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Avondale, AZ

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350 S. 118th Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323

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July 30, 2014
My child started this school in kindergarten, she had a teacher that has no business teaching small children. This teacher has no personality. My child started kindergarten really excited and could not wait to go to school. A couple of months of being in school, it was a dread. There are some really good kindergarten teachers in this school but this one in particular, we were very unlucky. This year is a new year, the excitement for school is back and I think the new teacher will inspire and encourage my child to learn. The principal is great and is well connected with parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2014
Several of these review use the same wordage as my previous review. Bullying by the staff . They seem like pretty spot on reviews and situations like the one my daughter went through. I as well tried to get the district involved and got no where.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
I have learned much from this school since my grandson started attending it. teachers, starting with the principal, have shown me their experience and knowledge of teaching and being able to handle kids that have great disabilities and in need of special education. I salute you all and wish all the goodness that you carry and share it with the kids. Thank you and God bless you....

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2013
We have been at collier for 3 months and it has been the worst experience for my 6th grader, constant harassment from other kids. When we reported our concerns the vice principal was very defensive stated several times that it was not harassment or bullying because it was different kids. I'm so frustrated with the school district and the school. My kid is an honor student and is now struggling to get himself to get to school....

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
My child has been with this school since kindergarten, she loves it. I love it. She has excelled so much, I love that the offer all types of extra activities. I love and appreciate the extra time her teachers offer, she is an honor roll student and opted to tutoring so she could sharpen her skills. I love that her teacher stays late to offer tutoring for all kids. Reading some reviews tells me that some parents just dont accept that their child could be the issue. When I have had any type of issue, I talk t o the administration and it is handled very quickly. This school is all about kids and learning! Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
Again, another issue with this school. The faculty at this school use bully tactics and mentally abused my daughter. They do not follow the their own due process in the parent handbook. Very poor communication. New Dean of students acts like he cares but then is very hard to reach. I have brought it to the school district and they wont do anything about. If the parent previous to this message says this school is so wonderful, why are all the school ratings in this district so low both great school rating and parent rating? That should answer your question.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
This is an excellent school with a fantastic principal and caring teachers. (Most are great!) Don't be misled by some of the complainers. Some of us are guilty of not keeping track of our kids' progress and just get upset when their grades are disappointing. We have 24/7 access to grades if we request a code from the Technology Department. By the way, the PTA seems very active, and Collier sponsors many interesting programs like Specials Night and "Battle of the Books." Kudos to the entire staff and especially the "Teacher of the Year, 2012" who leads the "Battle of the Books" Program!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
I believe in standing behind our teachers they truly have a hard job. I have two children that attend Collier Elementary school one does exceptional well and one does not and my concern lies with how the school handles the children that don't doing so well instead of giving them proper help and meeting their needs they get branded and made to feel worse. I find that Since my son started going to Collier Elementary his academic progress has significantly declined. My son feels bullied at this school by Staff of all things and nothing is being done about it. When I address this with staff all I get is the run around and words that amount to they don't care, he is just data a body to keep what little funds they can get. I'm upset that my son seems to be falling through the cracks at this school and Whats more upsetting is that administration there condones it. I'm sad that I can't put him in a different School because of school boundaries very frustrating and fear of being prosecuted for doing so .

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
collier helped me become a better student in math and the basketball coach helped me mr teer the best

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2011
My son has been here since the start. Once your child makes only one mistake they put a tag on them. He was suspended from school his 8th grade year, which he had never had any type of disciplinary issues the whole time he had been there, 2 weeks before the summer time. We were told for something that had been happening all year and we are just now hearing about this, poor communication. The 8th graders were treated like they were in jail, not allowed to wear jackets or bring a backpack. Not a very good way for my son to spend his last year as an 8th grader.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
I like my teachers alot because they are fun and help me learn to read.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2010
Collier Elemntary has fabolous opportunities for students and community members to work together. As a community member I enjoy the students

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2010
Collier Elementary School is a great place for kids! It's about time the administration got rid of people who are ineffective in the classroom! Finally, an administrative team that cares enough about our children to provide the best quality teachers in it's classrooms! I can't believe the difference in climate and culture, already, with just a few bad apples gone! Thank you administrators!

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2010
I would like to thank the assistant principal for making it safe for students during drop off and pick up. She is outside of the school every day in the hot weather directing traffic, all for the safety of our kids. I really appreciate her. My children have attended other schools and I never saw the principals outside directing traffic. Thanks for caring Collier! :-)

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
I went to Collier in 8th grade and I can say it was a fun school in the sense I never had to do anything. The teachers were funny. I had one good teacher and that was in science. Other than that I did not learn anything but had a good time just running the school pathetic!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 29, 2009
My son has been bullied at this school since he started last year. The Principal is not professional and there is a significant amount of undisciplined children. There is no Junior National Honor Society at this school either. My son is at a disadvantage at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2009
I was new to Collier 4 years ago .. this is our 5th year at that school.. and all I can say is ' they are so willing to help every child in any way they can ' Collier has been great to us .. a BIG THANK YOU !

