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Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 858

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4351 S. Ranch House Parkway
Gilbert, AZ 85297

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June 11, 2014
I can not thank this school enough for what they did for my two daughters.We came from a horrible Charter school (LEA) in QC that told me not to expect my daughter to read till fourth grade (while trying to retain her in second). Then we came to Power Ranch... no more tears, hope, reading, and excelling. The staff at Power Ranch is just amazing. :) Every school has its problems, the difference is they care to try to fix them. I am just so grateful to see my children find their love of learning again.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
Power Ranch has been such a spectacular experience for our family. We love the community feel of the neighborhood school, teachers, and administration. There are many, many parent volunteers at the school. The current principal and vp work hard to hire top notch teachers and staff. The district is extremely innovative with technology and preparation for the new Common Core standards. Lastly, our children are very high learners. We truly appreciate how they are challenged, at all levels, on a daily basis here. Power Ranch Elementary is a class act.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I have 4 children who are currently or in the past have been at Power Ranch over the last 6 years. Overall I think it is a good school. Over the years there has been issues with bullying and teacher/principal turnover, but I have seen some positive outcomes and improvements in the past couple of years. Any bullying we experienced was dealt with very quickly and effectively. I met the new principal at curriculum night and she seems to be very well qualified and professional. I like the emphasis of catching the kids doing good instead of always harping on what they are doing wrong. I have also seen a big improvement in communication from the teachers to me, the parent. I think the gifted program will be moving in a much better direction, too. Plenty of opportunities for parent and community involvement. And, thank goodness, many people do help out. It seems there is always a great turnout for school functions.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
we have 2 children in PR elementary and have been thrilled with the teachers and parent involovement. I am concerned for the future because once again we are going though a change in principle and teacher staffing. Why are we having such a hard time keeping good teachers???

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
There are amazing teachers at Power Ranch and it is constantly improving, Where there is a lot of community involvement in schools and support it will continue to do well.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
I am a very proud parent. The teachers at Power Ranch Elementary are awesome. The staff are always polite.This is my daughters third year there. My son only went to eighth grade and got promoted to High School but I wish he would have started earlier on. I feel both of my kids have advanced since going to Power Ranch. Thanks Power Ranch.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
I have two children at Power Ranch, and I have been really impressed with the teachers!! They seem to enjoy teaching, they work hard to help students learn, and the communication is phenomenal. I am a graduate student, working on a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I am looking forward to being in my childrens' classrooms and watching their current teachers in action. I have found the principal to be incredibly responsive. My only complaint is that I think the curriculum could be a little more challenging, but I also understand that some students would not be able to keep up if this were the case.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
I was very unhappy with this school. My kids attended PR for several years and I have seen too many principals and teachers leave. In the past few years, I have noticed that the school doesn't seem to support all children fairly. Some of the staff appeared to need further training in how to successfully teach to individual learning styles. Parents in the neighborhood warned me about keeping my children there. My oldest child is now be challenged at a higher level and has been recently placed in the gifted program. I would recommend to send your 6-8th grader somewhere else, as well as be involved in academic decisions regarding "how" your child receives instruction and the type of support system that is used to adequately accommodate ALL learners.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
We moved here in July from the midwest and were nervous about the schools our children would go to compared to what they came from. We are nothing but impressed with Power Ranch. Our kids are academically challenged, the character counts program is wonderful, and the administration seems to handle issues with students quickly and appropriately. Every school has bullies and bad kids - it all depends on how teachers and administrators take care of the issues and how parents help children work through issues appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
This school is horrible, my three children used to go here and they were constantly bullied by mean children. The teachers seem to not care at all, they won't even send an email or phone call to tell you if your child's grade is slipping, no they wait till it has hit rock bottom and your child has to dig their way out of a hole. I am appalled by the lack of parent/teacher communication. Don't make our mistake and find a better school

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
All 4 of my children attend this school and it keeps getting better and better, in my opinion. The teachers are phenomenal. Every year becomes my child's new favorite year. The school has had some growing pains, but it is an amazing place for my children to be each day.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2010
6 years is enough! 5 years ago, 3 principals, 2 vice principals, and 30 or so teachers it was great. Our middle schooler has dealt with sever bullying from girls, beat up by 2 boys, and dealt with a verbally abusive teacher for 2 years. I did observations for my degree at PR and was appalled at the disorderly, foul-mouthed studentbody at the middle school and lack of professionalism by the teachers. I switched to another school in the district and saw how it should be run, switched over mid year and now the rest of my children will be at the new school too. Mrs. Turcotte is a good principal, but the problematic staff, and 2 apt bldgs streamed into the school make for a bad situation all around. Don't make our mistake, move your kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
I have one boy in 3rd grade. We just moved here this year. My son loves it here and his teacher comes in early for advanced math. I'm very impressed!! Not many recent comments but the current principal seems to be doing a good job. Awesome experience so far.

