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PK-5
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Queen Creek, AZ
Students enrolled: 604

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39315 N. Cortona Drive
Queen Creek, AZ 85240

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(480) 882-3500
(480) 888-9143
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October 25, 2014
We love this school! The principal, Mr. Singley, is always out and involved in every aspect of this school. He emphasizes good character, morals, values, and of course academics. Both of my children have attended since kindergarten and have tested above the nations average in all areas consistently. The staff here is so friendly and they really make it a point to say hello to every student and parent. I support my school 100% and love the fact that it is in safe walking distance from our house. Get involved and support your local school!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2014
My son has attended this school for 4 yrs and every teacher he has had have been awesome and great at listening to any concerns and working with me to help my son! My daughter is now attending kinder and she loves it and has been learning a lot! I also volunteer regularly and I must say that all of Harmon's staff are respectful, courteous, and friendly! In my opinion this school is an excellent school with an excellent principal!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
My children have been at this school since the first day its' doors opened. We have seen many changes but are more than happy with the education they have received there. The staff goes above and beyond being employees, they truly care about each student. I have never seen a principal learn student's names as fast as Mr. Singley. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone I know.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
I have been very impressed with Harmon. I have 3 children that attend there and am grateful for such a strong and supportive staff. The principal has been amazing and is very attentive to his students and their needs. I have been extremely happy with my children's teachers. They always make sure my children are getting the extra push they need and desire as they are all high achievers. I would highly recommend choosing this school. Have been very happy with my children's education at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
Mr Singley is a great principal. The school gym/cafeteria is dirty. The breakfast and lunches are pitiful. The front office staff is amazing. The teachers are great. The curriculum that they are forced to teach is not the best, but there are charter schools in the area that you can choose from. If your child is not white, then don't consider the charter schools. They will feel more comfortable at Harmon or Ellsworth as a non-white child. Otherwise, I like Harmon. The parent pickup is nice. The extra curricular activities are better than Combs Traditional Academy, but the curriculum does not "push" your child to succeed. That is something you need to do at home regardless of where your child will go.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
My child has an IEP. He is on the autism spectrum. The only reason he attends Harmon is because of the wonderful special needs classes, student ratio and integration into regular classes. He has never been bullied and is treated like everyone else. The program that is implemented is helpful at home and meetings are detailed and comprehensive. If you have a special needs child, these teachers and assistants truly care and help your child overcome. We have made so much progress that you can no longer tell he has speech/cognitive delays.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
We've given this school a shot for almost 3 years. It's gotten so bad that we wont even finish the year. The principal is a micromanager with no children skills, the counselor is a buzzword spinning UOP graduate, and the teachers are so overwhelmed that I don't blame them for giving up and acting like spoiled teenage babysitters. The cafeteria food is an unhealthy, disgusting joke; art/PE/music are essentially nonexistent. If your child ever does anything wrong, you can guarantee that she will be BULLIED and called out for her entire time at the school, not only by fellow students at the teachers urging, but also by the teachers and staff themselves. Harmon's idea of education is to keep kids in their seats and hand out worksheet after worksheet or timed tests of rote memorization--sad, considering how absolutely DISMAL their test results are. Heaven forbid you have a child who is not a mindless drone. There is very little hands on that isn't a repetition of the activities the kids have done for years. The PTSO is a nice enough group of ladies, if clique-y, but they're putting lipstick on a pig, an abusive, unfriendly pig who is detrimental to the proper education of any child.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
I am excited to have 6th grade at the school this year. All four of our kids will be attending this year. I love the neighborhood feel! Just a few of the things that Harmon does well... Online grades, online behavior reports, AR (Accelerated Reader). individualized teaching/planning based on my children's needs, friendly teachers, fabulous band program. Totally happy there!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2011
We are looking forward to another great year at Harmon. Instruction here is based on the needs of the students. I love the enrichment program they offer for math and reading. All kids are taught lessons first in their home room based on state standards. The teachers then evaluate DAILY how the kids are grasping the required information. Those that need to review meet together to be retaught and practice. Those that have it meet together are are given more challenging material. It takes a lot of work on the part of the teachers and I appreciate the work they are doing. I don't appreciate negative reviews by people who spent 1 week at the school 5 years ago. I don't know why they would feel the need to come on 5 years later and trash the schools rating. I have 3 kids at the school and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
As far as this school is concerned they are very awesome in their special needs classes as I have one that is severely special needs. They are always taking care of my daughter as it was their own! I can't say about the other regular kids because the only one that goes there is special needs but if you have a special needs child in the Queen Creek area. This is the school for you! They have made so many changes to the school and I have never had a problem coming to the school at any time. The special ed teachers are the best that you can find in the area unlike other schools who just throw them in a room and leave them there all day not learning much of anything. I am excited to see what other things they have in store and I know that if you pick this school for your special needs child ( it depends on their needs) I know that I haven't been disappointed. We have a very kind principal that watches out for them as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2010
I went to the school when it first opened and stayed there for a week. The school, in its first year was very awful. The academics were very low, I can't say anything about what it's like now because I haven't seen it in so long but I am shocked about things I've heard.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 30, 2010
My children also love the school and we will be keeping them at Harmon. We too wish Mr. Lineberry well in his new venture. Miss Meehan has proven to be a true asset and compliment to the school. I have to commend the staff for a FANTASTIC job this year. I love the teachers and their dedication to ALL students. No matter who fills Mr. Lineberry's shoes next year we will also support them and the staff. I would agree that more parents should participate in PTSO, they are a blessing to the school and really help out whenever need. I have seen Mrs. Bishop there almost every day this year in addition to many more parents, thanks!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
This is a fabulous school. Although there are some changes that will be taking place, I know it will be okay for my children. Mr. Lineberry is going ahead to Florence district for a better opportunity, good for him. We wish him the very best and thank him for his help in turning this school around. He has built some very strong teachers and a wonderful new Dean this year. Who knows who will replace him next year, but I plan on keeping my children at Harmon and trust the Dean will help with the transition and Mr. Lineberry will leave his school only to the best!!! The continued hard work of the staff will help keep this school moving in the right direction. Parent support should be more in PTSO, they make a difference and need the extra help. we will continue to support the Dean and hopefully Ms.brey

