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El Dorado Private School

Private | PK-8

We are best known for low student/teacher ratios.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $435,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,230.

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2013:
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Posted May 22, 2014

We have just finished our 7th year at El Dorado with both children having started in the preschool program. I honestly feel that we could not be happier at any other school! My oldest just finished 4th and the year was amazing!! He learned so much this year including an incredible improvement in his spelling, writing and composition. The reading and composition specialist at the school is absolutely amazing! And she has taught them how to utilize the iPads to create essays and create books. My son said writing used to be his least favorite subject but it now one of his favorite! The school has also recently implemented a math advanced placement program so the students that excel at math are offered the opportunity to work as far as a year ahead- which is actually two years ahead of their actual grade because the entire school works a year ahead in math. So many great things to say about each and every teacher! The staff is very very caring and I have seen time and again, the teachers go above and beyond to help each student succeed. I highly recommend El Dorado!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

We are thrilled with El Dorado Private School! Our son has grown leaps and bounds over the past four years, both socially and academically. We love the smaller class sizes. My son has learned to play the violin and trumpet as part of his music class. As a fifth grader, he is in a math class that is working from Saxon's 7th grade book. My son loves doing his research projects on his school issued iPad. The introduction of the iPads last year has turned my son into a great writer. Before the iPads, he did not enjoy writing. But now with all of the new, exciting ways he is being introduced to writing, he loves it! El Dorado definitely challenges my son each and every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

Disappointing. We came to this school with high hopes 3 years ago, but it just doesn't meet up to the standards of other private (and public) schools in the area. While El Dorado claims to teach a grade level ahead, a lot of kids just aren't ready for it, so they have to simplify the curriculum to keep everyone on the same page. A friend of mine has a child in a very academic charter school, and they are doing more challenging work than my El Dorado student. Another friend pulled her child from El Dorado and moved him into a gifted program at the local public school, and she said her child is learning more there. After hearing this feedback from my friends, I started looking into other schools as well. We found another private school, and realized that their curriculum is leaps and bounds above El Dorado. You might feel like your kid is at the top of their class at El Dorado, but that's only because there are so few students. You are essentially paying for a private school, but getting a public school education. I would advise anyone to do some thorough research before enrolling at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

El Dorado has been a great school for our children. You can really tell that Mrs. McDermott and her staff care about the students. The academics are outstanding, and we love the atmosphere on campus. My oldest son is working two grade levels ahead in math, and we love the fact that his reading and writing has flourished since we came to El Dorado. Our daughter is excited every day for preschool and is already reading. Super school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

El Dorado is a fantastic school! Strong academics, excellent teachers and administration, and caring atmosphere! Always has been during our seven years (and counting!) at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

If you're looking for a creative, loving atmosphere, you've come to the wrong school. The teachers are nice, but they run under the direction of the principal, who runs this school all wrong. This school gives out disciplinary warnings that they call infractions, and the students receive them for every little thing. I would agree if they gave out infractions for hitting, pushing, bullying, etc. but instead they are given out for every minor mishap. Kids at El Dorado receive infractions for reasons as simple as getting up during lunch time, forgetting to put on their jacket at recess, or not raising their hand. It is demoralizing, and it brings down the children's self esteem by being scrutinized over every little thing. Aside from that, the campus lacks upgrades and the enrollment shrinks drastically in the upper grades. My daughter used to love school, and now she never wants to go. We will be leaving El Dorado next year. Definitely do your research before enrolling in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2013

We are ecstatic to be a part of the El Dorado family! The smaller class sizes, challenging academics, and family feel is phenomenal. Coming from a larger school where they were more like just a number, the individual attention our sons receive is outstanding. Not only from their regular teachers, but even everyone in the front office, lunch counter, and other areas of the school knows who they are and care for them. I would highly recommend any family to check out this school. We really believe there is not another school like it!
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Posted November 30, 2013

Awesome school!! Great academics! Outstanding teachers! Amazing adimistration! Sepcial close-knit community! Tremendous parent support! Honestly could not ask for anything more than El Dorado has given our daughter!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I think El Dorao is amazing. The academics are excellent, and we love the close community feeling of the school. My husband and I are continually blown away by what our daughter is learning. I wish we had an El Dorado in New Mexico where I grew up!
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Posted September 25, 2013

I'm grateful for the time our kids spent at El Dorado. I'm pleased, in most aspects, with what they've learned and accomplished (weak in Spanish and development of writing skills, as well as introduction to technology - but strong elsewhere to help make up for it). That said, the environment changes as the kids age. There will be a time to move on as evidenced by the decreasing enrollment in the older grades. I'd recommend El Dorado for preschool and the first years of elementary, but then encourage parents to be involved with their kids and the school and be aware of other options for when the "right" time for your student to move on... just as I would suggest of students at any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

