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7502 N 39th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85051

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(602) 347-2500
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November 02, 2014
This school is a great place. They might have a little bumps, but every school has that. I think that you get a great education, and it has changed from years ago, when all it had was violence. There is one girl, who is in special needs and I have the opportunity to hang out with her and another friend. I'm glad that they allow us to have the opportunity to dress down if we are good enough, and I think it's because we deserve it. I think we don't have to dress to show our style, it's how we show it with our personality. I think that all of our different personalities make it unique, and clothes, they're what we wear, not what expresses us. We are also given the opportunity, if we have a high enough grade, to either gett a bronze, silver, or gold card, which allows us to have access to the front of the lunch line, and free access to home games, which also is what is deserved. Honestly, this school has helped us, it made my brother's grade go higher, it has helped me strive to reach for higher grades, and try my best.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2014
My daughter attended Palo Verde Middle School for the past two years and graduated today. She is a special needs student and we would like other parents to know what a great experience she had at this school. She was always treated with the utmost respect and was readily accepted by the other students. She was challenged by her school assignments and academically surpassed many expectations. This time in a childs life can be hard due to peer acceptance and we found that Palo Verde made the experience one of the best our daughter has had in school. The staff made us feel welcome from day one and her conferences involved everyone that made up her team. We always felt that they had an open door policy and would address any questions we had. As parents we were nervous about the change to middle school and because of our experience at Palo Verde ,we look forward to high school !

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
Palo Verde is definitely not the best school but it's decent. Some of the teachers are funny but it's a bit too strict and I really think that people would like the school better if you could wear you're own clothes. It's way better not having to buy a bunch of t-shirts so you won't run out of uniform shirts to wear. And I think wearing your own clothes is kind of way to express you and your personality so people can kind of see you and your style. It's a waste of money to buy those uniform shirts. And I would say that the school is not that good with being nice to each other. As a student, I can see how students treat other students and it's really not that great. Parents, as much as they say, don't know how students treat each other because they don't go to school there so they don't really know. All in all I would say Palo Verde isn't the best. I would totally go to a different school if I could right now.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2014
being a eighth grader at this school really sucks, coming from a middle school that had lockers, and a lot of responsibilty for yourself, palo verde is like a elementary school. the teachers are always telling us that we are almost high schoolers, but we still have to line up outside of classrooms, we still have to walk in lines to lunch, we still have to mimic the teachers clap rhythm. we have a sheet that keeps track of your behavior & if you get a certain amount of good behaviors, the. you get a dress down. the only good thing about this school is that all the students have each other backs, on my first day at this school ( I started late) I was so confused, so I asked the teacher she looks at me like I wasn't speaking English. for my first week a student helped me get the hang of things, without being told. keep your child away from palo verde . the campus is too large to be a middle school and there are way too many kids.

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2013
This past year was my son's first year at Palo Verde. And I have to say that I am very excited about him going back next year. I was a little apprehensive based on rumors of years past but never heard or seen anything of the like. He got to know his teachers and almost daily without asking we would get a report about what a teachers said or did. So we know the teachers made an impact on him and he wants to learn. They have an anti-bullying system that is very effective. Anyone who has had problems in the past or currently need to get involved. Just offering to help out in the library, in class rooms, with the PTO or any other event does tremendous things for your kids. Your kids will see that this is important to you and they will ultimately strive to do better to make the school better. This will be my sons last year and my daughter will be here the following. It truly is an awesome school and has excellent teachers and amazing kids. Keep up the outstanding work you all are doing...See you next year!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
This school has some of the most talented and intelligent students! The teachers help them to find their way in a very difficult time in their lives. The teachers do a great job in communicating with parents when need arises. The classes are designed to help students at the lowest levels and also meets the needs of those who excel in school. The afterschool activities are numerous and there is something for everyone. I highly recommend this learning community to any family!

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2012
.I went to this school and it has changed so very much since I attended. When I enrolled my son the staff was extremely condescending, rude, and disrespectful towards me. My son is scared to go to school most days, because he is not hispanic he is bullied. They do not give us the same paper work they give other students so my son gets failing grades and the teachers doing this refuse to stop doing it. This school is a disgrace to American teaching standards and needs government intervention!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
This school is the worst school I have ever dealt with. I do not feel like the administration supports the parents. The priorities are not in the interest of the students. I have had nothing but conflicts on this campus, there is no level of accountability at the staff level, and the staff shifts the blame to everyone but themselves.

