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Avondale, AZ
Students enrolled: 810

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11050 W. Whyman Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323

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(623) 478-6020
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December 15, 2014
This school can't keep teachers. Your child will never have an opportunity to be part of any community or get to have any kind of relationship with a teacher. The teachers either leave or are let go for budget reasons. Please read some of these comments below because they repeat what I posted. The Superintendent tried to leave a year or two ago, but was not hired !!! The problems start at the top!!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2014
I have seen some positive changes in this school since new leadership has taken over this school year. As with anything, change takes time but I feel that things are moving in the right direction. As for testing, that is in any school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 11, 2014
Quentin School has an ever changing staff. It is impossible for students to receive a quality education when the staff turn over is so high. The Littleton District has 200 instructional days but over 50 are spent testing kids for the entire day. Far too many days are spent testing kids instead of on actually instruction. Make Your Day is an punitive behavior program where kids are asked to face the wall and humiliated even in the hallways. Do not let your child attend an Littleton Elementary School! They are poorly managed from the very top down.

- submitted by a teacher
June 10, 2014
Quentin is overrun with behavior problems that the current discipline program, Make Your Day, does not address effectively. MYD is very restrictive and time consuming for teachers and parents alike and it focuses too much on self-reflection instead of enforcing consequences for bad behavior. I believe that trading MYD for a tougher and more traditional discipline will allow for fewer classroom interruptions and more focus on the content at hand, which will in turn boost test scores (perhaps eliminating the need for the 200-day calendar). On a positive note, Quentin will have some excellent new administrators next year, but they will still face challenges under MYD. I encourage everyone to do as I have done and write to the district about discontinuing use of the MYD program. Getting rid of MYD won't solve all of Quentin's (or the district's) problems, but I believe it's a step in the right direction.

- submitted by a teacher
April 26, 2014
This school is very poorly managed. The teachers do care however with the lack of a good leader who allows parents to stand and talk during band concerts, Christmas (Holiday) concerts, etc. There is teachers who care however they are usually new teachers as seasoned teachers know the problems. The students are years behind in their education so the classes are behavior problems. The step (discipline) policy is ridiculous and causes parents to miss work and be disrupted because of students behavior. I am also a teacher (not at this school) and think that there needs to be a discipline change, a before and after school program for students who are severely (a lot of students are 4 grades behind) behind students. There should be a support system for this severely behind school. The one office staff is beyond excellent and goes above and beyond being helpful and knows parents and students by name. This school should only be a last resort for parents and staff as well as students.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
This school has had a lot of problems the last 2 years. Most of the problems have been either directly or indirectly caused by the horrible principal at this school. Thankfully the district finally got a clue and dropped her for next year. The new principal has a long of road ahead of him to regain the support of the community & staff, but at least he seems willing to put in the effort. If the staff and community step up & support the new administration maybe this school will finally get to live up to its potential. I feel much better about my kids going to Quentin next year then in previous years and I hope I can help support the school on the road ahead.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
A parent- I would never recommend this school at all!!!!!!!! My kids have gone there for two years!!!!!! And I have had nothing but problems with students and teachers!!!!!!!!! Both my kids have been bullied and teased!!!!!!! As well as having problems with teachers and teachers don't communicate with parents at all!!!! I can't wait to take my kids out they are going to a different school next year!!!!!!! This school is the worst school I have ever seen!!!!!! Good bye Quentin Elementry!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Quentin is a terrible school and I cannot wait to get my child out. My child has been bullied and even had things thrown at her and they will not do anything. They will not even move her to another class instead tell me her father that I can just move her to another school. Why does the one getting picked on have to move. I thought the schools were against bullying??!!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
My children attend this school and it has been nothing but problems since day 1. The school wants to have a parent conference for any and everything that happens (ex. not listening so had to choose step 4) why is a parent required to drive to the school and have a 10 min conference about that when a simple phone call could be made? or they make you wait hours for meetings. They also will not let your child return to school until you do this ridiculous conference! There is NOT good communication between the parents/teachers or the staff for that matter. I would definitely NOT recommend this school. I will be making sure to take my kids out of this school after this year ends. VERY DISAPPOINTING....

