My son's school is Redfield and I am not impressed with the teachers and the principal, I can see why this school ranks low statewide. Their the problem is the lack of leadership (the principal) . When staff are looking to leave the school, parents are frustrated and looking else where, some morning/afternoon teachers don't look happy to be there, it sends up a red flags. The principal needs to be held to a higher level of accountability. I think Miss Bono thinks she knows best for all, but clearly does not.She talks about her many years as a teacher and now principal and likes to get in your face about her 20+ years of experience, but anyone can tell this school is not managed correctly. New teachers flee this school within 1 year of coming hear. This appears to be the dumping ground for bad teachers or teachers that do not care anymore. Any teacher that does care moves on to another school ASAP. I will be removing my son from this school ASAP.
Not impressed and when I've compared other schools in the area to Redfield, I can see why this school ranks low statewide. Having worked in corporate America and brought up in the military, the problem is the lack of leadership (the principal) . When staff are looking to leave the school, parents are frustrated and looking else where, some morning/afternoon teachers don't look happy to be there, it sends up a red flags. The principal needs to be held to a higher level of accountability. I think Miss Bono may have become complacent in her career (it shows) and needs to be graded annually like some teacher in other states. The teachers seem to be nice, parents are nice, but way too much fundraising and asking for money with all the flyers sent home. I'd personally would rather give $20 at the beginning of the year and call it good for my contribution and not be bombarded with fundraiser after fundraiser. Where is the money going? I can't see it's going towards academics. Coming from another state and only judging this school, their level of academics is lagging and is worrisome that my child will be average by going to this school and be given opportunities to rise above.
this school has a high teacher turnover rate, which suggests administration issues. The teachers are really great and the ones I've spoken to are leaving to other SUSD schools, which means susd isn't the issue, someone needs to look at the principal. I've only dealt with her on 2 occasions and both times she was overbearing, unaccountable and fast to try and place blame elsewhere. Shes is all about fake smiles until you bring up a concern. make sure you have all communication in writing. she will fast talk her way out of any responsibility and she will tell your child they are wrong. I know how the parents and kids feel, but I can only imagine what the teachers must feel about her?
My first year experiencing Redfield and the Kindergarten teacher is proactive, positive and spends time with her class. Ofcourse there were some bumps in the road the beginning of the year since some kids weren't use to structure, but all is ironed out. I wish they had a serarate class for kids who know the materials being taught, but that is no fault of the teacher. I just have to keep my child learning at home. Looking forward to 1st Grade.
This is our first year at Redfield, and we have been really impressed. My son's teacher is awesome, and the lessons and projects he does at school are wonderful. The kids in his class are great, and we really like the PTO. We can't recommend this school enough!
This is my son's first year at this school. I have been pleasantly surprised by his teacher, the staff, the level of learning, and my son's attitude towards school since moving here. He was at another school last year for Kindergarten and I was absolutely mortified by his teacher's behavior. He loves going to school each day and I couldn't be happier with his school.
New to this school & district with 2 kids. It really has been a disappointment from the start. While there are a few select staff & teachers who appear to be happy & like their jobs (& children in general) the overall feel here is adult apathy. Emails aren't returned, teachers seem overwhelmed & the disorganization of trying to manage children here is evident. My kids don't like school now, feel stressed, aren't happy here, don't enjoy their day, everything seems to be a problem & the overwhelmingly PC tone robs the younger kids of many of the typical joys of childhood experienced among peers in a school setting. The professionalism here is at about a girl's 9th grade social level: teacher cliques, emotional reactions by teaching professionals, and taking personal offense at feedback is commonplace. Dysfunction is high at this school ~ kids & adults alike. I had high hopes for this school & am disappointed that this even passes for an AZ school let alone a Scottsdaie school.
Teacher quality is good, sadly there are a lot of badly behaved kids here and not only does it make learning hard for other students, the other students pick up on it. Why? Well the teachers do their best but there is no follow through or strict discipline and many second chances for the bad kids. Bad kids? Bullying. Very serious and often on the playgrounds or lunches. Bullying by being physical and emotional. When nothing was being done to protect kids from this and allowing it to happen- our kids were pulled. It's a constant headache. 600 kids and one principal. Too many kids for k-5.
We are new to the district and have had a great experience at Redfield Elementary so far. Our son's teacher was very supportive and caring throughout the year. Redfield was our school of choice because we saw that the focus was on encouraging a love of learning while maintaining high academic expectations rather than assigning hours of homework. The art, music and physical education programs are also strong and valuable to learning. This is a TRIBES school and all the teachers adhere to enforcing the principles of respect for others and good behavior.
My child is in the self-contained program. While the teachers and gifted curriculum are wonderful the program does not get the support it should from the administration. For example, tax credit dollars designated for gifted are not used for the program. The children don't have field trips or other opportunities to enhance their learning. The CGP program does do a good job handling the intensities often associated with gifted children. So, while happy with the program itself, the school overall is lacking. I have a child who is not gifted and Redfield is not an option. The school lacks parental involvement and there are a lot of behavioral issues. I do not think it is the best environment. In addition, it is a B school in a neighborhood where all of the other elementary schools are A schools.
Academically- unchallenging and low level expectations for students. If you have a kid that just wants to coast through, they will like it. Unhappy with princpal and discipline. They make a big deal about TRIBES but the truth is when we reported bullying the teacher ignored it and basically said she can do anything unless she sees it. When my kid finally got tired of it and did something back- my kid was the one that got in trouble. We will be taking our kids out at the end of the year due to the low level of academics and poor leadership from the principal.
We moved to this school a year ago from another district school and couldn't be happier with the teachers, the administration, and the diversity of the school population. Contrary to another reviewer's comments, I have found that the principal responds within 24 hours to any concern via phone or email.
This is our first year at this school. We have been really disappointed with the lack of communication from the Principal and the teacher. I have always had a wonderful experience with teachers emailing me back within 48 hrs. This is the first time and the first school where no one bothers to reply to your emails even after 2-3 months!! This starts with the Principal and trickles down to the teacher. Most of the other Scottsdale schools seem to offer interesting programs to kids like the First Lego League, Robotics etc while, this is the only school that doesn't. All that said, the curriculum seems to be good since my child is in a self contained program. Again, I would appreciate if there was more communication from the teacher on a weekly basis to let us know what transpires in class.
I have been frustrated with this school far too many times since it became Redfield. Unfortunately, voicing those concerns have gone nowhere. This school offers no grading system. They simply tell you that basically your child gets it or not. There is nothing to distinguish a strength or weakness in your child as these standards based reports are written. Additionally, the school does not do parent teacher conferences anymore. These are offered only upon parent request. One of the single most important aspects of your child's education is parental involvement and support and this school takes away a parent's ability to do so. Additionally, administration supports teachers lack of communication with parents. As the previous review has said, there are too many philosophies at this school that clash. Most of the families that we have known at this school previously known as Zuni and also the Aztec families have left.
We have had our children at redfield since it was Zuni.....we gave the new redfield 2 years.. We have decided to switch schools as this is a school that continues to struggle to find itself. The staff is passionate...but the school straddles too many philosphies. If you have a student in the gifted program..you are fortnate.. I believe that with the direction of the new principal mrs. Bonow...the school will excell once again. I wish it was a strong enough program all around to keep out kids in our home school.
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