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PK-6
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Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 633

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7490 W Union Hills Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85308

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(623) 376-4100
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September 15, 2014
So I must be extremely lucky to have had such a great experience at Arrowhead. I actually commute to take my children there and have been doing so since my son was in preschool. Now 6 yrs later he still loves it there. When I researched schools this was the most traditional to my youth as I could find. With a music and art program, science fair, and family events, it has been perfect for our family. I worried that my son was too fidgety, that he would be labeled quickly without knowing him at a school that didn't cater to his learning style. It was the best decision I have ever made. I love the teachers, and staff and they care about my kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
My daughter has been attending this school for the past three years, starting in Kindergarten, and she will be returning this Fall for 3rd grade. We absolutely love this school and absolutely LOVE the new principal, Ms. Hunt. Admittedly, I had some less-than-positive interactions with a staff member in the front office but, fortunately, that individual is no longer there. We had an unfortunate experience with a first grade teacher who, again, is no longer there (again, thankfully.) The principal impressed me tremendously when I brought my issues with the first grade teacher to her attention. She was extremely attentive, compassionate, and took action immediately. This school has become like an extended family to us and I feel very blessed to have my daughter here. We parents have to remember that the outcome of our interactions with staff members is largely dependent upon our approach. They want to help, and they want to see that we care, but they also need to be regarded with the respect and appreciation they deserve - keeping in mind that we are all equally imperfect and have room to learn and grow. Overall, my daughter and I absolutely LOVE Arrowhead!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
This school is the WORST. The parents are the WORST. The 4th grade teachers, except for one, are the WORST!!!! They are the most manipulating adults I have come across who in turn have worked students against one another as well as bully their own students. This school needs a total make over..with new teachers that can bring new ideas and concepts and to help the students succeed both academically as well as socially. Be warned or be SORRY!

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2013
I just had to say something about the staff at Arrowhead. I have had many interactions with the office and a few teachers and have always been treated courteously and with real concern. I find this to be a very friendly school with plenty of smiles to go around. The new principal is ready to help too. I know several friends in the neighborhood who feel the same way. The trouble today is you mostly hear from people who are angry and not those who are satisfied. Sorry it took me awhile to remark.

- submitted by a community member
March 11, 2013
I am so amazed on how the office staff still has their jobs... They are always so rude to me and my children and I am looked at like im annoying them when I ask questions! My two students will NOT be returning to this school next year. The teachers seem to be to busy to communicate with the parents! So disapointed in this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
I just wanted to post a note congratulating the 6th graders at Arrowhead. Today they participated in the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program at the Arrowhead Towne Center. They walked a mile there, carefully picked a child to help and shopped for the best deals and best presents. One group went to Build-A-Bear and not only picked a cute monkey- they were able to go in the back and record themselves singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas for the voice box to be put in the monkey! The parents that attended as chaperones were all great! They took their job seriously but were able to have fun with their child and child's friends. Everyone had a wonderful time, was well behaved and hopefully learned a little about the true meaning of the season.

- submitted by a teacher
November 18, 2012
At Arrowhead Elementary, every incident of student misconduct that is referred to administration is given due process and handled in line with the Deer Valley Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Bullying will never be "punished" away although consequences are certainly appropriate when one student harms another student in any way. Arrowhead is striving to create an environment where all students are treated with dignity and respect by emphasizing the six character traits and building relationships. There are no "throw away" children at this school. All students who attend here can expect a fair shake and every effort possible to help them find success. The principal's door is always open to discuss these issues.

