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PK-10
Public charter
Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,700

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580 W Melody Lane
Gilbert, AZ 85233

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(480) 813-9537
(480) 344-2635
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November 23, 2014
This is a great school! My daughter has needed many accommodations and has utilized the differentiated education from the start. I hunted for over a year for a school that would be willing to accommodate her unique needs and every single school told me that they "don't care". Eduprize was the only school that was willing to think outside the box. They care about the individual child's needs versus the other schools that cared more about what was "normal". The principle told me she would get whatever she needed at Eduprize and they have made good on that promise. Her teacher is one of the best I've ever seen. She treasures each child and encourages them to reach for their best, whatever that is! I recommend this school to everyone!! Especially if your child doesn't fit in a box!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2014
As a parent of an EDUPRIZE student, we have been very happy with our experience! We have always done the Tops program (11-4) and moved into their Tops iClass a few years ago when that was started. My son loves the variety in which he gets to learn, including a great deal of hands on learning. He excels in math and his needs were met by advancing a grade. I love the Tops teachers, most of which have been around as long as we've been there. The school has a great community feel. No school is perfect but in my opinion, this school has far more positive than negative! The Principal is very caring and has the best interest of students, parents and teachers at heart. And most importantly, my child is happy and motivated! We haven't regretted EDUPRIZE in the least!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2014
My experience at EDUPRIZE has been so positive. I've never seen a school's administrative staff be such a team. One common goal across the campus.......it's all about the kids! This school pours into every area, there's always something new and they are always on top of "what's happening" in technology! I love my EDUPRIZE family!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2014
I am a former student at Eduprize. I attended 4th-7th grades here. Now it was perfectly fine in 4th grade then afterwards it all went downhill. In seventh grade I was bullied very badly, I was beat up and was offered drugs and alcohol many times. I was called numerous names and every day I would come home crying because no one helped me. since it was such a small school, if one person hated you then EVERYONE hated you. Also the academics are poor and the only good teachers left the school last year. Do your child a favor and DO NOT send them to eduprize for middle school. The rest of the grade levels were pretty good in my opinion.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2014
Although this year has been better than the last 2, this school is all about making a buck. The principal doesn't care about the teachers, students or parents. After 6 years of me volunteering every week, she still has no idea who my kids or who I am. Still super disorganized. Wish I hadn't left the public school system. Not worth the drive.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2014
What happened to the Eduprize Gilbert Elementary K-6 GreatSchools review site? Why did they take it down and only add back the 6+ grades and call it an online campus? There is still an elementary school Edu-prize operating in Gilbert, AZ. They put all the old reviews from that school into this "Online Campus" Where are the test scores etc. Seems weird that it has been deleted.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2014
I only spent one year at Eduprize in 9th grade when the new high school opened last year. My mom heard good things so we gave it a try. There were some good teachers but the whole year was chaos. Almost every day there was a schedule change, or a class got changed. I transferred to Hamilton this year and there's something you should know. Most of my classes at Eduprize did NOT meet requirements for most colleges and even the high school won't take some of them! So now I have to repeat classes to make up for the disaster of last year. The teachers who left never told us why. Maybe they knew how bad it was messing us up and didn't want to be a part of it anymore. I just want people to know so they don't have to go through what I have to and retake 3 out of my 5 classes! And, by the way, I have some amazing teachers this year. There are great teachers at lots of schools.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
EP embraced Common Core and IB, striving to teach critical thinking from a global perspective. Many teachers resisted CC and believed in teaching from an American centered perspective and so they left. Some parents too. There is a deep divide in this country politically and education is now being dragged into the muddy debate. Is it bad that several experienced teachers left? It depends on your perspective. They were replaced with equally experienced teachers. Patriotism has its place, but these kids need to compete in college and beyond with kids from other states and countries. Red or Blue, Edu-prize put EDUCATION (true education where all perspectives are explored) first. Whether you like this school or depends largely on what you value in a school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
This is our 8th year at Edu-Prize and I couldn't be happier. We thought about moving our 7th grader either to a prep school or to the local Jr. High but decided that Ed-Prize is the perfect combination for us. Honors classes are available and taught by teachers with several years experience. Seventh graders have 5 teachers each day and all of my daughter's classes are small, 20 students or less. I love that! The sports program is really growing too. This year they're adding cheer and baseball. The school has a lot of students, but still has a small school feel. The principal is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
My child was in 7th grade. The core teachers were excellent, she excelled. Sadly, these teachers have left, and several upper grade students left. There were bumps with the new building and Eduprize didn't work with older children effectively. Socially it was hard - supervised social games could have improved this, which administration ignored. The same, repetitive schedule every day drove my daughter nuts with boredom! I-ready (computer math program, self directed) was very tedious, annoying, ineffective. I tried it myself and confirmed this. I prefer real teachers to teach my child. Spanish was also lacking. Older students had no real time outside, and they need it (great time to do supervised social activities). There are weaknesses in sports (especially PE) and extra curricular programs. Homework load was erratic, sometimes none, then 5-6 hours. It was not coordinated well. Jupiter Grades is bumpy and complicated,stressful for teachers, students, and parents. I was ignored by the administration. I never met the principal, she made herself unavailable. The teachers were wonderful though (all gone now). If you have an older child, I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
My kids are SO excited to go to school every day! They love it! My daughter is in 6th grade this year and my son is in 2nd grade. Both started there in kindergarten. They are academically challenged at their own level, which is different between my two kids. One is on grade level, the other is above grade level. The teachers are amazing. They keep the kids challenged, even if it means looking for new ways to do so. They also are great at making learning fun. One of my favorite things about Edu-prize is the sense of community. Each classroom is talked about by the teachers as a classroom family. Classmates are all called friends. Those seemingly little things go a long way in making the school experience a positive one. Edu-prize is growing and changing. A number of teachers, staff and students have left. But that is not necessarily a sign of decline. Those that remain are truly committed. Sometimes growth and change have some less than ideal side effects. The great thing about this school is the willingness to keep going and keep improving. I love the school. My kids love the school. We are excited for the future and plan to stay for the long haul.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
My kids have attended Edu-Prize for 7 years. While there have been some challenges with lots of recent changes, we are very happy with EP. The principal is amazing, always responsive to any concerns I have. You can't please everyone and some of the changes have made people leave as they were looking for something different. We considered leaving, even got into a popular "prep" school but, we decided to trust in EP, I'm glad we did. My children are in 6th and 7th this year and their teachers are fantastic. My kids are challenged and the teachers are creative and excited to teach. Yes, some teachers left last year but, the teachers who remain and the teachers they brought in are excellent and very experienced. A qualified teacher teaches every subject, they are not taught by computers. They are expanding their sports program and their honors program, EP encourages family participation in the class, I have relationships with my kids teachers and the principal. I love the sense of community. EP did have a few years with some growing pains but, they listen to parents and are responding to concerns. What more can you ask for? EP continues to provide an A+ education.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2014
My son has completed two years at edu prize and loves it! To me, that speaks volumes! With all the various start time options, and considering the size of the school, it makes sense that there's "no longer a waitlist". Besides, parents have so many options these days. If I wanted my son in a pure academic, non creative, minimal school spirit school then he'd be at the top public school in Gilbert like some of our neighbors kids. I can't say we'll keep him here until HS but for now he's excelling and academically challenged enough to keep him engaged as an above average student. I like they are focused on core standards and are working hard to adjust learning plans as the state adjusts requirements. No school is perfect, and to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't want my child at a perfect school anyways.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2014
1st red flag there s no longer a waitlist to get in. After 9 yrs here, I ve never seen so many students, experienced teachers and staff (1 principal included) leave. Ask for a teacher list and how long they ve been w/ Edu-prize. It s not the same school it used to be. School culture has shifted as high achieving students moved to more challenging schools. NO more (20:1) small classes NO more multi-age classrooms (2 yrs w/same teacher), and NO more superior curriculum. Things started going downhill a few years ago when changes were made for the Common Core curriculum. They also expanded to offer high school and changed to a for profit school. Change can be good, but it s been a mess. Sadly, the students are guinea pigs during this trial & error period. They rely on iReady diagnostic software to bring students current with state standards, but it s not working well. Students who didn t show much growth were given a 2nd and 3rd chance to take the final test just so they could improve their scores. The school is proud of their technology, but that just means more screen time instead of teacher time. Back in the day, Edu-Prize used to be one-of-a-kind. Not anymore.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2014
Been here for 3 years. The school has a lot to offer (on-line math/reading program that adapts to each child's level; Rosetta Stone; Another computer based program that will quiz you by a specific book). HOWEVER none of these programs are really being implemented properly. You'll have to beg to get the access (if you happen to even know about these programs) and then you're on your own. Teachers don't monitor it. iClass equals GameClass. Most kids draw or play. They learned some Spanish the 1st year (the teacher was fluent) and managed to forget it all the 2 following years.Every year my kid gets tested to be 2-3 years ahead in math, they place her in the 1 grade above hers class (math only) and by the summer she regresses to the point I have to reteach the grade to grade curriculum (literally). Summers aren't fun for us. We've only been lucky once where homework was corrected. Normally a parent volunteer will just put a sticker on a corner. The Aims tests are performed by the regular teacher (no admin supervision) who helps each child who struggles. So the scores are fake. This school is a lot of fun though, so I do see how most children would love to come here.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
We have been at this school for six years and it was great until the director decided to open a high school. I don't believe the administration was neither ready nor fully knowledgeable about what that would entail. We gave it a try but we quickly saw a major amount of problems with the lack of extra curricular programs that most kids look forward to in high school. We tried to be patient but we conclude that the school is just too small and will never be able to give high school kids the opportunity to try new things like real sports ,art, music, and any number of things. We believe academics are number one, but we know our kids would benefit from being able to try new things. Sadly, we don't see Eduprize ever being able to compete with the larger, established high schools and that is why we won't be attending Eduprize next year. We also were very unimpressed with the online foreign language program. It seemed like a 'cost cutting' decision rather than what was in the best interest of students who want to learn a language. Also of major concern was the mass exit of most of the teachers and principal and dean of students. We conclude it's a very limited high school and mediocre.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
I couldn t be happier with EDUPRIZE! My daughter is in the 2nd grade PM TOPS iClass and started this year with low confidence and hated school prior to this year and NOW has amazing confidence in herself and doesn t want to miss a day of school! Her teacher, who has been there for over 9 years, has helped her to believe in herself and to develop a love for learning that will stay with her for an entire lifetime. What more could you want for your child? The iPad has complimented my daughter s learning and every day she hops in the car and has something she can't wait to tell me that she learned. The amount the kids have learned this year through innovative teaching never ceases to amaze me! Her teacher truly works to differentiate her teaching to meet each child s needs at their level! She encourages parent volunteers, is compassionate and kind, and makes everyone who enters the room feel welcomed and treasured. So, thank you EDUPRIZE for making this such a wonderful year for us! If you are fortunate enough to get into this school you should jump at the chance!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2014
Have Kindergartener graduating and a 5th grader, soon to be 6th grader in a week. My oldest stared here in 2nd grade and had to do quite a bit to catch up to the level of the class even though he was top of his class at regular public school. I honestly can't say enough good things about this school. They have had to deal with big changes due to common core implementation and I feel like they are doing their best to rise up to the occasion. Change can be challenging (especially to adults it seems) and I think that is where you are seeing some negative reviews but from what I hear about the chaos of some of our local public school systems have been in over common core, I feel like Eduprize has handled as well or better than should be expected. My 5th grader did iPad class this year for the first time and it was an excellent fit for him. They used it just enough to enhance his education without taking away from traditional "paper and pencil" work. The Kindergarten program was stellar and light year ahead from the traditional public school experience I had with my oldest. This is truly a special school. The emphasis on science from day one is so important.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else. We've had nothing but positive experiences here. My son loves it. He has had great teachers and I can't wait for his little sister to start soon :)

