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PK-8
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El Mirage, AZ
Students enrolled: 903

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12907 W. Greenway Rd.
El Mirage, AZ 85335

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(623) 876-7000
(623) 876-7411
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Map of Surprise Elementary School address.

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July 13, 2012
this school is the best school ive ever been to so far it is amazing also the teachers are great! cant wait for nest year!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
This is the BEST school! Sadly we moved from El Mirage to Avondale and had to switch schools this school year. However anyone looking for a good school in that area this is it! They are great! They have a wonderful principal and assistant principal (Which I believe is the most important start) the principal takes the time to get to know his students and he cares! It is hard now a days to find teachers and principals that really care about the kids and want to make a difference but they do at this school! My 2 kids went there for 2 years and they had good grades and loved going to school. If it wasn't so far I would take them back and drive to and from just to keep them there. Please do not listen to the negativity about this school they are a GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
If you are a parent and want your kid to know how to take a standardized test, then this is the place you want your child to go. They are great at teaching to the test. Why you may ask? Because the teachers are forced to take several weeks out of the year and go over how questions are asked on tests so they can be sure to know what to expect, not in the future to make them better adults, but in the next month or so on the bubble test. The mojority of the staff puts on their happy face to ensure that a petty and overbearing "leader" doesn't frequent their room. The teachers are great. But do not give the credit to the administration. Give it to their will to see the children they care about succeed. If you are a parent: Variace If you are a teacher: Transfer (but good luck)

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2011
When I came to this school, it was struggling. Morale was down and students and staff were not performing at their best. In the few years that I have been there, the school has made a 180. Everyone is focused on achievement and high standards for all. The students stretch to reach these standards and the school is really shining. It is a great place to be!

- submitted by a teacher
December 06, 2010
I am an eigth grade student here at Surprise Elementary. I am in NJSH ( National Junior Honor Society). Even though I have come to make great friends here, this is not the best school to put your children in. The staff is absolutely wonderful and they really do care about our education here, but it's much more than that. Let's face it. The kids here just aren't the best kids. I have a little brother in 2nd grade and I often worry about him. Last year (when I was in 7th grade) there were many students who were already smoking in the 6th grade. All schools have students who you just wouldn't want your kids to hang around with. Don't get me wrong, there are MANY amazing students here! The staff is wonderful. They really care about us and want us to be successful. But you shouldn't put your children in this school just because of that. I guess you just have to trust that you've raised you kids to know right from wrong. :)

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2010
Worst school ever!!!. Lost my kid three times .BAD test scores!!!! Don;t put your kid in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
The staff & teachers are the nicest. They all great you every morning with a sincere smile. It's a great start for the day for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
I love Surprise school because every one islike a fimily member at school, from students to our wonderful teaches. ,

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2009
I loved teaching at the school. The students, parents and staff are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Our school has students who overcome many obstacles to meet and exceed our state standards. If any are struggling, we have procedures in place for them to receive intervention and tutoring. We love our students and want them to have the very best education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I have worked for Dysart District for about 15 years and all those years were at Surprise EleMiddle School. There is no better place than Surprise. The teachers are the best they care for the children in their class. And they help one another when questions arise. They are the best of all schools in the district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Surprise Elementary is Awesome! We work together to meet our school vision and mission. We set high standards for all stakeholders. Together, administration, teachers, students, parent and community work to reach our goals.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 12, 2009
Suprise Elementary has the best Students, Parents, and Staff! Everyone is so caring, helpful, and ready to learn, grow, and succeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
The teacher's are accessible along the the support staff. My kids enjoy the environment, progams and after school activities. I am proud that my kids attend Suprise...

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
Surprise is like a family. Our campus is made up of people who truly care about each other and the students. They show this through the dedication and the extra time they spend at our school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 10, 2009
Great parent involvement with an active PTSA, caring staff, and excellent administration!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
It's great!!!!!!! the PTSA rocks!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 15, 2009
i just want 2 say that surprise is not a very good school and dosent no how 2 teach

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
One of the worst schools ever! Moving my kid to a charter school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
sadly, the principal is a good example of what not to do, he constantly degrades staff and parent feel that he looks at them as if he is superior to them. Very bad special education program..

