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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 666

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4960 East Acoma Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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(602) 449-6100
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November 19, 2014
Sunrise is an excellent school because the principal is professional and understanding, the campus is very clean, and the campus is very safe. As a parent, I feel welcome and valued on the campus. I am very happy that my twin daughters are attending Sunrise because there is no other middle school that they would like to attend that would be as much fun!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2014
What has happened to this school? When we moved to this neighborhood 18 years ago ready to start a family we factored school ratings into our decision. The Elementary School was ranked high (Liberty is great!) and Sunrise was ranked high. Since that time Sunrise has continued to fall further and further in ratings and this year is at an all-time low. Many of my friends have sent their kids there, only to be very disappointed (and many of them transferred to Desert Shadows mid-year or for 8th grade). I learned from that and sent my child to Desert Shadows, which has been a wonderful experience. But I continue to hear from other families attending Sunrise how poor it is. From what I understand, D. S. middle school now has huge waitlists because word has gotten around. How is this one school supposed to support the demand? Why isn't PVUSD addressing the ever-growing issues with Sunrise? It is not fair that families in our district have to be turned away from a good education at a school, when 1 mile away there is a school that could be great too. Please PVUSE, pay attention to the issues at Sunrise and take action to fix them!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2014
Sunrise is a sinking ship. My child is a graduate of the DLC. The 7th grade DLC is very good, though the homework is too heavy (4 to 5 hours/night). The 8th grade DLC is horrific. If you need to stay in the public school system for middle school try Explorer or Desert Shadows. There is a reason Sunrise has low enrollment. A lot of the good staff members have chosen to leave. The new assistant principal was a s.s. teacher who did not even know his students' names by the end of the year!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2014
Worst school I have ever seen. I am a former educator, and I sent my daugter to Sunrise for seventh grade. She came home everday and begged me to let her switch schools. The dress code is not at all enforced and bullying is a major problem. Unless your child is in the DLC, the standards for their performance are extemely low and the teachers are unenthusiastic. My daughter was teased because she bought her shoes at Target and because she did not have a boyfriend at 12 years old. Both the students and the staff of Sunrise are horrible.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2013
Sunrise and the DLC have been wonderful for my child. The teachers in the gifted program (Graham, Seretis, Binder) are top notch. Not only do they do an amazing job teaching the kids and prepping them for high school, they accomplish the miracle of keeping middle schoolers engaged. Mr. J of Soc Studies is also one of the best teachers I have ever seen. As for the school environment, it is very safe. As with anywhere, if you go looking for trouble, I'm sure you will find it. Otherwise, it"s fine. One note, if your child enrolls in the DLC, he/she should be prepared to work, but if they do it, the rewards are many.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
Do not send your child to this school. Rating it one star as it wont rate lower. Just horrible. We encountered uncaring, unknowledgable teachers who taught only to the test and a completely clueless principal and administrative staff. The principal tried to intimidate us into not calling the police when a gang of male students surrounded my child and friends on the sidewalk in front of the school. We called anyways. After that our children suddenly became discipline and conduct problems. We actually had one teacher tell us our child deserved an F for questioning any teacher. The best part of this school was leaving.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2013
I think that this school on the most part is pretty good. Mr. J of Social Studies is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He goes way beyond the standards with mind engaging projects on thought provoking discussions. Would NOT recommend the DLC to most students. If you're really into computers and that sort of thing, its perfect for you, but if you want to have a fun time socially stay away. The math programs go up to Geometry, and give a high school credit for Algebra and Geometry. All of the current math teachers are great. Overall, great school.

- submitted by a community member

October 04, 2011
I am a student in the gifted Digital Learning Center at Sunrise and all the teachers (except for Mr. Graham, Mrs. Binder, Ms. Leland, and Mrs. Grobmeier) know nothing but what is in the book which is fine for students in standard classes but for gifted education students it is not okay. All in all it is 5 out of 5 for the Gifted teachers and -10 out of 5 for the standard teachers.

- submitted by a community member

May 26, 2011
Three great 5-star teachers: B. of 7th grade digital learning center; G. of algebra; B. of gifted English. The rest we encountered were rule-obssessed mind-numbing mediocrities that seemed satisfied to teach to a low-normal level, pretty much just going through the motions. 7th grade DLC was the saving grace, but 8th grade DLC was a disappointing flop. A credential to teach gifted children was demonstrated to be no indication of competence at doing so. Our child encountered no bullying (other than occassional mild bluster from one clownishly dressed adult of probable diminished capacity charged with keeping order). The campus appeared peaceful and largely lawful, unsurprising given its location, although there was at least on burglary of DLC equipment.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2011
Our family is very happy with Sunrise. Our child enjoys going to school. The teachers are supportive, experienced, and caring. It is a safe school with an excellent learning environment. No bulleying is allowed. Conficts are resolved in a timely manner.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2010
We had the unfortunate experience to attend this school where drugs (spice, marijuana, scripts) are rampant, and teachers just don't care, along with the office staff and principal and Vice Principal. Bottom line if you want your child to succeed, academically, and socially, and expect teachers to teach, and office staff to do their job, the principals not to hide in their offices or turn blind eyes to just about everything unless it benefits them, then RUN, don't walk to another school!

