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Higley, AZ
Students enrolled: 881

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2069 S. Delatorre Drive
Higley, AZ 85236

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(480) 279-7000
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May 14, 2014
We have loved our two years at Gateway Pointe. Unfortunately, we are moving out of state, so we won't be back next year. The principal is great and the teachers are top-notch!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Gateway Pointe Elementary has teachers (for the most part) who are dedicated and involved. The school is a community school and hosts events in which the community is welcomed. We love the atmosphere and overall climate at Gateway Pointe!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
The vice principal at the school is rude and condescending. The principal lets the VP run the school and the teachers are overall uninterested in their job. They do not communicate with the parents on anything that matters and there is no advanced placement or pspecials that are worth while. I do not recommend sending your children here. Poor education and will suspend over spilled milk as they don't want to over extend themselves into working at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My school is excellent with letting me know how my student is faring. This school has great teachers that help our children succeed.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
My husband and I have moved around the US quite a bit for his work. I have two children that are currently in 6th grade at Gateway. In all their years of schooling and in the numerous schools they have been in they have always been successful, hardworking students. I'm not one of those parents that is here to tell you that my children are gifted and are not getting the attention they need. They are your everyday children that have strengths and weaknesses. They did A-B work consistently and were mathletes. Since being at Gateway they do D-F work. The teachers are content in letting them do so. They weigh their grades unfairly. 20% class work 80% test, If your child is not good at test taking, they don't stand a chance at this school. I have also found that the teachers FAIL to teach! My children come home with assignments and have not the first clue how to complete them. I found a charter school for my daughter and moved her over. In a matter of weeks, she is a straight A student! It saddens me that I dislike a school so badly that I can not wait for this academic year to be over so we can move on!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
We love Gateway!!! I have three children that have attended this school. My oldest is now at Higely High. My younger two are in their third year at Gateway. My son as an IEP and he gets exception help and understanding with his disabilities. Mr. Hendricsen has been phenomenal, especially with helping me in personal and sensitive situations with my children over the last three years. . Lorriaine, the secretary, does not get enough credit for the job she does. Over all I am extremely happy with Gateway and Higley schools. I believe that parents should be involved more. I am disappointed in that such a large school has such a small PTO. It is the easiest and most fun way to get involved and let the kids know that beyond classes and homework..... that there is a whole world of excitement out there for everyone at Gateway!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Gateway does not have acceptable classroom instruction for kids with learning disabilities. If your child is boarder line, they recommend putting your child in a emotional behavior class. Some teachers do not care to have struggling students in their class.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2013
This is one of the best schools I have been involved with and the community is outstanding. A+++++

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
Gateway is AWESOME i came to this school in the middle of 6th grade and i got alot of friends and the teachers were really nice! i went to that school up until the middle of 7th grade cause i moved. it is the best school ive been to and my brothers and I and my parents want us to go back. I LOVE GATEWAY! :)

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2013
This school is incredible! The teachers make sure each student succeeds. Parents who care about their kids progress will be happy to know Gateway wants success for each student. My kids have been attending for several years - from Kindi on up. We have received so much more from teachers than they were expected to do. This year, my daughter's 4th grade teacher set up personal tutoring for just my daughter after school in her classroom because she was struggling in math. My 2nd grader's teacher spends many after school hours coming up with extra help for those kids in class who aren't getting it. I love this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
Gateway is AWESOME! Our children have been attending for over 4 years, and we have nothing but great things to say about this school! The tteachers are super driven - caring - and academically minded. The administration is fully supportive of parents and staff, and the staff loves their jobs. Lorraine at the front is the most amazing lady at Gateway! I love having my kids come through her door making them feel completely welcome! Bravo Gateway! We love you!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
As a mother to middle school aged students, I have to say the Gateway 7th and 8th grade teams are the best around. Between the 7th and 8th grade math teachers, my daughters have moved from meeting to excelling. They care and the teachers all have innovative and greats ways to teach. The front office staff if amazing and the atmosphere is perfect.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
Common' Gateway, stop the bullying. It's your job to see for the safety of all the students, not just the favorites.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
My son went to this school for 2nd and 3rd grade. Both years the teachers that he had were wonderful role models and very willing to help students achieve their best. Students require parental involvment, and I have found that if I support the teacher from home, they supported my son's education! We had a good experience here at Gateway and my son throughly enjoyed attending while we lived in this area. The teachers are very easy to communicate with, willing to teach and put forth the effort that children are looking for! Great job Gateway!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
I have had two children attend this school. One with special needs and one in 6- 8th grade. Every teacher has been so suppotive. If any issues arise the principal and assistant are excellent. The front desk lady is the most amazing lady Ive ever known. The bus drivers are excellent. The tutoring program is excellent. I think my ownly concern would be the PE teacher Mr farmsworth who is not positive towards the children and choses children for sports that do not deseve it because of the childs behaviour but mummy and daddy are rich so he will put them on the team instead. The football and soccer coaches both ladies and male teachers are fantastic and what Ive seeen of the baseball coaches the same. I do have a concern about sun saftey. The children are often out in the sun with no school hat or sunscreen. The school nurse is excellent and so is the librarian.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
My 4th grade grand daughter lives with me. She entered school at the start of 3rd grade. From the very first day when we visited; we have been treated with utmost respect & concern. Each item of concern has been met in the most positive way. I see nothing but success for her here. I think it speaks volumes that although school work can be & willing...even anxious to get to school. She says her 4th grade teacher is hard, but has actually been a very positive influence in many ways. I am very grateful that fate and ? brought us here. My only reqret is that so few young parents are involved. And I know there are lots of grands who could and would enjoy volunteering if they just would do it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2010
this school sux only good teacher is Ms.Williams for math

