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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 275
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48827 N. Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85087

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(623) 376-3500
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August 05, 2013
New River is the best kept secret in the district. The teachers and staff members all work together to meet the needs of the WHOLE child. Students know the staff and the staff members know the students. The students have caring adults surrounding them all day long. A positive relationship between the educators and the students is a must for a successful experience in school. There is no doubt that the New River staff cares about each child while creating a very exciting learning environment where they can meet with success.

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2012
We have recently moved to New River and we are impressed with New River Elementary. The atmosphere/culture of this school is wonderfully positive. There is a terrific effort which is focused upon each student succeeding. Our daughter is quite shy and was very nervous her first day of school. Her teacher was incredibly sensitive and our daughter responded immediately to her kindness. Our daughter is thriving in her academics and socially. In the past, at our previous school, our daughter was simply bumped up a grade if the academics were too easy for her. This was a concern to us because she is young for her grade to begin with and socially it was difficult for her. Her teacher has tapped into her passion, writing, and is keeping her engaged with creative writing exercises. Our girl loves it! There are many opportunities such as band, art, music class, reading club, chess club and others. We are thankful for New River elementary! It is fun to watch our daughter grow in her excitement of learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
My daughter transferred to New River school this year. The teachers and other staff have been nothing but friendly, professional, thorough, caring, and effective. I am very impressed with the education my daughter is receiving at New River. She has some special needs and I believe she will absolutely flourish at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
My kids have loved both the teachers and principals since starting the school. They make lots of friends and enjoy the family atmosphere at the school. They are doing well in their classes and teachers work great with the parents to help them know about needed improvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Our childen have attended NRE for the last 3 years. I love the campus location and its desert surroundings - beautiful. I am happy with the education and attention my kids receive. The small size of the school is a huge plus for us - my kids' classrooms had no more than 21 or so kids. There are currently 2 classes per grade, which I like better than schools with just 1 class per grade - not too small. The new Core Knowledge curriculum did bring home lots of fun projects this year, but the thing I noticed most with the new curriculum is EXCITEMENT from the teachers to TEACH this curriculum. This can only translate to good things in the classroom on a day-to-day basis! As far as staff, there are some great, some good, some not, but that is with any school. 3 teachers are leaving this year. As far as administration, I really liked Trish Graham as principal, but she too is leaving. So we do have a few changes for next year. My only gripes - I have a child that qualified for SAGE, and there is no Gifted program whatsoever. Also, parent involvement is lacking. Overall, I love New River and am grateful to have the smallest and oldest school in the district right here in my community.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
My son went to New River during his elementary school years. Now that he is about to enter college, I am exceedingly grateful to the teachers and staff for their professionalism and expertise. Because of the solid foundation he received at New River he has received scholarship offers from colleges around the country. Thank you New River!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
I have four children who have attended and currently attend New River Elementary School. My childrens' experiences have been nothing but positive with their teachers and academically challenging. The teachers are dedicated to encouraging responsibility and success in all students. With the implementation of Core Knowledge, we are finding that our children are excited and interested in the subject matter, often teaching us new information at the dinner table! What I understand of Core Knowledge is that there are really no text books, but it gives teachers more ideas and freedom to create fun lessons in the classroom. My children bring home less worksheets and more projects. We love New River!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2009
My children attended during the time there were great changes in both the campus (new facilities) as well as administration. I had 2 kids attending a grade apart and was very surprised that they received extremely different educations. A good teacher is everything, but there is no guarantee. Several of the excellent teachers that taught my daughter, subsequently retired. My son on the other hand, was always getting new teachers and his needs were definitely not met during his time at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
So happy we live here and have NRE for free! Truly amazing. I had never been exposed to public schools before in my life and I'm very happy here. The kids get treated like they are in a small private school and everyone knows each other. They care about the whole child; very well-rounded and balanced. My kids love going to school and I couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
New River is a wonderful place to work because we are small and get to know all the students and families connected with our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
NRE has the most amazing teachers and parents. They are always willing to go the extra mile for the students. Up early in the morning and staying late in the evenings to make sure that the students have a great learning experience as well as fun activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
This school feels like home. The small school atmosphere creates a warm environment for everyone. Students, parents and teachers all seem to know each other. If it weren't so welcoming I would never have stayed here this long.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
New River School has the best teachers, students and parents surrounded by a wonderful community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
We have the best Principal, Mrs. Graham at our school. We have a variety of children with only the best to put forth. We are a small school and we make the best out of everything that we have. We are 'Green' for our Mother Earth, we are a close school. We succeed in everything we do. We have an awesome and highly qualified staff that have been there forever, but most importantly we put our students first -- and it shows in them. They are the greatest kids ever. You know how awesome our school is when you walk through the front doors and Darcy and Lisa, the office staff, are the first examples of kindness that you arrive too. It only grows beyond the first doors and into the rest of the Best School in the West.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
New River is the best because of the great staff, parents and teachers.

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September 24, 2008
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September 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
My daughter (only child) started full day kindergarten at New River Elementary this year. She loves it. Her teacher is excellent. She does her best to keep all the kids stimulated so they don't get bored. I love that the staff knows every child and parent by name. Awesome School!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
My daughter has excelled since starting at New River. Her grades and discipline were starting to suffer from the poor leadership of a charter school. However, once starting at New River, she is focused, well-mannered, and respectful. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
New River Elementary is a wonderful school with great teachers and great students. The campus is clean and safe. It is very different from any other school in AZ. My children have been to various other schools around AZ and New River Elementary is one of a kind. My kids absolutely love the school. After having them in other schools, they do not compare to New River. The teachers and principle know all the kids and parents by name, unlike all of the other over crowded schools in AZ. The staff is kind and considerate of parents and students. I only wish we had found the school sooner.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
Iam very satified with New River elementary school. My child enjoys school and wants to learn. The Teachers and staff are great!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
The reveiws for this school must have been done by the staff or PTA.

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March 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
The teachers in this school are the most capable and friendly professionals I have met. The homework load is not extreme, they go out of their way to make new students feel welcome, and the campus is beautiful. The extra curricular activites could be expanded but all in all, a very good school

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
Great school. Teachers have plenty of experience. New campus the only thing needed is shading for the playground other than that the school is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2003
My boys have gone to New River Elementary school for the last 2 years and going for their 3rd. I can't say enough good things about the schooling they have recieved.. thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent

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New River Elementary School
48827 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ  85087
(623) 376-3500
Last modified New River Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New River Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top