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
We have attended Collier for five years. We appreciate the teachers at Collier they are very good in all areas. We also have enjoyed the extra's like PE, Band, Foreign Language, and Art.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2009
My family and I relocated from another city. Because this is a community school and we live in the community, this is the school assigned. My son attends this school. We have had a difficult time at this school. There is bullying. The Jr. High teacher communication with the parents is terrible. Even when encouraged to make communication with the parent. I would never recommend this school to anyone.

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January 23, 2009
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December 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
I have three children that attend this school. My two oldest loved their teachers and had no problems, but my youngest was being bullied and Mr. Deneen really made sure there was a stop to it the moment it happened. I am glad with the communication with the teacher to administration to parent, I was kept in the loop. They even went the extent to make my youngest know that they would put a stop to the bullying and they did. Even though my youngest had a rough start, it is now much better. I like the school and the community. My kids learned a lot from their teachers such at Mrs. Crawley, Mrs. Harris, and Ms. Marcotte. They are such wonderful teachers who are more then dedicated to their students. Thanks to them I know my kids are getting a good education.

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November 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
This is my son's 2nd year at Collier. He's in the 1st grade and his exeperience there so far has been very good. He had some adjustment issues in Kindergarten, but we worked with his teacher and Mr. Deenen. They were wonderful and kept us informed on his behavior - good and bad. This year our son is doing great...reading well, doing math and very excited about learning. Our experience with the other staff and the after school program is has also been very good.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
As a parent of a 2nd grader, I have seen the positive changes this school has made towards children's education and the discipline issues. There are still things that can be better - but I feel as a parent, that the staff and admin are working towards that change. I have also noticed more parents getting involved. I have read the positive and negative comments on here and would like to know how many of those negative comments from parents are actually parents who get involved. We as a community - not just as a school owe it to all of the children to help provide them with a safe learning environment. Discipline and teaching begin at home. We as parents are so quick to blame other people for our own and our children's behavior and learning issues. If you have issues, get involved or remove your children. Linda -parent

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My son attended this school in 07-08 and I regret every minute of it. The teacher had no control of her classroom and my son was bullied by the other students, sometimes in front of the teacher and she did nothing about it. He often got into trouble for defending himself. His grades suffered. I feel like a terrible parent for having him stick-it-out for the whole year. The kids at that school are out of control. They bully, taunt, and vandalize others property (students bikes locked in the bike rack have their tires flattened, parts missing or broke). That school needs some leadership control!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2008
i have 2 kids that have been at this school scence it opened. We have watched the many improvements and love were the school is going

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
Both of my sons attending K & 1st grade. 6 yr attended K last year was recognized for excellence in all categ & was recogn for being advanced for his age. Now he's in a diff class, diff teacher & continues to be recognized as a phenomial student. My 5 yr i've been told would need a speech thearapist from family to friends, & he is doing extradorinarlly well in his K class. he is in the class my 6 yr old was in last yr & it was thanks to the teacher for requesting him to be her student, up until actually meet the teacher night. They provide an after school program which helps tremendously in both educating and extra cirr activities for the kids w/o burdening me to find a sitter or someone to pick them up.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2008
i have had 3 kids go to this school and nothing but problems from top to the bottom at this school, teachers do not care they are just there for the paycheck.maybe they should get paid on the performance of the children they teach.and to top it off my two young kids have to walk two miles to get to school because they have no transportation. steve

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2008
My son just started Kindergarten in the Fall of '07. He seemed to be doing well, then he was switched to another class and now he is not doing well at all. His teachers say now that he has always been a problem but failed to mention it until recently. In the meetings I have had over the last month the staff do not listen to you, they talk over you and interupt. Since they don't have a customer to answer to they pretty much do as they please. Avoid this school...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2007
My 3 kids attended up to 3rd grade before we moved out of state. All 3 of my kids were so far behind in reading and math. Not to mention there is/was absolutely no disicpline-none. 3 principals in 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
my child has attended Collier for four years, I get very concerned of the quality of learning . teachers never took the time to understand students, instead teacherssend them to the office, the teachers seem to lack patience and understanding. after all we are the adults and they are the children. Teachers and parents set the example for the kids . I had very good experiences with Mr. Bowling, it's too bad we do not have more staff that has his strengths. I hope we have a better year. I commend staff, that teach for the right reasons, but for some that are on a power trip please find a career in where your heart is.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
My daughter was bullied at this school a lot. The school did nothing when she told them what was happening. You cannot get a real education at this school. They really don't teach you anything. My daughter didn't learn math, science or history. There is not a physical Education class or any extra curricular activities at all. There are no sports teams or even Pep Rallys for god sakes. We were forced to move away from Avondale all together. It was the best decision I have ever made for my daughter. The worst? Enrolling her here. I suggest you not go here. Thank you. -Doug

