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PK-8
Public district
San Tan Valley, AZ
Students enrolled: 869
Before care: No
After care: No
 

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28682 N. Main Street
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

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(480) 888-7500
(480) 888-2134
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June 03, 2015
The front office staff in absolutely great. Anytime I had a question, they were there to answer it. The problem I had was with the teacher. I NEVER received accurate grades from my child's teacher because by her own admission, she was to busy to keep grades updated. 3 times, I looked on the online family link site to keep track of grades and when report cards came out, the grades DIDN'T match! I never once had a parent/teacher conference with my child's teacher. I still have no idea what my child's grades are at this point because I have not received her report card in the mail yet. How do you keep teachers that cannot fulfill the basic requirements of their contracts? The other issue I had was the fact that the teacher could not control her own class. I understand that most of their work is done electronically however, when you have kids taking weekly spelling tests, why is the rest of the class loud, rowdy and obnoxious so that it makes things more difficult for the other kids to take their tests. The teachers answer to this, have your child bring in headphones so they can hear better. It should be more like, how about you control your class so that things can get done. I was actually a little disappointed with regards to the teacher aspect of things and I really hope that they obtain more qualified teachers in the future.

- submitted by a community member

May 23, 2015
There are a couple of good teachers but a couple isn't good enough. The school nurse is absolutely wonderful and intelligent. Front staff are helpful and nice. Having said that education isn't the priority and I'm not quite sure what is. My son started well and the year progressed he actually lost IQ points. The teacher actually sent home spelling words that were misspelled omg. My children have had many items stolen and never found. Bullying is a sport. You're either bullied or the bully. Special needs help that's an absolute joke. Kids use drugs right in class and spend the rest of the time with there cell phones under their desks doing God knows what. Hoe can children learn if they're on the phones or high. Unruly children with severe infractions are left in school to continue their disruptive behaviors at the expense of other students. Some other parents have moved their children for the children's safety and education. How can a school allow children to get away with this so much so you have to move your children and they get to go being so disruptive I think they should make them move. Thank God we are moving away I feel like we failed our children by allowing them to attend as long as they did. We are fixing that now. Don't take your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
May 23, 2015
There's virtually no accountability for poor behaviors. Kids use bullying as a status symbol. Children tell but nothing is done. They learn to bully or be bullied!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2015
I was skeptical about enrolling my daughter here because of the negative reviews. It seems like this school must have had a huge staffing change? After taking a tour my concerns were gone. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the school was colorful and clean. My daughter has learned so much here! I'm very happy with her kindergarten teacher Mrs. Kirchhoff. I feel like she is learning and being loved at school everyday. The principal is very kind as well.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2015
My children have attended Copper Basin for 4 years now and I have seen the school do nothing but improve the staff and the programs. The schools rating is now an "A" and the principal is up for a major award. My kids teachers have all been friendly and helpful and anytime I have had a concern or question the office staff and teachers have been there to help. They have a great Title 1 program with one of the best teachers I have ever meet (Mrs. Bolton). Also the front office staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2014
This school is pathetic. If your children have special needs, they will bully you and then actually force you into going to a worse school like Walker Butte. Joanne Pike is an sad example of a leader and is very unprofessional in the way she handles problems. The principal would make up incidents that took place just to send him home. When I asked to speak to witnesses to the incidents, there were none. The staff did many other things to bully my son to the point to where he hid under tables in the office and would tell me that they were mean to him. I have a second child that is going into kindergarten that they didn't even want to attend there, even though he passed his kindergarten assessment. What did they do to make sure that he didn't go there? They forced his older brother to go to Walker Butte without our permission. How did we find out the district automatically enrolled our son without our permission? Through papers that stated he needed to go to Walker Butte for meet the teacher night! There wasn't even an IEP sent stating the changes that were made. This is the worst school I have ever seen. They are unprofessional, abusive, and admin needs an overhaul.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2014
This school is pathetic. If your children have special needs, they will bully you and then actually force you into going to a worse school like Walker Butte. Joanne Pike is an sad example of a leader and is very unprofessional in the way she handles problems. The principal would make up incidents that took place just to send him home. When I asked to speak to witnesses to the incidents, there were none. The staff did many other things to bully my son to the point to where he hid under tables in the office and would tell me that they were mean to him. I have a second child that is going into kindergarten that they didn't even want to attend there, even though he passed his kindergarten assessment. What did they do to make sure that he didn't go there? They forced his older brother to go to Walker Butte without our permission. How did we find out the district automatically enrolled our son without our permission? Through papers that stated he needed to go to Walker Butte for meet the teacher night! There wasn't even an IEP sent stating the changes that were made. This is the worst school I have ever seen. They are unprofessional, abusive, and admin needs an overhaul.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2014
We moved here the beginning of May of 2013, so my daughter went to school only for 4 weeks to finish 2nd grade. Those 4 weeks she was miserable because she was "the new kid". Now in 3rd grade she knows more of the children & has a lot of friends. However the class sizes are unbelievable. In those last 4 weeks of her 2nd grade class she was bullied and every friend she has was not going to continue school at Copper Basin. Almost every single parent I spoke with in the end of the school year for 2013 or over the summer was pulling their child & transferring them elsewhere. The 3rd grade teachers are fantastic & I would not change them for anything. I said I would let her go there for this entire year & see what happens, but at this point I am seriously considering transferring her elsewhere where the teachers can give the students the attention that each of them need.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2013
my school i dont wana menchtion the name (copper basin) isnt were you wanna have fun we are supposed to have fun but not really the staff is really mean one first grade teacher is s ofriken mean she yells like 30 seconds then gives a 5 minutes long right in front of me some kids almost cry i want to kick her in the face.

