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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,211
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35707 N. 33rd Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85086

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August 27, 2013
My 3 kids are new to Sunset Ridge this year. They have never switched schools before but last year had many horrible experiences and we decided it was time for a change. My kids were all so nervous since they didn't know a single person at Sunset Ridge. Well, when I picked them up on their first day they were all so happy and excited! We are now in our 3rd week and my kids are all still smiling and happy and just love this school. They have all made so many great friends already. It actually brought a tear to my eye of pure happiness when I over heard them talking to each other about their friends and how happy they are. All of my kids also absolutely love their teachers. So far, this move has all been worth it just to see my kids smiling and happy again.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
My child attended this school 2012/2013 for 7th grade, and will not be returning! My child is an honor roll student who exceeds on aims testing yet the teachers do not want to place my child in appropriate classes. The teachers lack consistency and turn a blind eye to student issues like bullying. My child is rather "popular" yet still faced bullying by other students at this school. When we tried to have social issues addressed by teachers and staff they either ignored or down played the issue. The athletic "coach" lacks the basic understanding that ALL KIDS should be played and displayed a poor attitude when addressed. This school lacks diversity in all areas and my child will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
I am a 7th grade student at this school and I believe it to be a great learning environment. I have read some of your comments about Sunset Ridge having bullying problems. Let me tell you that I am not very popular yet I have not been bullied once since I came to this school in 3rd grade, and I do not believe it to be a problem at this school. The teachers at this school care very much for their students and go that extra mile some teachers i have had even offer to tutor after school or during lunch to those students who need it. This school has a good excel 3-6th grade reading and math classes currently taught by Mrs.Coiro. Mrs.Coiro is an outstanding teacher I had her for reading and math for 3 years and all students agree her way of teaching really allows the students to fully understand the concept and have it stick in their head. they also (new to this year) have advanced science and social studies class for 7 and 8th grade. They also have always had advanced reading and math for 7 and 8th grade. The physical education program is wonderful especially when taught by the best P.E teachers Mrs.Lucas, Mrs.Sparts, Mr.Geiger, And, Mr.Marcus they all encourage us to achieve our best.

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2012
This school is working hard at changing the bullying problems. There is a no tolerance policy on bullying and/or harassing that they are really enforcing, especially since the new Vice Principal came on board this year. My own son has been spoken to about jokin around with friends, about not crossing the line. Also, the adminstration is teaching kids to stand up for others if they see bullying! I am glad to see them take even the smallest hint of harassment seriously. Maybe in some ways they are overracting to some situations but I see why and I support the bigger picture of the no bullying policy. Our kids should feel safe in all ways while at school to learn... and I feel that is the goal of the administration too. My opinion has changed to a more postivie view of this school! Sometimes you have to be the bad guy to make positive changes. I support the Vice Principal and her stance against bullying!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2012
This school is phenomenal. The kids are so happy, friendly and polite, and they have a fabulous character education program. If you ever have a problem, the principal and the teachers are quick to solve it. Sunset Ridge takes every kid's differences and helps to give them the best education possible from the level that they are. If you want your child to get a top rate education from a school with caring and compassionate, well trained teachers, send them here! I really don't understand the negative comments or reviews that have been posted here. As a parent, I know that I have to become involved in my child's education and not blame the school. Yes, it is a K-8 school, but every time I've seen all of the kids on the playground in the morning, the older kids have been separated from the younger ones. The kids have smiles and are safe, so I have no idea what that review was talking about with the kids wandering around together.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
Our children were here for two years. We recently moved to Idaho, and I just can't express enough how much we miss everyone at this school. I don't understand the reviews about people not being ihelpful as this was the exact opposite experience we encountered. We had help and support from every staff member! My children received the extra help the needed on several occasions. We needed to address a possible bullying matter and it was taken VERY seriously by the Principal. Before being too quick to judge this school, I would encourage people to get involved with the classes. Now that we are in our new place, we miss Sunset Ridge and all the staff even more. They are amazing and will continue to excel under the great leadership they have.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
I had a child in this school for four days before taking her out. The school allows the kids of all ages to mingle in the morning and at lunch, so the little kids are walking around with the junior high kids, which I find very wrong (and dangerous). The classes were packed and the teacher wasn't helpful or kind. The only nice and helpful person was the lady at the front desk of the office.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
This school has to be the WORST!! school I have ever seen. My daughter goes there and she gets stuff stollen out of her backpack almost daily. The princible does NOTHING, this score really needs to be updated, the kids there bully everyone and its over crowded, if you want the best fro your child DON'T!! send them here I promise you, you will make a very bad choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
We moved here 3 yrs ago have been very happy with the school. My son has been there for 3 yrs his first teacher didnt always teach in a way I would think is best BUT she prepared him for the next grade and he learned A LOT! His teacher next year was totally different but seemed to handle the kids yet got annoyed with silly behavior that is quite normal for this age group but still taught he excelled/learned a lot. This year he has a teacher who is very different then the last 2, she is too relaxed for me but still getting the job done, kids are learning great amounts. What im trying to say here is there is more then 1 way of getting a teaching job done kids today have to learn how to deal with different teachers. I think the school is GREAT and yes it has issues we had a bullying issue last year (I stayed more on top of it then the school) but from what I hear that is common in most schools! Unfortunately parents dont discipline at home so there is only so much the school can do! I think parents have to be more involved after all we are our kids first teachers! Funny how most parents dont want to add to their own kids education! We plan on staying at sunset ridge for the duration!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
My daughter is in Kindergarten at Sunset Ridge. I adore her teacher. Unfortunately, I cannot say I adore the office staff at this school. They are the most unhelpful group of people I have ever come across. I've been in that office a total of three times for various questions and need of assistance. Each and every time they helped me very reluctantly. I don't know what these women's deals are, but it's really very annoying to ask for help and get indifference and attitude. I've never once seen any of these ladies smile. Not once.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
We have had great teachers at this school. No problems. My son has gone here for 3 years and is excelling and happy. So we are happy. Parent involvement is encouraged and I think that has helped us have a good experience, too. I have gotten to know the teachers and have been very pleased with them all. You are always going to have complainers and you can't make everybody happy. There will be mean kids at every school...

