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PK-8
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 248
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20624 North 76th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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(480) 502-6878
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October 27, 2014
New to El Dorado this year and couldn't be happier. Our 4 year old and 2nd grader are so happy, and it is amazing how much they have learned already!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
February 05, 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
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
January 06, 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
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!

- submitted by a parent
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
October 08, 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!

- submitted by a parent
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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!!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 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
July 05, 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
July 03, 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
July 03, 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
July 01, 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
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
April 29, 2013
My husband and I would like to thank El Dorado for another fantastic year! The Open House that we just attended on Friday was awesome. It was great to go through all the classrooms and see what was going to be coming up ahead for our first grader. Our two years at El Dorado have been wonderful! Thank you!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Every day we feel truly blessed that we found El Dorado Private School. We recommend that everyone take a look. We were referred to the school by friends and are glad we were. Both our son and daughter, while not at the same academic ability, are thriving. The best part is they both can't wait to go to school each morning. The new technology that was introduced to the school this year has been a big plus. We also love the addition of the Resource Officer Program!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
Wouldn't you want a school that is a "quiet, structured campus" that pays "attention to minor behavioral routines"?! I view that as a definite positive!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
El Dorado has been a perfect school for our family over the past five years. I love that it is a school with discipline as referenced in the post below. By taking care of the minor behavioral problems, large ones are never created. Both my Kindergartner and 5th grader love going to school each day and we could not be more pleased with the staff and how they care about our children. And academically, my husband and I could not be more proud with what they are learning! Awesome school. Thank you El Dorado!!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Fantastic school! We are happy to have found a such a perfect school after moving here from Connecticut.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
I am very happy to have my daughter attending El Dorado. The acadmeics are second to none and the sense of community on campus make it feel like a second home! Thank you, El Dorado!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
We are new to El Dorado this year and have been very pleased with the school. Both of our children have transitioned nicely to the school as everyone, students, teachers and staff were so accepting. The higher academic standard took a little bit for them to get used to, but this is why we chose to move them to El Dorado from the nearby public school. Thank you, El Dorado!

