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PK-6 & Ungraded
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 936

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12202 N. 21st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029

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(602) 347-2600
(602) 347-4220
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August 29, 2015
I sent my daughter to Abraham Lincoln Traditional School for kindergarten as it was rated A+. I was highly disappointed with their curriculum, especially the Spalding Phonogram Program, which I had trouble learning in order to teach my child. They wanted to keep her in kindergarten because she wasn't at the level of her peers, although she showed marked improvement. I attended Shaw Butte from 1984 to 1991 and received a great education. That is where i enrolled my daughter for the 15-16 school year, and they allowed me to enroll her in 1st grade. At the end of the third week in the school year, I fully believe she is receiving a better education. Big plus that breakfast and lunch are served to every student daily for free! I'm glad we made the switch.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2015
My son is learning but that environment is not the greatest , we moved here from Philadelphia and he has came home saying he was bullied multiple occasions and nothing was done, he has been called "black boy" amongst other names and he wakes up saying he doesn't want to come to school. I think they do teach but some of the kids there make it very hard to send your children to school

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2014
this school awful I gave shaw a chance despite the reviews the parents are not lying the teachers hear act like they care but they don't my son forgot his lunch I brought it to school I told the lady in the office that I would take it to him just to pop up on him I get to the class room and I can hear the teacher talking loud (as she called it) I call it yelling I could here her 3 classes down so I sneak the door open a little to see who she was talking to it was my son he was in tears crying it takes my son a little longer to get the problem due to him having adhd she said she was trying to help him figure out the answer yelling at him like that is not going to help especially when she was standing next to him. It took everything in me not to smack her a mother first instinct is to protect bullying is at its high here . From the teachers and students 2013-2014 chose another school in the district.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2014
My girls are in Kindergarten and 2nd grade. I have never had a problem with my kids at the other school they attended, but upon my children being in here for less than 2 months I was called in for other kids bullying my children. I'm not alone in this. Other parents either have bullies or victims as children. Bullying is constant and non-stop. The only way they deal with bullies is to place them in Step 4, label them as criminals and call the parent. They do not try to encourage any type of resolution or get involved any further than to call the parents and let them deal with it. Not only is school school a low-performing school but they do not care about their students. I am glad that I am moving away from this school and will NEVER move back into this school zone. If you have a choice, do yourself a favor and avoid this school zone yourself. They only reward a dozen "gifted" students and don't care about the rest. So unless your child is extremely popular and intelligent, don't bother. And even IF your child all ready fits into these two categories why send them here? A low performing school isn't for such kids. So again, do what you can to never send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2010
this was a really great elementry school at least for me. It had amazing teachers who taught really well.

- submitted by a community member

May 12, 2010
its really help my kids improve school thankyou shawbutte.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 09, 2007
my son goes to this school, and i think the teachers are really nice.

- submitted by a parent

July 04, 2007
Teachers and staff appear to be quite capable and professional, but really have their hands full. We will be looking for another school to place our grandchild in, in the fall.

- submitted by a community member

May 24, 2007
My granddaughter has been going to Shaw Butte for three years and I feel that there should be special classrooms for the little or non-English speaking children, with a bilingual teacher. I believe this type of student holds back the progress of the English speaking children both in the classroom and in testing. I believe some non-bilingual teachers have left because they can't work with the language barrier of their students (without someone to interpret for them). I have attended some functions and see very little parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 06, 2007
Starting with the 2006-2007 year, Shaw Butte has a new administration. We welcome you to Shaw Butte and have started some new intervention programs to best meet the needs of all of our students. We also love to have parent involvement! Andrea Willingham(Principal) and Janice Moore(Assistant Principal)

- submitted by a teacher

December 07, 2005
If your child needs special services I won't not suggest this school. I would not recommend this school to any parent that truly cares about their childs education.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2005
School is satisfactory. Teachers seem dedicated.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2005
Very diverse school, lots of different ethnic backgrounds. this school caters to forien students providing them with every effort to learn english and progress.

- submitted by a student

June 26, 2004
This school is consistently behind in academic achievements. If the teachers didn't have to spend so much time with the students teaching them how to speak english they might have more time to teach the students the bacics. Maybe its time we start to look at the administration at this school as the core problem. Obviously this administration isn't getting the job done. The school is losing a lot of great teachers as of the beginning of the school year. Something has to be wrong for a teacher to leave a school and start over somewhere else. One more question, wouldn't it make sense, if the district is in such a financial hardship to do away with the vice principals at each school and have the principals pick up the slack. We could save a tremendous amount of money this way and could afford to hire the teachers needed.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2004
This is a school you should not send your children to. My fifth grader is in Shaw Butte, and has complained many times about it. The lunch food is either not hot enough or not cold enough, and there has even been hairs found in it. The teachers do very little teaching, and the students there are out of hand. The school grounds are dirty, and they do very little to fix it.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2003
The lack of leadership from the district level and the fear that all have of the Principal is one of the reasons this school is underperforming again. The teachers are not allowed to adapt to thier students and are spoon fed an ineffective philoshpy and outdated teaching practices. Until the completely apathic attitude of the district and most of the parents are overcome this school will only continue to fail the students and the community.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2003
My son has gone to this school for 4 years, the school is more worried about discipline of the child than the learning of a child. This school seriously needs to take a look at their test scores and do something about it. They are a failing school and I see nothing being done for improvement and I agree with the parent that the office needs to be looked at, I have not seen great things since this principal/asst. principal have come aboard. They have almost lost their entire PTSA because of this. I am pulling my child out the end of this year because they do not listen to their parents.

- submitted by a community member

April 07, 2003
Most of the teachers at Shaw Butte are awesome. My child has attended from grade 1 to 5. We cannot say enough about the teachers she has had. We need to encourage the teachers, staff and Principal, get involved, support them. This is a very large school...until you have walked in their shoes...it is really impossible to know how difficult it is to manage a school of this size.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2003
To find the number one problem, look in the office. Someone somewhere has to take a stand for our kids, they deserve better!

- submitted by a community member
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Shaw Butte School
12202 N. 21st Ave., Phoenix, AZ  85029
(602) 347-2600
Last modified Shaw Butte School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shaw Butte School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top