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K-8
Public charter
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 672
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After care: Yes

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1903 E. Roeser Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85040

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(602) 305-8865
(602) 323-5526
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October 10, 2014
the administrators really do care about what they do but there are some small quarks that could improve for me to get the last star. my kids have been going here their entire school time and I really wouldn't send em any other place. They have been working on things and im seeing improvement from years past

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
My children have been at Sabis since Kindergarten. The education that they have received has been excellent. The administrators are involved with the every day operations and seem to know all of the students as well as the families. I am proud of my childrens' achievements and believe that this is because of the love of learning that they have received at Sabis.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
SABIS has staff that honestly care for the students and go above and beyond what is required of them to ensure the students succeed. I have seen teachers stay and tutor students for free, coach for free and visit them at home when something happens to their family.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2013
Good afternoon. I am a substitute teacher here at Sabis and I enjoy working here everyday. The staff and administration are great people to be around with and the students are great too. It's a healthy environment where kids work hard to do their best every day. I am proud to be part of the Sabis community and to be able to teach students every day and be able to watch them grow academically every day. Thank you.

- submitted by a teacher
October 23, 2013
This school is the worst possible environment for student learning. Riots in the halls, failure of disciplinary staff to control, overabundance of administrative staff, no student supplies, no visual stimulation in classroom to enhance student learning. Worst school I've ever substituted in.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
My kids have been going to SABIS for 4 years. I did had a problem with a teacher in first grade she just wasn't a good fit for 1st graders she would have been better in the middle school grades due to her strict discipline. The school has really good discipline. They have good Teachers and the teacher I had problems with was release. They provided alot of help and your kids are a priority at this school. I work for a school my self and let me tell you this is the one I would recommend. I work for other schools around this area and non of them are good. SABIS is the closes the you will get to a private school setting, curriculum, discipline etc.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
My school encourages its students to always do their best. We encourage our students to achieve high academic standards.

- submitted by a teacher
January 27, 2013
SABIS has so many programs in place to ensure that each student gets the best out of their education. Our family has received tutoring at no cost and our children have received rewards for reaching their goals. The teachers seem to make our children a part of their lives and are cheering them on every step of the way.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
I was very careful to pick the right school for my first child. I made the best decision. He has learned to read in Kindergarten. I could barely tie my shoes. He has excel in all areas and I believe that is due to a great teaching staff. They care about each child and that child's success. I have spoke to students who have gone to Sabis and they say they would not be as successful as they are if they had not gone there. They got great study skills, social skills and education.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
I cannot say enough good things abut this school. My son had been attending a nearby public school and was bullied daily for months without the teachers or administration doing anything about it. He has not had a single problem with that at SABIS. The school really cares, and acts on the principals of getting the right learning environment for every student. They are very accommodating for learning disabilities as well. SABIS will not be right for every child. They place high standards for academics, and expect the students to meet them. Some children simply won't be cut out for those kids of rigors. The gifted students, or those who do better when getting a kick in the pants will do well here. They promote a safe environment for the students, do not tolerate bulling behavior, and do the best they can to have the students exceed. The one area somewhat lacking is parent evolvement. Yet I don't see how this is a failing of the school, but of the parents themselves. The school provides the opportunity, but can hardly be held responsible when the parents fail to respond. I have been very happy with my experience here, as have both my children.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
We are not perfect a school. SABIS has a great group of teachers and staff dedicated to enriching students in the south mountain region. It has a great group of students and parents that have kept us at performing plus for over years. We are proud of our accomplishments, but we will not settle for complacency. Unlike any school we have our share of struggles, but we will not take our eye off the prize. Thank you for the best years to come students,staff, parents and the community.

- submitted by a teacher
September 10, 2010
just a coment to the former staff member with the review dated in June 2010. Just move on and take all the garbage you brought to SABIS in the first place. if SABIS was a bad school as you said in your comment, then you really didnt belong at SABIS, glad you are no longer there, by the way you should check SABIS test scores so you could understand why SABIS is in this community, making a diffrence for all these students that SABIS teachers care about. i guess you didnt care for the students at all, you only cared for was yourself and getting an income.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2010
I am a former teacher of Sabis, having left due to numerous frustrations with the structure and management of the school. Sabis does not require that teachers be certified or even highly qualified according to AZ charter school standards. While there are some great teachers, there are too many that do make the grade, and children are allowed to take over the school, creating chaos and injuries. Staff is not reprimanded for lack of supervision, and I am surprised no parents sued when a number of first graders got into fiberglass insulation that had fallen from the gymnasium ceiling, apparently not catching the attention of any of the adults in the room. Passionate, strong, effective teachers are encouraged to "relax" while other teachers are being walked all over by students. Although I will greatly miss the kids of Sabis, I cannot endure the poisonous environment any longer.

