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Students enrolled 714
Hours 8:25 AM - 3:30 AM
School leader Art Moncibaez
Transportation options Yes
District Coolidge Unified District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2500 W. San Tan Heights Blvd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85242

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3 stars
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November 20, 2014
This school is not safe. I currently have my two children attending this school and I will be taking them out to attend another school. One of my children was being bullied on the bus by a much older kid. He was choked, his eyes were being poked, written on with marker, and his head being smashed against the window of the bus. When I found out about it I was not told by the principal or vice principal who was aware of the incident I found out from my child. The principal and vice principal failed to inform me that my child was bullied because they were "too busy" to call me and let me know what had happened. They have not even informed the other parents of the kid that was doing the bullying and it has been 4 days now. They know who this kid is because this is not the first incident. I have spoken to other parents and most of them have the same problem and nothing is ever done about it. Some parents I spoke to also had changed schools because they did nothing about their kid being bullied. So to all parents looking to enroll their children here be aware.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2014
What do you think of a school that wants volunteers and when you are fingerprint clearanced to volunteer and your removed from the school due to the fact that your child wanted to go to another school due to the continuous problems in the classroom. Seriously people make sure you know what is going on in the school and in your childs classroom. There a few really good teachers but the principle and VP NEED TO GO

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2014
My child was treated horribly at this school. A few great teachers but vice principal Katie Hall is extremely unprofessional. They do not at all focus on the education the students deserve to receive. The parking lots and pick up areas are severely chaotic. Staff park in the closest available spots forcing parents to park further. Not a good school on any level.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
I am a parent that has two students that attend San Tan Heights Elementary and after reading the post "Most uncaring and unsafe" I was compelled to post what my experience is. I find San Tan Heights to be a very caring and very safe school. The staff and administration are hard working, approachable, and whenever I have had a concern it was handled in a quick, professional manner. So I'm suspect to believe that there must be something more to this posting, ie: disgruntled employee or a parent that just didn't get their way. From my experience over the past two years I have never witnessed this behavior nor have I heard from other parents, that have children that attend this school, that they have experienced these issues either. My experience has been very positive for both my children and my children aren't always angels either. :)

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
Most uncaring, unsafe, unprofessional school any of my children have ever attended. Principal refuses to deal with anything unpleasant, thus children with behavior issues, bullies, etc... are free to do as they please at the expense of other students rights to an education. District and administration seem to knowingly turn a blind eye, resulting in this district as well as this school itself being ranked among the lowest in the state of Az. If you are considering this school for your child, run, don't walk to another district.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I have two grand children that go to this school. My grand son is on the honor roll. I am pleased with the staff, education they are getting and how friendly they are. Also I feel safe sending them there.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
There seems to be some manipulation here. Several posts have been removed. Two posts stated how suspect it was that the school was posting good ratings. One post confirming the school staff does post by a former employee. The fact is that the state did not release the ratings so how could someone possibly know that San Tan Heights was a B school on July 18 unless it was someone from the school. Honestly, the school was not open and that information was not available. So, this is where the suspected manipulation of this rating site was posted. Why the censorship? Why hide the fact that someone from the school confirmed there was manipulation in posting? Despite policies etc, censoring to protect the school or this enterprise is a serious violation of free speech.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
This school has been a breath of fresh air!! We had a few hic-ups in the beginning but with parent involvement and being present in my child's schooling it has turned around with the help and guidance of staff and teachers. I have two kids here and when I walk through the doors everyone knows who my kids are by first name. One child has medical issues that they have gone above and beyond to ensure she is kept safe. Teachers are willing to go the extra mile with every child here! Love the staff and teachers at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
II love this school especially my granddaughters teacher Mrs Hegg she is an excellant kindergarten teacher. She puts the extra effort to make sure all her students feel comfortable enough to put their best foot forward. Mrs. Hegg loves doing what she choose as her job but I firmly believe she doesn't feel its a job to her. She encourages her students to do their best and always makes them feel special. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
My family and I are moving to the area soon and we are concerned about the low ratings for San Tan Heights Elementary School. The test scores seem to have been high for a couple of years and have dropped off drastically (according to this site's info). Does anyone know the reason for this? My initial reaction is to ask, "What in the world's going on over there?" I know tree can be circumstances that are hard to see from the outside but I hate to take the chance with my daughter's education. It appears that this school is below the state average on most of the state tests and I am wondering what's being done to remedy the trend. Any thoughts from parents or teachers in the area? Thanks, Concerned Parent