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
I have a child who has been in this school for the last two years. The first teacher was amazing, the bullying was a pain to handle as previous parents have commented. This year I am very disappointed in the teacher and how things have been handled in certain situations. From what I have seen there is no individual teaching, and lack of positive feedback. When my child asked the teacher for help, my child was told to ask a partner or other classmate. The way I see it, the teachers job is to teach not to pass the buck to another child. What if that child is wrong? I have had many issues with this school. From the teacher, to the bullying to the shaming of a child in the classroom.( not my child, but a classmate). My child has come home more than once with issues on the playground. Scrapped knee, punched, sand thrown into the hair and eyes or worse. My child was never sent to the nurse and ignored when telling a teacher. When a child has a bleeding knee, you would think they would be sent to the nurse to have it cleaned and bandaged. As a parent I like to think the school has my child's best interest in mind. I do not feel this way about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
I have had 4 children attend Sunset Ridge elementary. We have been there since the school first opened. I can honestly say that for the most part I have been happy with the school so far. Now I have a child there in eigth grade who has had to deal with bullying on a daily basis coming to a peak before Christmas break where she was ganged up on in the lockeroom and shoved in the hallways. She came home in tears every day. I called the school with my concerns and there was minimal action taken. My husband and I had to call daily to see what they were doing about it.. The bullying is happening again now and I am extemely frustrated that we are still facing the same problem with the same kids. I feel that there is really no discipline for the junior high kids and that they kind of just look the other way.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
My children have attended Sunset Ridge for 3 school years. I have had excellent teachers each year that have been academic and also nurturing and kind. The principal is making changes and she's out and about on campus. We need more parent involvement and hopefully over the next school year that will happen. I have not experienced bullying or any other problem. My kids are happy and excelling. My son made Principals List for each quarter this year and Honor Roll last year. He also exceeded on AIMS. I attribute that to the school, teachers, and also us as parents. It is a good neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
I absolutely love this school and the teachers here! My daughter is in kindergarten and she can't wait to go each day. Her teacher is wonderful. In addition to being kind and sweet, she pushes my daughter to be a good student and show good character. My daughter is reading at a first grade level already, doing addition and subtraction and even graphing in math, and writing full sentences. She loves to create books and she even tells me about the pictures she draws to go along with the story are called the setting. I am very impressed with the level of instruction going on in kindergarten. Teachers are always present and smiling around campus. Students are very polite and open doors. The principal is always around to say good morning. I am very impressed with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
My daughter is an 8th grade student at Sunset Ridge. We moved to this school two years ago and have had nothing but good things to say about it ever since we got here. She is challenged on a daily basis and the teachers are always open and available to help when needed. The front office staff has been extremely helpful a in a variety of ways. I believe that part of my daughter's success comes from the fact that the teachers view the parents as partners in their child's education. Just like I hold my child accountable for her actions and her work at home, the teachers are holding her accountable at school. My daughter is not only getting an academic education from an excelling school, she is learning life lessons that will help her the rest of her life. I see these teachers working long hours to make the school a better place for my child; I only wish more parents were involved so that they could see all the effort that is put forth on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Want to add: my son has been on honor roll since being at this school! The teachers have been great in making sure he got the attention he needed in math to help him reach his goal of an A!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2010
We pulled our kids from this school due to over crowded clasrooms, lack of individual attention, kids bullying. School is way too large for anyone to control

