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PK-6
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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 580

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4925 E Ingram
Mesa, AZ 85205

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(480) 472-8545
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June 22, 2014
As an ex-teacher in the Mesa Public School District and a parent of children now in this district, this school, in my opinion, is by far the worst school in the Mesa Public School District. The school is nice as are the playgrounds. The year started off okay, my child was placed in a develpmentally delayed class. My child was treated nicely by his teacher and aides. They were young but took very good care of him. But it didn't stay good. I was very disappointed in one of the Speech Pathologists who did not treat my child appropriately at all. She had a tendency to single out children, including my child, and bullied them. I agree with the curt and rude behavior of the front office, the school nurse and principal included. The health aide and librarian were nice, however, as well as some of the other teachers. I felt that they, the front office staff, did not want parents involved and were annoyed when we were there. In my opinion, they did not support their "open door" policy at all. I would not suggest this school to anyone. It was really disappointing, especially to an ex teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
This is a great school and has educated children not the kind you see from other schools. The front office staff are very friendly. My neighbors children also go there and they think it is terrific too. Can't wait for next school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
My children attended kindergarten and it has not been a great experience. Although I think the teachers try & one is very loving they seem overloaded by large classroom sizes & strict guidelines on how the curriculum must be taught. One teacher has told me every time we have met that she does not have time to teach the children individually with 26 students in her class. It seems like all she has time to do is give instruction of how to fill out papers & not really teach concepts or curb teaching methods to reach all students. The administration seems to be going through the motions, not engaged &/or empowering the teachers to be innovative. They need more help - aids or smaller classes (there are 29 kids in one kindergarten class with an aid a couple hrs a day!). My kids love their friends but I have enrolled them elsewhere as I want them to be taught to think & learn not just memorize & be a drone. On a more disturbing note, bullying is notorious at this school. A warning sign that I should have paid attention to when I visited the school was an inappropriate derogatory joke about a kid that the principle made to me when a developmentally delayed child approached him.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
On the surface this school looks great. New building, nice playground, well dressed staff, unfortunately when you look deeper than the surface this school fails miserably on some very crucial levels. I agree with the post below as to the non existing leadership and curt office staff. The school is not conducive to a healthy learning environment. I feel sorry for the teachers who are doing a good job having to work in those stressful conditions. I am now afraid to let my children attend this school as many of the staff seem to set the tone of bulling others as acceptable behavior. There are some good people at Bush but the handful of people who run the show there through corrupt politics have ruined any confidence I have for Mesa Public Schools. It's a real shame.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
Our family has had children in this school almost every year it has been open. The administration in the last few years has been horrible. Open enrollment has destroyed any sense of community. Most families who bring their kids to this school do not live in the neighborhood. They have had many issues that are never addressed by the school or district with preferential treatment. All of my children have come home upset about how the teachers and aids bully the kids. This school has gotten worse in the last two years. We thought the Montessori addition would improve the school but the teachers have proven to be just as cliquy and ruthless as many other teachers who rule this school. Many children who attended this school have told my wife and I about being bullied by staff over the years. Reporting it does no good. The district protects their staff. It is a shame that a newer school with many bright and capable children who attend year after year is ruined by a politically unhealthy clique of adults who are so unprofessional and mean spirited. I have seen this village and you do not want it any where near your children.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
My kids started at Barbara Bush Elementary during the 2010-2011 school year. They are very unhappy there, and I am currently looking for another school for them. I agree with a previous poster, there really is NO sense of community there. The principal started off his first year kind of as a ghost - rarely seen, and no presence felt at all. It seemed as if no one was really in charge. I gave him three stars because he has seemed more involved this year, last year I would've marked just one. I've never before known of a librarian who wants to keep books out of the hands of kindergarteners at such a crucial age for reading, and I don't understand it. The front office staff is the least helpful of any school I've seen. Very curt and unfriendly, sometimes downright rude. This behavior is consistent and not based on one or two isolated incidents. The bright spot is the Montessori program, which moved from Mendoza to Bush last year. The Montessori teachers are fantastic, and it's a great program. I hope they will be allowed to grow the program the way they want.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
This school has great teachers and a terrible administration. The administration is not professional or friendly. Also, there isn't a sense of school community. There are no sports teams organized by school so within a class there may be 5 kids on 5 different teams. This makes it really hard to connect. They also do not have any sort of school wide winter program and parents were not invited to the talent show.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
Three of my children attended Bush. All of them hated it there. They complained of favoritism and a system unfairly stacked against children who were not the right religion and color to be accepted by the people who run this school and district. I didn't believe it until I started volunteering there and saw for myself the disrespectful way in which many children are treated at this school and the politics that allows it to happen. I wish someone has warned us before we moved into this neighborhood that this school and community was not welcoming to all people.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
This is our fifth year attending Bush, and we give it a high star rating. We have 4 kids attending elementary. The teachers are supportive, warm, and want to be there. A friend of mine who is a teacher said there is a waiting list to teach there. Mr. Corte was a good principal but we like Mr. Olson even better. Both care about the school and it shows. Mr. Corte was a little more controlling ( to the parents ) reagarding your children and Mr. Olson gives parents more liberties. We feel fortunate to have diligent teachers and a supportive principal at Bush.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2010
I have taught at Barbara Bush for many years. This is a school that teachers feel fortunate to be a part of, because of our awesome parental support, and the tremendous students who come through our school year after year. No matter all the changes over the years, from school site leadership to district leadership, I can promise you that teachers here will always do what is best for our kids. We will meet all of their needs, academically, and socially, because that is what we have always done. No new district policies, or site leadership changes will ever change that. Make no mistake, that is a good thing.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2010
Bush is an excellent school. Brian Corte is one of the best principals my children have had. When we move here from another state, it was not easy on my kids. Mr. Corte recognized it and helped them adjust. There are some teachers that do not challenge the students but other go above and beyond to get the most of the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Love this schools.Teachers and staff are wonderful.We couldn't ask for better.Now we moved and are at a different school/district and the new school dosn't compare to B.Bush.