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2010
My son attends Gateway Pointe Elementary and we've had wonderful experiences with the administration there. Assistant Principal Wolf was especially helpful in resoving some challenges we were having. Her professionalism was exemplary and we miss her presence at our school. I'm confused by some of the negative comments toward Gateway and its staff; we feel that we're fortunate to have our son enrolled at such an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
We miss the old principals - Newphew and Wolfe but will take anyone long term. this district should know our schools need consistency!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
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October 13, 2009
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July 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2009
My son was a Kindergartner last year at this school. We will not be returning to the school next year. Didn't feel he was pushed hard enough academically and principal and his secretary never return calls from parents. Very unimpressed with administration.

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December 29, 2008
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December 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
This is the second year that my child attended this schools, now in 6th grade. Last years principle,and staff were aweful,and this year seems to be no better.You will be denied the opportunity to observe the classroom,and the opprtunity to sit down with other parents for conference.They seem to make up rules as they go. There is no 'bully policy', and the staff seems to not care about children safety. Forget ever talking to the assistant principle Mrs. Wolfe, she seems to hate her position. This schools has mastered giving you 'false hope',and they never follow up on their promises.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
I have 2 children that our new to the school this year. I am disappointed in the school thus far. They aren't able to provide adequate books for all the students so homework can be frustrating without the ability to glance and review the book. I requested and filled out the paper to be provided with the book on a CD and never received it. I inquired with the teacher and she noted that due to technical difficulties they were unable to provide the CD's. She did finally send a book home with my son and that has helped out tremendously. There are some good teachers and some teachers that seem uninterested, but that can happen at any school. I am hoping to see improvment as the year progresses.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
This is my family's first year at Gateway. Our two children are enjoying school and excelling well. Their teachers are great. Administration is available and active with the students. I disagree with the lack of parent support. I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of parent volunteers we have. And the parents I have encountered on the most part have been positive. The more we support our school and our children the stronger our community will be.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
I have 2 children attending this school and I would not tell anyone that I know to send their children to this school. The school is only been around this is their 4th year and my oldest has been there for 3 years and my youngest for 2 years. They have had a huge turnover with teachers and principles at this school. The staff in my opinion have no clue as to what they are doing! Very unhappy with this school and I am now moving my children to a better place! Good luck to all of the parents that have children in this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
the office staff is wonderful this year - an improvement from before. also, we like the administration and teachers. they care about our children and it shows in how they treat the students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
we are happy here at this school. for being so big, it feels small and runs well.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
My kids all enjoy coming to this school. they feel safe there. In this society, that says a lot. Our family is happy. We don't feel there is much parent support though. The community seem like a bunch of naysayers. It's too bad. With a good school they should be offering SUPPORT not their usual negativity. the staff is great too - very caring towards all the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
This school continues to get stronger and stronger. we are in our third year here and feel the teachers and principals really care about working WITH parents and our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2008
we have kids in three different grades at this school and all really like coming to school. this is a big improvement from our last school that pushed a lot of homework and testing for reasons other than helping our kids learn. But the parents in the community are pretty negative in general. For a school with almost a thousand kids, it's a shame that only 10 to 20 parents show their support at pto meetings. Shame on those people who reviewed this school with only negatives but never step in to help SUPPORT. Our family thinks teaching and showing our kids about supporting education is OUR job too.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
The teachers and administrators work so hard to meet my kids needs. But what is with this district? Don't they realize that not keeping good teachers and good principals is a problem? Why don't they address the turnover as a whole? As parents we are scared to lose more great staff. The school board should do their job and address these bigger issues once and for all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2008
have three kids at gateweay. This is our 2nd year there. I have mixed feelings about the school. There are definitely some great teachers there and some terrible teachers in middle school. It depends on who you get. I would like to see more parent/PTO involvement. I think it would make it a better place for the children. The school wide communication is getting better. And we have had two prinicples in four years. why does the superintendent not keep her principals? this is a big problem in this district. On the positive side, my kids like school, are doing well and the curriculum is good. We are happy there.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
I agree completely with the other reviews on this site that state too much home-work, an absent principal,and a tremendous number of very young and inexperienced teachers. This year all of the 1st grade teachers will be new as well as any of the kindergarten teachers. The principal will also be new. What does this say about a school entering it's 4th year. I am very concerned as a parent with 3 young kids enrolled at Gateway Pointe!

