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Gilbert, AZ

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550 N. Horne Street
Gilbert, AZ 85233

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September 24, 2014
Some of the teachers here will absolutely warm your heart. Their love for the children is what keeps us going here. However, other members of the staff seem to absolutely hate children and it is a wonder why they would choose to work in a school in the first place. The lunch lady is an absolute horror. Last week, my child's teacher made a simple error and the lunch lady punished the children for it. She screamed at them until several of them were crying. I have emailed the Principal in the past about this woman and she has done nothing about it. She basically told me that I do not get involved enough with school activities. I am not sure what she meant by that but I can only assume that the fact that I am a working parent means that I do not have a right to object to her employee accosting my child. The truth is, I actively avoid the principal because I feel she is a narcissist and a phony. This will be our last year at Playa, and it is really sad that the school would rather lose families in order to retain one despicable employee.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2014
Another great year at Playa! I had one daughter in Ms.Hartmann's Kindergarten class and one daughter who had Mr. Bowen, Miss Sirois and Mrs. Wamsley for Fourth grade. Everyone at this school treats my children like extended family. When I talk to Miss Della in the office, she knows who I am and who my kids are. The staff here is so warm and welcoming. My family always knows that we will be accepted by the community created at Playa del Rey. My daughter started Kindergarten way behind but the staff focused on her problem areas and now she is doing about average which is a huge accomplishment! Our other daughter is challenged by her work but not to the point that she can't use what she has been taught to figure it out on her own. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
I am happy to have chosen playa del Rey. It has been an excellent school . My son Ibraheem started kindergarten with mrs.piquitte and found great support . She was a hardworking teacher who taught him from the start and helped him succeed. My other son Abdullah had learned so much in preschool with mrs.jackson. She helped him develope many skills and was a very lovely person to be around. The staff,principle, and everyone working there was very friendly and kind . Although we were foreign and different we were treated in the best manner.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
This School is very bad. Parents stay away. They're racist and very disrespectful. The teachers are always yelling and insulting my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
2011-2012 AIMs test as well as Playa Del Rey s school assessment indicates my daughter needs to catch up on math. This week we were informed that she will not be able to be part of the summer math program initially signed up for. My understanding is because she is going to another school next year which personally this dumbfounds me as she s going to another GPS school. It disappointments me that Playa Del Rey would consciously turn their back on our child s of needs like is let alone any child for that matter.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
My son is in the first grade and we have had a few run-ins with the teacher about lack of communication. We talked with the prinicple and the teacher a few times. Nothing is resolved. Teacher and principle believe that the teacher is too busy to spend 20 seconds letting a parent know specifics about their child or respond to a note that was sent to the teacher. Also my son told me that he was scared of another kid in his class. I brought it the attention of the principle and the teacher and it was quickly dismissed. When I told the teacher she was not accepting responsibility for not communicating with me the principle told me I was unprofessional and negative. No communication, no accountability on the staff, no response to bullying. I will NOT be allowing my child to attend this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2013
I do like this school however, his kidegarten teacher was AWFUL. My son loved her but she had no idea how to communicate with adults and often talked to me and my family as if we were stupid. His first grade teacher was great the first semster but then I challenged one her assignments and she wrote me a nasty letter telling me how long she has been a teacher instead of acknoweldging my concerns. The prinicple is great. She saw the email communication and called and apologized to me. It seems that teachers want parents to be involved but they don't want us to ask questions or have an opinion. Not sure yet if I will let my son attend next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
My child has been attending this school since Kinder. The first year was great. Then had some challenges in the first grade. His first grade teacher was inexperienced. Had great academic credentials but lacked any skills in managing children much less teaching them. She could not even lead kids into a candy store even if she wanted to...Had to get social worker involved to prove her wrong. Then in fourth grade, there was a problem child bullying my kid that the principal would not take care of appropiately. When I explained i would be taking the matter up to the district unless i got cooperation, she blantly rubbed her Principal of the Year award in my face and told me I would get no where. I had 8 different parents complain to me about the same kid. The kid didnt even live in Gilbert. I dont know who gives out the award, but i know better that there are WAY better leadership out there. I sent my kid to a different school with a MUCH better principal but unfortunately, their academics in the ALP program were softer than what we anticipated. We stayed at Playa because we had no other choice. But leadership? Once again, "could not lead a kid into a candy store ....."

