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40300 N. Simonton Blvd
Queen Creek, AZ 85240

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May 18, 2013
A good school for children in lower grades, but bullying issues with administration doing nothing about the issue in the upper grades. Very disappointed this year in this school on attention to major problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
Very happy with the school so far. Very nice facilities, plenty of room for the students and a staff that has experience. They are a "B" rated school but only missed an "A" rating by a couple of points. The teachers seem to focus on positive reinforcement rather than negative as many young teachers do.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
I was not impressed in the least. The teachers we good for the most part but the district as a whole needs a LOT of improvement. Ending up pulling my kids (not because of the teachers) because of the poor practices of the district.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I have lived very close in proximity to this schools for over 6 years now. Prior to this year, I didn't have any children old enough to attend. I must admit that the reason I purchased my house in the location that it resides was partly due to the closeness to the school. Now that my child attends Kindergarten here, I am quite impressed. Before enrolling my child, I was concerned as there are many children that live in the neighborhood that go to the newer charter type schools that have opened up recently. This made me question whether or not Simonton was the right school for us. After a referral to my child's teacher, I was elated with the outcome of this school year. I think that you should consider all of the negatives you are hearing and research them for yourself. I haven't had any issues with the school and my child's teacher is very warm, caring and provides a great learning environment. Also, the parent involvement is outstanding. I think you can send your child to the "worst or best" school out there, but yout child's education really comes down to how much you are willing to put in to him/her.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
There has been little improvement over the last year with the leadership of the school. The teachers are great with communicating with the parents. When asking the teachers about the leadership they usually do not want to dicuss it because of fear of reprocussions. This school has improved over the years but still has a long way to go to be the best in the district. The district did grow from one school a little over five years ago to have a High School now. This does not mean training should not be provided to administrators on how to manage. There are somethings I take very seriously and my kids safety is first and foremost. I will not allow them to attend this school. This would require a change in leadership.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
The teachers are absolutely amazing as well as the support staff!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I have really enjoyed all of the staff and administration at my children's school. I feel that all of the teachers go above and beyond to help the students suceed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I have met many of the teacher and find them to be wonderful

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Both my kids attend school at Simonton and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Because we have the best teachers and pinciple. Simonton School Rocks with character and drive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Excellent principal! Her years of experience, leadership, love for the students and vision for what our children deserve in an education set her apart from other principals. She and the teachers have a cooperative effort that focuses on improving our school and the quality of education our children receive each year. She really seeks out opportunities to be involved with the kids and know who each and every one of the students. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The teachers and all of the staff give 100% into the kid's learning and education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Why do you love Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School? The staff is great and quick to rectify a situation without hesitation. They are also easy to talk to and keep me well informed about my children who attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
We love the staff at Simonton! They are amazing and completely dedicated to the education of my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Because the staff cares! The teachers are there because they honestly LOVE shaping little minds. KSSE Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
My kindergarten child has received a wonderful education from this school. Her teacher has been an amazing support and been wonderful to the students and families!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
My daughter is a teacher at this school and she helps make it great!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
My child has had 4 really great teachers. They care about the kids, provide great support, and understand how to keep the kids interested in learning. The kids get a well rounded education; including teachings about dinosaurs, wildlife, forests, people in history, growing plants, making maps, designing, and writing reports. At times my child comes home AFTER TURNING IN A BOOK REPORT that was enjoyed so much that the book report writing and drawing continues at home. My child also now loves to read and often time reads while I am driving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Great Teachers and Staff. My daughter loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Excellant Principal and Staff. Teachers who make a HUGE difference. My kids love their school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
This is a great school with dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
It has a great staff, working with our kids

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
It is a quality school that has a dedicated staff and,this school WELCOMES parent participation and parent workshops and/or activities.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
Great location and great teachers. It's a small town school that values the importance of basic education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The school provides opportunities for parents and teachers to work together for our children's education...

