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Glendale, AZ
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7241 West Rose Garden Lane
Glendale, AZ 85308

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August 07, 2014
The new common core is horrible and this school is pushing the new curriculum very hard. This school is very tough and they expect a lot from kids. The principal isn't a problem solver and pushes problems under the rug. The teachers are uncaring and the homework is crazy. Until we go back to the normal way of teaching and get rid of this common core than we are going to continue to fail our children and their education.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
Unfortunately, I cannot give a star rating to this school, staff or district personnel, but I was required in order to post the following comment. I am glad I removed my daughter early in the year. The teaching staff and principal are in denial that the school offers a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn. Due to the horrid switch to common core (an untested method of teaching students) teachers there no longer taught, but became facilitators. Based on the recently released AIMS results, this school has dropped considerably in their point standings. While they are still an A school, these results show that teachers still need to teach subjects and allow students the freedom to develop whatever method they individually understand to achieve a positive outcome. This is key for a student to develop problem solving skills the private sector requires of its employees. Telling a student to figure it out is not teaching. On this path, you will continue to fail your students.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
My school is an amazing school. It is the A+ rated school. I love my school!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
I moved my two sons from another school in the district because of the test scores, STEM program and the opportunity to keep both of them in the same school through 8th grade (they are 2 years apart.) I have been very pleased with the quality of instruction and the SAGE program that challenges gifted children in Math and Reading. I have had conferences with teachers when I have questions and found them to be informed about my kids and sincerely interested in their education.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
Sierra Verde is an excellent school. both of my kids are doing very well and LOVE the attention that the teachers give to them. Would not send them anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
My children have gone to this school for several years and love it! I love that they offer so many extracurricular programs with such a wide variety. The teachers are great and love their students. The staff is all very nice and stay very involved with each child. If there is ever an issue, they are quick to notify me. I also love that they now have the STEM program. Sierra Verde definitely stands out amongst the other schools in DVUSD.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2011
Update: pulled my kids out of sv and sent them to BASIS that just opened up a few miles down the road. Just noticed that sv tests scores in math are plummeting. BASIS 5th graders use Saxson 7/8 math and I no longer need to use spectrum math books at home they are learning everything at school now. My 3rd grader skipped 4th and started 5th at BASIS and got all A's except for a B in art and a b+ in Latin. BASIS will change a child's attitude about learning within a month. SV wasn't the right school for my highly gifted children and my high hopes were not met here. They are being met at BASIS. My other 5th grader, he got straight A's at BASIS. He never earned straight A's at Sv and even received a C- in gifted math at sv last year. Very odd considering he just tested with a score of 157 on the SB-IV IQ test for Quantitative ability (99.98 percentile). No parent should have to struggle to educate children of this caliber and SV was not a good school for us.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2010
My daughter attends Sierra Verde and we couldn't be happier! She is challenged at her level and her teacher goes above and beyond! There are many opportunities for students. The principal meets and greets students EVERY morning and afternoon when they leave. She knows many of them by name and is very involved! Mrs. Paul goes above and beyond every expectation. She will only do what is best for the students and teachers of Sierra Verde. Teachers and students are very lucky to be working at such an amazing school! I recommend this school 100%! Thank you teachers, staff, and principal of Sierra Verde! You are the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
The principal is upbeat and friendly but inattentive to problems that arise choosing rather to use a "can't we all just get along" attitude rather than providing assistance to find a resolution. Kids seem out of control, teachers apathetic, students roam in cliques. Parents are very involved. Academically strong but in a way that assures high test results rather than true learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
We moved our two kids from another school to Sierra Verde in October and it has been great. The entire school has such a positive atmosphere and a can do culture. Our kids are doing great and they now like going to school. The teachers are awesome and the principal is the best that we have encountered.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
I highly recommend Sierra Verde Stem Academy! We moved to AZ and planned to enroll our child in private school until we found Sierra Verde and decided to give it a try. We could not be more pleased with the entire experience. Amazing teachers, very involved principal, and so much technology! We could not ask for anything more in a school!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
This school has had great teachers for many years. Under the new principal Cheryl Paul it has gotten even better with the new leadership. My children have gone her ever since the school opened and it is today the best it has ever been. The upbeat and positive environment is a direct result of the current principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2010
I moved my 5th grader out of this school last year; the teacher was excellent, the program was excellent, but unfortunately many of the other students were bullies. My poor son would come home in tears and beg me to not have to go back. I think many of these students would pick on him. He has been much happier since we left Sierra Verde.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Since last year I have been looking into finding an elementary school for our daughter, who will move on from her Montessori experience. I was simply amazed on the kind and friendly atmosphere of Sierra Verde. I have visisted the school unannounced and called many times - only to find a helpful and enthusiastic person - you can tell that everyone enjoys what they are doing. From the nurse, to the front office staff to the 1st and 2sd grade teachers the environment is inviting , exciting but most all of you can feel the joy and passion of each and everyone working together for the children. I am thankful that our daughter will be starting 1st grade and was accepted under the Open Enrollment process.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 03, 2010
Sierra Verde will open in the Fall as a STEM Academy and we are commited to excellence. The staff collaborates and continues to share knowledge of new technology with each other and students. We are finding more efficient ways to help students think critically and learn new ways to problem solve. Teachers are reflective of their practices and recognized for their hard work. Students are put first at Sierra Verde and I can't wait until my son can attend. Our principal is a dedicated individual with a contagious positive attitude. I am a teacher who has been at the school since it opened in 2001, and I have never felt prouder of my school than I have felt this year.

