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K-8
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Laveen, AZ
Students enrolled: 860
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4725 W. South Mountain Way
Laveen, AZ 85339

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(602) 237-7040
(602) 237-3376
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April 09, 2015
This school is a mess!! My child has learned nothing since I placed them at this school. The special education program is a joke. The leadership team is worse. The asst Principal is a grumpy old lady who never supports the students just the staff. I do not support this school and suggest that you place your child at a high preforming school were they care about each and every child not just the staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
The school is average a good school, but unfortunately some students are disrespectful with the teachers and another students but that is due family education, also too many fights between students. I thinks the school program is good but some students cause to much trouble . The school need to work Harder with the Esl program for students with English as a second language. My children are happy with the school but I am not due the bullying problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Cheatham Elementary seems a good school so far. My child just started in August. He has had problems with academic learning in previous schools. However, Cheatham has already taken action after they received a letter from my son's doctor. We met with the committee, and they are already taking steps to help my son with his academic success. His teacher is also very good at what she does, and seems to care about her students' success. So far, I am satisfied with this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
This school is AWESOME!!!!!!!! my child's learning has extremely improved. Staff/teachers are very helpful. All my children will attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
Correction - the school is not performing - it's performing plus and actually had enough points to be excelling last year. The only thing that kept them from being excelling was that there weren't enough students exceeding the standards. The teachers have done a great job improving academics at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
This school is not a top scoring school. It is labeled "performing" by the Arizona department of Education. Which means many of the students are just barely meeting the expectations set up by AIMS. A "top scoring" school would be labeled as "excelling".

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2011
The unfortunate thing about this site is that the only people who review it are embittered parents who did't get their way or teachers who weren't allowed to skate by like they do at other schools. Cheatham was a mess several years ago, but the current principal has completely turned the school around. It is now one of the top scoring schools feeding into the Phoenix Union High School District. For doing such a great job, the princpal, Mr. Winters, was recently named one of only nine Rodel Exemplary Principals in the state! Rodel has selected him out of hundreds of principals to mentor future principals on how to do it right. I'm proud to live in Laveen. It's a great district with six great schools!

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2011
I go to this school now. im in 8th grade and been there sense 3rd. i loe this school. moslty beacuse the people my age are nice. but little kids in kinder are already fighting and cussing.

- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2010
there's a lot of fighting, bullying & teachers don't seem to care or stop the bullying. There is a school uniform. But what I have noticed its not really enforced. Girls show up with short shorts, spandex pants. some students do not listen to the teachers.parents are not involved. I wish that the younger sudents would have shade during recess. Poor kids its so hot in the summer.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
my child has learned nothing in this school

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
My two daughters attended Cheatham since 2006. In 2006 this school had severe issues. (students fighting, parents fighting, inadequate teachers) However, since then they have a new Prinicpal. He has done an excellent job in providing leadership and support to his teachers and students. The students respect him and therefore he is able to make change. I have had a few issues in the past years with different things, each time I addressed it with the teacher and the principal, and each time it was resolved timely. I feel satisfied with the education they are receiving, a few classes are at a ratio that is too high.They have began to have many extra ciricular programs, 'Lady Cheetah's' great for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls self esteem! Thank you Mr. Winters for making change.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
My son has been to this school since it opened. It has lots of ups & downs just like any school. I can say the staff has improved since they open. I hope they continue to focus on building a strong & dedicated staff. The ratio students vs teachers in each classroom could be a little lower.

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February 06, 2009
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July 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
This school has potential to be a great school. My child has been going to this school for 2 years. The first year he struggled greatly. The work he used to come home with has depressing. He would come home with vocabulary tests that had almost every word misspelled. As a grade he would get a sticker of great job on his paper... It would leave me wondering how the instructor was teaching... and who was really grading his work? I spend the whole year supplementing his work at home. On his 2nd year there he as has improved dramatically. He was lucky to be placed with a teacher that has been teaching for more than 30 years and really cares. He brings home perfect grades. I believe the difference is in the instructors... If a teacher is genuinally interested in teaching it makes all the difference...

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2008
there are lots of fights going on at school.. my daughter always comes saying, ''oh my god there was a big fight at school today!'' taking it like it was so awsome! maybe you should put more playground equipment or opther stuff to keep them busy during recess to prevent future fights....

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
This is the best school ever!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 21, 2008
My child has been going to Cheatham for the past two years. There have been a lot of changes but she loves it. The teachers she had were very experianced and dedicated. She has made a lot of friends and she had above average scores on her AIMs tests. It is great to see Cheatham is a performing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2008
I am a former employee of Cheatham Elementary School. I worked year one and so much has impropved. Parental involvement was the number one problem at Cheatham. Many of complaints the parents have can be easily resolved with parents contacting teachers, visiting the classrooms and taking part in their child's education. Teachers cannot do it all on their own. A teacher has 32 students and time is limited. Step in and make a difference.

