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Legend Springs Elementary School1
Posted January 21, 2015
- a community member
I tried calling the school everyday for a week to set up a tour for my kids to go there next year and all I kept getting was all circuits are busy. After never getting through, which is concerning if my kids went there, I stopped by. When arriving at the front office which is the face of your school you expect them to be friendly. I explained to the lady at the front desk that I have tried to call for a week and I couldn't get through. Her response was , " I don't know what to tell you we have phones. " I understand that can put Someone on the defense but I thought there might be an issue with the phones and they would want to know. Then to follow it up I asked if I could set up a tour and she told they had a kinder orientation coming up and I should attend that. I thought great until I realized they didn't want you to bring the kids. I told her I didn't have anyone to watch my kids at that time she replied with this, " surely you could find a neighbor or some on to watch your kids for an hour. " I was blown away that she would say that., especially the tone she used. This front office staff speaks loudly and to me it says stay away I am not all that the ratings say I am.
I'm surprised that it is only four stars. Maybe there might be a better option (Basis), but other than that it is probably the best public school in Deer Valley. Everything is great and it should get five stars. The only disappointment might be how many kids take advantage of the open enrollment to go here. Your kids friends may live pretty far away. New principal is outstanding. If you see some negative reviews that is the old principal. And she wasn't all that bad. The teachers go out of their way to meet the needs of the kids.
Our kids have been attending Legend Springs since 2003 and we have been so pleased. The teachers are truly invested in their students, staff is friendly, parents are actively involved and the new principal is fantastic! We love this school!
2 years at Legend Springs and I can say it is amazing! The teachers, parents, and especially the new principal are all wonderful and extremely dedicated. It's a great school on an even better upswing with Principal Minor at the helm. It feels more like a family. Kindergarten was great, but 1st great has proven to be fantastic. Mrs. Levake is a caring, fun, dedicated, and highly involved 1st grade teacher who goes out of her way to be in communication with parents on a daily basis. Students as encouraged and rewarded for their participation in outreach programs and helping each other. Legend Springs is a gem of a school! You can't go wrong. Art, PE, Music, Computers, and Library are integral parts of the curriculum alongside Reading and Math, so far. Extracurricular activities abound and family events have a great turnout--fun festival, family movie nights, father-daughter dance, mother-son bowling, turkey trot, etc. The PTA teacher involvement is strong and parent involvement is growing. The words I would choose for Legend Springs are: enthusiastic, focused, dedicated, resource-savy, technologically competitive, excelling, and caring. Our kids love going to school!
My daughter has attended Legend Springs K-6 grades and is graduating this year. The amazing level of care and professionalism of the teachers and support staff is off the charts! My daughter has a love for school and learning because of the great attitudes of the teachers and I'm forever grateful for the wonderful foundation my daughter has. I would highly recommend this school for any parent who wants the best school in the district. Our new Principal has brought a fresh and welcomed perspective with her positive energy and support of the staff :) Our PTA has been so supportive of supplying our classrooms with technology. Perfect blend of parents and teachers working together for the benefit of the children.
I have three children at this school and it is FABULOUS! The teachers are invested in what they do, they teach with excellence, and they really care about the students. They encourage parents to be involved in the education process, and many parents enjoy volunteering in the classroom, in the PTA, and at special class parties or fieldtrips. There is great communication from the teachers (I get a weekly email from each of my children's teachers about what topics they will be learning the following week and any upcoming classroom activities) and they respond promptly to email. The school spirit is fantastic - there are flagpole celebrations most Friday mornings, which also feature a short musical performance by individual students or even entire classes. Everyone, from the principal to the academics teachers, specials teachers, nurse, and admin staff cares about the students and works to build a positive, encouraging learning environment. Good character is both modeled by the staff and reinforced in the students. It is a FANTASTIC place to learn! I am so thankful for such a wonderful start to my children's educational experience!
Our children have been attending Legend Springs since 2009 via open enrollment and we have had a very positive experience each year. There is a new principal for the 13-14 school year and I can say that the change in principal has been a wonderful thing and very refreshing. She is visible, out and about and making a strong sense of community. It is great when the kids are coming home and talking about how they want to "Be Legendary". Though we never had any issues with the previous principal. We did lots of research before selecting this school, looking at and comparing it to many of the local charter and private schools. We could not have asked for a better environment for our daughter and son. The teachers here truly do make the difference and the gifted program is hands down one of the best in the state. Parent involvement could use an increase in support. Like a previous comment stated it is one thing to write a check and another to give the time. However, this is a great school and as in every school there is always a down cycle before new blood steps up the plate when it comes to PTA!. You absolutely can't find in our opinion a better K-6 school in the northwest valley.
I can not agree enough that it is the best thing for this school that the principle is retiring. I volunteer often at this school because of the lack of leadership from this principle and have seen first hand a few of the BAD APPLES. My child is a good student but it is common knowledge the many problems and the lack of community and leadership that is lacking at this school. There is little support for the PTA. Anyone can write a check but there needs to be involvement. I would like to see the district review the teachers without repercussion and implement what they are doing right in other schools. The teachers are the best tools that we have. The responsibility for a school can take the life out of anyone. A GREAT ADMINISTRATOR will see when it is time and put the students and school first. And the time was years ago for this principle.
I cant say enough positive comments about Legend Springs and we could not be happier with our choice of open enrolling our son at Legend Springs. We checked out many schools, including charter schools and picked Legend Springs b/c of their AIMS scores, rankings, technology and resources, etc. We did not know very much about the teachers, but were told they were excellent....and what we learned this year is that this could not be more true! My son has had the most dedicated, creative, and inspiring teachers we could have asked for- Mrs. Barbee and Mrs Packer, but you could not go wrong with any of the 4 kinder teachers -Mrs. Crane and Mrs. Gordon as well. They work as a team to provide the best possible experience for your child. Not only are they very strong academically, they make learning fun and challenging and instill self esteem and values. They use the latest technology and learning techniques and are always striving for the best exp. for your child. They welcome and appreciate parent volunteers, and I truly enjoyed being in the classroom each week watching my son's progress. It is only 2 days into summer break and my son misses school...need I say more!!
Legend springs is one of the top schools in the valley. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I believe that some of the reviewers are a little confused. When your child is already attending an excelling (A+) school and you are not happy, you will probably not be happy anywhere. First, when you refer to some teachers as "bad apples" at a school like Legend Springs, you need to consider these teachers are being compared to the outstanding teachers on campus and not teachers in general. Second, the PTA has been amazing and it may be awhile before many parents feel comfortable taking over. Thank you to the teachers for filling in during the transition and I am sure some new parents will step up to help- they always do at LS! Finally, my children were sad that the prinicipal was retiring. They said she was kind, and made them feel safe. Lesson learned: adult politics don't generally affect students and it is the professionalism of the staff on this campis that helped. The kids at this school are happy, the test scores are great, and the community is welcoming to the great number of open enrollment students. In the big picture, this school should be a 10 out of 10!