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Buckeye, AZ
Students enrolled: 753

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25400 W. Maricopa Rd.
Buckeye, AZ 85326

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(623) 847-8503
(623) 386-6063
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December 10, 2014
My childrens school is absolutely amazing. The teachers and staff go above and beyond what our previous schools did. The programs are wonderful, the district keeps you informed and up to date on any changes or events that they are producing\sponsoring. The teachers are encouraging and supportive. They have kept me informed of all the progress that my children have made in just this course of the first semester. This is truly an amazing schho. Thank you Bales staff, for all that you do!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2014
This school has made such a difference in my childrens life. Before attending this school my son found himself outside most of the groups of children. Now he comes home everyday talking baout his friend and that friend. His teacher has also stated that she has witnessed a change in his attitude and self confidence. She works with him almost daily to help nuture and strengthen his self-assurance. Thank you soo much to the Teachers and Staff at Bales Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2014
OMG!! I cannot believe how wonderful this school is!! My children enrolled this past year in the Grades 3rd and %th and I have heard nothing but positive feedback when my kids get home. They are now excited to get up on the morning and attend the AWESOME Before School Care Program with Miss D. The activitites that she plans are interactive and encourage thier creativity. My daughter has decided to join the after school drama club and she cannot stop talking baout how much fun it is and the plays that the put on our inspirational and kid appropriate. I cannot say enough positive things regarding this school. P.S. Mr. Lugo: You Rock!!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2014
This school is incredible. The staff the teachers the principal. Yes you Mr. Lugo. The kids here are happy and excited about there days. My children get up and look forward to spending time away from home at such a wonderful school. I cannot believe how my children have developed over just the past few months since attending this school. I am so glad that we decided upon Bales to enroll our children in. Keep up the amazing work!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
Bales School is a great place for kids! Whatever budget shortfalls there may be with any district, the teachers and administrators at Bales truly work their hardest to provide a top notch education and fun learning environment for their students. The principal, Mr. Lugo, is one of the main reasons we have kept our children at Bales. His love for his students is evident in everything he does. This is true with all of the administration and staff. You do find the normal cliques among the students that you do anywhere, but we have never had an issue with bullying and our kids have never felt "left out". There are a lot of choices for education here in Buckeye, and I have to say we wouldn't think of moving our kids out of Bales.The one area that could definitely improve is that of parent participation. But that is a personal issue, and I'm sure if more people were able to help out they would, but you can't fault a school for it's parents!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
My school is awesome because teachers care about students and go far above and beyond their duties to show it. My children are learning and growing by leaps and bounds!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
We moved here from out of state and had kids at Verrado for 2 years. Then we bought a home in the Bales precinct and this is our second year here. While it was initially a shock to get used to different demographics coming from Verrado, it has been a vary pleasant experience. YOU play a huge roll in your childrens learning. Be active in their rolls as students, volunteer at school (Bales needs it!) be friendly with staff! Principal Lugo has an amazing background! Ask him about it. Get to know him. comments on this forum about never meeting the principal are funny to me. Have YOU walked in and asked to meet him? I have found out that people in Arizona are friendly, but not outgoing. You have to put in effort to get response, and that is okay! Most importantly, my kids LOVE going there. I have 3 that attend. We chose to keep them there after being accepted to a charter school. Go Bales!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I kid had came to bales for kinder - 3 grade and had been behind in many subjects like math and language arts the staff had also been rude to him and yelled at him for no reason he had once been sent to the office for losing his pencil and he was in kindergarten

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2012
My children attended this school and it was an awful experience. There are a handful of teachers who are there because they want to be and it shows. The other teachers party with parents and then talk about it at school! Special needs are not dealt with, bullying is not dealt with and the principal has his way of placing a placebo on every issue you bring forth. Basically, if you advocate for your child you are not treated well at this school, you are sneered and talked about and that does not make for a healthy learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
This school overall to excellent. The principal and counselors worked with my child overtime to help him achieve. There are a few teachers who could use some sensitivity training and manners bot they don't teach that in college...