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May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
There is a lot of bullying at this school and the administration's take on it is that they can't do anything about it unless the kids have a physical altercation. This is the worst school in the valley.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
Had 3 children at Collier for 2 1/2 years. Nothing but problems. I think the fault is not all parents or all teachers but in the politics of the Superintendent and School Board. Maybe the parents and teachers need to come together and make a stand for a better school against them and maybe something can be done. It is not for the benefit of you but for the benefit of the children.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
I have had experienced other schools in different states and have seen things done a lot better. I love most of the teachers and my children are getting a good education but I do not like how the school is operated. Bring in quality,caring,understanding people and it will be a great school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
This is my second year teaching at Collier. I have notice a huge difference from last year to this year. In addition to adding a passport system, a scheduling committee is working on getting a new schedule so that all children can enjoy all facets of a quality education. My own children attend Collier after attending another school and having nothing but problems. At Collier, they get good grades, and motivated teachers. In addition, I am consistently impressed by the dedication of the staff to the quality of education of the students. More technology integration would be nice -- that will come with time, I'm sure!

- submitted by a teacher
November 01, 2006
Collier needs lots of changes made. As a fairly new school, we have had 3 principals. To be honest, we still have the same issues. Discipline is obviously the same. When I have gone on Campus, students at times are not being supervised by Staff, which then leads to discipline issues.

- submitted by a staff
September 30, 2006
I would like to applaud Mr. Bowling for doing a good job with this school. He has changed many things last year and this year to improve the school and the safety of the students. Keep up the good work!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
This is my sons 2nd year at collier. I am very happy with his teacher this year and the overall effort to improve the schoool. I think the structure overall this year is better in his class than last year and I hope the remainder of the year continues to improve. Parent involvement is still key in any childs education.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
This school is very unorganized, the communication between the office, the teachers, and transportation is very poor.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
I think this is a great school! The principal and Vice Principal have done a fantastic job this year! The teachers are really there for the students too!

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April 19, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 10, 2006
This school was a horrible school, however since the new principal things have changed drastically.

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March 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
I feel our school is overcrowded due to all of rental homes and the growth in this area. In this district collier has the most students and the least amount of administrators.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
I think that Collier is growing but there is still some work that needs to be done. Having a larger school and more teachers would solve some of the issues with over crowding.

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March 06, 2006
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February 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
Not very happy with this school. Teachers seem to have no control over students.

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January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
This school is no place to let your kids get an education. The staff is unhelpful and seems like they don't care about anything put themselves. At all cost do not let your children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
My son has attended collier for two years. We have had a great experience. The teachers and admin have been wonderful.

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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 21, 2005
I really am impressed with 6 th grade this year. Good Job Mr Padilla

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
This school needs alot of Help! Teachers need to help the kids better!

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August 11, 2005
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July 18, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
Parents of children going to this school seem to be uninterested and unconcerned! Parents and staff need better comunication! I believe there needs to be a harder consaquenses for bully activities. If parents do not care how can we expect our children too?

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
Collier continues to struggle as far as leadership. The 2005-2006 school year will see Collier's third principal in the 3 1/2 years it has been open. Hopefully, the third time is a charm!

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June 21, 2005
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June 11, 2005
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May 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
My sons attended Collier during their 2nd and 5th grade experience. Luckily, we were able to secure good teachers for our children. However, the teacher turn-over is huge and many teachers are just not experienced with classroom management or teaching. Class sizes are really big and the K-8 atmosphere does not lend itself to much extracurricular activites for the older students. Maybe this is why the discipline is so bad. They were literally unable to keep 7 th and 8th grade teachers. Some left after only a few days. The future still looks bleak for reduced class sizes and keeping experienced teachers. Principal turnover is also a concern. School has a new board which might help.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
I am very upset that I am having to take my son out of this School next year. I moved into the neighborhood with high hopes of my son meeting great friends and attending a school in his neighborhood. Collier is almost out of control for the Teachers and Staff. It is very over crowded and needs a lot more parent involment. The District is not helping the School either. I give Collier a very poor rating. Mr. Jackson leaving was the last staw for me he will be missed.