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I LOVE THE NEW DEAN!SHE IS ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY WITH EVERYONE. Mr. Lineberry does a great job having strong admin. helping him. My kids love the school and are saddened that Mr. L will not be there next year. Can't wait to see what changes happen. It can only continue to improve

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
There are some changes coming up but we know it will be fine. We trust Mr. Lineberry in his choices. Hopefully Florence will make him happy. We hope to keep Miss Mehan and get ms. Brey. They would work well together for the success of everyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2010
My kids love the school and I've been pleased with the teachers. They work hard, provide tutoring after school for kids who need it and I always feel informed as to my kids' progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2010
As a former teacher, I have to say that I love having my kids go here and this is a place I would enjoy working. The staff is dedicated to helping kids succeed. Although the focus is on teaching kids the basics, they strive to educate in health, character and community service - creating well rounded students who will also be successful academically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 03, 2010
I have been really pleased with Harmon. This is our 4th year there. The school continues to get better each year. The principal has high expectations for the staff and students. Teachers teach according to student needs, doing whole class and individual instruction, challenging students who are at the top and reteaching kids who need the extra help. It takes an incredible amount of effort and planning to meet the needs of individual students, and I feel like teachers here are willing to do just that. I am someone who volunteers there a lot and have a pretty good feel for what's taking place at the school. Both my girls are doing very well at the school and I'm excited to have my son start there next year!

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January 07, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Yes, I think the Principal and Dean should be very proud of themselves! They have transformed the school into a truly positive amazing place to learn! The students are thriving and the faculty and staff have their whole heart into the kids! It is an awesome place to be! The Special Ed students at Harmon received higher than the standard scores! The principal is striving to improve education not only for his school but for schools all over the country, as well as the health and well being for all children!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
My boy is at this school and loves it. We turned down charter schools to attend Jack Harmon. This school has teachers and leadership that really care for the children and community and make decisions that reflect that. Public schooling is what you put into it, and Jack Harmon reflects the good people who have worked to make it that way.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
I happen to know that the previous review was nothing more than sour grapes on the part of the parent posting it - based on that fact that PTSO members would not be bullied and the principle tried to mediate rather than choose sides . Mr. Lineberry is a man with exemplary character. He is honest, forthright, and holds high expectations for himself, his staff and his students. He is nationally recognized for his involvement in the fight against childhood obesity. He has fostered enthusiasm for student fitnss through the HopSports program and, as a result, Harmon experienced a significant increase in test scores. Massive budget cuts have required staff to do more with less, and they have done so admirably. The school is get an A+ in my gradebook!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 11, 2009
this school has a principal & dean that do not practice buildind character,they are fence sitters,not wanting to get involved in theptso because a finger might be pointed toward them so they let people tear down the caracter and do nothing to stop them.the PTSC & principle and dean should be very proud of themselves.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
My two children have attended since 2006. School has improved significantly since then. Teachers have all been very caring and supportive. Mr. Lineberry is an excellent leader. I volunteer often at the school and always feel welcome. The environment is warm and welcoming and the kids seem to be happy.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2009
We are new in Queen Creek and had been told somewhat negative things about this school. Being late in the year I had no choice but to send my child there.....and it's been great! I have no idea what could have happened in the past, but as for now my child comes home happy and is learning new things everyday!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
My son goes to this school and will go next year. We have had nothing but a great experience here. We love this school and reading all the older posts I have only known the new principal and he is great. I am glad that they found him before my son started going.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
I was shocked to read some of the reviews about Harmon. I have two children who are thriving in this school. The first year for my oldest was rough and my husband and myself were not pleased.However there were two principals in one year and no communication.Mr. Lineberry has turned the school around in a very short amount of time.On the overall I think the school is great and all schools have problems. With a free education system we can only be blessed that we have a principal and staff who care about our children to try there hardest and work to the best of there ability.

