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K-8
Public charter
Sahuarita, AZ
Students enrolled: 298
 

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1466 W. Camino Antigua
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

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(520) 399-2121
(800) 399-2123
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November 21, 2014
Great Expectations Academy is a very well organized school. The first day I brought my grandson there, about 1 month ago, everyone went out of their way to help him get settled in. He just loves his new teacher because she pays attention to the kids in her class and isn't on her cell phone texting or playing on Facebook like his past teacher. He loves having PE, Art class, Music class and having a real library. Leaving Air & Space Academy in Sahuarita was the best thing we could have done for him. He really, really enjoys going to school and never complains like he did in the past 2 years. I sure hope parents and grandparents enroll their children in this school if they have that chance. It sure beats the "in house" fighting that was happening in his past school. Happy kids makes for better learning and no more stress. I'd give this school 6 stars if I could!

- submitted by a community member

November 09, 2014
I am a retired teacher who has taught twenty-eight years. I taught in a traditional public school south of Green Valley. For the past five years I have been a substitute teacher at Great Expectations. I have taught in all grade levels(K-8). I am tremendously impressed by all aspects of this school. The students are polite and highly motivated to learn. They are respectful to teachers and other students. The administration takes the effort to know all the students by name and maintain a friendly atmosphere in the office. All teachers are highly skilled in their field and have great programs to teach the skills needed and to motivate their students. Any parent not happy with their child's public education because of a poor learning environment or skills not being taught effectively, I recommend Great Expectations.

- submitted by a community member

October 03, 2014
This school is fabulous! It has moved from a "B" school to an "A" school. Administration is fantastic! Could not imagine having my child attend anywhere else... Thanks for all you do GEA!!

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2014
My child has been at the school for 7 years, and I could not be more pleased. Great administration and wonderful teachers! Thanks for caring about our kids and keeping their futures in the forefront of your minds.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2014
This school is excellent. I have been to several education facilities in the Tucson area and I have been so impressed with all aspects of GEA. There are actively engaged parents, attentive administrators, and caring educators. This, coupled with a relatively small class size, allows for an excellent educational experience for students as well as a great place of employment for teachers. There is a lot of freedom for people to find their groove that simply isn't afforded anywhere else. GEA bleeds empathy (and gecko blood) for all involved - try and find that at a bigger school (you won't).

- submitted by a teacher

July 26, 2014
Love this school. My child just began her 2nd year here and loves it. The academics are rigorous, the teachers and staff are kind and caring, and the administration is truly top notch. After seeing some recent reviews mention teacher turnover, I investigated. All but one of the teachers from last year were asked to return, and the one who didn't come back was only a part-time paraprofessional. The year before, one teacher was let go, one left due to illness, and one retired. Sounds reasonable to me.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2014
Fabulous staff, wonderfully safe campus, strong academics, and an administrative team who is not afraid to rid itself of ineffective teachers!

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2014
Highly disappointed! Was looking forward to the smaller environment, however, was completely shocked by my experience. When looking into schools initially, I spoke with the principal in an effort to learn more about the differences between charter schools and l public schools. He was unable to answer any of my questions (told me to look online). I decided to continue on as I looked forward to other seemingly positive aspects of the school and was disappointed when it came down to the first day of school as my child's teacher was not only unfriendly but rude, there was no supervision of the play area (which consisted of drastic age differences, resulting in some little ones getting hurt; not a school official in sight). When these issues were communicated to the principle he was uninterested. My last chance was discussing my concerns with the director; possibly the worst, most unprofessional experience I have ever had in my life. I had heard previews reviews about unprofessionalism but was SHOCKED to experience it myself. I will say that the office staff was friendly and professional.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2014
I cannot say very much about working at this school because I do not want to give away who I am . I will disclose that what I did see when I worked there was disheartening. This school has lost so many great teachers. I would never work for another charter school again. While there may be many good ones, this one is not. I only wish that more people would share their negative experiences. regarding this school in an effort to warn others because if you are presented with any obstacles at this school, rest assured you will be met with hostility.

