« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
 

Contact this school

3633 E Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

School website
(602) 449-3200
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Indian Bend Elementary School address.

January 29, 2015
Indian Bend just gets better all the time! My kids are loving their After the Bell classes. I just completed parent teacher conferences with my children's teachers. Both of my children are making great progress. I have a special needs child and a child in honors. I feel my children's needs are met on both ends of the spectrum. The school takes a team approach in meeting my kid's needs. I really feel like they care about my children. We like the Title I Parent Nights, assemblies and all the ways we can get involved in the school. We feel welcomed and valued. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2014
IBES has a great staff who works hard to care for student needs both academically and emotionally! We have high school spirit and character is modeled. The "Kids at Hope" philosophy ensures that all children are capable of success!

- submitted by a teacher

March 28, 2014
The staff at indian bend elementary schools office staff is terrible.The vice Principal and the principal are both incompetent morons who probably Got their degrees online. If your SMART you wouldn't send your Children to Indian bend.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2013
Indian Bend is going through GREAT changes! We have a new principal, new teachers (and old as well), new students and a new attitude. Change is inevitable, it is not always easy, but with everyone, administration, teacher, staff, parents and students we can, and will make this school the best it can be. When my children's school closed last year, I was sad. The kids were sad, but changing to IBES with the staff of their old school, we are learning to love it here. If you want things to change, you HAVE TO GET INVOLVED. Join your PTA, attended the quarterly Pastries with Parents/Breakfast with the Principal meetings in the mornings. If you have ideas, bring them to your PTA board. We are all here for you and your kids. This is a year of transition. Help us help you.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2012
I attended Indian Bend Elementary School on the very first day it was open for instruction. It was also my first day in first grade! (OKAY, decades ago!!) I recall having Mr. Sofranic as my teacher and he taught me one thing that I recall fondly: The then-world's longest word; antidisestablishmentarianism! Subsequently, I have earned three academic degrees: B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. I can say this for certain: It was the teacher, NOT the school that I enjoyed. Does IB still have that reading pit in the center? When it opened, there were all kinds of cushins on which to sit and read. I have not visited AZ in over 25 years. I used to live on Freeze Drive; in a then-brand new "John F. Long" home. I also recall the GRAND OPENING of Paradise Valley Mall. Anyone still there? Julie C. Abril, PhD

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2012
If you read the postings, the majority of these are from before 2007. It does sound like the school had issues from 03 to 07. But we are in 2012, maybe we should focus on the positive reports the school is getting. -It seems like people complain when things are bad, but do not note when things are good. There are always going to be some unhappy people. But parents should partner with the school to provide education not just take a back seat. If you don't like something, volunteer your time in another area and help out. That will allow resources to improve for your student. You get what you put in and it is true with your child's education. -Did you know that the school offers free Breakfast for the entire school? -Did you know they have band and strings? -Did you know they have many Apple computers? -Have you seen their library? Go see the school, it feels like a good place inside and learning is occurring.

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2012
My son is in Kindergarten. He loves it. They do crafts and learn. He has shown such improvement. They work with him on his behavior as well. He loves his 'make my day slips'. We are doing an additional reward at home for this as well. I like the fact that they send home all weeks work at the beginning of the week, so if we have something going on one night we can work ahead. I really think partnering with the school is the way to go and suggest more parents to do so. I volunteer my time and it helps others kids, but I think it shows my kids that I am willing to work with their school.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2012
My daughter just started at Indian Bend. Her reading scores have already improved in the short time she has been there. Her teacher is helping her a lot. She likes the fact that she is started to read every where she goes. She now likes to read on her own. Indian Bend has been good for her.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2011
maybe some of you that have a complaint about IB should learn how to spell and properly put sentences together. That could be a reason why your children are having a hard time with learning how to spell words and succeed.

- submitted by a community member

April 26, 2011
Indian Bend is the worse school you could send your kids to. My child is in Kindgarten and the teachers do not have the patience. My son was getting beat up at school and for letting the teacher know he got in trouble for tattle telling. He already in kindergarten is coming home and saying he doesn't want to go to school. I have never seen such a horrible school. I have grown children as well so I have dealt with schools but this one is the worse. He will not be there next year I would have taken him out sooner but due to a move and already changing schools I did not want to do that to him.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2011
2-3 years ago I would have whole heartedly encourage parent to enroll their kids at IB. This year however I have noticed the SEVERE decline in teacher moral, lack of challenge to the kids (they get homework once a week?!), I have pointed several grading errors, the so called "parent/teacher meetings" are student led, it's like they're not even trying anymore! Kids are coming home saying how much it has changed and don't even want to be there. I understand the budget cuts have greatly affected ALL schools but I can see it getting worse and worse. I will be moving my child to a different school next year.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2007
I am very disappointed in Indian Bend. I love the principal and vice principal. I also love the diversity in the students. However, I have had to beg teachers to give me reinforcement activities for my child at home. I get nothing. I think this is because this is such a large ELL school, that the English speakers are just out of luck. If I had of known it was run in this manner, my children would not have enrolled at this school. They also don't seem to be getting even moderately close to hitting the AZ state standards. This school is a huge disappointment!

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2007
My child attended K and part of 1st here. I do not feel as if she is challenged enough.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2007
We were primarily disappointed with the lack of involvement of the principal and the lack of educational support from the teachers. There was not enough homework being sent home by the teachers and we had to supplement our son's homework with our own. This is all too bad as we live right next to the school. We now send our children to another school within the school district.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2007
The world of education is constantly changing and a lot of the changes are mandated by the state and school disticts. Indian Bend has gone through some changes in staffing in the past few years, and has now reached a place where all of the teachers that are there, want to be there. The principal works extremely hard to keep the school running smoothly. She is dedicated to making IB the best it can be. Test scores are on the rise, and proper preparation is given to students. All curriculum and instruction is aligned with the Arizona State Academic Standards, and teachers provide meaningful activities to students. I am very surprised by some of the reviews on this page, as all of my experiences with this school and it's staff have been very positive. If you are considering enrolling your child in this school, visit the campus and see for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher

June 27, 2006
Indian Bend is providing a top notch education for the students that enter their doors. Everything is done in a manner that is best for kids. Like it or not test scores are the name of the game.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
June 01, 2006
We will not be sending our 4th grader back to this school. Poor test scores tell the story. Our child's teachers don't believe in homework, administrators have been downright rude to us and other concerned parents who question why commitments for special education needs are not being kept. We are tired of feeling like the enemy as concerned parents when dealing with the principal and staff who ignored and resisted our efforts to advocate for special education needs and extended school year.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2006
My 1st grade child enjoys her classes, and seems to be learning at a good pace, but the facilities concern me.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2006
My child has been attending I.B.for the past four years. As the years pass the teachers dedication is decling alot. The 'specials' are a joke.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2006
1.) Safety - Poor - Accident looking for a place to happen. Teaching AIMS only! They have eliminated all other forms of education leading to a rounded education.. (ie. Art, Music. etc.) School located in an area of transition (homes).

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2005
Have had four children attend this school and for the most part our experience has been positive. Use to be in the upper income level of PVSD but due to new development is now on the lowere end.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2005
I see lots of comments about the new principal and too many teachers leaving. The new principal came in on a year when they had to begin implementation of the plan of improvement on a plan that she didn't design! Our principal at indian bend has always put children first and will continue to do so. The staff are wonderful, hardworking, and there for the right reasons! With supportive parent involvement, any child can succeed at indian bend.

- submitted by a teacher

September 01, 2005
Yes, this school has had many changes in the past few years but I think the Principal and staff have a vision. If my child does not pass the AIMS test he does not graduate. The teachers are doing their best so my child gets a good education. If they start now he will not pay the price later. I like that in this school. If more parents got involved it would be great. Not to many parents show up at school meetings. Change is good, but different. Sometimes people do not like change. I like the vision. Change can be good.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2005
Indian Bend was my school since I was in Kindergarten. The acedemic rate on a scale of 1- 10 in my opinion would be 10. There aren't many extracurricular activities and teacher involvement would be 10 also.

- submitted by a student

May 27, 2005
We have had our children in this school for the past 12 years. And now we are forced to pull our 3rd grader and put her in a new school because this school is going down very fast. The principle under-minds everyone from teachers and staff to concerned parents. Half the staff has left and many more are leaving this year. I am moving my child because I care about her future. Look at the test scores and you will see for yourself. The make my day program is a joke, they went way overboard and the kids have no freedom to just have fun. If you care about your childs future please check other schools in the area,this is not the one you want to attend.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2005
This school has been a failure for my 3rd grader who still has not mastered proficiency in reading, spelling, writing and math. Since kindergarten, teachers have noted low scores but blamed the child rather than poor classroom instruction. When we advocated as parents for special education, school administrators did not help us understand our options, delayed providing reports and could not explain how they failed for 4 years to educate our child. Since when is 53% a 'passing' grade? Ridiculous! We transferred our child to an excellent public charter school and are now seeing immediate improvement!

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2004
I think this school is going downhill very quickly. It used to be one of the best schools in Phoenix. Since we have had a 'turn over' with the staffing - the school is getting rediculous. Too many bad things to say about the school.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2004
I was happy with this school up until last year (2003-2004) Lots of things changed when the new principal came and a lot of the best teachers left the school at the end of 2004 to teach at other schools. Also there is a problem with the amount of children that speak english. There are more and more non english speaking children. We sold our home and moved to get pur children in another school.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2004
I think that Make Your Day has been a very positive program for these kids. They needed the structure that the program provides.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2004
This is an excellent school. It is A+. Just recently put in a new baseball field. The teachers are terrific. Really good learning environment. Very safe school.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2004
The schools curiclum should reflect more than what is on the AIMS test. It seems the school is only worried about their overall score. My first grader has so many spelling words she memorizes them one week and forgets them the next. My 3rd and 5th grader was given a study AIMS test to cover before they took it. Shouldn't we be teaching our children skills to remember information throughout their lives, rather than for two weeks.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2004
I feel like my kid is just a number here at Indian Bend. There is a real push to overly standardize everything from simplistic grading criteria to one size fits all teaching methods and rate of learning expectations. To sum it up, this school needs to be more proactive in reporting meaningful feedback more often. 15 minutes 4 times a year to find out your kid is either an 1, 2, or 3 is not very reflective or informative nor does it draw out any particular strengths or natural abilties your indivdual child may have. The school is generally lacking in service, effectiveness, and creativity.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness

ADVANCED

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


25 / 10

Rolling deadline

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: January 29, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Indian Bend Elementary School
3633 E Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ  85032
(602) 449-3200
Last modified Indian Bend Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Indian Bend Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top