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May 05, 2010
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December 03, 2009
My kids went to this school and we loved it, we had to move out of state and our only regret about moving was leaving this school.

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November 04, 2009
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no rating May 24, 2009
In my 14 years of teaching, I have never taught at a better school. The entire staff is awesome and the Principal is a true leader. He has earned the respect of students, parents and teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2009
My Son is attending Barbara Bush and is a Boundary exception. We wanted to attend this amazing school! Principal Brian Corte is AMAZING , he knows every child by name! Very involved with the kids on a daily basis! The staff is wonderful, the cirriculum is TOP NOTCH, with Excellent Teachers! We are in boundary for Red Mountain Ranch Elementary- but Barbara Bush Elementary school is FAR Superior in every way! Night and day difference! We look forward to 5 more wonderful years of education at Barbara Bush Elementary school!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My daughter has been attending this school for her kindergarten year. She loves her teachers and the teacher's aide. The teachers have been very professional, helpful, and responsive to any issues that arise. The principal is nice and involved with the children. The PTO has many activities planned throughout the year (I'm not in the PTO), and gives opportunities for parents who are not in the PTO to volunteer and participate (Fall Festival was so much fun!). The only complaint I have is the front desk secretary who can be a little snooty. Everytime I speak with her, it's like I'm inconveniencing her. Otherwise, everyone else that I come into contact with greets me with a welcoming smile. My daughter loves it there, and she is definitely prepared for 1st grade! Two thumbs up.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
We've been at Bush for 3 years and love it! We are out-of-district and are willing to drive there daily as it's worth it compared to other elementary schools nearby. We find the teachers very caring and they keep us informed on all academic and activities that are occurring. We can send email questions to the teachers and receive answers back the same day, sometimes within hours. We have access to all their reading, grade, and test reports quickly. My dealings with Mr. Corte, principal, have always been very fair and informative. He knows every kid in the school by name and greets all the parents when he sees them. He is a great disciplinarian who does not tolerate any bullying or teasing. The school has lost 200 kids in last few years causing teacher reassignments, budget cuts, and resource shortages, like many other districts, and they are doing great job!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
My family has been at Bush for the last 9 years. My youngest is a 5th grader and the two oldest are off to Stapley and Mountain View. For 6 years, I could not have been happier with Bush! The teachers were loving, nurturing and always had my children's best interests at heart! I loved going to Bush because it felt so much like a family - it was a pleasure to serve on the PTO board and in classrooms. However, since the current principal came 3 years ago, everything has changed. The teachers and staff are no longer as friendly as they once were. It feels cold and impersonal when you enter the school or classroom. And academically, there have been so many changes to which teacher is teaching which grade that I no longer have faith in the education that my son is receiving there.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
The principal, Brian Corte is very accessible and invloved. He and the staff do not tolerate bullying or other negative behavior. My boys are in Kindergarten and first grade and they have had amazing teachers so far. I would recommend this school for it's academic excellence, the quality of educators, and strong ethical leadership. My experience could not be more opposite of the March 30 comment.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
Uncaring principal & staff, unwilling to do what it takes to reach a child. Not recommened!! Issues are handled to meet the needs of the teachers not the child. Teachers do as they please, and talk to children in an unprofessional manner & principal chooses to side with teacher rather than investigate the situation!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
Our second son is in his second year at Barbara Bush. Our older son was there for 6 years. Our experience has been really great! So great, in fact, that we aren't likely to move from this community untill our daughter has completed 6th grade. we will happily be here for another 8 years! :)

