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Higley, AZ

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3391 E. Vest Ave.
Higley, AZ 85236

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(480) 279-6805
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September 07, 2012
My chilrdren really love this school. They have been here for five years and the changes have been truly amazing! The teachers are dedicated, the curriculum is challenging, and the administration is very willing to help. Parent involvement is encouraged and the PTO appreciates any and all help!

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December 01, 2011
We have only lived here 6 months but every interaction we have had with this school has been top notch! My 5th grader loves his teachers and has the best grades since kindergarten. Even when he needed to be disciplined we were involved right away. This is a great school in my book!

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August 11, 2011
Dedicated Leadership has allowed Higley Elementary to exceed anyones expectations. Higley is offering so many great programs to meet every childs' needs including the gifted programs, technology and extracurricular. We are glad to be here in Higley.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Higley has improved drastically over the past couple of years. The new principal is very dedicated, and the teachers and staff are all kind and hardworking. The student population is diverse, and they all show excellent character. I've had 2 children enrolled there for the past 3 years, and they've never had a problem with bullying. They've also received great educations. Higley's test scores are improving every year, so the "Excelling" label is not out of reach. Having taught at schools in the Kyrene, Chandler, Gilbert, and Scottsdale districts. I can honestly say that HEMS is at least as good if not better than many of those others.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
I am a parent of a student in the Gilbert District and when my kids went to this school they got a much better education. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side...

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no rating August 05, 2008
This school lacks in so many different areas it hard to know where to begin. I find that the teachers tend to yell at students and intimindate instead of teach. The staff are unorganized and uncaring. The classrooms are bland and boring-not a bright learning enviroment. My daughter has been there since kindergarten and I am desparately trying to get her to another school in the Gilbert district. Much better schools!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
My children attended Higley Elementary from Kindergarten through the third grade. My daughter who is a bright student did well in each of her classrooms. My son, on the other hand, was tested as gifted in the first grade and all three years he became more and more frustrated and angry with the teachers and the school because he was not challenged. Higley School District has a gifted program (HATS) but does not exercise the program as they lead you to believe. My son is gifted in two of the areas tested and is borderline in the third. The principal said she would personally write his curriculum to satisfy his needs...her word had no follow through. His teacher did not want to teach him and his gifted teacher had very little time for him. I would not recommend this school to anyone with a gifted or excelling child.

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July 02, 2008
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no rating May 13, 2008
After a very rocky start at HEMS with my daughter, I have to admit that this school has proven to me to be an exceptional place. The teachers are caring and more then willing to go the extra mile for students. In addition, the school nurse and counselor have been instrumental in helping as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
I have three kids in HEMS. This is our 2nd year there. I have mixed feelings about the school. There are definitely some great teachers there and some terrible teachers. 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 lacking. And we have had two prinicples in two years and supposedly another one next year. On the positive side, my kids like school, are doing well and the curriculum is good. We are happy there.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
I have two children at Higley Elementary and we love the school. I find the teachers and administrators are very willing to do whatever is necessary to help the students learn. I feel my kids are receiving a very good education at Higley. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
In response to your post about Higley El. and the electives offered not only for your child but all junior high students, as well as the fact that Higley El.'s teachers are purchasing needed materials out of their own pocket, I suggest you look at the district as the cause of these problems and not the school. It seems to me the teachers are willing to do what ever it takes to help students, even if that means paying for the materials needed. This is not a Higley El. problem, rather starts at district level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2007
My children attended Higley El & Middle school for several years. I found that during this time teacher/parent communication has gotten worse. We always receive notices late or last minute. Homework is graded late or lost by teachers..thus having a negative impact on a childs progress report/report card. Teachers do not communicate with parents unless a child is in trouble...if there is a sudden drastic change in school work the teacher does not call the parent. It becomes a surprise at report card time. I am very discouraged by the lack of communication. The 'organized' sports is another pitfall. I understand and appreciate the staff that volunteers as coaches, however you cannot be competitive if a coach knows nothing about the sport as is basically there for 'supervision'...very very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Our family has had a wonderful experience at Higley El. I have two children at this school and feel with both children that they are being taught above standards and their teachers are excellent. I am a parent that is involved in helping out as much as I can and that sometimes just means doing things at home, but I find that being involved helps the school and has helped my children as well. We love Higley schools and would highly recommend to anyone!