- submitted by a teacher
April 03, 2010
I think Sierra Verde is an amazing school that just seems to be getting better and better! The staff is absolutely focused and committed. The students are thriving. Parent involvement could be better, but overall still very good. Technology is everywhere...just really an amazing learning environment for our three kids. Could not be happier with our experience at Sierra Verde and hope that impending budget cuts,etc. do not affect the quality of learning here!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2010
My son is in 7th grade and has been going to this school since 1st grade. He is gifted and this school has done a good job keeping him challenged through the SAGE program and in advanced and honors classes. This school has taught him critical thinking and he has excellent math and written composition skills. The new principal and her team have definitely taken this school to a new level.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2009
This school has excellent leadership, from the administration all the way through to the campus maintenance staff. The students are the #1 priority in this community. Parent involvement is extremely high, and the children benefit from that. My children love this school, and their parents do, too!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
As we go into year 2 of our amazing 'new school' (new principal, new teachers, new environment) I can honestly say that I am excited for school to start. I am excited to see what my children will learn this year. All the teachers are working together for the first time in the 7 years we've been there. The teachers can do what they love best - teach! The principal knows each child by name and honestly cares about each one. I feel very proud of my school!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
Sierra Verde School, which is and has been a K-8 school since it's opening in 2001 (not a K-5), has always had the potential for being an excellent school. In past years, there has not been open communication between staff and parents, and the community had polarized due to conflict between the staff and the parents. Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, we have had new leadership with an outstanding principal, assistant principal, and new teachers. From the outset, it was apparent that a new culture was beginning, and now everyone, from the maintenance staff to the administration, has infused a new, enthusiastic, and healthy environment for the students. Test scores, which have always been high, are now reflective of the team building grade level teachers share. Our principal is a take-charge empowering individual who believes that everyone can succeed. Our school is now a community in the truest sense.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
The transformations that have been made at Sierra Verde this year have been amazing. Under new leadership, the school is like a shining star where everyone is working together (students, parents, teachers & the adminsitraiton) to achieve one common goal....Student Achievement. There is a sense of excitement when you walk onto the campus with the kids smiling and the teachers/administration being friendly and available to answer any questions/concerns at there earliest convenience...GO VIPERS!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
I have been disappointed in the lack of positive communication in past years. Parents have turned on parents. Teachers have taken sides and Principals have allowed this to turn into a popularity contest, not a place of learning. With new leadership, we can do nothing but improve. For anyone who avoids conflict at all costs, even the expense of kids, will even be surprised to see how quickly a school can be turned around. Hopefully we will then, have the attitude we preach to our kids. Positive

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
Sierra Verde is undergoing a transformation, starting with top leadership. The new principal appears to have a win-win type of attitude which should reduce the number of parent/teacher/administrator conflicts. Over the past five years, a devisive and insidious force has polarized teachers, parents, and now students and set them up to 'play against each other' instead of 'for each other.' Although students score well on tests, academic research shows that school has only about a 10 percent impact on test scores and these students score well due to the attention their families and parents pay to their upbringing. Students are not academically challenged, the teachers fail to communicate between and across grade levels and, it appears that many the teachers do not follow district guidelines for curriculum. I am hoping for a quick improvement with the new leadership or I will move my children elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
I have been greatly disappointed in the lack of rigor in the curriculum at this school. The teachers have a generally negative attitude toward parents, students, and each other which makes for poor morale overall. We are currently exploring a private school placement for our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
We are new to the area. Sierra Verde is an excellent school. You can feel confidant that your child will get an excellent education. The teachers and support is very friendly.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
I love this school it has been great for my boys they have chaged and grown so much with the help of the great staff and teachers at Seirra Verde Thak you