- submitted by a teacher

September 18, 2013
Great Expectations is a wonderful charter school. What drew my husband and I in years ago, was the small class size and attention the students were given. We were worried about larger class sizes like some of the schools in the area. We hoped and prayed we got in and when I got the call that we did, I jumped for joy! My oldest has been at the school now for 3 years and my youngest just started kinder. We are still in love with the class sizes, the parent involvement, the extras they get and more. I love seeing art and music still in the school when so many schools are dumping them first. I love that students are being challenged and helped and not being forgotten about. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and truly do care for the students. They know all the students' names which make for a more friendlier and homier environment. We are looking forward to many more wonderful years at Great Expectations Academy! Check out the school...you won't be sorry that you did!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2013
Great Expectations Academy is an excellent school. The teachers are knowledgeable and the administration is very supportive of the students and families.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2013
We love this school, we've been with Great Expectations Academy going on 6 yrs and every year it gets better.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
I am so grateful for the wonderful teachers my kids have had at this school. Their early reading program is fantastic, and we've enjoyed the extra-curriculars as well. Thanks for all your hard work GEA!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2013
My son loves to go to school! The small classes, parent involvement and overall involvement from the staff and teachers is amazing. When I walk into the school and everyone knows my name and who my child is, I know my child is in a safe and secure environment.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2013
My older has been at this school for two years now and has really enjoyed it. He is a middle-schooler who used to be at the local public middle school, but really didn't enjoy the atmosphere there. Here at GEA, he loves going every day, enjoys the smaller class size and has made many friends. I am still deciding if I like the curriculum for the middle school level. I am puzzled by a few teachers in the way they instruct and test, as one teacher really isn't very direct telling the students exactly what to study for. So, each time my child bombs the test, even after studying said material. Never get a call from any of the teachers when my child isn't doing well. I am very hopeful things will improve as time goes by. I truly like the school but I believe there needs to be more communication between teachers and parents regarding the student. Also, the middle school teachers are preparing the students for college and need to step back and remember they are dealing with 6-8 grades, with 6-8 mentality and maturity. Pick reading material that the student will enjoy and thrive on, not something over their heads or boring.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013
My school is very well organized and has excellent communication. The teachers are very kind and caring, the staff is as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013
We've just started our 7th year at Great Expectations, and this is the first time I feel a little weary. A big part is our uncertainty over the new nationwide mandated curriculum, but the changes in band, along with a permanent substitute for one of the classes has me a little on edge. We're hoping for another great year, and that we're stressing over nothing major. As long as the children flourish, as they have every year up to now, we'll keep our kids here. I love the small atmosphere, the friends my children have made, and how they can receive individualized attention when they need it. We've had no major issues with bullying, and the parents here are very involved! I love that the office staff knows who I am, without that being a bad thing!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2013
Great Expectations Academy is a great school, the staff make an extra effort to get to know all the students and parents names.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2013
We are starting our 6th year at Great Expectations. We love this school. Communication is great. The teachers that my children have had have been devoted and wonderful. I enjoy the chance I get to volunteer in the classrooms. Everyone knows and cares about my children!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2013
Some things I love about this school: The teachers are great, they find new and interesting ways to teach the materials, The middle school is challenging and continually improving, the music program is AMAZING, They have a lot of Extra Curricular Activities, and Programs to enhance learning (Both gifted programs and remedial) Plus the school really has a lot of great kids and parents who are actively involved in making the school better. The only negatives I would add is that the school has lost some really great teachers through the years and there have been some scheduling issues with a few of the advanced programs offered in the middle school. Other then that, we love GEA!