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
El Dorado is a fantastic school! We are very happy we found such a great place for our daughter and we would recommend El Dorado to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
El Dorado is a fantastic school. We came here from another private school back east and could not be happier. The staff if friendly, encouraging and very engaged in our children's well-being and education. I have found the administration to be very open and concerned about the students. We were very nervous about leaving our other school and being able to find another great one, but we have found home! Thank you, El Dorado!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
We could not be happier at El Dorado! It has always been a great school and our three children are receiving an excellent education. We love the close knit feeling of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
El Dorado is a great school! We have been very happy in our four years here. Our son came to El Dorado well behind most of the other students in reading. We did choose to have him tutored for the first semester, but it was not suggested to us. In fact, we were told by the director that by the end of the year he would be able to catch up. We did have him tutored however to speed up the process. By midyear he fit in with his class better and now in 5th grade is reading at a 7th grade level. We are looking forward to our remaining three years at El Dorado.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
I want to like this school, but it's leadership model is inherently flawed to have the principal's family members on staff. There is a serious drop in enrollment b/c of the economy, so the school is lowering it's academic standards and "dumbing" down it's curriculum. Your children can def. learn as much if not more at a public school. Do not waste your money on this private school.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
I'm very disappointed in the below average education my children got here. They say they teach a grade level above public school, but most of the kids aren't ready for it, and so they end up teaching to them. An above-average child isn't challenged, and a below-average one is told to get tutoring (additional cost, of course) and then encouraged not to return the next year. The lack of leadership and discipline is evident in the way the parents run the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
We could not be more pleased with this family owned school! That is definitely one of the benefits! Coming from another corporate owned private school, it has been refreshing to see an owner/principal that truly cares about her students, staff, and school. The entire staff appears to be one, big family. They all get along, care and support each other. And as for the owner's two children that teach at the school, my two children had them both as teachers in consecutive years in kindergarten and first grade. They could not be more wonderful, dedicated professionals. We are also very excited about all the new technology. And yes, funds for $500,000 in new technology have to come from somewhere. We are more than willing to pay a $200 technology fee for the implementation of this equipment. We have spent three years at El Dorado and look forward to the next seven years! Hopefully by then there will be an EDPS high school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
Definitely disappointed after two years at El Dorado. I loved the family feel and the campus was very neat/tidy compared to others I have seen. I thought that I did a thorough screening in my private school search but now two years later after having two children attend the school, we are looking elsewhere. They like their cookie cutter kids and parents who do not need/ask for any extra attention in any certain area. I thought that teachers were there to help the children but my kids have not been pushed to their full potential and when one of my children had not been exposed to a particular topic I was the one questioned. Very expensive if I am the one expected to introduce and teach academics to my children. Class sizes seem to be growing and the individualization I thought I would buy from this private school was completely opposite of how they operate. Fit the mold, make the teacher s job as easy as possible or move on. I m moving on and not wasting any more of my precious developing minds time. Not a fit for everyone, regardless of income.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
This school has been excellent for our two boys. They get a well rounded education here. The staff works with the parents to make the learning environment the best that it can be. As far as the comments on the "greedy owner", I have seen the opposite. Our situation was such that we paid for the full years tuition and then the boys could not attend until the following year. The contract states that the fees are nonrefundable. However, the owner not only held our spots all year (just in case we got there) she then credited our account for the next years tuition. No school is perfect but this one is pretty close.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
Love, love, love the school!!!! My boys cannot be happier there and they are getting an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
As a teacher at El Dorado for 10+ yrs I COMPLETELY DISAGREE with several of June reviews. El Dorado's number 1 priority is our student's education and creating well rounded individuals. As for the owner/director, she is always there for her staff and gives 110% to make EDPS the best it can be. If the teachers are so unhappy then why have a majority of them taught at EDPS for 10 or more yrs. Our school offers low students/teacher ratios and an individualized curriculm so that every child is given the opportunity to succeed. Please don't look at those couple of reviews from sour parents that are never going to be happy at any school their child attends and come see for yourself what El Dorado is all about.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 29, 2009
I thank God we have found a place where my girls are happy. We love EDPS. No thanks to the other private school that does not foster individuality or creativity. They don't care about your kids people wake up!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
Very disappointed by a few parents who ruin it for us all. My kids have been at El Dorado for 8yrs and they love it. Not once in the 8 years has it ever been a fight with my kids to go to school they can't wait to get there each day. Yes there is turnover but they are getting rid of the bad apples. With so many good teachers out there why should they keep the bad ones! My kids are the most confident, well spoken, and out going kids .I credit this to the loving ,caring staff.Ther are a few things that need work (spanish, computers and the middle school) no school is perfect but this one comes pretty close!!!!! Don't let one nasty person ruin it for the rest. Come for a tour and ask any kid how they like the school . It is always a happy.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2009
This school is one of the worst examples of a private school we've ever seen. The politics come screaming through the halls, as fantastic teachers are let go, while older teachers that cause trouble, stay. The owner has no involvement with her staff, and does not help with problems between them. The only drive here is financial. We decided to pull our children out and put them in a private school where education is the first and far most. The most important thing is that our children are happy and learn, and that can not be fulfilled if the teachers are unhappy. It emanates through the halls that the staff members are not a family and that they do what they can to make others look bad. That is not the environment I want my children to grow up learning. We are very displeased with this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 03, 2009
We love this school. It will be our 6th year there with 3 children. They have an individualized curriculum that has addressed each of my unique children s needs. You feel like a part of a large family at this school. Even with the very academic curriculum they make learning fun and the kids do not get burned out. After a week of summer they are ready to go back. There is a very low student teacher ratio; so, the kids really get to know and love their teachers. There are usually at least two teachers in every classroom; so, it gives your child two different adults to relate to. Also, the school realizes that academics are not the only important part of an elementary education. I ve noticed that my children have learned compassion and self-confidence in this loving environment.The teachers are on the playground at all times, so no bullying.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2009
Constant teacher turnover, silly policies and a lack of motivation to improve the school made us leave. The owner is satisfied with a full preschool than addressing why the primary and middles school students are leaving. The only strong point is math. The students are far behind on writing.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
Sadly, the cons out weigh the pros at this school. Often, I was disturbed by the lack of teacher involvement to help the children settle disbutes in the classroom. Children were often crying and forced to figure out themsleves how to handle conflicts. Isn't that a major part of a teacher's job? Especially in the ealry years of school. Needless to say we have registered elsewhere for the upcoming school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
My daughter just finished her 4th year at this school, which is her last. Every year I felt I needed to change schools, but ended up enrolling her for another year. Another year of classroom chaos which in my opinion is directed at the weakness of the classroom teachers. I should have made a change before this, but didn't. More parents need to do some classroom observations before making a decision to enroll at this school. In my opinion, for the cost, I feel the quality of education just isn't what it should be. I didn't realize it until I looked around.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2009
I school upto 8th grade with no required medical staff .I would not recommend this school to anyone for they have accepted that they are not medically sound.No proper communication to parents is a usual habit of the school.Parents looking for a safe environment would definetly not think about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2009
If you are looking for a nurturing environment that respects each child, both academically and emotionally, you have found an educational home for your family. I have been teaching at this school for 8 years after being in the public school system for 16 years. I am confident that you will not find a more positive, challenging, and family oriented school than EDPS. Over the years I have come to know each teacher/staff personally, their qualifications /abilities, and I can say that everyone associated with EDPS is highly qualified and dedicated to every child that attends the school. I am proud to be part of such a 'home town' kind of school where the staff greets each child by name.

