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Avondale, AZ

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3300 N. Sante Fe Trail
Avondale, AZ 85323

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(623) 535-6000
(623) 935-2108
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December 07, 2014
My son attends Corte Sierra and we couldn t be any happier being apart of this school. The staff is welcoming and his teacher communicates with me how he is doing in class. I volunteer in my son s classroom and get to see first hand the dedication, love, and time that his teacher puts in. The school has a positive learning environment which is exactly what children need! Mr. Barnes is a great principal and I feel confident knowing that my son is in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
The school refused to listen to the district psychologist AND the Melmed Center (the leading experts in Autism in the state of Arizona), in regard to my son's disabilities. You see, some people, like Mr. Barnes and his relatives, put money before the best interests of children. This school will teach your child how to pass a test, to make Mr. Barnes look good. I pulled my son (he was two grade levels behind per the experts at the Melmed Center) and he is now excelling. It looks like the staff or Mr. Barnes logged on in August to rate themselves. Talk to special needs parents in the district or other experts in the valley, you will see why you should NOT jeopardize your child s future by keeping them at Corte Sierra.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
We sent two children to Corte Sierra for a total of 10 years. One of our kids had physical disabilities, the other one had learning difficulties. Both of our children received an excellent education, and were treated wonderfully. Mr. Barnes and his staff were always willing to meet and discuss our kids' special needs. It helped that we were able to respect their expertise and experience in devising special education programs. Some parents on here may think that they always know best, and they won't listen to someone with a different opinion. We did not always agree with the school district, but we were always able to work together for the best interest of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
Our son is starting his third year at Corte Sierra and we have had nothing but positive experiences. We emphasize the importance of education and stress hard work to achieve your goals and these are supported by the school. We live out of district and choose to drive a good distance each day to provide this positive learning experience for him. There is nothing more important than his education and it takes cooperation and team work between the school, parents and students for success to occur. The learning environment is very important and that starts with strong leadership. The principal is organized, innovative and cares about his students and staff. He works well with his staff and hires educators who are postive, encouraging and work hard to provide a safe and positive learning environment. The school has high standards and expectations for academics and behavior and holds students and parents accountable. Our son enjoys school, respects his teachers and feels safe. It takes more than good programs to make an excellent school, it takes a caring staff. That is why Corte Sierra has been recognized twice as an A+ school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
Not happy. My child went to a charter school K-3rd grade. She received a great education there but the director was abusive to the students and staff so I put her in Corte. She really likes it but unfortunately 4th grade was a waste because she didn't learn anything. There were at least five extremely disruptive kids in her class, her teacher was out of the classroom preparing herself for her new position for the next school year and I rarely received any class work, tests or anything in her take home folder. There are a lot of students who are disrespectful and use foul language. This school is more interested in their image than anything else. If things are the same in 5th this year, we'll be leaving Corte. It's a shame the school you pay taxes for is incompetent.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
My daughter went to this school from K-5. The kinder teacher is amazing!! Miss Paulson is one of the best!! The school also have other amazing teachers as well. As far as the principal goes though he needs to retire!!! Over the years, I have to say that he has never shown up for any of the events that show that he supports the school. It's like it's a 8 to 3 job to him and then he is finished. see . He likes to be in control and it shows. In my son's new school the principal is very involved and even walks the kids across the cross walk when the crossing guard is out.. You would nevner see Mr. Barnes do that. If your child starts to have disicpline problems. He rather ship them out to a new school then to figure out why there is a problem with behavior. If you want a a principal that cares about his school and your child then this is not the school. Don't believe the hype!!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
As the parent of a special needs child, I am completely qualified to speak about the treatment of my special needs child by Mr. Barnes and others at Corte Sierra. Corte Sierra is NOT capable of providing an adequate education for special needs children. My son must repeat both kindergarten and first grade. Mr. Barnes and his staff fought with me tooth and nail, they refused to provide adequate support for my child. If you have a special needs child DO NOT send your child to this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
My daughter attended here - 2nd - 5th grade. We really liked the school and most teachers. I don't agree with the reviews about Mr. Barnes. Some parents think they know everything...they don't. I do wish the school took actual field trip and did something special for 5th graders. PTSA raises a lot of money and is very active - but students would benefit from getting OFF the school grounds.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
Corte Sierra is an A++ school and is fantastic. You won't be disappointed in the quality of teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
Corte is AWESOME! My oldest went there from K-5 and I have 3 other children that currently attend. Mr. Barnes is AMAZING with the staff and with parents. Corte is so amazing that we have over 100 children attending on variances! That speaks volumes to me. There is NO BETTER school in the West Valley!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Don't believe the hype. This school might have an A+ rating but all they're teaching is how to be great test takers. The school lacks leadership and Mr. Barnes (the principal) doesn't repond to suggestions to improve the school. Very disappointed; glad my children are no longer there.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
I ove the school it my child . The teachers and staff are very good.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2012
I did have some communications issues but were resolved quickly. My daughter had a variance for 2011-2012 (2nd Grade) and is going back this new year. Ms. Landon, a first year teacher, is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
All of my children have attended Corte Sierra and we love it. They just started Rosetta Stone and are teaching the kids Mandarin. The PTA is awesome and it is a A + school. !!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2010
I was VERY disappointed with this school. Mind you, I brought my kids over from Alhambra Traditional School knowing it wouldn't compare, but I didn't expect such poor communication from the teachers and such a bad attitude from the principal. I went in to speak with the principal about trying to get some input about HOW to get my children to succeed at this school, since the teachers would not keep me informed about anything....his response was to take my kids back to their old school. My oldest son I am doing just that....my younger son will be going to Palm Valley, where I hear it is much better as far as parent/teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
I had three children that attended this school (one from 1st grade to 5th grade) and you will not find a better public school than this. Unfortunately I had to move and my youngest will no longer be able to attend. He was in Mrs. Booras kindergarten class and she superb! 100% dedicated to her class in every way possible. There were so many activities and class celebrations throughout the year and the parents were very involved in making each one a success. Corte has serious school spirit and professional staff and principal. My kids thrived at this school. I did however have some issues with my son's 5th grade teacher but those issues were quickly handled by the principal. Compared to most schools in the Phoenix area, the school is racially diverse. I would highly recommend Corte Sierra. Woohaa Falcons!

