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K-8
Public district
El Mirage, AZ
Students enrolled: 879
 

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12950 W. Varney Road
El Mirage, AZ 85335

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(623) 876-7000
(623) 876-7137
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Map of Dysart Elementary School address.

October 01, 2014
Reading this makes me happy :) this school feels like home and is A rated. I am saddened however to read "the principal is a hot mess" or that the cafeteria staff treats kids worse than animals. When parents have such massive complaints, get involved, join PTO, volunteer and make your voice and concerns heard by becoming a part of this awesome community. There are always underlying factors to everyone and everything. Don't judge without all of the pieces of the puzzle.

- submitted by a community member

May 24, 2014
Great staff that genuinely care for students. The principal is a hot mess but everyone else is top notch.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2014
I'm so disappointed about the cafeteria staff at th I s school. They treat kids worse than animals. :( it really sad to know that because you child had no balance on the lunch acct. They will give him/her a sack of lunch with sandwich bread and a cold piece of yellow cheese instead of calling and let parents know they have 0 balance. I talk to the cafeteria manager and she didn't do anything about it. Plus the school principal has no clue of h o w to handle anything.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2013
great school...its like my kids second home and when you go there it feels like home all the teachers are really connected my 2 kids have went there for 4 yrs and we love it!

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2013
Looks like this site is out of date compared with the school's site. It's an "A" school and the principal is Linda Shaw with an enrollment of 951. We recently moved here and our children have loved this school. The staff and teachers have been wonderful to work with.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2013
We went to Dysart after having fled a horrible special education experience over at Rancho Gabriela Elementary in 2012. We stayed at Dysart for a few months and then finally moved to Scottsdale. Our short stay at Dysart was so warm and inviting. There is a real sense of family and community there. Dysart will always be in my heart as a fantastic school with very hardworking faculty members. If we were still trapped in the Surprise school district, my children would be going to Dysart. Even with a lower socioeconomic environment, Dysart beats all the other Surprise schools. It's Surprise's best kept secret. Kids in this area may not have the best home life, but they are treated respectfully at Dysart. They are all given free breakfast and teachers treat the children like family. God bless the faculty at Dysart Elementary. They are doing a remarkable service.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2011
I love Dysart Elementary. There are outstanding teachers, both Ms. Orozco's, Mrs. Sprankle, Mrs, Heck, Mr Kleinow, Mrs Garrett, Ms Clark, Ms McLain, Mrs Cisneros.... Ms Buck was an amazing principal and now the new principal Ms Shaw seems to be just as great and has a fabulous record. I love the office staff and always feel welcomed at the school. Mr and Mrs G are a great part of the staff as well. I have had 8 of my own children attend this school and I have had very few problems and the ones we have had were address well. I always feel that my concerns are welcomed and heard. Yes, there is a problem with parent involvement, but the kids have a great team of staff and teachers there to teach them and support them. If the parents would get more involved then this could easily be an A+ school.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
I think this school is absolutely great. I am an employee of the district and I travel to different schools within the district a few days each week, so I am able to compare schools. I work with 6th thru 12th graders, and I have to say the atmosphere is terrific at this school. The staff really takes pride in making the school a great place for children to come and get a good education. The principle is always out and about in the halls and classrooms;she is caring and involved with the students. Front office staff is awesome! The most important thing however is the amount of energy and effort the teachers put into making sure your children are getting everything they can out of their education. They care!

- submitted by a community member

March 08, 2011
The school is awesome I truely feel that my kids are safe there and the teachers truely care about them. I enjoy the events put together by PTA and the school its self. My child made student of the month and the celebration was awesome. made the students feel very importatnt for what they have done. ThankYou to Ms. Buck she takes great pride in her school

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2011
I would seriously reconsider sending your child to this school. The children are allowed to bully each other, They have no money for extra programs and there is no communication between administration and parents unless you find out from your child first or the offence is worthy enough for a phone call. Pushing and hitting is not enough to warrent a phone call home.My children had only attended a couple of months and each went through at least 2 teacher's. My youngest had pretty good grades and this was the first time he had ever recieved an F ....in science. This is his favorite subject. I finally pulled my kids out of there and the front desk didn't even bother to tell the teacher and my daughter wasn't even able to say good-bye to a couple of the classmates she was able to be friends with. I called them twice to notify them, yet the teacher had no idea. Half the kids in our neighborhood don't even go to this school, they go to a local charter school, now I know why. I wish someone would have warned me before I enrolled my kids here.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2009
Great front office staff, very friendly welcoming atmosphere. The teachers here are great and you can tell they love their job.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2009
Best kids and parents and teachers inthe whole world!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 12, 2009
We just got remodeled and it looks great. We love our wonderful and caring teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 12, 2009
Our school rocks it offers everything from great education to fun after school activities.. I

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 12, 2009
great staff, great students, great and dedicated parents!