- submitted by a teacher
February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2009
Awesome School! This is our second year at El Dorado...we are so thankful all three of our children are thriving academically and socially. The teachers are amazing. They all create such a comfortable and respectful environment for all children. My kids LOVE going to school and are loving the academics! This is the only school that I found that had everything. Take a tour ...that is all it took for me to know that this school was the one our my children! Kudos to El Dorado!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
What a school! I have three children attending EDPS (3's, K and 1st). This is our 3rd year at EDPS and my husband, children and myself could not be happier. The teachers and administration are wonderful. The curriculum is individualized and challanging in a positive way. Can't wait to see what the year brings for us. We are only starting the 5th week and I am amazed at what they have already learned. Would recommend this school to anyone that wants a quality education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
Great 3 year olds program; we couldn't believe what our son learned!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
Excellent curriculum. My children have attended for 9 years. My oldest is in the eighth grade and will be entering a private high school next fall and she will be in the AP classes for Math, History, and Spanish. So glad we made the choice of EDPS for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2007
Every school has its admirers as well as detractors. Unfortunately, it is impossible to please everyone. Our goal is to abide by our philosophy which is an individualized curriculum for each child. We have caring and well qualified teachers and curriculum coordinators who work towards developing the well rounded child. We strive to better ourselves each year and help our children realize their full potential. We encourage parents to bring us their concerns and we are always open to suggestions. While we aim for open communication, we do not believe in compromising our standards. The fine education and values we impart to our children is our primary concern.

- submitted by a community member
no rating June 21, 2006
Fabulous school. Great teachers and staff members. My child accelerated 2 grades ahead in first grades. Would recommend this school to those parents that want a quality education for their child.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
We started with the preschool program for 3 years olds. What a super experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
i have looked at this school very closely and careflly for my 5 yr old son ... who will start kindergarten this yr. Very good student tteacher ratios.. 1;14. good academics.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
I have 2 children at EL Dorado P.S. 1st and 2nd grade we left for a year and went to public, what a mistake! My children are still catching up. The teachers are terrific and upbeat administration is always available. I have never had an issued that was not resolved that day. My first grade child is challenged with 3rd grade work and up. My second grade child who had some serious self esteem issues after public is now happy and confident. I can not thank El Dorado enough!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
I am a teacher at El Dorado Private School. There are two teachers to 24 students in the kindergarten through third grade. We individualize to meet the students needs. Most of our students are at least one grade level if not more above their current grade. Enjoy working with administration. They support the teachers and care about each and every student. The middle school students are doing high subjects. They promote advanced learning.