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January 18, 2010
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July 22, 2009
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May 08, 2009
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March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 04, 2009
I would highly recommend Corte Sierra!! I currently have a 3rd grade daughter and she has academically grown so much over the last few months. The teachers are wonderful as well as the principal. Everyone keeps you very well informed and as a parent you can become as active as you'd like in your child's education. Technology and Reading are a huge part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
I am a teacher at Corte and I love the school. I have worked at other school districts but nothing compairs to the wonderful staff at Corte. Mr. Barnes is an awesome principal, PTSA is evnvoled in many activities, and I have the best parents. I give it a thumbs up!

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July 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2008
Would highly recommend Corte Sierra to all families! The environment is very welcoming and the staff truly cares about your sons/daughters academic, social and emotional needs. The principal is highly involved and stives each day to make everything run smoothly. The children are part of a huge family when they enter the Corte doors!

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2007
Corte is an amazing school. I taught there the first two years it was opened, and it keeps getting better. Go Falcons-keep up the great work!

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August 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
I like the school, i think that parents should have a little more involvement, but the teachers and assistants are great about giving information about your childs progress!! The open door policy of the teachers works great for parents that want to know whats going on!!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
The reason for such a low score is due to the over crowding of this school. Almost 900 students is way to many. Not really great for the young ones. They need lots of one on one. I feel sorry for the teachers, they do their best but with that kind of crowd children have fallen behind. The office staff could be a little more helpful.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
I have had two children at Corte. Academically they are excelling, as they are socially. The character counts attitude has developed across the campus. Mr. Barnes and the other faculty members will have this an A+ school in no time. Standards are high, but kids always rise to expectations. I like the way technology is added into the learning process. My 4th grader shows me how to do powerpoint. I'm one of these people that believe the key to everything else is reading. I think the school is on the right tract in developing new ways for kids to read at higher levels while enjoying it at the same time. My one complaint is there doesn't seem to be enough history and science.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
My son attended Corte Sierra Elementary School from grades 3 to 5. His teachers were always very helpful and were always available to discuss any areas in which he needed assistance. The adminstrators constantly promoted school/team spirit with rallys and family/student activity events. I was very pleased in all aspects.

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March 08, 2006
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November 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
My son is in Kindergarten and I am very impressed with his teacher. She is very caring and involved with her class. I have been volunteering for his classroom and there is some parent involvement.With the working parent atmosphere today it is difficult for lots of parents. No field trips scheduled yet but with only half a day to to work with it is very limiting. Excellent communication from his teacher Mrs Marcos she does an outstanding job of letting each parent know what is happening in the classroom and how the child is progressing. My only concern is the parking lot.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
I think they should make more available classes for pre-K and kindegarten. Parking needs some serious adjusting.

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February 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
School is not good at all. PTSA is a joke it is a puppet of the principal.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
Outstanding learning environment. Caring teachers. High expectations. Cutting edge technology. Positive and welcoming.

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January 05, 2005
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September 11, 2004
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August 21, 2004
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August 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
I think Corte Sierra is on the way to being a wonderful school. It needs more parental involvement, and just more organization, but I think that is coming. It is a friendly school where the kids feel excited and happy to be there. Overall, I would rate it and recommend it highly.

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May 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2004
I am absolutely unhappy with this school. The teachers don't even physically check work when they can have the students grade each others' papers or use scan sheets for the computer. I feel the quality of education is definitely lacking. My child has gone from a nearly straight A student the past three years to barely making C's just this year alone. My child's self-esteem has bottomed out this year in this class. When in contact with teachers (every couple of weeks to a month), I am told everything is fine - then the report card comes home and everything is not fine. I am holding on until the end of the schoolyear as to not disrupt my child's life even more - but then will be checking out private schools in the area. All the parents in my immediate neighborhood have voiced similar opinions and are also checking out private schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2003
This is our childrens second year. The school has potential but the policies are not enforced. Certain teachers do not have the proper experience to be teaching the grades that they are. I have witnessed some very rude behavior with office staff. The parking lot before and after school is a complete disaster. Although there are employees trying to direct traffic, it is still an accident waiting to happen. Academics could be more challenging. Over all it has potential if they weed out some unhappy employees.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This is our son's second year at Corte Sierra. He has grown tremendously, in all areas, with the help of his wonderful teachers and the great examples set by Mr. Barnes, Officer Harris and others.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2003
Best school in district. Parents need to be more involved with PTA and conferences. For a first year school the Principal did a wonderful job and so far the second year is off to a great start!

- submitted by a community member
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Corte Sierra Elementary School
3300 N. Sante Fe Trail, Avondale, AZ  85323
(623) 535-6000
Last modified Corte Sierra Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Corte Sierra Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top