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Prescott, AZ
Students enrolled: 181

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125 S. Rush Street
Prescott, AZ 86303

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April 25, 2015
As I toured, I saw kindergarteners dancing to the alphabet, primary students doing fine art and when I got to the 5th - 8th grade classes, Scott had a student from each classroom come and explain to me what the class was working on. The articulate confidence I heard from kids in explaining MI theory and their thematic project based curriculum blew me away! The work displayed in the classrooms was excellent quality. I enrolled my children and was lucky: all three got in. Their teachers were loving and understanding of all the upheaval they were going through - divorce, transition from home to public school, moving - and nurtured them in ways I will always be grateful for. Plus when my two older children were behind their reading level, they were given exceptional help through the Title 1 Reading program, until they reached the level they needed to be (both of them within the first semester). 4 years in: I ve watched my children grow into responsible, independent workers and thinkers. They re driven and excited about learning and community. Their teachers provide so much scaffolding to allow them to succeed. The extra involvement required of me is worth all the growth in my kids!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2015
I have a lot to say but I am forced to be concise. There are many good things about this school, but enough fell short that my son only attended for Kindergarten. Mr. Scott, the principal is very comfortable, always listening to opinion and helping the school to grow. The communication and community involvement is great. The teachers put out a lot of effort for the arts and performances and although showing much love, they lack skill. Leaving the students performances and art work much lacking in comparison to other occasions I have witnessed my son's skill. Similarly organization in all things falls short, it has the feeling of a young school, trying hard to reach the sun but not quite strong enough. Last year reported a "B" level school, it is very much so. It seems their multiple intelligence theory serves as a convenient excuse for lack of standard. Programs for reading and math are painfully slow. Although supposedly individualized my son spent much of his time learning and relearning things he had mastered in Pre-K, at an A level school. They never pick up momentum, or importance, falling short of a kindergartners' potential. Leaving me always saying, "And?"

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2015
In a counter argument to the previous reviewer, I have to say that not every school is right for every child. My child went from Kindergarten through 8th grade at Skyview. I have nothing to express but deep gratitude that my child received the education they did, through the diligence, respect, and skill of the staff of Skyview School. Yes, as in all schools, regimes change and with those changes, adjustments occur. But I can honestly say, this school has NEVER been stronger. The teachers are happy, the students are happy, and consequently, it's hard to find an unhappy parent. Making grand statements stemming from one family's experience can be taken for what it is: one experience. My child's "one" experience formed the basis of education they needed to become the powerful High School student that they are now. On that note, my child went to PHS after being at Skyview their whole elementary career and they are now a straight-A student! Skyview rocks!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2015
Due to the changes with PUSD, I felt the need to write this review to help parents make an informed decision . I removed both of my children from Skyview after watching things go down hill over the past few years. Many other parents did the same. Concerns by numerous parents were continually brought to the director and nothing ever improved. My children are thriving at PUSD and I wish I would have moved them sooner. The problems in a nutshell: chaos, disorganization and a lack of instruction from leadership. This has led to a a very stressful and frantic atmosphere were teachers seem on the point of breaking. Teacher turnover is extremely high for such a small school. Correspondence and homework sent home was always full of grammatical errors and miscommunication. It has truly been refreshing to be at PUSD and in a system that has strong communication, transparency and consistency. Surprisingly, my children are also doing better academically. I now feel that the chaos of Skyview was hindering their full academic potential. If avoiding stress and anxiety is important to you for the overall health and well being of your family, do yourself a favor and avoid Skyview.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
Skyview has been excellent for our daughter, who will begin 5th grade in the fall. She started Skyview in kindergarten. Our son just completed kindergarten. He turned 5 in May and initially we were concerned he might be too young, socially, for starting school. I believe a lot of boys do better by being closer to age 6 when starting kindergarten. But our son had learned so much in preschool that his preschool teachers said he'd be bored spending one more year there. The very small class size with one teacher and an aide are a huge plus. Our son did have some adjustment issues and his teacher kept us informed and offered ways to help him succeed. I have always found his teacher to be easy to reach and available to speak to at any time. Same with my daughters teachers. Yes, I know of a couple of boys who started kindergarten and then left after a short time. I was having lunch with my son one day when one boy choked another in front of me. This same child had punched my son just days earlier. This child did end up leaving. Perhaps he was not ready for kindergarten. My husband and I are very happy with the education our children are getting at Skyview.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2014
My first hint that something was amiss is that shortly before school started, we caught wind that both kindergarten teachers had left. His teacher seemed stiff and unable to take charge of her room. Adjustment to the long days was hard on most of the kids.My son missed the 4th day of school because he got sick.8th day of school we witnessed an aide pull him up off the ground by his arms until he stood(he would lay flat on the ground when he felt overwhelmed). We met with the director to express our concerns with, what we considered, man handling of our child. Day 9 at meeting with director and teacher.They told us they thought our son showed signs of Autism and should be in preschool.I asked, Are you asking us to leave? The director said, We can t force you to leave. They offered no plan to help our son and no testing to prove or disprove their Autism theory. They just wanted our son to leave on day 9. They had no time to get to know our child and they had no interest in our thoughts as his parents. Our son was never their priority. To date, at least 8 children have been removed by their families, from their kindergarten program this school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
The "Skyview School" the reputation is built on, is no longer here. The great, great person noted as Janet below established this school with a group of other great people (parents). After 17 years they were extricated from this school so that someone who does not have the skills (qualifications) could benefit from their legacy. There are some good teachers here, although the rampant nepotism used in hiring practices has made as much as 50% of the staff related in some form, either by marriage, siblings or friendship (same names optional). When the thought of family school is mentioned it means them, not your kid, or you, the parent. The original great entity and idea of an "gifted program" no longer exists. Everything goes through cycles, this one has reached its end.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2013
Skyview is an excellent small school! This school cares for the students and families alike. The principle, Scott is amazing and runs the school calmly and in an organized fashion. The things I would change would be the outdoor eating area. It needs to have an option of closing it in during cold winter months.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
The best thing about Skyview school is that they truly seem to care about the kids (to the best of their ability) and do no allow bullying. It is a good school for the ones who are adept at getting attention. If a child is quiet and non-aggressive they are likely to fall through the cracks in terms of getting the attention needed to learn what is taught on a daily basis. There is a big focus on art (which is great and necessary) however the staff (including some of the teachers) are role models for disrespectful behavior and ingratitude towards those who are not staff. Skyview is not a friendly place. It is a great school for "entitled" people with little or no sensitivity for those outside their group. Though the curriculum tries to be "inclusive" the energy of the school is not. It is difficult to be sensitive to the needs of others if they do not see others. Nevetheless, I do believe everyone there is doing the best they can. Not a terrible school and not a great one. An average school for average people who want to feel comfortable.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
My background: Both of my parents were teachers. We picked Skyview school because we thought it had the best kindergarten teachers based on our visits to the area schools. Ms. Janet was our daughter's kindergarten teacher. She was wonderful: experienced and loving. I volunteered occasionally and saw her interactions with the kids. As a charter school, it attracts teachers who want more ability to have a classroom that has creativity that is not restricted by the rules and regulations at public schools. We found the other kids to come from families where the parents care about their kids' education. Reading programs are excellent, math programs could be more challenging. The homework is less than what typical public schools give out. This is a Monday through Thursday school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
Don't pick Ms Janet for your Kindergarten child unless child can sit still with his/her hands in lap for 15 mins intervals. Teacher is strict, organized, and unwavering. She wants only robot children in her class and will ask student to find new school if child doesn't fit her mold.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
waste of time and money..unless your child is a genius they will fall behind from attending when they leave to go to another better more structured setting...a joke school well past its prime