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
Surprise School has come a long way in the past 3 years. We have a strong PTSA involvement with school and the Student Council is doing many fun things for the students this year. Parent involvement could be better, but that can always improve no matter what school you go to. The teachers care about the students and work long hours to help the children succeed. The principal and assistants put learning as their first priority and know many of the children by name; not because they are discipline problems, but because they care enough to learn about all the kids!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
I have not had any problems with this school so far this is my kids second yr there. I like how the school try's to find a solution for problems and ways to incourage the kids. Every school has a few bad seeds but this school acts like they care for the kids. So a special thanks to Surpise Elementary I know my children are in safe hands when they are at youre school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2007
My children have attended Surprise since 2003.Up until this 2006-2007 school year I have been completely happy with teachers. My daughters 6th grade teachers have completely broken our spirits. These teachers have been in my opinion very unprofessional and discouraging to both my daughter and myself.For all the training and workshops these teachers are going to they were easily frustrated with my daughters behavior and were quick to point fingers.I cannot wait for this year to be over.This school faces many challenges the district needs to better equip these teachers to solve problems and come up with positive solutions for our children.Not verbally beat them down.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
I would like to see separate classes for separate levels of learning. All they are doing is holding back the kids that need to move forward! And moving forward the kids that need to be held back.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
This is ny sons first year at Surprise, this year has been rough since the school was re-built and not done when school started so there were not a lot of availability for 'Specials' and the usage of the libary until mid- year. The cafateria didn't have all the food nor computer to track who bought until mid year. We just received a bill for $150.00 for food he did not get.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
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January 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
My son has been attending surprise elementary for two years now. He loves the school. He has been on the honor roll since attending. My only concern is there are not as many advanced programs available to challenge the children as there are in some other districts. I feel there should be advanced classes in Math in English and the opportunity for the children to take classes that earn them high school credits as there is also in other districts.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
October 15, 2005
Without parental concerns the school will not make changes - the teachers need the parents to step it up.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
I hope none of my children have to go through this school. With it's latest set of test score also, I am afraid for the education my nephew is going to get thier. The adminstration does not seem to even know anything that is ever going on. In the past year or so they lost quite a few good teacher, mostly to retirement.

- submitted by a former student
August 05, 2005
Surprise is a great school with a lot of potential. The staff, especially the ladies in the office, are some of the nicest school staff I've ever seen. Its a hard school to get through, but they are slowly trying to make a big difference in the lives of the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
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April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2004
Too many great teachers are leaving, this should be a sign to parents. I was very unhappy with my leadership, if you want to call them leaders, while at this school. For your students sake, send them to another school.

- submitted by a teacher
January 16, 2004
This school has the most loving atmosphere. Beginning in the front office,the principal is a very decent man who cares for the children he works for, and the Assistant Principal is a lady who really enjoys the presence of children, the two ladies you see first, are caring and very intelligent people. The cafeteria serves very nutritious food. The teachers, the teachers are loving, caring, open minded and very considerate intellectuals that they are a pleasure to work with. There is not much I can say that is bad about this campus.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2003
Principal Dumon is a great leader for Surprise Elementary .My daughters 3rd grade teacher Mrs.Linton is wonderful! My sons 7th grade teacher Mr. Brown is also very involved and keeps the parent informed .The chemistry of this school and its leaders can only benifit my children in a positive way.I am looking forward to an awsome school year for both my children and myself .

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
We bought a home in the area and I was a little turnred off by the schools older appearance compared to West Point .However the staff in the office made enrollment an excellent experience. I loved how staff greets the the parents and students in the morning making safety a priority My children were so impressed even with the lunches that were being served . I was very happy with school .The Principal is very involved and personable .The transition into a new school for my children went well.It is very appernt that the staff and Principal are working hard to keep the students happy and in a safe environment. They did however experience some verbal bullying but each situation was resolved .

- submitted by a parent
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Surprise Elementary School
12907 W. Greenway Rd., El Mirage, AZ  85335
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Surprise Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Surprise Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top