I find SPTA to be a place of warmth, growth and acceptance. The new principal, Mrs. Burtamekh has truly contributed to this very positive environment and has continued the positive change that the last principal and district started. Unfortunately, she does have her hands full. Our community is extremely demanding in many ways (and it should be.) Some of the teachers at the school are not happy and they contribute disharmony to the school and the administrators by being negative. Thankfully, the school is getting better at combatting these issues and once the unhappy, negative people start vacating this otherwise wonderful campus things can only improve! I look forward to meeting the new teachers and am excited about all we will accomplish in the future.
Our child has learned so much this year! She loves her teachers, is excited to go to school each day, and is doing challenging work well beyond her grade level. There are small classes, technology, music, art, after school chess, soccer & tennis programs, and on top of it all, she is learning Spanish every day as part of an immersion program. I was nervous about making the switch to this school, but I am so happy we did!
This is a great neighborhood school for my kids, we considered many other options when searching for a school. I was pleased to find out that we had a great school right in our neighborhood. We like the small class sizes, the experience of the teachers, the enthusiasm of the new principal, the Spanish Immersion program, the accelerated curriculum, as well as the extra curricular programs for the kids such as Jr. Ambassadors. If you live in the neighborhood make sure you check it out.
We could not be happier with our choice! Our kindergartener is loving school and the Spanish Immersion Program! The teachers are outstanding! The principal and the entire staff have created a welcoming environment that is evident to everytime we are on campus. We look forward to our child growing up in this great community!
Squaw Peak is an excellent neighborhood school. The Administrators and teachers show great concern for educational development and want kids to succeed. The teachers my child has had so far from K-2nd grade have been excellent and have done a great job of providing constant communication on my childs progress and been willing to meet with me and address my concerns. Through parent/teacher collaboration they have developed various programs to improve parent involvement and raise funds to update teaching tools and programs for the kids. The addition of the spanish immersion program is one more example of this school understanding the needs of the community and trying to prepare our kids with an value added life skill. Higher levels of parent involvement and assistance with fund raising will help this school to continue to elevate its ranking.
Just finished our parent/teacher conferences and I'm very pleased to see how much the teachers truly care about how my children are doing. It so apparent that our teachers will do everything in their power to help our kids succeed.
The Foreign language immersion is fantastic! Great principal and teachers ... A truly positive learning environment.
It is a school that is trying to meet the needs of the community it serves on a very limited budget. It is the first school in Phoenix to provide a language imersion program which is critical to our children's development. It is our responsibility to prepare our children to compete in the global economy. Squaw Peak is trying to respond to this need. I applaud them for that.
My daughter is a 6th grader at Squaw Peak Traditional, and she is what you would call a gifted student. The small class sizes, small campus siize, and the dvanced grading scale have finally provided her with the academic stimulation she wasn't recieving at Larry C Kennedy school. I am very happy with her attiitude and performance at SPTA, and I look forward to her fnishing middle school there!
They love their students and help each and every one of them to succeed!
I love the academic structure & that by child is in a language immersion program. My child is speaking spanish & loves it. The teachers are outstanding in both spanish & english core subjects. Squaw Peak has the foundation to prepare children for college and living in a world economy.
This school (Squaw peak traditional academy) offers a great foreign language program. Great teachers. Great Principal.
We are a new family to SPTA this year - with one son in the Kinder Spanish Foreign Language Immersion Program and one son in the 3rd grade class. We have really been impressed with the high academic standards, teacher and staff involvement, new principal enthusiasm, and overall community of the school. We had been in a Montessori school for the last 5 years (and liked it very much) and were concerned about the transition to a "traditional" school - but they have adjusted well and are very happy. We also like that the school provides Spanish for other grades as part of regular curriculum and the boys enjoy all the other specials: music, technology, art, P.E., and library. They also have Chess club. Lots of homework - but very happy - highly recommend SPTA!
After sending our child to an excelling school with a highly rated private preschool on the campus, we came to Squaw Peak for the Foreign Language Immersion program and for the structure that comes with the accelerated curriculum. So far, the school has exceeded our expectations! Our daughter is already speaking, reading, and understanding a second language! Her teachers are dedicated and go above and beyond to engage and develop a rapport with the children. Our daughter loves her teachers and all of the "specials" that the school offers (PE, Music, Art, Library, & Technology). We could not be happier with our decision to choose Squaw Peak to continue our daughter's education.
We love SPTA! So glad we stayed in District. We have an amazing principal and teachers that are committed to challenging our students and seeing them succeed. We are thrilled that SPTA has an accelerated grading scale and just introduced a foreign language immersion program! Our kids are succeeding in phenomenal ways!
We looked all over the valley for a Foreign Language Immersion program, and ended up finding one in our own backyard! The FLI teachers are amazing and the school and district have done a fabulous job developing this program. Thank you Mrs. Bennet and Sra. Contreras for being so warm, nurturing, and engaging with our children. My son loves going to school, and I see him flourishing with the structure and the academically challenging work. On top of it all, he is learning a foreign language so much more quickly than I ever expected! With the small class sizes, lovely teachers, supportive administration, active parent group, and resources of a large campus, we couldn t ask for anything more.
This school has been a great neighborhood secret the past few years but it is time to get the word out! We our now a "Highly Performing" school doing a lot of amazing things. We have a Spanish Immersion Program, small classes, wonderful teachers, a fantastic Principal and great staff and very involved parents. I feel so fortunate to have this school within walking distance and so happy my kids are able to be a part of this great opportunity!
I am a proud grandparent of two kids attending Squaw Peak. It's a great school, in terms of teacher excellence, parental involvement, school spirit and general enthusiasm of the students.
I have a kindergartener in the Foreign Language Immersion program at Squaw Peak. I am incredibly pleased with the school, the principal, teachers and parent involvement. We have small class sizes and an overall wonderful campus. The PTO has great leadership and providing many ways for parents to get involved. But the main reason I like the school is that my child is challenged, is learning and loves his teachers. Giving our children an education in a foreign language will set them apart from others, when applying to high school and college!
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