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May 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2007
Very poor quality at Higley Elementary School. The worst communication with Parents I have ever experienced. I have been to meet the teachers and many did not even know who my child was at teachers conferences. What is going on at this school. We are changing schools next year due to the poor quality of teachers, principle and learning.

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February 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
very unwilling to assist children who are not 'quick learners'

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January 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2006
I feel that if parents would start caring about kids education, this school would be fantastic! I enjoy this school, I like the teacher and staff, and I have been very involved in volunteering in classrooms and PTO. I see parents leaving their kids at school for the teachers to raise. Kids are disrespectful. Where do they learn that? Home! So if parents would stop placing the blame at the schools and start looking into their own homes and really care about education, then any school would be highly successful. HEMS is wonderful as long as you stop complaining and get involved!

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October 26, 2006
Very disappointing!, 2nd year for my Daughter and education seems 2nd rate. Some good teachers but elective classes need to be improved. Information that comes home is wrong or late.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
I have been very happy with the education my children are receiving at Higley Elementary. The teachers are wonderful. Ann Templeton is the best principal I have ever worked with as a parent or as a former teacher. She always has time for parent's concerns and really takes the time to know the students. The middle school teachers have really impressed me as well. My children came to Higley El from a private school and I have never had cause to regret my decision.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2006
I am dissapointed in Higley Elementary. Several of the middle school teachers have been unprofessional with my child. I have complained to the principal about one of them. The class was an elective class and the only other elective that was offered was band and my child does not play in band. We had to keep him in the class for the remainder of the year. I never felt he got anything positive from that experience. They don't have a lot of options for the kids for sports and the teams are horrible. The teachers are not given what they need in supplies to help teach our children. Many of them go out on their own to purchase stuff. There doesn't seem to be much school pride.

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May 08, 2006
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March 30, 2006
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November 21, 2005
Great school! My children have learned alot and love going to school everyday. The teachers are very understanding of my childrens needs. The academic programs are very enriching and provoke alot of thought in my children. They love to get work and to turn it in. They have a great deal of extracurricular activities for the children and my children love to go to kidzart and the gardening classes that they offer. Parent involvement is definitely there.

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October 09, 2005
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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
My daughter attended Higley for two years...both of which were disappointing. The school is unorganized and information to parents was often late or wrong. The only saving grace was one of her teachers, who was very good. She's at a new school now, which is much better.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
The principle is very involved and really promotes learning and a safe environment for the students.

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June 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
I love the teachers at this school. They are very kind.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
THE school is amazing! ma family all went there and loved the education! Very easy to make friends also! I have recommended this school due to its excellence!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
The principal and vice principal at Higley are on the right track and have been charged with a very tough task. It's a truly mixed bag of teachers and I have been fortunate thus far. Parents honestly need a stick of dynamite to wake them up. There are tons of extracurricular activities, but enrollment from Higley compared to other schools in the district is low. There is not a lot of parent involvement. It's sad really because parents volunteering minimal amounts in the school can make an ENORMOUS difference. It doesn't take a lot to have a huge impact on education.

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February 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
Higley elementary is academically average but not lacking in good teachers. The staff is wonderful the teachers very appreciative of parent involvement I have been welcomed in my childrens for the last three years and go in once a week to help out. The have all the extracurricular activities and put on great musical programs. Its great to attend a scholl where everyone one know your childs name but recognizes the parents as well. THe school is constantly improving its facilities adn curriculm. I have bben happy with the school and blessed to have such great teachers for my children.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
From what we experienced at Higley Elementary, the quality of academic programs was poor. We had moved here from Scottsdale School District and Higley, (at that time) did not even offer a gifted program. When they finally did offer one, it was woefully inadaquate. They do offer music, art and sports. My son took saxaphone and I was pleased with that. The sports program was very good. I don't believe there was a very good level of parent involvement. There were very few parents at any of the games. Probably due to the time of the games. They were usually shortly after school which would make it difficult for working parents. Another important comment I would like to make is that in the 3 years my son attended there, there was a different principal every year.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
I feel the quality of academic programs at Higley Elementary is below average. The school has had many 'growing pains' as a result of the tremendous population growth in the area, and, as a result, teachers seem to have difficulty working with an academically diverse group of kids. My student had a tremendous love of reading and tested 3 grade levels above his class. The lack of support and encouragement (at school) and the disparity of time spent with all students was very discouraging to our family. When I called the principal about another school issue, she sent the message to the teacher to handle. I am not happy with this school and am currently checking into charter and private schools as a solution.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
I think that the principal and staff do a great job with these kids. I have observed kids acting like animals at bus stops and other places. It must be a tough job to try and teach these kids respect and proper behavior. I think that the parents who complain are seeking a good,free, babysitter. Go home and be a parent!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
I feel that Higley Elementary is a great school. I feel that they care about their students, and about the value of their school. I moved my daughter to Higley from another District because the other school lacked guidance, and structure. The academic levels of Higley are very high for this area, and the student to teacher ratio is great. The teachers take the time to work with the students and the families to make sure that each student can reach their potential.

