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.
While the teachers and administation at Navajo are amazing, I have been very disappointed at the level of academics. My second grader is not what I would classify as "gifted", but the work sent home that is completed in class and the homework are too easy for the grade level. I don't want to stress my son out with too much homework and I want him to enjoy going to school. However, I think there is room to challenge our children and I have not felt that Navajo has met that need. I have felt like the teachers are required to teach down to the kids that are slower rather than teach at regular grade level and challenge them to catch up. I have talked with other parents in the district in the same grade level as my son and there is remarkable difference in the work being done. It is truly a shame since as I mentioned the teachers we have had have been great, and I feel they are doing the best they can. We unfortunately will be moving to a different school.