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May 28, 2008
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no rating May 15, 2008
This school district is disappointing, but the teachers are great. My daughter loves to go to school. The teachers are great with communication and they are always willing to talk to me about anything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2007
This school has odd ways of dealing with different things..like dropping off and picking up kids...not very safe at all. The teachers are nice, they are all very young and new to teaching, but they are good. We have been at this school for a year now, and we still have no clue who the principal is. Obviously she/he does not involve herself much with the actual school and the kids, probably is mostly involved with the district and their catasrophies.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 10, 2007
This school is a disapointment. Overall, the teachers and staff are not kid-friendly. The teachers push a lot of homework, most of what they havent learned yet, and the parents have to make the time to teach it to their children themselves. My son has over 2 hours of homework a night, and at least 3 projects a week. If you are a working parent or have any life outside of your child schooling, I would suggest you not put your child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
This school continues to impress each year. They only opened a couple years ago but with such an involved administration and staff we've been impressed more and more. The teachers are very young - but don't hold it against them. They are very passionate about what they do. The school is big and the office is always busy but the principals are there to help the kids and parents even wtih their size.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2007
Even as a young school, they had strong leadership and a caring, educated staff. Administration listens to me and my neighbors if we run into some issues now and then - they their role with community as partnership. But their overall goal is the kids - you can feel that and it's evident. Students are the priority here. This school does a good job of setting high expectations and consistency with behavior too. There are some teachers we like more than others, but overall Gateway continues to grow and impress.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
My children attended Gateway last year but didn't return this year. Our issue wasn't with the teachers- the quality of instruction was entirely acceptable, and the teachers seemed interested in the well-being of their students. I think the problem lies with the administration and district, who are quite apathetic about needs of their students. My children were identified as gifted, but we found that the school provided minimal resources or support for any kind of accelerated learning program. The district seems focused on providing services for the middle 60% of students, and letting the bottom 20% and top 20% fend for themselves. We really didn't want to leave, because Gateway is our neighborhood school. But after seeing my kids' level of motivation and interest in school plummet after one year at Gateway, I knew that we couldn't continue on this path for the remainder of elementary and middle

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
My daughter is in Kindergarten. Her teacher is wonderful. Everything else about this school is lousy! I find that overall the parents are aloof and don't really care how their children learn or behave. The administration lacks caring.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son attended this school last year and did not return--and I work for the district! Middle schoolers in this district are left behind--the administration is good, teachers are good but the district doesn't do enough for 6-8 grade academically or on an extracurricular level, and it's a shame because it's such an important growth period.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
My son attended 7th grade last year in this brand new school. I was very impressed by how well-planned everything was from the start. I believe the staff is off to a great beginning and am hopeful for year 2 as well.

- submitted by a parent
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Gateway Pointe Elementary School
2069 S. Delatorre Drive, Higley, AZ  85236
(480) 279-7000
Last modified Gateway Pointe Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gateway Pointe Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top