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
I absolutely LOVE Bales Elementary School.. I have gotten to know the principal, office staff, teachers and other parents. I have spent the last three and a half months volunteering in my daughters classroom. Yes, there are issues but minor, the type every school has. Especially with diminishing resources. I have found Bales to be a wonderful learning environment for my daughter and am looking forward to another school year for her! I would encourage all parents to stop in and see their child's learning environment and give their teachers some much needed support.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2011
We recently transferred our child to Bales, and we are very pleased with the result. Our child is happier and feels more at home. If it's your goal to let your child succeed amidst a multi-cultural and diverse group of students then this is a great place. The faculty is always responsive and the front office and Administration is extremely communicative. For those reviews that say they are not, I would dare to say it is because of the parent's lack of communication, not the school. Parents often forget that it is their effort put forth at home that also matters. Relying solely on the school is an ignorant move. They are our children and if we expect them to succeed and excel we must do our part in our home. Originally from New York State, education is extremely important to us and Bales is currently a Performing Plus school and is doing the very best they can with the resources they have. If there was more parent participation I am sure this school would rank in the Excellence category.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
Great school I wouldn't have my kids anywhere else. The principal and staff are all great.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
I am a single parent that hold education in the highest of standards. My daughter began Kindergarten this year at Bale's Elementary and I am overwhelmed with the support from the staff, communication with the teachers and the Principal is outstanding!!! I am so happy I chose Bales Elementary for my daughter. I wouldn't have it any other way!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
Mr. Lugo is very involved with the students, always out when it's drop off or pick-up times. He is strict but loving but also loving with all students. The perfect balance. Teachers are great, office staff is always ready to help promptly, and is very kind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2009
I have had nothing but good experiences with Bales and the staff at Bales. The new principal is Great. The new office staff is Great also. I am always greeted nicely when I walk into the office and they are always willing to help. My kids also love the shool and their teachers. I wouldn't have them at anyother school in Buckeye.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
I am happy to give this school an excellent report. I am pleased with the teachers, staff and academic program currently provided. Students are also encouraged by recognition given for academic performance as well as positive behaviors. I encourage all families to participate when they can in any of the events sponsored by the school. I think you will be pleased with what Bales has to offer the community and especially our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
I find it hard to even give this school one star. From the very first day of school last year we had nothing but problems. The school has no sense of organization....communication...discipline...encouragement...nothing at all. Trying to get a returned call from a teacher or any type of staff is like pulling teeth. My kids will NOT return to Bales. I seriously recommend they get it together.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2009
The one and a half stars for this school I give to the Teachers that are there to TEACH my 2 kids and for the office faculty that are THERE TO HELP you and answer the many questions and concers of Many Parents. I know that even if you the parent has one day to give to your childs teacher to help him/her you get a different AND a BETTER understanding of the Adults WHO want to be at Bales Teaching or are there to Socialize. I am doing my best to NOT bring my kids back next year!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
I don't how anyone could possibly give Bales elementary even one star. The principal in non-exsistent, they never answer the phone, or return calls. I have walked into the office many times to phones just ringing. How can we expect our children to show respect and good nature to others when the people they spend most of their time around (teachers and faculty) aren't they role-models they should be? I am extremely disappointed with the discipline at Bales, The things that children get away with are unbelievable. The faculty don't seem to care about the well-being of our children and like to sweep things under the rug. Plus the lack of motivation from everyone is extremely tiring to those who care and try to carry the workload of everyone else. I have 4 children who won't be returning to Bales next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
Bales is by far the worst school that I have have taken my children to. The classrooms are over crowded and the faculty just doesn't seem to care. I have never been able to get in contact with any of the administration, even when I walk in the school personally or call multiple times in the day. I have heard nothing but great things about Westpark Elementary from my friends and plan on enrolling my children there on monday... I hear the have Open enrollment!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
I feel this school problems is with the district not the principal. He is doing the best he can working with what he has.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
I have had experience with another school, West Park Elementary, and I have to say that this school is far above their level of performance. The other elementary school pales in comparison. Bales Elementary's staff and faculty treat you with respect and compassion. There are no politics or unprofessional behavior. They are wonderful at doing their job....teaching our children in a safe environment! My daughter loves this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2008