- submitted by a teacher
May 27, 2010
I am a long time parent of Sabis in PHX. My 1st daughter went to Sabis from the 4th grade and FLEW through public high school with honors and college courses. She passed the AIMS test as a sophomore and attributed her scores to the education she received at Sabis. Through the years they have had a high turnover in teachers - simply for the reason that many did not like the curriculum OR believed it was too difficult for our kids (a few of them admitted this to me during parent/teacher conf). My son wanted to be in the JR Ace program @ the community college and scored in college freshman level for math and English! This is an excellent school! My children sometimes fuss - but I'm the boss, not them. The discipline is stern (which is needed), the admin is young and the curriculum is challenging - perfect!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
I myself was a sabis student and when we first came to dubai i was so happy that my kids are going to ba sabis student but now since then i feel so bad that i made them join this school this school have no mercy and like (all you can study) it's is a very stressful school i took my daughter out 2 years ago and my my son will be leaving next year the reason i kept my kids in is because all the other good schools are way too expenive but my son can take no more as he really hates it and i am wiiling to anything for him even though this means i have tighten out our expenses

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2009
This is a great school I would give it a 4.5 Stars, I have had 3 children going to this school and my oldest is now attending High School, all her core classes are honors classes and she excels academically. This school truly prepares your child for college.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
When I first brought my daughter to this school I knew we were going to get the help we needed. For example the public schools wanted to medicate my daughter. This was not necessary. The test that were given at Sabis determined that she a little under her scale but it was manageable to bring her up. The staff has been outstanding and I recommend this school to anyone and everyone. I also agree with Sabis Mission Statement to give all children a lifetime love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
My children have a passion for learning but when tests and discipline is taken to the extreme, it makes them not want to go to school. And this is very unusual for my children who are eager to learn and very intelligent. Too much testing stresses them out, they do have lives of their own. And this school lacks encouragement, which is imperative in child development. Discipline is one thing but constant pressure is another. As far as a principal, there is none. I find that kinda odd. It's curriculum and their overall way of handling situations is similar to bootcamp and prison. Give the kids a break and time to interact with others!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
My son always did grat in his studies.My son attended 6th grade at Sabis. He attended until half way through the 6th grade year. Then I took him out and placed him in a excelling school district. He just currently finished 7th grade and is still lacking from Sabis not teaching Enligh properly. I took him to Sylvin and he needs to relearn 6th grade English. That would cost over 6000 thru Sylvin. Was that so surprizng? No. He is now missing the foundation of 6th so was impossible to learn the 7th correctly. Now I know what track to go down and no thanks to Sabis.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
This school provides an alternative to the ever struggling schools that occupy the area. They have accelerated curriculum that gives your students a headstart on all of their future competition. Their test scores prove it! I am proud to send my child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
I have been with this school for several years. Just like any other organization, it has experienced many changes. These changes have had an effect on our school. Through the years I have said good-bye to some really great administrators, teachers and students. I have also been relieved to see some go. But every year, in conjunction with change, things are getting better. Obviously there is room for improvement within any school. With that being said, it is also evident that our school is working diligently to make meaningful changes happen. Our Student Manager and her staff have been more consistent than her predecessors. We have clear objectives and vision from our Director. The Academic Quality Controllers seem to be capable leaders with great interpersonal skills. And most importantly, we have more Teachers that genuinely care about the education of their students. We are all looking forward to a year of success and high achievement. I am glad to be apart of this community and organization.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
SABIS has an awesome curriculum amd program for students. SABIS needs to change their attitude towards teachers and student discipline. SABIS has no respect for teachers. They have no concept of how to hold students accountable for their actions when it comes to rude and disruptive behavior in the school. How can a teacher be successful when they are verbally abused by administration and physically abuse by the students? The level of parent involvement does not exist. Parents have to go through many channels to speak with staff to get answers or even ask a question. On a scale of 1 to 10 parent involvement is scaled at -7 ( yes a Negative 7)

