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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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....
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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