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
My school is a wonderful place to work. The students are respectful and they are working hard. We did have many teachers leave due to fhe fact that they added 20 more teaching days and didn't increase the salary to match that. The teachers that did stay are not mediocre, but truly dedicated to our community and excellent. I feel lucky to work with them.

- submitted by a teacher
October 10, 2013
I have had a wonderful experience at Quentin Elementary School, it's a very positive enviroment starting with the front office, admnistration, nurse, teachers and any staff I was in contact with. Parents need to volunteer more in the school, I see alot of staff members organizing and doing events for the students but parent are not helping out. They do attend events but will be nice if they can help too! Great job on motivating my son..

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
I am so blessed to work at Quentin Elementary. This is my 14th year as an educator, and my 3rd school. I feel like I am very well supported in this district and school. I have never seen a principal as dedicated to every student's individual growth and safety as ours. She is very concerned with the growth of every teacher as well. I know that our school climate is safe and respectful with the Make Your Day program. There are many other teachers who feel the same way as I do and are looking forward to a long career here at Quentin Elementary.

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2013
The principal of this school is the WORST!! She does not respond to parents emails/concerns. I emailed her and instead of responding to me she had a teacher call me back to address my concerns. I was told that she "felt it was best if she wasn't involved" They do NOTHING in regards to children being bullied. They have given my son so called suggestions on how to be safe, yet do NOTHING to address the bullying behavior of other students. There are a few good teachers and I do mean just a FEW the rest of them are rude and mean. I have witnessed first hand how rude and disrespectful they are to the students. Last week as I was picking up my child from school and a teacher was in a child's face yelling at him from the top of her lungs! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Quentin Elementary School has potential, however I have experienced a positive and not so positive occurances. My child is currently 8th grade and I feel the school, particularly the principal, has not done her job successfully to ensure my child is ready for high school. My child's homeroom teacher left 2 weeks within the school year, thereafter, these children, these students had TWO different long-term subs. I know first hand student's stuck in a long-term sub classroom do not get the education they deserve. After requesting directly to the principal for my child to be removed from a long-term sub, she ensured me that by the following semester (January 2013) there would be a "highly qualified" teacher in that homeroom which in fact did NOT happen. At first I was disappointed about a wasted semester, but then really iritated when the "highly qualified" teacher never arrived. I do not believe this school deserves to have my children at their school and I do not believe children/students are challenged at this school. Politeness does NOT get my children the education they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
My son has been going to Quentin since Kindergarden and I have nothing but good experiences at this school. Administrative staff is very pleasant and professional.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I first hand have witnessed the drastic improvement in the school is it perfect NO although I will be honest the school has come along way. I am going to say that the new principal Ms. Couret has been very focused on the improvement of the school, Educationally and wtih the school Spirit, Since she has been on board, the PTA has been formed that contributes each grade with awards each month for perfect attendance, and the students nominate the Staff of the month, which really makes a big difference with attendance and the school moral. I completely will stand by the 5 star rating as my children continue to go to this school as the FOCUS is the children not the area. I have confidence that the school will stand out in several different ways with the continued support of the Parents, Community and our children. Such a pleasure to have my children attend an A rated school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
This is my child 1st experience at Quentin. So far it has been a positive one. The education received is very well exemplified once stepping into campus; the children are very well behaved. Children here have greeted us upon arrival, open doors for us and politely guided us the right way. The parent involvement at this school is at the level of any other school. Any and all parents are welcome to volunteer. Administration is caring, polite and professional at all times. The school principal is involved in the education of her students. She s cordial, approachable and professional. There's a structured, disciplined yet relax atmosphere between staff and students. My child attends Kinder-PM and his teacher follows an intense well structure curricula. I have to admit my son has been a bit of a challenge; yet she's always demonstrated to be very skilled and caring. I'm impress with so much learning in a 1/2 K! And this is being said from a parent who had her first child attend private school for all elementary. This school has all it needs to succeed! Excellent teachers, strong principal and challenging academic programs! This is A good school to be in.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
I agree with the positive comments presented on this panel. But I question the negative ones. My child attends this school and the school has demonstrated to have everything needed to be what it is. This is an A school for a reason. It is unfortunate that some have had incidents of negative experiences and are unable to see beyond the little toy they lost and see what a good school this is. One cannot let one negative incident obscure all the efforts the school principal and staff has put into our children education. At any given moment plan a visit to this school and you ll see lots of energetic staff working towards making the quality of our children s education better. Quentin has a strong and highly qualified principal, teachers and staff and offers a great academic program. Parent involvement is encourage and welcome. The school takes care of any negative issue in due time; but you have to give'em that time. You won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2012
Quentin has made a lot of progress and growth this school year. The quality of education that has been provided to my son has been exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
I have been with Quentin since it opened it's doors and have seen many changes take hold over the years. This year has probably been the best the school has seen. We have a very dedicated staff and administration who are pushing our students toward great success. We also have wonderful parents who truly work as partners in the education of their children. I am proud to be a member of the Quentin community!

