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15844 North 43rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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4 stars
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January 09, 2014
This school has had a lot of change over the last couple of years. There seems to be no real leadership or vision for the school anymore which is sad because we sent our child there for the STEM program but it doesn't seem to be a priority any longer. We will be looking for a new school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
We have been at this school threw 3 prinicpals & the current principle is AWEFUL. My kids have been called liars by the principal to other children. He tells the kids to come talk to him if they dont agree with something than he argues with them that they are wrong instead of listening to them. My daughter has been choked by a boy & then my other child was threatened by the boys mother in the front office. My daughter got in trouble for defending herself & taken into the principals office w/the boy & the princpal he then made both kids sign a document w/out another adult present. The principal didnt even call me until 6pm to explain what happened. 2 of my other kids tried to explain what happened during the incident & were told to stay out of it & the duty aides did nothing to stop the fight when they were in formed of it. The PE coach has yelled at kids in their face & belittled them in front of classmates. Ive had to go to district to get the nurse to look into a matter more. Over all I would never recommend this school & are happy to be leaving as I dont want my current kids or Kindergartener going there. I will dearly miss some teachers that we have been w/for years

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
Yes that s right school doesn t only need a good principal but need to change some of the staff too. Some of the teachers are really good but others I regret sending my child to this school, soon she will be going to better school. Any way we drive so we rather drive them to better school. If your kids are smart, always get good grads and you always work with them on their studies don t keep them here, especially if they are gifted. Because you expect staff should be friendly and encouraging and towards education. But forget about cooperative and encouraging this schools gifted services staff is unfriendly, dominative, and BULLY. And I think its quite natural because talking to principal does not make any difference. Everybody in school is focus towards fund raising events/things and making money. Forget about kids and forget about education. Being a parent we need to move our kids to education.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
This school used to be A+. After Mr. Clancy left the school went down hill. The new principal just doesn't work for this school. This used to be one of the best schools in the district but not anymore. The support isn't that great and the teachers seem defeated. Get a new principal and get the moral back up with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
We have loved this school so far. Mandarin Chinese is a great language to learn since it is spoken by the largest number of people in the world. There is always communication between the parents and teachers/principal. I am happy my son gets to be apart of the school as is he. He's always got a smile on his face when he comes home.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
School allows teachers to feed kids sweets in class without first asking for parent consent. The school promotes fast food by partnering with McDonald's for events. An important part of learning is promoted by a healthy clean diet. The school seems behind on the math curriculum. They teach Mandarin Chinese and do not offer Spanish. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the States! They could offer more music class sessions. Music class is proven to improve a child's IQ. P.E. is also not offered throughout the school year.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
My daughter has attended the school for 2 years. One thing that I like about and I think is extremely important for the school's progress is what kind of principal there is. The previous principal was a great person and very close with the students. The current principal is even better. He is a very down-to-earth person who will take the time to listen to your concerns. He is always outside telling kids goodbye at the end of the day and making sure they cross the streets safely. He goes the extra mile. Teachers are happy with him too as he has provided them with much wanted improvements and technology in their classrooms. The teachers in WWA are nice and constantly make interesting projects for the kids to do. Overall a nice school, but I don't know why its rating dropped so much. Used to be a 9/10.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2011
My kids have been going to WWA for 5 yrs. now and we have seen a tremendous change... When Mr. Clancy came on board, the moral, integrity & philosophy really kicked in to overdrive. The teachers and faculty on various occasions commented how they are really enjoying coming to work now. It has shown in so many ways. There is a real sense of team work. No more... The leadership is an equal playing field. Even the students are more inspired... It seems that everyone lights up when they interact with Mr. Clancy. However... With the New School year 2011 comes a New Principal... We are hopeful ... although many think he has some big shoes to fill. We know it is not far to judge & we will certainly go into this with an open mind. We already miss Mr. Clancy and will always have fond memories... We wish him well at Desert Shadows and maybe we will be lucky enough to share his leadership again when my 3 move onto middle school...