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
This is in response to the post below regarding parent volunteers. I told my child's teacher back in August at Meet the Teacher that my schedule allows me to volunteer any day of the week at any time needed. I also inquired again many times throughout the school year but was told every time I asked that she didn't need any help and there was nothing for me to do. Unfortunately, I was not able to get involved as I had hoped. Speaking from the other side of the spectrum, I think if more teachers were parent volunteer friendly, than more parents might get involved. With that being said, I have seen a lot of improvements for the better at STH this school year! My child does extremely well and by the end of each school year is always ahead academically. We are looking forward to next school year!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
San Tan Heights Elementary needs the community's help to bring this school around and make it a great place to get an education. The parents need to help our staff make learning fun for our students. We need better turn out when we have events that celebrate our students. We need parents that might be able to volunteer their time, or buy supplies when they can for their child's teacher. Volunteering need only be for one to two hours a week. You can help a teacher with copying, help the PTO with their activities, there are a number of things that a parent volunteer can do to make this school a GREAT SCHOOL. We already have the dedicated teachers and staff - all it takes is our parents to join us and we can have one great school. Please help out when you can and if you can't be here in person ask your child's teacher how you might help them from your home. Show an interest in your child's work and school - you will see how much of a difference this can make between having a school that teaches children and a SCHOOL THAT CELEBRATES OUR CHILDREN!!!!

- submitted by a teacher
November 20, 2011
I think that it is sad that this forum is used in such a negative way. When disgruntled employees are able to make allegations and name names creating a negative image of teachers and administration something must be done. The disclaimer on this review says that GreatSchools.org will not post reviews that contain allegations, names of students, teachers or staff and then they post the reviews anyway. The administration, teachers and staff all are working very hard to recreate the schools image, students success and overall effectiveness of our school. When an organization such as this allows such posts without honoring their own guidelines it creates a website of hostility. I think that our consumers are very intelligent and can make their own decisions about our school without the hateful comments that have been allowed to be posted here.

- submitted by a teacher
August 23, 2011
My childs biggest complant was that the class was loud a lot. I then spent some time in my childs class last school year I found that students were disruptive and loud and the teacher didn't seem to care. This wasn't a good learning enviroment. There was one child that romed the halls most of the day with his own hall pass. I didn't think the office staff was very friendly. And what does the principal do there anyway. I think most of the Honor Roll Awards were given out just to make the school look good. The students may have made the grade but may not have earned it. I'm sorry but I gave the school many chances over the years. It was time to move on.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
As a parent with children who have attended this school for several years I have to say I am more than pleased with it's progress. They are up and coming and doing a great job at improving the learning environment for the students. Mrs. Hegg in the kindergarten was fantastic. My son has had his share of struggles when it comes to learning and she was patient and caring with him the entire time. She was always willing to listen to any ideas or concerns that I had as his parent and then implemented them in her classroom. So many times we have teachers that say they are listening and then don't make any changes. He is my 4th child to send to kinder and I actually cried at the end of the year when he left her class. We couldn't have picked a better teacher. Big thank you's to the Principal and all the staff too! Keep up the great job!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
My daughter went to this school for 1.5 school year. In grade k they were not even reading, school functions were poorly planned out and communication was very poor. Luckily grade 1 she had a great teacher and was able to work back up to grade level. Thank you miss malpass! But i would never recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
To the person who wrote that Mrs. Romm is the worst teacher ever, I feel sad that you have to post something like that on here when you have no experience with her. You have no idea what goes on in her classroom, how well her students love her, how well behaved her class is and well managed. By far Mrs. Romm is an excellent teacher and was recently recognized as an excelling teacher by the San Tan Regional Council. To anyone who has a question about Mrs. Romm's character, professionalism and academics, I would encourage you to meet her, see her students, talk to the administration. Mrs. Romm is a blessing to San Tan Heights and all her children.

- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2011
After reading these reviews there are a few things that as a teacher I would like to express. First is that if you have something negative to say then please take it to the building administration. It is more productive than bashing a teacher on a website. Second we work extremely hard for the best interest of all of the students, if you don't agree then please come into our school and volunteer your time. That's the way you make a change or to let your voice be heard. As for the comments about Mrs. Romm, I am very sorry you feel that way. You would be grateful to have a teacher like her for your child. It will be your loss not to have her as your child's teacher. She is an amazing teacher and has done GREAT things with all of her students. The proof is in her test scores. Don't believe me go to the school and check it out for yourself. For anyone else that is going to do any teacher bashing, please take into consideration how you would feel if someone posted something negative about you or a family member.

