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Queen Creek, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,147

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19680 S. 188th St.
Queen Creek, AZ 85242

(480) 279-7800
(480) 279-7805
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October 16, 2013
We are very pleased with this school. This is my son's 3 year at Cortina and he is excelling in every area. Communication with the teachers has been perfect and the leadership has been outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I think that Cortina Elementary is one if not the best schools around. I did plenty of research for public schools and I am so impressed. The staff from the front office all the way to lunchroom staff are great. My grandaughter just loves everyone there. GO TIGERS!

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2012
Worst school my kids attended. My 3rd grade son was being bullied by another student in the class and when we spoke to his teacher about it she refused to do anything because it wasn't INSIDE the classroom. My daughter was diagnosed with ADD and they resisted doing the 504 plan until I finally called the district. The worst though was at the end of the school year my daughter was inappropriately harrassed by another student and we didn't find out about it until 2 weeks after school ended when our daughter mentioned it! We called the school and v. principle denied being told even though my daughter told her and her homeroom teacher. We even called the district to complain and they ignored all our phone calls. This school is ridiculous, all they care about is their test scores and image.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
My son attended Kindergarten here and it will be his last year. I was actually very relieved the year was over! Be prepared to not have much communication with your childs teacher because his teacher hardly ever made an effort. I feel for her though because she had 28 kids in her class! When we were told there wouldn't be more then 23! There were also times where she seemed too uptight with the kids and she is known for being "strict", it's kindergarten for goodness sake! Our son would get yellow lights on occasion (got in trouble) and her reasoning was because he was "being silly". It was very irritating because how do I dicipline a 5yr old for being silly!! Finally I had to tell her to be more specific! There is hardly any supervision during the morning hours before the bell rings and at lunch recess. Kids get away with entirely too much and it literally made me sick the type of behaviors I would see at such young ages..He will be in private school from now on where the curriculum is 10 times better, smaller class sizes and a place that has moral standards! It's really the best thing to do if you want higher standards for your kids. Could say allot more but they don't allow room

