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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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?
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.
This school is disappointing considering the wonderful schools that are in the surrounding area.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Tan is a rapidly growing school. Inovations are needd to keep up the pace.
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.
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