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
My son is in 5th grade and we moved to phoenix last year.he came in the middle of the school year and he was welcomed into the class. the teachers are good. especially the gifted and talented teacher.he is also in the school band.it is quite an enriching experience for my son.i love this school. planning to put my younger kid in kindergarten during fall this year.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
The teachers and administration at this school are great... Helpful, knowledgable, flexible and very approachable. The only negative really is the lack of funding for improved teacher to student ratio throughout the upper grades. Parent involvement could improve as well. Overall we have had a very positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
This school has excellent teachers. the new principal is now getting rid of the teachers that made this school excelling. The philisophy has changed. Excellent teachers, Worst principal ever, No vision or importance for academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2011
Our child has been at WWA since first grade and is now in sixth. At that time, we were changing from private because we felt the experience in private was too culturally limited. WWA has been a great public school experience: students from a diverse social and economic background coming together under the school motto of work hard, be nice, and achieve. The new Principal's leadership is greatly positive and supportive--he leads a staff that is 100% enthusiastic about education and love teaching above all else. He has made it a point to get to know each and every student. The Special Areas Teams complete a rounded education that every student enjoys. The PVUSD gifted teachers and experience is amazing. I give the school 5 stars for their community, school, and staff. My one wish is that the District would find the money to restore the smaller class sizes to the upper elementary grades.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
Unlike private (but expensive) schools, teachers and principals in public schools don't get their salaries from families payments. As a result, treatment of children and parents depends on the principal's philosophy. The new principal has the old fashioned view that faculty is always above students and parents too. The school now has some teachers that academically don t know much more than their students, and don t even care. The grading standards of tests are becoming of low quality, but cannot be challenged. Realizing that they are well supported by the new principal, some teachers are becoming increasingly rude to both students and parents alike. I can t give details because of the space limits for the reviews here.

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March 01, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2009
The new year has started with a new principal. He seems very dedicated and will ing to make positive changes. The only drawback this year, due to budget cuts, is 4th,5th and 6th grade have only 2 teachers per grade with 30 plus students in each class. There were aides for kindergarten and 1st grade (no aides for 2nd-6th grade) and the aide positions were cut too. The school is a great school and if/and when a budget gets passed and classes can get back to normal this school will really be the school it should be.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2009
I have a student beginning second grade in the fall. We searched several public and charter schools in the area, and found the staff to be the most welcoming and informative, the class size to be good, with an aide in the room as well, and just a really good energy overall. We drive her 5 miles each way, and wouldn't do it any other way. The teachers really care about her education and about our interaction with them. They help us know what to work on for homework and give us fun games to play. All the 1st grade teachers were invested in our student, know her by name and let us know what's up. When I call the office to talk about her, the staff knows who I am as well. Can't wait for 2nd grade to start.

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July 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 06, 2009
This school is great! I absolutely love it!!

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2008
My daughter started her education at Whispering Wind on an inter district transfer as we live closer to another school. I would not hesitate in highly recommending this school to any parent that is up in the air about which school to send their children to. The teachers, principal and admin staff are all amazing! We couldn't be happier with our choice in schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My children have excelled at this school. The students are diverse and give students a view of the world as it truly exists. Mr. Gilchrest extremely insightful in his approaches to solving problems with parents and students. I know my voice is heard, and that the decision is always in the best interest of the children (not the adults.) All the home room teachers have been excellent! The P.E., library, and chorus teachers provide exceptional activities for the kids, including extra before school clubs for the older kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
Whispering Wind is an excellent school. The community atmosphere fosters kind behavior between students and creates a conducive environment in which to learn. Administration, faculty and staff are all education and student focused. We are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Our family actually lives closer to another elementary school in the district but we choose to send our 2 sons to whispering winds. The academics there is great. The teacher and parents envolvement is so wonderful. They send home a ton of flyers for all the extracurricular activities or afterschool programs. I would recomend this school to any parent who likes to be envolved and someone who wants their child to leave the school with high spirts.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
Very happy with the experience my child had in Kindergarten