- submitted by a community member

May 21, 2013
This school has a high rate of bulling. The administration really does nothing about it. They say oh we have not seen this or its the first I have heard but its not. The special ed teachers are good but the programs suck. They give you alot of promises but only follow through when you stay on them.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2012
Someone needs to look into the staff turnover. Are they not hiring the right people? Are they not mentoring their new teachers enough? Are they making unreasonable demands on teachers and students? I think so.

- submitted by a community member

May 15, 2012
This school is horrible the staff dont care about the student!!!!! and they dont teach well i recemend you not to put your students here

- submitted by a community member

March 15, 2012
My kids have gone to Copper Basin since it opened. The school as well as the district have done a fantastic job adjusting to the challenges placed on them by budget cuts, low parent participation, and a lack of education support from the state. I have seen my children enjoy learning and love their teachers.The staff does a wonderful job of supporting kids that need help and challenging kids that are gifted learners.FUSD Superintendent , Dr. Nine, really cares about ALL the kids in his district. He can be seen at any number of academic and sporting events throughout the community. The teachers have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Nine. Great school! Great district!

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2012
Where to start? I have worked as faculty at a H.S. and several colleges. It is typical to place the blame on parents and students. Then, the school does not need to take responsibility for their downfalls. I withdrew my son from Copper Basin today. He has attended since kindergarten. He is in 3rd grade. We really did try to make it work, even with lack of transportation, the printed internet pages for homework, and the rude behavior of staff. I am appalled by Florence refusing to let us incorporate. They stood to lose 1 million but actually stood to lose over 10 million for the schools. There was embezzlement 2 years at Walker Butte. We can wait around for the district lines to change or we can jump on our legislators to help redraw those lines even though we are not incorporated. I chose AZVA (online school) because I work from home as a professor online and can do this. Copper Basin YMCA offers a program in connection with AZVA for 4th grade and higher. The fact is that my son was not learning and he was bullied over the years. I've seen other children pushed and punched on the playground. AZVA is a great program and I know my son will learn in a good environment.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2011
Epic joke of a school! Keep your kids away at all costs!!!! We are removing our child immediately!

