This is a reply to the last poster. We are getting together as a community to address the concerns we have with this school soon and especially the teachers. I wish I had your phone number as I would call you. Yes this school did extend the school year. It was a last ditch effort to save face!! Most of the qualified instructors left for more lucrative positions leaving the less qualified or bottom of the barrel teachers to somehow teach our kids. The reason why a lot of teachers left is because they were not adequately compensated for working extra school days when the school year was extended. The less confident and struggling teachers are trying to somehow manage their classrooms. Home schooling is an option or a move to a better area with more experienced teachers. I wish that the district could somehow inform us in a way that ensures us that these teachers are getting some help in their classrooms. The teachers are the issue !!! Some just need to resign !!
Teachers appear to be the biggest issue. Some are left over from the hiring epidemic when there was a severe teacher shortage. Then, mostly young teachers with little or no life experiences were given the chance to teach our precious children. Some of these teachers have little information about the culture of students who live in that area. If fact, very few teachers actually reside in the community where they work. Do you really think they care about the children's performance? Most are waiting for the Christmas vacation coming!!
We're considering homeschooling our children if we cannot get them into another district on a variance or sell our house and move to another district. Yes, that's correct- we are willing to move just to avoid sending our children to this awful district. The teachers are apathetic, the curriculum is lacking and the geniuses (note the sarcasm) in administration extended the school year thinking that would actually improve things somehow. The school year starts in JULY. It's ridiculous. Why not take a look at better districts in the valley (such as Peoria or Kyrene or one of the many others which are WAY ahead of Littleton) and model changes after those obviously successful programs?! I also suspect that one of the positive reviews here was written by teacher at Littleton. A neighbor who's had more experience with this teacher thought the same. It's sad that the teachers and administration have to stoop so low to try to save the school's reputation. Get off GreatSchools.org and try to be BETTER at your jobs!
In reviewing AIMS scores from 2012 to 2013, students grew in 8 out of 12 areas in 3rd - 8th grade reading and math. The average scores are below state averages, but have steadily caught up the last 5 years. Our kids are making excellent progress and we are so proud of them!
My child has attended this school since second grade, upon entering the 6th grade this year we had the option to move him to another school in the district and he wanted to stay here! I truly believe this is due in part because of the new administration and how awesome they are! The PTA is also rocking it this year, from a fun fall festival to fundraising to help the students, this has been a great year! The 6th grade team of teachers is awesome! My child has never shown such a high interest in school, all 3 ladies are fabulous! We do need more parent support, so hopefully with the leaps and bounds in changes more will get involved! Keep up the great work LE teachers, admins, PTA and students! I love all the opportunity the school presents to encourage the parents to be involved in their child's education.
the worst school district in Arizona. My 5yrs old got in trouble they put him in the office for 6+ hours without giving him any food....:( So inhuman...
As a parent, I m excited about the new school year at LES! I know the teachers are wonderful and they will help my son succeed academically. I also believe in the new administration because they are caring individuals who love students and will definitely make this a great year for everyone! :-)
The school has made great growth over the last year. I am excited for the new principal to take over! Parents need to get more involved. Our kids deserve it!
this school is bad! My 2 kids go there now and have always been straight A students and love to go to school but this year was their first year there and they both hate school. There is a lot of bullying there and even though they say they are against it nothing is ever done about it. The front office staff there is a joke no one knows what to do. I will say however that my son goes to the pre k there and they are great with that part of it or maybe it's just because he has a great teacher! Ms. Harrington is wonderful!
My daughter attends Littleton Elementary and has been there for almost one year. So far it has been very disappointing to see how far behind kids are academically. We come from another state where kids are better taught and challeneged everyday at school. This school really needs to start challenging all of their kids.
My granddaughter was helped greatly by the school counselor. She was fiendly and took our concerns seriously. We appreciate that the school works hard to keep the kids safe.
Way to go Littleton. So glad that your hard work last year paid off and your test scores are climbing!
This is easily the worst school any of my kids have attended. My son who was honor roll since he was in Kindergarten really lost all interest in school in the 6th grade and now that his 8th grade school year is about to start I'm glad he won't be enrolled here. The staff is a complete trainwreck from top to bottom. I must say Ms Kurpiewski who taught my 1st grader last year was the only silver lining from the 4 year experience I had here. TGI is finally over!!!!
I have a Preschool kid that attends to Ms. Suns class, I am very please with the development and knowlwdge of my daughter. She is happy to go to school everyday. She learns a lot of stuff everyday. I think Littleton elementary is a great school, and Ms. Sun's a great teacher.
I am extremely disappointed with this school especially with my sixth grader. My first grader is fine, love her teacher but counting the days to end of school. They will not be returning to Littleton and my sixth grader is very excited. I agree with the parent who says its 1950s style drill, drill, drill. Moved here from out of state and disappointed with the city will be moving further East. Principal first day was very rude but was apologetic later which I am not accepting.
I have found Littleton Elementary School to be one that stand out as exceptional. The school administration and teachers focus on providing great programs to help students who are not on grade level. They offer programs for students who are average and above through new programs such as exploring potential, journalism, presentations, and more. They have this program called Walk to Read where all the students in a grade level move to a different classroom so they can work with students with similar abilities to improve their learning. It is great! I also appreciate the many ways parents can be involved at Littleton Elementary School. They have a Come Read to Your Child program, parent training classes, parent meetings, and more. My daughter's grade has been selected to participate in the Rodel Foundation's MacRo program. As a parent new to the area, I am very pleased with my child's school.
This school has a hard working staff, great to see their interaction among each other, but specially with students. Can wait to see what the new year brings.
I have a kindergarten and a 3rd grader who both attend LES and i am so happy with the teachers and staff. My 3rd grader attends a resource class that is awsome. She has shown so much imporvement and growth not only with her academics but her social skills. LES staff is a great team to educate our children.
I have a 1st grader. She came from a school that was one of the worst schools in Avondale Dist. She has learned so much in only 4 months. I am thankful. I also love that they want to have parents involved with the school. The staff is very open, always willing to help..... I am thankful that this school has gave my 1st grader, a good start with her reading....
I have a 1st and 2nd grader and they are both performing well in this school. We transferred from a different city and so far I am satisfied with their school programs and activities. I just noticed that there are more students in each class and sometimes that can inadvertently cause neglect for other students. Hope the school has plans of expanding to accommodate the ever growing student population without compromising the quality of standard and performance of the school.
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