"We are best known for Academic focus and parents."
Students enrolled 625
School leader Mrs. L. friend
District Scottsdale Unified District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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6801 E. Oak Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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(480) 484-3600
(480) 484-3601
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3 stars
Based on 18 ratings

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April 28, 2014
I love Tonalea. All the teachers are very interested in my children's education. Free tutoring is available & extra help with reading.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
Once the administrator got sick and too many old teachers had to leave, the school started slipping. Too bad the skills of the old teachers don't come with new teachers. Tonalea has much improvement needed next year.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2013
2 words for this school........ Downward spiral!!! I would of left it at that, but I needed at least 15 words.......

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
I brought my son to Tonalea from out of state and although academic levels in general in Arizona are behind, the teachers worked extremely well to keep him interested and challenged. The staff has always been polite and professional and made me feel welcomed as well. Parent involvement is poor at this school until it comes to complaining, then parents suddenly come out of the woodowork. Bullying is not tolerated and the bullying students and their parents are confronted when it is identified. Kudos to the staff!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
Tonalea is the absolutely worst school in the Scottsdale school district! Being our "home" school, I kept my daughter at Tonalea hoping it would get better.. It didn't! The administrative staff is unprofessional and unattentive to the students or teachers needs. The staff is unmotivated and there is a obvious lack of parent participation at this school. The children are uneducated compared to other schools in the district and there are little to no extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
Tonalea is a wonderful school. The teachers are extremely qualified, the students are learning every day, and the parent involvement is outstanding. Look at the website to see the many activities that include parents or get involved to see for. This school even has parent exercise classes every week. This school has a strong focus on academics and has improved in ratings by the state. It is a "Highly Performing" school and is truly outstanding.

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2011
the pre k teacher was wonderful and i hated taking my son out of her class but i had to. the school is barely passing in all of its test scores the office staff is some of the rudest people i have met. and the teachers are terrible to the students. i have heard how the other teachers talk to the students when i pick up my son from class. maybe since they think i am not that childs parent that its ok to act that way infront of a parent. i am not sure why the staff acts this way it was worse then when i was a child there and now the school is lacking in all areas. this by far is the worst school in scottsdale and needs to have a reality check. there is no diversity rudeness and meaness seem to be pouring out of the staff and creates a horrible learning enviroment

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
My child has attended this school only since September 2010 and have found that this school has an extremely poor administration. The office staff is rude at times and the teachers can go either way. However, I am just tired of my child calling me crying because of yet another way the administrators or teachers have handle situations poorly. I have children in other schools and my child has attended other schools in this district and others, but so far, with my children academic careers, this has been the most awful experience. This school is not diverse, the administrations should be changed out, and the teachers need to keep in mind that they want students to stay in school, not get them so upset to the point that they hate school and don't ever want to go, especially when the student is a straight A student and has always loved to go to school before. My child will not return to this school to finish out my child's elementary career, we will be moving on to better school that are actually highly performing in Arizona. Good luck to all the parents that take their children here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2010
My great grandson loves going to this school, he's in the 1st grade this year, and is excited to go everyday. That's a real plus when children want to go to school. The money would help many programs and keep the kids happy.

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2010
i am a big fan of this school n i give it four stars but the staff that work in the office r sort of mean to my kid who goes there n she does nothing wrong n bad diversity of the children at the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2009
I think that the school was OK for my son. I must say that he was underchallenged and therefore, became quite bored with class and before long it became a struggle to get him to want to come to class. The staff was very friendly. It is an old school, but is kept up pretty well. I just would've liked to see him challenged a bit more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2009
I have 4 children who have or are now attending Tonalea. My oldest is now in Supai and doing very well. The school has a strong administration that is focused on one thing. Education. The principal is approachable. The teachers are dedicated and the environment is conducive to learning. The neighborhood is peaceful and the school environement pleasant.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
I appreciate the hands on approach of the leadership and staff at Tonalea. It is refreshing to know that care and concern for our student's well-being still exists in our school system. It is wonderful to have a progress report from the teacher of our children's academic and behavior status bi-weekly so we can be well informed of what is going on in our child's class room. This way we are ahead of the game and can resolve any issues before it is too late. The communication is amazing. Thank you for striving for excellence for the sake of our children's future!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2007
This school has done wonderful things to become actively involved with the community. It not only looks great, but the smiles around the school prove that great things are happening. The principal responds quickly to neighborhood isses that surface. Thanks.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2007
After reading the previous comments, I need to write to confirm that since 2003, Tonalea has made huge improvements. The academic focus has improved and the scores of the students show it. Any parent of a middle school child should be proud to have their kids attend Tonalea right before attending Supai. Congratulations, Tonalea. You're doing a great job!

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2006
This school has changed for the better. But I still feel that the principal can still do better than what shes doing. But parents we all need to help and get involved.They can not do it by themselves. Get involved in the school P.T.O. Help you child's teachers out. We can make the school as good or as bad as we want it to be. Don't you all think that it looks better now than three years ago? I sure do.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
High quality of school. Great communication with parents. Welcoming of special ed students. Very organized school and very diverse population.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
All in all, I really have no complaints about Tonalea. My oldest has been going here 3 yrs now, and my youngest just started Kindergarten.My oldest is in the gifted program, and has been for 2 yrs now, and enjoys it very much, she's also in orchestra and plays the cello. She was one of 7 5th graders to be in honors orchestra this year. The school also offers PE and Art. I would recommend this school highly to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2004
Teachers are great, but have some administrators that arent. Principal is fake and talks behind the backs of her teachers as well as the parents of the students that attend her school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2003
I think Tonalea has gone downhill over the past few years. I am afraid my child will not be prepared for middle school. I find the students to be disrespectful to each other and to adults. Hopefully, with a new principal, things will change for the better.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2003
Tonalea has been an excellent experience for my daughter! The teachers/staff are very positive, and give the kids the confidence and encouragement, and experience they need to excell! Low teacher/student ratios (in my case anyway)! Tonalea is a hidden Scottsdale gem!

- submitted by a parent
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We are a proud Title I school that offers tutoring and small group intervention instruction for students who need academic support. We also highlight educational services for students who demonstrate gifts and talents that are exceptional. We are a highly performing school with a strong focus on academics and parent involvement.

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Tonalea Elementary School
6801 E. Oak Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85257
(480) 484-3600
Last modified Tonalea Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tonalea Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top