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PK-6
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 911
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3997 E. Lockwood Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85050

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(602) 449-2000
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October 09, 2014
I am a public school teacher. Wildfire is a mixed bag. We got a new principal a few years ago; not warm and fuzzy (like the previous), but she hit her stride. She's very competent and learned to navigate the parents. The assistant principal is a good guy who really cares about and interacts well with the kids. My kids generally had good teachers. Ironically, I think the general ed classes are better than the honors classes. I had multiple kids go through the honors program. I was very dissatisfied. The teacher didn't teach math. The kids were self teaching with books, worksheets and Khan academy. I don't know if the honors teacher didn't know math, or didn't care. I had several conversations with other parents who felt the same way. Condescending to the parents. I made an appointment to speak with her in person, and she didn't know my child's grade and didn't care enough to look it up ahead of time. I am not even sure she had a good grasp on who my child was. Until there is a new teacher, I may not even let my kids test for honors. It is that bad. This year the class sizes seem to be a little too big. But I feel like that is more indicative of public school funding in AZ.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
This is such a good school and I love the teachers so so much i would rate this school one millon

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2013
my school is amazing in so many ways from teaching staff to the playground I love it

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2012
one of the best schools i've ever encountered. absolutely love the teachers and the principal is an amazing leader and motivator.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
Mrs.Bauer in Kindergarten along with Mrs. Zupke and Mrs. Clark in first grade and Mrs. Kennedy in 3rd grade are EXCEPTIONAL teachers! They go above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every student. We could not be happier! Thank you for being such an exceptional team of educators for our children. You are truly the very BEST!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
Teachers are exceptional educators and people. Wildfire teachers teach from the heart, they excell equally at identifying the strengths and areas for growth and work to meet the needs of all the children! I'm going with it all starts with good Leadership; we have a wonderful principal who is present and in touch with the kids, teachers and families. From our janitor (BJ) to our teachers (too many to name) to our offrice staff (Carol and Terry) to our pricipal (Dr. Bales) we have the best! I feelincredibly lucky that I can send my children to school every day knowing they will be in a nurturing environment in all ways! Thank You Wildfire Staff, we love you!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Incredible Core Knowledge program which sets this school apart and provides students with a well-rounded education. Strong and dedicated staff who provide leadership and guidance as well as awesome students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
We moved to this school 3 years ago out of district to get a better education for our kids. The teachers and staff at Wildfire are the BEST they have gone above and beyond to help our kids have the best school experience they can have.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
After reading the other reviews, I was very disappointed with my son's kindergarten experience. While the building is beautiful and there is spirit and activities, he did not feel good about going to school. He did not have Mrs. Bailey, whom I've heard many good things about and his teacher was not as strong. She was given 27 students (Kindergarten!!) with no aide. She relied heavily on parent volunteers to help teach. She was often flustered and seemed overwhelmed (who would't be?) I believe she did the best she could but my son, who never really liked preschool, slipped through the cracks, and cried before school every morning. At the end the teacher advised us to hold him back. Instead I switched him to a charter school, where his experience is the opposite (nurturing, attentive, rewarding and fun). His new school assured me he does not need to be held back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
My son is a student at Wildfire Elementary! He started Kindergarten in the middle of the school. My son Is a Type 1 diabetic and he also has Celiac Disease. Before I registered my son I went to meet the school nurse, Mrs Street! I figured if my son was going to be attending this school I needed to be comfortable with the staff esp te nurse! Not only did Mrs. Street help choose which teacher would be best suited for my son, she set up a daily communication plan with me and the teacher. She gave everyone on staff a photo of my son so if anyone thought he might need help with low blood sugar...she was called right away and he took priority! Ahh then there is Mrs. Bailey, my son's teacher! She is just the most wonderful teacher! She can read my son, like I read my son! She has such a unique relationship with each and every one of her kids! Then there is the front office and the aids who greet my son by name every time they see him coming! It is scary for any parent to drop their children off everyday at school and trust that they are getting the best care and education possible. We have truely been blessed with Dominic's first year in school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
We are new to wildfire and we love it . My son is in kindegarten and is excelling.The staff has made us feel like family .