- submitted by a teacher
February 22, 2006
Has gotten away from individualizing the curriculum and recommends tutoring of students to meet standards. Teachers are not readily available. Utilizes teachers on staff as tutors for a cost instead of prividing teacher assistance.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
Great school. Very child and family oriented.

- submitted by a teacher
January 03, 2006
My son has been at El Dorado for two years. I think it is a great school! The staff is so friendly and the teachers are the best! I do however have to say, we are only in the preschool side! I have heard mixed reviews about K-8! I have him enrolled there because my daughter goes to school next door at Grayhawk. I am thinking about enrolling her in El Dorado as well. The classroom sizes and ratio of student to teacher is much lower. I have loved getting to know the other parents and find I have much more in common with them than Grayhawk. We have developed so many great friendships there. It is a close knit, safe and loving school! You will fall in love with Mrs. Eastin the minute you walk in the door! She is GREAT! They really care about You!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
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October 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2005
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September 20, 2005
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August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
El Dorado is the best private K-8 school in the state of Arizona! 1)Teacher to Student Ratio of 10 to 1! 2) Test scores are a full 2 grade levels above the national average! 3)Entire school staff knows each individual child and pay attention to their individual needs!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
My three children currently attend EDPS. We have been at the school for over 6 years. My 6th grader scored almost all Post High School on her Stanford 9's in 5th grade. My younger children scored WELL above average as well. EDPS is a small campus, with only 1 class per grade level after 1st grade. It's a GREAT environment if you want your child to have individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 11, 2005
My son has attended El Dorado Private School for 4 years. Our experience has been very positive! The teachers and staff are extremely nurturing and the administrations knows everybody's name that comes through their door. I feel confident that my son is safe and well cared for when he walks through the gates of that campus! Academically, my son is receiving a first rate education that is tailored to his needs. I highly and enthusiastically recomend this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
El Dorado has been a great experience for my daughter, anna. She enjoys the classroom activities,art,group involvement,academics are made fun and intresting, teacher to student ratio is two to twelve/fifteen students.The school provides all areas of the arts and sports along with other extra caricular activities, she has been involved with dance and martial arts. The staff and teachers are very friendly and dedicated to supporting the students. El Dorado has been a very positive and safe learning environment, security through out the day is at the top of their priorities. The teachers actully line-up and load each student into the parents back seat of their car at the end of each day,as the parent stays behind the wheel. I thought that was amazing.We could not have found a better school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
The staff seems very dedicated, uses a team approach and everyone is on the same page. The student=teacher ratio is great and there is consistency and strict adherence to the rules.

- submitted by a teacher
August 03, 2005
This is a great school. My children have had a wonderful experience and are getting a terrific education. We're looking forward to another year of success.

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August 03, 2005
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academically strong for the pre-k and k programs. They have sign language and spanish.

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July 10, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
Great school, great teachers, provides excellent education.