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2009
I am a current 7th grader at Sunrise Middle School and I absolutely believe the majority of the teachers at this public school are horrible teachers. The majority of the teachers teach from their teaching manual, they don't know anything about the subject. All the knowledge they have on the topic is straight from the book. A common answer I receive if I ask a question that they don't know is 'It's not written in the book so you have to look it up yourself.' which is a very common reply students get. They get irritated quickly and frustrated, and they do not have tolerance for us students. We also et detention for the most unreasonable reasons like 'speed walking', 'stepping on the grass' (the grass is in the court yard where tables are located) and 'standing up when not called upon'. This is not a school I wish to attend.

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2009
i have learned absolutely nothing. The same in my english class. And im in honors english?! There is more bookwork and no discussion on any of the topics we learn about. Basically all they care about is preparing us for stupid little aims so the popo and Prez do not find out how bad the some of the teachers just really are.Mrs.Grobmeir is a good math teacher,she really gets it to the point without using the whip like in the good ol days.But!The social studies teacher Mrs.Routier is the best social studies teacher in the world.The principal dresses with swagger style. I feel like im standing next to a pimp. I do not eat the food because a. im afraid the barbeque sandwich will hunt me in the potty.Schools good, needs improvement.Like thats going to happen in this bad economy. Bah humbug!

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 12, 2009
poor poor teachers poor quality of admin is there a rating sunrise can get that's lower thatn poor? if so that is what it has earned

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 02, 2008
I have had two children at Sunrise. My daughter is now in 8th grade. I think for the most part the school has done a wonderful job of preparing her for the future. We were particularly happy with Mr. Jones and Mrs. Binder, who always seemed to go out of their way for the kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2008
This school is the best.They do not just focus on AIM'S they prepare you for real life situations.

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2008
The school only focusses on getting the students to pass AIMS. They do not look at the individual student and look to meet their needs.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2007
this school is the best school you will ever find.my daughter has sooooooooo many friends,and loves all of her teachers.the teachers are the best.choose this school and your child will have a great 2 years..GO SUNRISE

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2007
This is not a very good school and my son is struggling.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 12, 2007
So bad! Sorry we chose this school. Poor teaching, horrible administration. No effort made by teachers and staff to encourage student to succeed and forget excelling.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2007
i think this school is awsome. my child has learnd so much and her reading leavel has gone up tromendously. i cant think of another school that is so invalved in my childs learning process.sunrise is great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 09, 2007
We have been very unhappy with Sunrise Middle. In the two years my child has gone there many of the teachers have gone from educating students to filling time in the classroom. The administration's attitude appears to be one of 'parents butt out'. This might have been a good school at one time it is not now.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2005
My son is a 7th grade student at Sunrise Middle School. Prior to the school year, he was extremely nervous about entering middle school. I am happy to report that, thanks to the staff at Sunrise, he is loving school -- something that he has not felt prior to this. I am extremely impressed with the knowledge, curriculum, and instruction that each of his teachers provides; each office staff member that I have interacted with has been extremely helpful and friendly; and I received prompt and useful information on two occasions when I needed advice from the principal and assistant principal. In addition, my son's advisor has provided invaluable information in helping my son select his classes. If I have one complaint it is that we only have two years to be part of the Sunrise community.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2005
The views of the administration are everything that is wrong with public schools. This school is not interested in enriching students lives and having a well rounded curriculm. By far one of the worst schools I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2005
The school speaks a good line. However, as long as a child is performing/behaving in class, they are slow to address areas of concern. Communicating with the teachers is at best slow and at times unresponsive. Academically, they are very focused on the required standardized tests skills. Thinking throug a problem is not valued unless it follows the standardized method 'taught.' For a top school in the district, this school is very disappointing to a child that wants to learn and be challenged.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2003
This school has really helped my child accelerate in differnt subjects where she wasn't doing very well. This is one of the best schools you could put your kids in.

- submitted by a community member

March 30, 2003
This is a great school. Ever since my daughter has gone to school here she has been doing better then she ever has before. She comes home from school Happy and likes her teachers

- submitted by a community member

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Sunrise Middle School
4960 East Acoma Drive, Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(602) 449-6100
Last modified Sunrise Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sunrise Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top