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245 South McQueen Road
Gilbert, AZ 85233

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(480) 497-0742
(480) 813-6809
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January 12, 2014
In response to the January 9, 2014 review, very sorry to hear about your experience at Islands Elementary School. I am also a parent of a second grade student at Islands this year. Our child's teacher is experienced, hard working and diligent, professional, and an excellent communicator. The principal and the teacher are very easy to work with and have responded immediately to any of our concerns. Curriculum has been at or above grade level and our child has not been bored. We have been very pleased with Islands. Perhaps your experience is not representative of the other teachers and administration. I urge you to contact the principal and perhaps consult with the school social worker, two excellent resources.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2014
I recently moved to Arizona and this is the first school I enrolled my second grader to. I have to say the teacher does not like when parents are concerned with their children's well being. My son has been mistreated multiple times in this school by his peers and when I address it to the teacher she seems not to care much as well as having a lot of issue's with doing any work on her part. She is very lazy. She tries to always find something negative about my son instead of stating positives. My son has top reading scores and in our previous State he was above average and was tested about average here and the books he is reading are books he read in the beginning of 1st grade. He says its to boring and is not being challenged enough to his potential. When that was brought to her attention she said there is nothing she can do. I'm looking on relocating him to another school.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2013
After a move last, we sent our son to Islands Elementary near our new home. He was warmly welcomed, met some fantastic friends, and quickly became involved in school activities (spelling bee, sports, student council) Our experience has only been positive. The teacher for gifted students remains passionate about his work since starting when the school was built 25 years ago. The kids love him. Our regular classroom teacher was a delight to work with as well. I've noticed that the principal is one who spends time among the children and knows their names. Even the PTSO is great, with some super-capable mothers in charge. I see great value in kids from the same neighborhood going to the same neighborhood school, as it builds a network of friends who will support each other at school, at the park, at each others' homes, and through high school. Two thumbs up, as they say, for Islands Elementary and the good things they have going there.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2013
Islands Elementary School is a clean, pleasant school in a great location. Class sizes are larger than expected for primary grades making it difficult for some teachers to differentiate instruction for all student levels. A licensed clinical social worker is on staff and is accessible to all students and provides classroom guidance lessons to Kindergarten and short-term evening parenting classes. There are no school guidance counselors. The before/after school program is awesome and kids really love being at V.I.K. The after school extracurricular offerings are extremely limited compared to other east valley schools. PTA meets too early for working parents to be involved. Teachers are accessible via voice mail and email. The music teacher is nationally board certified and has been teaching at Islands since the opening of the school. Our child has shown tremendous academic growth and is above grade level in all subjects especially reading and math. We would have preferred more intensive homework, classroom guidance lessons in all grades, and more emphasis and time on science. Overall, though, we are pleased and our child really loves being a Dolphin!

- submitted by a parent

November 26, 2010
Great staff, horrible class size for second grade this year...curriculum is great - best in the area, however, they teach in too many different ways 9specifically the second grade this year). Office staff are not very pleasant or friendly, except for the principal. One of my children is Autistic. Mrs Rush and her staff are excellent with Special Needs. She and her staff really care about individual progress, IEP goals, and the speech teacher is EXCELLENT! If you have a child with special needs, this is the best school in Gilbert....however, the regular classes are too crowded, too many lil bullies and too many fundraisers.....otherwise- its a good school>

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October 20, 2010
If we could do it over we would not have our child at Islands. Unfriendly staff and a complete disregard for students well being. I watch kids man handle eachother in the morning while several teachers engage eachother.

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October 19, 2010
Islands elementary is a great school it has the feel of safe and caring environment, which is very important. The principle the teachers and the whole staff are great.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2010
Because they have the best staff in Gilbert. They are always going out of their way to do great things for the kids. They seem to take more time to help make sure they understand. Unlike middle school and high school where they seem to be just a number.

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April 27, 2010
This school is outstanding. The teachers are so cheerful and care so much about the kids. They go above and beyond their regular work day.

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September 23, 2009
We just moved to AZ and my children love their new school. The teachers and staff are all very friendly. My only concern so far is the large class sizes. My second grader's class has 27 students . He's getting a bit lost in the shuffle.

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December 05, 2008
Islands Elementary has been a dream. My daughter is in Kindergarten. Her teacher is Mrs. Shafer. She is so wonderful. She is loving, but also doesn't let them get away with misbehaving. They have a great system in the classroom. My daughter has learned so much responsibility. It is December and she is reading what I think are very advanced books. She went in there not knowing how to read. Mr. O'neil the principal is great. He is very involved with every aspect of the school. The kids LOVE him! What can I say, i feel very blessed to have my daughter go to such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2008
The kindergarten teachers are incredible. Mrs. Berry is a dream...she's caring, but firm, and the children all adore her. She says things like she is allergic to scribbling...how cute! She promoted a complete sense of community...you were always welcome to visit. I knew exactly what my child was doing in school from being there and from the wonderful newsletters. My child bloomed...the result of a great team!

