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PK-6 & Ungraded
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Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 744
 

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2846 S. Spectrum Way
Gilbert, AZ 85295

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(480) 917-0117
(480) 917-6923
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July 17, 2013
Spectrum is very organized and has proven themselves in strength within the principal and teachers - whos interests lie with children's education as priority. With government cut backs, unfortunatly schools have closed bringing spectrums attendance up and therefore raising class sizes; not their fault. For spectrum to continue with high test scores as well as a high grade rating school during this hard economic time, shows the strength of the class to endure extra work. I hope they open up the closed schools within the area bringing attendance down to 15 per class as it once was; but until then we are completely satisfied and have full confidence in Spectrums system of operation and education.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
We have a 2nd and 3rd grader at Spectrum. They like it. The teachers are great and excited and enthusiastic. Principal is fantastic. Wonderful experience from coming from Virginia to Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
2011, this school is in need of a reality check by Arizona State ASAP! My kid, who is in Kindergarten, has already been sent home with 3 notes from the teacher and a visit to the principal s office within the first week of school. My kid who just turned 5 got in trouble for jumping up and down (on the carpet) and was sent home with a note. My kids teacher makes my kid come home and tell me that what I packed for snack time is not a snack at all. This school just flat out sucks! My kid cannot even enjoy being a kindergartner without facing consequences. The after school program is a complete joke. They are understaffed and if your kid dashes around a corner, they will get suspended. Yes, that's right, SUSPENDED! My 5 year old kid has been suspended for going around a corner and a teacher had to come and tell him to get back into the gym (not outside or anything). I pay for them to watch my kid for morning and after school and because they cannot watch them, the best solution is suspension. I told them, what is my child supposed to gain from a suspension at age 5? They told me, you can go home and talk about why they are being suspended. Absolute joke! Be warned! Very warned!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2011
We have had three children attend Spectrum Elem over the last 7 years and have enjoyed great success in the quality of teachers, curriculum and the administrative staff. I am very happy to continue to to put faith in an outstanding school and district even as they face continued budget cuts and challenges. Every school has its challenges but I would put the quality of education from Spectrum Elem up against any private or charter school. Some parents have left Spectrum to utilize local charter schools only to be widely disappointed by "bait and switch" tactics, "test result" based teaching and inconsistant student standards. "Buyers" beware when leveraging a charter school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
We moved in the district mid year. My son has an IEP for speech and was having difficulty with reading and writing. The principal took the time to sit down with me and go over my concerns and placed him in a classroom she though would be beneficial to him. By mid semester he was reading and bringing back A+ Spelling Test. These test are not easy. I never want to move from this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
My son attended Ms. Dyas class from Oct 09 to April 10 then we had to move to FL. To this day he still talks about Ms. Donna's class and how much he truly misses her. I hope to get back in with her class on our return to AZ. My son is in an EIP and I must admit that Spectrum is a great school for the program and I am very inpressed with them and their curriculum. I give the school in it's entirety a 100 %

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December 20, 2009
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November 25, 2009
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July 10, 2009
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June 24, 2009
This school is NOT the right school for your children. Ever since Mr. Hallock left the school has went down hill over the past year. I am very disappionted with the staff here. They do not care for the kids and the office staff always look depressed. The only teachers that have great detication to the school are Mrs. Tatum Chitwood, Ms. Britney Davis, and Ms. Andrea Faber. Thank you for deticating our school the proper way.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2009
my kid go to this school for 2years, i used to like this .but after the new principal it got worst and the teachers did not care for their student.mykid alway get bad grade because she lost her paper work,i have to write the note for her so many timeand she found the paper somewhere around her desk and gave her credit as a late.sometime she grade wrong in the computer, and i talk to principal she told me she also type wrong too.one thing i was so disappoited is i tried to talk to her and she alway got excuse and never want to sit down and talk

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
I'm a parent and proud of our excelling school. The last 2 reviews are real distortions. Yes, it's hot in Arizona and the wait time is not 20 minutes. The process is very organized and our kids are safe. No problems with leadership or teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
This used to be one of the best schools in Gilbert but the principal has brought it way down over the past year. If you plan on picking up your children be prepared to stand in the desert heat for at least 20 minutes and by car is even worse. I can only hope with a leadership change that this school could go back to what it once was.