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2011
I regret having my children in this school. The prioroties are backwards and the system is a one size fits all for students, which leaves no room for building a proper connection between staff and students. The envoronment is negative, and the students feed off of this. This gives me a different perspective on public schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
Just reminiscing about all of my years in grade school...as well as researching current reviews on all of them. Well I decided to pick PV as the sole school to write a review on. Ten years removed, my honest remembrance of PV is a school with true diversity, quality kids, and a faculty who believed in your children. Trust me, they don't do it for the money. Middle school was my most rewarding grade school experience. I met people who would become lifelong friends, as well as a teacher who inspired and connected with her students. Ms. Janelle Chisholm is on a different level as far as commitment, effectiveness, and grace. Keep plugging away Janelle, you are making a difference!

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2010
The special programs for children with learning difficulties could set the standard in the area. These teachers and administrators really care.

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February 26, 2010
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February 19, 2010
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November 03, 2009
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May 21, 2009
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May 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
Both of my children attended PV, and both were very well prepared for high school. The children who attended PV on my son's football team all passed AIMS on their first try, so that says a lot for the preparation of students for the academic rigors of high school. Math instruction should, however, be offered in smaller groups. The classes are too large to offer individual attention to those who struggle in this important subject; however, overall, I give the school's academic prep very high marks...excellent in fact.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2009
This school is a really awesome place for my son. The counselors and special needs professionals are excellent. I see them as ideal mentors. Each week there are multiple school activities going on. I have never had any trouble talking to the principle about my son's progress or questions with anything. The teachers are available for the parents and students needs. We have are haveing a very positive experience at Palo Verde!

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February 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2008
This is a horribale school.Not much time to swich classes. Im the highest team but it is so boring exept when ms.Kervin teaches history. Teachers if you read this pleses dont give me an f-. Some times its fun when you guys teach to=] its just school thats boring. You guys can be fun to

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October 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2008
This is a great school! If you are lucky to be in Cougar team you'll get the highest education. Ms. Bringgold, Ms. Kervin, Ms. Chisholm, Mrs. Hildebrant and Mrs. Munck really care about your education and are willing to help you in anything you need. I've in that school and in the Cougar team since the beggining of 7th grade and I love it. Keep up the good work Cougars!!!! P.M.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 03, 2008
I've had two older children that came out of Palo Verde 5 years ago and they had a good experience. It seems like it has just got worse as the years go by. There are few good teachers left. The school needs more funding to provided more after school sports baseball and football. There needs to be more incentives to get these students motivated. The lunch meals need improvement need to go back to the good home made cooking no more fast food. Prayer also needs to be brought back. That should be number 1.

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July 14, 2008
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May 15, 2008
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April 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 06, 2008
I am the PTO Vice President & the parental involement is terrible however the only people who can fix that is the parents, so that should'nt be held against the school. The teachers and staff can only do so much, it is up to these parents to become engaged & show their children they care by showing up to events & volunteer & show up to parent teacher conferences. I am very involved in this school and the staff is awesome and they have a termendous amount of interest in the students. The teachers are awesome on responding to emails when it concerns my daughters progress and even welcomed me with open arms when I attended school with my daughter for an entire day when she decided to let her grades slip (trying to be cool) & now her CPA is back up to 3.7.

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February 04, 2008
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January 09, 2008
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December 25, 2007
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December 23, 2007
This school is ok, but not good enough. The teachers and students are great.

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December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 2007
I have a daughter who attends PV and it has been a wonderful experiance. The Staff have done a great job helping with the transision from Elementry school to Middle School. My husband and I are grateful to have found such a wonderful and caring staff. With the way schools are now a days in Arizona its hard to find that.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
With a new principal last year things were not quite as good as they should be. This year Mrs. Schaffer and staff seem to be on top of things. I feel much safer having my child at the school this year than I did last. The reaading intervention is outstanding! Many wonderful teachers. Parental involvment is the biggest issue. I really like the uniforms.