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2011
I think this school needs the state to come in and really look at what is happening. They are not promoting life long learners, they are teaching to the tests. Shame on you Copper Basin.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2011
In the 3 years that my children have been going to this school I have watched the decline in staff. Every year my son had stared with a teacher and inevitability his teacher leaves and another in brought in mid year. I completely disagree with having 2nd graders changing classes like high school kids. My kids get so confused and I often get notes that they went to the wrong class at the wrong time. The vice-principal is a master manipulator of words and always tries to twist your words and put all the blame on the parents. Even when a teacher admits to being the one who was doing the name calling to a 9 year old boy in a room full of people contributing to group bulling with other students of that boy. BAD administration BAD teachers!

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2011
We transferred from a Charter school and this school is amazing. You are able to track progress online and they do a lot of testing which is great because you know exactly where your child is academically. They also do tutoring and learning labs and they separate the kids into levels so they can learn with other kids in their level. Great job preparing them for the future! They change classes to accommodate the changing levels and that prepares them for the older grades. I love that they support music and have sports, bookstore, nurse, and a cafeteria. The teachers have to know every child in their grade because they probably have them in one class or another and they are still able to tell you exactly what is going on with each child. After our transfer, my daughter was far behind on her reading and within 3 months they gave her so much practice she was up to the right level. I appreciate everything that this school does! They are so organized it puts smaller, unorganized schools to shame! Well done!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2011
"Kids First" I don't think so," test scores first" should be their motto! When primary children are tested to death, and don't have time to explore, learn and be children, then it is time to rethink what is being done throughout this school district.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2011
This school is no good they do not care about the students at all the would rather fail a kid then try to help them or even give them extra work to make up a bad grade. Even after trying to talk to the princaple about what was going on did no good until I told them I was going to take it up with the school board we are moving out of this nabor hood just to get my kids away from this school!!!! I would never recommend this school to anyone EVER!

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2010
Teachers have really turned this school around. With a great adminstrator team and support from the district in all programs you will see great things happen with your child here. One thing that needs to be improved upon is PARENT support and students not accepting responsibility for their own choices. A school needs parent support and students need good examples from their parents. For those negative nellies, maybe you should get off the computer and go see the classrooms for yourself. I love helping in my child's class and the differentiated instruction is seen at all grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 03, 2010
I love the school and the teachers, It's no perfect, but... wake UP!!! The teachers need support for the parents they can't do everything. Help your childrens to read and do homework, that's what I do. Call your teacher and ask her what she needs.. School like Eduprize have a high parent support.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2009
I used to be an employee of FUSD, I have move to another state now, but if Florence had not built so many homes before they had schools to support these children , maybe classrooms would not be so over filled. The poor teachers can only do so much with what they are given. No wonder so many of them leave. They can't give them the education they need when it's 40 to 1. Hopefully these children find someone who cares.

- submitted by a community member

February 27, 2009
Im very upset this school has just did a big u-turn in 2 years and now we have problems with funding who know what will happen know there is so many great teachers and the Principals that we haved in the past 2 years. Everyone working like a team and this is what we need now . Very sad not knowing what will happen 30-40 kids in a class is crazy the teachers already have it hard enough and if this happens forget it. If more parents got involved it would make it even better.

- submitted by a parent

December 23, 2008
Well, reading through some of these reviews, I am a bit shocked. I have attended this school ever since it opened when I was in fourth grade. I am currently an 8th grader at CB, and I just have to say that I would be nowhere without this school. At first, it was horrible. Vandalism was done often on the walls. However, since having this new principal of two years, I believe that this school has changed for the better. Teachers work hard to make school fun for us while pushing us to get a great education. Especially my current writing teacher. I plan to have a book published one day, and she has increased my writing ability by ten fold. I absolutely adore this school, and would suggest any parent to send their kid, here. :)

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2008
We moved here in July 07, at first I did not think I would like the school, just seemed like no one had it together there in the office, but, I'll tell ya my son had a Great teacher last year and so far this year He has another Great teacher she keeps me up to date on everything! I have no complaints!!It takes awhile to get things together and become better they seem to be REALLY working hard to make this school a much better one.. and I see a lot of Positives! I am Proud my son goes this school. This is just my opinion!