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2009
It has a friendly atmosphere.

- submitted by a teacher

June 26, 2007
My son's have been attending Dysart Elementary for the past 6 years and both have had some very wonderful teachers. The school itself has bettered itself every year. What I dislike is the general schools attitude about the students, meaning the staff demostates they do not expect these students to wish to attend college and does not push this type of academic achievment, yet feel these students will only have a trade. This is mostly because of the majority of the population coming from hispanic decent or lower income status. This is not a hinderance for out kids to push for a higher education. Now for the Dysart School Board; they are inept and should all be removed.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2007
It has low test scores. no achivements. horrible food, low student selfesteam and horrible students. i know personally because i am a student and i feel my peers are going to be unsuccesful.ive had trouble with that since the start.some peers are going to be very successful in life and others won't. I do not recomend this school.

- submitted by a student

May 31, 2007
I think that Dysart is a pretty good school. My only concern is that Dysart Elementary does NOT have an adequate program for gifted children..I am not sure what to do with my child in that aspect. Other than that, friendly staff, friendly teachers!

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2006
Dysart has poor customer service.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2006
This is such a wonderful school. My child is very happy here.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2005
Dysart Elmentary to me is a good school. I have had no problems with communicating with the school or the teachers when I have needed too. The teachers do seem to care about the kids and teach their classes well. All subjects are taught and they offer some extracurricular activities although not as much as I have seen from other schools my children have attended. I would not rate this school as excelent but is not nearly as bad as some other schools I have seen out there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 10, 2005
The teachers just give away A's. My son and daughter have had Straight A's since 3rd grade, however when we moved to another school district we found out how far behind they really were. I was shocked. They need to either teach more or at grade level.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2005
i have had a good experience with dysart elementary during the time my daughter attended for 2 years (K-1). i communicated with her teacher on a weekly basis and she always responded therefore, i give this school a good rating.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 19, 2004
Great school. Works hard to get every kid a good chance to grow.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2004
Basicly I have found the principal to be the biggest pass the buck get nothing done person I have encountered. It is so extreme they could almost make a movie. I wish I knew how to remove a principal.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2004
My daughter is currently a 5th grade student at Dysart Elementary. We came from the Avondale school district thinking the level of education couldn t get worse. Dysart is worse. It is now April and my daughter has not learned any math that she has not learned before. My daughter is constantly bored. We have experienced a severe lack of concern from the teacher about this problem. The teacher has no solutions for this problem. I understand that certain periods of review are necessary, but an entire year without new learning is not only leaving the children behind educationally but also creating behavioral problems from boredom. This school needs to take a serious look at its curriculum and bring it up to a reasonable standard. We have also had constant problems with theft from desks and backpacks with no action from teachers or administration.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2004
Would not recommend this school as the test scores fall far below those of other nearby schools. Better off looking into West Point or private schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2004
My son is in the 6th grade at Dysart. He has special needs. I have talked to his teachers every year and his IEP has not been met. His teacher this year is wonderful (Ms. Jones), and she is trying, but without the help of the resource teacher and others his needs are still not being met. They offer very few extracurricular activities to the students attending this school. Also it seems as a parent they spend alot of time on the small issues and not enough time on the real issues. Such as bullying and enough adult supervision.

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2003
My kids went to this school for 2 years and I had to pull out one of my kids as the other went to high school. This school has no play ground equipment so my children would tend to find something else to do instead they would get into trouble cause there was no where to play. My son hated this school because of no play ground equipment and now his new school has it and he is much happier.The kids need some where to run it off there bottled up energy.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2003
This school seems to be more concerned about their ratings when it comes to the AIMS tests rather than helping the children. I have a daughter in the 1st grade and they are pushing way too much on thse little kids. I am all for learning but they should slow it down and focus more on the basics with these young ones first!

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2003
I have had my children in Dysart Elem for the past 2 years and I have been VERY surprised. I love the CORE curriculm and I find that the teachers are here because they love what they are doing. It has it's problems, just like any other school, but if you are willing to be involved in your child's education, they can be dealt with.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2003
dysart school is one of worst school, I've ever experinsed. I advise parents to think twice before enrolling their childern in to the dysart school system

- submitted by a community member

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Dysart Elementary School
12950 W. Varney Road, El Mirage, AZ  85335
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Dysart Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dysart Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top