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July 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2004
My daughter goes there and while they have had a lot of principals, they have the best one now and they are really going places. I really feel that Higley is going places now and I feel great sending my daughter there.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
My children have attended Higley Elem for two years now. I would have never of picked this school to put my children in. I was lied to by a salesman, he said that there would be a new school in this area. I don't think that Higley Elem was ready for this growth. There are some problems there that need to be addressed. The 7th & 8th graders should be at a seperate school. Someone should keep the bathrooms clean at Higley. They don't have enough teachers (good) and the ones they do have, have too many kids in their class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2004
There are issues to sort through at Higley Elementary like any other school, however recently they have made a very wise choice in promoting Mrs. Templeton to principal. She is willing, open and insightful. I believe that with Mrs. Templeton leading the way this school has the potential to develop into a program fuly capable of meeting every child's needs, leaving no child behind and developing life long learners that have strong character, awareness and ethics. I look forward to the possibilities the future holds.

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April 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
I hear a lot of complaints against this school; however, these seem to be based on isolated incidents. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They know and remember each student. The teachers we have had are very good, very well liked by our children and very easy to talk to as a parent. It is easy to speak with your childrens teachers and parent involvment in the class and school is encouraged including being in the classroom. I like the small town feel of the school and the fact that the staff seems to know each child and parents who are involved. The only problem I can see is the amazing populatio growth within the district a seperate junior high would be nice!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
I am very disappointed with how the principal plays favorites and doesn't adhere or stays consistant with his own discipline policies he hands down. I have seen this first-hand when my son was beat up by a classmate on the bus ride home and received a three day suspension for defending himself and other past students this year have only received a one day suspension. And forget about going to the school superintendent, she is of no help either other than telling you 'assault of any kind even self-defense is against the law'. My son is an honor roll student who has never been suspended, he respects authority and other peoples personal boundaries. But I must agree with the other parent's review, lots of rules, inconsistent as they are and no social skills or respect of authority by the students attending Higley. Find another school for your child, their safety and welfare will be compromised at this one. My son's injuries minor as they were, were not looked at nor addressed from this incident, instead my son will be labelled from here on in as a 'problem' or 'trouble-maker'. Thanks Higley, you have convinced me that you do not practice the pillars of character anymore than your students do.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
This school is a haven for bullies and children with limited social skills. My son has been mistreated since he arrived and I have no other schools to choose from in my area. It is a horrific situation. They have an abundance of rules but the children behave as though there are no standards of behavior. Please, choose another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
I am doing everything possible to get out of this school district, even moving. My kids have gone here for 4 years now & I've had major issues every year, broken promises from administrative staff, inappropriate behavior from staff at all levels involving students, very low AIMS/SAT 9 grades compared to other districts. Very un-organized sports activities. Very limited electives for Jr. high level kids. My kids really do not enjoy going here, we were told we would be in Gilbert schools but ended up here and very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2003
I really like this school. I see so much potential here. This is an old school that is seeing huge growth. They are adapting very well. The parents are making a huge difference in the school this year as opposed to years in the past. I think a majority of the teachers are doing a great job and with continued parental support things will only improve.

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Higley Elementary School
3391 E. Vest Ave., Higley, AZ  85236
(480) 279-7000
Last modified Higley Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Higley Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top