- submitted by a teacher
May 14, 2011
My daughter entered Kindergarten right after we moved to Arizona. I was so nervous having to put her into a school that I didn't know anything about or know anybody, but our family was totally blessed when she ended up with Mrs. Romm as her teacher. I had the privilege of being in the classroom alot and seeing what went on and how it went on. Mrs. Romm has a passion to teach, she takes time with each child encouraging them, helping them to learn in their own way, being interested in them. I have seen her go above and beyond many times to make Kindergarten the best it can be. I would not have let my daughter stay at the school if she was in another class room. Now the school as a whole...oh boy... but I would never have second thoughts about having Mrs. Romm as a teacher again. I am rating the school low but I have seen a few wonderful teachers. The school is dirty, children wander the halls, the front desk staff- haha, and there are big issues with the specials teachers. But seriously- Mrs Romm is a great teacher- it was like being in a different school till you had to step outside the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
I was unable to complete a teaching contract at San Tan due to an injury. I repeatedly requested help to be able to stay off my feet and remain at San Tan. My requests went unanswered. Sometimes teachers need help to ensure that children come first.

- submitted by a teacher
March 28, 2011
My son has absolutely the best kindergarten teacher this year. From the moment we met her at meet the teacher night we knew that our son would be well taken care of and learn all that he should and then some. Next year, we definately want Mrs. Romm for our daughter. Patient and kind, loving and stern, Mrs. Romm provides a classroom community that is tops! Thank you Mrs. Romm and thank you San Tan Heights for having such a great teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
We have been at San Tan Heights for three years now. It has evolved and changed for the better. Tests scores have gone up, giving San Tan Heights a performing plus label for the first time. Plus it made the federal label of AYP. Communication is better, great family activities such as fall festival, spring fling, and multicultural night. The PTO is working hard to involve parents, which is greatly needed. Overall, my kids love school, and that is so nice.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
This is the first year my children have attended the school. They absolutely love it. The administration is great and very responsive to any concerns. They are also accessible which was not the case at their precious school. They enjoy specials especially art where they are given the freedom to be creative. It is a neighborhood school that does create community involvement. I am very happy that my children attend school here.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
To respond to the review posted November 3rd, we have since met as parent, teacher, and principal. We found out the kindergartener had not heard those types of songs from the art teacher, had not asked to not listen to music and was not punished for anything related to what he told his mom. Mom had him apologize to the teacher and the principal and since then has returned him to San Tan Heights Elementary.

- submitted by a teacher
November 17, 2010
I have worked for CUSD for going on 6 years since graduating college. I feel Mrs. Black and Mr. Moncibaez are by far the most effective administration in place since the school s opening. Combined with the office staff that goes above and beyond by not only being friendly but getting involved with families. These ladies touch my heart and the students lives everyday; for example putting together food packages for families in need and donating time and money to get students supplies. We also are adopting a new RTI model that has teachers donating their planning time to assist students who are in need of extra attention. In addition we have a great management team and support services team pushing us toward excelling from our performing plus status.