- submitted by a teacher
November 15, 2012
If you are looking for a school that will have a zero tolerance on bullying, make your children feel safe and protected, make sure that the majority of students have a positive learning experience without the constant interruptions by disruptive students....This is NOT your school. My children attend this school. The last Principal and the new Principal are from the same cloth. Total lack of discipline. It is very frustrating because we love their teachers, but we are now looking at charter schools for our children. An "A" school rating means nothing if your child's education is constantly disrupted by one or two students that never have any consequences for their behavior. My children used to love this school now they dread going. So much for the innocence of childhood. It's very sad because they have some really really wonderful teachers and office staff who love what they do and are willing to help with whatever you need. My husband and I are saddened that the new administration is not an improvement over last years administration. It is with a heavy heart that we will be leaving.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
We had two kids in this school during the 2011-2012 school year. The very first day of school as we were walking our daughter to class the principal made a rude comment about her to my husband and myself. What a way to welcome new kids and parents to school. A few times had to deal with office staff and each time I went in the staff was bothered and impatient with me. I was not welcome at all in the office and every time I was interrupting what they were doing. When I went in to register my child for kindergarten I was told the staff was too busy and I would have to come back another time. And we had given a tax deductible donation to the school and written specifically where it was to be used (as is permitted) and when we called and asked to have it used where we stated we wanted it used, the office staff first of all didn't know how to do it and second of all told us it would be too much paperwork. After 2 or 3 phone calls we were finally allowed to use to money. Glad to be changing schools in the fall. We will be on a variance to a different district from now on.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
I am very unhappy with the way the staff in the front office treat parents and students, how they got those red carpet awards are beyond me. I had my son at Arrowhead for 5 yrs and every year it got worse with teachers, the only one that actually took time for him was Mrs. Yost. I finally took him out, that was the best thing that I could have done for him. In the other school here in DVUSD that he is at, he is finally getting good grades and the attention that he needs. I would not give any stars for this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
I pulled my kids out of this school at the last minute due to the way the front office and administrative staff treated me and behaved. I felt unwelcome with asking questions. I also felt that I shouldn't have to ask three people for a phone number to call in order to get information. I asked literally "with the variances, why should I choose your school?" Two people could not give me an answer, they just said that the enrollment person wasn't in. It's not like I want a sales presentation, but could I get a sincere and direct answer? No you can't, you can not get an intelligent direct answer from people who are just there to collect a paycheck. The teachers my children were supposed to have really would not and could not give me answers either. They were bothered to answer questions regarding their style of teaching and how they handle giving lessons to children when falling behind or exceeding expectations amongst the group. They were very nice though, at least they did not make me feel like I was bothering them for information.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
We are new to Arrowhead this year and I don't feel the school and staff have done anything to welcome us. There was no open house prior to the start of the school year; I had to call around just to get basic information since nothing was mailed or emailed to me; there is no open house scheduled for this fall as far as I know; the only chance to meet the teacher was on cirriculum night which I could not attend. The front office staff has been unfriendly on every contact i've had with them. On the first day of school there were no signs for the before/after care area so we walked around in the heat trying to find an unlocked door. On the first day of school my kids weren't even told where to go for after-care; they had no idea what to do (they are in first grade, mind you). When you add all these things together, I just feel we have had a poor experience with this school. Our last school (for kindergarten) was 10x better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
They have an incredible program and staff that is caring for each students success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
We love this school. The teachers are great and my daughter truly enjoys going to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
I love this school and have had kids in it forever. I feel safe and my kids get a great education. Thanks Arrowhead!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
We have the best teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
The teachers are caring, fun and well informed. They achieve a welcoming and open learning environment for students, staff and family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Arrowhead is an exceptional school complete with competent staff and excellent teachers.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2009
Great Teachers and a wonderful group of kids!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2009
I love everything about this school. The teachers are fabulous. The entire school really has their 'stuff' together as a whole. We love Arrowhead!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
The teachers at Arrowhead Elementary school are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
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June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
This is our 2nd year at Arrowhead and we have been very pleased with the school. I feel the teachers go above and beyond to make sure every student succeeds.

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February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
Our children attended this school from 1994 to 2007. This was a terrific school that has become mediocre at best. Poor leadership and and apathy have really taken a toll on this school. The walk to school can be daunting for some students, as the speed limit is 30mph and cars regularly go over 50mph through the school zone. The city of Glendale does not consider this a school zone, so don't expect to see any Glendale cops trying to slow traffic.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2009
Mrs. Flynn is an amazing teacher. She takes a genuine interest in the students wellbeing and education. As a teacher myself, I did research before choosing a school for my daughter to attend. I couldn't have chosen a better for her to learn and prosper.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2007
The principal does not listen or participate well with the children.One example is that she did not sign the students honor roll sheets this first quarter. Why not ?: there is a slot for it.Instead it is left blank.To busy ? or feel it is not necessary ? The curriculum is not challenging enough for most students.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
I am disappointed with the leadership of this school and with the lack of concern for advanced students. Although I understand this is a district issue but it is clear that the teachers are overwhelmed and are unable to cope with the disruptive children, thus ignoring more advanced (or even well-behaved) children. The principal talks down to parents, often quoting her 'research' and her educational background. This is a safe school, however, and I find most teachers to be engaging and doing the best they can with what they have. The curriculum is not challenging. This is an 'Excelling' school, but in AZ that does not mean much.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
This is definitely one of the better schools in Arizona. We transferred many years ago from another Glendale school and this one was way ahead! Several years and several children later, we are still very pleased. Favorite teacher..Miss Flynn!!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
This school has a excellent preschool program. The teachers are excellent and truly care about the childs needs. Ms. Claudine is a wonderful and exciting teacher and we love her.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
For the preschool program, the teacher and aide ratio was three to 15 students. The teacher was extremely good with working with the students and encouraged parent involvement. All in all I was very pleased with the preschool program and it was a good experience for our daughter.

