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9430 E. Neville Ave
Mesa, AZ 85209

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(480) 635-2011
(480) 635-2020
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June 06, 2014
I have had three children attend Augusta Ranch and they have loved it. Wonderful teachers, strong yet compassionate administrators, great staff. Very supportive PTSO and lots of parent support and involvement at school. My children were taught well and academically prepared for junior high and high school. I am grateful we have been able to attend this school and will miss it when my last child moves up to junior high.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
My daughter has been attending since Kindergarten and is now in First Grade. She likes her teachers and all of the different programs offered. She enjoys going to VIK before and after school program which really helps working parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Our school is Augusta Ranch Elementary, and we love it! It has so far been a great experience and we have been welcomed with warm arms by teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
This year will be our fourth year at Augusta Ranch and our experience has been extremely positive!!! The teachers, librarian, reading specialists and 'specials' teachers have all been wonderful. Its a caring and fun atmosphere for kids. The teachers are quick to respond to my questions and concerns. I am very happy to have my kids at Augusta Ranch!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
Did not have a good experience here. Actually only my ten year old girl teacher was on the ball and actually good. Not to say that all the staff are bad there are a lot of good ones. But the staff in the front office and the principal are cold and did not care that 4 out of 5 of are kids are speacial needs. We got the run around time after time. Before moving to this neighborhood strongly concider the schooling. DONT GO HERE!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
This school is too large. The size of it is astronomical. Instead of limiting the number of students, they add portable classrooms. They have had lice outbreaks and pink eye, which are both very contagious and hard to control in a school this immense.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
March 15, 2010
Our daughter, Julianna, attends second grade at Augusta Ranch and has attended this school since kindergarten. I have been especially impressed by her current teacher, Mrs. Christine Vierra, for several reasons. For one, she builds the student's self esteem and self confidence. I have seen this first-hand as I have volunteered to help two days a week with individual reading groups. She not only pushes each student to do the best they possibly can, but, more importantly, makes them accountable for their behavior. She explains that people make bad choices and good choices, and these can have an affect on your future. In class, it's that if you CHOOSE to not do your homework, the result is a bad grade. She is preparing them for life in the real world, and you cannot put a price tag on that lesson.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2010
I am a teacher in the Mesa Public Schools and both my daughters have attended Augusta Ranch since 1st grade. My oldest (now in 6th) is mildly Autistic and has really thrived due to the wonderful teachers and aides at Augusta Ranch. We had one bad experience with a resource teacher, who was eventually moved out. Every other resource teacher (including the current teachers; Mrs. Mollerup and Mrs. Paez) have been wonderful for her. The aides are amazing and deserve so much more than they get. My 5th grader has had a similar experience; she has had wonderful teachers who understand her and push her to do her best. She was fortunate enough to be in Mrs. Quayle's 1st grade class, who is one of the finest educators I have ever seen. The principal, Suzie Kreitzer, is a disappointment, but the teachers are great and that's what matters most!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2009
I agree with the writer that this school is hit or miss. Some of the teachers are very skilled and attuned with the kids while others not so much. The classrooms have been consistently overcrowding year by year and this seems to be having an effect on the staff morale and general atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
I am very impressed with the faculty, and teachers at this school! I love this school, and I am so happy that my kids are able to attend such a wonderful well rounded school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 06, 2009
I have a 13 year old and a 9 year old that both went to AR... I cannot say enough about the caring teachers at the Ranch. My oldest son wen the entire time and never did I have a problem with one teacher or one incident. I have always been in close contact with all of the kids teacahers.... that is the key. I am all for being involved with the school, however; what is more important is that you are in closer contact with their individual teachers....Check snapgrades at least weekly and get on top of it immediately. Both of my boys strived in AR and my oldest son has done excellent in Desert Ridge JHS due to the path they placed him on in AR....