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Teachers are involved with their students and really care about their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Dedication to the kids and lots of fun things for families to do

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The school/principal attracts motivated teachers and provides individual attention, positive recognition, and creates an exciting learning environment. My two children are happy to go to school each day, and I am happy to send them to Simonton.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Simonton has gone through a lot of changes over the last few years. The district used to have only one school and then a lot of people moved out here and within five years the district grew from one school to seven schools. Simonton was the first 'new' school built in the district. It is across the street from my house and I wanted my kids to go there. When they started there I wasn't very happy with the school, but today so many positive changes have happened that I can't imagine anyone not loving the school now. Our principal, Ms. Griffith, is an absolute angel! The kids love her, the parents love her, and the teachers love her! She has brought the standard up for the school and has distilled her values on the kids and teachers. We also have some amazing teachers who work there! The PTO is always involved and at the school! I am so glad my kids go there and am grateful for all the good staff that works with my kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
I love Simonton Elementary because my nephew goes to school here and he was molded into thinking outside the box, he is a great kid and is constantly on Principal's Honor Roll which from what i have noticed motivates him to just keep getting better and better.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
This is a great school and I know that the staff there is loving, kind, and helpful!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
I love this school because they have a great Education program. They have a wonderful staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
I have been so pleased at the education my children have received at this school. The teachers and curriculum are wonderful! I feel that the staff goes out of their way to recognize the students' achievements and to make school a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Mrs. Griffith is a phenomenal principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Very organized administration as well as highly qualified teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I don't know of one teacher that isn't fantastic. I have had 6 kids attend this school and we love it. Love them!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love the friendly yet professional atmosphere of Simonton and Mrs. Griffith is an excellent principal that facilitates healthy relationships of all involved in my children's academic career.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My son is in 2nd grade now, and has only been to this school. He has loved all his teachers and talks about other faculty and how cool they are as well. He has excellent grades and has not had any problems with anyone or anything related to his educational experiences. I have not had any concerns either and feel comfortable in my decision to send my child to public school here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love Kathryn Sue simonton! It was refreshing to move into a neighborhood with such a good school and parent/teacher support system.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The teachers are amazing. They have a great pro that put together wonderful things for the families and kid's to enjoy. The school is completely there for children and parents to help with whatever u need. The best school by far that my children have attended.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
My grandson goes to this school and he is getting a great education and loves to go to school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
I have 2 children in Simonton, the teachers and other staff are helpful and supportive. Communication is wonderful so I am always aware of what is going on with the school and my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Communication coming from the school is awesome. I am fully aware at all times how my children are doing and what is expected of them. The staff is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Love this school! Everyone there is kind, loving, and hard working. They always have the child best interest in mind!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Kathryn Sue Simonton has the best staff. Very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great teachers & curriculum!! My daughter is thriving at this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I love this school! All the teachers my girls have had are outstanding. My girls are above standard for everything!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My son is in 1st grade and he even attended pre-school at Simonton. I love the teachers, the adminstrative staff and the volunteers. They have done such a great job with communication and parent-student involvement it really has been wonderful!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers and staff at this school are outstanding. They really do care about students and provide ways for the community to stay involved and support the families. The PTO organizes Bingo nights, movie nights, a father daughter dance, just to name a few. The teachers have involved the students in building elevated box gardens and each grade is chalenged in the planting and care of it's own garden. Education through hands on experience is at work here. In the classroom, the teachers ensure organized classroom management while encouraging and educating the students. It's an all American School where our kids feel safe, earn a quality education and look forward to going every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Third school I'v had to deal with...and the best thus far. I have settled in the area and I couldn't be happier with the school my kids will all be attending.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This school has commited and caring teachers and staff.My son is in Kindergarten and he loves his teacher and is having the best year!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My son is in the LEAP (gifted) program, and he enjoys it so much! His behavior has improved (he's not bored any more!). Also, we lost a baby at the begining of April, and he is seeing the school counselor. I really think it helps to just talk to somebody. Thank you for providing these resources!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The staff is amazing and the parents are supportive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I absolutly love this school! The teachers make the school a warm and welcoming place to be. My son for the first time challenges himself academically and loves to be at school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers are wonderful. I love the extracurricular activities they offer too, like computers and P.E.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love the teachers and staff. My kids feel safe and I feel they are safe there!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
We had just moved here from California and after the 1st month of being here, his teacher made me aware that he needed extra help. The teachers and school psychologist rallied together to get him on an IEP and he has recently made the honor roll!!! He has acheived consistantly a B average! I am very pleased with the school and teachers for addressing the issue quickly and getting him the help he needed. The California school district let him struggle and go un-noticed for 2 years, while his teacher at Simonton was able to notice his struggle in 1 month! Thank you for putting my child first!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
fantastic principal, great teachers, organized, friendly PTO

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teacher take their time and spend one on one time with the kids that need extra help. the teachers are caring, kind and go the extra mile 99.9% of the time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My Daughter has learned so much and her teacher is great....