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Wildfire is an excellent school! From the teachers to the curriculum, our school sets the standard. Go Firebirds!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I'm both a parent and a teacher. I love Wildfire for my own kids, My children love the rich Core Knowledge curriculum. They are excited to learn and share what they are learning about in school. All of our neighbors' kids love to join in on the conversations about the continents and what they have learned in school too! I'm blessed that it is our home school. I'm double blessed to be a teacher at Wildfire. I love the staff I work with, along with the great kids and their wonderful families. My students make it fun for me to come to school every day! The best thing about Wildfire is the kids, both my own and my students...they make everything worthwhile.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
The staff is great, the teachers are great, the principal is outstanding. I have 2 kids, and one of them has special need. It has been a positive experience, and my son loves school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Wonderful staff, lead by an excellent principal. My kids feel welcome and enjoy going to school every day. They are challenged, which holds their interest in the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Because the children seem to be very happy there and their school work shows it.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
My child can't wait to go to school every day because Wildfire makes learning fun! My daughter is only in 3rd grade, and by now she has dissected a cow's eyeball, spent an overnight at Lake Pleasant learning about the wildlife there, and will soon travel to Kartchner caverns. There is also an Art Masterpiece program whereby the students get to learn about great works of art, and the string orchestra program, where the students learn to play the violin, viola, etc. The school also encourages heavy parent involvement, with a volunteer parent in the classroom every day. I am pleased to donate my time in the classroom, and to be an Art Masterpiece presenter. The school also offers band, computers, and Spanish classes. The core knowledge curriculum is second to none, and the teachers are out of this world! They have the children doing hands-on experiments and projects to help them learn and retain their knowledge. The children also do presentations for the parents of their projects, further helping them gain confidence in public speaking. My daughter will also soon be in the 3rd grade play about life in ancient Rome. Perhaps the best part of this school is the 'Make Your Day Count' program whereby students must take responsibility for their actions / behavior. The students are encouraged to participate in 'responsible telling', and to discuss their conduct on the playground and in the classroom. They 'take points' for poor behavior, and progress on 'step' levels if the behavior is particularly bad, which in turn, progresses the level of discipline. I cannot be more thrilled with the principal, Dr. Troy Bales, or the teachers we have had the absolute joy to have, Susan Yannitelli and Kathy Getman, as well as retired teacher Mrs. Wayne.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Wildfire Elementary is an outstanding school. The staff is dedicated, the parents are involved, and the curriculum is excellent! It is great to be a part of the Wildfire family!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
My daughter's 2nd grade teacher was the best. Great parent involvement. Core knowledge curriculum is fabulous. Can't say enough good things about Wildfire.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Great team effort from principal and excellent leader Dr. Bale, encouraging and superior teachers and wonderful family support!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Just when I think that I can't love a school or a teacher more my child moves up to the next grade and I am surprised once again!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
the teachers and Dr Bales...clean enviornment, parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I am amazed at what my daughter is learning in Kindergarten. No milk and cookies and naptime. She comes home telling us something new each day. The Core Knowledge program is awesome. Dr. Bales is a great principal. You can tell he cares about the students. I am thrilled we are a part of the Wildfire family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Wildfire is a collaborative and safe learning environment that promotes a positive student self-concept. In addition to the curriculum and core knowledge, students are learning to be responsible citizens and good 'people'. I never imagined I could be so happy with a school community. Wildfire has truly enhanced my daughters' lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I am both a teacher and a parent at Wildfire and have loved every minute here. My daughter has had excellent teachers. The parents are wonderful and supportive. Dr. Bales is great. Core knowledge is just awesome. I am very blessed to be here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It is a wonderful school with caring teachers. Emphasis is placed on student responsibility and high academics. I love the Core Knowledge curriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 26, 2010
We love the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Our principal, Dr.Bales, holds everyone to a higher standard. Our teachers truly love their students and their jobs. Our front office will go above and beyond for the parents/students. Our PTO have taken an equal role in raising money to support school programs. There is so much parent/grandparent involvement. We love being a part of the Wildfire family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
A++ in eduction! The teachers are amazing -- so inspirational! We love the staff and our Principal. Core knowledge is a great program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Wildfire is a great school with outstanding leadership. The Core Knowledge curriculum is excellent. And how the school teaches the students to be responsible citizens is invaluable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The staff is wonderful, the curriculum is really strong, and the principal is a great leader and motivator.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love the staff and the 'Make Your Day' program and ideals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The programs at this school are incredible. I have never seen a more supportive group of teachers and parents! It truely is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It starts from the top. Dr. Bales is incredible and the teachers are so passionate. The curriculum is exceptional and student focus is fantastic. We really love our teacher (Kertesz)!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love this school. Principal, Teachers, curriculum, 'Make your day' program, etc, etc. I am so sad we are moving. We will miss it all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Great teachers! Terrific communication between the staff and parents!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
my grandchildren are there and they are getting a great education