- submitted by a teacher
November 17, 2010
The art teacher there was my daughters Kinder teacher last year and I have to say that I am more then thrilled with his performance. He is very open, very personable and just an all around fun person. My daughter would come home raving about him on a daily basis. My family this year has fallen on some very hard times and he took a personal interest in helping my daughter adjust and even helped me look into programs that would help our family. I know that my daughter has someone looking out for her and I am honored to be able to count him among friends.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2010
My youngest daughter had Miss Marie half way through her Kindergarten year. I was worried about the change of classroom at first. I need not to be, Miss Marie is so sweet, and calm. I love how she gets down to the child's level to listen to them. Miss Marie will be a wonderful addition to San Tan Heights this year. I really hope with all the wonderful changes San Tan is making(K-5th now instead of K-8), parents will choose to be more involved. We as parents ultimately decide how and what our children do and do not learn. I my self need and will be more involved this year.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2010
Positive changes...I adore the teachers at this school, I find them professional, and friendly to me as well as my children. When my youngest was faced with trouble from another student it was immediately handled, and dealt with the way I wanted. My eldest has had Mrs. Picciano as her first grade teacher, this woman is so passionate about her class and the joy it brings her to have her students learn and understand. When my child had troubles with math it was addressed right away and Mrs. Picciano and I both worked on helping her learn and understand. Mrs. Picciano also helped my youngest daughter on a personal one on one level so she did not fall behind going into first grade this year, we are so grateful for wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2010
San Tan Heights has gone through many positive changes this school year. My daughter had a wonderful first grade teacher, Mrs. Picciano . She is an extremely caring, kind, and generous teacher. She took extra time with my daughter to work with her and now she can read above her grade level. I feel when Mrs. Picciano was hired that was the best decision San Tan Heights ever made. She had made all the difference in my life and my child's life. She is dedicated and devoted. She spends so much of her time and money on her students that it is remarkable. I would recommend her to any parent looking for a fabulous first grade teacher. She is the best!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
My children have been going to San Tan Heights since 2006. Parent involvment is very low at San Tan Heights. I've been to a couple of PTO meetings and there is only a couple of active PTO members! We also go to most of the school functions, and unless there is free food, most parents don't bother coming! I check my children's backpacks everyday to look for flyers and newsletters. I am always informed on what is happening at the school. Both my children are straight 'A' students and they have wonderful teachers! There is room for improvement, but I feel that if parents put more time into their children and teach them responsibility , good study habits and encourage appropriate behavior, than they will succeed better at school!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
This School is terrible. I have had a bad experience all around, Terrible quality of teaching (look at the test scores they speak for themselves). Terrible leadership. Terrible communication. I am a VERY involved parent, more so than the techers, being involved doesn't change the fact that the school is no good. I am trying to get my child in to any school but this one. I did speak with the principal... worthless. This school is a JOKE!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
All I have to say to the parents who are complaining is - GET INVOLVED! Join the PTO, talk to teachers, talk to the Principal. Call the Superintendent if you need to. Do something other than sit there and complain. Parental involvement at this school has been non-existent. There are 2 active parents on the PTO. Come on people, stand up and take some responsibility for your child's education. When I was in school most of the parents were active in the PTO/PTA and the parents really kept the teachers and staff in line.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
I pulled my children out of this school becasue of the lack of communication. the rudeness of the Office Staff and the inability of the teachers (in the Jr High area) to actually do the teaching on their own. When my daughter was there for 8th grade, when she would complete her work, they would tell her to help other classmates instead of challenging her in harder work. I requested her to be in Higher Level Learning classes but this school does not provide those. So if you student is exceptional, then you may want them to attend elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
My 13 year old son has been attending this school since 4th grade and my daughter just started Kindergarten. I am very disappointed with this school, especially the teachers and the administration. The sports porgram is a joke! I rarely know what is going on with my children's education unless I hound the teachers, even then only one will respond. I understand they have limited funds, but honestly it seems like the majority just don't care.

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July 27, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 05, 2009
My children have gone to this school for over five years now and I have tried year after year to volunteer. I offer my help to all of the teachers on meet the teacher day each year and I have never been called. I have NEVER heard of a single fund raiser. The school does not communicate whatsoever with the parents. I find out 30 minutes before a dance or honor roll ceremony that there is one. Teachers please ask parents for help, send home a news letter. Do not use the Powerschool program as the only means of communication (most teachers do not keep that current anyway).