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2007
Since the new director took over Sabis school it has made a big change in all areas, when our children returned back this year we notice more familiar faces regarding staff, teachers and families. As the parents of 3 children that attend Sabis International school we have no problem at all, beside the high quality academics it's the safeties school our children have ever attended. Our children have not had any discipline issue with other children in the last year.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
August 02, 2007
The 'teachers' that have good morals and ethics soon leave there because of the major problems. I certainly left and I'm so happy I did. It's a joke that they call this a school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 02, 2007
Sabis International school is an absolute joke. Business is what is all about. They do not care about the education of a child. They concentrate on how much money they can make. The teacher turn-over is worrying. The management of all SABIS schools is a disaster.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2007
This school has no parent teacher contact, teachers are switched around like a marry-go-round, and you get no response from the administrators. My daughter s first year of school was a horrible experience and I will never forgive myself for placing her in such an unstable facility.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I pulled my son out of this school after 3 months. He was in a Kindergarten class that went through three different teachers, in that short period of time. Although I had several conversations with the ADQ and the Director, the problems were never solved and excuses were given. If you are a parent that likes to be involved directly with your childs teacher, don't send your child to Sabis. The schools system prohibits this from happening and its hard to go through a third party to get specific information. I also believe they need specific teachers who are use to dealing with inner-city kids along with kids from middle income+ families. There is also a higher likelihood for children at SABIS to be labeled without checking into how the teachers are teaching and dealing with classroom management.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
I have been waiting for a forum to express my dissatisfaction with Sabis. I purchased a home in 2004 and thought that Sabis would be the best school for my children in the area. I was 100% mistaken. I am dissatisfied with the parent/teacher interaction. If I receive a call from the school, they have no details to share with me, if I want to visit the school, I have to give 24hrs notice. I go to pick up my children and the little kids are running wild and cursing. To my delight I am moving to the Kyrene school district where I know I will get the quality that I am looking for. I am extremely upset with the quality of education in the South Mountain area and with the Roosevelt school district. )O:

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I have been reading most of these comments and have to say I agree with a lot of the comments already posted 'I thought I may be the only one with certain issues with Sabis ways' Communication with the administration staff & teachers is a joke! There needs to be more direct communication with parents and staff. It is schools responsibility to keep the parents updated on all daily matters or items with their children. Not wait till there is a problem. I am unsure if my son will remain at Sabis for the 2007-2008 upcoming school year I am disappointed in this school they did not live up to all their standards that they promised and or advertised.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
I decided to put my son in Sabis because of their academics, at this point I regret my decision to put him in this school. The teacher turn over rate is very high. There is very little direct contact with teachers which makes it very hard to stay on top of things with your child, and it is very hard to get any follow up with the administration staff. I am a very involved parent, and this makes no difference. I do think there is hope for this school, because the director this year is from a previous Sabis school and I think he is very involved and can possibly turn this school around? Maybe? If the school can get competent reliable teachers and staff. This is very disappointing and my son will not return.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
High teacher turnover. Allows problem children to stay and they lose good teachers because of it. Academics are good but school lacks organization.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
My children get almost zero home work and when they do it is done in class. If this do not change within the next month or two I will be sending my kids to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
Academically the school could be great. I think they hold back those students who are and can move ahead by putting them in classes with students who are at a lower level. I believe this only makes those students who don't understand fall even more behind because they tend to act out in class to hide the fact they can't keep up. Sabis says it provides certain extracurricular activities but they do not. Sports are so important that students who are failing are still allowed to participate. What about sports of the mind? If their focus is on making every student a success in education they have a lot to prove. The teacher/staff turn over rate is unbelivable. Parent involvement and dwindled down to nothing. Administration and parents need to stop being afraid of each other and challenge each other to do more!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2006
Not happy with this school. Promises were made in the beginning and 3 years later still waiting. Communication with the teachers is impossable and safty is a joke. Do your child a favor and send them to another school. I'm sorry I wasted 3 years of my childrens life at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
very disappointed with school overall. Nothing positive to say. Classroom size is too large for teachers to manage. Student problems daily. Classroom management is non-existent in most cases. Administration incapable of dealing with inner-city problems. High staff turnover. Inconsistantly punative with students. Directors have no education background. College prep school???? Pulled my children after brief admission.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
no rating May 21, 2006
Sabis has higher expectations of it's students and works to help each student achieve their potential.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
Loved this school. My child was fluent in spanish

- submitted by a former student
November 14, 2005
As a former educator at SABIS--SABIS lacks professional, experinced, ethical, administration. Their assessment methods, although routine, only assesses students who learn predominantly by direct instruction. As an educator, there is a diverse population of learners who are left behind. As a parent, I would never allow my child to attend such an unethical school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
Teachers are stuck with very rigid curriculum. No bending of it at all. Grading of testing for 1st graders is very tough. No room for error.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
An excellent school program.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
The local administration is not giving the teachers they're proper credit for years taught and experience. This is not right. We teachers that work there, won't be coming back. Please check the high turnover in teachers at whatever school you consider sending your child to. High teacher turnover is a sign that something is wrong in the administration.