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
There must be a reason this school lost nearly 20 teachers from last school year. The best decision I made was removing my children from this school. They are constantly threatening to place children in an "alternative learning center" for getting poor grades rather than working to discover the problem. There are a few great teacher here, but many appear to be teaching for the wrong reasons. My children are doing much better academically, socially and behaviorally in there new school.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
Higley, including Cortina, have outscored Gilbert and Chandler, and all other East Valley Districts this year on AIMS. Higley also had the highest Science scores in the East Valley. I'm sorry to the parents who took their children out too soon to see the benefits of hard work, patience and dedication. Higley's 3rd graders had the highest Reading and Math scores of all the East Valley, this trend will continue, Congrats Higley and Cortina! Cortina is an Excelling School, which means it is meeting the neeeds of EVERY student.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
My son attended Cortina for kindergarten and first grade. His teachers both years were wonderful. His reading and math are at an advanced level and I know that his teachers are to thank for that. I am extremely happy with Cortina and I have extremly high expectations when it comes to my sons education.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
The principal of this school has done some things that have made Cortina better, but a lot of things that have limited it's opportunity to be the best. For one he has pushed out quality staff that helped make this school what it is today. It's a shame that they are losing so many great teachers next year. After he moved all the teachers to grades he thought suited them best this year, he now will have a majority of new staff next year. The instability of this school is what holds it back. I will be moving my child to another district next year. Higley is just not up to par with other more established districts.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
I love having my kids at Cortina.COrtina has a wonderful range of teachers for my three children. I have truly enjoyed the communication and visibility from the administration. My kids are challenged academically daily. Cortina truly care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2011
My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and the experience has been great. Her teacher is exceptional and we are constantly amazed by how much she has learned. She is reading at a 1st grade reading level and is excelling in other subjects as well. Mr. Monroe and Ms. Diab are always present, friendly and willing to help. Her teacher is very informative and always available via email or phone. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
I sent my daughter to Cortina for 3 years. After moving her to a local charter school I could not believe how far behind she was academically. The teachers were great. After reading the other reviews how the teachers seem to not like teaching would anyone like teaching for people like the so called principal Cort Munroe and Nancy Diab. The teachers were forced to teach grades they had not been teaching. These two so called principals are tyrants to their employees. I am so glad I now send my daughter to a local charter school.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
I will start by saying I have removed my children from HUSD schools, sending them to a recommended charter school in the area. My entire time at Cortina has been unsatisfactory. My children have not received the education they need to be prepared for middle school, high school, or college. They are stuggling to catch up in their new school but I know the pain now will mean they will be better in the long run. Though there are some good teachers, most don't even seem to like kids. I am an involved parent and for a teacher to tell my daughter to have her parents stop email her to get information is unprofessional! There seems to be a lot of drama, unlimited behaviroal issues, unfair and unconsist application of punishment, and a fundamental lack of leadership at every level. I even went to the district superintendent who didn't even want to hear my concerns. I made the right decsion to remove my kids from Cortina and unfortunately I know many parents who are looking for alternatives for their students, as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
Today y daughter was sick and lying down in the nurse's office. The only way I knew this is because when I picked her up, she told me. Then she vomited outside the school. Not one member of the staff of this horrific school bothered to call and tell me she was ill, and when I spoke to the Mr. Monroe (principal, and I use this term VERY loosely) he had the audacity yo wave his finger in my face and call me rude. This school is an absolutely HORRIBLE place for parents as well as students.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
My son was in 1st grade this past year and is extremely smart. The teacher Mrs. Lowden adjusted his homework to reflect what his needs were. She kept me updated through emails and always responded to my concerns (no matter what they were). My son thought she was fantastic. He also had a problem with a bully and the principal (Mr. Monroe) and asst principal (Ms Diab) addressed it immediately resolving the situation. They are very involved with the students and are "hands on" with everything. They even recognized my son along with other children for their great success in spelling. I was also amazed at how many parent volunteers there are at this school. Cortina is an outstanding school and this is an opinion of a mom who is very concerned about the type of education and experience that her son has.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I have to agree with some of the most recent posts about this year's administration at Cortina. Mr. Monroe is great. We had our daughter at a charter school last year, but felt comfortable putting her back into Cortina midway through this year. The principal and assistant principal are great and her teacher is outstanding as well. I can't say enough about how terrible Principal Jamison was last year. If I could have pulled my 7th-grade son out last year, I would have in a heartbeat.

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April 08, 2010
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no rating December 19, 2009
I am a parent & teacher at Cortina. I was so disappointed last year to see our school losing students and great families, all because of a bad principal. We suffered through a lot last year. I had decided to pull my kids and send them to a different school until I met Mr. Monroe. It is amazing the difference 2 great administrators can make! I decided to put my kids back in Cortina and I am so glad that I did. He and Ms. Diab are so involved with the every aspect of the school, yet they don't micro-manage the teachers. They know the student's names, they are always attending the various activities. Their doors are always open to parents, students and teachers. Unlike last year,they actually reward the kids who are doing things right. Honoring the kids who make Honor Roll & Principal's List. Cortina is great again!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
Great school if you want your kids to learn dot-to-dots. Very little educating going on there. We cam from another school district and the contrast is shocking. Going to Ben Franklin charter school next year for sure.

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October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 09, 2009
it is the best school on earth they have the best teachers and the nicest kids espeaccilly Josh

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October 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
We have a new principal and new assistant who are such a blessing compared to last year! Mr. Monroe is a nice replacement from last years principal and Im excited to see the changes. Originally I too was going to pull my kids but Im going to wait and see. The principal and AP are a great team, I hope they both stay a few years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2009
If Arizona is rated the lowest state educationally in the nation, then Higley has to be the worst district in the country. My neighbor and I both have children with special needs and the best thing about Higley, the middle school special education teacher at Cortina, has left the district. This woman was brillant, connected and an incredible teacher of all the major classes, especially math and English. We are both very sad and have made other arrangements for our total of six- all exceptional students. As bad as the principal was, it was his 1st year and he constantly took advice from the weakest excuse for a human resource manager to ever hit public education. The district has a board member who home schools her kids- what does that tell you? The superintendent is on her last of three years for a big, fat retirement paycheck. Simply pathetic.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
the teachers here are great they teach the kids alot of new things