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
When we came to this school 1 1/2 years ago, our son (1st Grade) had been through a horrible ordeal. We moved him 1/2 way through the year due to a horrid teacher. Edu-Prize was a breath of fresh air. Mrs. Runyon was the BEST. She took my very upset child - and turned him around. He has continued his love of learning in 2nd grade. Dr. McCammon is fantastic - friendly and approachable. All the staff are beyond pleasant - and everyone seems to have the same goal; give the kids a love of learning. If the parents who have written bad reviews REALLY had a bad experience - they would know the difference, and what makes the school great for kids. I would not want to move from Arizona - because I know I could not find another school like it! WELL DONE EduPrize!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I'm so confused by the recent negativity about this school. This is our second year and we continue to love Eduprize. My daughter has the amazing Ms. Gray who has been there 10 years. My daughter's class has only 20 students while most public schools have at least 30. The use of I-Ready computer supplemental teaching is priceless. My younger children will definitely go here as well!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
This used to be a fantastic school, and all of the most current reviews are correct. Do not enroll your child(ren) here.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2014
My children are in the 2nd and 5th grades and Edu-Prize is the only school they have attended. We chose this school for its reputation, experience teachers, small class size and reasonably progressive curriculum. Unfortunately, recent emphasis upon expansion, state funding and the adoption of Core curriculum has led to a dramatic dilution of a once promising curriculum. A mass exodus of experienced teachers has led to the hiring of many first year educators who lack leadership skills, although this will surely come with time. Edu-Prize does not teach students how to think or reason, they teach students to regurgitate information to pass excessively simple exams to maintain their highly coveted A+ status. My children spend much of the beginning of each school year reviewing last years material and they complain of being bored in class. Edu-Prize had the opportunity to be a heavy weight in the charter school system but chose light weight status and image over quality and depth. Beginning next year, my children are transferring to another school that emphasizes a classical education that encourages creative, independent thought while teaching logic and reasoning skills for life.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
Our extended family has been going to this school for years and loved it. When we moved to the valley, we enrolled our kids because of their stellar reputation. They expanded their school in 2013, and since the new big changes, the school has failed to address the needs of my kids. All core classes should be taught by a board certified instructor, not a computer. Math and language classes should have a teacher so that students can interact and ask questions about the lessons. My child asked the administration, multiple times, for help with these "online classes" and NO ONE helped. My child was in tears. Online classes without an instructor isn't effective teaching. Hybrid classes work with core classes, but just recorded teachings isn't effective. Additionally, I was finding homework that wasn't completed or corrected. Just a smiley face or a star to show the student did "some" effort. I soon became the teacher at home for both my children. Pulling both at the end of the year. I had expected more from this school, but am very displeased with this schools lack of performance and crude behavior from faculty.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
Eduprize was a top-notch school when we started here 4 years ago but the administration seems only focused on growth at this point. There is a lack of communication to parents, huge turnover in teachers, and the administration treats the volunteers with disrespect. Not worth the drive for us anymore.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
My son has been going to EduPrize since 5th grade and I will be taking him out at the end of this year (7th grade). I was led to believe that the school was a charter school focused on science and math curriculum. I have been very disappointed in this as they continue to expand the arts and add programs and speakers focused on the arts when they could be strengthening their math/science. In the upper grades they have been expanding so fast that my child has been subject to their growing pains while they work through the kinks with new teachers, classrooms, and curriculum. While they will probably figure it out eventually; however, I am not interested in letting my child suffer academically while they do so. They also need to figure out how to let the higher grades have their lunch time without the smaller kids. The older kids need to have their own computer labs without having to give up their scheduled classroom time when they younger kids come over to their building. I hear all the time about the endless rules and it seems like the kids don t have the opportunity to just run and be kids without the administration stopping them from doing everyday kid stuff.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
We are in our fifth year at Eduprize with three children now enrolled, and this school had absolutely earned its "10" rating! We came from an adequate neighborhood school, but there is nothing out there like Eduprize. We love the TOPS program, the high level of art integrated into the science-based curriculum, the teachers who really love the kids, the involved principal, amazing parent involvement, the commitment to teaching at the student's level and always reteaching unto mastery, exciting learning environment, and on and on! Oh, the curriculum director has done miracles moving us over to common core successfully and smoothly. No school is perfect, but this one is close. All I can say is, go tour the school and see for yourself -- all of our children are happy and successful there.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
My husband and I were very disappointed with their curriculum as they had promised a higher education than they deliver. Our 2nd and 4th graders were bored as they were doing the things they had learned the previous year. Benjamin Franklin charter school was our previous school and Eduprize cannot compare to their standards and curriculum. There is nothing wrong with Eduprize or staff other then they totally lack the challenge my children need and were used to. We even compared their education to what the public schools in the area had to offer and Eduprize iin our eyes continued to disappoint us. We withdrew our kids from this school. Parents please dont base your childrens education on ratings from online do some research and learn the school curriculum before you enroll your children. Best of luck!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
This school has lost it's heart. We have been here for 4 years. The first two years were GREAT and we loved it. Two years ago they began implementing new programs and seemed more intent on getting money by expanding class size. Many teacher and parents left and became disillusioned. The administration needs to listen to the parents and get the "heart" of the school back. They are more intent on their ratings than the needs of the children.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Great school .used to be MUCH better. Now it has gotten so big much of the greatness has been lost. Classes have increased by 6-8 students this year. 26+ students in a class is not considered small class sizes. Many of the teachers are amazing, and with proper management edu-prize may return to an A+ school.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
We are new to Eduprize this year. Our daughter is in the traditional schedule program in 3rd grade. She also receives fairly extensive special education programming. It's only been 2 weeks, but I am very impressed with the level of individualized attn my child is receiving and her teachers' responsiveness to parental concerns. The Gilbert campus is in expansion this year, and, therefore, is experiencing some organizational challenges, and we've had some blips in communication. But this school offers so much, our biggest challenge is in deciding WHICH of the many exceptional programs is best for our daughter. So many choices, so little time. I echo what the earlier writer said about feeling like I am getting a private school education in a public/charter school. I feel like we are extremely fortunate to have found this school. My daughter is excited and enthusiastic every day.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
This school WAS one of the best. There are a few wonderful teachers - but Edu-Prize has lost their focus. They are more concerned with the A+ rating than the Whole Child like they preach during tours. They have expanded the school: pre-school, after school hours, high school, leaving the 7 pillars in the dust. The individual teacher makes a big difference, but get one that lacks integrity and overlooks the whole child and you'll experience what several parents have in the past few years. There are much better schools out there! Edu-Prize has lost what they were founded on! Not just ACT/SAT scores or A+ ratings - but children with GREAT CHARACTER!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
This appears to be an excellent school. The teachers and staff appear to really care about each child individually.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2013
So far . . . My children are doing very well at Edu-Prize . . . Overall, I am very pleased . . . All schools can use tweaking! Sometimes it appears that the crossing guards are more guard dogs than crossing guards . . . There is a learning curve for all of us and I believe that Edu-Prize is meeting the challenge of integrating high school into its curriculum!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I was enrolled at Edu-Prize from the 2nd grade to the 5th grade. I am currently in 8th Grade at Mesa Preparatory Academy. I believe that this school could improve by implementing a more challenging curriculum. I liked the fact that there were a great deal of rather unconventional activities and smartboard integration. The community among the children is mostly civil and controllable. Really, my only complaint is that work is too easy, however the whole purpose of a school is to teach to the best of their capability, correct?