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
2 of my kids go here and the both love ther teachers. all the teachers that I have meet are soo helpful to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
2 of my children go to Simonton. They both love their school, principal, staff, friends, and never the less their great teachers. Their team work have made a difference in my childrens lives, their Happy there and they have learned so much already.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Both of my boys love their teachers! I have been extremely happy with our progress at Simonton and the parent/teacher communication is wonderful. I never have to worry if I ask to many questions...usually my questions are answered before I even have to ask!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love this school! My little girl was struggling with her math and reading. She is now getting the help at Simontonis and is doing so much better. She gos to school with a smile every day. Thank you Simonton staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I adore some of the teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary has the most amazing staff of Teachers. Despite a dismal budget, these people focus every day on making learning fun and helping kids grow socially as well as educationally. They listen to parents and share. They are not your typical public school- they are truly something special.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
students, parents and teachers are a great group to work with. We are a community!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
We have the best students, the best and most supportive parents and an awesome staff! I look forward to coming to school every morning! It is a fun, happy place to come and learn

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
Great teachers! They understand the value of education and are willing to listen to the parents and their recommendations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
We have the best staff and teachers and the best PTO too. Our parents and kids are just great and fun people. I am grateful my kids love to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I think Simonton has great, enthusiastic teachers and terrific office personnel. I love their emphasis on reading.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I love Simonton elementary because the staff genuinely shows interest in the kids. I enjoy how the parents are allowed to be sooo involved with the activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The teachers are great and they help with each student on an individual basis if needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I have been an educator for 18 years and Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary is 'hands-down' the best school I have ever worked at! We have a terrific principal, great teachers, wonderful students, supportive parents, and the world's hardest working PTO!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My daughter loves going to school everyday! The teachers and staff are very helpful. I am honored to be able to come in and help where I can.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The teachers care about their students and enjoy teaching them academics as well as life skills.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I love simonton because my daughter is learning so much and her teacher is awesome! They also keep me very informed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Because my daughter loves her school. If kids are happy, and love school, they keep learning for a lifetime!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The administration is great. My sons teacher cares about his learning and the staff keeps us well informed.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
It's a great school starting with the receptionist everyone here is great and they care for our children education. My daughter has been attending for 3 yrs and just the communication with teacher and parent is awesome. Mrs Renzulli is my child's teacher and let me tell you, any concerns I might have I just e-mail her and she gets right back to me she's great. No teacher is perfect but Mrs Renzulli seems strict at first but once you get to know her she's great at her job. Remember it's only the teacher's resposability to teach your child is ours as parents too! Thank you all Simonton keep up the good work and we will miss you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2010
This is a great school my 2 children and I feel this is an awesome school!!! I am not too happy with the quality of food provided by the cafeteria but that is up to the school district. My childrens teachers Mrs Renzulli and Ms. Wolters-Spooner are the best. They listen to any concerns and have great parent communication.

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September 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
Last year we were never informed of anything, including my kid getting student o/the month! This year, her teacher is much more informative and organized. In some ways it depends on the teacher as to what your opinion is, but I do think this school is understaffed, which isn't their fault, and I think they are handling that situation (budget cuts) wonderfully. In some ways, I think your experience with a school is what you make it to be. It isn't just the teacher's job to inform, they work really hard for our kids- they don't just have an 8-5 job. As parents we can always send a note or email or check the website calendar...they all have direct lines as well. The teachers need our support! They have a lot of parents to pacify! Most of the teachers there truly LOVE the kids, and you can really tell. I appreciate it!

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August 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2009
I have to agree about the principle of Simonton. We had a issue that we brought to her attention and she never called us back on it. It took my husband calling the district office to even get her to return our call. Besides that we have had no problems with the teaching staff. They are always willing to answer any concerns we have and seem to have a real intrest in our kids that attend the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school and the teaching my child received was very uneven. Personal experience with some teaching staff was extremely unprofessional. I understand budget cuts happen during rough economic times but why force the kids into bigger classrooms when money could be cut some where else. And the principal is doing very little to take care of this situation. It appears to me that the principal is trying to look out for herself than the students or teachers.

