Students enrolled 799
Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
School leader Dr. Joe Roselle
District Laveen Elementary District

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4141 W. McNeil Street
Laveen, AZ 85339

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3 stars
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August 08, 2014
I honestly have to saybthis school was good untill dr.leavy Came and changedd the school. But the interesting story Is that some of the teachers here dont really instructct You well enough for you to understand. And also there is A big problem with disrespect from the techers and as the students Have to go under conduct of S.O.A.R why dont the teachers Have to do this either. It is disapointing that such a great School tearned into a mess after 4 years this school should Learn from there mistakes. And also I have seen techers do favorites With students especially students that are males and miss behave Alot I see teachers buying them McDonald's every other week and If you fix these problems I will be glad as a student too go back too laveen elementary Thank you this school nedds alittle fixing but its a grwat school

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2014
This is my son's 2nd year at Laveen Elementary School. We have found that the staff is very much involved with after school functions. He has had excellent teachers and the principle makes it a point to get to know both the students and the parents who attend the functions. We LOVE this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
This school is great! This is my first year here, I have a 7th grader at Laveen and its such a relive all the posited things my child has to say about his teachers about how they are more caring compare to his previous school. It makes me happy as a parent to see how motivated my child is about his future just because of the way the teachers are teaching. He wont stop talking about what he learn that day in Social Studies and how his Language Arts teacher teaches with a fun attitude and Math is actually fun. I like the Leadership Program that they currently have, it allows my child to be more proactive and become a leader. They have a selections of afterschool activities and clubs that makes it easy as a parent to keep our kids active. I would recommend this school to anyone that is planning on moving to Laveen. Come and check it out!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2013
This was the worst school ever!! My child has been out of here for 2 years and he still gets upset over all the issues at this school.. I feel awful I let him go here for two years.. He did like his teacher and had him both years.. The classes are loud not a good learning environment. My child was bullied and ran from two fights I told him to stand up for himself he did and got suspended the bully did not because he had ADHD and that would take paper work for the school before they could punish him and the school didn't have time for that .. But it was okay to change my child's life.. Ugh please look elsewhere..

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
This school is by far the worst I have ever dealt with. My son goes there for special education pre-k and and he has regressed in his abilities. He constantly is peeing his pants after school when before this school he had NO accidents ever. He took the bus and they told be he was too cried too much to ride the bus anymore. Ya he's autistic he doesn't like the mean people who ride the bus, but to tell me he can't ride it? B.S! The teachers are nice enough but the the office staff is rude and though the teachers are nice it doesn't seem like they are qualified for teacher a child with special needs. I will be withdrawing my child from this school and I would suggest finding a alternative if you are thinking of bringing your child there!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2012
I am nervous after reading all these reviews...... I am relocating from NY and have faced the EXACT issues from the school I am withdrawing my 5yr old from! I am shocked at these reviews ,saddened even because I was hoping for a more docile school environment! I am impressed with the "B" report card grade as the school we are moving from has an "F". I will pray all works out and that my New York mentality can stay tucked away! :)

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2012
This is the most pathetic school I have ever attended! The teachers can't do a thing about the unruly children. Even the "mature" 7th and 8th graders act as though they are five. They teach to the lowest common denominator and just pass on students who obviously need to repeat the grade. My best freind their was expelled for self defense!? They told him he should tell the teachers next time but, what can you do when your cornered by an idiotic, bullying, kid. The teachers try to control the kids but, they can't enforce the rules very well, the sxhool punishment ought to go back to the paddle. Honestly, parents, don't even consider this school, It isn't going to challenge you little Einstein nor will it provide a safe learning environment for your child.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2012
My 2 kids just started here about a month ago. My son has come home with blood on his shirt and arm from being punched in the mouth and nooo teacher saw anything. My son has also come home with bruises on his back due to a boy in his class that punched, kicked, slapped and also thew his body on my son while he was down on the ground crying not doing anything to this other boy because of fear that he would get in trouble at school and sent to ISD. When i ask my son did you tell anyone what happend he said the teacher said shhh the 2 times that he had attempted to say something. My daughter has been threatened on the bus by an older boy. My daughter is very friendly so she tried to make conversation with this boy about her loose tooth and he told her do you want me to punch the rest of your teeth out. My daughter is in kinder and my son in the 1st grade they were never subjected to this kind of violence at there previous school. These children at this school act like savages but I blame the parents that are not as involved as they should be. Parents need to show their children love. These children are possibly exibiting the same treatment that they are being given. What a shame