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
This is our 4th year there and we've had such wonderful interactions with the staff from the principal, office, duty aides and teaching staff... the communication between teachers, parents and students is fantastic and fosters an open dialogue at all times. There are many things about our school that I am grateful for. For example, we're lucky to have an AR reading program that encourages children to do their best and get recognized at every reading level. Our Art Rembrandts program is volunter-led and encourages children to learn to love the history of art thru both a learning and hands-on approach. The spirit of that program is echoed in the art pieces that adorn our halls, both those of the great classic artists of centuries past as well as the bright, young artists in our classrooms. Even amid the tough education budget cuts that have faced our state and districts in the last couple years, our PTO has strived to give our students the best that can be offered in a positive, upbeat learning environment. We have a strong parent volunteer effort in the classrooms because we feel so proud to be part of such a wonderful school. It's hard to believe that our school is only 4 years old.. it has impressed me from day 1 on and I am looking forward to seeing our school continue to flourish in the years to come!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
This is our 2nd year at Wildfire after having moved to Phoenix from Canada. We were nervous about the differences in the education system between the two countries at first but Wildfire has definately exceeded my expectations in so many different ways. The parent involvement at this school is excellent and the whole staff is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Its a great school! Our teachers and principal are the best!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The teachers and support staff are phenomenal -- it all stems from the one-of-a-kind principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Wildfire has great curriculum and teachers who care and challenge students both academically and behaviorally.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
I love this school because of the education my children receive and the outstanding teachers they have. The caring staff, teachers and Dr. Bales make the difference at Wildfire Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Wildfire offers the Core Knowledge curriculum, but most importantly the caring teachers, staff, and volunteers all go the extra mile and make it the BEST for the children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
I love teaching at Wildfire! It is my neighborhood school, the families are so supportive, and the Core Knowledge curriculum is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The Core Knowledge curriculum is fantastic and we have the best teachers!!! We are also very lucky to have such involved parents that help make Wildfire be the best it can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Great principal. Learning conducive environment. Families are involved. Help advance your child should they require it. My child really loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
We love Wildfire! The teachers are fantastic, the core knowledge curriculum is wonderful and our principal, Dr.Bales is so involved. Our son goes to school with a smile on his face everyday!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Wildfire Elementary is a school where the teachers care about their students and create a fun learning environment. Thanks Wildfire!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Wildfire Elementary school is the best school of all the schools, and there have been quite a few, my children have gone too. The Teachers are the best, the Principal is Exceptional and the curriculum is excellent. I am very proud to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Wildfire Elementary is a great school. The teachers want all their students to exceed as does Dr. Bales. The Core Knowledge curriculum is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Fabulous School, Amazing kids, Wonderful Teachers, Fantastic Families and an Unbelievable Principal. Families are crossing boundaries to be a part of this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Thr principle Dr Bale... I love that he is always around.. very personal and always remembers your name!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The core knowledge program is unparalleled..it makes learning fun. The leadership, lead by Dr Bales, sets a respectful and confident tone for a positive learning environment. The parent support and involvement rivals any school...another key component to successful learning. Wildfire is simply the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Wildfire has the best teachers ever. The administration all the way to the support staff Wildfire cares about the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
The teachers, the Principal, the staff, the school,, the core curriculum, the security, it's all fantastic!! We've been there since it opened and I love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
teachers and staff are great!!!Love Core knowledge!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
My grandkids go to this school and are receiving an outstanding education. There is a lot of parent (and grandparent) volunteering and the kids all seem very happy and well behaved.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Core Knowledge is an amazing program. Principal and teachers are wonderful. My children are really happy and learning a lot.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
My son is getting an outstanding education at Wildfire. The principal, teachers and staff are excellent. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
My daughter is loving Kindergarten. She would have been fine any where... BUT she is fully engaged and truly thriving because of the wonderful teachers, staff and Core Knowledge program at Wildfire! I can't wait for my other two children to start at Wildfire.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Great teachers, great administrator, great kids and great parents! I love teaching at Wildfire!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The principal and teachers are top notch! And we love the core knowledge curriculum!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Our principle and teachers are the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 31, 2009
My two sons have been attending Wildfire since it opened its doors in August of 2006. I have been consistently pleased with the quality of the teaching staff, the richness of the curriculm, and the professionalism of the principal and office staff. I could not imagine a better elementary school experience for my children here in Arizona, public or private. The sense of community and optimism continues at Wildfire, despite the continued budget cuts being imposed by the state of Arizona. Kudos to the wonderful teachers and staff who make Wildfire such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
I have a child in Kindergarten class. He was very bored this year and the level they taught was a pre-school level. The Arizona Education system is shameful. Parents your children should know their letters, sounds and numbers before they enter Kindergarten! Then perhpas our education system can start to improve from the bottom up! The focus was solely on Core Knowledge rather than allowing any expansion to challenge the children at their level.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
We moved my son from a very reputed private school and we are very happy about the our change. He is always ready to go to school because of his wonderful teachers, the school enviornment and the principal. I am very impressed with the PTO involvement here. Makes a big difference.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
My three children were new to Wildfire this year. We came from a private school in the area. The academics at Wildfire far exceed our private school. My children have since been caught up and are excelling here at Wildfire! The teachers are wonderful and the principal is very involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
I've been very blessed to have had my son at Wildfire starting in Kindergarten through 2nd grade (this year). He has done beautifully, due to the teachers at this school. My son has been reading above grade level and has enjoyed the curriculum, due to Core Knowledge. He Loves going to school and has something new to tell me every day! It is amazing to hear about what he has all learned. This is a fabulous school, with a wonderful staff and a Great principal! We Love Wildfire!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
I give this school a star for core knowledge because that is the only thing that they care about promoting. I took my child out of Wildfire after one quater of kindergarten. Education of the whole child is something that is not done here. My daughter 's kindergarten class is told to sit with hands folded on lap and not move in order to 'Make Your Day Count'. No treats allowed for birthdays. All parents including myself are told to go down to the workroom on our volunteer day without helping in class. The children have a 20 minute recess, that includes walking to and from the playground, in a 6 hour day. The school has grown from 400 to over 800 students in the past two years. The plan is to put trailers on the back lawn to allow for next years growth of families moving into Fireside.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
This school is great. I am going to 6th grade. And the Student council is great. You acctually get to do somthing and the kids from 3-6 grade get to vote