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2013
My son's in kindergarten, and it's been fantastic. The teacher is very experienced -- not a first-year like a previous parent implied -- and I have zero complaints. To parents upset about no differentiated learning in K, I say relax. Kindergarten is not a place for differentiated instruction. It's about getting kids used to simply being in a classroom in a serious learning environment. It absolutely is about getting kids on the same page. It's up to the parents to create differentiated learning for kinder -- and we have many opportunities with Sam books and nightly homework assignments. Yes, the school relies on parents. Yes, volunteers are out there in the hallway and yes, they do assessments. But your child is better off for it. One teacher simply can't do all the assessments, reviewing and everything else. The class could use an aide, but without one the parents fill the void. Don't like parent assessments? Go to another school with 30 kids and an aide in the room. For me, I'll take 18 and a host of active parent volunteers any day. My son loves school, and wants to go even when he's sick. He can read very well, and even knows basic multiplication. So far so good.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
I'm a 3rd year parent at Edu Prize, I'm very happy with my school. I drive a distance to get here, but through the school and the network of moms I have found a carpool buddy. I think the teachers are fantastic. Only thing I think lacks is the PTN, I wish it would be more visable and let parents be more a part of decisions. But I think over time with the growth of this school that that will change in time. We need to grow with the school therefore they need to change the PTN format.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
Let kids be kids! 10 years at Edu-Prize. Not as great as it once was. I think the teachers are great and remain the best part of the school. The new 6th grade reading curriculum is superb and turned my not interested child into a reader. The writing curriculum is superb and has helped my children think critically. I agree that opportunities are limited to stretch kids above their grade level. My biggest gripe is with the dictatorial aid regime. I'm all for structure and order in the class, my boys need it. But at recess and lunch let the kids be kids. The rules have become sillier and more arbitrary over the years. My kids complain 2-3 times a week about limits on their recess (swinging too high, running too fast, giving a friend a hug). For crying out loud give the kids 15 minutes to get their wiggles out without micro managing them. The aids act like helicopter parents. Kids need to get bumps, scraped knees, learn to socialize with other kids etc without the puppeteering of overzealous, suburban, moms. It is great to have a lot of parent involvement. But, a lot of the parents are the same. School should be a time to learn and explore, let the kids explore a bit more

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
STILL AN AMAZING SCHOOL! We have had our children at Edu-Prize for 7 years. If you are looking for a school that not only allows you to participate in your childs education but continuously encourages it, Edu-Prize is the school for you! My son has always been academically above grade level. At Edu-Prize, through every grade he was always challenged with enrichment work and had the benefit of small group learning with other children that were near his capabilities. He has since moved on to another charter school ( this was before Edu-Prize announced their High School) that is known for its high academic standards. Edu-Prize more than prepared him for the new school. My daughter started Edu-Prize with low confidence and below grade level. She now has high confidence in herself and is academically above grade level in all areas. This is all thanks to my duaghters hard work, the innovative teaching styles, and hard work from "parent helpers". Yes, other parents want to see your child succeed too! Communication is easy, the teachers always make themselves available. Some have even come to my childrens activities outside of school! Come to a tour and see for yourself! A+

