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K-8
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Goodyear, AZ
Students enrolled: 590
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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10301 S San Miguel
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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December 16, 2014
Estrella Mountain Elementary School strives for academic success for all students, as well as a balanced curriculum. As principal, I am always here to listen to concerns as it relates to students. I welcome the chance to meet with parents to talk about concerns that might arise. Sometimes my schedule does get full, so scheduling an appointment is always recommended. The front office staff strives to provide the best customer service, and that includes providing parents the best way to communicate with any staff member. Please visit our Face Book page for information on the great activities that are taking place at our "World Class" school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 02, 2014
As we are moving and as I sit here lookng for schools comparable to Estrella Mountain, I decided Hey! Let me write my review. My son started at Estrella Mountain May 2013. He started the last 2 weeks of his 1st grade school year and those two weeks were very impressionable. For me, test scores are important as well as the atmosphere and student comradery. My son continued for his entire 2nd grade year and is currently on his third grade. My daughter started this year as well in Kinder. I absolutely love this school. I feel safe when I leave my child there knowing that they will call me with the simplest of things, like, we are just double checking if they are riding the bus or getting picked up. The staff is very kind and the kids are great. I have no worries about is my child be bullied and is my child receiving the best education. I am a truly happy mom and question myself why am I moving?..(because we are military lol)

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
I did not have a good experience with Estrella Mountain Elementry. The principal and staff seem to not care about students who have a difficult time fitting in their mold. Communication was a daily struggle with teachers. My son had learning disabilities which made it difficult but instead of working with him, they would constantly send him home. They made him feel unwelcome and unwanted. The curriculum is challenging which is good but unrealistic at times. As a parent, I find it a little ridiculous not being able to help a 3rd grader with their homework, I even have a college degree. The Baccalaureate award is all they seem to be concerned about and if your student doesn't fit the mold, watch out! It also seems that most of the reviews are written by the principle and staff instead of parents giving a real opinion. My son currently attends West Star were we found a better fit for his learning and personality.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
Highly disappointed with EMES. This school puts an extreme amount of pressure on their students. My child is expected to be perfect and to remember every little thing that she is told. If she misses one thing she is punished through the teachers "reward" system. Anyone who has a seven year old knows that no one is perfect. What a way to teach children to love school. My child comes home at least three days a week so upset because she feels that she is a failure because she can not meet her teachers expectations. I thought we found a great school but I was very wrong. Even when we have asked to see the principal, she is always too busy and we are treated as though we are not important enough to be seen. The only children that are treated equally are those whose parents are highly involved within the school. Needless to say we will be looking for a new school and advise anyone who is considering this school to keep on looking elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
My children have been attending this school for 2 years now. We love it! The teachers are wonderful and very good at addressing concerns. I don't agree with the previous post about minority children. My children are of minority and they are treated VERY well. However, I do have some complaints. Academically my children are struggling more since the IB has been set in motion. I think my kids struggle more trying to get the projects done. It's too much . It's stressful for the kids as well as the parents. It's very time consuming. It seems there is less focus on Math and more focus on projects. My daughter struggles in math and has never had difficulty before. My husband, who is very good in math, has to Google how to complete a math problem to help her. This has just been my experience anyway. I think the projects that are assigned are too hard for their age level. They require a lot of parental assistance.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
I was hoping that this was not the case, but I tend to agree with the parent in regards to the treatment a child of a minority gets. I feel that the teachers, as well as the principal do not tend to care about my daughter's success at this school. When she is struggling, I have to do most of the correspondence. Not once, did any of her teachers reach out to me to discuss academic concerns in regards to her. When conferences were held, it was 98% my daughter's fault at to why she was not performing well, which I find to be absolutely degrading to her as a student. It is the responsibility of the teacher and staff to make sure she has what she needs to succeed. This is to include homework and assignment information, which as a 36 y/o physician, I have a hard time understanding. Again, this is only if she receives instructions. I am very disappointed, not only with the lack of teacher concern but no improvements or realistic suggestions as to how we can help her. Obviously, this does not happen with all of the children, which causes even more pause for me as the parent of a minority child. Very frustrated

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
Estrella Mountain Elementary is dedicated to the growth of its staff and students. Our Principal works hard to recognize our strengths and weaknesses while supporting us to grow in our profession. We have strong grade level teacher collaboration and across the grade level team work. Our students are stepping up to the plate to meet the demands of the Common Core curriculum as well as learning and living the expectations and rigor of being an International Baccalaureate student. Our parents and community members show their support daily through PTO, coaching extra-curricular activities, volunteering in classrooms, the office, and around the campus. Our campus is a place where families, staff, and students should be honored to call their school.