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2013
Good school caring teachers really work with the children. Positive attitudes are encouraged by all.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2013
My oldest has been attending GEA for three years now. In the beginning, the teachers were stellar. In fact, I wanted my daughter to go to GEA over public schools. Now, several teachers have left in two years (two of those teachers being the best). One of the teachers currently at the school is a substitute, and the teaching within that classroom isn't what I would consider teaching. Suffice it to say, the kids suffer because of it. The only thing that makes this school sufferable, is the parent involvement. This school would be nothing without it. I'm already considering public school, and only because this charter school is no longer what it once was.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
GEA is a great school, nice small size classes, great teachers and staff, and filled with students and families that care about a good well rounded education and community.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
This is a wonderful school on so many levels. All the teachers are friendly and very helpful. Parent is always encouraged and very child is made to feel welcome and accepted. I have 2 children attending GEA and have had nothing but wonderful experiences here,

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2013
My kids have been going there about 2 1/2 years & we love it there. The staff & teachers are our second family & we love them. After moving to AZ my son lost his special education benefits at another school. The sped group at GEA have worked to get him his benefits back & they work hard for him everyday. The students at the school are great too. In a few years my kids will no longer go there because they will be going on hs. Now if only we could add on the hs we would be great :)

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2012
GEA is a fantastic school that focuses on providing quality education and learning. My youngest son and youngest daughter started going here during the 2012 school year and both have dramatically improved in all areas of study, especially my son. When he attended another local school, he was failing and could not even read at his then current grade level. Now...he is reading and performing better in all the other subjects. He has grown by leaps and bounds educationally, which in turn has helped with his confidence and I credit this to the quality education, small class sizes as well as very devoted teachers who truly make sure "no student is left behind". My son is currently on an IEP for speech and learning and with that "extra attention" he is able to get here, truly has made a huge difference with him. I am so grateful that both him and his sister have the opportunity of going to this great school! Oh, and did I mention the parents!! The parent involvement and volunteering is wonderful, which also helps with my children's quality education.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2012
This school is by far the best in the area with truly dedicated teachers and staff. You will see many parents involved and they have events all year. Kids absolutely this school. I love the art and music enrichment. Feels like a big family bc everyone knows everyone and helps out. They've made some campus updates and middle school teachers are amazing. I volunteer five days a week and see a lot the behind the scenes stuff, and can say this staff is truly wonderful and committed to making this school fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2011
My son attends kinder at this school and he absolutely loves it. The smaller environment is perfect for him, he adores his teacher, the afterschool YMCA program is fantastic, and he is learning and growing leaps and bounds. In my humble opinion, a childs first experience at school is crucial to their future success. How positive the experience is has everything to do with having a nurturing, structured, and safe environment for learning. GEA offers all of this and more to my child. Sincere thanks to GEA administration and staff for an exemplary program!

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2011
As a parent with children in the school as well as children who have gone on from here to do well in high school, I strongly disagree with the previous review. My experience has been that the school leadership strives for excellence in academics as well as citizenship, takes pride in an atmosphere of caring and respect, and always has the best interest of the students as their bottom line. The administration is comprised of very qualified individuals who do an excellent job in a very challenging bureaucratic and economic atmosphere and have managed to grow the school in its 13 years to a place where students and teachers alike can feel a sense of achievement and belonging. Every year my children attend this school better things happen both inside and outside the classroom and I am grateful to have the opportunity for them to attend GEA. Finally, I will state my opinion as to the preceding review: Anyone with an ax to grind can say negative things about a school or its leadership. Saying them does not make them true.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2011
I would give this school a sub-mediocre rating. My child has attended this school for several years and I have come to realize the leadership is happy with mediocrity. The discipline is appalling, mainly because there is none, the person taking over the leadership has no college degree and there is no person trained for overseeing or developing curriculm and instruction. The teachers here are not observed by a professional and are offered no feedback. They are not required to teach standards, they have no set curriculum. This school helps to keep Arizona last in the nation. I have no idea why anyone would want to keep their child here. Parents you are fooled to think just because it is small , it is better

