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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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