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PK-5
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 757

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4610 E. Osborn
Phoenix, AZ 85018

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(480) 484-6100
(480) 484-3501
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November 03, 2014
Amazing teachers and staff. The teachers and administration go out of their way to keep parents informed and motivate students to excel. As a parent of a kinder student and 1st grader, we are grateful for the academic rigor and also appreciate the diversity of the school. No doubt my children will be prepared for the real world. Thank you Tavan.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
My oldest daughter went to Tavan from preschool through 5th grade and she absolutely loved it there. My second child is currently in 3rd grade there and wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I am hoping that Ms. Serna will be there when my other two start school. Not only do my children get the support that they need while attending the school they still receive it even after they have left. I wouldn't want my kids to go anywhere else because this is a community school and everyone's involvement help shape and support our future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
After learning that 5 families disenrolled from Tavan last week to go to a charter school, I feel compelled to write a review about my experience as a Tavan parent. My daughter is in the 5th grade and has been at Tavan since kindergarten. We chose Tavan not just because of their great reputation but also because of all the services they have to offer. We were willing to drive our daughter 10 miles to go to an out of district school knowing that she would be in a safe, supportive and academically challenging environment. Lily's been fortunate to have amazing teachers EACH and EVERY year, a speech pathologist that knows what she's doing and a pro-active principal that doesn't just talk the talk, she truly walks the walk. Ms. Serna has always made time to listen to our concerns and provide support, as have all of Lily's teachers. Tavan's open door policy has allowed for me to show up unannounced to observe in a classroom, help out the teachers and have lunch with my daughter. I have this one amazing child. Where she goes to school every day matters to me. As parents, we don't get do-overs. I'm proud to say that I'll never regret my decision to send my daughter to Tavan.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
The assistant principal has made this school crumble during the principal's absence. He has no disciplinary or leadership skills. He is a joke to the kids, teachers, and patents but those who hired him were dazzled by his doctorate. All of the best teachers are getting out of this school. I am moving my child next year. I've heard that half of the teachers are leaving next year too. Unfortunately, Tavan's best days have come and gone thanks to the heads of the district who hire incompetent administrators and promote open enrollment. All the smart kids are moving to Veritas, Hopi, Christ Lutheran, or ANLC. My son and I will do the same.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
My daughter started kindergarten a few weeks ago, and so far I am impressed by the amount of support the school seems to have for the success of the school including other parents. This is our first child going to school so I don't have any other schools to compare it to, but so far it's going great, she loves it, I love the schedule. My only concern is that the KG classes are across the street from the main school and they have to walk across the street to go to lunch, computer classes, etc. I know there are a lot of teachers on hand when they do this, but it's taking me a little longer to get used to the idea. The school is in a beautiful location and the school itself is beautiful. I can't wait for what this upcoming year brings.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
This is an amazing school. It is diverse in all areas from culture, academic achievements and home situations. All students are treated like they truly matter and to Ms. Serna, they do. The community this school provides is very much family focused.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
Tavan is an A+ school!!! Count them! How many are there in Scottsdale? How many Title I schools are A+? This group goes over the top to make sure every student has a chance to succeed. Not like other schools.

