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1945 S. Ashland Ranch Road
Gilbert, AZ 85295

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4 stars
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October 02, 2014
My kids have been going to school here for the last 3 years. The teachers are great and very dedicated. Our class size each year has been no more than 23 students. Great, friendly, and helpful staff. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

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September 19, 2014
This is the 4th year my children have attended Ashland Elem. The class sizes have an average of about 33 children per classroom which is a disappointment. The Principal is arrogant and lacks leadership skills in a major way. On the upside, I have found most of the teachers are good teachers and do their best considering the circumstances.

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July 03, 2014
My children are entering the 6th and 4th grades at Ashland Ranch and have attended this school since kindergarten. I have loved most of our teachers and find that the staff deeply care about the students. One of my children needed additional help with reading in 1st and 2nd grade but is now exceeding grade level per their AIMS test results. Oceanography is a before school activity and is a great learning opportunity. I would love to see the robotics club return.

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July 02, 2014
Son attended preschool here last year and the teachers were excellent. They went above and beyond to make sure the kids did fun and educational things in an age appropriate way. Traffic flow could be better but you can always park by the park or playground and walk your child in. I wish this was our home school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
So far this year, I have been very pleased and impressed with the level of parent/teacher/school communication. My son's Kinder teacher is amazing. He loves his school and we are very happy with our choice to place him at our home school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
We found that the Kindergarten teacher was nice and and the school is clean with a decent playground.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
The school website does not accurately describe this school as Oceanography, Project Greenlight, et al are no longer available and the classes are NOT 20 students per class. It's an average of 30 now, some with 35. The award received by the principal at AR does not accurately reflect the opinions and experience of staff and parents. True accounting of this school should include the faculty turn over rate and the student withdrawals (long term families, multiple sibling), over the last 2 years, as well. Parents are not welcome and teachers are afraid to be seen talking to parents AT ALL. An investigation continues into the involvement of a parent , who is not in this school's boundary and the legality of her involvment with various board decisions and local election results. Until all information is gathered and decisions can be made as to the mystery surrounding decisions made at this school, this award is a questionable representation of reality. This school has gone from being an in demand, highly regarded school to a mediocre institution where no teacher is allowed to outperform another.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
I have 3 children that have gone and are currently going to AR. I have heard many complaints about the former and current principal. I like them both. I haven't had to deal with them a great deal, but some, and found them both very responsive. Most of the teachers are what makes this school great. We have been very lucky to have a bunch of excellent, motivated, creative teachers. I agree that some wonderful teachers have unfortunately left. The PTSO is also great. Last years Science fair, sweetheart dance, and Spring auction were great fun. I appreciate how the Principal is visible around the school at the crosswalk etc. He appears to be big on safety. Great school, teachers and families. We are grateful to be here.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
Ashland is an awesome school with well behaved students, caring teachers and great leadership. Wouldn't want my kids anywhere else. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
My daughter has gone to this school for 3 years. I had been impressed with the academics, teaching quality, and high standards for behavior at the school. Under the 'new' principal, I am not. Test scores have dropped dramatically. Students wander the halls freely. I have read memos from department chairs full of mis-spelled words and grammatical errors. The school installed a 'squishy' machine. For $.25 kids get a little squishy plastic toy. It's a huge money-maker and a huge distraction at the school. I wondered - where does the money from this machine go? Turns out it goes to the principal! And it is at his discretion as to where the money goes. Unreal! Great teachers have left, class sizes are going up, test scores going down. Time to move my daughter, and my tax dollars, to another school. Sadly, this was a great school. It's not now.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
I absolutely love this school. I am an involved parent & have loved the excellent communication between teachers, staff & parents. They are incredibly accommodating to our specific medical needs as well. They are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2010
My children have gone to Ashland Ranch for a total of 5 years and we have been extremely impressed with the education they have been receiving. The teachers from K-6 are professional and make learning fun for the kids. The new principal is great and has brought a fresh and much needed energy to the campus. The extra curricular activities and service projects the school participates in creates a wonderful community at Ashland Ranch!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
My son has been enrolled at this school since grade 1 and has completed grade 5 with a 4.0 average in advanced learning programs. His 5th grade teacher misplaced assignments frequently and posted a missing assignment on the last day of school after hours. This dropped his grade. The principal was unresponsive, said it was up to the teacher and we would just have to wait till next year, besides, he is a straght A student. Wrong answer. I am looking for professional competancy.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
This is my sons second year at AR. I love the school and the teachers. They have worked very hard to bring him up to level and now he is exceeding level. My only concern is not all of his teachers respond to their emails and seemed to have turned the cheek on recent bullying ie: verbal statements and physical threats. Other than these small situations I am extremely pleased and will miss the AR when my son moves on the South Valley next school year.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
Great school. We have been here a year and a half and have been very happy with the teachers and the learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2008
Great school. We have had 4 children at the school and have been impressed by most of the teachers. The only negative is the pincipal, but she is moving to the new school in the Higley district.