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
We miss this school so much after moving out of state. I loved Liz in the office and with the exception of 2 teachers in 6 years - we have had great luck. I felt that my kids were challenged and that they had fun as well. I would have liked to see more focus on the bullying, but I think overall this school is AMAZING. I think Dr. Conrad is able to have a wonderful balance of love and discipline and think its awesome that she will come out to either greet the kids at parent pick up or hold a stop sign in the morning. We LOVED Mrs. V in 1st grade and wish all teachers were like her!! MISS MISS MISS this school so much.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
I seriously think several of the negative reviews are by the same parent. My daughter, now in 5th grade, has attended this school since kindergarten and I've been happy and impressed by all aspects of the school. Great extra-curricular activities including robotics, Oceanography, and choice of either regular music or band. Most of her teachers were great with one exception who was okay but a bit disorganized. Dr. Conrad is easily visable and active in the school. I only heard of one bullying incident and that student is no longer at the school, so it was resolved--that was a couple years ago.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2011
Please be advised that your child grade may NOT be accurate. A certain 5th grade teacher has inaccurately entered snap grades of a lessor value on three separate occassions. This teacher even changed one student's grade from an 'A' to a 'B' in front of the child and peers on their paper. This teacher has a preconceived idea of "what" grade your child should be entitled and receive.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
I am a parent of a Kindergarten student. I'm so impressed by the teachers and aides who give their time and resources generously. I wish there was more we could do for the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
My daughter started 6th grade here at PDR this year (2010). She came from public schools in California, these schools do not compare to PDR. When registering by daughter here at PDR we were astounded by how professional, friendly and helpful the Administrative Staff is. We were also amazed on how the school looks and how friendly and welcoming the students are. The instructors are doing a great job! The participation of all the staff here is a A+. My daughter likes them alot and that puts us at ease.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2010
PDR does have some wonderful teachers with experience and a great attitudes. I do however agree with some of the comments on the principal...she definitely does not handle any discipline issues and oh boy do they have them. This past year was even worse with 5th grade fighting all the time and students' learning being affected . Dr. Conrad does nothing about it. She does not know her staff and is unprofessional, drinking at some of the fundraisers that I have attended. She also was not very supportive of one of my child's teacher, who will no longer be at PDR. She was my son's 3rd and this past year his math teacher and I absolutely loved her. Wonderful teacher who knew how to deal with special needs and behavior. I am happy to say that we will still see her for tutoring. I am also pulling my son from PDR.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
GREAT SCHOOL. My son is in 1st grade and has the BEST teacher in the world, Mrs. Volz. His kindergarten teacher was also great, Mrs. Picquette. Communication has never been a problem even w/ the principal. I was afraid to put my son in this school based on the ratings back in 2007 but we had no choice and now, we are glad we did. Parent pick-up does take long however, it seems as though all schools have the same issue. By the way, the staff at 'parent pick-up & drop-off'' do a marvelous job at getting the kids in and out of the vehicles safely.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 04, 2010
Playa's principal, staff and teachers are kind and caring...ideal for what a school should be! I only wish we hadn't moved, so that my daughter could have continued.

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September 19, 2009
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August 31, 2009
Simply a great school, with an excellent principal and dedicated teachers; facilities are nice and neighborhood is quiet and safe.

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April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
This school has simply wonderful instructors and administrative professionals who care deeply for the outcome of the students success. My child has had a fabulous five years and I thank my lucky stars I made the decision to live in the Playa district.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
My daughter just started kindergarten this year at this school. It is an amazing school and I love it! Her teacher is awesome and the whole staff is very friendly. The PTSO works very hard at this school to raise money for it throughout the year. I am now part of the PTSO and love the many oppurtunites for parent involvement at this school. I hope to see my daughter attend here all the way through 6th grade here! -proud parent, Jeanne DeMayo