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2008
My daughter and I just moved to Az this sumer and I was very fearful how she would adapt to a new school environment. Islands put my fears to rest. Her fifth greade teacher is fantastic, my favorite teacher she has ever had. I love that I can see my daughters scores online, which are updated by her teacher regulary. Children are given recognition for good behavior, which promotes and orderly classroom. The only drawback I would say is that the office staff is not very friendly. I tend to look past it since I feel like my child is getting such a great education.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2008
I have found (for many years now) that teachers give all their attention to those students who 'act out.' Teachers provide little to those who excel and even less to those kids who are 'average.' My child's interest in school is waning due to the high volume of meaningless busy work that does not challenge her toward higher level thinking. She is bored and in her words 'invisible' to her teacher. Parent-teacher communication is delayed. Scores on spelling tests and other assignments are not revealed until nearly one month after they were assigned. I find the school to be willing to endlessly take everything I have to offer; my time, money, and resources. When it comes time to take a little constructive criticism or answer questions from parents, the reaction is extremely defensive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 30, 2008
I like this shool. The kindergarden teachers are awesome and really care about the kids. I think the communication between parents and teachers is good. I do get sick of all of the stuff that the kids get sent home to sell. Overall a good school.

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November 13, 2007
I appreciate all of the extra effort given by the teachers at Islands. My children have attended Islands for years, and I am continually impressed and thankful for this school. This year my student is involved in an oceanography club after school that is sponsored by the 5th and 6th grade teachers. My child loves this extracurricular activity, and I am grateful for the extra time and work that these teachers invest. Islands is an excellent school that for the fourth year in a row has recieved an excelling grade from the state.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2007
I have been going to Islands Elementary since I was in 3rd grade.I love this school,and I'm going to miss my teachers when I go to Junior High next year.The teachers here a great,and they really do care.The principal does a great job,but I believe that the teachers do a better job.The sports,art,and music teachers really exceed standards.There are so many parents involved that I can't go two hours of school without seeing a parent helping out in the office or hanging up streamers,or passing out flyers for an extracurricular activity.I recommend this school to anyone and everyone.

- submitted by a student

July 30, 2007
Islands is an amazing school. Teachers in all grades really care about each and every one of their students. MOST parents are very positive and support their children and the teachers that dedicate themselves to excellence. I feel that the team of 6th grade teachers do everything they can to make learning fun while meeting the diverse needs of every child in a safe and structured environment!

- submitted by a teacher

June 10, 2007
My last child just finished his 6th grade year at Islands. I feel that as a whole the school has gone down hill over the last few years. I'm glad that the school year is over. I wouldn't reccomend this school to anybody.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2007
I've had kids at Islands for almost a decade, and my satisfaction with the school has plummetted. The administration is out of touch, and certain grades, especially 6th, do a horrible job of discipline and handing conflict. All of the kids know who the teacher favorites are, and that's just not a good thing. I wish I'd transferred my kids out 2 years ago.

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October 29, 2006
Initially we were happy with the school. The longer we are there the more we are displeased. Leadership style is micro-managing and insecure .., giving less power for teachers to teach in their style. Our son is bored and losing his love of learning. Testing and the way they look in the community is more important than the love of learning.Would not recommend this school for those who have high achievers or children who are curious and creative and very bright.There is low parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2006
My family moved here in the middle of the school year last year. My son was very welcomed, but it took me a little getting use to the way things are done. I can honestly say although the art & music and gym are a little weak I think the Teachers are wonderful. In my experience they teach each child as need be, not just a class of 26 kids. Islands is the closest we will find to our school in N.Y. that we loved.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2006
My son has attended Islands for the last 2 years. I am very happy with the pre-school and kindergarten programs as well as the staff. The availability of extracurricular activities is impressive! The level of parent involvement is outstanding and the staff seems to genuinely care about the children.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2006
Our experience has been that each teacher our sixth-grade son has had strives to strengthen students academically and develop their character. Islands teachers seem to love what they do and honestly care about students, and this is true of all program teachers: music, P.E., and everyone from the librarian to the health assistants. We feel that Islands warmly includes anyone who wishes to involve themselves in the school in a friendly and positive way. Though our family moved well outside the school's boundaries a month or two into this school year, we consider the drive to Islands well worth it for the quality of education and congenial atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2004
Happy with school and teachers. Too many children in classrooms, however.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2004
We moved here from a small school in IL and I was worried about how large the school was, but it has been great. There is plenty of parent involvement and the teacher we have had have made our experience here a pleasant one. They have had many opportunities for hands on learning. Very pleased with the school and staff.

- submitted by a parent
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Islands Elementary School
245 South McQueen Road, Gilbert, AZ  85233
(480) 497-0742
Last modified Islands Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Islands Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top