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2009
This school is so out of hand. My son who use to go to San Tan Heights Elementry told me that the teachers don't really help the students that much, lazy, and one of my other sons told me that a kid showed his middle finger and yelled interpropreate language to a whole room of teachers. Is that what you want your children to go to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2008
The front office secretary is the most helpful and pleasant person to be greeted by when you enter the school. It was a great benefit when they hired her and put her in that position.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2008
This district is aweful as well as Florence district. I have lived here for 7 years and the lack of care for our children is disgusting. It takes an act of God for the teachers to communicate on our children. Most of the time there is a problem, I have to find out through my children what their discipline is, never anything written down, not even a phone call. My biggest concern is that we, or I, tell my children to go to their teacher or principal for problems, bullying, not understanding their school work etc., when they do, they are dismissed and ignored and I again am not notified. I don't care about your funding, some of the richest districts have the worst system and they all fail our children. Someone take charge and act like a school , and a teacher and be there for these children.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
I think this school is better than last year! I love my assistant principal! She is great! I love my principal too! We do not have any fights this year hardly, if any. Ms. Collins keeps everyone in line. And we love her because she honestly cares about us. She always tells us that she expects better. She talks to us and visits us every day in the classroom. She is really cool. She has a hard job though. But the main thing is that she gets things done, and she is not there to be friends with everyone. So sometimes it comes with the job, if parents don't like her. But the kids love her and respect her and and my mom and dad love her and thats what counts to me.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2008
Our 3 children attended San Tan and then spent just 1 semester at a real school -- Las Sendas Elem. They had tremendous difficulty at Las Sendas due to the high expectations of teachers and faculty. They were not used to that thanks to San Tan Elem! Unfortunately they are back at the very backward school San Tan Elem. The teachers there are unbelievably unprofessional, etc. Shame on San Tan Elem.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2008
I agree with the last post that information is too late. As parents we need more than one days notice of an event for our children. I also agree the Assistant Principal is very unprofessional. I have heard her berade students in the office in front of parents, students, and other teachers. I have asked for a meeting with her and I could hear her in her office complaining about having to meet with me. This school can not get better until she is replaced. There are great teachers in the school though! Mr. Johnson, Ms. Grote, and Ms. Broadley have helped my son tremendously this year. They care about the students and helping them, they don't see the students as a number. I wish more of the teachers cared as much as they do. Overall, the school has been better than recent years.

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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
The staff and some of the teachers at this school do not treat the parents very kindly. Parents who are very involved with their children frustrate them. They discourage parents from being on campus, volunteering, etc. The assistant principal is not professional at all. This school is not new anymore and should've had all the bugs worked out several years ago. They are extremely unorganized. It's time to step it up. I do not recommend this school to other parents.

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August 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
This school is very unfriendly toward parents. We entrust our children to the staff and teachers who act like they would rather not bother with parents. I have experienced this four days in a row now.

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August 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2007
i think this is a great school for my child it should be a 5 star school! especially for the great teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
Poor leadership with regards to Kindergarden. Mrs. Smith never showed up. Had sub for 2 weeks before they assigned Mrs. G. She stepped in to teach and nurture our littleones. The kids love her and are thriving under her care. Found out today the principal is Repalcing her w/out any notice to parents or students w/ a 8th grade teacher from Mtn Vista (no primary background)This will be there 3rd teacher since school started. Kindergardeners need structure/stability/nurturing. This principal has no regard for there well being. You can not make multipule changes like this at there age. Young minds have a hard time with trust & bonding. This is an outrage!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
The parents are not involved enough with their own kids. They are the first to complain about the teachers and administration but they do not look at the behavior of their kids. I see very little support for the PTO. This school would be great if they got involved. The teachers go above and beyond for the students with the resources available. The administration needs to have more of a presence in the school. My son and daughter do not even know who the prinicipal is. Discipline is much better this year. They seem to be cleaning house. Students are suspended when they need to be and the inschool suspension room is not a joke anymore. My kids love their teachers and the teachers communicate with me on a daily basis. This is a nice change this year!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
Students safety is a main priority on the campus now. I am only concerned with the communication from the administrators. I have tried numerous times to contact both of them and have never received a call back. I was finally able to get a hold of the in school suspension teacher, Mr. Johnson and he called me right back and took care of the issue right away. I think more parents need to be involved with the school. My kids are much happier this year!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I have noticed a lot of changes for the better this school year! One thing that bothers me is that parents criticize the school for not having any extra curricular activitites, yet there have been two fundraisers and many do not participate. What gives?

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
This is the worst school I have ever seen. I have tried numerous times to volunteer and the teachers don't want the help. I'm on the PTO and spend a decent amount of time at the school. The new principal is awesome!! If you have a problem go to Mrs.Nicholson and she'll get things done.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
I agree with the teacher's comments. Parents, get involved! It doesn't take much to show your support. The teachers need you and the school needs you. We have the potential to be a fantastic school. Let's do it.

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August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
Considering all the changes this school has gone through, the teachers are still doing a great job. My kids are learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
I am a teacher at San Tan and I feel that the biggest problem is lack of involvement from parents. Teachers are made to do everything. Teachers cannot discipline if it is not done at home. Many parents will not allow their child to falter, often blaming the teacher or administration for problems the student is having. Please let your child accept the consequences now or it may be worse later on when you will not be able to step in. Give teachers the benefit of doubt and show support. This support will show your child that you value education and those who are trying to provide a learning environment for your child. Yes, this school needs more activities for kids. Please contact your board members and Dr. White!