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January 15, 2010
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August 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 24, 2009
I have two boys, one in 2nd gr and the other in 4th gr. We just moved here at the beginning of the school year and so far I have been impressed. The boys teachers are both wonderful and have been very instrumental to my boys.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
We have 3 children in school, all elementary. The teacher turnover is high only because other districts pay more, the school can't help that. The principal really puts his all into the school, and the kids who behave are rewarded greatly for it. The class size is large, but a brand new elementary is opening in Power Ranch 08/09 year and that will help PR greatly. The key is: parent involvement. If you care about your kids, get active and be helpful!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
My son started kindergarten at Power Ranch this year and so far we have been very expressed. His teacher is organized and enthusiastic as well as tough when needed. I am very happy at the full day program and would recommend Power Ranch to anyone.

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October 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
Power Ranch is an Awesome School with Excellent teachers and incredible parents!!!!!!!!!!

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September 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
Average school. Average everything!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 20, 2008
We have had 3 children at this school since it opened it's doors. The first couple of years were shaky but we expected that with the huge growth in the area and it being a new school. It did get better... for a while. We do like Mr. Bellamere (sp), a great improvement over recent administration. I do believe Mr. Hernandez is a great asset, much needed and would be a fantastic Principal or Vice. The teacher turn-over is horrible, ridiculous even. I can count on 1 hand the number of teachers we've had who truly care about the children and their career choice. I'm so disappointed in Power Ranch's chain of command as well as the district. We do not recommend the Higley School district to anyone. It would be a great improvement to merge with Gilbert's district. I know it's large but it's so much better run.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
i have a 7th grader and a 3rd grader and it's been very good, their grades have improved so much, i'd recemend this to any parent

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
My 3 children have been at Powerranch Elementary since day one.I must say that this is the worst school that my children have ever attended. The lack of organization and discipline is appalling. Staff turnover is to high and class size is too large. The school board or lack of school board support is ridiculious. The Higly school board should be dismissed and merge into the Gilbert school district. Higly school district is run by a motley crew, with no guidence. I would not recommend this school to anyone with school age children.

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June 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
i have a 8th grader and 4th grader and so far its been good. we have our ups and downs but all schools do. they have gotten harder on bullying and the overall atmossphere is better than previous years. the PTO is very supportive and does much for our school. teacher turnover is sad.....

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May 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
When moving to Power Ranch, I made the risky decision to overlook the negative parent reviews- big mistake. The district is awful- you frequently see Higley district on the nightly news. Don't be fooled- Power Ranch is in Gilbert, however, it is not in the Gilbert S.D. It's in the Higley district- Google it. Not good. Teacher turnover is unbelievable. School communication is unreliable and disorganized and the pick-up and drop-off situation is an absolute nightmare, especially in the heat. It's a disjointed system with teachers who are mostly sub-par (with a few wonderful exceptions) and just out of college. If you are not LDS, you will find few social opportunities and your child may be ostracized. Bullying is largely ignored and not handled effectively- the school is in such chaos half the time, it s no wonder. If you want a great school, don t make the same mistake we did.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
We really like Power Ranch. Our child has been attending the school for 3 years now and has gotten a great start on education. The teacher this year even stayed after once a week to help him with math. Not every teacher/school is willing to do so.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2008
My oldest child has been at the school for 4 years. He has been lucky to have 3 awesome teachers! However, I am becoming concerned at the teacher turn-over rate. I think drastic measures need to be taken to retain our great teachers. The teachers all (up to 3rd grade) have a genuine care for the children. Arizona is ranked last in education so we still need to improve this schools quality of education. From the information I get from parents with kids in the 6th-8th grades I will probably have my kids go somewhere else.