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
It's an excellent school! The school thrives because they have an incredible group of teachers and administrators devoted to their profession (2010-2011). I have traveled the country and visited many schools and I am truly amazed how Skyview School uses the multiple intelligences, project based curriculum, fieldtrips, and the arts to create a school environment where kids thrive academically and are becoming informed and productive citizens of the world. Their arts program is outstanding, the math program is top notch, and the celebrations are jaw dropping. They also focus so much on respect. I love how children from different grades are partnered together to build community. Not only that, parents are expected to be involved, which is unique in the area. It is truly a gem and I recommend it to all parents seeking a school where their child will love to learn and where you will feel welcomed to be involved. It's rare and I love it.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2011
Skyview school lacks a very important component for partnering with parents - communication. Administration and teacher communication lacked openness and follow-through. We were very disappointed in our experience there.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
Sending my child to Skyview School has been one of the best decisions I have ever made as a parent. My children are treated with respect and are taught to be responsible, contributing students. There are no tests or mass worksheets because, like life, the school is hands-on learning. My child did excellent on AIMS so there is no concern about falling behind academically but most importantly, my child is learning to be a caring, responsible person. I absolutely recommend the school for families who support the same values and ethics the school does.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
I have nothing against Skyview.I think it's a really cool school, but sum of the teachers are meen and don't have eny reaspect, and I think they should work on that you know? I love what we study every quarter! I'm giving my thanks to Scott and Terry for making Skyview such a good school!

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2005
Skyview has been the perfect school for our son Tyler. He has been at Skyview since the 6th grade and is now in 8th. The individual attention he gets and the feeling of family there is so good for him. If he were in the public school, he would be there with over 600 kids. The smaller setting meets his needs and their methods of teaching make sense to him.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2005
Skyview was a wonderful school for me. Although I no longer attended it I was enrolled until the 6th grade, and started in the 1st. I loved my classes, and most of my teachers. The only problem I ve ever had with Skyview, was the pressure. For me as a student I felt pressured to be perfect. I had to be great at math and English. And when I didn t meet that standard I was considered a failure. I m not sure if that s how it is for every student at Skyview. But I know I m not the only one. Skyview is a wonderful school for children who can deal with pressure, and know how to handle themselves. It was wonderful for me for a time.

- submitted by a student
July 10, 2005
'Skyview is not for everyone' means if your child is not already exceptional and bright, forget it.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
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Skyview School
125 S. Rush Street, Prescott, AZ  86303
(928) 776-1730
Last modified Skyview School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Skyview School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top