- submitted by a teacher
May 30, 2007
I've been disappointed by the leadership demonstrated by the school and the district. It has the potential to be a great school -- new building, great location, great neighborhood environment -- but children here are given inadequate structure and there are minimal hours of teaching events. The profanity from older kids is unbelievable and the teachers act like they don't hear it. The district needs to stand-up, acknowledge the problem, and fix it while it's still simple enough to address. Our kids know it's out of control, and some will merely take advantage of it and add to the problem. On a good note, there is much hope for this school. Some teachers are quite committed. It's time to clean house, pay enough to bring in some new educators, and provide a structured place for our children. If your child is here, get involved and mandate a change.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
The teachers really shine here, especially the primary grades. The district could be better but hopefully they'll improve with time.

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May 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
My children have thrived at this school. Sure, it's not perfect, but what school is? Parents should be more involved!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
All in all I am happy with the school. The new principal is doing a really good job. The school is really coming around.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
Good school. Great teachers. For the parents complaining about not feeling welcome, get involved! Join the PTO or volunteer in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
I agreed with most of you when I first moved out to this area I wanted to pull my kids out of San Tan Heights and put them in a different school, we started talking to the teachers about what was going on with our children and they looked into what was happening and kept us up to date with emails and phone calls. Our children's grades have been the best they have ever been and the teachers really do care about the kids they are teaching. It is a fairly new school and they are getting themselves on track. I was going to transfer my kids to the new charter school that is being built but have since changed my mind and I going to keep my children in San Tan Heights.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
For all the parents complaining about the teachers, have you ever gone in and sat in your child's class to see what really goes on? These teachers are faced with many challenges and are doing fantastic. Many teachers do not have the supplies or the curriculum needed to teach, but they are still finding ways to teach our children the standards? Before bad-mouthing the staff, take some time and visit your child's classroom. At first we were concerned with our child's teacher, but after speaking with her and arranging a class visit we couldn't be happier with the education she is receiving. I do agree, however, that the communication between administration and parents is insufficient.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. The administration is very negligent in responding to the safety and care of our children. They're not organized and chaos seems to be the norm. The quality of education is par. They seem to be uninformed on important issues to parents and they don't have a pulse on the needs of this community. If you're thinking about buying a home or moving to this area, think again. Housekeeping is poor, and the some of the employees have bad attitudes. The upside, K-3 have quality teachers for the most part. I believe parent involvement is poor because the leadership is poor. Hopefully, this school will make some adjustments and turn their image around because our parents, students and our community deserve better.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2007
My daughter was enrolled at San Tan Heights for Kindergarten and is now completing 1st grade at Mountain Vista and I feel I have left her in these schools too long. I am pulling her out in May and have already applied to Edu-Prize for a better learning environment and far better education. I wish I would have pulled my daughter out sooner. I would encourage every parent to take a hard look at these schools and consider other options. I'm glad I did. I don't agree with the concept of a k-8 school and I don't understand why these schools are so bare and cold feeling.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2007
I have a daughter that has been here for 2 years now and I am not happy with the school performance at all. There are to many kids per teacher still after the school split. It also seems that they lack on helping kids that are having trouble getting concepts that they should understand at there grade level.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2007
I have been areound this school since it opened, there has been many changes, some for the better and some not. This year, however, has been a great improvment. THe principal is doing a great job getting things together. The teachers are eager to make this the best school in teh area and finally there is a great leader in the district. My only concern is that it will all change again next year, almost every year we have new leadership in district and schools and the teachers move on quickly, with a little consistancy I think the school would be an excellent choice. Oh and of course they need to add extra curricular classes for the younger kids too!