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October 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2008
I had a wonderful experience with all three of my children at Playa del Rey. They loved all their teachers and the principal was always visible at the after school events. Playa has so much to offer at all levels. They were very supportive of cub scouts while my son attended. I highly recommend Playa to all new families in the neighborhood. You will absolutely love it!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
Three of my children attend Playa Del Rey this year and they love it as do I. They were in another school for the first two months and my son was abused by his teacher phisically and emotionaly that school did nothing acted like that was normal. We had him at Playa last year for Preschool because they have an awesome speech program for the children. We loved it and the teachers so after his bad experiance at his other school this year we took all three of our oldest children back to playa and have been so pleased! The teachers are GREAT as are the office staff! Our children are happy to go to school every day and that makes my husband and I very happy. All we want for our children is to be happy and get a good education and Playa is a great place for both!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
After several years of negative experience with PDR, I decided to enroll my child elsewhere, There has been in a huge improvement in my childs attitude towards school and much better grades. My child is challenged daily and very eager to learn. Extremely different than the experience at PDR. I would like to say one thing about this school and that was at least the principal was smart enough to remove some of the bad teachers from the faculty this current school year.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
I am very frustrated with all of the fundraising that goes on at this school. I know I was not the only parent who sent in bag loads of supplies the first day of school and then the other day we get a flier sent home saying that sales for the latest fundraiser were low and that the money goes for teacher/class supplies. I feel that my child is somewhat pressured to sell or else they won't get the coveted prize that gets handed out after the fundraiser ends. I sure hope that they made some money from this one because I can't handle my child coming home and telling me to sell sell sell!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2008
I'm still very troubled over all the bullying that goes on and the way the teachers and principal are handling this issue. I would just like to see more watching instead of looking away.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
My son has only attened Playa for 2yrs. He gets in lots of trouble and Im called many times to help out with the problems. At 1st it really use to bug me but then I realized that as a parent I need to help out too. My son needs me to be involved or else he will take over the school in hopes that I won't ever find out when he is up to no good. I agree with parents that feel the more involved you are in the child's education the more positive it all becomes. It's not going to happen overnight but it will happen. Just be patient and consistant with the open lines of communication. If you as a parent does not give up neither will the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
When we moved here this school still had a rating of 10 and all parental reviews were positive. So we chose to buy a home in this area to send our child to PDR. That was 2 years ago. Now look at the ratings and reviews. We took our child off PDR and sent her to another school this year. Her teachers in the last two years (K and 1) were mediocre at best, unorganized and completely unable to get a grip on the class at worst. The principal refuses to see the reality and only maintains that everything is just 'great.' Bullying is a huge problem at the school that is not addressed at all. Academics are mediocre, my child was constantly underchallenged. And the numerous heavy-handed fundraising schemes drove me nuts. Though a public school it seems making money is the only goal at this school.

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July 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2008
I would have to agree with majority of parents who have reviewed this school. My two children have attended PDR and I have enrolled both of them in another school because I have not seen much on the positive other than what you can see on the surface. My now 7th graders AIMS (terra nova) scores have dropped from 'exceeding', prior testing int the over 90% to just 'meeting' grade level standards. This is unacceptable and very indiciative of the poor quality of education the children are recieving at PDR. My advice is run, don't walk from PDR. It is all about the appearance there and not the education. I could give a hoot about the extra 'the extra ciricular activities' and would be more concerned with education.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2008
In general I think the majority of teachers at this school are okay. Unfortunately it is the few Bad Eggs that spoil the bunch. My daughter completed her education at PDR, and thank goodness. She is a bright, respectful student who was unfortunately provided teachers of little skill and level of maturity. The unprofessional behavior of some teachers out shadows any possible positive experience at this school. Numerous friends of my daughters have had assignments they have turned in marked missing and their grades were recorded innaccurately because of the inability of the teacher to do their job. Hopefully the district will look into what is going on at PDR and remove some of the bad eggs. The principal needs to be more aware of the behavior of her staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
I've had 2 children that just completed 6 years at this school. It is one of the best elementary schools in Arizona. It deserves the A+ rating it recently received. The principal is involved with the success of the teachers and students. Anytime we had a problem the teachers were available to discuss and resolve the problem. I believe the negative reviews on here are the result of a few 'disgrunteled' parents. It is obvious that several of them were written by the same parent with the same grammatical errors. The key to success at this school and any other is the parental involvement. Many parents don't get involved and then stand back and complain and blame the teachers and principal. PDR is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
I am tired of hearing that the problems people experience with this school are the parents who are not involved in there child's education. The problem with this school is the immaturity and lack of professionalism of the teachers. The lack of involvement the principal displays in anything negative. I truly believe the principal follows a 'if I don't know, then there's no problem' type of attitude. No foreign language at this school leaving the children at huge disadvantage. If you are prepared to have your child's desire to learn and their emotional well being jeopardized then you would be fine sending your child to school here. If you would like your child to have a positive learning experience and an increased desire to continue to learn then don't send your child to PDR. Simple.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
I am VERY happy with Playa, and have not had any problems with teachers or the principal. I like: - the Read-a-Thon which raised almost $8000 for the school! - the 1st Grade reading contest. It has really gotten my child excited about reading! - the Bake Sale to raise money for Heifer International, an organization that buys goats and other livestock for families in 3rd world countries so they can survive. - that the 6th graders hold a 'World's Fair' in the cafeteria/gym and all grades attend to learn about other countries. - that they do 'Fine Dining Day' twice a year, so kids know how to behave in a nice restaurant setting. - the variety of extracurricular activities offered at the school. I know that no school is perfect, but I think parental involvement goes a long way.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
This school is terrible. There are a few good teachers. The principal takes no responsibility for anything. In fact I am not very certain what the principals roll is in any situation. There is no follow through as far as the teachers are concerned, they supply you with a progress report on a sporatic basis and when they do it is not up to date or accurate. My son and several of his friends have been grounded by there parents because of 'missing' assignments recorded then to be told by the teacher the information sent home was not up to date. This makes it very difficult to be proactive in your child education.