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May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
Arrowhead Elementary is a terrific school...the administration changed this year, and that has been a little disappointing...but the teachers are awesome and the parent support is great. I think the quality of education the kids are receiving is one of the best in the district.

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January 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
I'm glad this my child's last year at this school. The teachers have been great but the new administration has been invisible and non responsive. Unfortunately the ptsa has also changed for the worse as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This school is underfunded to provide the most basic computer equipment and supplies. The administration relies far too heavily on parental volunteers which are not trained or qualified to have the kind of influence that they have over the students. On the plus side, there are several exceptional teachers and the administration is excellent at responding to concerns or threats instantly.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
Loved the school, loved the area. My daughter went here for 3 years and never had a problem. Teachers always stayed in contact with us and let us know how she was doing and if there were any problems.

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August 03, 2005
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August 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
Great school, great staff. Teacher raitos are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
We love it here, the teacers are very patient and knowledgeable. They go the extra mile

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January 27, 2005
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January 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
My experience with Arrowhead Elementary was an excellent one. The Principal was very active and very visible in all aspects of the school. Parent involvement was spectacular. It is in a nice neighborhood and the children are well behaved and easy to be around. Academically I was kept informed of my student's progress and since he had an IEP I was very involved in the day to day progress he was making. The office staff was helpful and kind. The campus was always clean and I felt my son was safe at all times. When an altercation happened with my son and another boy I felt it was dealth with in an appropriate manner and fairly settled. Kudos to the teachers and staff of Arrowhead Elementary - keep up the good work. I am sorry we moved away from this school, I would prefer my son complete 6th grade with you.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2004
This is a quality school in a great family neighborhood, where parents are involved in their children's education, and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2004
I am presently dissatisfied with Arrowhead Elementary. Like most public school environments, the philosophy is 'Only the strong survive'. My child is a collaborator and enjoys working within a group. He does not enjoy dominating or competing against other children. This occassionally makes him a target for bullies. When he asked his teacher for assistance with a bully, he was reprimanded for tattling while the bully escapes without a word. If your son or daughter is more sensitive than some and you worry about bullies, send them to private school and look forward to the voucher system. There is nothing but the status quo at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
Over all the school seems average as far as studies. The teachers seem to enjoy their jobs and care about the children. The principal on the other hand... Hopefully the school board will see all sides of stories in the future beside this womans. I know for a fact I am not alone in this at all...Due to this woman we will no longer be going to a school that is letterally walking distance from our home... other wise...They really would have an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
Probably one of the poorest schools in the valley. It is over crowed and understaffed...But the teachers are indeed great. But [because of] the 'leader' [Principal]...We'll be changing right away.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
Very dedicated teachers. Mrs. Michalski in Grade 1 is extremely focused on improving the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2003
I have a special needs child at Arrowhead Elementary. The staff has been wonderful. My son's teachers have been patient and dedicated beyond anything I could have hoped for. The principal, Mrs. Matt, is incredible. I have no idea how she manages to be as invested in my child's well being as she is, and still run a 1000 student school. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
I was very pleased with the overall staff at Arrowhead, the teachers are caring and the principal is a wonderful administrator. I only wish my child could have stayed longer. However due to district boundaries, this was not possible.

- submitted by a parent
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Arrowhead Elementary School
7490 W Union Hills Dr., Glendale, AZ  85308
(623) 376-4100
Last modified Arrowhead Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arrowhead Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top