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2008
Your kidding right? If you could only be a fly on the wall. 5th graders who do not know their times tables. 8th graders who pass but can not read. The rudeness of these children are the worse that I have ever seen. FUSD is a JOKE. Anyone of the schools you will find the same thing. Parents not caring about their children's education. I can tell you this, I would not want my children attending this or any of the FUSD schools. Don't believe me, then become a sub and you will see.

- submitted by a teacher

September 08, 2008
My daughter goes to this school she love it there and has lots of friends. I think the teachers are great and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 22, 2008
I am so happy with the changes regarding teacher/parent communication this year. I love that grades are coming home each week so we as parents know exactly what's going on before we find out from the report cards! I know things can only continue to improve at CB. Great job everyone!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2008
I think that my school has gotten so much better over the years. I've been going to CB since 4th grade and now I am an 8th grader and our prinicipal of 2 years has whipped this school into shape. We have gotten rid of all the bad students that once gave our school a terrible reputation and we are finally on top. In another year or so, I think our CB will be the best in the district

- submitted by a student

July 16, 2008
There have been some improvements, but more are needed. There are some great teachers at the school, but many lack enthusiasm. I am hopeful that the school will improve even more this year.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2008
The only problem I have with the school is their are to many students and not enough teachers when you have a class with 32 or more students the teachers should have a helper in their.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2008
great school and community

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2008
The Principal has lack of communication with parents & students

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2008
This school has made leaps and bounds as far as I am concerned. I have had my daughter in this school for three years now and I will continue to keep her there through 8th grade. Teachers are wonderful and PTO is amazing. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2008
I have had my children attending Copper Basin for the last 3 years and the improvements that this school has made has really shined through this year. For those of us that are participating and have been around this is very exciting and I am very proud to be part of the Copper Basin community!

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2007
Totally unacceptable. From the top down, this school is a glaring example of the failed public school system in this country.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2007
I was a seventh grader last year and now I am in Eighth grade. I am in the honors program and it was much easier last year. This year they expect more from us in our work and test. Copper Basin keeps progressing every year. The PTO is getting more involved too. We will be having one of our first Fall Festivals on Saturday and its going to be the bomb! I recommend this school!

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 14, 2007
We recently moved here in July and thus far I am extremely dissatisfied with the school. My son a 5th grader, has 43 kids in his class. The teacher hisself, Mr. Sutterby is doing a good job (under the circumstances) and the incentive program the school offers is an excellent idea. It seems the school wants to better itsself, Its just not sure how to get there.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2007
I'm very disappointed in this school, I moved here because I thought my kids would get a better education and moved into a nice home. The staff are very rude. They need to communicate more with the parents and be more friendly.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2007
I wrote a review last year and I was not very happy at the time. This year, so far, I am raising my review by one star. The communication has really increased from my son's teacher, which makes me wonder how much of our experience is dependent upon whom our child's teacher is. This year's teacher gives me direct answers and feedback. His work comes home graded right away and the stamp/planner sheets are not only stamped everyday, but the teacher writes notes on there so that I don't miss a beat. Let's hope the year continues to run this smoothly.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2007
The school is a horrible place for your children to attend. My daughter attended the school I took her out to be home schooled instead. the staff is completely unbelievable and not caring towards the children and some staff should be fired cause how they talk to the staff.

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2007
Overall I have been very disappointed with this school. The staffing turn-over rate is unreal, it seems like they can only get brand new teachers and older ones in with bad attitudes. The classrooms are over-run with disrespectful kids that are dancing around and disruptive during lessons. The teachers usually just overlook it, while the other kids that are there for an education miss out. At the beginning of the year the school will boast about there small teacher to student ratio-but throughout the year it seems like each class receives a new student every few weeks. By the end of the year the class is so cramped. Something really needs to be done about this school- maybe some more involvement by parents...wake up these children are the future!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007
We would be much better off the district had allowed us to keep our principal.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007
Wow! this school is still not doing well after being open for 2 years. i have never heard of such a thing this school should just be closed down , in a community and can't even get this school going they really need alot of help here!