My kids have only been going to this school for about 10 weeks now. I have never met the principal, who was in the office the day i was enrolling my kids. My kids homeroom teachers are great but as for the rest of my daughters teachers I have had the feel that they just aren't really into teaching them at all and just sending it home for the parents to figure out on there own. I am very involved in my kids schooling but when it comes to the amount of homework one child has I aometimes wonder if I as a stay at home mom of 4 would be better off homeschooling my children. I have decided that my kids will not be returning to this school next year I am enrolling them into a private school so they will have a chance to get a education.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2008
This school is awful. I have had 2 of my children attend this school for the last four years, and decided to put them a totally different school district for the current year because of the lack of performance. Unfortunately, my children were ill prepared academically for the new school, because they went to Bales, but they are now catching up. Thank goodness I withdrew them when I did, or we would be facing worse challenges. I would not suggest any stars for this school, or district for that matter. I have had extensive dealings with both and haven't received any satisfaction.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2008
Once again a horrible school in this district. The homework is absurd. My daughter is in 6th grade and looks at the homework like it is second grade work. Not impressed at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2008
This school is horrible. No Princial interaction. Teachers would rather put on a movie than teach. No challenge for the kids, they learn nothing new.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
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April 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
I think one star is a proper rating for this school. I know 1st hand what is happening there. The one star goes out the the teachers. That's all the school gets. Success starts from the top. When the principle is more concerned with his education then that of the children, that becomes a huge distraction. As a parent, when my child comes home from school and there was an issue that happened that day, I want to be able to pick up the phone and contact the principle. I can't do that because he goes home at 3:00 P.M. or 3:30. So how about the asst. Principle? Well she goes home at that time as well. The dicipline of the children is left to the office administrator and the receptionist. This two ladies are the only ones you can ever get asnwers from. Shame on you Bales!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
I am a parent with children in Bales,I am a member of the PTA and feel I am active in the school. With 3 children from k-7th grade and as this is our 1st year at Bales. Frankly there is not much to be impressed with. The principle is hardly there nor the Vice principle. The work is about a year behind our previous school. The police are being called there regularly and as for the PTA there are 3 or 4 members that run the whole show they do everything by themselves MAYBE 10 parents volunteer in total all year. where is the the principle during the PTA meetings or the functions to raise money for the school?? There are good teachers but they can only get so far with this administration.I would think they would want to be a great school I feel they dont care at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
I was concerned after reading the previous post and so I went to the state website. The school is underperforming for this year, although according to the website they met the test objectives. I'm not sure how they can be underperforming if they met the test objectives. On the state website the school is labeled performing for the previous school year. My biggest problem with the school has been with buses.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
As a parent I believe the only thing that has been a positive experience at this school are my children's teachers. They are great, but they are not staying at this school because of the administration. The administration needs a serious wake up call. They are not concerned with the quality of education they are concerned with becoming the status of their careers. It is evident in the fact that we have been an underperforming school for the past 2 years. I thank my kids' teachers for the quality of education they have received. Unfortunately only 40% of the teachers are returning to this school next year. What does that say about the administration? We will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I think that the person/persons that submitted the last two reviews either have not been on the bad side yet of the principal/assistant or they have not been involved in the school long enough. The school nurse does not document injuries properly and the members on the PTA are mostly negative about the school because they have seen first hand the lack of concern for the students by the administration. The students are running the school and the only parents that give 100% to the school get trampled over in the end.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
The school has a very caring environment overall. The parent organization concerns me though. The PTA president is great, but other members seem very negative against the school. My only curriculum concern is that cursive is not mandatoray for Arizona students.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
I have a third grader at Bales. She loves her teacher. The principal and assistant principal are very responsive to my concerns. I wish there were more extra-curricular activities for younger students.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
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January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 06, 2007
This school is totally underperforming. I have a kindergarten, a 2nd grader and a 3rd grader. My children have been going to this school for 4 years now. It is difficult to get results for your concerns threw the teachers and administration. The principle is a pacifier, meaning he listens, respons, but does not act. Even the bus transportation is dangerous. Parents please, look into the No Child Left behind Act and consider taking your children to a better school in the district