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2012
This is not a good school if your child is an advanced student. Slacking gifted program and little support from teachers or administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
My son has been attending Tavan for the last 4 years. In second grade he was diagnosed with ADHD. The principal and teacher was EXTREMELY helpful with providing him with the help he needed to be successful. My son had attended the Sonoran Science Academy where the 1st grade teacher was horrible, negative and yelled at him often. We also explored St. Theresa's School, but they were unable to provide help my son needed with ADHD. I also have a son in kindergarten. He has received absolute love and kindness from his teacher. I feel she has made the class challenging for them and he is excelling as a result. He is already reading independently. I am so happy my children are at Tavan!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
The kindergarten program here is great, and the teachers are wonderful. But after that, I am not impressed. I have been around this school for a while now. The principal is very difficult to communicate with and is more interested in sweeping issues under the rug rather than dealing with them. She likes to lecture students, parents, and teachers, but is not willing to listen to anyone and speaks in a very disrespectful tone. A very negative environment. Many parents have been taking their children out of the school and placing them in nearby alternative schools. Also, many of the great teachers have left to teach at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I have had at least one child at Tavan for the past three years. I feel they are getting an excellent education. The teachers and Mrs. Margaret Serna are devoted to early childhood education and it shows in everything they do! Mrs. Serna is always getting grants for new school equipment and programs. She loves the kids like they are her grandchildren. She is a constant fixture on campus. I literally give thanks to God we are able to have our children attend this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
The principal, Mrs. Serna, is extremely committed to helping kids succeed and the teaching staff is excellent--my children have benefitted from many outstanding people and programs offered through this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
Tavan (Ms, Serna) helped my son out in a dire need from Hopi ES, without her I don't know what I would have done! Tavan is a great ES and meets every need that our son needs to get the education he needs to. The teachers are very will educated and know their job as well as what is expected of them they are firm and treat the child as if they were their own. The teachers are concerned about the children in the classrooms and it shows upon them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2010
This is our first year at tavan, and we could not be happier with the kindergarten program, including opportunities for accelerated learning, staff involvement at all levels, and safety of the campus. We're looking forward to next year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
Tavan creates a positive atmosphere. When you walk on the grounds, you feel like you are part of a family. Everyone is happy to make you feel at home-a safe place for your children to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
The great parent involvment, planning wonderful events for our Tavan families. The administration is involved in all the events. Our school Tavan is a community of families where each child is important. Our staff wants our children to excell.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
We have so many programs available to help, both our children at risk, as well as our gifted students to achieve their best! A great mix of families from all over the world . . . led by the BEST TEACHERS IN THE WORLD!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
I love Tavan because the students love to learn and they are happy to be there!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Tavan is an amazing school. The teachers and staff are highly qualified and implement interventions to help a variety of students succeed. it is a collaborative and positive community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Everyone at Tavan goes above and beyond for their students!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 13, 2010
I love the parent involvement, our generous devoted PTO, and driven staff. The three together define the word community!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
My kid had gone to this school for about 3 years now. I had transfered them to another school closer to home but that didn't last very long. Tavan had left such a great impression on us that we had to bring our kids back.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
We chose this school (after researching all the schools in the Scottsdale District) for our children in spite of warnings from other parents about the challenges of sending our children to school with a large percentage of non-English speakers. They couldn't have been more wrong. Our children are receiving a high quality education. They are adequately challenged and are very happy. The PTA is really strong and the atmosphere at the school makes it easy to be a part of the life of the school. If you want to prepare your children for the world, this is the school for them. Our children are receiving a well-rounded education and they are happy to go to school and don't want to miss out on even one day...which will ensure their continued success.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
We have had a positive experience at Tavan. Our daughter has been adequetly challenged and the teachers and administration has been quick to address any arising issues/concerns. The teachers are amazing and truly 'make' the school. Tavan continues to grow in a positive direction.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
My son started out very slow and his 1st teacher immediatly noticed the struggled and envolved other teachers to help evaluate the situation. He worked with the Tavan reading group, who saw the need for a summer reading program (a free service w/ SUSD). His self esteem and reading shot up a great deal. The school picked up right where they left off when my son started 2nd grade and continued testing to see how things were going. He continues to need the service of special education, which I feel has helped him a great deal. He enjoys his core class and is involved in the weekly music, art computer & gym classes. Tavan also offers many social activities, allowing for families to meet. The PTA is strong and is trying to get more parents involved. The staff is great and the VP is very involved with the school. It's great!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