- submitted by a teacher
July 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
SABIS could have and would have been an amazing school if only those who are in leadership positions would not have let the power overcome their common sense. My children will not be returning to this school. Most of the teachers and support staff were amazing and if they stay, SABIS needs to take notice and reward them greatly to make sure they stay for years and years. The teachers and support staff are the only thing that is saving this school. Whoever is in charge at a higher level maybe at the district need to take notice about what goes on. There are two sides to every story and both versions need to be taken into consideration when making decisions that affect the school, students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
My daughter has been at this school since it first openend. She enrolled before the school was even built. Everything they talk about as far as academics is true. The teacher turnover is a JOKE. My daughter lost her teacher in the beginning of 2nd grade and she had substitutes for the rest of the year. What kind of 'teacher/student' relationship can be built from that? I feel that my daughter is just a number at Sabis. They grew to fast! There are not enough teachers for students. The Parent Connection has tried to get other parents inolved for four years now and there are still only a handful of us to represnt over 700 students. Where is the parental involvement at Sabis. Your not made to feel like they really want your involvement! Take your children elsewhere. Nothing for kids under 6th grade to do!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
The Quality of academic programs are pretty good, however I would like to see more of individuality of its curriculum. They talk a good game but come through on the promises they make to parents and students. The teachers don't seem to feel comfortable teaching using their own style.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
Nice curriculum. Bad communication between administrators and parents. No activities for students below 6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
The material they teach is excellent. The administration at this school is awful. The negative draw back is that you have to go through and Academic Quality Control person in order to speak with your childs teacher. I called in early Sep to speak with my child's teacher and I was not scheduled to meet with her until Oct because the AQC person was not available as well. This school also has no activities for those in grades K-5. Basically go to class and lunch and that is it. The student life is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
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April 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
I would really like to see teachers stay more than one year. It seems to me that there is alot of teacher turnover. Also, I have heard that not all the teachers are certified. However, some are in the process of getting certified.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2003
I really think SABIS is a good school. I like the idea that they do not socially promote students. My child attended the school for the first time last year. She truly excelled in all academic areas. The administration was very honest with me each time I had to deal with a situation. My daughter attended SABIS because no other school would try to help her academically and emotionally. I am so thankful that a school like SABIS is in my area. When I say the money that was put into a building to help my child, I said I would stick with the school through good and bad times. I have not been in one school that did not have some type of challenge. Challenges makes people grow. I hope SABIS open more schools in South Phoenix to better meet our children needs. Thank you SABIS for standing firm in a community that is not truly given a good rating.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2003
My child had good teachers but my child won't be comming back to Sabis. He will miss his friends. He didn't like that the teachers had to use all the same books and not anything else. He hated that their were not field trips. He got yelled at by the upper school aqc for something He didn't even do and then she lied about it to cover herself. The tests were wrong a lot. His teachers had to correct the textbooks that Sabis wrote! That's bad when the kids found mistakes in the books! Then the kids didn't have any principles becaause they kept getting fired. You know if my child was a owner of a school he would set a better example for my students. That's why he is going to another school. I have told them and they didn't care. Too bad because his other friends and there parents are taking there kids out too. Anything is better than this place where you get beat up and you're smarter than the books.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2003
There are a lot of lies promoted at this school. You will get an administrator smile and say wonderful things right to your face, but when it comes down to follow through, it's all a lie. I'm not saying that everyone is like that, but most are. There are specific instances where promises were made to staff and it was not done. The students are harshly treated in the discipline aspect. Teachers are ignored when they try to suggest things that is only for the best interest of the students. Parents aren't welcomed in the school unless you have an appointment. Sabis has so much money, but doesn't even supply the right things to the kids that they need for state tests! Teachers are evaluated on how well the students do. That's not fair. If my child does poorly, it's my child's fault and that doesn't mean that the teacher shouldn't get the proper raise because he scored so low. Also, teachers can't use other books to teach the children. Only Sabis materials are allowed. How conceided is that? I strongly suggest seeking other avenues for your child's education. Remember, what looks good on paper and what sounds good, isn't always what is good.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2003
My daughter was an A student. She has to go to summer school because her average dropped to less than 60%. My son was a B student and he is attending summer school also. The teachers care about the children but all decisions are made in Lebanon and in their U.S. offices in Minnesota. The children lose two days of instruction every week to testing. Then nothing was done with the results. I was told all concepts would be retaught if they failed the tests. My son and daughter were both injured at school by bullies. One boy beat my son with his belt and he was allowed to return to school. SABIS seems to be in the business of making money and doesnt care much about my children's achievement. The extra curricular activities they were promised turned out to be checkers and gameboards for an hour a day. My children will not return to this school in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
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Sabis International
1903 E. Roeser Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85040
(602) 305-8865
Last modified Sabis International is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sabis International Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top