- submitted by a teacher
January 01, 2007
Since the two school have split, the overall quality of both schools has improved. I have a preschooler at San Tan Heights and an older child at Mountain Vista. I am at both schools dropping and picking up my kids and I can tell you, the schools are not overcrowded and teachers, principals, and staff are doing the best they can with the changes. Everything is in a trial and error stage. But I do agree with other parents, my kids have been to better schools, and academically the two schools are not strong. The curriculum is weak, homework is lacking, and parent involved is very low. Personally it will take time to see both schools performing at their full potential. And it will effort from principals, teachers, staff, and mostly parents. Yes, parents you do need to get involved with the school if you want to see the changes.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
we have children in 1st 3rd 4th and 6th. the staff always seems uninformed and doesnt seem to care about there jobs or the students. we moved into the area when it first opened. so we couldnt see how the school rated. if we could afford it we would transfer them somewhere else, or possibly even move. this is by far the worst school i have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
We had 3 children at San Tan Heights but are very happy to have found a better, safer place to educate them. That was not a safe learning environment. There is not enough supervision. I do not feel that K-8 is the best way to educate our kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
If you just moved out here you shouldnt complain about the school being crowded. Check those things out before you buy a house. If the school is that important maybe you should have looked at the quality of education instead of the low price tag on the house. This school is not perfect but they are trying to make it better.If you think the schools in surrounding areas are better then you should have moved there instead.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
This school is very overcrowded but it is doing its best to deal. My daughter is in all day Kindergarten with Mrs. Greffe and she has been great with communication to all parents. My daughter loves coming to school every day and comes home excited to tell me what she is learning. We look forward to the split of the two schools so she can be in her own class.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
This is my family's first year to attend this school and I am about to pull them out. It is the most unorganized excuse for a school I have ever witnessed. It is extremely overcrowded, there are no extra-curricular for k-4 (at least). There is no music program, the staff appears to be completely uninterested in concerns from parents are are quite rude. The principal is not interested in returning phone calls, I had to call the superintendent to get a response, then I did get one from Mountain Vista's principal. They requires students to be picked up at certain areas, but then do not allow you to get to those areas. Overall we are not pleased with this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
I can only speak to K through 2nd greade but everything we have seen so far has been awesome. My wife helps in the class at least once a week with the 2nd grade class and is very involved in the school which gives her a good pulse on the school, she has nothing but praise. The population issue is something that you cannot control. Kind of like building the new 202 freeway and now it's bumper to bumper traffic in the morning. Maricopa never does a good job in planning for growth. Build big, they will come...

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My child is in all-day kindergarten, and although I like the teacher, I am not happy with the school. The communication between administration & parents is almost non-existent! I just find the school very unprepared for the 'overcrowding' problem. If they knew this was coming, they should have been better prepared!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
I am so frustrated with this school! I understand that they have had a huge over-population issue, but they have not made wise decisions to remedy that problem. Why not set up 'portable' classrooms until the new school is done?