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2009
For those parents who say that the Simonton staff does not give parents enough time for functions, I have no clue what you are talking about. You can look online at their website and find out all the different activities usually at least a month in advance. Not only that but they always send home multiple reminders about EVERYTHING. I actually think that they send home too many reminders...... too much waste of paper if you ask me. Otherwise I love my son's teacher Mrs. Wright. She is a fantastic teacher and my son absolutely loves her. As for the principle, I wish I could say the same. We had a issue and we never received a call back or it has usually taken her days to get back to us. That really is the only issue I have had with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
Ms. McCarthy my sons second grade teacher was awesome!! Getting info to parents in a timely manner and sending out newsletters just for her class was great!! We moved away and my son really misses it esp his teacher. Office staff is really involved with the children and it feels like a big family there!! They could get more elective courses... example.. my son only had PE once a week there and he has it everyday now (and loves it)... like an organized recess! He also gets music everyday now and was only once a week there. Simonton is a very technological school. With very updated computer white boards that the teacher and children can interact together on and the students have Orchard and another computer class each week. I think that some of the communication problems are teacher specific. We loved simon, they just need the offer more electives.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
I have two children in this school currently. The academics are wonderful, the only con is the communication between parent and teacher/school staff. Not enough notice is given (sometimes none at all) for school functions and events. I also wish they were sports and things like that to enroll my children in.

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October 09, 2008
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August 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
My son goes to Simonton and I feel that the communciation the shcool has with the parents is very poor. We are not informed about school functions in a timely manny so that we can attend things with our childern. We as parents need to be there for our children and getting only 24 hour notices to ceremonies that your child is being honored for is not good enough. Other than this issue that must be addressed the school is good and the teachers are wonderful. My son loves going to school everyday and for that I praise the staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
Simonton is a fantastic school! The principal Mrs. Griffith is wonderful with the children and the staff is vibrant and energetic! My daughters love going to school here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 09, 2008
Its great to see a school with a wide variety of things for the kids to do during the week (i.e music, library, technology etc. . ). However, I was suprised by the lack of communication between the teacher and the parent. Being a new school for my children I was not used to the lack of communication and have tried to address the issue without success. I heard great things about this school and was suprised that when I enrolled my children the principal had changed. So, maybe there are re-adjustments I am not sure. I have heard from other parents the same issues and that something is missing with communication this year. I am hoping that it in time the school will live back up to its former reputation.

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October 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2006
My youngest son started kindergarten (all day) with Mrs. Ferguson this year. I was very worried about the quality of teaching since my 2 older boys attend Kyrene district and that is an excellent district. However, Trevor could not have asked for a more perfect teacher! She is very patient, energetic and so positive which is exactly what he needs. She has helped him gain tremendous confidence in his abilities to read and he is thrilled to go to school every day! He even knows his principal and vice principal since they are in the lunch room daily and they all play tricks on each other. I think it is wonderful they do that so the kids know who they are and are comfortable with them!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My 2 sons attend Simonton and enjoy going to school there. I really like the principal, anytime i have a question or a problem she solves and/or answers them quickly, with her full attention! Not too happy with the cafeteria, the lunch cost alittle more and they do not get alot of food, my kids are always hungry when they eat there on certain occasions! Still alittle over crowded, but that will change in time......Not too many extracurricular activities as of yet, but i'm sure they will offer them soon.

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January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
I believe that the academic programs are improving with the new leadership that this school has. They are working on getting more afterschool programming for their students. They are working with the YMCA to get programs going. Parent involvement has improved tremendously. I see it only getting better with the influx of new families moving into the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
I love the teachers at Simonton Elementary School. They always have my students best interest at heart and are ready and willing to problem solve and communicate as needed.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I feel Simonton Elemtary has improved and made great strides over last year but I still feel that alot of improvements need to be made. I feel the school needs to offer more activities and not cancel them everytime they can't find replacements. I feel the new principal has made some needed improvements I still feel the school needs to improve their policies and procedures on alot of day to day things example instead of watching the children around the water fountain they took it out. My children have multiple times been put on the wrong bus, and I feel the quality of teachers needs much more improvement. I feel there is alot of work that still needs to be done.

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February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
My child has been at this school since it opened two years ago. I am pleased with the teachers, they are very student centered.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2004
Simonton Elementary just completed its first year and we are very impressed. Our son had a horrible year at Walker Butte in the Florence School District the year before and we were very concerned about his perception of schooling. Within 2 weeks, the principal had called us and worked with us to place our son in a better classroom for his needs. Third quarter, he made honor roll for the first time! The teachers are wonderful (Mrs. Dunker was our son's teacher and she's great!). We are out-of-boundary for this school, even though it's closer and has better bus stops. I would recommend this school, if someone has the choice to choose it!

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May 27, 2004
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Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School
40300 N. Simonton Blvd, Queen Creek, AZ  85240
(480) 987-5330
Last modified Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 108 reviews. Top