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
My opinion is for those people who are considering moving to this area. It isn't that the school or educators are of a lesser quality. If you have a choice or option as to what area to move to, and if the school is important to you, pick a different district that is less crowded. If I had properly done my research, I would have moved into the Kyrene School District.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2009
Parents need to understand that their child is one out of 25-30, and that with increasing demands from the state and district, time is limited to meeting the objectives. Don't expect that your child is going to get personalized attention each and every day. Even if each child got 15 minutes, that would require 7 hours of the teacher's time. The demands the parents put on the teachers in this community are going above and beyond what a teacher should be reasonably expected to perform. Educating children is not solely the responsibility of the teacher. Teachers lay the academic groundwork, but in order to do this, they need parents to lay a moral foundation. In my opinion, the teachers and staff at this school are extremely professional and work very hard. I only wish they got the respect they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2008
I am Katie Wittmann.Ive been going to this school for 3 years now.If you like playful teachers Augusta ranch is the school for you.This school is so awesome to go to.I have like 50 friends.So come to Augusta Ranch.

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September 12, 2008
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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2008
My oldest daughter started at Augusta Ranch in Kindergarten and is now in second grade. She has had outstanding teachers every year and does very well academically. The teachers that we have had really care and there are lots of opportunities for parent involvement which I feel is important. My daughter loves the extra-curricular after school programs offered through Club Discovery (keyboarding, science, art, etc) and I like that they are tax deductible! Last year, in 1st grade, her class size was large (approx 28 kids) and they added an extra class mid-year to rectify the situation. This year she only has 24 kids in her class which is perfect. My middle daughter will be starting her journey at Augusta Ranch with all-day Kindergarten next year and she couldn't be more excited! We are looking to move into a larger home but hoping to stay within Augusta Ranch's boundaries!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
I have had children here ever since it opened, and after a few rocky years where overcrowding was an issue (waiting for a new elementary school to open), this school has settled into a very nice school. There are a lot of very good teachers at this school. We lived in the KC area for 11 years, and our eldest went K-6 in one the best rated school districts in the nation. Honestly, beside the larger school size (which I don't like, but is the way schools are built these days, even in the KC area), my second daughter, who went 1-6 at Augusta Ranch, received just as good an education and thrived. My son, who has behavior issues, has had caring teachers who have truly tried to work with him all years except one (and that teacher is no longer at AR.)

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
My three kids love to go to school here. The teachers work with them on character as well as subject matter. I will not move out of the school boundary limits because of how great the school has been for my children.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
My two youngest children have only attended this school and I won't move because of the school. It's great! Teachers are wonderful! When my 1st grader was having reading problems they identified it immediately and worked intensely with him to improve. They also talked w/ me about what we could do @ home to help. He's now reading ahead of grade level in 2nd grade. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2006
We recently transfered from Michigan and I am appaulled at this schools lack of communication with parents, teacher changes, and acedemics. They do not send home appropriate levels of homework or reading materials and the teachers are oblivious to notes of concern consistently written. I woulod never recommend this school to any parent or student!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2006
good school with great teachers

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
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April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
This school seems hit or miss. There are some fabulous teachers there who are really in tune with the children and are creative and energetic. I have found that the staff is not very supportive of each other. This has had a great negative effect on the children in those classes where the teacher needs some guidance in dealing with special or unique learning styles of the children. Stronger leadership and greater staff support would help this school be a wonderful place for learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
I have had a great experience with Augusta Ranch Elementary. My children have had excellent teachers who care and give over 100%. They expect the children to excel in their subjects and work with them diligently. My son has been given opportunities tailored to his specific needs and challenged in every way. The principal and teachers work hard for this school and care about the students and parents. The parents I have worked with are very involved and care about the community.