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2014
My school is dedicated to student achievement. Our vision has led us to the path of becoming an International Baccalaureate school, where we strive to "develop global citizens of good character who excel academically and socially to meet the challenges of a dynamic world by educators in a supportive environment that values varied perspective." I look forward to every day!

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2014
I love the students, staff and parents. Everyone is kind, supportive and respectful. Best school I have worked at!

- submitted by a teacher
February 17, 2014
We LOVE EMES! Deeply academically focused with it's International Baccalaureate program. Family friendly - we are all welcome! Problem solving on a team level - from the principal, to the teachers & coaches! Super well rounded - strong academics, great extra curriculars, and sports!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
I am a PTO board member and I parent volunteer. So many wonderful parents and teachers come together to make this school great!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
I am a student who has been going to the school since kindergarten and my teachers have always been kind and taught us well. I have never seen any kids be rascist, and any bullying that has gone on was stopped or a miniscule problem. I have ADHD and my teachers dealt with me well as a hyperactive five-year old, I am in the National Honor society now and try to excel in schoolwork. There are a few different clubs to join including Science Olympiad, a math-club, and various sports to participate in over the year. I enjoy this school and was never bullied too much, I have enough friends and like all my teachers enough that I would not want to move from my school versus any others I've heard of.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2012
Estrella is an amazing school. The teachers are wonderful, the curriculum is top notch, the principal is cares about our kids and is on top of what needs to be done. The parents are very involved! I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
My son started school at Joy Christian School and had many outstanding teachers. In March 2011 my son started school at EMES, and in August 2011 he started fifth grade and was assigned to Mr. Hegedus. I spent four years in Wichita Falls, Texas as a substitute teacher and experienced the teachings of many teachers, but I have got to say that Mr. Hegedus is by far the best teacher I have ever had the privilege of knowing. If you ever get the chance to have Mr. Hegedus as your child's teacher, it will be the best experience of your life and your child's life. Mr. Hegedus not only taught my son the skills to master higher education, but he also taught him to be a responsible, caring student. I also want to say that we, too, experienced bullying of my son when he first arrived at EMES, and the principal put a stop to it immediately. She also handled another situation with one of the school's teachers involving my son, and the next year the teacher was no longer teaching at EMES. I look forward to another school year at EMES.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
Unfortunately in a forum such as this untrue things are sometimes posted by people who have an agenda, which clearly the previous writer has. My children have gone to this school for several years and I have NEVER experienced any type of racism at all. The staff is caring and kind, and the principal is very good. This students who attend this school do very well on AIMS and that is in large part to attending an exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
There are a few good teachers. But if your child is dark or comes from a different ethnicity that child will be ignored and picked on by the other children. I had heard that the school was rasict. It wasn't until my child started going that I realized those comments were true!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
This school is great and getting better all the time. The staff is excellent, music program is exceptional, and the staff is increasing academic rigor through the International Baccalaureate Program. The discipline in the junior high is dramatically better this year. Parent involvement is increasing due to a great PTO. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
We have been attending EMES since my 6th grader was in Kindergarten and we love everything about this school. This year has been especially exciting as they have added a wonderful music program that included choir, jazz band and concert band. The teachers are extremely devoted to the children and my children are receiving a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
My daughter is in Kinder. Her teacher is amazing. However, I do question the schools other staff including principal. My daughter was yelled at in the lunch room by the disciplinarian because she was disagreeing with two other students. This woman yelled at my daughter and scared her so badly, she threw up. My daughter went all day upset and had no lunch. The staff never called me to tell me about it. I found out after school when I picked her up. During the meeting with the principal I was told I would receive a follow up call and never did. Not very caring, I'd say.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
The staff is irrational, and do not think of the childs best interest, and do not farely discipline the children.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
My daughter is a kindergartener here and so far we are exstatic about her new learing environment. Her teacher, Mrs. E., is outstanding ... she's engaged with her students and is very imaginative and outgoing. The class sizes are small (my daughter's class has 12 students) and the classrooms are exciting and inviting. The after-care program (for students whose parents can't pick them up right at the last bell) is wonderful and is way more than we thought it would be. It's an extended learing environment where the kids get exercise, library time and time in the computer lab. Our daughter gets picked up around 5:30 every day and she doesn't want to leave. This is a great school with great leadership and staff who foster a fantastic learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2009