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
According to my kids, teachers and staff are nice but students are unruly. Discipline needs to be enforce.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
My son in special needs and is attending preschool here. I think communication between parent and staff is as good as is can seeing that the teachers are very busy teaching. My son loves going to preschool. However I can say that there needs to better screening when choosing teacher aids in the class. My son had a incident in class ( it was resolved quickly) but the incident would not have happened if they screened better.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
My kids started at this school last year. They hated every day they were there. The teachers are fine, but the students that go there are disrespectful, you have kindergartners that curse, you have bullying in all grade levels and as one parent said, the kids get in trouble and suspended for defending their selves. The principals seem to think that its ok to have kids threaten to kill the class and let them come right back to school with all of the students.. I do not recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
The school is great the teachers and principal and staff are wonderful.... Unfortunately the kids aren't so great. The school's hands are tied with what they can and can't do. The main problem is the parents! Parents need to be more involved, The school and staff is there to Teach your children NOT parent them.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
The Preschool here is the best! And, we have been to Kyrene and Chandler. Really exceptional teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
.My son just started this school in 2010 and we thought it was going to be better than M.C. Cash. Boy was I wrong, my son has been suspended about four times this year and it is only October. He is repeatedly being bullied due to lack of supervision, and get suspended for defending himself which is what the assistant principal suggested. I cannot stand this school and am consulting an attorney about the bullying. My son is not getting an education this way

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
I have two nieces that have been going to this school for almost 6 months now and they hate it. The teachers seem to be doing a good job with my nieces because their grades have improved greatly. However, they hate going to school because of the problems they face with other students. Overall the kids are violent and disrespectful. I once called to report a problem one of my nieces faced at lunch and the office staff told me 'oh no way that kind of stuff doesn't happen here at this school.' I felt like telling her listen lady it goes on at just about every school. I just wanted to know what they were going to do about it. Needless to say my girls will be going to a different school next year. So three stars for the teaching staff but that's it!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
This school is great. The teachers are great as well as office staff. In the past there has been so many bad things being said, but my children have been here all this school year and I've seen so much inprovement in grades as well as attitude. Great job teachers.....5 stars go to you. I have a 1st, 3rd, and 5th grader that love going to this school.

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- submitted by a student
October 15, 2008
Mu daughter attends preschool at Laveen Elementary. The teachers I have encountered all seem helpful and courteous; however, the office staff is a completely different story. Not only are they rude when I call in, but the seem to have no idea what they are doing. I needed to change my address once, and the office admin lady had me write it down on a sticky note and leave. I called days later and of course the address wasn't changed. One time I also called to speak to my daughter's teacher, and the receptionist didn't even know who I was asking for. Another time the nurse sent home a paper saying my daughter can't come back to school without the proper immunizations; however, I had already given them to her months earlier, she had lost them. The staff is totally disorganized.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 28, 2008
I always have a hard time reaching teachers,emails are not returned in a timely manner,neither are phone calls and the school has great new technology but their system never seems to be updated