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
Allows bullying, not responsive in handling situations around bullying. Would move if we could...

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
Ignore reviews from before Summer 2008. This school has been excellent. This is our first year here, but the front office staff have been very helpful. Mrs. O 6th grade has been wonderful. She replies to all emails. The Art Teacher is great. She entered students' artwork to a contest and 19 of 76 entries won. The 19 including my daughter will get to go to the Phoenix Art Museum. There's an established Girl Scout troop and my daughter is in a new one with a good Troop Leader. The school has definitely changed based on the recent reviews. Rated 9 during this writing. I hope this continues with the new Principal.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 17, 2008
I gave my two sons in this school going near 3 years and my kids love this school. I have been pleased with staff they are always helpful and I can not say enough great things about the teachers. They are awesome!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
I have loved having my daughter at Sunset Ridge Elementary School. The staff has always been kind and helpful. The playgrounds are always clean and the PTA is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2008
I'm not at all impressed with the principals help when students are bullied. They don't take it seriously.

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September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
I personally think that the new principal is a breath of fresh air for Sunset Ridge. She has already made so many changes. Changes that have been long over due. The staff moral seems really great. Our PTA rocks and everyone should join to help make it even a bigger success this year. Go Hawks!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
I go to this school, so I think I can give a better review than a lot of people. Sure, the school has some problems, but overall I've learned so much! My teacher Mrs.O'halloran is great and fun. I think the music program is not so faboulus, but at least we have one! The band program is great! Nice school.

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2008
This school is ok... The P.E. and Music classes are phenomenol but everything else is kind of bad. Some teachers dont know what they are doing. The substitutes are horrible. Some teachers are just plain rude to my children. The outside of the school looks like a prison. This school is not that great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2008
My daughter just graduated kindergarten. She learned sooo much she started school not knowing much and finished reading at 1st grade level,math add/sub, her teacher was absolutely terrific her name is Ms. Goings.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
My daughter just finished kindergarten her teacher was Ms. Goings, she went over and beyond with her students. My husband and I were so thankful our daughter had such a wonderful teacher that showed her so much. She prepared her class very well for 1st grade. Although it will be sad my daughter will not have Ms. Goings anymore :(.

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March 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
There is only one tearcher that is worth the degree. The Office staff is beyond help and as for needing parent envolvement. The office staff does not make you feel like you want to walk through the door let alone help.