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November 05, 2008
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no rating October 11, 2008
I think the worst thing about Ashland Ranch is the traffic. Since this is an issue that has nothing to do with the principal, I have nothing negative to say. School District, HOA and City need to get some guidelines in place so that our kids are safer. Residents need to lighten up. You know where the school is!!! Go around.

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September 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
The curriculum at this school is continually being downgraded and my kids are bored senseless. The principal is increasingly uncommunicative. It has become a cheerleading school - where spirit is more important than academics. Teachers are good, but they are constrained by a micro-managing, fiscally irresponsible principal. We are actively pursuing other options.

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no rating July 25, 2008
My son loves Ashland Ranch Elementary he has many friends and I know he will love his new teacher. As for me and many other parents of children at Ashland we are not looking forward to another year with the principal, Ybarra!

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- submitted by a student
December 16, 2007
There are many good teachers at this school, particularly in the upper grades however the curriculum is in need of some changes, especially in the area of math. I think the younger grades need an increased emphasis on the math basics with more repetition of concepts through DAILY HOMEWORK. Yes, many parents will complain about this but the students deserve to be challenged and become competent with basic facts at an earlier age. The attitudes of the parents at this school with regard to taking responsibilibty for their child's actions/homework/grades are amazingly poor. This could be a really good school but unfortunately there are too many negative, uninvolved parents to support this being a better educational environment. Math homework needs to relate to and be a review of what is being taught daily and a tougher approach with parents through stronger leadership is needed.

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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
I have mixed feelings about Ashland Ranch. On the one hand, they have fantastic teachers and involved parents. On the other, they have an principal whose leadership and financial skills are sorely lacking.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
My daughter attended Ashland Ranch during her kindergarten year. We loved her teacher and the year was great. However during her first grade year the response to issues from her teacher and the principal was very poor. I have since moved my daughter to another school and she has attended it since. We love our back to basics school and she has excelled in the environment. The structure, great response from teachers and the administration, the cirriculum and parent involvement outshines Ashland Ranch. In my view Ashland Ranch has poor administration and could do with a overhaul.

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2007
I have two children who attend Ashland Ranch and we love this school. Every Teacher we have had from Kdg. - 4th has been wonderful! Although both of my children have had all A's, I feel they have been challenged and are consitently learning. I sometimes feel the homework is a bit too much especaially for the younger grades. All of my experiences with the Teachers have been great. The one time I needed the Principals assitance she was wonderful, helpful, caring & professional. I hope our future years here at Ashland Ranch are just as Great!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
Parent involvement is great at Ashland Ranch. We have been happy with the programs offered and just amazed at the wonderful dedicated teachers. We feel the teachers make the school, even with the negative administration. Teacher quality is high and outweighs lack of principal leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
I enjoy Ashland Ranch Elementary school. My children have had good experiences there. I really like the teachers and the activities they do with the children. After school on the campus is a bit scary though. Only Kindergarten and first grade teachers escort their students out and the rest of the children run wild to their destinations. It is very unsafe with all the running and little ones get knocked over. Other than that I like the school overall.