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2006
San Tan Heights Elementary School got an unfair news spot on Fox 10 news 8/8/06. The school district is struggling with the huge growth in the area and is working frantically to resolve the issues. The news story made it sound like San Tan Heights Elementary is not a completed school. In fact, the uncompleted school is 1/2 mile down the street and students should move in in 5 - 8 weeks. Instead of compounding issues that are being resolved (50+ students in classrooms) parents should be assisting. There are 2 teachers per classroom, the teacher who will stay and the one who will move to Mountain Vista Elementary. The safety issue for evacuating is the route the students must take, not the amount of students. The only outside access (other than the hallway door) from classrooms is a window, which can be broken in an emergency. Help, don't complain.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2006
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May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
This school is disappointing considering the wonderful schools that are in the surrounding area.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
the teachers are the only good thing at this school. the principals don't follow through with discipline and alot of the parents don't show up.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
I feel that this is a very good school.. I feel that if parents got more involved with PTO, and things like that, they would see that the negativity they are always hearing, isn't always true. I feel that the more the parents are involved, the better the students are off! I am a room mom, volunteer, and go to all of the PTO meetings, and I have nothing bad to say about this school, other then I feel they should have extracurricular activities for the younger students. All in all, I enjoy this school, and feel my children have a great education here. My 4th grader is on high honor roll, and my kindergartener has learned to read and write very well!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
February 20, 2006
I believe the school is doing as best as can be expected for the moment. The overcrowding problem in the QC area is is having a negative impact on all of the local schools. I absolutely love the first grade teacher my daughter was assigned. The parent involvement however is lacking sufficiently. Parents tend to have tons of comments but not donate any time or effort to improve things.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
Do Not send your child here. Teachers are not interested in teaching the kids. My child in 2nd grade has always received the highest grades. When we moved here she started receiving c's. Teachers response was that all children were getting the same grades because they bored with the lessons and there were no other way to teach the kids. Teachers have no workbooks and have no control over classrooms. Upper grades do not long belong with smaller grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2006
San Tan Heights has wonderful teachers. This school would be great, if it was only a K-5 school. I don't think mixing 1st graders with 8th graders works. The 1st graders are exposed to fights and unnessary language. While the 8th graders act very immuture because they are around the younger children. I have to give the teachers credit for trying to make that school the best it can be.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
Academics are lacking at this school, there is a shortage of rooms and teachers. The higher grades are a diservice to the children. There are no sports and the school boards will not allow field trips. There are a handful of teachers that are great but they are lacking supplies.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
San Tan is a rapidly growing school. Inovations are needd to keep up the pace.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
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December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
I think this school has had many miss consumptions about it. I believe the students can learn, if they are willing to. My daughter is in Mrs. June's K all day class, and she seems to be teaching her very well. I believe the extra curricular activities are great. My daughter loves music, art, and most of all, she loves PE. They should have more sports for the kids, but other then that, it's fine. I think the parents could be a little more involved in schooling, as I participate in classroom if needed. Parent involvment is very important to me, and I feel if more parents were involved, that students would be more educated as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
My two kids have been going here since December, and I am not impressed. I thought it would be better this year with a new principal and staff, but not much has changed. My son was bit by a dog on school grounds, and he was unable to locate an adult during recess to report it to, and when he told his teacher, she thought he was making it up. I had to find out from him that afternoon, and then was unable to get through by phone. My neighbor just told me her daughter broke her finger playing tetherball, and nobody informed her. There seems to be a real lack of communication here. On the plus side, I notice a lot of parents involved in the school, which may help it in the long run.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
My children have attended this school since last year. The school is disorganized. The teachers are tired, unenthusiastic, and spend most their time trying to maintain a semblance of order in the classroom.There are very few fun activities for the children i.e., events such as science fairs, fund-raisers, extra curricular clubs, involvement in sports, music/drama etc. The school is boring. The decor is boring. Rules are enforced sporadically and selectively. It is the worst school my children have attended.Where is all the tax money going? Pinal County should be ashamed.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
San Tan Heights K-8 is Unorganized/Under Staffed/Need School Books. Adnisisration Staff unable to answer any question in regards to school programs, answer for every question was 'I don't know or we haven't been approved for any funding yet. No Sports Programs or Orchestra or Band Classes, Why Not? This is a important part of children growing athletically and musically. PTO does not upste independant newspaper,all the other schools do to keep parents informed.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2005
San Tan Heights has done wonders for my son. After moving from school to school, my son was behind in reading and frustrated with school. He was becoming aggressive and getting into trouble. In the third grade I feared that he would never enjoy school. The resource teachers and para-professionals took time to work with my son. The took a liking to him and enjoyed his personality and indiviual traits. They built confidence in him as a student and as a person. Mr. Semo, the principal, realized that my son was trying to do better and rewarded his small steps along the way. My son came to San Tan Heights failing in his primary years. Now, going into the fifth grade, he has achieved the Honor Roll and been rewarded as a Mighty Mustang. I am thankful that we found San Tan Heights and the fantastic faculty. Mustangs on the move!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
The school is beautiful. The system is getting its act together (need more after school programs), but the teachers are really the ones who shine here. They're a flexible team who works extremely hard to solve problems. Many of them volunteered their time for after-school programs when they weren't even paid for it.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 28, 2005
The teachers at this school seem to be patient with the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I think that San Tan Heights Elementary is trying hard but is a new school and they do not have the funding available for extracurricular activities nor academic programs. The Coolidge school district was definitely not prepared for the growth in this area and our children are suffering. I have a 7th grader and a 1st grader in the school. Both of my children have tested well above their grade level but these needs are not being addressed. My 1st graders class has split once this year and they still have 30 students in the class, the 7th graders class has split twice and they still have 36 students in the class. They are building on to give the 7th and 8th graders more room, that will hopefully accomodate the bodies, but I haven't seen anything that will improve the quality of the education that our children will receive.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
San Tan Heights Elementary has been opened for the last couple of years. We recently moved into this area from Gilbert, Arizona. We have a 7th grader and a 4th grader. Both boys. It is disappointing to our 7th grade son who enjoyed band at his elementary school that this school does not have a band at all. Also they do not have any type of sports. I can tell you with the growth here in San Tan Heights Coolidge School District was not prepared. My oldest son 7th grade class had close to 36 kids in one class. My 4th graders is at I believe 32. With this many children it is hard for my children to get the quality of education that they are used too. I beleive the teachers try their very best but I don't think they have the support they need.

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San Tan Heights Elementary School
2500 W. San Tan Heights Blvd., Queen Creek, AZ  85242
(480) 888-2930
Last modified San Tan Heights Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Tan Heights Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 114 reviews. Top