We LOVE this school. Great teachers and great families. It's unfortunate that some of these reviews seem more like personal attacks on Dr. Hartley. School isn't a babysitting service and your child's education starts in the home. Take responsibility and get involved.
This school is clearly over rated. This is my child's first year attending NRE and it has been nothing but a disappointment. If it wasn't for my child's excellent teacher, this school would deserve an even worse rating. This school's biggest failure is the hiring of Principal Hartley. She has not been doing an adequate job leading this school. Instead, she is making poor choices to improve the school environment rather than improve the academic quality of the school. For example, the decision to change school release has gone from bad to worse. Not only are kids being released like its a stampede but parents are banned from the front office. Its unsafe. The school has no right to turn parents away from picking up their child inside. if it is a noise issue, then all that is needed is for staff to respectfully tell parents to lower it down. Its not that difficult. Luckily, the weather is nice enough to wait outside. The other issue is Dr Hartley making certain parking areas "illegal" when there is no fire lane and no signs enforced by the city of Scottsdale. Where is the code that states no parking? Your "police" presence is getting old.
Disappointed. I chose this school due to the raving reviews .We almost lost the PTA entirely this year due to a lack of involvement and zero interest from the parents to volunteer for the crucial positions (or even simple ones) . The 12th hour, it turned around, however, having a Board doesn't make the involvement happen. It's hard to feel welcomed in this school. The past year has seen many militant-feeling procedures regarding dropping off or picking up your children. Parents DO NOT feel welcomed when coming into the school - especially at pick up. The new POLICY does not allow us even to enter the building whatsoever to pick up a child (will be blazingly hot soon). The kids are instead released directly out of one of two outside gates. Not safe, Not practical. We end have to re-enter, sign in, just to pick up a form or have my child use the restroom before we leave. Logistically a nightmare I never expected. Some teachers are peaches, others could care a less, and have no interest in communicating with parents. I'm currently in this group. Still, my child enjoys it here, but then again, he would likely thrive at other schools. Don't go by the "AAA+++" ratings alone.
If your child has any special needs, is in special education or is not considered "gifted" DO NOT sent Your child to this school or any other PV district school. The principal and district staff do not have the needs of all children at heart only thier favorites or "exceptionals". The pricncipal thinks she is some kind of star and only aknowledges those families and children she likes or approves of. If your child is not considered "normal" or a "robot" they will be overlooked and even worse treated unfairly.
I totally agree with the previous post! The Self Contined classes are destroying the school and making larger class sizes for the average student. With the new way that PVUSD is doing the teacher student ratio there is no way it couldn't. The S/C classes have a limit on them yet the regular classes no longer do. Now we are adding 2 more gifted classes to the school! They are trying to turn it into a "gifted school". The 4th grade classes now have 35 kids each, 3rd grade has 30 students each. Next year the 6th grade will be collapsing from 3 classes to 2 and there will be 40 children per class yet these S/C classes are limited to 18 kids. How is that okay!!!!
Great experience so far with Ms. Castellano and Ms.Shea. Excellent educators who keep the children motivated.
I agree that North Ranch is a tremendous school for students and families. That concept began when the school opened as the staff and parents agreed to make it happen the first year. The first event held was an open house followed by a family picnic in the nearby park. From that point on, learning was an interactive experience among the students, parents and staff - a tradition upheld to this very day. Jim Dewalt, first principal of North Ranch.
A++ School! Wonderful teacher & staff. We are proud to be members of the North Ranch family!
We have been a North Ranch family since 2007. We left Copper Canyon because the smaller campus environment is exactly what our children needed. The principal and the staff welcomed us and consistently have provided an outstanding academic and social environment for our children. The principal is amazing, the teachers and staff are amazing, and the mascot club staff members are amazing. We love being a North Ranch family!!
My kids have been attending North Ranch since 2007. I have a son in 6th grade and a daughter in 3rd. Each of them have been consistently excelling every year. If they fall short in an area I am notified and provided the background needed to help them. The school and it's staff are open and easy to talk too. They take the kids education seriously as well as provide an equal and fair surrounding. No bullying is tolerated. I like that. I would recommend North Ranch and do.
North Ranch provides an outstanding learning environment for my daughter. The teachers and staff are caring and work hard to meet the needs of all of the students. I greatly appreciated the fact that her academic and social needs are taken into consideration. As a gifted student she was often unchallenged and bored in her previous school, this was not the case at North Ranch. Extension opportunities are provided in many subject areas allowing her to remain excited and motivated. I recommend "The Ranch" to everyone! It is a great school!
Our child has attended North Ranch Elementary School since Kindergarten and is now almost finished with sixth grade. We'll miss this school. The overall experience has been excellent, especially as far as public schools go. No school is perfect, of course, but this has been a place where community was reasonably tight-knit; the PTA was mostly active and helpful; the principal and office staff were open, friendly and responsive; and the teachers worked hard to do right by the kids. Over the years, we've seen some less than stellar reviews written here, but they must be taken with a grain of salt; most parents are very pleased with the school and the education offered. In 7 years there, and knowing MANY other families and students from North Ranch, we feel comfortable recommending it highly.
My son has attended North Ranch for 6 years and my daughter for 4 years. I love the fact that this is a small elementary school and that everyone from teachers, parents, and office staff are engaged in every child's well being. We have not experienced a significant problem with any teacher or the principal. The principal knows the kids' names and greets them in the hallway.
I despise the fact they refer to the principal as "THE QUEEN". She should be addressed properly as Dr. Hartley and nothing else. My student had 50 missing/late assignments and was never informed until the report card came. Teachers only seem to care if your student excels at what he or she does. Those students who need a bit of extra help or time. This school is no better than any other school in the district. Seems they need to concentrate their funds on items that are important & not for fun. Do these students really need iPads to use? NO.
I was very happy about the school until a new honor teacher was joined,the staff at the front desk is so great,other teachers that I know of them are good.But the new honor teacher is wasting the time in the class by showing the you tube videos according to the report from my child.
My son has been at North Ranch for 2 years. The teachers have been attentive, enthusiastic and have high expectations for the kids. The school places an emphasis on treating each other with respect and kindness. We couldn't ask for more.
Education is important but so are other values that you hope are to be demonstrated by teachers and staff. We have experienced instances several times where we were assured one thing by the principal and staff to find out it was not actually being done as we were told. To put your mind at ease, be prepared to actually pop in and observe. Especially in special classes and lunch. For most kids this is probably an ok school. However, if your child needs even a little special accomodation, be careful since sometimes things seem too good to be true.
I have a child that attended Sandpiper elementary and as fantastic I believed that school was, I was completely blown away by North Ranch. The Pre K program, more than prepared my little one, and Ms. Toaspern (teacher for Kinder) -- Well, could not have asked for anyone better! She's fantastic! No experience in working with the principal, but when you have a child that loves to be in school because of the envirmonment and the teacher, there usually isn't a need to be in the Principal's office.. ;) Here comes 1st grade!!
We have both of our daughters at North Ranch and couldn't be more pleased with how involved the principal is in their education. Dr. Hartley is very open to talk to and easy to get on her calendar. We love North Ranch.
A community is where people take care of each other; a concept never forgotten within the education at North Ranch. Children are supported, nurtured, and educated with a surety that gives them the confidence to move forward in a positive direction. A goal met through a community of staff that work together and support each other with unconditional consistency. A+ and then some!
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