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October 03, 2007
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September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 18, 2007
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July 09, 2007
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June 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
This is a school district that truly cares for the kids needs, talk with the district and you'll see.

- submitted by a staff
February 26, 2007
As a teacher and former parent of a student at Bales I understand the frustrations coming from other parents! We decided to take our daughter out and enrolled her at Heritage Elementary Charter School in Glendale. They know how bad the Buckeye schools are,so they started bussing students all the way from Buckeye to Glendale! It's definitely something to consider!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
Bales Elemntary School is still a very young school, and it may take some time for this school to be up to par with the others.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2006
This school needs to deal with the children who interfere with the learning environment (not coddle them) so the teachers can teach, not babysit.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
I have two children that attend Bales - my oldest is not challenged and doesn't care for school. My youngest hates school and the teachers - at his age this should not happen. I want my children out of this school - I just don't know how....

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2006
I think Bales teacher and admin. are doing a great job. The school is overcrowded because of all the growth. To many kids, not enough school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
The quality of academics offered was average. The ratio of students per teacher is high. I feel that in order to ensure your child gets the proper education in this school, you have to be involved on a daily basis with the principal & Superintendent. I have had to go to the superintendent of Buckeye Unified School District on two different occasions to have my concerns with my child's education addressed, due to the school principal's lack of involvement. This school is fairly new, but I feel that it was a big dissapointment in my experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
Bales Elementary School is a big disappointment for those wanting a proper education for their child. While the Teachers are suitable and some even Outstanding, the Administrative Staff, including the Principle and Vice Principle are extremely inefficient and poorly suited to operate and control the School. It is probably sufficient for most Parents, but accelerated learning opportunities are not something you will find here, rather 1 year behind every Grade. The School has dramatically deteriorated in the two years it has been open, and is at best mediocre in teaching the curriculum on all levels. The ratio for Teachers vs. Students is outrageous and the school is overcrowded, unable to maintain a caliber of excellence. I would not recommend it to any Parent interested in higher Education. No child will flourish in the environment of this Schools Administration! The surrounding School Districts are the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
School appears to be 1 year behind on what they teach!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 13, 2005
The cuality on Academics are fine now the Quality on arts and sports are very poor.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
Great school. Small classes, new buildings.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2004
My son has attended 1st grade at Bales this year. While the staff and teachers seem nice enough I do not feel that this school expects enough accidemicly out of the students. In the month of December the children have done little to no school work. I think my sone could excell if just challenged a little and I do not feel that Bales is challangeing my child.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2004
This is the first year that my two children have attended Bales, one is in first grade and one in fifth. Both children are learning at a good pace, have homework nearly every night and communications with their teachers has been open. Our fifth grader is an advanced learner and with continued support and communication with my husband and I, her teacher has gone out of her way to make sure she continues to learn at an advanced pace. We have always been notified of any problem areas so we can support the teachers in assisting our children. We are a team, the way it should be.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
I have a third and fourth grader who started at Bales this year. Children have assembly every morning to boost morale and are given an agenda to bring home daily detailing what they did that day. Parents are to sign it and children return it to school. Any notes from or to parents are included in this agenda. This is wonderful since I spent all of last year trying to get my daughter's teacher to send home a daily or even weekly note to let me know if she had homework. The teachers at Bales have been very caring and understanding. My fourth grader had been in a classroom for children with behavioral issues and was supposed to go back this year. Instead, he is in a regular classroom with extra help when he needs it. What a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2004
I think bales and buckeye elementary school need to help tutor their students in subjects such as math and reading. These kids never come home with homework my daughter was in the 2nd grade going in the 3rd this year and when she did have homework it was finding shapes around the house. I don't think that is very educational for a 2nd grader maybe a kindergardner and it seems like these kids need a little more. Teachers want parents to help their kids with their problems areas from school but how do we know what the problem areas are if teachers don't send homework to let the aprents know what the students are doing in school. There are alot of improvments that need to be made. I hope they get recognized for the childrens sake.

- submitted by a parent
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Bales Elementary School
25400 W. Maricopa Rd., Buckeye, AZ  85326
(623) 847-8503
Last modified Bales Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bales Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top