This school is an amazing place for children to learn and grow as individuals. The staff is incredible, the devotion they display is immeasurable. Shelly Heath is the phenomenal principal that leads the staff and children with love, positivity and energy! This is our 3rd year at this school, we do open enrollment & feel so very fortunate to be part of the Ishikawa family!!!!!!
I currently have 1 child at Ishikawa school, my son attended this school and is now in High School. I think very highly about this school they have great teachers and wonderful principal that have always attended to my needs and request to help my children. I highly recommend this school the quality of education is outstanding.
I have 3 children at Ishikawa and have had only positive to say. My boys had the opportunity to attend outdoor/science camp this year and it was a wonderful experience for them. My daughter thrives with her teacher. I love the use of technology in the classroom. They are learning so much. The staff, teachers, and principal are always helpful and have my child's best interest at heart. I have been a volunteer in the classroom since my boys started and have always felt welcome. The PTO does an excellent job with activities for the children.
My sons teachers did/do not like their job. His teacher this year is very unhappy at the school and I feel like it shows in her classroom. The curriculum is constantly changing with each new piece of expensive and unnecessary equipment they get. For instance the principle has asked that they no longer do worksheets for the purpose of using computerized whiteboards the school purchased. This is a waste of the schools money in my opinion and they could have gotten better books for the classrooms. Instead they put more stress on the teacher to come up with ideas to teach an unestablished curriculum. The homework is a joke! I have to ask my son questions on subjects he should have learned in kindergarden. It takes 2 minutes... maybe. How do I know what he is learning based off of this? They also change how and what they teach based on scores from test that are made mandatory to see if they will pass state test. If the scores are not high enough they have to change what they are teaching regardless if the children are improving or not. The principle is all show for her expensive clients and is trying to maintain face at anyones expense. I will not be sending my kids back.
Ishikawa is a wonderful school with supportive parents, dedicated teachers and a great principal. One of the best schools in AZ.
I have had 3 of my four children at Ishikawa. this is our 8th year at this school. It has been an awesome experience. All the teachers my kids have had at Ishikawa have been excellent! The teachers do such a great job at meeting each student at his or her needs which I know is difficult because of the varied learning levels. My kids have always felt happy and safe at this school! We love it! in fact, 3 years ago our family moved out of Ishikawa boundries but I continue to drive them the 5 miles everyday so they can stay at such an awesome school! sincerely, mrs. Epstein
I currently have a 4th grader there and have had 2 other children who are now in High school and College. I have been VERY satisfied by the quality of education and Teachers that is provided by Ishikawa. This is a family oriented school and the staff are willing to help and listen. Happy kids make Happy parents. N. Johnson
I am so glad that we moved to Ishikawa. It is an EXCEPTIONAL school. The teachers are caring, the principal is involved, the parents are resourceful and the community is supportive. My three children have thrived at Ishikawa. I love the use of technology in the classroom preparing the children for the future. I can't say enough good about Ishikawa Elementary.
My husband and I moved from Gilbert to Mesa because we wanted our children to have a better education. We have not been disappointed in the quality of education that they have received from Ishikawa. The teachers push my children to excel while giving positive re-enforecment. My daughter is so excited about school that she has asked me to continue her education by enrolling her in a writing class for the summer. My son had the opportunity to attend an outdoor school (camp) as part the 5th grade science experience. It was an awesome learning experience. The PTO does a fantastic job of getting the community involved by planning fun events for the entire family.
Currently all three of my children attend Ishikawa. I am VERY grateful for the incredible leadership at Ishikawa from the principal Mrs. Heath on down. I have never seen or been a part of such an organized and well-run school. The community support is tremendous! I feel my children are receiving a superior education and the teachers are able to establish these results while making the experience fun. My kids love to go to school at Ishikawa! Thanks to all who are involved with Ishikawa for blessing our community with you time and talents!!!
I have two grandchildren in Ishikawa. I am delighted that they love school as much as they do!! My youngest (1st grader) is an avid reader and loves to tell me about what he learns. My 3rd grader is in ELP. He knows more than I do at my age!!! They are challenged, rewarded for hard work and taught that learning can be fun. Ishikawa is more than a great school. It is a learning community where children want to be, teachers want to be and grandparents love to be!!
We moved to Mesa when my daughter started second grade, I thought the school we moved from was great until I learned how wonderful Ishikawa is. There is such a strong feeling of family there. All the teachers have encouraged my children to strive for nothing but the best.
I am fortunate enough to have my children attend Ishikawa. We are on an open enrollment (boundary exception) as we think it is an exemplary place of learning. The children are treated with respect and always encouraged to do their personal best. The principal, teachers and staff truly have my children's best interest in mind.
Ishikawa Elementary has an amazing group of teachers and staff. Everyone's upbeat, positive attitude makes it a great place for my child to go to every day.
The entire Ishikawa community is wonderful. They are led by an exemplary principal. The teaching staff is extremely dedicated, knowledgable and caring. This is the 3rd elementary school that my children have attended and we couldn't be happier. The teachers have been proactive and supportive in keeping my two children motivated and challenged
My experience at Ishikawa has been model quality. The use of and instruction with in the area of 21st Century skills should be commended. Our children need quality technology, communication and problem solving skills in order to prepare them for dealing with the vastly changing needs in the work force. The strong leadership and dedicated teachers are evident by the parent involvement, academic results and community feel that Ishikawa provides. Being a teacher myself at another school, I was extremely pleased with the quality education Ishikawa has provided!!
My children have attended 5 elementary schools in 4 states, and from my experience, I believe it would be impossible to find a better school than Ishikawa anywhere in the nation. The entire faculty and staff are all highly qualified, and are dedicated to children and education. As a former PTO board member, I am very proud of the support that our parents and community give to the school. PTO members work hard to get parents involved through activities such as Dragon BBQ and Donuts for Dad, and we are pleased to be able to provide items that teachers can use to enhance our children's education, such as placing an amazing SmartBoard in each classroom!
I appreciate the care and concern the teachers have for my children. They really are involved in their learning inside and outside the classroom!
I have had 4 children attend this school and I must say I have been very impressed with the quality of education and care my children have received. I believe the success of this school is directly attributed to the amazing principle here. She is always willing to chat with me about my kids and is genuinely concerned that they are happy and that I am happy. I feel confident my children are getting the best education available.
I've had 5 children attend Ishikawa. They have all done very well. The 2 who have moved on to Jr. High were well prepared to meet the challenges of a new school and curriculum. I've always felt that the teachers were open to discussion and responsive to suggestions about a particular child. This is a great school with great staff.
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