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April 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
Principle over reacts and doesn't communicate well with parents.

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February 23, 2007
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February 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
Poor communication with parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
This is my son's first year here at Ashland Ranch...He is in the 1st grade and I have nothing but good things to say about his teacher and his progress so far....The staff are always so informative and helpful...he is also enrolled in the VIK program and loves it....Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2006
This is my child's first year (second grader) at Ashland Ranch and so far I am very disappointed! He on the other hand loves his teacher, which means a lot to me. However, my first parent contact/invitation with this school ie curriculum night was not good. I left so confused and very uninformed! It was unorganized and very unprofessional! Parents, teachers and the principal all standing around looking at these posters of circles and rectangles filled with words! Very confusing! Never experienced such a uncanny curriculum night quite like this before!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
There are many professional teachers at Ashland Ranch however, the administration is a disaster! I've had a few opportunities to meet with the principal and each time I've left with many unanswered questions,confused and disappointed! Very concerned parent.

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August 05, 2006
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June 10, 2006
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April 13, 2006
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March 29, 2006
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January 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2005
My son is in first grade, so far this experience with this school is not the greatest, or far from it. My concern has been so far with the school being so crowded. Security at the school is horrible, and pick up or drop off is worst. No computer courses either.

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September 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
I have attended several schools in GPS, and I cannot believe how fabulous this school is. What a wonderful school, the front office, the teachers, the principle, I don't know how it is possible to have every contact I have made from the nurse to the principle, be positive, but it has been my experience. Wow!

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August 23, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
I don't like the principal of this school. She is rather harsh with the children and is wishy-washy in her disciplne. The front office is something to be desired! The teachers are good with the children, strict but loving and the ones my children had always kept their classrooms controlled. The curriculum moves too slowly for those students who are advanced and need daily challenges. Way too much review in the early grades (1st-3rd) with too much emphasis on the mundane. This is definitely not the school for the child that needs to be challenged!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
As compared to many other elementary schools that I and my children have been affiliated with, Ashland Ranch Elementary is definitely one of the best. The staff are truly committed and professional. The campus is first rate.

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June 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
Ashland Ranch Elementary is an excellent school. Yes, the front office can be a bit curt at times, however their main priority is to make sure that classes are not disrupted unnecessarily and that the campus remains as safe as possible, and that is an enormous task for anyone with a school this size. You will not find a better kindergarten teacher than Mrs. Motroni anywhere - she is top of the line. Wow! All of our teachers at this school have been extraordinary, with maybe the exception of one. This is a terrific environment in which to have your children.

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May 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
My child has been in the all day kindergarten class this year and has enjoyed it hugely. She loves her teachers and has really improved her spelling and handwriting over the year. The school is very well designed with lots of wide bright corridors and pleasant rooms plus large outside facilities. This is a great school and I would recommend it to any parent looking for a caring environment for their children.

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February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2004
While Ashland Ranch may have some good teachers, it severly lacks in regards to the Principal. We were in Ashland Ranch district for a couple years until Spectrum Elementary was complete. Spectrum is by far a better school with better leadership.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2004
Our children have attended Ashland Ranch since it opened. We have been very impressed with the teachers in grades K-3 (no experience above, yet), especialy 1st grade. We have one child that needs special education and we've been pleased with the school psych and speech teacher. The principal has listened to our concerns and has been eager to help work out issues that have come up. However, we do feel that there are issues involving her leadership and communication skills.

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July 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
School has excellent resources and some great teachers. However I believe it is poorly managed and Principal has extremely poor people and organizational skills. Interactions with front office have been poor at best. Kindergarten registration process is laughable. There is a very involved PTSO and the facility is great and I see teachers doing a great job.

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Ashland Elementary School
1945 S. Ashland Ranch Road, Gilbert, AZ  85295
(480) 917-9900
Last modified Ashland Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ashland Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top