- submitted by a teacher
August 03, 2007
My two children have attended Cheatham for 3 years. Durring the first year of the school, they said it was fun and wanted to go next year. Durring the laast year (2007) everyday they complained about the kids, teachers, and lack of playground equiptment. My oldest daughter had come to me everyday telling me about the kids. A lot of kids were picking on her and the teachers had done nothing about it. They had called her horrible names, the same with my youngest. My husband had gone down to talk to the princaple twice. And the princaple had done nothing about the kid(s). (Which made him really mad). So this year I'm taking them to Vista Del Sur which will be a traditional school.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Relocated from California 1 1/2 years ago and have been frustrated and disappointed with Cheatham. My daughter attended 1st grade and half of Kindergarten there and I was not impressed what so ever. I don't know what the other parents see that I don't that and have left positive comments. Arizona is already behind in terms of money the state pays for each child. The test scores here are abysmal and there is no Administrative leadership at all. My children will be going to a private school 11 miles east this year. To bad the good teachers leave every year due to the lack of support from the leadership, no organization, and budget issues. I would not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
My son started going to this school at the beginning of his 1st grade year. I loved it. I wanted him to go to a school that was diversified and Cheatham is just that.

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April 26, 2007
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February 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
We relocated to Cheatham in Nov. 2006. My daughter loves the school, her new friends and especially her teacher. The teachers and school need to communicate with parents better and more parents need to get involved. This area is growing fast and there are bound to be some bumps along the way, but I can see that this school has the potential to be great. I think the school needs a strong, experienced, organized principal to come in and help turn the school around.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I was very disappointed that Kinder was only half day, 2.5 hrs a day. Not enough time in my opinion. The teachers are very caring, though. I feel that the school is on the right track. Overall, I am happy with Cheatham Elementary. My son likes his teacher and is doing well. The teachers send a lot of activities home with my son, which I like because I can work with him, too. I would like to see more after school programs offered.

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December 20, 2006
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December 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
My kids attended Cheatham for 3yrs.We are moving,and sad to be leaving this school.I was PTA pres. for 2yrs and worked in the office for 8mths. This is a great school. The teachers and staff work very hard and do a great job considering the large class sizes, which will drop when the new schools open. I was sad to read some of the other reviews...Every school has issues but lack of parental involvement directly affects how many fun extras the school can provide. The parents complaining the most are least involved. There are dedicated volunteers and PTA members that organize every event and fund raiser. Staff members work hard to communicate and maintain order, but parents need to put some responsibility with the students. Good behavior should be taught at home. If my 1st grader can bring home notes and play nice, so can the older kids. Please get involved!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
For a newer school and the many bugs they had to work out I can see real growth and potential with this school. Within my child's 2 years there he has had great teachers and good interaction with students and staff. I follow state goals and grade expectations, and I feel the school is doing a adequate job (where they may lack I take it upon myself to step in). With more parental involvement and community support this school has the possibility to be great. This school has music, art, P.E. and other programs available that are being cut out at other districts. My feeling is that the school can only be as good as the effort but forth by all parties so my suggestion to parents or future student parents is get involved in your child's education.

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October 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
My children have attended this school since the beginning. Overcrowding, Young inexperienced teachers, and the lack of playground equipment have been my main areas of concern. My son is very very slight ADHD (emphasis on slight as even Dr.'s won't diagnose him as such, say he's a normal 7 year old boy). He has been labeled incorrigible, unteachable, and even 'not bright' by teachers. These teachers have not had children of their own. In fact the one and only teacher he has had that had children, was the one that did well with him all A's and B's. I've been called because he kicked a bathroom door. I've been called because he hung on a bathroom stall. Since when are these major offenses? He nearly got suspended for throwing a rock (and not even at anyone), but rocks are all they have to play with. He learns more at home.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2006
My children have attended Cheatham for about 1 1/2 yrs and I believe that there is a big turnover rate as far as staffing. I do not like the fact that Kindergarten is only 2.30 hrs per day as per staff was advised that as per being underfunded drastically that was the reason for half day. No academic programs nor playground just field.

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July 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 26, 2006
My child attended this 2 years ago. Overcrowding was a huge issue then and it continues to be the key factor to address the education a student receives. This school, was very filthy, horribily underfunded. This district is in serious trouble and changes need to be made at all levels. 0 activites for kids, parents are active with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
Our family has attended Cheatham for the past year and a half. While all of the teachers we have encountered have been excellent, in my opinion, we find the staff and administration less than adaquate. Communication with parnents on this level was extremely poor. Many of the teachers have moved to other schools, and we have had three principals in the 18 months we have lived in the area. I understand we are in a time of tremendous growth, but there is no consistnecy at all. There also is little if any after school programs, wether it be an afer school daycare, scouts, sports, clubs or anything.

