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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 634

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7690 E. Williams Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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December 14, 2013
Moved from VA & top rated school with fabulous parent/teacher involvement, so were concerned whether this school would measure up. Our son attended 3rd & 4th grade, class size: 29 to 31 - teachers handled it great. Principal is very visible & creates an open, caring environment & is very involved with the kids. Teachers are qualified, well organized & caring. Parent/teacher conference: useful & provided great feedback. Honors program (English & Math) were great. Art teacher communicated nicely on one of our son's assignments. PE teacher held morning cross country running class & gave great feedback; he's really nice & caring. Honors teacher: very nice, knowledgable & efficient. She gave insight on behavior, common with gifted kids. Staff: nice & efficient & involved! Safety: morning drop-off can be busy; cross-guard lady helps keeping things safe. We've volunteered for recess for over the past year. We'd address bullying (very little of that) & ensuring kids didn't get into things that could hurt them & handling disputes. It also discouraged random people from entering the school yard. Maintenance: very clean, updated equipment. Community: beautiful & clean.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
My daughter is in kindergarten at Pinnacle Peak Elementary. I couldn't be more pleased with the school, staff, and teachers. Everyone has been so nice and welcoming. The class size is small (18), and the kids get the attention that they need. Parental involvement is very high. Parents are encouraged to eat lunch with the kids and help in the classroom. I love the school and am look forward to the next several years there!!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
Choose wisely -- you have a choice. This school will never be good or even average until it gets a principal who does something besides back-up ineffective teachers and students who are bullies. The parents are lovely, many of the kids are, too, but the academics are weak in comparison to other elementary schools and teachers. Bullies run rampant and the teachers and targets can't do anything because the principal doesn't handle it in a meaningful way. Teachers know they can slide by on little and the principal will back them up. There are some good teachers, but many are weak, and this principal brings the whole school down. Choose another school with a better leader; most of the good families avoid Pinnacle Peak -- we left, following the lead of three far wiser families who left months before us, and we all went different ways but are delighted with our new situations.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2012
The school is good, not great. There are both good and bad teachers. And there is a lot of nepotism, staff's children getting preferential treatment. The No Limits program is a combined 5th and 6th grade class with almost 40 kids and one teacher. They score well on AIMS because they teach to the test. It is a large public school with overcrowded classrooms. It is what it is.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
We are new to Pinnacle Peak and are amazed at how great this school is. This is a dream school. Perfect in every way. The principal is outstanding. The school is run smoothly and the teachers are what you wish every teacher across America would be like. I have never seen my kids so happy and excited to go to school. Also, all of the parents that we have met are so nice along with their children. An A + school.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2012
I feel so blessed to have my neighborhood school be Pinnacle Peak. Mr. Lee is an outstanding principal. We have the most amazing teachers, dedicated PTO and parent volunteers.Our school is always looking for unique way to make it a better learning and social enviroment for the children at the school- Ipad lab, project gold, No limits, etc... We are really looking forward to another great year at PPES- The Best School in America!!! !

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
As a teacher of the PPES staff I can assure you that the educators in this building are some of the most dedicated and talented educators you will find. We focus on what is best for every student and provide support so every child can be successful. And their success shows, we were ranked as the #1 K-6 elementary school in the state. Our school's innovation and hard work is being recognized by our district. This year we will be piloting a "No Limits" program for a group 5th and 6th grade students that integrates inquiry based learning, physical education and technology. With the support of our Professional Development department we have created a Center for Teaching Excellence that is starting within the primary grades. Our goal is for these programs to expand. These programs would never have been an option without the caliber of educators we have in EVERY classroom as well as the leadership of our principal and the support of our community.