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November 01, 2005
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October 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
I was not impressed with this school at all. The teacher turn-over rate was extraordinary. The educational program, as well, as the lack of fine arts was another reason I pulled my child from this school. Parents are readily involved. It seems, as though, to keep an eye on the teachers! Parent-Teacher communications was very poor. I felt the staff to be unfriendly and very unprofessional. Three of my children went there after attending charter school. One of my children, after being on the Principal's list for 3 years, and high SAT scores, began slumping and struggling in school work.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
The quality of teachers at this school is absolutley above average. Both of my children have been through their elementary years here and take with them the skills they need to be above average students during their secondary years. I especially like the emphasis on the arts, offering both band and orchestra as well as chorus and a specially trained art teacher. Every child is looked at as an individual and even though the shcool is large the staff never overlooks the individuality of each student. Great teachers and a great principal make this an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
My son attended kindergarten at this school. I found the school to be adequate. I was more pleased with other schools in the area, but overall, I think you will enjoy the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
Augusta Ranch has been a wonderful place for my son. Not only has he developed academically, but has also been able to participate in chess tournaments on the state level due to their wonderful chess instructors.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 28, 2005
My son has had a wonderful experience attending, although the classroom size has been a bit too big.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
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June 27, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 19, 2005
My daughter was forced to attend Augusta Ranch when our boundary exception for Canyon Rim was denie for the 2004/2005 school year. I was nervous, but it has turned out to be a marvelous experience! I am proud to say that my younger daughter will now also attend! My one concern is the lack of safety and principal involvement. The teachers and aides are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
I'm very happy with the Augusta Ranch teachers! The front office and the principal need to be more involved and attentive to parents.

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May 14, 2005
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February 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 02, 2005
I feel the Gilbert Public School system is failing ARE miserably. The amount of students enrolled in ARE (approximately 1400) is ludicrous and unmanageable. My daughter is in an AM Kindergarten class of 27 (the PM counterpart is 25) and the teacher has no aide. Some parents contribute their time, but few, if any, of us are trained in the teaching curriculum. The teacher does a good job, but there are limits to one's capacity when dealing with this many children. Sadly, even with the construction of a new school in the area, ARE will still be overcrowded and I don't feel that GPS is being forthright in providing this information to parents. The guidelines for teacher/student ratios in a private school Kindergarten are 25:1. I am curious as to how GPS is getting around this restriction. I will be looking into educational alternatives in the coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2004
I think that there are many highly qualified teachers at Augusta Ranch Elementary. Others are not so qualified. I truly feel for the principal, managing 1400 kids and their parents plus a staff of teachers is an enormous job. I do hope that the growth slows down, at least until a new school is built!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
I firmly agree that this scool is content to be medicore. Some of the attitudes toward the childrena and their behavior is heavily one sided and biased. The reason some parents are pleased with the situation there is due to the fact that the teachers/administration immediately choose sides without being objective. Very dissappointing. I ve also seen nothing but confusion pertaining to the special needs of my child. I believe that much more can be done to effectively educate our children there (using funding issues as an excuse is a cop out) and to help them become healthy, happy young adults. I had seriously considered home schooling several times last year because of the attitudes of the faculty. And I may homeschool yet.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
I have 2 children in Augusta Ranch. My fifth grader loves it, it is his third school since he has started attending. He was moved because of overcrowding, my daughter is in 1st. Id rather have my child moved if it meant a better ratio of kids to teacher, the schools are just too crowded here. Ive had some issues with Augusta, not too many. But for the remarks about pregnancy and different teachers because of maternity leave, well it is hard! My son had a great teacher and after a month of her being there she had her baby. The teacher filling in was totally different and the kids were lost, they arent That flexible as one 'future teacher' said, once kids trust a person and get used to them its hard to settle for another so soon. Many dont even know who the principal is here, sad huh?!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
Both of my children attend Augusta Ranch Elementary and have had wonderful, positive experiences there. The staff is highly skilled and dedicated to ensuring the success of all students. Students are commended and recognized for making good choices and positive behavior.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
My son is just finishing 6th grade. They have done a good job of keeping him accountable and letting us know when he is having issues, getting teased, etc. Most of the kids seem well behaved and the parents involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2004
My son is enrolled in first grade at Augusta Ranch. He has two teachers who 'trade off days' and each one teaches roughly half the week. Despite this seeming lack of continuity, they do seem to run a reasonably tight ship, and my son, who does not have any special needs, seems to do pretty well there. However, I do have a pre-schooler who has some learning issues/difficulties, and I do have a big concern that he would get lost in the shuffle and not have his needs addressed at a school of this size.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2004
Our kids didn't like the school as much as their last one at first. That's because the school was new and they were growing faster than they could manage. Now that the school has been around for a time, our sixth grader loves the school and has made good learning strides this year.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 15, 2003
After reading the comments on this site I have to respond. I am a teacher and future community member. I don't know how some parents of this community expect their students to receive a quality education when the teachers and staff of this school are not supported very well. The comment about a student having to endure change because a teacher got pregnant and went on maternity leave was ridiculous. Teachers do have lives and families outside of their career. It sounded like this parent was suggesting that the school was somehow trying to punish his student by hiring a replacement that was not a carbon copy of the student's original teacher. Students are very flexible and can take changes if parents support the school. The comments about this school has made me think twice about some of the neighbors we might have when we move to this community.