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June 11, 2006
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June 09, 2006
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June 08, 2006
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June 06, 2006
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June 04, 2006
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May 31, 2006
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April 07, 2006
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March 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
Good school, lots of transition!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
overly crowded. Needs structure and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
This is my child's 2nd year at Cheatham. Classrooms are overly crowded. School is lacking discipline, structure and funds. A lot of the teachers are kids themselves and don't know how to handle conflicts between students so issues are left unresolved. There is no playground. It's very sad that kids that attend schools in nicer areas receive a better education. Every child deserves a good education and the right to attend a good school. If things do not improve, I will find a way to transfer my child to a better district.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
I removed my child from this school do to it's over student to teacher population and lack of funds to support everyday activities.

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January 25, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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December 06, 2005
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October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
My children have been in this school since March of 2005, and so far I am not impressed. The academics being taught are not on grade level. My fourth grader is finally learning multiplication, and my sixth grader is still doing vocabulary and spelling exercises that are well below her reading level. My first grader is bringing home homework that should have been learned the beginning of kindergarten- color by numbers and tracing letters. They all tell me they are very bored at school and not learning new material. Last year, my daughters fifth grade teacher often lost his temper. On one of these occasions, my daughter tells me he knocked over a students desk- spilling all the contents all over the classroom. All in all, I would not recommend enrolling children at this school.

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August 04, 2005
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July 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
Quality is good and the extra curricular activities include lots of sports and music. It feels good to send my child in this school. And I am involved in many activities as a parent.

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June 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
The first year of school is finally complete. It's been one heck of a year. The growth and change has been huge. Even still, the Principal and 70% of the teachers leaving, it only leaves the parents to ask what next? Where's the stability? Does the School Board even care?

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
There is no support for new teachers and nearly all of the teachers are new. Students are not getting the education they deserve! The teachers try but they just don't have the support and training to excell.

- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2005
The teachers try but they just don't have the support they need. There is not enough training, classes are overcrowded and we are buying our own supplies!

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2005
This school has done well considering the enrollment eceeded all expectations upon opening. With an expectancy of around 400 upon opening, it is now close to 750 within the one school year! My only concern is the lack of proper staffing, the lack of open communication with parents and the lack of playground equipment for the students. There are not enough buses or drivers for the district and with new schools slated to open soon, this is extrememly concerning. The office and staff does little to effectively communicate important announcements to parents (i.e., dress down days, changes in policy, etc). The Nurse is also very limited on her duties which makes her job more difficult. I am not overly disappointed with the school, but am hoping that upcoming school year and a new principal will show drastic improvements.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
I think this school has done remarkably well with the sudden growth over projected enrollment. Everyone has been flexible and willing to help keep the school on-track and running smoothly. The staff are always very friendly when you come on campus. The teachers have been very helpful keeping us informed.

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May 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
This is a developing school/district that is struggling with rapid growth. As with any rapid period of growth, there are growing pains. However, the teachers are dedicated and work hard for the children. The teachers have developed strong curriculum base in most cases and teach to the state standards or above. Parental involvement is weak, but that is not the fault of the teachers or administrators. There is limited participation with PTA despite the dedication and committment of the PTA officers. This school and overall district has the potential to be an excellent environment for our children given time to catch up with the rapid development; money for supplies, extracurricular activities, facilities etc; parental and community support; and a governing board that wakes up to the fact that the good old boy network is dead and new - more educated parents will be demanding more than the parents before us.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
This school lacks parent involvment as well as dedication to the students from the teachers and staff at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
The school is suffering severe growing pains. This is the 1st yr open and they are understaffed and class sizes are large. There isn't enough facility space to allow for more classrooms. Discipline is a major shortfall. The students appear to run the classes in many cases. After school sports are offered with competition within the district. The principal doesn't balance funds and order supplies sufficient for the teachers to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
The school is overcrowded and funds are lacking. This entire community was very poorly planned and has too many investment properties. There is a lot of truancy.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
This school just opened for the 2004/2005 school year and is in desperate need of organization and funding. There is no jungle gym for the kids to play on only a basketball court and baseball diamond. They are trying to get a set for the kindergarden and 1st graders but nothing is planned for the other children as yet. There is not enough supervision as there are too many children to teachers. They originally planned 250 students and have over 600. There is not enough information sent home regarding goings on within the school from the principal, the information I get is from my child who is 6 and doesn't remember half of what he's told. There needs to be more parent involvement. Hopefully with the years to come things will improve. However the teachers are wonderful and willing to help in any way.

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Cheatham is an AVID school. Advancement Via Individual Determination is a philosophy that helps prepare our students for success in high school and college. In addition to our core curriculum, we offer art, PE, music, band. We have numerous extracurricular activities and clubs from which to choose. In 2015, we added a gymnasium as well as band, computer, and art rooms and a science lab.

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Cheatham Elementary School
4725 W. South Mountain Way, Laveen, AZ  85339
(602) 237-7040
Last modified Cheatham Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cheatham Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top