is so far behind. Our kids are going backwards and it is scary. Unfortunately, the quality of the teachers are only the result of what they are paid. I was shocked to hear that the kids had a week to practice/prepare for the state-wide test. Had they taught what was required, they wouldn't have to prepare so hard. As for extra cirricular activities, there isn't any unless, of course, you are related or friend/neighbor of the coaches choosing the players. The same kids make the team every year ... It is sad for those with great potential who just didn't know the right people. We fear our children's education (or lack of) and have considered private or additional tutoring just to keep them up to par with the east.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
Just as bad habits are difficult to break, bad leadership will not change if the leader is not replaced. I have never witnessed a campus with some teachers and office staff so uncaring. Gavilan Peak is known as the other school in town. How can you be blocks away....yet so different from the other two schools in Anthem. Something is wrong!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
I moved here from the east coast with very high standards and when I started at GP 2 years ago, I was so very disapointed with the school. From the way the academic program ran to the principal. I did not understand the flexible grouping at all and now that I have seen such improvements in my kids, I belive it to be a wonderful program. Where the students all gain from achieving their personal goals in their own time. Now, I sing a new song, the school has shown such growth and commitment to both students and parents. I have three kids their now and can't say enough about the school. I had many concerns as we all do, and with trial and error the school is trying very hard to overcome the problems we once had. Dr. Wong along with Mr. O are doing an awsome job.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
I am thrilled that my children are students at this school. The have had nothing but positive experiences, and have excelled in all areas of their studies. This school is filled with top notch teachers, wonderful parents and a dedicated principal and vice-principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
I am honored to work with an incredible and supportive staff, and great students. With all of us working together, we will continue to create a great and nurturing environment for our children. J Hughes, GP teacher

- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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July 05, 2005
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June 30, 2005
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May 17, 2005
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April 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Huge improvements in this school in the last year. Great teachers and most kids are challenged, struggling kids get the xtra help needed. Teachers/administration are getting blamed for parents who aren't doing their job. Drive the neighborhoods afterschool and there are unsupervised kids all over the place. The bad attitudes and behaviors kids are picking up while being unsupervised after school carry over into school and the school is getting blamed for the discipline problems and lack of ability of kids to focus and perform. Parents, parent your children! Talk to them about what respect for authority and others is. All kids need supervision- Our kids are doing fabulously at Gavilan. I wouldn't send them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2004
Inexperienced teachers and lax curriculum. Gifted program not up to par.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2004
Many of the teachers are brand new to teaching. Very few, if any, have an advanced degree. Academics are incredibly slow, even in advanced programs, and up to two years behind schools in other states. Children are bored and are becoming disinterested in learning as a result. Absolutely no sporting or extracurricular activities (except band/choir) offered for children in k-6. A very disorganized school that is focused more on fundraising/money than on a quality, superior, education for our children.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
This school is overcrowded and communication is extremely poor. Classrooms are being pushed to the limit and I fear that the good teachers will jump ship if support from district and administration does not happen soon. Parents and the community alike a very frustrated with the direction of this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Gavilan Peak Elementary School
2701 W. Memorial Dr., Anthem, AZ  85086
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Gavilan Peak Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gavilan Peak Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top