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July 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
I have been extremely pleased with this school. The teachers, office staff and education can't be beat! You couldn't ask for a better school. It is the best education AZ has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
What a gem in the desert! This school has provided my daughter with an excellent education. The curriculum is advanced and her fifth grade teacher was wonderful. Her teacher did not stop teaching in April to practice for the SAT's, but instead worked on literature and besides the other subjects, her class performed a musical mythological play. It was great. My daughter has been attending this school since preschool and has always had superb teachers. We especially like the small student to teacher ratio and how subjects are geared to the potential and strengths of the child.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
Excellent school. We have children in both the preschool and the elementary. My four year old is reading after pre-kindergarten and doing addition and subtraction and we are looking forward to what he'll be able to accomplish in kindergarten at El Dorado next year. Our daughter just completed the 3rd grade program and has reached 2 academic school years above her grade level in both math, spelling and reading. Her comprehension is outstanding. She had fabulous 3rd grade certified teachers (2 in a class of 23-not an aide) and we look forward to having what we have heard from other parents, a great teacher in fourth grade. This school is for those children who academically are advanced.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
Outstanding school! Academically challlenges my children. The music, Spanish and art teacher are great! Director has established a well-qualified staff to teach the individualized curriculum. Each of my children develop to their full potential each year. It just keeps getting better and better. It most definitely has not gone downhill. Ask a parent who has had children attend preschool through the middle school. El Dorado would not have stayed in education for the last 35 years if they weren't a quality school.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
What a fabulous school! We have been at the school from preschool through 7th grade. We are greatly appreciative of the education that our son has received. He's taking high school math and excells in all areas. He plays in the after schools sports program against other private schools. You can't go wrong at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
Fantastic school! Can't wait for another year to begin. My husband searched high and low for a school that could compare to the back east schools that we are accustomed to sending our children. So far we've been extremely pleased. Our 3 children are excelled beyond our expectations. If education is a priority, this is the school that gives you the curriculum and nurturing that will enable to children to get into top ranked high schools. All the elementary teachers and middle school teachers are certified and most have their masters degrees. Come check out this school. Make up your own mind and don't listen to some disgruntled parents whose children couldn't make the grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
This is a wonderful school. My son attended from 1st grade through 8th grade and just graduated this year. When testing into a private high school, he was accepted with honors and is enrolled in the AP classes. He would not have achieve this success without the help of the caring administration and the extremely qualified teachers. Check this school out. You don't want to miss the opportunity of having your child attend one of the best private schools in the state.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
My kids have attended this school for many years and will attend for many years to come. This school has caring office staff, wonderful teachers and an excellent curriculum. My kids are advanced academically and have enjoyed the benefits that the school has to offer. I highly recommend this school to anyone interested in a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
I have always found the staff to be direct, honest and to look out for the best interest of all the kids, not just those whose parents feel their child needs special treatment at the expense of others. It saddens me when the few in the minority feel that they can speak for the majority. They are just the most demanding and speak louder than anyone. Funny thing is they never seem to be happy anywhere. I love EDPS and will continue to send my children here. I wouldn't send them anywhere else.

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June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
This school gave my child the individual attention she needed to get a head start at the high school level. Advanced lessons were taught in both math, literature, science, Spanish and social studies. When testing into a private high school she was able to be placed in the AP classes. Recommend this middle school to those students that have a drive to excel in academics. The sports program is a great added benefit as well as the competitive teams that go on to compete in the Battle of the Books, National Spelling Bees and Math-A-Thons.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
My son went to this school from preschool through kindergarten. After going to the public school, they found many weak areas in his reading skills. I was told just the opposite at El Dorado. I don't feel the teaching staff is as strong as it should be.

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June 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
My husband and I would like to know where all the fundraiser money goes. We haven't seen any improvements at all.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
I am appalled at the reviews written in May and June. My son has attended this school since first grade and just graduated 8th grade. He will be attending a private high school where he tested in the top 5%. Without the education he received at this top notched school, he would not have been able to test into the high school of his choice. This school has not gone downhill, but with each year has improved their curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
Couldn't believe I found this school just moving here from New York. It was the perfect fit for my girls. This school's curriculum was better and more accelerated than their old private school. I rate it an A++++++++ Don't miss out by sending your child to public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
Fantastic school! Like the administrative staff. Caring, qualified teachers. Great curriculum. Be sure to visit this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
This school is wonderful. My daughter is in the 6th grade and has attended since preschool. She is far advanced compared to her neighborhood friends that attend the closest public school. Paying the price of tuition will guarantee at this school that your child will get into a private high school of their choice. In fact call up the private high schools and they will recommend that you attend this school. What better review could you get.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
It's just like the news. You only hear bad things. The bad reviews are not true about this school. There are over 290 families at the school with 378 students. How could they all be wrong. This is an excellent school and has only improved over their 35 year history. The student's needs are met individually and they thrive on the fact that in the preschool, kindergarten and primary grades there are two teachers in every classroom to see that the children get individual attention. Don't listen to others, but make up your opinion by checking out the school and talking to the more than 280 families that are very impressed with the school's curriculum.

