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Avondale, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,058

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10825 W. Garden Lakes Parkway
Avondale, AZ 85323

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(623) 877-9545
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August 24, 2014
My daughter is in 2nd grade and has been attending GL since Kindergarten. The teachers and staff are wonderful and extremely friendly, and you can tell that they genuinely care about the kids. I do have several complaints about areas that could be improved. First, I do not feel the kids are challenged enough. My daughter has never brought home much homework at all, and when she does, it takes her less than five minutes to complete. I feel that when a child is advanced for their age, they should be given assignments that challenge them. Second, it seemed like any papers my daughter brought home were just shoved in her backpack. There was a lack of organization when it came to bringing home important notes, homework, etc. However, my biggest complaint is when picking up my child after school. All of the age groups are released at same time and it is absolute chaos. Daily, I encounter inconsiderate parents who short-cut in line or park in the no-parking zone and completely exit their vehicle, holding up the entire line for everyone else. I feel the school would benefit if different grades released at varying times, and also enforced the no-parking rule.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
One of the best schools considering this is the West Side. Less than 50 percent Hispanic. The school is located next to the affluent or more desirable sub-divisions called 'Garden Lakes'. Top school !!! Not many kids are on the breakfast plan so imagine the families are more educated and have resources to provide for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
My daughter has been attending this school since 1st grade. We really enjoy the staff and the level of expertise the teachers offer to the students regarding their education. My daughter has had some amazing teachers namely Mrs. Kuglar and Mrs. McNamara among the others that have made such a positive impact on her social and academic life. I do get a bit concerned with the rally song being McDonald's, McDonald s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut, but it gets the children s attention and that is the goal. I would appreciate an affordable before and after school program to offer more structure for my student (Desiree Morrison) and believe it would be a benefit to our community overall in the long run for parents to utilize such services. Best regards, Amanda N. Baird

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
Garden Lakes Elementary is an excellent school, I've had multiple family members and now my own children go to that school. I've always had such a great experience with the school, administration staff and school aides. Each teacher my child has had were very creative and patient. I'm very pleased and will keep my child in this school

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
Excellent teachers but they should cut out most of the Wednesday half-days and study. Too many teacher breaks.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
Why is my child coming home singing songs about Mc Donald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco bell and so on, and raving about Ronald Mc Donald visiting the school. Do these companies pay the PESD for covert marketing techniques? Uh...hello! This is a school, they should be teaching our kids...yes YOUR kids...about staying healthy and eating healthily, not how great it is to eat cheap and poor quality food!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
Okay I was class of 2009 and I was proud to say that I enjoyed my time at Garden Lakes. I was active in several clubs and had tons of fun and friends. My last year or two, upper graders started to have some problems. Fights broke out every once in a while, gossip turned bad about everything. The whole thing was stupid considering we were only 8th graders. One of the Reviews here say they are being "punished too hard"? Excuse me? Garden Lakes works hard to keep kids from Kindegarten to 8th graders safe. I don't think you understand why it's important to prevent fights and behavior like this. It's good that they can tell which groups of people have more trouble, but they'll never JUDGE. They want you to succeed. (:

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2011
i have nothing much to say for this schooll there was fights all the timee.most the teachers was way too harsh.The skool aloso puniched way tooo hard 4 things that had nothing to do with skool or there bisness! i was constintly being sent to the office 4 things i had nothing to do with. they judge you by who u hang out with.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2010
I attended the school's Veterans Day celebration yesterday and am still in awe! What a beautiful spirit of hope on this campus. The full-day experience began with a gathering on the lawn of all staff, students and hundreds of parents and veterans. The choir and the band filled the air with beautiful music and brought many a tear to those in attendance. Truly a community experience. Veterans remained all day on campus speaking in many "breakout" sessions. Primary students marched in a parade around campus as the older students cheered them on. Pictures and posters of loved ones who have served or are serving covered every window and wall. The school was draped in red, white and blue. Lunch was picnic style with hot dogs, apple pie and ice cream. The administration conducted their weekly Sing and Read with the younger kids before the end of the day dedicating this week's time to patriotic songs. Students were bustling around campus two hours prior to the day's beginning to decorate, organize and assist guests and, in the afternoon, they cleaned the campus. Staff members truly had this event organized well. What a fantastic experience! Patriotism lives on!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
People that complain about safety regarding the lack of fence on 107th Ave are crazy! The only time your kids are out on the field they are supervised, and only upper level grades are out there! Teach your kids not to run into traffic and trust teachers to watch you kids, they do, not one death or injury yet! After school activities are limited but they are just that after school. If your kids like sports let them go to the YMCA or Young Champions this school focuses on education and learning. The AIMS results show that it is working! We all understand that after school sports do help with social growth but they are an Elementary School and they are trying to make it better. Upper grades have been doing stuff at the high school and they have music programs still! Sports are not learning! Results dont lie! Excelling!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2009
I am now a parent of a 6th grader with GLES. My son left this school for a few years, but in his first 3 years he/we learned a lot. I was not happy leaving GLE, but now that I have compared GLE with the other schools my son attended I can say that I am glad to have my son back at GLE! We as parents need to communicate with our kids as well as their teachers. The teachers are always there and willing to answer any questions. Keep up the good work GLE staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2009
I am quite pleased that Garden Lakes is the only 'Excelling' school in the Avondale area. Happy that Garden Lakes is where we live and where, effectively, my son will be attending for the next seven years. Love this area and I read prior post and do feel that this is an 'older' school, by AZ standards; bathrooms are not kept up and I do agree w/prior post that no school programs are offered, ie sports, etc. I have experience lack of communication from teachers which is different for me because now I must rely on my son to tell me what's going on at school (preschools are more communicative). I agree w/the poster regarding communication lacking; I do agreee with that. It is what we make of it and in this very large society we should be thankful that Garden Lakes, year after year, continues to perform. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
Although the school has a strong academic rating, the school does not communicate well with parents or the community, it has very few after school offerings, and there is a strong 'us against you' mentality from teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2008
My daughter went K-8th and my son is in fifth for K.. Excellent School.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
I am proud to say that we had over 1000 people, including students and their parents, administration and at least one teacher for each and every grade level turn out for the annual 'Walk to School' day. This day alone shows the tremendous support the community has for the school and its students. At Garden Lakes, we believe that all students can be successful, no exceptions! To the parent who referred to Garden Lakes as a 'rundown warehouse,' he or she should be reminded that Garden Lakes has been an 'excelling' school for three years in a row, one of very few in the entire West Valley. This success can only be achieved through the combined efforts of the devoted faculty, adminstration and the students who strive to reach their goals every day. Come join us on November 7th and see how we celebrate our Veterans!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 29, 2008
Extreme displeasure with this school faculty, principal and staff. They practice preaching/teaching a certain belief or way of life, but not, in fact, holding these same virtues for themselves. Excessive avoidence in addressing disruptive student behavior in addition to consistent over crowding of classrooms. Comparison to a weather beaten, rundown warehouse best describes this location. It saddens me to see the decline over the last 10 years. A change in leadership is needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2008
Lower grade teachers are awsome. Upper Grade some need to retire. Extracurricular activities there are none and Ron Richards to blame for that. We need fresh teachers, PE Music and Art and staff to have excitment needed to generate this need on campus. So unfair to kids & they wonder why there are so many problem kids. They are bored! No guts to get it done. Too many politics. Lazy teachers and the list goes on.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 03, 2007
This school, for the most part, has an amazing teacher staff, the gifted program just lost its teacher, and will not be the same, as the rest of the school is not all that supportive with it. extra curriculars are getting better with time, and the PE instructors are helping get more sports involved. In general, this is a fine school, if you want you child to be ahead of the pack, its a fine choice, but if your raising the next Einstein, JFK, or Eisenhower and you choose this school, you ll be disappointed with how it sometimes treats its 'gifted.' i was actually almost failed for writing 'too advanced' for my grade level, even though my teacher knew i had been doing it for years. other than those few instances though, it is a great school.

- submitted by a former student
July 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
Both of my children attended 8 years at Garden Lakes and both excelled in advanced classes through high school. The program for gifted students is excellent. My daughter now attends ASU Honors College and is on a full ride scholarship because of the excellent educational base she received at Garden Lakes.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
I fell that this school has disrupted the learning process of my children's learning. The teachers are very inconsiderate of my children's feelings and my concerns and whenever my husband and I ask the office people to give a message to one of our kids, they never give them or leave out valuable information. There are no after school activities for my children, who are sports fanatics. After two years, My husband and I decided to take our kids out of Garden Lakes Elementary School and put them into a more advanced and caring private school that actually listens to people's concerns. I would never recommend Garden Lakes to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
Two of my children have attended Garden Lakes and I highly recommend this school. The kids have excelled academically. The teachers are exceptional. The principal, Dr. Waltman is very involved in making sure his school is exceeding expectations. Parents are encouraged to particpate with their childrens educational development. The PTA has carnivals, and other fun activities and school functions for the children to particpate in.

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February 13, 2006
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January 30, 2006
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October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
teachers caring.. staff polite... my child recieves special education and I am very impressed with the program.