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February 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
Principal doesn't care. She only wants to smooth things over. Doesn't do anything about bullying... ever! Teachers don't communicate well enough and always refer you to snapgrades which is a joke because they never update them. This school is horrible!

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December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2007
We have been at this school for over 4 years now and love it. The teachers work with the parents and communicate very well with them. The prinipal knows most all of her students and is around doing her job whenever we have been there. Discipline could be better handled in the upper grades but for the most part the students respect the adults and vice versa. Tutoring is available from teachers and staff if parents are willing to seek it. It is up to parents to ask if needed. Teachers we have had make sure we know it is available to all students no matter what there needs are. Parents can't exect teachers and or the principal to do everything. The parents need to be a part of their childrens education and show up to meetings and conferences. We will continue to get an excelling education here!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
We are extremely unhappy with this school. The principal does not put forth effort where needed. There are many cases of bullying and down right horrible behavior that is not addressed. The school work here is confusing and thrown together and the classes are way too big with no help. If we had a choice to go to we would leave now.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
I am more than disappointed with this school. The reading level is way below where it should be. Foreign language program, so vital in today's economy, has been scrapped. This will be the last year for my children in that school.

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July 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
The teachers are excellent, not only in their field of expertise, but also in their skills in dealing with kids. The school's principal is very friendly and addresses all issues with utmost concern. The staff is very accomodating to everyone. The only negative feedback that I have observed would be regarding the issue of bullying in class. They seem to almost ignore this aspect in school. Aside from that, everything is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
The principal is always around but she tries to smooth things over rather than taking care of issues. also the tutoring in this school needs to be addressed so that it is more available to kids. Teachers need to take a genuine interest in the kids and contact parents when they see a kid is having issues instead of waiting for report cards to come out

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
This school is lacking in the tutoring dept!

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January 26, 2006
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January 05, 2006
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October 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
We've been very pleased in the 8 years our boys have attended Playa. I agree that the more involved I am, the better the teachers know me, I know them, and the better we communicate about my kids. I've helped with reading, Art Masterpiece, class parties and trips, and PTSO, plus I'm an employed mom. Making time for volunteering is possible! I've had one bullying problem, but we resolved it with the principal's and the teacher's intervention. And, I think the quality of the education they've received has been outstanding, including ALP and Band. I speak highly of our teachers everywhere and definitely recommend Playa!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Great creative environment for kids. A bit crowded in the class rooms.

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July 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2005
This is a great choice! Very caring teachers, and principal! The classes are structured well, with content that is challenging, yet achievable.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2005
I was very disapointed with this school.my 6yr.old daughter is very shy & quiet & I feel as though that her teacher at the time was not very helful concerning my daughters shyness. I do however think that the school has very good academic programs to offer. Im not sure about there extracurricular activites because my child was not involved in any.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
The principal is great and knows all the kids by name. Personally assigns the teachers knowing her students strengths & weaknesses. She is always visible at all functions.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
The Principle seems caring and involved. She knew just about all the kids names. My child learned alot in the all day kindergarten program.

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March 19, 2004
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Playa Del Rey Elementary School
550 N. Horne Street, Gilbert, AZ  85233
(480) 892-7810
Last modified Playa Del Rey Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Playa Del Rey Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top