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April 26, 2005
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February 01, 2005
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February 01, 2005
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January 23, 2005
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December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2004
I am a parent and I also attended Littleton. Collier wasn there at this time. I have a full time job so it is hard for me to spend a lot of time with my son who is in the 5th grade at Collier. But because of my communication with his teacher I am notified and I handle my part at home inwhich where it all starts (discipline). I am able to know through email, cell phone, and work phone when my son is not acting or doing well in class. I am a former substitute in which I have a new understanding and have sympathy for what these teachers have to endure on a daily basis. Every school has it's problems no matter where they may be located. It's up to the parents to make sure there teacher can communicate well with the parents if not get another teacher.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
Collier is a very good school. It has multiple races to make each student feel comfortable. Collier also has excellent teachers to fulfill any student's need academically. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
Overall I believe that this school could use a better dicipline program. My children feel unsafe due to bullies at this school I will not send them back next year. The curriculum is not challenging for my children. The student/teacher ratio is way to high. My two children had 36-42 students in there classroom. Not much one teacher could do to keep all undercontol. Extra curicular activities- No set scheduals they never knew when they would have music or computer or library. No pe was offered. I understand that diciplinary problems start at home and when some parents don't care their children don't either. The school on the other hand in our experience does not take physical or verbal threats serious. The teachers are prob. overworked and underpaid but our children are being undereducated as well. Is it the schools falt or societys? Maybe both!

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May 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2004
I am not impressed with the quality of Instructors at this institution. Based on the comments I hear from my children, there seems to be a lack of control in the classroom. If students are given respect they will offer respect in return.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2004
Overall, I can see that the staff tries hard to work with the parents as well as the students. I have three children attending this school and they have been enrolled here for almost two years and they have adjusted well coming from another school in the area. I apprecaite the efforts put forth to see that my children are helped as well as safe at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
When reading the reviews by parents and teachers on this site I found several things that need to be addressed. First, is the fact that Collier is a new school and funding is short due to the development of the area around the school. Second, would be the teachers and staff. My kids are currently in second and third grade and have the best teachers. They apply themselves to not only teaching but ensuring that the content is understood before moving on. This is critical, anyone can pass a student, but it takes someone of character to make sure that the kids truly understand what they are being taught. Third, the addition of Mr. Jackson I believe will curb the discipline problems of last year.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2003
My 6th grade son attended Collier last session. His overall experience at Collier was actually very good but safety was the issue. He apparently was hit in the face while watching a game during break time. My son told me, a boy was coaxed by his friends to hit him since he was a new student. I was very irrate and spoke with the Vice Principal. She had told me she would find out what had happened and return a call. A couple of days had gone by, no call. I had to call her to find out if she pursued it...nothing constructive was done at that point. My concern this year is safety for the kids as well. I do hope with this new Principal, safety will be a major issue. It's important for kids to know that they're safe in this learning environment. They don't need to be worrying about who's going to be attacking them during break. They should be worrying about how to achieve the best at Collier! I believe they have a program called Character Counts ...Safety should be counted above all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2003
My children attended Collier school for about 2 months when we first moved here. They now attend a charter school that is twelve miles away. My children are gifted learners and had no problem in our former school district (before moving here) and also excelled while homeschooling. Perhaps it was too much to ask for this school to teach my children at higher levels of learning when there are children struggling to stay at an acceptable level of learning. We also had a huge problem with other children verbally abusing (because my children are half white) and attempting to start fights with my children. My children appear to be hispanic, but as soon as the students saw that their mother was white, they began to harass my children. This was a daily problem and did not stop after speaking with teachers and the principal. I have spoken to my neighbors with children at this school and they also regret sending their kids to the school for the same reasons. I really hope this school makes some positive changes in the way of teaching and showing a spirit of excellence in all of their actions including their studies. And... to the previous comment... my puctuation also may not be perfect. I have a college education and I am finished with my schooling. If you want to worry about people's punctuation in a comments area, maybe you should be a teacher and improve this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 22, 2003
I am deeply disturbed by the negative comments concering Collier school. I live in Coldwater Springs and my children should be attending Collier school. I have chosen to go out of district for reasons other than the quality of education. But reading all the negative comments from parents who do not take a proactive approach in their childrens education and blame the teachers and principal that their children are not learning only have themselves to blame. Teachers only have 6 hours a day to teach 24+ children and they do their best. They do it for the love of it and obviously not money. Parents that are complaining and blaming the teachers and principal only do so because of their own inability to teach and help kids with their homework and projects. As you can tell by the mispellings and lack of proper punctuation in their comments, they have had difficulty in their own education. Teachers are only a small part of the educational system. It is the parents who should take the primary role in their childrens learning and development. School is not a daycare. It is up to the parents to make the most of the education system we have and help out the teachers. The blame does not lie with the teachers, but with the parents. Involved parents have better educated and well rounded kids. It is our job to get them ready for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
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Collier Elementary School
350 S. 118th Avenue, Avondale, AZ  85323
(623) 478-5600
Last modified Collier Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Collier Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 87 reviews. Top