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June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
The overall performance of this school is not the high quality it was three years ago. My children attended here from PreK through second grade. The early years were good, but went downhill on the elementary side. I feel the director needs to have competent, certified staff at this school. This is not the case and the way the director covers this important issue up, is what disturbs me the most.

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June 14, 2005
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June 13, 2005
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June 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
My child attended EDPS from K through 2nd grade; the K teacher, Mrs. B., was very personable with the parents and kids, and a hands-on teacher. She learnd every child's strengths, and encouraged them to grow, and worked with them on their weaknesses--social and academically. She enjoyed teaching, and was available for parents at any time to discuss their child's progress. First and Second grade teachers were similar. Unfortunately, this summer, many teachers have left the school and many of the best teachers are gone. The principal is not flexible, and not a problem-solver. She cannot manager 'outlier issues' effectively--business or child-related. She is not a good leader. The teaching program allows children to advance at their own level and we found that helpful.

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June 09, 2005
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June 08, 2005
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June 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 06, 2005
Looking back on my child's education at this school, I have to wonder to myself why we stayed here as long as we did. I guess my only answer is that I didn't know any better and thought this was a better school. This is not a better place. The area public schools have much more to offer.

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June 06, 2005
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June 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
Parents, did you ever sit in on your child's classes to see what is going on? You may want to do this. Class management is lacking in many of the classes. I don't even know how the quiet students can learn. Most of the classes are chaotic.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
This school is at an all time low. I would not recommend any parent to send thier child here due to low quality teachers and poor administrators in the front office.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
We've been here for 4 years. We were happy the first year in first grade but after that there were issues every year. My son will be going to another private school for the fall.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
It bothers us to say our favorite teacher on campus won't be returning in the fall. She is an excellent teacher. Many times we have observed the children learning when they didn't even realize learning was taking place. She has a special way about her and with children. There will be fortunate children in her future classroom. Parents loved her as well. The director doesn't realize what a loss this is to the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
My main question about this school is, 'Why isn't the director more visable on campus?' I thought for awhile that the admissions director was the director. She seems to do most everything in the office. If the director expects to have a good strong school, then she needs to show herself to the parents and to the children more.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
The only recommendation I would give to parents about this school is for the preschool. The elementary side of the campus is not worth the money. The teachers aren't high quality. I think this school gets the leftovers.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
This school is lacking in leadership by the director.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
Without the sixth grade science teacher here next fall, we feel will have an effect on the school. The middle grades are not strong. Now without her returning, the middle grades will really be weak.

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May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
When observing in my son's classroom several times during the school year, I have to say I was bothered by the lack of classroom managements skills on the part of both teachers. I have to admit that I was not impressed with the quality of classroom management I witnessed. My son told me his room was like this all the time.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
As I was reading down through the parent reviews, the one that jumped out at me the most was the review that said the director is more interested in test scores than anything else. This remark I have to agree with. The director lives for these test results.

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May 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
If the director would hire some qualified staff, lower the tuition cost and provide some extra activities that would not cost the parents more money, I feel her school enrollment would get better.

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May 30, 2005
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May 29, 2005
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May 29, 2005
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May 29, 2005
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May 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
When my son started here, he was in kindergarten. I felt his room was loud and full of chaos. Reading time was a disaster. The noise level was so loud, I don't even know how the kids can think to read!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
Why would parents stay at this school when there are so many problems and there are so many dissatisfied parents? We think that parents do not know where to go! There are other private schools and the two public schools in the area are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
You would think that with the location of this school in North Scottsdale, would be a quality place...not true. There are so many problems at this school. The problems started about three years ago and have continued.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
After reading many of the unhappy parents reviews, I have to say that I agree with the majority of the comments. This school used to be a great place to send your child. It isn't anymore, due to the leadership of the director. What a mess it is now. It makes me sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
Quality is what my wife and I look for when searching for a school. Our son has been here for 2 years and we have decided to move him to another private school due to bad decisions made during the last 2 weeks at this school. We need to move on. This school is moving in the wrong direction.