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March 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 24, 2008
This school has a horrible pick up and drop off situation and the teachers do not seem very involved or interested in their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2008
I have been at Power Ranch for 4 years now and this has been the best year of all. Our teachers are great and the new Prinicpal and Vice-Principal are just incredible. Mr. Hernandez and the staff are so caring and extremely on top of what is going on with the students of all ages. I have several dealings with the vice principal this year and they have all been positive, and yes I have a son! She always looks at both sides of the coin and makes her decision wisely. They have had more positive reinforcement than ever. Show up to a Character Counts assembly and you will see what I mean! I hope this administration is being taken care of by the district because they have done an amazing job and are quickly turning our school around.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
For such a great community and neighborhood, the Power Ranch Elementary School is a disappointment and perhaps worse, a hinderance to good education of our children. The administration seems to be out of touch with situations on the ground. We have had the occasional bright star teacher, but they don't stay at the school. Horrible turnover sends good teachers packing and bad teachers in charge. We have had our girls bullied and little to anything is done to deal with it. The administration has no sense of proportion in their response - it's either 'ignore it' or 'overreact.' We are pulling our kids out of this school and investigating other options. I would recommend other local parents do the same. The Higley School District is poorly managed. It's too bad we didn't vote to merge them into Gilbert - perhaps we could have saved our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
I am ready to throw my hands up. I love the neighborhood and the community. At first I thought we just had a bad teacher but then I went to the assistant principle for help and she was no help. I have begged the teacher to work with me because my child needs extra help and we work at Least an extra hour to 2 hourss a night on home wome work. So if your child is self sufficient and you do not need a teacher that you want to communicate with you may be fine here. Other wise. Good luck.

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February 04, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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no rating October 22, 2007
My child has been attending Power Ranch for 3 years. The teachers have been wonderful and he has learned a lot. The new Principal and Asst. Principal have made changes to improve the school in the last two months.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
The teacher turnover is extremely high. I do like the new princibel and assistant principel and of course, shelia. Do not ike the fact that the staff always takes the sides of girls, even if they do things wrong and were seen by teachers, they always blame the boys, it is a real problem, have been in this school 4 years and it has been the same. I do blame the parents a little for the childs scores, it is up to the parent to reinforce work at home and to stay on top of their children.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
The teachers in the middle school classrooms are unhelpful and not encouraging. The new princible and the new vice princible are rarely ever seen and its been months into school and I dont even know the counceler yet.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2007
We have been at this school for 4 years and plan to leave soon. Power has a huge bully problem and no one in admin. seems to care. teacher turn over rate is a joke. even the curicculum is unimpressive.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
Hi, I am a first year teacher at Power Ranch Elementary and I am very happy to be working at such a wonderful school. The administration is very supportive and I feel they truly care for the children who attend this school. The administration also supports the teaching staff which enables the teachers to focus on the students even more. There have been many changes this past year but I believe they are changes that are for the better. We have two wonderful principals with many years of experience who support a positive, supportive, and nurturing environment. The students seem excited, challenged and very happy with the school year thus far. Everyone at the school is working very hard to making this a wonderful and stimulating year for ALL the students. Thank You. :)

- submitted by a teacher
September 05, 2007
With a new principal this year, I have seen great improvement. I don't like the K-8 atmosphere. I think it works for rural school districts but not suburban ones.

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August 31, 2007
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June 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
We have been at Power Ranch for four years, and have decided that we are sending our children elsewhere for next year. We have been fortunate to have some fabulous teachers, but this district cannot seem to retain them. I think that the problems at Power Ranch and the district are due to the poor leadership of the school board and the district office administrators, particularly the superintendent. Our school is facing an appalling teacher turnover rate for the new school year, and there will also be a new principal and vice principal. The problems won't be fixed unless new district office staff is hired and a new school board is elected. The parents are outraged, but no one listens, especially the ones we elected to speak for us. I pray the good teachers who stay have the support they need to make a difference. It's too late for us, though.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
My son has been at Power Ranch for 3 years now. He will start 6th grade next year.We have been very LUCKY as far as the teachers he has had. However, there is no discipline for children or the adults that work at the school. I don't agree with having a K-8 school as it is to hard to keep the kids seperated. If your child needs any extra help it is like pulling tooth and nail to get it from the district. The district really needs to get it's act together and help these children.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
I agree with some of the others as putting this school in the middle of the road. There is nothing at all that brings this school out from the rest. My children are not being challenged and there needs to be more excitement put into the classrooms. The class sizes are very large and the children are treated like cattle. They have a lot of work to do to get up to par.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
We have been at Powerranch Elementary since day one, and I have to say that this is the worst school that my children have ever attended. The lack of organization and discipline is appalling. Staff turnover is to high and class size is too large. I would not recommend this school to anyone with school age children.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
This school is very mediocre. The teachers can only do so much. This school needs to get on track.