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
This school is under intense pressure at this time, and scutiny. The leadership is under fire, and should be. The teachers are for the most part excellent, which is why is it still an excelling school. It is the leadership that is not excelling. There is no leadership there. Just relationships.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
June 29, 2007
All I have to say is beware this school. I wouldn't send my kids back here if I were paid. My son was made to feel bad about himself by his teacher. I was told not to give up on my son but the school did just that. I feel I was lied to and treated badly by just about everyone in this school. I was very involved in the school. Field trips, parties, volunteering. None of that mattered. I wasn't respected and my son was given a complex about himself. Horrible, horrible, school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
I have a kindergartner enrolled at Sierra Verde and could not be more pleased with his progress. I believe the teachers and administration have engaged and encouraged him during his introduction to formal learning. I am very satisfied with Sierra Verde.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
One word to describe this school is help. That's what it needs. Teachers don't care much about real education and are more concerned about judging the children and 'telling' on them rather then guiding and helping them. What a shame. Some children lack discipline and teachers just don't seem to care, they ignore parent issues and don't respond. I will be moving my child to a different school this next coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
Sierra Verde is an excellent school that promotes education, values and citizenship. The teachers are top-notch and the administration is very organized and attentive. I would hightly recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2006
Involved staff, open door policy by administration for all parents and students, very kind and knowledgable office staff, standards based insruction. This is a very parent involved school. Great for non-working parents. Would highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
I am seriously considering removing my daughter from this school. Safety is good at the school, but judging by the way the students behave, I believe that the discipline low.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2005
The staff at Sierra Verde is very dedicated to the highest quality of education for the students as well as their mental/emotional well being!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
The academic level here in this school is average. The teachers that I have been exposed to are fairly knowledgeable and acceptable. I have only been exposed to this district for 6 months. I originally came from NY and since I have 3 kids ranging from 6 to 14, I am pretty comfortable in reviewing this school to say that the levels of academics are far from NY but they are acceptable and seem to be trying to come up on their standards.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
This is the worst school my child has ever been enrolled in. The only teachers my son enjoyed were mr. S. Medved and mrs. C. Tomlinson, who both had very unique and interesting lesson plans. The staff members are often rude and complaining, and I have no desire to re-enroll my son in a deer valley school.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
I think this is a good school and have been happy with my daughter's experience. She has been at SV since 2nd grade and most of her teachers were excellent.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
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June 07, 2005
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June 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 04, 2005
Although the area is nice, and the school is clean, and the office staff is very friendly, this school has real issues with some of its teachers. Some special events were cancelled due to poor planning and other events were totally unorganised. Projects from some teachers were asigned with no real idea of expense to the student, although it was expressed that the cost would be minimal when in fact it was not. Several teachers were not prepared, had no experience and showed little interest in the grade they were teaching. Some of the more experienced seventh grade teachers were very good, and their efforts are appreciated. Our children will not be attending this school any longer.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
average school. children are not challenged as much here as I had hoped.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
Great school! The principal is very involved, kind and is easy to talk to. We have had some great teachers who really care about the children and take extra time with them. I don't feel that my children are just anonomous students, the teachers and principal really pay attention to them. We have been very happy with the amount of attention given to all issues that come up. I appreciate the summer school and after school classes that are available.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Good neighborhood school- don't have to worry about behavior issues. Teachers take behavior seriously.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
I've been very happy with the education my children have received at this school. The teachers have been open and communicative. The office personnel are welcoming as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
December 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
This is a great school with great parent teacher communication. The neighborhood is wonderful and the staff friendly.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2004
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- submitted by a student
April 21, 2004
This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but my son was not challenged at all. The school seems to have set extremly low expectations. My son's class had 33 students so many of his English assignments were not graded for spelling or grammer.

- submitted by a parent
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Sierra Verde Elementary School
7241 West Rose Garden Lane, Glendale, AZ  85308
(623) 376-4800
Last modified Sierra Verde Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sierra Verde Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top