Tavan has been a great experience for our family. The teachers are truly concerned with my child's progress and ensures that she is adequately challenged. The diversity has been a great experience for our family as it is teaching tolerance and acceptance of everyone! The greatest challenge that I see is parent involvement, however, I am begining to see this increase. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a diverse, positive and enriching public education.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
I find that Tavan has been very academic orientated. The especially focus on reading in the beginning grades. My children are very happy and enjoy the circulim offered. However, I do wish there were more school sponsored extra curricular activities available. I have found that Ms. Serna, the principal, to have an open door policy and is very easy to talk with about any concerns you may have.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
Tavan is an excellent school. My son will be a 4th grader this year and is very successful academically and socially. Tavan teachers are all highly qualified and committed to meeting the educational needs of every student. Tavan's incredible diversity makes it a place for children to thrive and build life long friendships and learn about acceptance and equality. My son participated in the 'Kindergarten Spring Play', first grade 'Dr. Suess Celebration', second grade 'We Are The World Program' and the third grade 'Patriotic Concert'. Summer of '05, my son was provided an opportunity to participate in the dynamic free Tavan Summer Fine Arts and Writing Program. At Tavan learning is fun! My son continues to thrive academically and displays great confidence. I commend the teachers, staff and Tavan administrators for their high expectations and excellent learning experiences they provide for all students. Tavan is a true learning community for all.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My kindergardner loves this school, He has learned alot. The teachers are phenomenal and admin staff is very visable. I recommend this school, and parents should get more involved. I have one concern, one class seems to have more non english speakers than the other classes and seems to miss on some curricular activities due to the language barrier.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
Okay, so Tavan is diverse. Well, hello, so is our society. I laugh at myself for struggling with this issue. Tavan is a place where all children are accepted, challenged and empowered. It is void of social pressures and allows children to be children, build self confidence and value systems important for life. We have found it to be accademically challenging for any level. It has wonderful teachers and administration that have a true love of children. The children are provided all of the art/music/computer type programs. Yes, we need more parent involvement, which means if you are interested enough to research this, we need you. Parent particiapation is needed and appreciated. I feel my children will be great assets to this school and be more prepared for life. Most importantly, my kids are happy. We feel we made the right decision choosing our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
I have had a wonderful expierence at Tavan so far. My daughter is in Kindergarten and she is involved in an accelerated reading program where she is pulled out in a small group to work on an elevated level of reading. Her teacher is a master teacher an is amazing! We have been involved in many fun and exciting programs this year such as a family Thanksgiving feast, 100th day celebration, a room-mother organization, and two great field trips. The staff is great and very helpful. The administration is very involved and visable and puts the children first.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2004
A very dedicated staff. This school has a great deal of student diversity.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2004
I was a student teacher at tavan, it is a really troubled school but they are working hard to improve educational quality.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2004
A huge lack of control in some classrooms. The Principal promises and does not follow through. She does not manage her time well. She's irresponsible and does not speak the truth. She says one thing and does another. Just full of excuses! There seems to be no accountability of the staff. Very poorly run school. This one needs some major reorganization! They really need to implement the 'Character Counts' program, and fast! Starting with the adults...

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August 06, 2004
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July 16, 2004
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July 14, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 15, 2004
Great school - high expectations for students, diverse student population, dedicated and talented staff.

- submitted by a teacher
March 21, 2004
Excellent school. My son is doing well and is very successful academically. The teachers are highly qualified and the administration very interested and hard working.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2003
This is a wonderful school. Under the leadership of Ms. Serna, Tavan has become an exemplary educationally centered school. Tavan has dedicated staff and students who continually achieve at high levels. I am impressed with the test scores and also the level of learning.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2003
My daughter has attended Tavan since preschool. Margret Serna is a great leader. She is personable and listens to each parent who has something to say. My daughter is excelling in every subject. Mr. Bailey (3rd grade) and Ms. Burket (5th grade) are exceptional teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
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Tavan Elementary School
4610 E. Osborn, Phoenix, AZ  85018
(480) 484-6100
Last modified Tavan Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tavan Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top