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8530 N 55th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302

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(623) 237-4000
(623) 842-8339
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June 23, 2014
Glendale American is the worst school my children ever attended. Bullying is the norm and the child being bullied gets punished, not the offender. The principal will act, only after the school district offices are called. The vice-principal is a cold-hearted woman who has no care or concern for the children that attend, Even the middle school teachers bully their own students. The curriculum is sub-par, there are no field trips, very little homework, and the teachers have no interest in communication with the parents. AVOID this school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
Glendale American School...do not miss to many days new attendance policy=).My kid got Honor Roll!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
Glendale American is an excellent school. Both my children have enjoy the learning experience. My kindergarten looks forward to a wonderful day at school and doesn't like it when it's a holiday. She's always eager to go to school and proud to show what she has learned. For the last five (5) years I have been at the school almost everyday and have not seen or heard any bullying. It is important that the parents be involve in the learning process. I have volunteered once to help with the fundraiser and it was a wonderful experienced. The like the parents coffee talk and the involvement with the principal is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
This school is great! Students are polite to adults, and they walk to classes in an orderly fashion. Staff is dedicated to making it a warm and friendly place. They have a "Family Education Center" for parents to go to for morning coffee and get brochures in both english and spanish. Administration works with staff on professional development. Bullying is not tollerated and it is a very safe environment. This school has shown much improvement in parental engagement. What a great place to send you students!

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
My school is a great school because teachers are loving and care about their students. It is a safe place, as it is kept locked to outsiders, and they have a wonderful volunteer screening to work with children. In addition, professional development is ongoing and staff is hard-working. Students are couteous and respectful. I would send my children to this school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2013
Don't pay any attention to the recent reviews, I suspect they are staff lying for the school. This school is worse than horrible, bullying is everywhere and I had to pull my child out. I wouldn't send any poor child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2012
This is an awful school, fighting/bullying is a huge issue at this school. The principal is more like warden and a very ineffective one at that. So sad I kept my children there for 2 yrs before taking them out. Imagine school at Cortez park on 35th and Dunlap is a good alternative if you are not able to move.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
I dont like Glendale School District at all. Classes are over filled, under staffed. Communication with teachers and parents is mostly impossible. Try charter or private over GUSD

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
This school has a big bullying problem. There is little to no supervision on the playard. The academics are sub standard. I have finally come to my senses and am pulling mine out!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
i think glendale american is nice but there is a lot of bullying and i come home horrible

- submitted by a student
no rating January 20, 2010
My daughter has been attending this school and we are debating giving it another chance this year or finding her a new one. The homework packets look nothing like the school work she brings home. And you can tell when the state is about to test the school districts because that is when the kids receive very time consuming homework, most of the time with poor instructions. About a month before testing, the packets gain an extra 3 pages as well as a list of 500 words needed to study. My daughter is in the first grade. The work she does in class consists of coloring and counting. There is a huge problem here with the teachers unloading their job onto the parents..

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January 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 22, 2009
My children have been attending this school now for a few years, and I'm so disappointed that this school has not had any decent field trips, basicly none!!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
My children have been attending since preschool. I just recently had an 8th grade graduate. I can honestly say this school has improved this year. The teachers may be young but they make the school day fun. My sons are in the accelerated classes and love their teachers. The communication is there if a parent does their part. The students have agendas and the teachers have an open door policy.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
The only issue that I would have with the school in general is that I feel it is not as secure as it could be. The visitor passes are a joke and some teachers don't watch the kids as well as they should when walking from one part of the school to another. Many times I see instances of where a child could wander off at any time and the teacher wouldn't know about it. They need to be more careful.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
Don't enroll your child in this school. After two years of disappointment we are pulling ours out. There is little communication between teachers, administration and parents, and what is communicated is usually incorrect. They spend their days flooded with worksheets and the teachers are so young and inexperienced they are incapable of taking the time to understand individual learning needs. They dont even grade the homework, we just get it back with a lazy star, even though there are obvious errors. The gifted program is more confusing to the kids because they are trying to teach two grade levels at the same time. Plus, if you pick your child up from school in the afternoons be prepared for total chaos as nobody follows any common sense or respect in the parking lot. You wont make it out without wanting to scream!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 04, 2009
Things have really changed at this school. The bullying issue has been addressed and son who has a disability really flourished this past year. He was bullied last year but this year the issues was adressed quickly and firmly by his resource teacher. He had a wonderful year academically and made more progress this year than in his past three years.

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January 13, 2009
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June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 02, 2008
the school has a big bullying problem. and the school seems to be just getting the hang of how many days/hours are in a school year. I think this should have already been handled.

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December 14, 2007
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June 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
My child has ADHD issues and neither the teachers or the administration really help. If your child does not fit the mold of 'easy' student this school will greatly disappoint you. I now have to pay out of pocket to get a tutor to re-teach my child what should have been taught at this school. Poor teachers and worse administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
My son attended this school for 3rd and 4th grade and for the most part the teachers are good at what they do, however, I would have to also say that there are too many kids and not enough eyes. My son is an only child and had his own attention issues, however with so many kids here he had to pick up habits to survive and a lot has to do with lack of parent involvement here; as a result I felt overall that there were too many students to deliver an effective educational curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2006
I cannot believe how much my son who was in pre-school learned so much in just pre-school! He learned all his colors which I was struggling with him he learned shapes he even learned to write his name alittle! I am very impressed with this school and can't wait to see what he learns in kindergarten!