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January 10, 2009
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December 19, 2008
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October 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
i was pleasantly surprised by the school--i heard not good things about it and was very nervous to send my child, but i think that the new principal has really stepped up to the plate. he is visible, and keeps you informed. the teachers are ambitious and are welcoming to parents who wish to volunteer. i never once felt unwelcomed, or unwanted on the school grounds. i felt like i had excellent communication and knew just what was going on! i do wish there were a few more options available such as an art program for the lower grade levels. things that are available at other charter schools. overall, i have been happy with the school though.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2008
My kids love this school and me and my wife think the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2008
In response to the parent who wrote in on 2/1--The school does have a new writing program. If you visit the school and talk to the teachers they will be happy to talk to you about it. As for leadership give the principal a chance-he just started in June. Children often experience trouble adjusting to a new environment--perhaps this is your son's issue; not the school or the teachers. Remember this is a small rural district experiencing rapid growth-it takes a while to get a handle on the type of growth being experienced in this area, especially as the state gives the district the money for the growth the year after the growth. Go down to the school and see for yourself-spend a day or two helping; then decide.

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February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
My family just moved to Queen Creek and my son is attending Jack Harmon. I am really disappointed on the lack of leadership and experience. My son was really in a good school and hardly any issues prior to Jack Harmon. In my opinion, I think that teachers needs to be more in leadership. The school is lack of writing and readiing department. I am very suprised the school dont emphasize on their writing skills and journal writing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2007
This school is struggling. The academics & curriculum are horrible. Some teacher's are struggling, it's probably hard to keep a positive attitude when Pinal County & the district keep finding ways to underpay the teachers. We are approaching second quarter and the school has put several things in place for students that struggle, ie: after school 'extended learning time' & Saturday school. While that is wonderful, there is nothing put in place for students that are doing well & excel. There wasn't even honor roll last quarter. No positive reinforcement for students that are trying to do well. Disappointing. Principal has his hands full trying to iron out the kinks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2007
This school is terrific! the teachers are awesome and the leadership is innovative.

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July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
June 28, 2007
I believe our school could be a better school if the young teachers had better leadership. We are getting a new principle this year I hope he helps bring our teachers, students and parents together.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
1st yr: My oldest excelled. not as challenging as private school we came from - we fill gaps at home. Teacher new/caring. Principal was the best we've ever seen (we have much experience with schools). Were fairly satisfied with the school. 2nd yr: Oldest still bored. Youngest's Kindergarten teacher (not returning) is exceptional. Teacher/Student/Parent morale has plummeted, involvement is dropping & teachers are struggling - the cohesive/synergistic/caring environment that used to permeate the place is gone. Academics need improvement (1st principal was making gains there), but without a supportive environment, there is little hope this will turn around. Expect high turnover before next yr.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
My children (4th/ 5th grade) started at Harmon in the 2006/ 2007 year. We were worried at first because the school was so new, however our worries were quickly put to rest. We were impressed about the communication between teachers/parents. The academics and discipline policy is cleary more strict than their previous school, but they soon adapted and we believe this was what our kids needed! Harmon offers a variety of after school activities to please every child's interest. What we think is neat is that they even have a Dad's club where the Dad's meet, plan and hold events for their sons and daughters! So far only good things to say.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
Big dissapointment. We live very close to the school and enjoy the community immensely. The school leaves alot to be desired. Many brand new teachers are trying, but they desperately need solid leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2006
My daugter excelled at this school. She had a top notch teacher for kindergarten. She was reading by December and had a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
My daughter went here for half of the 2005/2006 school year. The curriculum was so horribly sub-par that I chose to take her out and drive her to a charter school 17 miles away. I understand that the school is new, but do we sacrifice our children's education while they figure things out? I think not ... at least not for this mom.

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Jack Harmon Elementary School
39315 N. Cortona Drive, Queen Creek, AZ  85240
(480) 882-3500
Last modified Jack Harmon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jack Harmon Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top