overall a great school, wonderful parent teacher organization. Academically speaking the teachers are some of the best around. My daughter started there in 5th grade and is now in 7th, she loves it. Food is pretty nutrional. overall 4.5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 19, 2008
Overall the school was okay. There are some great teachers here but there are too many that just do the minimum. Parental involvement is very poor. It was usually the same handful of great parents stepping up to handle events. Our prior school wasn't an 'excelling school' but we had three times as many volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2008
Overall, the teachers try to do their best to teach and deal with discipline. The teachers and administrators do, however, need to teach social skills and respect, because my daughter was bullied by both a girl and a boy at school and was afraid to go to the bus stop and to enter her class. Her teacher, too, was frustrated with discipline issues and didn't know how to deal with these types of children. I discussed my concerns and found that my daughter was being ignored and treated with indifference after my concerns were raised with the teacher and adminstration. I would expect more from a school that touts it's self as one of the best. Bullying is a terrible thing and can interfere with learning on an ongoing basis.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 2007
I too am disappointed in the school when it comes to bulling. My child is bullied everyday and nothing is done to the bully other then being sent to the office. Something needs to be done about bulling. Sending them to the office time and again isn't enough. Other then that I do like a lot of the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2007
I am disappoint in the school at this time. I thought the school had a no bully policy. It seems that some of this is going on in the school where students are making fun of other students how they speak, dress and about their ethnic background. This is a concern because no student coming to school should be hurt or harassed by their peers. Other incidents have been elevated to the principal including this one and have received no feedback on what action is being taken to put a stop to this negative behavior.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
Estrella Mountain Elementary has a friendly and caring environment. I have 3 children who currently attend and love their teachers, the school work and the fact that their teachers care about their education. We have had nothing but a positive experience at this school. We encountered an issue with the school district and my sons teacher, principle, therapist(s), all got involved. I plan to stay at this school and look forward to all the new things to come.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
High academic standards. Wonderful family environment. Lots of parent volunteers and happy students. Wide array of after-school activities and an attentive staff. A+ overall!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
I have been very disappointed in the continued lack of programs in the Arts. After being in this district for 13 years now the funding and attention given to the Arts has gone down hills from out beginning. I believe to gain higher and higher test score results the District has given up many programs such as Chorus, Band, Drama, quality Art classes. More than the three r's count and you will not get the life long lessons in these programs at Estrella Mountain Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I think that Estrella Mountain Elementary School is a very good school. My daughter Alisha went there and she loved it. The school is always clean, the teachers are great and they listen and will meet with you whenever you need to. My daughter had some problems with anxiety when she went there and had a hard time getting to school sometimes because of it. The staff there were always very supportive and helpful to us. Dave Bogart the principal is Great! I think all the kids just loved him. He is very friendly and down to earth, and is a big kid himself. The curriculum is also wonderful! I would reccommend this school to any parent moving to Estrella Mountain Ranch - Goodyear, AZ.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
Great School, dedicated staff. Superior art and music programs. Lots of parent volunteering.

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April 15, 2006
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May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2004
This school is the one of the best in the area. Teachers, staff, and administration truly care about the students. Curriculum is adjusted to the students' needs. The teachers my child has had keep in constant communication about my child s progress and needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
Estrella is a decent school but I have been frustrated by the high turn over rate of the teachers and the classrooms are overcrowded. Each time a new school is built to relieve the overcrowding, they cut down on teachers, too so the class numbers are still too high!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
I think that the school in general is very good. I do believe that they need to be able to teach these students a little more about their future in life. They also have many rules that seem to be an overkill.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
Very vibrant teachers, administration, and district office support. Works very well with providing special needs students with needed services. Strong parent communication and links with community. A very good public school!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
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Estrella Mountain Elementary School
10301 S San Miguel, Goodyear, AZ  85338
(623) 327-2820
Last modified Estrella Mountain Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Estrella Mountain Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top