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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 715

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4309 E Belleview St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

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(602) 629-6400
(602) 629-6504
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June 02, 2015
Balsz is an excellent school with highly dedicated staff and administration. As a parent I appreciate the concern the staff has for my students and know that they have the best interests of students and families in mind. We love the extended year because my children can have a safe secure learning environment for an additional 4 weeks which is a blessing for hard working parents.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2014
On the surface, Balsz appears to be doing what's best for students. However, in the classroom this is not the case. The administration doesn't tolerate differentiating instruction. They want every teacher to do the same thing. There is no support or consistency with staff members. Administration has changed frequently with teachers. Class sizes are in the higher 30's. The new administration is pushing quality teachers who stand by for their students. They are only going for high test scores.

- submitted by a community member

May 29, 2013
Ever since the Dr. Smith has taken the district over, Balsz has gone down hill. He pushed out the previous principal and the new leadership has changed the dynamics of the entire school negatively. The moral of the staff is down, experienced, effective teachers are leaving in droves. The superintendent has taken SEVERAL raises when teachers have not in 6 years. The district office has multiple staff who make decisions without knowing what is happening in the classrooms. The professional development is a one fit wonder, meaning no matter your needs, you have to go to the same training as everyone else. Teachers get written up for trying to have a voice within the district. Most of the class sizes are over 30, including 5th grade which is over 35. Behavior is not dealt with at all. Teachers are responsible for handling most problems. We are told "find a buddy to help you". Students who cuss, hit and bully students and teachers are usually right back in the classroom within the same day. For teachers and students working 200 days is not worth it. The district is doing nothing to keep highly effective staff. The majority of the school's teachers are now first year teachers.

- submitted by a teacher

December 30, 2010
Mrs.Bengochea is the best principal for the job as a former student there is nobody who can hold a candle to how amazing of a principal she truly is she cares about the students more than just the paycheck i advise all parents to send their kids to balsz school

- submitted by a community member

November 11, 2010
While Balsz school may not reflect the best test scores, the work they do for the student population is superior. High expectations, effective leadership and teacher effectiveness is evident on the campus. Working in an inner city school with a diverse ELL population presents many challenges that are being overcome each year with dedication from staff and support from parents. Go BALSZ TIGERS

- submitted by a teacher

September 03, 2010
Balsz has some of the best teachers I have ever seen. They teach using standards and high expectations. They give an appropriate amount of homework. The principal is always around campus and knows all of the kids. This is one of the best schools in the area!

- submitted by a parent
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March 26, 2010
I rating this school with five stars because is the best school here in phoenix......I really want to said thank you for the good staff that works in this school!!!! they are friendly and nice with all the parents.......

- submitted by a parent
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January 26, 2009
this school is the best ever!!i used to go there and honesly its the best school ive ever ben in.the teachers are great you have so much to do to keep you out of trouble.its a great learning invironment and most students are well rounded.i love balsz i wish i could go back!!some of my best memories are there

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2006
I think Balsz school is the best school my kids have ever gone to. there is no a problem in school with them their grades hvae gone up since they've gone there. Th wake up club did a great job with my son he has learn to respect and to help out our community. The teachers over there are amazing. I'd say Ms.Davis was a great teacher for my son. My daughter tried out for volleyball and loved it. The coach was awsome. I went to all her games. I never had concerns with teachers with my kids. They Like the staff there. The principal shows great leader ship.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2006
This school is a satisfaction to all the community w/ the most talanted teachers you might find anywhere. They provide ther intellectual time to students to help them learn and advance in any situation. This school to my son who used to go there in 2000 was very proud of this one school and hopes that others that are opend minded will have the same advantage as he did when he went there.

- submitted by a student

June 05, 2005
This school overal is a fine school to let your kids attend. It rates at a performing quality in the SAT scores. There is a music program for the younger kids. There is an art program for the older kids. There is a physical program for the older and younger kids as well. The food though, I've been told, needs improvement. The teachers are one of a kind. There is one particular teacher that I would like to point out. She is Miss Baker. One of the best math teachers you will find in the world. Some i must admit I didn't care for. There are many programs your kid could join dependin on what he or she enjoys to do. There is a gifted program, sports program, music, and drama programs.

- submitted by a teacher

November 02, 2003
My daughter was in the headstart program and the teachers are great. Too bad the administration for headstart is not good enough to even be bad. They give you the notice of them doing something that is critical for your child's well being after they have done it.

- submitted by a parent
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Balsz School
4309 E Belleview St., Phoenix, AZ  85008
(602) 629-6400
Last modified Balsz School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Balsz School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top