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
Barbara Bush has been voted an A plus school, which is the highest accomplishment a school can acquire. The staff, principal, and parent involvement is exceptional. I feel so lucky to have 4 children attend this school over the past 10 years. My youngest child will be attending 6th grade this coming Fall of 2007. My oldest two boys who attended Barbara Bush are now 19 years old. I've never had a single complaint. All positive. My kids have graduated high school with many academic scholarships offers. I know it is because Barbara Bush gave them the head start that they needed.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2007
We are finishing our first year there and so far have been impressed. We had a really great Kindergarden teacher and aids. Only complaint (and it is small) other Kindergardens here in Arizona will re-apply sunscreen to the kids. They don't do it here.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
Barbara Bush School is an excellant environment to raise well adjusted and happy children! They are family oriented with the focus always being on the welfare of the child. The teaching staff is very professional, and in tune with the individual needs of each student! The children are kept busy and challenged, with numerous and fun academic activities. Our family has been truly blessed by being a part of school! We recommend it highly!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
Excellent teachers, and school in general

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
Barbara Bush has a friendly and professional faculty and staff, who truly care about the students. They take time for their students and their families. I have never felt 'brushed off'. My student is doing exceptional. Weekly if not daily we are amazed, impressed and proud of how our student is learning. The school also teaches courtesy and respect among each other. Barbara Bush Elementary is a wonderful school. It's a A+.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Excellent environment for all children. Heavy emphasis on loving reading and respecting others. Great ELP program for excelling students. Terrific parent involvement. Can't say enough good about my 3 children's experiences here.

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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
This school is great. They keep adding extracurricular activities, which I think is good. However, they need to put a bit more stress on the gifted program. Perhaps they could meet more than once a week, or receive more homework from that class. They shouldn't be afraid to challenge them, as long as they can handle it!

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April 27, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2005
Good school. This school not only takes academics seriously, but allows for fun learning and has the kids earn really great field trips. There is a nice mixture of fresh new teachers and experienced teachers at this school. I would like to see P.E. offered 3x per week instead of 1x per week. Music and art programs exist, but seem like an afterthought rather than true instruction.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
Lots of fun activities! They do need to improve on the accelerated program for more advanced students. Maybe more time or homework from that class. I also like that they do not tolerate misbehavior from the kids. They are there to learn.

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December 07, 2004
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October 27, 2004
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August 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2003
My son has attended 2 other Mesa Schools. By far this is the best of them. My husband and I feel as if the teachers and staff really care about the students and their parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I love Bush Elementary! My children first attended Bush in fall 2002 and they absolutely loved it! Two of my three children attend Bush this year, as my oldest is now in Junior High. The staff is wonderful, as well as the parents!

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Bush Elementary School
4925 E Ingram, Mesa, AZ  85205
Last modified Bush Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bush Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top