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April 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Overall I have been very pleased with the quality of academic programs that are offered at WW. There has not been a significant turnover in administration and we have been very pleased with the teachers that my children have had. By first grade both my children were very fluent readers. While there are several very dedicated parents that volunteer their time, overall, there is not much parent involvement and the PTA attendance is poor.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
My daughther attended the all day Kindergarden program and it is now in first grade. I am very pleased with the quality of the teachers and overall school environment. She learned to read before Kindergarden was over, and I would say it was 90% due to the wonderful work of her teacher. I feel the students are challenged and rewarded for their efforts during the entire year.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
Great School. Very knowledgeable teachers and very involved in their students. Close knit family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
We were disappointed with our daughter's teacher and lack of individual attention in the classroom. Believing that, along with the parents, the teacher is the most important factor in the educational process, we were surprised at the number of self-graded assignments and frequent failure to follow through with individual progress. Ths teacher had alot of teaching experience, but it seemed to translate more into burnout and sleepwalking through her duties rather than using the teaching experience to motivate and encourage individual students to achieve up to their ability. At a parent meeting early in the year, when asked about how our daughter was doing, the reply was that she was not a problem in the classroom. We knew that.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
I had all three of my children attend this school and I was extremely dissatisified with the way this school was run and the unavailability of the principal. When I asked the principal about the lack of sports offered, he replied that there was not enough money for that. This school is in the Paradise Valley District and I felt that was a very lame excuse at best. The only reason that my children attended this school is because I am a working mom and this school was convenient. I did not have a job that allowed me to transport my children.

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July 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
I like that the school is small compared to alot of other k-6 schools a smaller teacher to child ratio and very well supervised. My children are doin very well there.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
Our child will be a third grader at Whispering Winds this fall, having attended the school since kindergarden. We have only had good experiences at this school. The teachers have been great, the experiences have been also, and she is excelling in her academic and social learning. My only problem is the crowded parking and pick up situation at the end of school day. Because the school is located on a neighborhood street, the traffic congestion is expected but can also be frustrating. But all in all, I recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
Truly enjoyed the education offered at this school. The principal is awesome. The only fault is the size of the classes. Kindergarten and first were great outcomes for our daughter.

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April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
When it was time to register our daughter for 1st. Grade we were very nervous, not being from around here. We did the research and found the reviews and stats. Of this school is what we were looking for. We couldn't have picked a better school for her to attend...

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2005
Great Teachers that work with your children very well.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
This is a great school as long as you have a child with A & B average. But if your child is dyslexic or has ADD or ADHD your going to be very fustrated . The principle is nice but he is just there for show not for any problems to solve.The teachers are great but their classrooms are usually packed. It has been very fustrating for my children .And the schools only soluation has been for me to transfer my children to another school. So they like to remove even children with the least amount of learning challenges.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2004
My children have attended this school since it opened. The quality of the teaching has deteriorated over the years. The school is a good choice for your average child. Principal is very good with the kids, but not open to the individual needs of each child. There is not enough computer training and the art department needs a lot of help. Chorus/music is about non-existent. P.E. program however is outstanding! School does well enough to get kids through, but just doesn't put forth any extra effort to really help 'todays' kids succeed. There is certainly a few choice people that truly work hard to make Whispering Wind a great school and the rest should take their lead.

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May 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
This school is great. My son is special needs, and is well cared for there. The staff is great and takes interest in the kids. The principle is very hands on.

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March 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2003
This is a great school. As an active member of the PTA and with 2 third graders I have seen a lot. No school is perfect but Whispering Wind has so much to offer. The teachers are generally wonderful and caring, the staff is thoughtful. I'm having to move out of the area and will be hard pressed to switch schools. I think it will be worth the drive to keep my children in this school.

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Whispering Wind Academy
15844 North 43rd Street, Phoenix, AZ  85032
(602) 449-7300
Last modified Whispering Wind Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Whispering Wind Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews.