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15 W Coral Gables Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85023

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November 14, 2014
LOM could be such a wonderful school if administration would STOP micromanaging their staff. Teachers need breathing space and the freedom to teach the way they want, or what works for them. I have been in many different classrooms and the students aren't engaged. It's really sad! Learning needs to be fun!!! Something's got to change.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
This is our 3rd year at Lookout Mountain. We are looking for a new school for our children to attend. With new mandated standards, seems to me the drive to really teach children is gone. I spend a lot of time volunteering in order to stay up to tune on what my children are learning. Over the last 2 yrs seems like teachers are implemting "here, do this packet ". One of my child's teachers plays music all day that I don't even allow my children to listen to. If you are trying to get a hold of the Principal, good luck. I have yet to have my emails responded to and when I ask to speak to her in person, she always seems to be too busy. If you need to take your children out of school early, be ready to face the rath of the office staff. My children missed 1 day of school last yr and when I tried to take them out early one afternoon, the front office hounded me as if my children were often truent. Bottom line: lack luster Administration; a beautiful new school full of garbage.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
This school is beyond horrific. Children flashing genitalia to other children on the playground, behavior specialists bully children, the front desk staff is rude and condescending...Teachers are inadequate, and under-educated. The school looks nice from the outside, but the inside is a unorganized mess full of staff who care very little about the work that they do...I can't stress enough how bad this school is....avoid the fake positive reviews...this school is a cesspool...

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
The only way you could possibly think this school was great, would be if you had no experience with a great school. There are lots of really good schools around. The curriculum here is about one to two FULL years behind the local charter schools. The new building sure is nice, but even with that, and the additional students it attracted, the quality or education is dropping. The school does a poor job with differentiation and makes kids sit through things they already know just to let the rest of the class catch up. If your child is average or needs to catch up, this might be a good school. If you child is ahead or a high achiever, this is not a good school for him or her. Also, bullies are everywhere and the staff and especially the administration dismiss it instead of addressing it and correcting the problem.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
We are excited to start our third year as Lookout Mountain Lions in our brand new school. Our K and 1st teachers were amazing! Both were very organized, pushed our kids, and provided great support for our kids. We also use the Kidspace and we used the Early Enrichment programs. The Kidspace leaders do a great job with our after-school care and the Early Enrichment program was a great overall experience for our child. In our experience the administrative staff have been helpful as much as they could. We had one challenge last year involving a district policy that the school personnel simply could not change. In our experience the princicpal and assistant principal run a tight ship, hold high expectations for the teachers, kids, and for the community. We love Lookout Mountain.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I have mixed feelings about the school. I am extremely active in my child's studies, and volunteer weekly. As well as participate in many school events. My child's last teacher was amazing, helped my child feel confident in reading and writing. I do have a problem with the staff at the front office. They are never friendly. Especially when they are asked questions. I see a lot of older children bullying younger children right in front of teachers, and they don't get corrected or punished. Upsets me greatly(so I say something) I find the principal is unhelpful. I've come to her with two concerns and she promised it would be addressed and it NEVER was. When I approached her again, she didnt even remember me or my original concerns. I feel a lot of what she says is for show. I wouldn't say this is the best school honestly from my experience. If it wasn't for my experience with last years teacher I would lower my rating.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
I appreciate everyone's viewpoint because it is the truth according to that person. That is why you have to look at the entire spectrum of reviews to see what the community perspective is. Of course each school has its successes and failures, ups and downs, and celebrations and struggles. This school is no different, however all the staff members I know there do a fantastic job integrating new technology, developing parental relationships, and successfully educating young minds. Several recent Lookout students were Valedictorian and Salutatorian at different high schools across the city. One at a private school and two at public schools. This is a great school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2013
Lookout Mountain is a FANTASTIC school! The teachers and staff are outstanding. My son is thriving academically and LOVES going to school! My son had a bully issue in kindergarten which was taken care of immediately by his classroom teacher. No complaints here! We LOVE Lookout Mountain!!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
First of all this school was most recently rated as a B school. Yet, the "excelling school" banner is still advertised out front. That should tell you something about the administration. Next, we had a teacher who could not write a complete sentence and misused words (as though she did not know the meaning of them). This teacher assigned the parents homework...perhaps because she did not know how to teach the children herself. She made the parents do remedial activities with the kids. This parental homework was for things that the children should have known years ago. If the parent did not sign off that he or she went over these items with the child, then the child got in trouble. Obviously, this school knows nothing about how to create responsible children if it is punishing and rewarding children directly on their parents behavior instead of on the child's behavior. The women who work on the playground are disrespectful towards the children and target certain kids that fit their profile. Bullying runs rampant. There is no anti-bulling program at this school and we were retaliated against for explaining how our child was physically attacked. The mornings are total chaos.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
Im a student at LOM its awesome! Right now there building a new school for it i am relly,with LOM.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2012
This school year started out on a rough note which could have been helped by better planning by the administration. A Band teacher was not hired for several weeks after the start of the year so music students suffered. Bad fit between honors teacher and classes left students frustrated and then without a teacher after teacher left. Administration could have been more proactive to lessen the negative impact. Quality teaching time was lost.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
Sadly the quality at Lookout has plummeted. The class sizes have gotten far too big in the past couple of years, making it difficult if not impossible for teachers to be effective or fun. The rigid curriculum makes already stressed teachers teach to a test rather than find innovative ways to help our children learn. I realize the lower quality at Lookout is a result of the deep cuts so many schools across the state have had to endure. Unfortunately, it's our kids who suffer.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
Lookout Mountain is outstanding! From the incredible teachers, fantastic principal and administrative staff, to the after school programs and school resources (such as the student television news program and extensive music and sports), this is truly one of a kind in Arizona. Parents in nearby districts are constantly looking for ways to get their kids into this school, and having had kids there for the last three years it is easy to see why. Only one negative (and a small one at that) -- students that live within one mile of the school cannot take the bus. If this rule were taken away, pickup and dropoff would become much easier. But that is a small price to pay for the excellent education our kids are getting here.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
Transferred to Lookout Mountain from Mesa in the middle of the year. Tried everything possible(including three visits) to ease the transition for my children, but leadership didn't follwo through, making the entire process more difficult than necessary. On arrival, we learned that no precautions had been taken. A part time staff member ultimately assigned classrooms.... without even reading trascripts. Leadership certainly talked a good game prior to the move, but when the rubber hit the road, she was nowhere to be found. Parents and teachers later shared similar stories and expressed a degree of apathy that was alarming. I would like to think our experience was unique and that anyone in charge of the transitioning process would recognize the importance of helping kids feel welcome and fit into a new environment...our experience was disappointing to say the least. The curriculum was good and the teachers we experienced genuinely cared, but were clearly confined by their leadership, or lackthereof. Moving schools can be traumatic...having a caring voice on the other end can make the difference. After our brief experience, we moved our children to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
Great school! Challenging courses, experienced teachers, homely campus, intelligent students. Saying it is an excelling school is an understatement. A profitable experience for any child.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2010
great teachers and friendly staff. terrific playground and safe neighborhood. my kids have made many friends and definitely enjoy learning daily at their new school. very impressed. mr. archer is the best teacher at the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
LOM is an ok school. The facilities are old, leaking and full of asbestos. The classes are over max. Seems they accept way too many children out of the area. Parking and pick up is crazy. Frankly I am surprised there haven't been some serious accidents.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
My daughter has been attending since Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade, my son started Kindergarten this year. This is a wonderful school. The teachers have all been awesome! Mrs. Turner (K), Ms. Baird (K) and Ms. Bridgewater (1st) have been the most wonderful and caring people. It's been obvious that it's not just a job to these 3 teachers, they actually care for the students and want them to succeed. I moved out of the area last year and I practically begged the school to keep my children even though we are now out of the district area. I have nothing but good reviews for this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I was apprehensive about moving to Phoenix and into the AZ public education system; coming from a smaller town and an excellent charter school. Because of economic stress, we were forced to leave our area and home, and start at LOM in the middle of the school year. The principal was amazing as she allowed our children into the school as open enrollement students, and making them feel comfortable and welcome. We chose to do open enrollement at LOM, as the school closest to us has a poor ranking and lower standards than I prefer. The school has a high level of unity and parent involvement which helps to keep it running strong. The teachers are great as well. While we do miss some aspects our previous charter school, LOM has made the transition easy for my children, which was a big concern for me. I knew that if we went into a school with low standards, from their previous school that they would have a lot of problems adjusting and confusion through the gap in standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great teachers, great community, great administration. What a school should be!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
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April 12, 2010
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January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
We just moved to Phoenix and as a parent I was very nervous about the public schools here. LOM is an awesome school! Teachers, staff and the students are great! There is alot of parent involement. I can not say how wonderfull this school is. Your child will be lucky to attend such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
The quality of teachers and instruction is top notch. A beautiful campus, both staff, students, and parents take pride in Lookout. With a healthy supply of parent volunteer involvement, Lookout is a campus where students see their parents care about their education. The after school enrichment programs are diverse and plentiful.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 15, 2009
As a parent, I am frustrated by the budget cuts we are currently facing. However, I am grateful that my children are able to attend a school that has such dedicated teachers and staff. I have found the administration to be open to comments and concerns and extremely proactive in it's approach to dealing with parent concerns. Both of my children are involved with the gifted program and while I have some frustrations with the program set up, I have learned that it has little to do with the way it is run on our campus. The program guidelines are largely dictated by the district. The teachers are extremely dedicated and the new program director is a breath of fresh air. Any changes will take time to implement, as they have to work things through the district level. I am extremely satisfied with the quality of education my children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 25, 2009
Unfortunately, the problems at this school existed before the budget crisis and will exist after, due to the current administrations all talk, but no follow through attitude and inability or wiliness to make decisions. The budget should not be used as an excuse to lower the quality of the gifted program, current administration explained that no teachers are being cut from gifted program. Yet, quality continues to decrease at the expense of our children!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
Lookout Mountain is a wonderful school filled with dedicated teachers, support staff and administrators. I suspect any hesitancy to implement new programs is a result of the budget crisis the public school system is facing due to the Governor's plan to cut funding and not related to LOM's adminstration directly. As a parent I feel that LOM provides many opportunities for further enrichment for its students. There is also a real effort for parental involvement on every level, the teachers are easily accessible and open to volunteers and the pto has several levels of participation available.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
Overall a good school with committed teachers and parents. Administration (principal, etc.) could be much more proactive - lots of talk about looking into new programs, suggested changes, etc. but not a lot of follow-through = lots of talk but no action. Sadly, the gifted program is really lacking to the detriment of students that qualify for it.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
A school draws its lifeblood from three distinct categories: parents, teachers and the principal. LME has excellent involved parents, a high number of dedicated teachers, but a very poor principal and assistant principal. In the past there was an atmosphere of cooperation and openness, nowadays teachers are afraid to take a stand or make a point for fear of censure. The 'gifted' program is a joke mainly due to lack of funding. In short, same ol' same ol'. Too bad as the students are some of the best behaved, caring and self motivated kids that you will ever find in a public school system.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
I am very impressed with the school in general. The teachers are very organized and i love all the parent involvement. My children recently have transferred to this school and the things they are learning are way ahead of their other school and they are catching up easily. I am impressed with what i have seen so far.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2008
lookout mountain rocks there school is the best

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2008
A good school overall. But teachers and administration really focus on low achieving students and to a much lesser extent on higher achieving students. School is about having fun and learning but teachers and programs should reach and motivate ALL students, even those that are high achievers or good students with the potential to excel if properly motivated and presented with innovative and creative teaching methods.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
I am very pleased with this school. I think the kidergarden program is great. Children should learn and have fun at the same time. This is what kindergarden is all about. I read some of the less positive comments about this school and I think that some parents push their children too much at the early beginning of their schooling life. Mrs Rogers is the greatest teacher. She is loving and kind and does an amazing job for each individual child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
This is an excelling school. The curriculum is good but not great. Schools can compare amongst the other schools in the District but they should really compare themselves against other States and try to incorporate the best from other schools. Why I am saying this is when you compare a third grade here to a third grade in one of the best schools in Texas or New Jersey, you are going to find that excelling does not mean a thing. Our kids, whatever schools they go to, have to compete against these kids from the best of the best. So, LOM should re-look at their curriculum. Instead of teaching kids to work towards AIMS, Terranova for their grades, teachers should push the kids to do something extra so that all the standardized tests will be a breeze for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
I have 2 boys that have attended this school since Kindergarten. I am extremely impressed with the parental involvement and all the teachers and staff. It truly has been a wonderful experience for my boys!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
I have gone to this school since I was in Kindergarten and now I am in 6th grade. This school has always been wonderful to me and the teachers are so nice and caring. I have enjoyed all my years here. They have a lot of extra activities such as PE, Music, Band, Chorus, Basketball teams for the older kids, and tons of programs for after school! I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a student
February 21, 2008
Despite 'intervention teams' my son is not conforming after two years (kindegarden and 1st grade). They are unable to motivate my child to learn. They are unable to effectively discipline my child whenever he misbehaves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2008
For such a highly rated school, their program for gifted students is sorely lacking and doesn't engage and inspire eligible students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2007
Great school, great community, lots of extracurricular activities, love the area. Highly recommended

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
Play ground supervision is very poor. Teachers let the kindergartners out of the cafeteria early exposing them to the older students. On a positive note the Principal (Mrs. Johnson) is trying her best to correct the playground issues. Thank you

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September 26, 2007
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July 18, 2007
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May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
What a fantastic school! Besides the basic subjects, my children participate in band, chorus, P.E., art, computers, speech events...the list goes on and on. I couldn't be happier with the education and experience we've had at Lookout Mountain. Mrs. Hicks (4th grade) is the icing on the cake! Both of my children look forward to going to school. (My preschooler can't wait to go: she already knows the school song by heart.) Bullying is not tolerated, high standards are set, and I always feel welcomed on the campus. What a great bunch of kids and teachers. Hooray!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2007
My son is in Mrs. Spitalny's kindergarten class at Lookout Mountain. I was a little worried about his going off to school but my fears were gone once I really got to see this school in action. I only have wonderful things to say about this school & his teacher & the other teachers that I have met. There is lots of parental involvement, lots of fun & activities but also lots of learning. My son has grown & learned so much in the past 5 months since school started. I am so grateful to have my son attend this school. The school motto is 'a community of caring' & to me that about says it all! highly recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
They put on good show but they just can't keep it up. Great place for testing if your child fits the model.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
Wonderful School, staff and kids! Great place!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
Academic offereings for 2nd grade and higher seem great. However, kindergarten and 1st grade class content could be improved to make it more interesting and educational for kids and keep them motivated - especially for those that have had preschool experience. Kindergarten activities in particular need to be improved.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2006
I was a student at Lookout previously, and I was very pleased with almost everything about the school. Students are very carefully placed in classes based on personality and any needs that must be met by their teacher, so everyone receives quality education at their own pace, at least in the upper grades. That said, my brother was in kindergarten at Lookout and while his teacher was very nice, the curriculum was not very challenging or motivational for pre-school graduates. However, the older you get at LOM, the more you get out of it. There are lots of good extracurricular activities, especially considering that this is an elementary school. And their current prinicipal really seems to know what he's doing. I think that your child could get a lot out of studying at Lookout Mountain.

- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2006
I am not very pleased with anything I have experienced

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
The school has a great bunch of teachers. The administration is a little unfriendly. My kids really didn't like all of the emphasis on the testing and all of the practice they were subjected to.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
The teachers and supporting staff really work with the parents to find our child's needs. Our child came from one of the lowest ranked schools in the state and with the dedicated help of the Lookout Mountain staff really thrived this year. Hats off to LOM

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
Although this is a public school, it offers excellent academic programs, they involve us (the parents) in all their (the kids) activities, and there are numerous activities and programs for children to be active with outside of the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2006
My son just started as a new student at Lookout Mountain. His teacher seems very capable and motivating. We have confidence that our son is getting the highest quality education.

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January 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
Outstanding elementary school. Very active parents and teachers help to ensure the quality of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
Lookout Mountain is a great school. They have a variety of programs available for the students. The parent involvement is wonderful. There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer in different ways. My son loves it there!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
There are many extracurricular activites that envolve and challange the students. This school has many parent volunteers. The teachers are excellent and have great experience and education behind them.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
We have been very happy with the experience my son has gotten at this school. The teachers and staff are great and there is high parental involvment.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
I think this school is an excellent school it has helped my daughter excel in every level. She enjoys going to school everyday, been on the principles list, & the Honor roll for the 2 years she's been there.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2005
Wonderful school with dedicated and loving teachers.

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April 05, 2005
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March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
Good academic program with focus on community. Excellent teacher parent communication and gifted student programs. I would highly recommend this school for the variety of extracuricullar activities and great music program.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
Awsome school! Has great teachers. Great acedemic programs good extracurricular activities awsome parent involvement.

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December 09, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 11, 2004
This school is exceptional! My son had some problems transitioning to Kindergarten. Lookout Mountain wanted to help. Rather than wash their hands of the situation, they met with us and came up with a specific plan to help him adjust. We met with two counselors, his teacher, and even the principal got personally involved. I cannot say enough about this school! They certainly made us feel special. I never expected such personal, caring attention to the matter - especially from a public school. They greatly exceeded my expectations. Now my son actively participates in class and no longer fights to go to school in the morning. I wish all schools could be so wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
Lookout Mtn is a fantastic school in a great neighborhood. I am sad to say that I had to move my children when I left the district because the school had no room to accomodate them. The teachers we have had are wonderful educators and the Community of Caring that LOM encourages is terrific.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
For the most part I'm very happy with this school. The teachers are great and the parents are very involved. However, the communication from the principal/administration with the parents leaves a lot to be desired. For the past 2 years, I have been unable to get a calendar for the school year until within a few days of the start of school. This year when I called the office to request a calendar, they refused and told me I had to wait until they were sent home with my child during the first week of classes. Also, most schools have an open house prior to school starting so parents can meet the teachers, but Lookout Mountain does not have their open house until after classes have already begun (during the second week of September this year).

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
Lookout Mountain is the fourth and best school that our kids have attended. We now compare all schools to this one. They have been going to LM for three years now (in 3rd & 4th grade) and we have all loved the school, the staff, the curriculum, etc from the very beginning. Barb Lake is a great, always present, very involved principal. Lookout Mountain's standards and communication with parents is/are excellent. We couldn't be happier with the school and our children's progress. See what merits a 5 rating in all categories. These are specific and precise descriptions of this school's operation.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2003
Lookout Mountain has provided my children with a caring environment balanced with a high-quality education. The school encourages parent volunteerism and involvement which is proven to have a direct impact on children's attention and performance in school.

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Lookout Mountain School
15 W Coral Gables Dr, Phoenix, AZ  85023
(602) 347-2600
Last modified Lookout Mountain School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lookout Mountain School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top