- submitted by a teacher
February 27, 2012
It's true that the expectations for both teachers and students are higher than ever, but the students are producing and their scores prove it! This school has come a long way since I started here over 5 years ago. Administration cares very much about the staff and students. The students here at Quentin are the best!

- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2012
I am and have had 4 children attend this school and have seen changes of many sorts. If I may say so the current Principal MS. Couret is trying to improve the school and enviroment so that the final outcome may be that of a pleasant experience. Yes I have read some of the comments that other parents have as issues and concerns, & to some extent I agree it may come accross as very Zero tolerant but to some degree the children are there to learn ALTHOUGH enjoy the time they are there as well. With that we need to be involved as parents to make a difference and voice our concerns so that the principal has an idea in which direction the schools needs to go in. I for one am really pressed for time but I am welcomed for even 15 minutes of my presence in anything I can help. I am expecting to see some positive growth moving forward, as my hope is to make it a fun, pleasant learing enviroment my children are at.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
teachers are often moved around. attendance is a complete mess. pickup and drop off is not consistent. teacher or staff does not care enough to stay with kids who are lost and don't know what to do. Too many adults around that are not really doing anything. Kindergarten is not well structured. This school is the first that I've seen for being so unorganized.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
My kids are very happy at Quentin. I have read the comments on this site, and I want to contribute to the positive remarks. The administrators are very friendly and quick to help parents. They have the best office staf, who are always friendly and smiling. Yes, they have improved in many areas since the school opened. There is a lot of communication that goes home, including phone messages with reminders. They have sports that my kids participate in. I am very happy with my students attending Quentin, and hope that everyone has the same experience that my family is having.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
Quentin is rate as NON-PERFORMING High teacher turnover I think the other schools in the district all made it past this label according to the paper.

- submitted by a community member
July 13, 2010
I want to comment on the review in April regarding the principal, I am a former teacher and know first hand that the comment about communciation is not true. This principal is dedicated and well liked by her staff. An insider would really know the truth.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 19, 2010
My 2 children have attended for the past two years. My children have been blessed with high quality teachers. They had previously attended a charter school that will remain nameless. I was nervous about the transition but this year Quentin was 1 student away from being performing plus. I am confident that under the current leadership at the school level and district level Quentin will become excelling. Dr. Freeman, Superintendent, and his executive team have been very hands on with making all of the schools in the district following a consistent curriculum and citizenship program with Make Your Day. I could go on forever about all the positive changes I have seen in this short amount of time. I invite you to experience it for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The teachers are great but the leadership of Ms Pacheco the schools principal needs major work. She is unprofessional and does not communicate well with parents. However the assistant principal and the other administrative staff are wonderful which may offset their leader.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
It is a safe environment and everyone is eager to learn in their own unique way!