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September 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2005
This school offers all day kindergarten and half day. They do a buddy program that matches each child up with a third grader that reads with him once a week. My son really enjoys this. The teachers are well rounded and take time with each child.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
The teachers are very good. Although there could be a larger sports program. I think the 7th and 8th graders miss out, by this school not being a separate Junior High. For instance they cannot participate in wrestiling, because of insurance purposes they are rated an elementary school. All in all I was very pleased, and my son did excell.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I have read the current postings and agree security is an issue. This needs to be addressed with the District Office (which it has, to no avail), not the school itself. The school's hands are tied. My daughter's teachers have all been exceptional, and I have nothing but great respect for Dr. Waltman. He has an inate talent for picking the finest teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
This is a wonderful school with caring teachers. It is the top rated school in the district and the teachers are why.

- submitted by a former student
June 27, 2005
I don't like this school.The staff are smug and condencending. There is no fence around this school which creates safety issues.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Overall, this is a very good school. My major concern is that as the west valley has grown, this school is not facing up to the potential realities that the city brings in terms of campus security. A school fence should be installed around the perimeter of the open field on 107th and the Parkway. The teachers here are wonderful and the principal has a passion for the education of our kids, but should understand that this school seriously lacks in security. While there has been minimal trouble in the past, I am concerned about the safety issues here. Parental involvement is not the greatest, but as the school is located so far away from where most work, it can be understood. Most are very giving of their money, just not their time.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
This school is the best! Teachers and staff care about the students and make sure they are learning at and beyond their grade levels. I made the mistake of moving to the Dysart District, and feel I ruined my children's education. But, 2 years later, we are coming back and not looking back.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
This school is a wonderful learning community for children and adults alike. The faculty works together as a team. Even support staff - custodians, office staff, cafeteria workers and aides are committed to the school's vision. Leadership by Dr. Waltman is superb!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
Great school for the West Side.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I am very pleased with the quality of education my children are receiving at Garden Lakes. I currently have 2 children attending and 2 more who will be there within a couple of years. I have experienced nothing but positive situations. Both my children left 1st grade with a love of learning and the ability to read. I am a teacher myself and I chose to move into this area specifically for Garden Lakes El. Just like every school, the more involved parents chose to get in their children's education, the better the school will be. I am comfortable with the activities offered. I understand why the class sizes are the way they are... it is a product of our state legislature, not the individual schools. I do agree that the campus is a little bit too open and accessible. I hope all 4 of my kids graduate from GLES.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
My fourth grade daughter goes to Garden Lakes and I feel that she is getting a quality education. What I like most is that her progress is tracked using report cards that actually describe what the standards are and what she needs to master in order to receive an A. This tells me that the grading is very standard rather than subjective.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
Garden Lakes has the best teachers , Leaning is fun! I am proud my son attends the school. Mrs Corley is amazing

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2004
I feel the Principle needs to retire. The exellent teachers that are leaving is a sad situation. There is no extra activities for the students after school. The teachers need to work more with each individual student.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2004
My daughter has attended first through third grades. We find the classroom ratio of students to teachs high, 30 kids to one teacher. The 3rd grade teacher which giving the students more responsibility also seemed to slack off more on the personal attention seen in the lower grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
As a whole this school has excellent teachers and programs. In the past it has tended to get overcrowded, but recent new school openings in the district should alleviate this.

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June 02, 2004
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May 20, 2004
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May 17, 2004
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April 26, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
no rating March 19, 2004
School is large and offers many extra-curricular activities. Classroom size is large and exceptional kids fall through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I must disagree with some of the previous comments about lacking education. These comments probably are from parents who do not offer their time to the teacher in any way. There are a number of ways to help your child's teacher ie..make copies, offer to assist in special projects, attend your conferences, attend field trips. Get to know your child while he or she is at school, get to the know the other kids and most of all get to know the teacher. The teaching staff at GLES for the most part is great. The classrooms are little over crowded. My child's teach has 28 kids. She is only 1 person. I offer my help with whatever she needs so she can focus on teaching the kids. As for the parent who has a 'genius' for a first grader, it is actually a law, not a GLES law, that kids are not tested for PEP or any other accelerated program until the end of the 2nd grade or the beginning of the 3rd grade depending on the age of the child. We all like to think are child is smarter than everyone elses, but please let the teacher do his or her job and you as a parent need to stay involved in every level of your child's education. As for the safety concerns I would agree that more needs to done in this area. How many of these parents who have these complaints attend PTA meetings as well as District Board meetings?? Are you going in with ideas or just complaints?? GLES is a great school and my child is doing great. Keep up the good work GLES.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2003
We agree with all the other comments preceding. A nice campus but too open and unregulated. And the education is mediocre (though it may be sterling compared to some of the disastrous schools in this area). Requests for special attention to an advanced K or 1st grade child are brushed off ('don't need; can't do; etc.'). We regret moving our clever 1st-grader here from a private school; it will be wasted year until we can get him out again.

- submitted by a parent
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Garden Lakes Elementary School
10825 W. Garden Lakes Parkway, Avondale, AZ  85323
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Garden Lakes Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top