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2010
The 'events' (mother/son and father/daughter, etc) at the school were done with the help of parent volunteers. As a parent involved in helping to put on these past events, I am very aware of the work involved in making them happen and that it takes many people to help. Times have changed and alot of families now have both parents working, which doesn't allow for alot of extra volunteer time. If these (or other events) are/were important to you, there is a parent organization that you could have been involved in and perhaps you could have taken the initiative to help organize an event. The ability for parents to get involved in their childs school/education is one of the great things about this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2010
This school is the best! The teachers are excellent always challenging kids to do their best. Besides music, band, library, art, P.E., & computers they have an astronomy club and Spanish classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 30, 2009
I have had children enrolled here for 7 of its 10 years in existence. In my opinion GEA gets better every year. Teachers and support staff are competent and caring, parents are involved and students are excited about learning. I feel that bringing my children to GEA was the best decision I could have made for their early education.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2009
The learning trend in this school is falling like a rock. Look at the State and district statistics. Teachers are not prepared.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2008
I have two children at GEA. This school has been such a blessing to my family. I LOVE the class sizes, the ciriculum and it does have alot of extra-ciricular activiities for a small school. My child really likes this school compared to the other he attended in Sahuarita.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2007
This is my childs 3rd yr at GEA and we love the school and the staff. She has had excellent teachers. We are extremely grateful to the administration for all their hard work, keeping the school running. We especially enjoy the small class size. If you are looking for a school that prides itself in higher eduation. GEA is for you.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2007
GEA is a great school with great teachers,great students, and a great administration. Anyone who says 'your child will suffer',if your not a parent volunteer, should get a reality check. That is not what GEA is about. The goal is for every child to succeed. Do watch out for the 'clicks' and 'favoritism' though. Luckily 99.9% of that problem is at a different school this year! Rock On GEA!

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2007
My children currently attend GEA and so far so good. We have been here a couple years.Yet I am prepared to pull my children out at any time.The teachers grade K-2 are great.Especially Mrs. Salerno if it was not for her we would not have returned back to the school this year.She is awesome! Although I have nothing good to say about the administration. My best advice to you is look out for the clicks and the favortizem.At this school it is all about parent volunteers,and if you are not one of the parents able to volunteer your child will suffer.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2007
My daughter graduated from GEA in 2005. My son is graduating this year (2007). When my daughter went on to H.S., we discovered that she and many of her friends that also attended this school were far advanced in many subjects. Math was one area. The things they were teaching in their freshman year, they had already learned at GEA. Many skipped freshman science and were moved to Sophomore biology for their freshman year! Many of them also went into the english honors class. They didn't obtain this education on their own, so I give that credit to their education at GEA. My son is going into his freshman year with english and science honors classes. I think the class sizes were a big part of it. So what if the parents play a big part! What's wrong with that kind of involvement?

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2007
My son has attended Great Expectations for 4, going on 5 years now, and I would say it is hands down the best school in the area (including Tucson). The small class sizes, and individual attention make for an excellent learning environment, while any problems that come up are quickly dealt with by the administration in a proactive way. The school also has a great art program and a high level of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2007
This will probably be the last year my students are at GEA. They are good for grades K-2, but weak after that. It is adminstratively very weak and short sighted and over the long run, our children lose out for this. I like the small class sizes and we'll miss that next year, but we need a more unified, well directed school.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2007
My son has been here three weeks, he is already reading better! He is in special ed for reading and was stagnant at another school. I am so happy to listen to him read. Better yet, he is so proud!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 12, 2005
Five year old school. Growing and adding on. Moving in the right direction. Nice alternative to public school.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2005
Quality of academics is outstanding! My 2 children have been GEA for the past 6 years. We are a small intimate school that relys on parent involvment in the 'extras' Tax credit dollars cover wonderful programs as band, chime bells and after school sports.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2003
We currently have 3 children enrolled @ Great Expectations, 1 of them just started this year. The child that enrolled this year comes from a school that passed him along all the way through with all f's that magically became d's at pass or fail time. Since he has began @ Great Expectations he has had a lot of one on one and has not had a grade below C all year!!!! Which can only happen when you are dealing with a very caring and professional staff. I drive about 700 miles a week just to take my children to this charter school each week, even with as tiring and expensive (gas and maintenance) as it can become at times, it is worth every second of it.

- submitted by a community member

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Great Expectations Academy
1466 W. Camino Antigua, Sahuarita, AZ  85629
(520) 399-2121
Last modified Great Expectations Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Great Expectations Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top