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January 17, 2008
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December 11, 2007
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November 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 16, 2007
This school needs more parent involvement. The parents expect the school to be perfect but refuse to see the need for parents. The school is quite average for academics but there are some great teachers who care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
It has only been a few months, but my daughter loves Kindergarten at Sunset Ridge. Her teacher, Ms. Goings, is so sweet and communicates with the parents quite often.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
We moved to Az from out of state and arrived in the middle of the school year. My daughter completed the rest of the year at Sunset Ridge, and I did not want her to go back. I found the teachers to be horrible, and the parent participation to be even worse. The best decision we made was to leave the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
My child attended this school for 2 years and it was a big dissappointment. We ended up moving this year to another district. The teachers in 7th grade were petty, immature, rude, and did not behave in an approprate mannor. They lack in encouragment and often resort to childish putdowns and adolecent behavior. I was shocked that teachers like this actually have a job. I would advise anyone that attends 7th grade and 8th grade to watch out and do your research.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
We were not pleased with the academic program in 'K'. We were fortunate to have a child whom had excelled from home teachings. She felt K was 'day care'. We expressed concern in writing requesting communication with the Principle. We never received a phone call or any attempt to communicate with us after several contacts. We believe it is a parents responsibility to aide in teaching/learning. We had hoped it would be complimented by the school program. We are hopeful the first grade program will offer satisfactory academics. It is evident the Principle and support staff are not governing the operations of the school and their responsibility to provide a quality environment for teachers,students and parents. A more supportive/accountable role by the district would benefit all. Our rating would be 2.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
My son just finished Kindergarten this year at Sunset Ridge and had a very good year. He was treated well by everyone and truly loved going to school. Ms. Goings was phenomenal and far exceeded where I thought he would be academically at the end of the year. I look forward to 1st grade and want to commend the all the staff on such a great year. I would encourage parents to get involved in the PTO. The board members are great ladies to work with and every bit of help just makes our school that much better.

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May 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2007
Little to no support from the principal. The school prides itself on accepting the diversity among students...But has no tolerance for different styles and diversity among its staff. The district is no better. It resolves problems by sweeping them under the rug and hopes nobody notices. Parents and teachers have to go through a lot to be heard and taken seriously. Discipline is inconsistent.

- submitted by a teacher
May 08, 2007
Understanding but without much leadership principal. Somewhat rude front office personnel. Lovely nurse, counselor and library personnel. Friendly but not so great teachers. Little or no sufficient help for student with special needs. After spring state tests Spring AIMS every year my kids were there (three) it was already summer vacation as far as academics were taught(or better not).Excelling students were not supported for their level.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
Teachers seem to come and go yearly. Why can't they retain staff?

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My children have attended sunset ridge since it has opened. The one problem.I have seen is the high teacher turn over. The other problem is the traffic before and after school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
My son just finished 5th grade at Sunset Ridge and we have been very happy with his fist year at this school. His homeroom teacher was great,as well as his advanced math teacher, they both challenged him to excel, which was great! I have spoke to many parents in our neighborhood and all have had positive experiences. I can only hope next year will be as good as this year for him.

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May 13, 2006
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April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
Review of 8th Grade teaching team: There are four teachers who teach as a team; Social Studies, Language, Science, and Math, in addition to these core courses each teacher instructs a 'quarter' in speech, drama, health and careers. These teachers are wonderful, caring teachers who keep the kids in line and hold them accountable for their academics and behavior. They go above and beyond teaching just the basics in preparing their students for high school. If your student is at all academically motivated these teachers will challenge them and keep them motivated. I highly recommend this school because their high energy and integrated approach to teaching.

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April 18, 2006
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March 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
My kids have been at Sunset Ridge since it opened in 2003. The academia definitely depends on the teacher! My son, however, has excelled in the special-needs program. I am not pleased with the lack of attention to the dress code or the occasional slip in continuity at the school. I feel more attention should be paid to teaching the kids right from wrong than letting the kids rule the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
We have had a nice experience so far at Sunset Ridge. The teachers we have had for 1st and 2nd grade have been wonderful, I particularly like the Principal, and my child is confident and happy.

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February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
This school is a big disappointment to us. I have two kids that attend. They are both falling further and further behind. We are having to pick up the slack at home and pretty much home school our kids. My kids do not want to go to school to face this everyday .. I have spoke to both teachers involved numerous times and have gotten nowhere! I have now scheduled a meeting with the principal, and the school superintendent... I know of several other families that are in the same position as us ... We will be moving from this area by the end of the school year... My kids will not be back! parents please check it out and listen to your kids... 'Out of the mouths of babes the truth is revealied'

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
'Hands-On' Principal. Teachers here really do care about your child. Discipline and safety are very important here. I would recommend this school to any parent.

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November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
This school has some wonderful teachers; however, be aware of who is teaching your child, and if they are meshing well with that teacher

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
My son has been at this school since it opened and I love it! The teachers are great and the Principal is awesome! Highly recommended school with great accountability! Only negative - No soccer team :(

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November 28, 2004
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Sunset Ridge Elementary School
35707 N. 33rd Lane, Phoenix, AZ  85086
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Sunset Ridge Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sunset Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top