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
I have child who is behavior challenged and the staff at the school take the time to work with him and help him not only in education but on being a better student all around. They are so patient and considerate. I am so glad that my son goes to a school that has the wonderful teachers this one dose. And for the first time ever I see a huge improvment in behavior, grades, learning and wanting to learn in my child. Thank you Laveen for caring about my child even though he may not always be the most well behaved student and for not giving up. As a military family my children have been to lots of schools in just a short time and at times find it hard to adjust especially when their father is away to Iraq most of the time so I solute Laveen Elem.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2007
My son went to Laveen for Kinder and 1st grade. He had a wonderful Kinder teacher, Ms. Wilburn, who went out of her way to educate the children despite the low funding. His next year, we were not so fortunate. On my weekly visits to help out the 1st grade teacher, there was constant disorder with kids walking around and talking during instruction, while the teacher did little to nothing to control the situation. My son struggled that year academically. Discipline on the playground was not much better. Regular bullying went unpunished. Needless to say my son did not return for 2nd grade and never will return. Very upsetting and negative experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
Laveen Elementary was one of the worst schools my child has ever attended. The school is not organized. The teachers seemed to be overwhelmed with the amount of students they have to tend to. I took my child out of that school as soon as I realized there was a lack of discipline for children who interfere with my childs education. My child now attends a much better school and is a happy child! I would not recommend this school to anyone unless you want to volunteer as a teachers aide because they need the help!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
My son attended Laveen Elementary for two years and it was very interesting, needless to say. There is no discipline there, violence amoung the younger children, and just plainly, a poor learning environment. I have decided to pull my son out of school to homeschool him. It was not an easy decision but it was an important one. I have heard too many statements about pulling kids out of the school will not help solve the problem. I agree with that to a very small degree. However, I do not like the idea of using my child as a guinea pig for the educational system to screw up until they finally decide to do something constructive with this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
My son went to Laveen Elementary last year. His teach, Ms. Kuster, was great and challenged him to learn beyond the school work. She was very encouraging and helpful. The problem with the school there is no discipline for children who violate the school rules. The parents should have all had a meeting to discuss what was going on and the principle, Mr. Roselle, should have got involved as well. My son is now going to another school. I would never recommend this school to another parent or enroll my children there again because of the safety and lack of discipline issues.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
My son just finished kindergarten. Although it was only half-day kindergarten he still ended the year knowing how to read and write and do addition and subtraction. Mr. Roselle seems to be very involved which I can't say for most of the parents. If the district and the community would put as much time, effort, and money into Laveen Elem. as they are for the new Traditional School we would see even greater results.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
My daughter went to laveen when we moved into the district area. Every time I went to her class be early or late when class was in session all the students were out of control. I think the teachers mean well but the area and the parents of the students at home have a strong outcome on what carries on at school to. I belive there needs to be a stronger relationship between the parents and the teachers in order to make this school work and parents need to let they kids know that it is important for them to learn and lesson to the teacher as it will benefit them in the future.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
I have a child at Laveen Elementary in the second grade and he is having the hardest time trying to cope. I feel that these schools are very understaffed and now with 7th and 8th grade on the elementary campus there needs to be proctors(security)on campus. I feel that there needs to be Associates not just for special needs but for the regular classes also. Ther enedds to be counselors on campus especially for these 7th-8th graders they have no foundation or guidance, no one to go and talk to about your difficulties in private this is a hard time in their lives i've been there.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2007
My 1st grade little boy is having the toughest time transitioning from another state to Laveen Elem. The kids are uncontrolled. Although they (the staff) have the educational backround, the staff/administration have no control over all of the kids and their only concern seems to be financially motivated & making sure that the kids reach their State Funding requirements. My child often cries in classroom when he comes across something challenging because his teacher does not,cannot or will not offer him help. She's more concerned with his disrupting the rest of the class with his crying rather than helping him with a little positive motivation, which doesn't surprise me because his teacher looks to be no more than 20 yrs old. I think I'll take the other parent's advice & pull my kid out & try another school asap! The entire staff seems irritated that my child needs help!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My son attended Laveen Elementary last year school yr 05-06. I was very pleased with the education he received. He came from a predominate school district in Central Phoenix and did just as well. As far as the administration I can't say I am sad that they are gone now, and we have a great new, enthusiastic principal and vice principal now. As for parent involvement, that is changing. The PTO is now on its 2 year and slowly growing. As a community we need to work together for our kids to make this the district we will be proud to take our student to. Only by involvement will things change. If parent keep pulling there children out, and do not get involved things will remain the same.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2006
I taught at Laveen for three years and I miss the community dearly. However, I would never return now that I know that teaching does not have to be that stressful or hard. There is no support from the administration and the teachers do as best as they can under the circumstances. I wish I could say otherwise, but I would think twice before putting my kids in the Laveen district.