We have children in all levels od the school and absolutely love it! The teachers are caring and extremely hard working. They should be commended for their hard work and dedication.
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Posted July 25, 2013

The school that a few unhappy parents have described is not the same place that my son attended. He is in high school now and loved El Dorado. The academics are strong. He was able to test out of Algebra I and go directly to Geometry Honors. He was in many other Honors classes as a freshman. I never talked to a parent who said that their child was not challenged. If parents or students complained it was that there was too much work. The teachers know their stuff and are approachable. I reached them easily by emails and in person. I never had a problem scheduling a conference with any teacher and the director was always available. My son and many other high school graduates often go back to the school to visit former teachers. Most of the teachers that my son had are still there and still seem to enjoy the students and the grades they teach. In middle school, my son went to dances, game nights, a team building weekend, and 4 day trips each year that he still talks about. For an unbiased opinion of the school, talk to the local private high schools. El Dorado students are considered tops. Every school has its few detractors, but you can't argue with success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

I'm ashamed to see the negative posts coming from parents who have loved EDPS and thought it was the perfect school for their children. Then when something did not go their way they turned against the school. My kids have been there for a couple of years from moving back to AZ. We did a lot of research of various private school in the area. Both my husband and I love the staff, smaller classrooms and the attention to the children. EDPS an excellent school and the proof is how successful the school has been over the past 40 years!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2013

My children have being excelling at EDPS for several years. We were at another private school location where we left due to their poor educational structure. I have many neighbors' children at EDPS and decided to meet with them. We were able to tour the school during school hours and see each of the classrooms were the kids would be as well as they got to shadow for a day. Extremely, helpful staff!!!! I asked the children how they felt about the school and they nothing negative to say. That was 3 years ago and still happy we made the change!!
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Posted July 5, 2013

El Dorado Private School is a perfect school for our daughter! I could not be more pleased with the quality education that she is receiving. She is also very happy and loved going to school each day. I wish they had a summer camp!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

I think EDPS is a fantastic school, full of caring teachers that challenge my son to fulfull his true potential. Just this past year alone, the addition/upgrade of the technology program and the security enhancements have been tremendous. I find the administration to be very open to hearing concerns and adressing them when needed, however I am also very glad that the school does not allow the parents to dictate what takes place! We will be at EDPS for a long time come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

Another parent told me about the negative comments that were recently put on this site, and I couldn't disagree more. El Dorado has been a fantastic school for our 7th grader. We have been at EDPS since 1st grade and are extremely pleased. Yes, there are fewer students in the older grades, which we see as a benefit from the larger schools. As an involved parent in my child's education, I am very aware of the new technology the school brought in and how my son has used it in every subject, from Science and English to Social Studies and Music. El Dorado just continues to get better and it is a shame that a few disgruntled parents take to making up negative comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

We proudly support El Dorado! As the parents of a previous 8th grade graduate and another graduating in two years, we have seen our children flourish at this school. The teachers have always been very caring and supportive of our kids. Occasionally our son did need a little tough love, but so do many twelve year olds at times! Over the many years, we have seen El Dorado make improvements to its curriculum and facilities. In fact, we have been at the school long enough to see the past TWO construction projects which added a total of seven classrooms I think and a dedicated science room. The technology upgrade of replacing all of the older pc's with and all new campus-wide wireless network and new Macs and iPads from the 3 year olds through 8th grade was a massive upgrade. We are grateful the school chose to spend money on expansion and the upgraded technology rather than changing the color of the gates! Thank you El Dorado for having our children's education as your top priority!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

El Dorado Private School has an extreme lack of control over student conflicts. Problems you would think would be a no brainer are dealt with in a complete opposite way than expected. The school is great through fifth grade but once your child gets into the Middle School, they harass your child. The teachers encourage the students to have a positive outlook on their peers yet, they sit in a circle and talk about their students and their parents right in front of the kid's faces. The Director favors children and makes it obvious who she likes and who she doesn't. Everyday my child would come to school not feeling safe and secure like the school claims it is. The large technology fee isn't even used in daily classes, and children use them to watch videos and use social networking sites. We have been at El Dorado for over 5 years and are happy to say we are leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2013

El Dorado is a perfect school for our child. Our son has always been happy and excited about going to school and he has already been asking when school starts back up. He is ready for 4th grade to begin!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 42%
Hispanic 12% 43%
Black 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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  • Creative writing
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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Linda L. McDermott
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  • Email
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  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
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  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (480) 502-8044

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Playground
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  • Football
  • Soccer
  • softball
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  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • football

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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
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