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August 03, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2007
I was once enrolled here, big mistake. I told my mother everyday that I did not want to go, yet she made me. I got expelled from the school after I threatened other students. I was bullied everyday, the homework was tough, the time constraints were rough (they expect you to run from one side of the school to the other, no joke). The only thing I liked about this school were some of the teachers. Half actually [cared] about your education while the others didn't have a care in the world!

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2007
This school has been a great disappointment. I have never gone through the things that I am going through now and I have two older children. There is no discipline at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2007
The school is over crowded so that causes a lot of problems. There is a lot of disipline and many rules. Unfortunatley with so many kids things still happen. Many of the children come from homes with problems and bring those to school. The other problems are old buildings, a poor landscape, not enough money for more resource officers, terrible menu. Most of the teachers are wonderful and very caring, they try their best with what they have. Given the choice again I would not send my child to Palo Verde.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
Please don't send your child to this school. There is no discipline and they do whatever they want to. Not only that but look at the test scores, that tells it all!

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October 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
The administration is great at this school. They truly attempt to work with their kids. I wish I could say the same about all of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Yes there is music, sports... We think they need more sports programs. They don't have baseball or football after school programs. My son is happy with the instruction from his teachers. His gpa is 3.5 The school is prompt to respond to any undirseable situation that may arise.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I am most impressed with the teachers and principals at Palo Verde Middle School, for their open-door policy to parents. They respond quickly to phone calls and emails regarding questions I may have about my two sons' grades, behavior and school projects. With the school's tough stance on anti-bullying and gang-related activities, I feel safe sending my children to Palo Verde. The school offers a wide range of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. We are fortunate enough to qualify for a 21st Century grant that provides after-school programs, from remedial math to chorus. With more than 75 percent of our school qualifying for free and reduced lunches, our school is greatly in need of these types of programs to keep our students occupied in positive activities. As far as parent involvement goes, this year the school resurrected the PTA to allow more parents to become more involved in the school.

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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 04, 2005
My daughter, niece and nephew attended here and all had excellent experiences. This may be tempered by the fact that the parents were very involved. They have some amazing teachers and programs geared to helping females succeed in the sciences (eg MESA. Outstanding teachers: Janelle Chism, Pam Whiffen.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
The teachers at Palo Verde are outstanding. I am afraid that is because they must be for the children to learn anything. I feel that there are far too many students at the middle school.

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April 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
My daughter went here for her JH education, and it was a nightmare. Their lack of discipline is attrocious. PV is bad news.

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February 15, 2005
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November 10, 2004
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July 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
I've had the unfortunate experience of having two kids in this school. Never put your children in this school. The staff is nice to your face and nice to the students when the parents are around, but when you aren't the kids are screamed at, told to sit down when they need help, called lazy, insulted, etc.I have never heard one good comment about this school, from any parent. I also had a nephew here. He was bullied on the bus every day, and no one would do one thing about it. My daughter told me every day that she hated it there. that the teachers were mean, one of them curses at them regularly. no one will ever help her, and this is a child that needs academic help. I give up on public schools, my children will never go to one in this state again. They need serious overhauls, and need to get rid of teachers who don't care about kids. But no one will ever do anything I doubt.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
PV has a few problems with nasty seventh graders but eigth graders are actually better behaved, which was kind of a shock. Ms. Herrman, the Principal, and Ms. Hollingsworth, the vice Principal, are great. So are most of the teachers. They also have great after school classes, and a superb reading program.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2003
After several children I removed my kids from Palo Verde this year. There were numerous problems but the camel's back broke. They ignore behavior problems now that they have started mandatory uniforms (see how much better it is - especially when you don't report them). There are some very good teachers, but it seemed that there were enough bad ones to really cause problems. I have had two daughters (6 years apart) with the same science teacher. I would have to regrade the work and send it back to the teacher who seemed to have absolutely no idea. On the other hand, my daughter had an exceptional algebra teacher. Just don't disagree with the principle on anything. She just doesn't get it and doesn't seem about to anytime soon. And the site council is hand-picked by her, so don't bother going there either.

- submitted by a parent
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Palo Verde Middle School
7502 N 39th Ave, Phoenix, AZ  85051
(602) 347-2500
Last modified Palo Verde Middle School is a Public school that serves grades PK, 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palo Verde Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top