- submitted by a teacher
November 08, 2003
As a past teacher at Augusta Ranch I have the greatest respect for the teachers and staff there. August Ranch provides the best education possible for their students with the constant changing circumstances in the surrounding community. It was not always an easy situation to have constant change in your daily classroom routine due to a growing community. 5-6 new students entering your classroom per week is not always easy to handle. With one resource teacher in reading, 6 hours in a school day, and 1200+ students reading help is not always accessible. Teachers do the best they can. Maybe the problem lies in goverment money providing schools with extra staff or parental involvement at home or in the classroom. The teacher is not always at fault. Give it a few years to settle down and work our the kinks.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2003
Two of my children attend Augusta Ranch, 2nd & 4th grade. This school has a very dedicated group of teachers who are hard workers. I found the principal to be caring and willing to help out in any way possible. The staff are available to be observed as long as the parents check in at the office and do not disturb the teachers lesson. The school has a great voice mail system that allows you to contact the teachers classroom and leave a message so that the teacher does not get taken from her students, but will call you back when available. This is super. I found the teachers more than willing to give extra help when needed, and to help me help my children with homework. Communication was kept up and I found that the phone message was the best if I didn't think the weekly newsletters and biweekly progress reports were enough. My children love Augusta Ranch. The school has done an incredible job of teaching and knowing their students with the fast growth that has occured at the school due to such housing growth in the area. I have no problems with the school and love it.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
Augusta Ranch has been a very fast growing area since the school opened. We are still going to expereince growth for the next two years. I think the teachers and the principal and staff have done very well to adjust to this growth and are doing there very best. As an involved parent, I think that the school has benefited from the PTSO and other volunteer programs to help with this growth. If anything we need more parent involvement, not just on this site but in the school. The safety of our kids is always put first by the staff at the school so I would have to disagree with the comment of 'what are they hiding' by not letting classrooms be observed by prospective parents. Those are our kids in their learning environment and they have the right to learn without a stranger in the classroom watching them. I appreciate the strict security rules the principal has put forth to keeping our kids safe. It makes my day go a lot easier knowing they are at Augusta.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2003
I Have three children that attend Augusta Ranch. They have been there for 2 years now, I am very unhappy with the way that the principle handles situations at the school and does not seem very concerned for the children...I have talked to her about a number of situations at the school and she goes as far as not even remembering who she is talking to..I have read other parents comments and have experienced alot of the same problems..When my child started school there he/she was forced to change teacher 3 different times in a matter of six weeks, due to the teachers having a baby, then having overcrowding in the classroom, etc. It has effected my childs performance in school greatly and has to repeat 1st grade due to all of the switching around and to many students in the classroom.I have to send him to sylivan to help my child catch up with the other students. My children have attended other schools in Arizona and they where doing great. I am very unhappy with the principle and how the average teachings that goes into my childs education. Most of my neighbors have pulled there children out of that school and prefer to go out of there way, just so there child gets a good education..That should never have to be the case with any school.The children seem as though they are not watched over in the classroom as well as the play ground.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2003
My child had a difficult teacher her 1st year at the school and we had to move her to another classroom. The teachers after that were very good,The principal seemed less concerned about the student and more concerned with the teacher that was difficult. The principal never even followed up to see how my child was adjusting. I noticed another mom had the same concern. I sensed no support for my child. She,the principal was very uninvolved. The schools are supported by our taxes. Please treat us with more respect.

- submitted by a community member
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Augusta Ranch Elementary School
9430 E. Neville Ave, Mesa, AZ  85209
(480) 635-2011
Last modified Augusta Ranch Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Augusta Ranch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top