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2009
I am also from out of state and was looking forward to a better education here. I am also a teacher whose been in this career for 16 years. Arizona is quite behind the times in doing whats best to educate the young minds, and Cortina is very much a disappointment. I will be removing my daughter from Cortina and she will be entering her 6th grade year at a more established well rounded school in Mesa. The principal at Cortina is very rude, and needs to be more concerned with losing his teaching staff whom he doesn't seem to respect. He is very arrogant and obviously does not know how to be an effective leader. I was also a Principal and he clearly is going about taking this school in a different direction the wrong way. As a leader he should be doing reflective practices on himself and his staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 03, 2009
My child is in 5th grade at Cortina, and has been there for the past 3 years. The best year was last year. The principal this year is arrogant to the parents, staff and the students. He is more of a dictator than a principal. He does not put the needs of the students first, nor does he want to deal with the parents. The teachers and the rest of the office staff are the ones who care.

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April 01, 2009
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February 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2009
Very disappointed in the school and its principal. No school spirit, no consequences for misbehaviors, and no support for teachers. Higley does not budget its money well and it shows by lack of resources, textbooks, etc. Very frustrating!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating December 12, 2008
I have two children in cortina. What a mistake, the administration all the way up to the district office does not care about the childrens welfare. They only care about how they think they look. They are not good listeners or caring individuals. Don't send your children here, they will not get the education they need here.

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November 19, 2008
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July 26, 2008
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July 17, 2008
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July 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 02, 2008
After moving from a school district in another state with comparable test scores, we were looking forward to completing another great school year. Our daughter just finished one semester as a second-grader at Cortina and we are working hard to find a better school for her. The adminsitration at Cortina takes no repsonsbility for the saftey and education of their students and our dauther, a gifted student, has now fallen behind where she was when she entered the school. When we have discussed our concerns with the adminsitration, we are greeted with many promised, none of which are kept. For those looking to find a challenging and supporting learning environment, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
Moved 30 times and this is the worst school I have seen! No appropriate discipline for serious offenses, no communication, and lack of appropriate responses. District has inappropriate and irresponsible rules and policies. Someone is going to be seriously injured mentally or physically before this district will do anything!

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March 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
Cortina is now almost a complete waste. I have 4 children at Cortina - an 8th grader, two fifth graders and a first grader. The teachers are completely unable to control their classrooms. Most of them are not effective teachers. My first grader is home today because 'there are too many bad kids and his teacher is really mean.' A large number of kids are out of control all the time. The parents aren't much better, if they're behavior during the choir concert is any indication. The only bright spot I have seen this whole year (it's now mid-March) is the HATS program for gifted children. If it weren't for HATS, my two fifth-graders would hate life right now - much like my first and 8th graders do.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
Cortina Elementary is a great school, with excellent staff and teachers. Our PTO is helpful and knowledgeable. I am proud to have my kids at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2007
Cortina has outstanding students and teachers.

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September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
Cortina, is a friendly environment for students & parents. Someone is always smiling to great you! The teachers are wonderful. The PTO is great and always have things going for the students. The Principal and staff are awesome. I'm really please with Cortina!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
This school is open, friendly and has the kids under control! My boys are very happy there and would not move anywhere else. The teachers are terrific and really care about education. Every teacher so far has been a great communicator with myself and does everything possible to 'help' us all in this battle called 'education'! Teaching our children does not stop at the time the bell rings.....Cortina knows this...Congrats on a great first year!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
The Administration and Staff at Cortina is by far one of the best if not the best I have ever worked with. The Principal, in his first year and the schools first year, has created an incredible amount of school spirit. The entire staffs concern for the high education quality and high quality environment for the students is a standard that every school in the nation should strive to achieve.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
The parent involvement at this school is very high. The extracurricular activities are great. My children especially love the current events teacher. The teachers we have had so far are excellent. Great School!

- submitted by a parent
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Cortina Elementary School
19680 S. 188th St., Queen Creek, AZ  85242
(480) 279-7800
Last modified Cortina Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cortina Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top