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
My children are receiving an excellent education at EDUPRIZE school. They both have teachers who genuinely care about them as people and address their individual needs - both academically and emotionally. I feel very fortunate to have my children receiving such an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Many parents have commented on how their above average students are not challenged and I've definitely seen that to be true in our child's kindergarten class. In our case, our child was struggling to keep up. Eduprize did offer him extra tutoring but it's been uninspiring and ineffective. Basically a teacher sits in a busy hallway with a few kids and shows them flashcards. Teacher-friends of mine have asked why they aren't trying different methods and I honestly don't know.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Eduprize is not working for us. We are a first-year, kindergarten family. We chose Eduprize for its promise of hands-on, differentiated learning and its "whole child" approach. I find none of that to be true. All the kids seem to be working on the same worksheets at the same time. There are no ability-based small group work. I am very uncomfortable with parents performing classroom assessments, both for accuracy issues as well as privacy issues. Parental volunteering is high but we really don't get to work with the kids all that much. Most of the time I am doing assessments or reading Sam books in the hallway. I recently learned that EP puts all their new teachers in kindergarten, saving their experienced teachers for higher grades (b/c kindergarten assessments are not included in the school's rating). That is definitely not a student-centered decision. I find most of EP's system to be based on pleasing parents and protecting their school rating. Our child has gone from a happy preschooler to a discouraged child who dislikes school. When a school messes that up, there's not much good left to say. We are moving on.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
We enrolled my son October 2012, he is in 1st grade. He came from a public school in scottsdale. I feel that this is the next best thing next to privite school. They have Science Lab, Spanish, 2 Field Trips a year. Also there specials last a week long , which I thought made a lot of sence. I can't say its perfect, however teacher's work very hard, staff is always friendly and helpful. Ive read recent reviews and a lot of people feel, there is a lack of communication and parents arent happy with parents grading homework etc. Unfortunately in today's economy and budget cuts everywhere, there isn't money for teacher's aides in the classroom, they rely on parents help. I will say I've never been asked to do a student assesment, just grade homework. I feel teacher parent communication is very good, I get weekly class newsletters and the teacher always responds immediately via email. My son loves school and is doing amazing, very stimulated and inspired.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
I am simply amazed at the quality and level of engagement that I see as I walk through the halls and classrooms of this school. The teachers work so hard to ensure that every child succeeds maximizing their full potential. These teachers are constantly learning the best methods for instruction. the school fosters a loving, encouraging, environment for all children. My children love this school and their teachers. I am so appreciative of the parent involvement that enhances the learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2013
Positives: Welcoming atmosphere, innovative school, friendly teachers, family oriented, involved parents, alternative school program/hours. Drawbacks: Could improve feedback/communication regarding students progress as well as info to parents. Report cards are vague and don't say much. I never really know how my child is doing. I get papers home with inconsistent grading because parents do most of it. I want teachers grading most of the work so they KNOW my child and for consistency. Parents do assessments; teachers need to be doing them, parents are not qualified regardless of how simple assessments seem. Parents often know the kids as good as the teachers. While parent involvement is beneficial to the school and helpful to teachers, there needs to be some guidelines as student info/grades should be more confidential. Things can change when ever because it's a charter school. There is no cafeteria; they eat in the classroom or outside. PTN doesn't hold meetings, so the parents have no say in what the money raised by them through multiple annual fundraisers is used for. I had always heard such good things about Edu-Prize however the school really needs to change some things.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2013
I have to say overall I am "OK" with the school, not happy or unhappy. Before we went here, I heard how great it was and still hear that but I just don't see it. The parents before me are 100% accurate. They don't teach ahead or really challenge your child. Your child may go to a higher grade for math and depending upon your teacher, they may allow for your child to start in a higher reading book, thats it. My kids could be challenged more and are not. There pretty much has to be a parent in every class every day for things to get done. The school relies on parents to do so much. When I volunteer I usually am the one who is re-teachnig the children who need help, I often do assessments and grading; I am a parent, not a teacher or TA. With all the parent involvement its very inconsistent. Getting graded papers home is always a frustration because every parent grades differently. But we have been here for years and that is just how it is. Maybe this works for some but not what I really want for my kids education. The school needs to really make some changes by being more structured and professional.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
Long time Edu-Prize parent here too and while I used to rave about the school to anyone that would listen I don't even feel comfortable recommending the school to other parents anymore. Here is a partial list: I agree with the other posters about challenging higher kids. You may get them to move your kid ahead 1 grade in math, but they not without pushing and shoving. They want your tax credit money and then nickel and dime your for everything. What does the Life Fund pay for anyway? Gifted kids get nothing extra but if your kid is behind...look out. They will give them tons of extra help. We can't let those kids fall behind since it would affect funding and school ratings! Some teachers are awesome, some are downright horrible. ALL are overworked and underpaid. Luckily, we are at the end of our Edu-Prize tenure (we won't be sticking around for upper grades.) Otherwise, we would be looking for a new school Really sad, Edu-Prize. We used to be some of your biggest cheerleaders. :(