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2007
I believe there is a New Beginning in place. I am really looking forward to the positive energy moving into this school! My 2nd grader has made the honor roll every semester - the teachers he has had since Kindergarten have all been a positive influence!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2007
This school need alot of improvement in staff and all administration. If parents would get involved, maybe some improvement could be done otherwise kids are taken over. This school should be k-5 not k-8, younger should have there own space .

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2007
Wow! this school is only going down hill and Quickly!Its seems to me that the bad behaved students run this school.They can do what ever they want with no fear of suspension or being expelled. The Teachers are great but they have no back support with administration.The Junior high kids have very little choices of electives. And I am a really concerned parent! The students will never care unless parents become involved and staff starts caring enough to properly, punish them for their bad choices. This school is only hurting the kids not helping them to grow. The only chance this school has is for parents to get involved and administration to do its job.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2006
I am a parent with 4 children at this school. The teachers are great, but the school itself is horrible. They aren't getting the education they need. This school is very poor. This fish philosiphy doesn't do any good with these kids. Parents don't get involved with the kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2006
This brand new school in the San Tan area of Queen Creek, Arizona is so wonderful! It is also perfectly located in the middle of our brand new community of single family homes. The teachers and leadership are very involved in all of the activities. Their motto: 'Whirling Our Way To Success' really shows! Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2006
This school has worked really hard to improve itself. Lots of problems last year, but with the new principal this year, huge improvement! Excellent teachers!

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2006
I am a parent of a student at Copper Basin and a teacher at Copper Basin. I can honestly say the school has come a long way since last year. The level of support from Administration to all increased tremendously. With the implementation of the Fish Philosophy, the school climate is more positive and respectful. Teachers and students like coming to school now. Way to go Copper Basin.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2006
High teacher turn over makes impact! Adequate IEP updates for Special Needs falls short. Communication is lacking. Changes are for the teacher's convience not the child. Inclusion classes are new, but are they fully in progress. Teacher's are not addressing the change. A parent should have a return call after one message in a ideal world, but definately after two calls a response should occur. Distressing where your child is concerned. It is one thing to have your child in school, but in school where special needs are an issue.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2006
I am extreamly concerned with Copper Basins respect to our childrens safety and communication to the parents, this comment is regarding the school year or 2005-06 as we have two children in this school. We are moving out of state due to the schools here to keep our children safe.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2006
I have 2 children attending this school and I am very concerned. The school has already been through several principals and none seem to have taken much pride in what they do. Many staff members have left due to poor support and policies.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2006
Copper Basin needs to be harder on the kids that are ill mannered and disrespectful.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2006
I have 3 kids that go here. The pricipal does not discipline well.The teachers let the students do as they wish.The extra curricular activities have poor funding and they dont train them well.This is a very bad school and needs help.

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2006
Copper Basin needs stability and structure. It has to many students per teacher. It needs a staff that will be around more than just a few months. It needs help with their lunches, the food is horrible. The teachers that we have had, have been good except maybe one. They also haven't had any real leadership. The new math is so pathetic. The school really needs an overhaul. Concerned parent

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2006
this school is a very bad school..there needs to be more fundraisers sports and overall activities i am disapointed at this school. and i am just apalled at this schools behavior...you are way to hard on the childrin and need to loosesn up a little bit! thank you for your time...

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2006
I am a parent of 2 students attending Copper Basin. I am pleased with most all the teachers. They have given my children a wonderful education up to this point. I thank them very much for that. As far as the school is concerned it can be great if the teachers had the support of the superintendant of the district. It needs to be an elementary school with k-5 not k-8. It is not safe for the younger children. It is not fair to the older children that they have to share their growing space with the little kids. All around this school is not the worst but it has a lot of room for growth and improvement.

- submitted by a parent

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Copper Basin K-8
28682 N. Main Street, San Tan Valley, AZ  85143
(480) 888-7500
Last modified Copper Basin K-8 is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Copper Basin K-8 Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 81 reviews. Top