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2008
We transferred to Wildfire from a much smaller school and I was concerned that my son would get 'lost in the shuffle' however I was surprised that the front office knew children by their first names, teachers were caring to all, and everyone offered assistance. Wildfire is an incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
I have 2 children in the school, 5th and 2nd grades, The teachers and administrators at the school are wonderful. My 5th grader is in the honors program and we have looked into academically based charter schools, but once we compared his standardized test scores with those from the charter schools we saw no reason for him to change. I think the students are challenged in their academics without surrendering a social atmosphere. the school also funnels to one of the best public high schools in AZ>

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
Both of my boys go to Wildfire. One is in 5th the other in 6th. I am blown away by the high academic standards and teacher involvement. Wonderful school that deserves it rating! The principal is tops!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
My daughter currently attends Wildfire as a second grader. She has learned so much with the Core Knowledge Curriculum and has received a lot of support from her teachers and all of the staff at Wildfire. The principal does a great job keeping the school extremely organized and both her 1st and 2nd grade teachers have been extremely intelligent and nurturing.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
My child started halfway through his 2nd yr and was really struggling with the structure. By the end of the year, he had caught up and was excelling! So far, 3rd grade has been even better. The teachers really care about each individual student and work with them to excell at their own pace. We have been very happy!

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October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
We're surprised no one else has rated this school yet! Our child began attending Wildfire quite late in the inaugural year, so our experience is admittedly limited, but we were absolutely thrilled with the care and attention our child received. We could not have asked for a better teacher, and the principal is friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know each child (often sitting with different groups of kids during lunchtime to chat and ask how they're doing). We had grown rather disillusioned at our child's previous school, but Wildfire has made learning fun again.

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July 31, 2007
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Wildfire Elementary School
3997 E. Lockwood Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85050
(602) 449-2000
Last modified Wildfire Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wildfire Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 78 reviews. Top