- submitted by a teacher
July 11, 2006
My three children attended Laveen Elementary for two months. We are driving 16 miles one-way to another school next year. The principal, vice principal, and teachers were great; I believe it is just the area of town.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
The school curriculum is adequate and sometimes even challenging. The classroom teachers are very kind and caring.

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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
We just moved from Ohio to Laveen. Although my daughter was in the Laveen Elementary school district, I found the staff extremely helpful and courteous. This made for a very easy transition.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
Laveen School has some really great veteran teachers! The school and district as a whole lack leadership abilities. This has an enormous impact on students through a trickle down effect. The teachers do the best that they can, but are limited by what seems to be an enormous lack of leadership and communication on the part of the administration and school board. The school also needs to try harder to keep the good quality teachers they have.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
I taught there and would never return after one year. Some of the teaching staff is qualified and will provide your child with a great education. The school provided nearly no staff support or materials. The school district has potential if they could get their priorities straight and figure out the direction that they would like to go!

- submitted by a teacher
July 12, 2005
I worked at Laveen Elem. for over 5 years. The major problem of this school is the lack of money. If this district had the money and support that the other-larger districts have, it never would have gotten into the 'trouble' it was in. Also, there needs to be more accountability with some of the teachers and administrators-making sure that we are all doing our jobsand teaching what we are supposed to teach. All in all, I miss Laveen. I learned a lot there. I learned now that I am gone, that teaching does not have to be as difficult as it was in Laveen. Some of the hoops, and meetings that we had to sit through were ridiculous.

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July 01, 2005
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June 30, 2005
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June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
My two children attended this school for 2 yrs. I volunteered in their classrooms on a daily basis. I came to know a number of staff members, all of whom did the very best they could under the circumstances. Cafeteria and maintenence staff are as undervalued as the teachers. I can say nothing good about the administration, they are more concerned with their personal comfort than the students well being. It is a disgrace! I chose to homeschool rather than continue to allow my children to stagnate in this so called school. If parents care at all for their children - do not abandon them in Laveen!! Cash is just as bad - take your kids out today.

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February 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2005
There appears to be no parent involvement. Children are not controlled (language/activities/etc.) The only thing this school and this district care about is reaching the aims and sat scores they need to continue with state funding needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 18, 2004
This school has really struggled but scores are coming up and the teachers really care.

- submitted by a former student
May 08, 2004
Ms Thomsen is the best teacher that my son has had since he enrolled in school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
I think this school places more emphasis on tucking in uniform shirts than they do education. The principle definetly needs a new focus.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
It appears to me that several of the 'scoop' comments were made by other than parents. The school is well supplied, the administration is a teacher supporter and the District Office administration is propotional to the District. As far as the administration moving, the health department would condemn their current offices they are so old. Teachers at this school are very good. I am glad that my child attended Laveen School, the experience was very positive for her.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2003
I see that 19% of the school is made up of Native Americans. My daughter who is Native American had to be put on a 'waiting list' when enrolling because of her ethnicity and she lives on a reservation 1 MILE away! Mind you this is a PUBLIC school and I was made to feel like my daughter was a second class citizen. It isn't fair that my 4-year old was treated this way when other children who do not live in the district are welcomed by the school. In all her teachers have been nice and helpful but have little resources. There are times when the school notifies you of changes to the regular schedule the day before. Where is the PR?!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2003
Expectations are easily met at this school, because the teachers expect very little of the students. How can you keep advancing students up grades when they can not read?

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2003
District office more concerned with their location than schools. No supplies for classrooms and parents have to purchase things like copier paper just so kids can get homework. Too much overhead in district office. Dollars being spent on 'conference trips' for admin with no benefit to teachers. Safety checks not always done on buses. No letters sent home to parents telling when school starts and who their childs teacher is. Isn't that the district 'PR' persons job? Who know we had one? Cut back on admin in district office and fund supplies and teacher salaries. Principal is way below average and won't fight for teachers. Teachers are the greatest despite their poor leadership.

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Laveen Elementary School
4141 W. McNeil Street, Laveen, AZ  85339
(602) 237-9110
Last modified Laveen Elementary 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.
Laveen Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top