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May 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
My son just completed 1st grade at Eldorado. His two teachers are exceptional. His reading and math skilss have improved greatly. And science is now a favorite. However, I am very disappointed to learn that both teachers have been let go at the end of this year. I had hoped that my 5 year old would have the opportunity to have these two teachers. The fact that the administration decided to let these two very qualified and in high demand teachers go, in my view is a very very poor decision. And based on this I may need to alter my plans for my childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
After three years, we are leaving this school. We had a fairly good year the first year but things have changed dramatically since then. Several of the teachers are leaving. Every year there seems to be more and more teachers leaving. This was a bad sign. School basically ends in April as they spend almost an entire month preparing for the Stanford tests. My friend in the public school says they are working till the bitter end (not spending an entire month preparing for the test). Director is very impersonal. Be careful, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Year's almost over. Can't begin to say what a wonderful experience my daughter has had. Great academic programs. Terrific after school sports programs. Regional winners of Battle of the Books, Science Fair Projects, Spelling Awards. Look no further for a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
This school was recommended to me by a neighbor last year. We enrolled and I have to say, I'm disappointed very much! First of all, no one ever sees the director unless you go into the front office. My husband and I find her to be very nonconfrontational. It seems very stange to us. So, needless to say, we're leaving the school and are going to enroll in public where we find the principal to be very personable. What a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
Great for earlier grades-Subjects not diversified enough in older grades. Kids are too sheltered.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
My daughter has been going to EDPS full-time since she was 3 years old. We're very pleased with what she has learned, both academic and social. We intend to remain at EDPS through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
El Dorado has been fantastic for our children! This is our first year at the school and my husband and I have definitely found a home for our children through the 8th grade. We love the smaller class sizes with two qualified teachers! Even the art and computer classes are split to provide that fantastic ratio! We have seen first hand how this has helped them soar academically with all the personal attention. They love going to school! In fact all of our children want to stay at school after and so they each participate in at least one of El Dorado's after school programs. We love the school, we just hope El Dorado opens a high school by the time our children are of that age!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
My child was a student at EDPS for six months.We moved to AZ from the North East where high academic standards are expected.My child was bored and not being challenged at EDPS.My child now attends a scottsdale public school where the curriculum is 1 yr. ahead of EDPS. My child is thriving and is enjoying the- extracurricular activities, the science lab,art room with kiln,cafeteria and computer room with enough computers for every child.I will not recommend El Dorado private school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2005
We were very embarrased attending this school. There is fundraiser after fundraiser all year long. We got so sick of donating money and never seeing any improvements in the school. Where does all the money go? We left after one year.

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2005
My child has been at El Dorado for the past five years. We come from back East and expect high academic standards for our child. We have been very satisfied with El Dorado's accelerated curriculum, its low student-teacher ratios as well as the school's open door policy. I have found the teachers to be very positive and encouraging as well as nurturing. The principal has always been very professional and accessible. Our child can't wait to get to school each morning. What we like above all, are the values imparted to the children within the classroom setting. We appreciate tremendously the value-based education that this chool takes the time to impart to our children. Needless to say we count ourselves fortunate that our child will attend this fine school all the way through middle school. We would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
My children have been attending El Dorado for 8 years. We have had a wonderful experience. The director and the staff at El Dorado have been amazing and have addressed all of my concerns immediately. I would recommend this school to those who love their children and want a quality education. My daughter has excelled in all of her classes. My son is receiving personalized attention to accelerate his learning curve.

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January 27, 2005
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December 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
Principal leadership is extremely poor. There is no PTO to work out any problems. We will not be returning next year.

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December 02, 2004
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El Dorado Private School
20624 North 76th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85255
(480) 502-6878
Last modified El Dorado Private School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
El Dorado Private School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 167 reviews. Top