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
I feel that my child's Kindergarten year has been a waste of education. I agree with all the previous posts that gifted children are not challenged. We were unfortunate enough to have our teacher quit and be replaced by a new teacher mid year which caused quite a bit of chaos in the classroom. Now it is January and there are still no reading groups set up, math is a joke, and in 6 months of school my child hasn't learned anything they didn't already know. I also have a complaint about registration. Getting into this school and reapplying for subsequent years is ridiculously stressful. There has got to be a more efficient way to deal with communication. Lastly, I wish the teachers knew more about my child. Parent volunteers, while helpful, do all the grading and assessments thus leaving the teacher in the dark. I am giving this school a generous three stars because my child does enjoy the cottages and I like that you can chose a shortened day through the TOPS program so you have more time for extra curricular activities. Also, the other families are fantastic and I haven't seen any bullying issues in my time volunteering at the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2012
I have been a parent at Edu-Prize for 12 years and have seen changes in the last five years that have altered the direction in which the school was headed. All the reviews here about inconsistant education and lack of challenge for the higher performing students are completely accurate but failed to touch on another subject. From the moment your child enters the gate, they are micromanaged to the point that essential life skills are being obliterated. In the classroom and playground every action is scrutinized and judged. Kids are punished for running or swinging too high on the swings. There are so many rules, playtime has ceased to be play. Every activity is controlled. Kids need time to interact freely with each other and they are not given that here. Everything is very structured, and while that may be necessary for some, it isn't for all. I'm very sad to see the direction the school has taken. The entire atmosphere has changed, and not for the better.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
OMG I wasn't the only one! The school logo is "No child left behind" when in reality they leave behind all kids with more than average potential. All they care about is bringing up underachievers as those are the ones who could potentially harm the score and subsequent funding. They won't get more money if your child will get ahead and will tell you the stat shows "they all even out by the 3rd grade anyways". Well, don't invest in kids with potential and yes, the rest will catch up. We've had teachers who didn't even know what the child knew as it's parents who do all the assessments. It's been through half academic year now (DECEMBER!!!) and the kids in our class haven't even started reading program yet! Although they do have spelling tests, their daily writing workshop in lower grades not only isn't graded, it's not even looked at. I see kids drawing in their notebooks. Same with IPads. Kids draw, change backgrounds etc and nobody checks the progress. Oh, and good luck discussing this with the principal. I tried. It is a fun school if that's what you're looking for, but if you feel like your child can be more than average past grade 3 look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
This is our second year at Edu-Prize and I am so grateful for the staff and administration. I have worked in the public schools for 13 years and I have never seen a school that embraces differentiated instruction like Edu-Prize does. They truly work to meet the individual needs of each student. I also love the philosophy and approach to education using "cottages". My daughter loves to learn and amazes me with the knowledge she has acquired. My daughter recently started to struggle with the traditional day program and the administration was more than willing to work with us to help her be successful. I really felt like it was a team approach and I was never blamed or felt as though my daughter was not wanted on campus. So far our solution has been successful. It is wonderful to have so many options for education in just one school. Between traditional schedule and the TOPS program as well as the iClassroom there is something to meet everyone's needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
Great school! It was hard to make a decision on a school, with so many charters in the area and different options from which to choose. I thought I had my priorities in the correct order for how I should make this decision. However, I was surprised to learn that so many schools are so focused on themselves and their way of doing things, they forget to take care of the individual child. I felt my child was just a number at some other schools and here I feel he is really cared about. Besides the wonderful curriculum and education that is offered, I just want to say thank you Eduprize for really caring about my child!!!! ....and all the children, it is not a cookie cutter or one-size-fits-all program.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
A+++ School!!! My child has just started her 2nd year attending Edu-Prize. The teachers are amazing! They truly care about every student, helping them learn and grow in a safe environment. The parent involvement in phenomenal. My child absolutely LOVES school, loves her teacher, friends, the playground and loves to learn. The principal is a positive, inspirational woman. I'm so proud to have my child under the tutelage of the Edu-Prize educators. The front office staff is courteous and answers my many questions with a smile. In the mornings, carpool is run efficiently. On the 2nd day of school, I was waiting to pick up my child at carpool. She was escorted out by the principal. I later learned that my child and a few other students got turned around and the principal took it upon herself to make sure the children got picked up safely. I was so impressed and thankful. The Edu-Prize academic program is fun and challenging. My daughter loves math and science and is reading at an impressive level. Thank you Edu-Prize for giving my child a wonderful place to learn and become an empowered, strong woman. She is being taught all the necessary skills to become successful in life.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2012
Some good teachers, and some not so good. We feel they are a little religiously intolerant, narrow minded and do not allow for children with beliefs other than theirs.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2012
Edu-Prize has always been a safe and wonderful place for my son to learn and grow. The entire staff is professional and caring.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
Edu-Prize is amazing!! We just moving from AZ to WA. The weather here is refreshing but this schools are terrible. Be thankful to have a choice in AZ. In WA we have public (low standards), private (costly) or homeschooling. We were enrolled at Edu-Prize for 3 years, kinder-Thru 2nd. My children loved going everyday and always came home eager to do homework with me. The education they received while attending Edu-Prize put them 1 year ahead of the public schools here. I just spoke with my 2 graders teacher and was told my daughter is board in class- she did the material last year. My daughter in kinder class is reading at a 1.5 level so I had to request higher level reading books. This would have not happened at Edu-Prize. Edu-Prize assess each child to assure in their success and proper placement. While enrolling my children into the WA public school system I asked for them to be assess. They thought I was crazy. Every aspect of Edu-Prize works..we miss everything about it. I say it is worth moving back to hot AZ just for this wonderful education. I wish we had a school that would come close to Edu-Prize. If you have the opportunity send your kiddos!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
My child has gone to this school since Kindergarten. I will also be enrolling my next two children when they are of age. I LOVE the teacher looping along with other parents I know. ALL teachers encourage and love these kids. I love the positive encouragement used in the classes. I love that my daughter can see the principal walking and run up for a big hug and smile. I know my children are also receiving an excellent education. This school has received many awards and has been recognized as an excelling school. I want to end this by stating my daughter LOVES this school also. She refuses to miss any days. She is excited to get to school and do her cottage and writing for the day. Her two favorite subjects. The kids are friendly and caring. I believe they are because the parent's that enroll their kids here are very active in their lives.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
I have had children at Edu-Prize School in Gilbert for 10 years and feel that my kids have received nothing less than an exceptional education. We were drawn to the school by the small class size, curriculum that includes thematic units (Cottages) that are science and social studies based and the willingness of the staff to challenge my children academically to the highest level of their capability. Edu-Prize is a hands-on school. The students read or study a subject, write about it and then do a project with their newfound knowledge. You can witness this by reading the school walls; they are bursting with color and information. Or perhaps, you will be invited to attend a play. Or, help the class mummify fruit. The possibilities are endless. The Edu-Prize teaching model involves significant parental involvement. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in their children's classrooms. I have done everything from painting walls, hanging bulletin boards and making copies to assisting the teacher with small reading/math groups and presenting Art Masterpiece lessons. I believe that my children have developed a love for learning that will stay with them for their lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
Edu-Prize has many very caring teachers that are highly trained. I often hear the superintendent say that she is doing something that the "parents" have requested... but we have NEVER been given a parent survey to ASK us what we want! For example, at the parent meeting, she said that the parents want their teacher for two years, which is great, and we love this, but they decided to do LOOPING for some of the grades, and as a parent, I don't want this! I want my teacher to know her subject well, and if she has to keep changing grades, how does this better serve my child? If she is going to say that she is listening to parents, then we ought to have taken a survey. THere are plenty of websites that the school could use to set up an easy survey to ask parents what we would like. Me and many of my friends with kids here do not want the looping, but we are looking forward to the after school junior high sports program for my son.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
Love Edu-Prize school! This is my oldest child s fourth year attending Edu-Prize and my youngest child s second year. I can t say enough about the caring staff at Edu-Prize. The teachers and principal are fantastic! The teaching is hands-on and child-centered. I love how the teachers teach using differentiated instruction, meeting each of my child s needs at their level. The school is also implementing some exciting new changes for next year!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
Excellent school- I love the teachers and programs. My son is challenged but also accomodated in areas that he needs extra help.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
My daughter started at Edu-Prize in Kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade. My son just started Edu-prize in Kindergarten this year. I LOVE this school! Both of my children are challenged and helped when needed. The teachers treat the children with the love and attention that they would there own children. My favorite part of the school is all the hands on learning! The Cottages, which are special sections taught each quarter, are dynamic and fascinating to the children. My daughter had the Bird Cottage last quarter and is still begging to own a bird. She would come home telling me all kinds of facts about birds. Now, she is in Sweet Shop, which teaches about food. Unlike what the name implies, it is all about how to eat healthy and even has cooking classes on Fridays! Wow, what a wonderful way to learn! They have a Science Class with its own Science Teacher even from 1st grade. There are 3 Tech Labs with Computers, where they learn Typing, Spanish and additional Math and Reading. Even the Kindergarteners are on computers twice a week and get science and PE. My children love this school! Take the tour and you will be hooked too!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
My daughter is in first grade. Her kindergarten teacher was very good. This year her teacher is outstanding! The curriculum is set up in a way to accommodate students of varying academic levels. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of math, reading, and writing, the school focuses on encouraging the children to be people of character (honesty, integrity, citizenship, etc.). The founder (Dr. Robershotte), the principal, and all the faculty are truly passionate about teaching and the students. Another huge bonus is that there is a ton of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
I have two children attending Edu-Prize, one in 2nd and one in Kinder. I have been amazed at how hard the teachers work and how much my kids learn each day. Everyday my kids hop in the car and have something they can't wait to tell me they learned. I'm pleased with the communcation I have received and anytime I have questions/concerns the teachers quickly respond. Some previous comments made suggested there is no spanish/music taught at the school, but I'm certain my kids have specials that incorporate these activities into their schedules, although not sure of the frequency.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
I am an Edu-Prize parent and can say enough about how wonderful this school has been. My kids have been attending since Kindergarden and are now in Middle school. I agree that like all schools it has its struggles (what school doesn't) but for the quality of education, impressive test scores and outstanding teachers this has been the best school for my children. As for the principal, she is the BEST in my book. She is always there to hear me out if I have a concern or and issue regarding my children and is so willing to do everything she can to help.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
We absolutely love Edu-Prize for several reasons. The flexible schedule choices are ideal for our family and we love the condensed day for our kids. This is a school that is not simply checking a box to meet state guidelines. The way that all of the curriculum is integrated together and the practical application for the students sets Edu-Prize apart. This is our first year at Edu-Prize for my 3rd grade, who has always hated school. He is loving it and feels challenged (finally). I love that the teachers allow students to be children. There is no rigid "back-to-basics" mentality, but instead, a positive, encouraging environment where the bar is high and students are expected to reach it. I am excited for the coming year where Edu-Prize will implement many positive changes for our students like expanded iPad classes and after school sports programs for the Junior High. This is a great school that values education and character building as a whole. Thank you Edu-Prize!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
I have had children at Edu-Prize for 7 years. I think that academically it is a really great school. They are an excelling school with impressive test scores. I like the fact that so much of their learning is actually hands-on; they are able to learn science and computers in ways that most elementary kids can only dream about. There are, however, some things that I don't like about Edu-Prize. In general, the teachers are good, but I haven't found the principal to be particularly helpful or caring, though I admit I've only had to speak with her twice. They used to have a band program, but that's not available anymore. They also used to have some Spanish instruction on the computers, but I'm not sure if they do that anymore, either. They don't keep their website current, and it seems they are constantly asking for donations of things. I know all schools have negatives, so overall, the academic education that my children receive at Edu-Prize is worth putting up with the other issues.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
We've been at Edu-Prize for a few years and like it alot. The teachers are outstanding and the principal and her team are excellent. There is no doubt that teachers and staff are very enthusiastic and committed to the school - this makes a big difference. Teachers are innovative and creative. Communication could be better - the website is not up to date and Edu-Prize does not seem to solicit any feedback from parents or students. Specials are limited. There are no art classes or language. You definitely need to supplement with lessons / classes to cover specials.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
This year I chose to forgo the charter school route and transfer my kids from Edu-prize to a regular GPS school. Wow, is all I can say. I had a hunch that the previous two years I was not getting the communication that I should have been from Edu-prize and I was right. GPS schools actually have real-time ongoing grades online for parents to view everyday! They also email you every time your child takes a accelerated reading test and so you can track your child's progress and better help them at home as needed. I am shocked at how much better the communication is in the public school system rather then at Edu-Prize. I enrolled them here starting in kindergarten because I thought it was the "best"; but I was so wrong. I am so much more aware of their progress now in the GPS system. Not to mention that the PTSO actually EXPLAINS the programs that they have ongoing for fundraising etc. I always felt that the Edu-prize PTSO (is that even what they call it there??) was so lacking in describing their programs to new parents -- as well as teacher and general school communication. Think twice before you assume that just because it's a charter school that it's the best.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
With the ballooning class size due to budget cuts in public schools, Edu-Prize has been able to keep class size small in comparison. Public schools really need to come up with a new teaching plan. When will they realize their antiquated methods are broken? Edu-Prize is one of only a handful of charter schools using the cambridge curriculum. Until public schools can bring teaching methods into the 21st century, I sticking with Edu-Prize and we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
I like almost everything about this school.. I just dont understand why they dont teach any foreign langugaes there. Spanish or any other langauges would help.. No wonder why people jock about us: a person that speak only English is called American. Sad. We could make a difference. also: why they dont teach kids to play any instruments?

