I love this school. It's in a great neighborhood....caring teachers...gread admin staff.... My children are very happy with this school. The gated campus is always clean and attractive.
We have seen really good changes at Conley over the years since our child started in Kindergarten. Mr. Walters and the school staff are truly awesome! You can see the positive changes in the attitudes of the the teachers and students on the campus. So glad they are an "A" rated school! They have worked hard to earn it and they deserve it!
I have lived in Arizona 2 years and was happy with the way my daughter was welcomed. She has had great teachers who are always willing to help her and us. The principal Mrs Alexander and staff have always been great to me and helpful. I would recommend this school to everyone. My daughter has done very well.
I would have given this school 5 stars until recently. (My children have been attending Conley for 4-5 years.) Ms. Alexander definitely showed me a side of her that justified the negative comments posted previously. I was VERY surprised and, unfortunately, I am no longer loyal to this school as a result. I was apprehensive about moving before and I now have no reservations. I am saddened more than anything. I can only hope that she reads these comments, is humbled, and strives for improvement. Contrary to her belief, she isn't always right.
My children and I absolutely love Conley Elementary. Contrary to some parents being disappointed with the current principal, I do not agree. I was honored to be a member of the Principal Site Council. this council is open to all parents and allows us to have a voice in the safety and concerns of the students. The principal is caring and personable. She and front office staff know my daughter and son names. Teachers are awesome and kind. My son always says due to his kindergarten teacher looping to first grade, is the reason why he is smart. I will continually ask for an open boundry exemption until 6th grade is completed.
I see that many parents of children at Conley are pleased with the CATS program. But what about those children that are academically advanced but don't have that "special thing" that the CATS tests look for. I have one of those kids and she is constantly in trouble because she is bored in her classroom. She learns more at home and from the library than she does at school. The teachers are nice but the rooms are overcrowded even though the principal says they have capacity to take on the students from Erie that is closing. It's too bad there isn't a program for kids that really excel but don't make it into CATS.
We are thoroughly content with this meritorious school. The academics are spot on, the teachers nurture and challenge, the culture is warm and inclusive, it is a safe environment and the work on diversity and collective excellence is inspiring. As parents and Education professionals, we highly recommend this school . What's moving about our experience is that we came to Conley partway into the second quarter. The welcome and transition we received from the teachers, staff and Ms. Alexander (principal) was stellar and appropriate.Teachers, staff and principal are always willing and available. I know this is helpful to newcomers researching their new schools. This is a great place for children to learn. Feel free to email with questions.
I'd totally recommend this school to any friend! We sought it out and i couldn't be happier! My son's been going there for two years and we've just loved their friendly staff, character-strengthening themes, and a care for each child! Principal Alexander is a part of every operation, helping the kids load cars safely, helping on the playground, and treating parents with respect. Her smile, example & professionalism spreads across the whole school. The teachers are exceptional and Mrs. Blair's 1st grade is perfect!
I'm surprised at those who believe the current principal at Conley is not as good as the previous principal. I'm a parent of a 4th grader and have been at Conley since 1st grade and have found tremendous improvements since the new principal took over. For example, the previous principal was never seen at student pickup, but the new principal is there keeping your kids safe. She has addressed the open gates (left open by parents and not her) by the kindergarten (previous principal failed). She's been working on getting a new front gate that can be closed (safety doesn't allow the current gate to be closed) which the previous principal failed to do. The new principal came to Conley when the financial condition of Chandler schools began to feel the economic meltdown and still gets things done. I can only comment on the teachers my child has/had 10!
I rate this school 3 Principal 1 Parent involvement 5 Safety and Discipline 2. School is not what it use to be. its very sad
We had several wonderful teachers at this school and enjoyed the open campus as well as the fun activities and school spirit the former principal fostered. However, we took our children out of this school one year after the new principal came along. Parent concerns are not taken seriously and she is not an effective leader of this school.
My husband and I are both schoolteachers and EXTREMELY picky about where to send our kids. Conley has really impressed us this first year and we would definitely send them back again! Kinder teachers are just the sweetest bunch of people who really address personal needs well with caring hearts, and the 6th grade team is amazing the way they collaborate and work hard to get the students ready for reality of middle school. Everyone from the nurse to the janitors know my kids by first name...VERY happy to be with Chandler schools! Mrs. Alexander is sweet, but does need to work on her repoire with families overall.
I am reading all of the reviews. I am surprised with some of them. I am not very close to Mrs. Alexander but whenever I have needed her, she emailed me or called us right away. Took care of the situation in no time. Also, I believe she does take the time to know the students. My son is peer mentor of his class and he tells me how Mrs. Alexander asks questions about the students and their families. She had lunch with all of the peer mentors of the school, I think she is very involved with all of the activities and puts her heart in that school. Besides that, Mrs. West, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Blair, Mrs. Teti, Mrs. Kienitz amazing job! my son goes to school everyday happy. He feels comfortable and I know he feels he is going to his 2nd home. Way to go Conley!
Yes, a lot of great teachers have moved on, but please know that there are still great teachers at Conley! I have had one child start and complete Conley, and I have one more finishing up next year. I have had no complaints even with the new principal. Yes, things are different, but my child is still receiving an equitable education. Thank you to Paul Gaillard, Halle S., Linda Ryan, Michelle Anderson, Jill Herig, and many others for still making Conley a great school!
After reading some of these comments about Mrs. Alexander I have to differ. I had an issue with the teacher, and when Mrs. Alexander got involved she solved the problem very profesionally and in a timely manner. The CATS program could use a lot of work at this school, although most of the problem will be going to Jacobson next year.
The school would benefit by having a new Prinicpal who was more interactive with the children and the parents. She is not personable and easy to talk too.
The school has changed so much. Many teachers left because of the new principal. There seems too much 'I'm not sure' answers when asking questions of the administration. It concerns me when that many of the excellent teachers who worked at Conley for so many years leave. The 6th grade team was solid and strong. They connected with the kids and made the transition into Jr High easy, but kept their expectations high for all of them. Three of those teachers are no longer at Conley. The campus feels different. I don't get a sense of excitement and fun when I am there, it so subdued. Change is not always good and the change of Mrs. ALexander becoming principal has not been good for Conley.
the best school because i learn and its fun and i have lots of friends and i have agreat teacher !
Conley is a great school with many opportunities for enrichment. My daughter has been going there for 5 years and loves it! The teachers are very good!! The principal is a breath of fresh air. The change is good for Conley.
I am also the parent of a CATS student (mine is in the 1st grade) I researched long and hard where to put my daughter. I have been very happy with the experience. The children and doing interesting and varied activities and the staff are very friendly. My daughter is a sensitive child and yet has no complaints about the classroom or the school. I agree that the pickup process is chaotic so I would recommend picking up your child.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Dr Howard K Conley Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Dr Howard K Conley Elementary School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.