This school is terrible if you can put your child somewhere else do. In fact, very disappointed all together with the Higley School District. We switched our children here from a Franklin School. They have been here two years now. They will not be next year. This school should receive a failing grade for quality of staff, extracurricular activities and parent inovlvement. Academics are suffering at san tan, if you can get your child into a better school do it before it is too late for them. Good Luck to all. I know the Franklin schools are great as that is where are two children will return and we are looking into Junior High in Mesa Schools where we are looking to move because of their schools after this experience.
My kids have been going to this school for 6 years. I am moving soon and I am very glad. The teachers are great, but the administration is horrible. Mr. LaRose was a great principal, but the one now is awful!!! Also, their HATS program (the gifted program) needs a lot of work. I don't feel as though my children get the education they deserve at San Tan. I would have given it one star, but the teachers are really good.
My kids have been at this school for over 5 years and I have been with 3 principals and I've got to say that the principal there now has done a wonderful job, with alot of crybaby teachers who don't want to teach the children in the direction that the school district has dictated it needs to be done. As far as the PTO goes, I have worked with some really wonderful ladies who give of themselves unselfishly without any rewards other than the kids having a great time with the different activities they get to enjoy all year long. Which is what its all about. They have tried to included everyone who wants to participate, unfortunately not all parents can handle working with a varied group of ladies, and lack of support from 99% of the other parents.
Comming from the east coast i had a lot of reservations about the Higley schools district. After moving here i have found how completely wrong i was. Besides the beautiful campus itself the faculty and staff has been most helpful. My children were very well recieved and have suprised us with the knowledge they have obtained. My husband used to teach physics at Duke University in N.C. Having made a living as a professional teacher we know the value of parent involvement in our childrens academic efforts. San Tan has great parent involvement and has developed a culture of learning.
Coming from one of the best school districts in the country I have high expectations for where my children attend school. With that said this school has me seriously thinking of pulling them out and never returning. The overall problem is the principle! Every school has hit or miss teachers but its the principle that makes the good ones leave. It should be the other way around. A great principle which can weed out the bad teachers! Too bad this school has it backwards! The crazier thing to me is that I have brought things to the distrcts attention on numerous occassions, as have other concerned parents and nothing has been looked into. I say nothing because if things were looked into they would be finding us a better principle! This school has such great potential with the right people leading the way!
I had to laugh about the PTO being the best thing at San Tan. They have one of the worst PTO's I've ever been witness to. Just a bunch of clique-ish busy bodies without much else to do. I've seen little benefit to the school from the PTO. As for the parents not helping out-it's because the nasty personalities on the PTO chase them away! My daughter will finish this school year and be pulled to attend a decent school in Gilbert as the remaining good teachers have now finally been chased off by the shrieking banshee of a principal.
The quality of the academic programs is fine, the teachers do what they can with what they have. I feel that the kids could use more P.E. I know the basics are important spelling, reading, writing, math and etc. but more music, art, science. Parent involvement in San Tan is great, but we could always use more! We love our parents to help out, and then you can see what is really going on in the school!
This truly is a wonderful school, with a supportive staff and administration. Lots of changes have been made and all for the better. This is a highly performing school, and the AIMS results are in to back this. San Tan performed above the state average in their test scores. This is because of the commited and dedicated staff that puts learning first and works hard to build a strong community in the school. The staff works hard at everything they do, it's nice to see the support from most of the parents and community that recognize all the hard work we teachers do for our students.
It is a really good school. I just think sometimes the teachers won't follow the rules they will just sit there and let a child fail. Overall this school is great!
This school has a few good teachers, but it is totally hit and miss. PTO has been the only good thing about the school for the past couple years. A few amazing women put in a ton of time, while the rest of the parents are 'too busy' to get involved.
We have had 5 great years at San Tan so far. We have seen 3 principles come and go, but are happy with the current principle. The staff has seen a high turnover rate which makes me a little uneasy but hopefully the school will have some stability in the near future. We've been blessed with some excellent and caring teachers.
This school has undergone quite a few changes, but nothing has helped it. We are now on our 3rd principal. Most of the teachers are leaving this year, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There are a couple of good teachers here, but it is hit and miss. The curriculum is not standardized, and one class may be excelling in the Accelerated Reading program, while another (my son's actually) didn't even use the program. Very frustrating! There was no challenging curriculum here--the homework was a joke. I think the principal is honestly trying to improve the school, but with lack of support from the teachers and the school district, it seems like a losing battle. We ended up pulling our kids in favor of placing them in a Gilbert school this
It is always difficult for a new school starting out in a new area....Being an involved parent and seeing the change and growth in this area so rapid over the past 5 years, I think San Tan has done quite well. There is always room for improvement, but the quality of teachers is very good and their desire to do what is right for the kids is great. Between my 2 kids we have had 11 teachers. We have only had problems with one of them.
My child has been at san tan elem for 4 years. The first year was awesome! Sadly the school should receive a failing grade for quality of staff , extracurricular activities and parent involvement. Academics are poor at san tan, if you can get your child into a better school do it before it is too late. I am spending a fortune on tutoring and home study supplies. Library is no longer a class to go to it has been omitted from the lineup of academic studies. Good luck to all.
I loved San Tan as the teacher my son had was the best any of my children ever has had. Mrs Porras was God sent. He jumped more than 3 grade levels with her. A lot of other teachers could learn from her true caring and her dedication. I would vote her teacher of the year,any year as she truly loves her job and her students.
I am very disappointed with this school. It has potential to be a great school with the right leadership. Academics are not very good because the teachers are just going through the motions and not teaching the children. Extracurricular activities are not invested in as an important part of the education process. The music program suffers and the quality of special education is only as good as one teacher. (Mrs. Porras) She is the one teacher, who in my opinion, really cares about children with special needs.
This school has a lot of potential. But I fear that it suffers from what may plague many schools. The teachers are hit or miss; they are either very great or very poor. But I think this is the way it is going to be because not enough parents care to ask more of their teachers, let alone their children. I have been very lucky. The two teachers that my daughter has had (K & 1st) have been great. But I feel that the parents indifference brings her whole class down.
This schools has great teachers with the best of intentions. However, the district/administration has created such a negative work environment that I'm guessing most of the staff will leave in the next few years. Decisions are made without any regard for the people actually making a difference in the lives of the children.
The quality of education is not up to par. They are focused on touching on subjects just to say they met their criteria leaving the kids hanging and not thourougly learning a subject just bits and pieces. The have full classrooms and the teachers schedules are overloaded. The cafeteria chaotic, so pack a lunch so your kid can have time to eat before the next stampede of kids come in. The availability of extracurricular is horrible my child had never been in a play in three years and have never been introduced to an instrument. She wanted to play violin but they moved it up to 5th grade now. The parental involvement... I tried but its very clickish (pto) I think I feel like an outsider because its majority mormom which I am not. I am involoved with a teacher/parent type involvement. The school is a circus trying to teach
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