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
Amazing school! I went there all the way from kindergarden through 6th grade but after seven years of the same school, I wanted to try a new school, *ayne *unior *igh. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE!!!! Immediatly after my first day of Pay*e, I realized how blessed I was to have been able to attend Edu-Prize. The teachers there are so caring and compassionate, all of the learning is completly hands-on, and I was being tought at a more advanced level of learning than most other students in the state. If you are lucky enough to get in to this school, jump at the chance immediately!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 15, 2010
Excellent teachers who care !

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Edu-Prize is place where my kids are safe physically and emotionally. The small class sizes allow them to receive individual instruction and be taught at the level they are at. They are challenged but supported so that they are successful. I am thankful everyday for Edu-Prize.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Teacher really care, and parents are more than encouraged to be there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
The teachers and staff are acceptional. They meet your child's needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
It teaches to every child's level with outstanding teachers who are very dedicated to our students.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
My son has started first grade this year after a great year in Mrs Kenyon's class . All summer long he asked me everyday when school was starting. He loves everyone at Edu-prize. Seems more like he's staying with relatives than being at school. Great school, great people. Congrats on the A PLUS rating again this year. Go EAGLES!!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
I have two children at Edu-Prize. Overall, it is a wonderful school, that my kids absolutely love! They are getting the best well rounded education in a loving environment! The biggest negative here is the poor level of BASIC communication offered from the administration to the parents, specifically, when it comes to logistical information. Also, it seems that the PTN tries to communicate about fundraisers/activities - but somehow misses the boat. Both the school and the PTN need to remember that when students/parents are new to the school and/or are entering Kindergarten for the first time, they need to actually explain the acronyms/programs they reference in the newsletters because for new parents it goes right over our heads :) The carpool situation has also been a nightmare so far this year. That along with the communication issues has been enough to recently trigger my interest in other schools...

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2010
My children are about to enter 8th grade, finishing what has been a phenomenal elementary school experience. I could not have asked for more caring and creative teachers! The school is also blessed to have a visionary principal who truly cares about her students and thier families. Not only have my children received a top notch education, they have learned respect, caring, responsibility, and made lifelong friends. This is a rare gem in today's dismal public education system.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
My daughter just finished Kindergarten and loves the school. Excellent teachers and the parent support is outstanding. I certainly enjoyed working in the classroom this past year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
My granddaughter does so well there and loves her teachers. I've helped out once and enjoyed it myself. Great school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 30, 2010
small classrooms, good teachers, kids like to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
My son loves Eduprize and his teacher.So I recomened this school to any parent that cares.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
We have been very lucky to have our kids at Edu-Prize for many years! I would recommend this to anyone who cares about their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
They have an awesome staff. My daughters love school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Child centered goal setting and approach to academics. EduPrize has always been very responsive to differing child/family needs and through mandatory volunteering by the families, provides more time for the teachers to teach their kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
Like most of the reviews, Edu-prize is indeed a very good school. Caring teachers, a visionary principal and parents who really care about the students and the edu-prize community. However, I do not like how two grades are taught in the same class room. I believe that this pretty much burns out the teachers whether they admit it or not. They have to come out with 2 lesson plans every day...and imagine the challenge of meeting that broad range of needs without a full time teachers aide. I also think that the younger children in the class learn a lot of inappropriate behavior from the older classmates..rather than the philosophy that the older ones help 'teach' the younger ones. At an elementary school age..i just don't think this philosophy is all that great. In addition...there is no diversity in this school. If you are non-white you will stick out.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Great school, great teachers. They really care about our childrens education! Highly receommend this school to those that want the best for their children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
My child has some learning disabilities and is taking a number of extra classes to help him. The Special Ed or 'Resource' department at this school is made up of kind, caring people who are a pleasure to work with. There are occasions when the communication between the resource classroom and my child's classroom is pretty dismal and he is still really struggling, so I called around to see what services we'd be getting if we went to public school Every school I talked to told me they had nothing that compared to the services he was already getting. I even spoke with the principal of one school and she repeatedly told me she loves EduPrize and it's a great school. She said most public schools have a traditional learning set up and your child will 'learn in rows' but EduPrize has a much more 'free' hands-on learning style.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Awesome place to educate children.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
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August 22, 2009
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August 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2009
Our entire family loves this school. I could not ask for anything better. We do have experience with the HIgley school district and it is like comparing apples to oranges. Edu-prize cares about each student and are sooooo organized, that it is easy to trust in them. Higley is sooooo unorganized and does not show any special interest in students.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
This school is not reacting well to my daughter's skills of writing. The teachers she has had have not made her a better writer. I'm very frustrated. I would not at all recommed this school for children with special writing skills.

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June 15, 2009
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May 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2009
My daughter is in the fourth grade at Edu-Prize and started in Kindergarten. One of the reasons I looked into a charter school was because my three older kids had been through the Gilbert Public School system. They were basically just passed along through school, with 36 kids per classroom (in elementary school) and only one teacher there wasn't a lot of individual teaching. When my 10 year old was due to start Kindergarten I really looked into schools and talked to a lot of parents from Edu-Prize. I never once heard anything negative about it. I love the family friendly atmosphere, it feels like I'm leaving my kids with family when I drop them off, rather than strangers. My son, who is in the 2nd grade, knows the name of every teacher and even the building maintenance people. And they all know his name as well. LOVE this school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 21, 2009
My daughter attends this school and loves it so much she cries when it is time for fall/holiday/spring break because she hates the idea of not being there. The projects are more then just getting something done, they are thought provoking and often has encouraged her to look farther into the subject after the project is over. My son will start K there next year and I can't wait. These teacher inspire a love of learning I have never seen in another school.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
This is our 5th year at Edu-Prize. Most of our friends' and neighbors' children attend Gilbert Public Schools and I can tell you that there is an obvious difference in the homework, projects, and performance levels. Edu-Prize is far superior. Parental involvement is top notch, and there is a warm and caring atmosphere throughout the halls. It is obvious that the staff and faculty love what they do and want to be a part of the Edu-Prize community.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 02, 2009
My daughter was on a waiting list since she was 18 months old. We were so excited when we were notified that she would be able to attend Kindergarten at Edu-Prize last year. The teachers are amazing!!! The artwork on the hallway walls speaks for itself. My daughter actually gets excited on Sunday evening when it is time to go to sleep because she knows when she wakes up she gets to go to school for the week. There is alot of parent involvement and the way the students are taught in their daily lesson plan is priceless. I feel blessed to know that my child is one of the lucky students to attend Edu-Prize up through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2008
Excellent school. Dedicated teachers. Great parent involvement. Bright spot in AZ schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
I am a mother of four children who attended EduPrize for all of their elementary years. Three are now in high school and the fourth just graduated with honors and a full ride scholarship going to medical school. Edu prize gave my children the foundation that they needed to be successful as they further their education and careers. Edu Prize not only gave them a great start academically but also taught them life skills such accountability and responsibility. These skills are essential to be successful in life so way to go Edu Prize and keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2008
Refreshing is as close as I can come. We needed a balanced system that truly supports education hand in hand with home. The improvement of the whole child was incredible. I am a very involved next to mom grandparent and never have heard a discouraging word about this school. Keep up the great work. Jan Proy

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August 06, 2008
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May 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
My daughter in in her 4th year at Edu-Prize and will complete 8th grade next year. Before I switched to Edu-Prize, I did do MY homework and found this school to be one of the best if not THE best charter school in the valley. Her first year was a bit rough transitioning from public school, but with some hard work and assisting her to rise to her potential, the teachers at this school have helped her to succeed and do well. Im proud of her and give kudos to the teachers and the environment at Edu-Prize. Its a wonderful school and Im so glad I put her education to this point in their hands. It does take parental involvement and true committment from the student to succeed. Edu-Prize provided us with what we were NOT finding in the public school system.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
We have been at Edu-Prize 4 years now. We have had awesome k and 1/2 teachers. My 3rd grader with ADD (504 plan) has had a waste of a year. We thought the teacher would be great because she seemed strict. Turns out she is just mean. She hasn't complied ( to our standards) with the 504 and says nothing positive about him ever. He was called a racial slur the other day and we pulled him out because nothing was done about it. Favorites are obvious in this class. However, before this year we had awesome teachers with lots of support. Just bad luck this year. Princial is a complete putz! As long as you have children without learning disabilities and you don't ever have to deal with principal it is a good school