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no rating May 02, 2008
Hands down, Mrs. Allison is the best KPrep teacher. Both of my children attended KPrep and I believe they were very prepared for Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
This school is great! I'm so happy we were able to stay at this school rather than move to the new one. The staff and leadership is fantastic - I love the young teachers!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
We love their Pre-k program, the teacher is excellent, my daugther really loves going every day, she has learn a lot and she has fun at the same time.

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June 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
Overall we have been extremely happy the four years my daughter has attended Spectrum. I especially love how the staff teaches character as well as academics. She was given several age appropriate projects in 2nd and 3rd grade. All of her teachers were easy to talk with and eager to connect with parents. The principal is great with the kids; however, I did have one administrative problem that I had to take to the Superintendent's office to resolve because he would not return my phone calls and disregarded my concern when I spoke to him in person. Spectrum will be getting a new principal next year. Great atmosphere.

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August 08, 2006
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May 29, 2006
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May 22, 2006
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April 24, 2006
I enrolled my two daughters in this school from a local charter school, where they attended for 4 years. Hands down there is no comparison. I have been very happy with the school and my girls have not had any problems. The administration seems receptive and the teachers have been great. No complaints!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
The school is great. The teachers are great

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March 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Our experience at spectrum has been a dissapointment. The classroom is chaotic and in our opinion not an appropriate learning environment. He needs to be in a calmer, more disciplined atmosphere not a 'free for all'. Such ashame, since the teacher is very well educated and experienced, we seem to think the district/administration limits the discipline she can provide in the classroom. The campus is beautiful, and the principal is very friendly. Sad that the classroom experience has not been a better one.

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January 31, 2006
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January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
I have four students attending Spectrum. This is our third year there. We have been very happy with the teachers and leadership there as well as the music, extracurricular activities and field trips. This school is a step above the rest. Keep up the good work!

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September 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2005
My children and I really like this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Spectrum is a wonderfully balanced school. The teachers are very involved with the students, the cirriculum is challenging and not to easy. The amount of parent involvment is amazing, the ptso meetings are normally packed, I reccomend attending as many as possible. Mr. Hallock is a one of a kind principal - his commitment to the school and students is unsurpassed by any that I have seen. We were sad when we had to leave due to a relocation out of state. Great school all around that we will miss.

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June 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
Principal knows all the kids by names. Has maintained positive relationships with students by actively engaging in recess activities with the children. Seems to support a feeling of the student's cooperation with adhering to school rules. Concern that principal has a tendency to automatically side with staff without seriously considering or investigating parental concerns or input. Front office staff selectively rude and unprofessional. Passive aggressive regarding concerns. Special education department lacking current remediation for reading, writing and math that can be found in many other district schools. Special Ed teacher difficult to work with and instrumental in beginning of disparaging feelings with other staff members. Kids with different learning styles are shorted at this school. Special education department way behind current research and remediation techniques. Prinipal has poor record of returning calls. Teacher's are afraid to speak out on behalf of student's due to fear of reprisal's.

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May 26, 2005
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April 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
My sons class has been very disappointing. Poor teacher attendance, poor organization, and poor communication with parents. The school looks very shiny and new, but experience and time goes a long way.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Small school feel with all the benefits of a city school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Great school. The campus is very inviting and the students and staff seem very happy and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Wonderful staff. Approachable principal. Mrs. Allison's K-Prep class is structured and the children respect and enjoy her. The kids learn with enthusiam in her class.

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April 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
I am very disappointed in the communication with the principal. I felt he did not take my concerns seriously and nothing was resolved when I left his office. The office staff is rude and never looks happy. My sister in law picked up my son in the middle of the day and was never asked who she was or checked to see if she was authorized to take my son. The kindergarten was a huge disappointment. My son did things that he did in Pre School and the teacher did not have any control over the class.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
Great staff, highly recomended.

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January 12, 2005
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December 10, 2004
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December 02, 2004
This school has proven to be a huge disappointment. The principal and staff are difficult to talk to. The administration has failed to protect my children from bullies. The staff refused my child to call his mother when he repeatedly asked to call. They rarely if ever return phone calls and are curt and unprofessional.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
Excellent new school in the area. Lots of activities for parents and children. Homework is plentiful and appropriate for age and school grade. Teachers are well educated and educate well!

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Spectrum Elementary School
2846 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert, AZ  85295
(480) 917-0117
Last modified Spectrum Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Spectrum Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top