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August 04, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
August 04, 2006
Just had the parent/teacher meeting yesterday 3 August 2006 and I'm extremely happy that my child is with Mrs. Watts. She has a great plan put together for the education of the children and her classroom was fantastic. If she was to teach up one grade each year, I would make sure my child was in her classroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
My daughter just finished kindergarten at Power Ranch. We are very happy so far with the school. She had a great, caring teacher. I also volunteered in the class from time to time. The school had a lot of extra programs as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
I am not happy as a parent with the principal or vice principal, I have been a parent at this school and seen a lack of support for our teachers and as a result low teacher morale.

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April 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
I feel the school is quality. It has energetic and caring teachers. Students get a great education.

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March 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
I feel the expectations are low & the overall morale of the teachers is low. Little disciple & support from the pricipal.

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February 02, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
Power Ranch is a wonderful school that has many great teachers and has a great cirriculum. There are many extracurricular activities such as art, music and sports available. The school encourages parent envolvement.

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October 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
Power Ranch is an awesome school. They have survived their growing pains and continue to improve academically each year. Our aims in 1-5 are better then neighboring districts. The middle school still needs a lot of improvement. Teachers need to motivate not just enforce rules.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Our family loves Power Ranch as a community but we are all very disappointed with the school. The principal does not make herself available and doesn't take care of issues that often arise. I haven't seen the repeated challenges remedied but rather continue if not increase. The promised changes/improvements don't come to fruition. There is not enough time for the students to purchase and eat their lunch before they are quickly instructed to abruptly leave the lunchroom. I know of several students (varying in ages) who have been late because of the disorganization and inadequate amount of time needed. We continue to hope for improvement for the sake our of children's futures.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
The middle school has come a long way!! There are a lot more electives offered and my child loves middle school! The teachers are highly qualified and friendly. I'm really happy with Power Ranch this year! The principal is really great too.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
I moved here from the midwest. My son finished the second half of the year at Power Ranch. I feel like we took 1 1/2 years off his education. AZ schools,seem to be very behind in education. Unless you are from another area of the US, there is nothing to compare to. I know there is better and there are districts that support education and have the necessary tools for teachers to do their job. I am not finding that here. Schools are severely underfunded and there seems to be very little parental involvement at P.R. Unless, parents get involved in their children's education, these schools will continue to be mediocre, at best. AZ schools need to address this...we need to turn this district around. Power Ranch needs guidance and strong leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
My kids have gone to this school for a year, I'm not too keen on the middle school aspect of it, I really feel they sould seperated more and thery are very lacking in the extra activities and electives but overall it's a pretty good school.

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August 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2005
Power ranch is getting better every year. The elementary program is great. I do have some problems with the middle school. I would assume changes will be made based on the new test scores for the middle school kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
I think Power Ranch is an amazing school. The teachers are wonderul. One of their goals is to have high student achievement. My children feel safe at Power Ranch. The teachers support our children and also create a enriched environment. I would highly recommend Power Ranch. The third grade team is amazing, check out their Aim scores!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
Things are improving for the elementary grades, The middle school program needs work. I have serious concerns about the middle school teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Great School. Staff turnover a little high but that is to be expected of a new school.

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May 08, 2005
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April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
We were happy with the school in the past but the new principal and vice principal seem disorganized and not discipline oriented. The middle school especially is not discplined and no dress code is enforced that we see. We will be having our children attend another school in the fall.

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April 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2005
The assistant principal is a good guy.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
The standards at the jr high level definitely need to be increased. I think that there is a big gap between a traditional jr high and the k-8 school. I have 3 kids that have been through the K-8 schools in Higley district and would much rather see them go to a traditional jr high for many reasons. Academic expectations, sports programs, availability of electives.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
New school with the typical growing pains. Each year it seems to get more organized. The new administration is great.

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February 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
I am so much happier at this school. My kids are much happier here than at their last school. The staff and parents are extremely friendly and helpful! Thank you!!!

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May 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2004
The school is very new...has a few growing pains. Over all our family is very happy at Power Ranch.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
We have two 8th grade daughters who attend Power Ranch. They have found the school a good experience. The student population is accepting and friendly. Since it is a new school the extra-curricular activities are limited. The tremendous growth at the school also has created difficulties but the school has managed change well. We are pleased with Power Ranch and would recommend it to others, especially if you are new to the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This is one awesome school! We have gone to this school since it opened up last year and it just keeps getting better. We are very pleased with Mr. Fullmer, he is always thinking of the children first. All of our childrens' teachers, both this year and last year are wonderful. Best of all--my kids love their school and their teachers. Power Ranch Elementary is the best!

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Power Ranch Elementary School
4351 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert, AZ  85297
(480) 279-7000
Last modified Power Ranch Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Power Ranch Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 89 reviews. Top