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2010
My daughter was been attending this school since it opened 6school years ago. My son is in Kindergarten. I have seen this school go through many growing pains. Since Mrs. Pacheco became the school Principal this school has improved tremendously. The office staff are always helpful and welcome you with a smile. Ms. Hanson, Ms Wawryzk, Mr Parisot and the entire 6th grade team deserve to be recognized as outstanding teachers. Great job!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
I am a parent of 3 boys who attended Quentin, and just moved out of the district. Two of my boys excel easily and are above grade level, but my oldest boy has a harder time. He was blessed with Mr. Parisot as a 4th grade teacher. Surprised by his bad progress report, I met with his teacher & we devised a plan to bring his grades up. He went from a low 70% overall the first quarter, to almost making the honor roll the next! He made it fun for his students to learn, and was always available. His 5th grade teacher Mrs. Petkus worked extremely hard with him as well, and he acheived the honor roll by the end of the year! I think parent involvement helps to determine a childs success not just the teacher!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2007
My two boys are new to Avondale this year and I think this school needs to be better staffed. This school has 1000 students attending. So there needs to be more teachers. I receive lots of communication from staff and teachers. Overall I forsee no big problems in the near future. This school seems to have improved since opening and I think things will continue this way.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 05, 2007
My daughter was in the 2nd grade at Quentin and had a great teacher Mrs. Cevantes,But the staff was not so great when my daughter got her bike stolen in the schools bike rack the staff didnt do anything about it no letter to the students nothing!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
I think the teachers are doing a great job! The principle and vice principle could do much better. They say bulling is not a big issue at the school then why did I have to take my kids out, instead of them dealing with the problem child?

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
It appears the school has improved significantly since it opened a few years ago. I am receiving much better communication from the school and classroom teachers. More activities are being offered after school. However, the school is still very short handed! This school, with 1,000 students, needs more than one art and one music teacher. It also needs to remodel the cafeteria serving line. My child eats 'lunch' at 10:15 and will now be getting out at 3:15. I am concerned about this schedule but understand that the cafeteria needs to start this early in order to serve all students. I think this school will continue to improve becuase it has a lot of hard-working teachers. Unfortunately, there are only two or three parents attending the PTA meetings. The school hosted 7 or 8 family events this year, yet very few parents helped out. We all need to get on board!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
Teachers and staff do not care.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Very understaffed. Teachers have a difficult time teaching English speaking students because they are spending most of their time working with the students that speak only Spanish or limited English in order to get them up to the No Child Left Behind orders. No recess because it was not used properly by former years instructors so now they have had that privilege removed for 4th grade and up. I believe these kids need to have the opportunity to expend energy throughout the day still at this age. They do not control the language and name calling that is done to other students and because they are so understaffed when a student does have a problem the most common answer is 'well, I didn't hear it, tell him to knock it off' Not the best school, yet, not the worst either.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
This is a new school and was happy to see in the neighborhood however, am very unhappy that the school seems to have horrible communication and not as many programs that other schools have available and the ones they do have seem not as challenging. There seems not to be enough teachers and too many kids

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
My son went to quentin for a couple of month were i saw he's academic level, drop, since he need it special ed, and was not been challenge enough, i try to talk to several sources to request his especial education EIP to be evaluated with out result, i understand that some of the problem couldn't be fix with in the school, but i felt that i was not given enough information o direction in how to channel my request i finally change my son to a charter school where he's doing extremley well

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 27, 2006
I feel that Quentin has a communication problem. When a child is failing, the parent should be notified & not just notified when the report cards are sent home. If a child is absent for whatever reason the parent should be notified as well. Overall I think some of the teachers, just don't care enough. Just because of a learning or behavorial disability, it is not okay to tell a child to settle for average, you don't need to strive for better.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
The district(littleton)in general is underperforming. Because the school is relatively new it is still somewhat unorganized. Extracurricular activities are nonexistent and the kids just got p.e. and art this year. However, thanks to great 1st and 2nd grade teachers my son has managed to stay on track.

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January 21, 2006
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Quentin Elementary School
11050 W. Whyman Avenue, Avondale, AZ  85323
(623) 478-5600
Last modified Quentin Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Quentin Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top