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
Every school has it's pros and cons but all in all edu-prize is an incredible school! Im an 8th grader there and the teachers are amazing and are always willing to take time out of their lunch hour to help any student that might be struggling. The students have a genuine passion for learning and being the best that they can. We have all grown amazing bonds with each other and even the teachers. Ms. Bell, the english teacher, has prepared us well for high school, by reading and evaluating classics such as: The Iliad, The Odyssey, Watership down, (love it!) and Great Expectations. I've been going to this school since 1st grade and have NO regrets only VERY fond memories. Graduation is going to be the hardest day of my life(so far) I'm assured of that, but I know the friendships we've made will endure. I'm going to miss it.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 23, 2008
the person below me has no idea what she is talking about. I go there am in eight grade and do not like what she is saying. Yes we have no lockers. HELLO??? Almost no schools in AZ do. in PE we do do stuff. Fun stuff. Maybe you just didn't like it. I just finished a football section and truly loved it. Some teachers? there is only one teacher that didn't have his act together at the beginning of the year but he a excellent teacher. and because our school is very small, teams wouldn't work. I think that you need to re-evaluate our school.

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February 14, 2008
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February 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2008
My grandson loves this school. The teachers and staff instill a hunger for learning that I've not ever seen before. It's a joy to deliver a child to school when the can hardly wait to get out of the car!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2007
My husband and are so pleased with Edu-Prize, we tell all our friends with school aged children they should attend. All of the teachers are so comitted to the children and their learning experience. Thank you to Dr. McCamman for choosing such terrific teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
SCHOOL IS A+ Top-notch teachers...such a positive, creative learning environment. Unparallelled in the way the whole school is run! My son is getting a 'private-school' quality education. Classes 20/1. Tons of artwork on display, parents welcome and involved. Thematic/hands-on approach proven to be most effective learning methods. WE LOVE THIS SCHOOL! CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE AT www.eduprizeschools.net for a VIRTUAL TOUR. You will be a believer. SEE FOR YOURSELF!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2007
My children have attended Edu-prize for 4 years. The teachers are awesome and the administration is excellent. A very caring environment for all different kinds of learners. I'm not aware of any problems with 'politics' at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2007
I have 2 children at Edu-Prize and we have been there for three years. First off, let me say the teachers and curriculum are A+. My older child loves the school and her teachers. Hopefully, the politics will not interfere in the long run, but I fear that it will.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
Great families and parent involvement. Relatively small class sizes around 20 children per class. Dedicated teachers and strong curriculum. Can't beat that mix!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
Next year will be our son's fourth year at Edu-Prize. So far, he has loved his teachers; he had the same teacher for grades 1 & 2, in a combo-class. The combo-class worked well for his personality and style. His reading and math are above grade level and he is placed in higher level classes each day for these subjects. We are very happy that Edu-Prize has the ability and small class-sizes to cater to such needs! Edu-Prize recently opened a 2nd school in Queen Creek which is much closer to our home. However, our son loves the Gilbert school so much that he didn't want to move. So we shall continue with the dreaded 30-minute drive each morning in order to remain with the school he loves!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
I am really pleased with Edu-prize. My son is in Kindergarten and I just enrolled my daughter there for next year. I am most impressed that all areas of the learning spectrum are covered on a daily basis. i.e. art music math reading writing. The school seems to have all the great things most school are lacking. They have proven time and time again that learning can be fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
The best Learning environment I have ever seen. Positive, incouraging, supportive, and loving. Helpful, well-educated staff & teachers who really love the students they work with and for. Willing to accommodate extracurricular activities if there is an interest. Karate, Band, Chess, Musical Theater are just examples. Drop off & Pick up plan to better accomidate parents and make it easier and faster to pick up their children. Better than what it looks like on paper or on a quick tour. Come see and talk to Edu-Prize, You'll Be impressed!

- submitted by a staff
January 19, 2007
My son has gone to Edu-Prize for 4 years and we love it. My middle son can't wait to start there in July. As with anything else go and see the school for yourself. You'll be impressed. Great staff and programs. The only downside is that there aren't enough extracurricular activities. They do have a fun chess program.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
Edu-Prize is an excelling school when compared to the Arizona school system. My child has been attending Edu-Prize for 4 years now and I have been less than impressed. The parent involvement at times can be too much with some parents thinking that they have more authority than the teachers. As for the principal, I don't know if she knows what is happening under her. Policies are constantly changing without notice to parents and there are an abundance of safety issues. My biggest issues are with their constant unannounced policy changes and the safety concerns that they bring up. I say to look beyond the nice bulletin board displays and the sugar coating that they are saying on the tour.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2006
After researching test scores in two local school districts, my wife and I visited several campus's in an effort to make the right choice for our three daughters education. We were imediately impressed by the atmosphere at Edu-Prize. Parental involvement is very high and the staff is outstanding. I appreciate that our children receive superior acedemic training in a socially concious environment. Teachers (too many to name) like Mrs. Sharon Wilkins instill and reinforce the same values that we do at home. Her legendary compliment parties always score big results. After seven years, our girls continue to achieve above average test results and thier love for learning continues to grow. They abolutely love thier teachers and school. What more can a students parents ask for?

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2006
This school looks good on paper. The special ed department is the worst I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
I came from overseas from The American School of Kinshasa eight years ago and enrolled my child at Edu-Prize. Not only was I pleased with the academic aspect of the school but the family environment and the concern that the teachers show for the students is what has kept me coming back. Now not only has my child received a wonderful education and foundation there but we see the results as she has gone on to high school and is taking honors classes and is involved in club activities and has the academic and social skills to thrive.

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May 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
great school. my child has been there for four years and loves it. wonderful parent involvement. just wish there were more extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
I am a teacher at Edu-Prize School. The Edu-Prize Family is amazing! Teachers, students, and parents work together to create a unique learning experience for the children. A 20 to 1 ratio sure does help when it comes to helping children out individually.

- submitted by a teacher
March 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
Great school, with high standards of education. My children have scored Post-High School on the Stanford Test.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
Eduprize is a great school. The quality of education is very good. Teacher ratio is 20 students to 1. My children have excelled here.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
The elementary school has very good curriculum for math (Saxon) and reading. Language arts is getting better. Teacher quality has been adequate to excellent. Small classroom size (20 or less typical). Jr High math is good but small and no athletics. Good chess program.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
My son has been a Edu-Prize for 2 years now. I do recomend it to others, but they do have their downfalls. They have no flexablility on pick up time and no afterschool programs. I also don't like that I never know what my son is working on(beside their cottage theme).

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
Our 2 children have been at Edu-Prize for 3 years and we love it! Love the teachers, the schedules and the very essence. Both of our children were in gifted programs in the regular schools and both are challenged at their level in this school. Our teachers are wonderful and always available. The 20 student max truly does wonders for both students and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
Excellent School. Very devoted teachers and fantastic parent involvement. Each parent required to volunteer 80 hours/year to the school. Rotating thematic units/cottages hold childrens' interest and get them excited about school.

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August 01, 2005
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July 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
EduPrize is one of the best schools in Arizona. I have searched high and low for a good quality school for my gifted children, and then found EduPrize. I appreciate the fact that they allow my children to work at their levels. My oldest son was in the fourth grade when he started EduPrize. I had been homeschooling him because he was so advanced. I explained to his fourth grade teacher that he had been working in an 8th grade math book. She said, 'Ok.' Just like that. He did take the test and when he passed it she found another classroom for him to go to for math. I love the individualized approach, the science emphasis, the small class sizes. Excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
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June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
I am very torn on how to rate Edu-Prize. I have 3 children attending, 2 have been there for 5 years. My oldest and youngest excel and work above grade level - for these kids, I believe Edu-Prize is a great school. My middle child struggles and works below grade level. I had concerns about her academically before she started grade school. Every time I had a parent/teacher conference I brought up my concerns (4 times a year). In each conference the teacher dismissed my concerns and offered no guidance. I even went to the principal - who brushed me off the first time. After pushing I finally got some (very little) assistance from the school in the form of a referral to an outside program because even though she was a year behind it wasn t 'bad enough' to qualify for in-school assistance.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
Edu-Prize is wonderful at teaching the 'whole child'!