- submitted by a teacher
June 25, 2006
Glendale American educated my kindergartener this past school year. I have never been so impressed and proud of what my daughter has accomplished in such a short time. I know that [she] has a positive attitude towards school now because of her wonderful teacher, Mrs. Belangie, and the foundation and structure of education in this elementary school. The staff is fantastic! There were loads of activities and events to include the parent in the educational aspect, and also in the fun. They strongly promote parental involvement. As a single mom, finding the time is hard, but all of the events were fun. I can't wait to have my daughter start back in August!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Glendale American has some of the most caring and professional teachers out there. The learning environments they create are safe and enjoyable for children of all ages.

- submitted by a former student
May 02, 2006
i am not happy with the academics taught there. the school seems more like a daycare for older children than a teaching institute. there are a lot of bullys and not enough done about it.

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March 09, 2006
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March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2006
This year has been stressful and a big waste of time. If you have a child with a disability like ADHD stay away from American. They do not care about their students. If they don't fit the mold, they push you out.

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September 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Both of our girls went to Glendale American. We were sad to leave the school when we moved. My oldest struggled with reading and the teachers did a great job helping her through special reading groups and one on one help. My youngest was only here for kindergarten, but was able to spell many words and was reading short stories by the end of the yaer. The teacher's and staff are all great! They work with the parents and care about our input. Parent involvement is great, they are always helping out and doing all sorts of activities and fundraisers. And your kids will enjoy the music and art programs. all in all you and your children will love this school. The Bennett's

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
This school has some great aspects and some real problems. I found the administration to be involved and helpful, some teachers were fantastic, and the guidance counselor was wonderful. However, my biggest concern was a lack of supervision. There are simply too many children and too few adults. There are also teachers who don't relate well to children outside a very specifc norm. Overall, I think this school doesn't do a very good job meeting the needs of children with challenges that fall outside the average.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
This school has some great aspects and some real problems. I found the administration to be involved and helpful, some teachers were fantastic, and the guidance counselor was wonderful. However, my biggest concern was a lack of supervision. There are simply too many children and too few adults. There are also teachers who don't relate well to children outside a very specifc norm. Overall, I think this school doesn't do a very good job meeting the needs of children with challenges that fall outside the average.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
The k-3 reading program is WONDERFUL! Students are assessed and taught based on individual needs. The gifted 'cluster' model is a good idea but is ineffective. I thought it was the teachers fault until I volunteered and saw how hard she works to try and meet everyone's needs. It is unrealistic to expect teachers to meet the needs of students that range from complete non-english speaking to verbally gifted within one classroom of 30 students. The class sizes are WAY too big. There is very little 'fluff' teaching. Although there is little science or social studies taught in lower grades. It is a shame that the administration does not allow fieldtrips or small children to have reccess more than once a day. There seems to be little support for teachers with discipline issues. Summer school and after-school programs help low students. Report cards are very difficult to read and understand.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
I have had 2 children attend Glendale American. Both had great teachers and experiences. The teachers always found time to answer my questions or return my phone calls. I appreciated the time they spent getting to know my children individually. The only things I find lacking at this school are the after school sports activities available at the middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
My children have attended Glendale American for the past four years. We're looking for a new school! Landmark middle school is no better. There have been a few teachers at this school who have been well organized, communicated well with the students and the parents and clearly challenged the students without simply bombarding them with homework. However, in general there is virtually no communication between the school administration and parents. It often takes multiple phone calls to be able to speak with a teacher or administrator or receive return calls. The music programs are a joke. The general music classes spend more time watching movies than anything else. Band/Orchestra concerts are combined and completely unorganized. If a parent wants to know anything, it must be requested, even the dates of events. I believe this filters from the inadequate communication/organization of the GESD.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2004
Im not to pleased with this school, It's my first experience with public schools since my daughter just began kindergarten. I guess I might have high expectations. The school is old with too many kids, the whole intergrating kinder. with eigth graders scares me. I feel elementary schools should stop at sixth grade. Im looking for another school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
I have only been at this school for one school year and so far so good. The only disappointment I have faced is that no summer school programs are offered for enrichment purposes. There are district programs but are not always available for Glendale American students.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
Too many hispanic children come to this school with not enough English speaking ability and their parents not willing to get involved for one reason or another. The curriculum is below par when compared with other districts in the Phoenix Metro Area. This district, let alone this school, needs to start spending the necessary funds to greatly improve our children's future. No wonder Arizona is ranked 49th with schools like this allowed to continue.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
Thus far I am new to the system; however, I must say at first hand one would believe Glendale American Elementary to be an awesome school, but behind the scenes there is a great deal of double standards and injustice that is allowed to take place for whatever reason deemed necessary. I would urge anyone and everyone to take a serious second look at the rules and regulations governing Glendale American Elementary and conduct a further research with regard to any complaints regarding double standards, issues of racism and so forth.

- submitted by a parent
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Glendale American School
8530 N 55th Ave, Glendale, AZ  85302
(623) 237-4000
Last modified Glendale American School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Glendale American School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top