My 4th grade daughter has attended Navajo since Kindergarten. I am very pleased with her experience as a student and my experience as a parent at this school. My daughter has shown tremendous growth academically and thrives socially. Her daily interactions with the diverse population (language, special needs, socio-economic, etc.) have helped mold her into a sensitive, open-minded person. There is such an amazing community feel to this school. The teachers work together for the benefit of each child. There are numerous interventions as well as challenges offered for the diverse population. Navajo is a STEAM school which incorporates project based learning to make the lessons real to life. The teachers and administration care deeply for the success of each student. I am a firm believer that standardized test scores are not a true representation of the successful impact a school has on its students.
This school teaches to test (prepares kids only for the type and questions on the AZ Merit) and they're still testing below state standards for the basics. Kids are passed through with minimal academics, very sad for an already under-performing state education system. If you love your kids and care about their education, RUN far away. Too many better opportunities with the ease of out of boundary options!!!
Overall school is average quality. STEM program good. School organized and community focused. SPED program not good. SPED teacher is inexperienced and she does not know half the time what the kids are doing. She orders "her" aides around with no respect and lacks maturity as a teacher and lacks instructional skill. She has a know it all attitude and plays favorites with the kids. Would not recommend if your child is in SPED.
When we first moved here from out of town, I was pointed to Navajo Elementary by a friend who had their children here. I enrolled my 10 year old into their STEAM academy, which he loves and is thriving in. He just wrote an MLA formatted paper, presented a power point presentation and designed a 3D model of the ultimate animal. My son loves coming to school and learning. My daughter is in third grade here and is encouraged by her teachers to give her best every day. She is an avid reader and enjoys watching her avatar move on the board with her "points" that she can earn by taking tests on books she's read.
Everyone from the administration to the lunch staff to the other students here feels like family. It's a very supportive environment, meeting the very first need of any child- to feel appreciated and loved. Academics here are on point, kids are challenged and encouraged.
I would recommend NES to any parent who values diversity and respect for their children.
Navajo Elementary focuses on the "whole child" and the individual needs of each student. There are plenty of programs that appeal to various types of learners: STEAM Academy, Special Education, English Language Learners, Readers everywhere on the spectrum, etc. There is not a single student who is not included in the general education classroom, regardless of their level of ability. Navajo Elementary has core beliefs when thinking about molding our future adult citizens: Respecting each other, Respecting our school, and Expecting the best. Outside of the school day, Navajo offers clubs that are both academic and social. Students are able to join clubs with other students, of any grade level, who share the same interests. This helps parents with the completion of homework while in homework club, for example, so that parents can focus on family time while at home. Our PTO, Watch D.O.G.S., and Teachers are very informed and involved in the community as a whole.
Navajo is a diverse school in the Scottsdale Unified School District. It offers many opportunities for all learning styles including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and music), special areas, many interesting clubs and after school activities, Navajo has many resources for technology within the classroom: IXL accounts, home learning opportunities for kids, and student accounts for many online programs that have been purchased by the district.
I am happy with the programs that Navajo has adopted for reading, providing phonics, fluency practice, comprehension, and both fiction and non-fiction text that are aligned with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards.
Navajo also uses a school wide behavior plan, highlighting positive behavior systems with rewards and positive praise.
Mrs. Amy Moore and Mrs. Erin Kadera are great leaders with innovative ideas for teaching and learning. All students are happy here at Navajo.