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May 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
Edu-Prize is a fantastic school! There is a low student-teacher ratio (max 20 kids/class). And, even though some people might think that the lack of transportation and school lunch provisions would be a hinderance, if you think about it, only extremely involved parents would be willing to drive their kids and pack their lunch everyday. Therefore, you end up with a school full of really nice kids and involved parents. What more could you ask for? The school is always clean with tons of artwork on the walls. Also, the modified year-round schedule is really nice too. There is a waiting list to get into this school, so that should tell you something.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
Parental involvement at Edu-Prize is excellent. As a working mom, I actually feel pretty left out, because so many parents volunteer in the classroom regularly. I'm happy with the individualized pace of the beginning readering program. The thematic approach has my son enthralled with each topic presented. I am concerned with the lack of extracurriculum sports or music programs, though. I may consider switching schools if we can't find a way to balance the fact that we must seek outside sports/music/theater opportunities. I am attracted to the fact that the parents of Edu-Prize students are dedicated to their child's success.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
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February 14, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2005
My two children attend Edu-Prize. They are thriving at this school. I am impressed that the teachers really care about the level my children are at and teach them where they are. The program is developmentally appropriate and it flows smoothly from one grade to the next. The staff and administration are top notch and I am always greeted with smiling faces. I also feel that it is a very safe school with highly qualified staff. I have recommended this school to many friends, and many have followed. We are so fortunate to have found this 'oasis' in the desert.

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February 02, 2005
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February 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
I have been going to edu-prize for 4 years now. It is an ok school. They have a great learning tecnique and work with kids very well. They are a fairly new school and are very clean and well kept. No extracurricular activities though, and parents must put in a certain number of hours a school year aswell.

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2004
One word 'Awesome'. We moved from NJ to Arizona and enrolled my son in Public School which was terrible and the work my son was learning in first grade was behind what he had learned in Kindergarten in NJ. To say the least we were horrified until we heard about Edu Prize from a neighbor. If you have a child who is reasonably bright this is the school for you...They teach hands on and by ability not specific grade. The teachers and principals are caring. The children are sweet and all into their learning. They offer Chess Club and Musical Theatre, etc... Excellent School!!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
Edu-prize is the finest school my kids have attended (bay far, and they've attended several). The faculty is amazing and so caring!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2004
This school does an excellent job of giving children work commensurate with their abilities. If your child is gifted, they'll give them 4th grade work in 2nd grade while letting them stay with their peers. If your child needs help, they'll provide it. The parent involvent in the school is very high-it's even required. As a charter school, it lacks some of the funding for extra curricular activities of the public school, but it does a fairly adequate job nonetheless. It has a superb science program and creativity is encouraged. Edu Prize was recommended for my daughter by the principal of another school and she has attended since kindergarten. This year my middle daughter has started kindergarten and even though they have wildly divergent personalities and abilities, they both really enjoy school.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2004
My sons were transfered here last year because of difficulties we had at their previous school. The traditional style was too rigid for my 1st grader-he has a hard time focusing and being still. Some would say he has ADHD. Well the class room was too large for the teacher to deal with him and he ended up seated apart from the class, missing recess, and at the principals office daily. The teacher would say he wasn't being bad but was disrupting her class too much. Well needless to say I am so glad we found Edu-Prize... The 20 kid ratio has been wonderful. Although my son is still a handful they have worked with me to figure out creative ways to help my son. He is learning so much and his self-esteem has catapulted. Thanks Edu-prize for helping my sons find out leaning can be fun!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2004
The one dissapointing thing that we have experienced is certain teachers that have been left in their positions for what seems to be an 'administration connection' rather then because of what they offer as teachers to our children.

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July 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
Edu-Prize is an extraordinary school. I enrolled my son there three years ago with the expectation of 'trying it out' to see if we'd like the curriculum and the cottage learning concept. It has far exceeded my expectations. The personal attention and the genuine love and care the teachers and the principal, Dr. Ory give to the students is unbelievable. Right now he is reading on a third grade level and is doing third grade math. (He's in the second grade.) My daughter started Kindergarten there this past fall and thanks to her wonderful teacher has come full circle. She was extremely shy and was slower than normal to learn. By the end of the year she had mastered everything. I credit her teacher, her classmates and Edu-Prize. It's the best!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
My daughter attended Edu-prize for 7th and 8th grades, and graduated last week. It was a great two years during which she excelled and grew a great deal, as her classmates/friends did. The teachers at this school go out of their way to see that all the students have everything they need to achieve their highest potential in an atmosphere of respect.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
Overall I think that Edu-Prize is a good school, but I would like to see more after school activities. I think the multi-age classroom structures work very well. Would also like to see a full day kinder. program.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
My sons attended Edu-Prise for kindergarten and 2nd grade in 2003-2004. Anyone looking for a school where your children's needs and education come first will love this school. Many teachers here come with their masters degrees and are cream of the crop. Although some are fresh from college, they do have intense enthusiasm. There is a high percentage of teachers that also have their own kids at Edu-Prise which is indicative of the school's quality education. What I love most is that teachers are given full reign to use creativity and innovation in their classroom curriculum which forces kids to think 'outside the box.' This school is not about the 'test' and meets my kids needs at whatever levels they are at whether above or below other students. All this school needs now is some great leadership by the new principal and some a character building program to be perfect.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
I have mixed feelings about Edu-prize. The academics are above average, but not stunning, just slightly better than what you'd get in the areas public schools. They use the same curriculum as the public schools in the area. Teachers are involved and seem to care about teaching, but don't do much about bad behavior. My child also has been subject to daily verbal abuse and some physical abuse by other students and the teachers, aides and principal have taken little to no action to my child's complaints. There are no extracurricular activities other than band (very limited enrollment), musical theatre, and chess. No sports whatsoever. The new schedule for dismissal is horrendous. I'm looking for a new school for my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
I have appreciated the school spirit and general conversations of school support. I have been a school principal and enjoy the school atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2004
Our 2 kids have been at Edu-Prize for 2 years now and we are delighted with the amazing staff and curriculum at the school. They have a very individualized approach to education and allow kids to learn at their pace in a wonderful environment. They also encourage parents to take an active role in their childs education which is wonderful.

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March 26, 2004
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February 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2003
I thought this school would amaze me, but after sending my child there for 1 quarter I realized the lack of attention and knowledge she is recieving. I highly recommend not sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2003
We have two children currently at Edu-Prize and one Edu-Prize graduate who is now entering high school. I cannot thank the Edu-Prize staff and teachers enough for the outstanding academic achievements and social development all three of our children have had at this school. Every teacher my children have had was first-rate in every respect. Besides the high academic marks, I rate Edu-Prize very highly on caring, warmth and safety. This school seems to be lacking many of the social problems that plague so many of our public schools. We struggled through the early years, before building 1 was built and the classrooms were in portables. It was well worth it! My oldest attended Edu-Prize for grades 3-6, then went on to the honors program at a public junior high school in Gilbert, where he made straight A's through grades 7-8. His academic progress at a public junior high in one of the highest ranked school districts in the state speaks volumes about the elementary school education he received at Edu-Prize. My youngest two children have been at Edu-Prize since Kindergarten. We will probably move them to a public junior high school after 6th grade, as we did with our oldest. This decision is based on socialization prior to entering a public high school and is not meant as a criticism of the Edu-Prize program for grades 7-8.

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EDUPRIZE School - Gilbert Campus
580 W Melody Lane, Gilbert, AZ  85233
(480) 813-9537
Last modified EDUPRIZE School - Gilbert Campus is a Charter school that serves grades PK-10
EDUPRIZE School - Gilbert Campus Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 181 reviews. Top