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2012
In my opinion, it is true that many of the teachers at this school give preferential treatment to kids whose parents shower them daily with gifts such as Starbucks, dessert items, fast food, etc. For the enormous quantities of donations the PTO takes in, there should be more money to supplement such things as textbooks and field trips. Certain teachers, however, such as the art, band, and honors teachers, DO NOT participate in this behavior and are FANTASTIC teachers. There are very tight cliques of parents who rule the roost at this school. Parents who are not part of these cliques feel like outsiders and our children pay the price daily. The core knowledge curriculum is EXCELLENT, but many of the teachers (especially those demanding gifts) do not adhere very closely to it. The lunch period is too short, especially when time spent in line to and from the cafeteria and to buy food is taken into account. In my opinion, although the principal may not be getting everything right, he has good intentions. I do not believe that this school is terrible, but there is much room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
I am one of the parents who went on the Library field trip and I love this field trip. The students are getting to walk on a beautiful day with as many parents as want to join. We learned all about the construction of this wonderful library, it being Green and all, our kids were able to check out books for an up comming report that was due and then we all walked back and enjoyed a picnic lunch and fun in the local park! Its nice to get back to the basics and enjoy the simple things in life. Walking to our local library with our brown bag lunches.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
It's no surprise the defenders of PPES are lurking to challenge any truths about the school. A neighboring elementary public school took their 2nd grade kids to the Music Instrument Museum, and they have an upcoming trip to a different cultural museum. Our kids walk to the nearby public library? As if kids have never been there? Some "trip"... The PTO is partially involved in sharing the expense of field trips with the school. The PTO has fundraiser after fundraiser and the kids are walking to a library? As for the favoritism, it exists, whether you are aware of it, or not willing to admit it. Maybe you haven't experienced the discrimination that goes on in this school. When you don't play to the school's games, you see certain kids receiving preferential treatment in class. Either you are a participant or not very involved in school. Those who attend know the modus operandi of this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
I am reading the previous post and am floored by the lack of knowledge this person has. The textbooks are provided by the district and not by the PTO. The PTO at Pinnacle Peak has always been great about providing what the teachers request. You can see by the test scores, all of the students of Pinnalce Peak are treated fairly by the teachers. Parent involvemnet does not mean your child is treated differently.. As far as field trips, PPES is a public school and does not have the ability to do extravagant field trips just like all other public schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
This is my family's fourth year at Pinnacle Peak Elementary. We are so happy with the core knowledge program and the overall learning experience that out children are receiving The dedication of the Mr. Lee, the teachers and the PTO board are so amazing. All three are constantly working to make sure that all of the children receive the best education possible. We feel very fortunate to have out children there!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
We have had a very good experience at this school with each of our children. The Core Knowledge (trademark;-) curriculum is fantastic. I love that my children are learning so much about our and other cultures, religions and histories. We've had very good teachers at PPES and the PTO works very hard to provide as much supplemental support as possible. One additional comment: Who are these people who are complaining that Mr. Lee doesnt care about the kids because the lunch time allotment is too short?? If a child cant accomplish lunch in 20 minutes...(in addition to the 20 minutes of recess just prior)...Im just saying...in my house, that's called lollygagging. I send my children to school for a great academic experience and social development but clearly the education takes the priority. The school day is from 9-3 which isnt very much time, so I am happy my kids get 40 minutes for lunch and recess and no more. Is that even determined by a principal? I'd *think* that scheduling is a district issue. In either case, if you want to see changes, which I thoroughly respect....get to work on them! As far as Mr. Lee, I've never seen a more involved Principal. I am done now;-)

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2011
This is our first year in Pinnacle Peak and I am very pleased with the progress my children have made. My 4th grader didn't have and IEP, but that didn't stop the school from giving him the necessary attention to motivate him academically to participate. They were successful! My 1st grader came to the school with a pre-school reading level and finished the year strong at 2nd grade level. I am pleased with where my kids are at the end of the school year. There are rumors about bullying, but nothing that scared my kids enough to ask me to move them. They said over and over that they love the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2011
This is our first year at PPES and we couldn't be more disappointed in the chronic bullying that takes place and the low academic standards at a school in this demographic. We have had to bring to the attention of the Principal, on several occasions, about our child being choked, pushed down, etc. Again today our child is telling us it is still happening. Regarding academics, they have no system in place to handle well above average students until the 4th grade. We are even receiving graded work from the teacher that shows 100%, but after we review it, it is clear it was never truly graded. God help us all if any parent at this school is satisfied with the low academic standards that are being advertised as "better than other places in the Valley." Having come from another state's system, I assure you that this school is well behind the competition, and so will your child be when they become adults in the real world. I would strongly advise against moving in this area simply for the school; however, if you have $10K a year to spend there are many good private schools within 15-20 minutes away. The community is great, the school is not.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2011
I'm reading the reviews for Pinnacle, presently looking for schools for my girls, one will be entering 3rd grade and the other 11th in sept/2011, I will be relocating to scottsdale in July.2011 and will like to have them in a good school. After reading all the reviews below, it seems that Pinnacle may be one to consider for my 3rd grader.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
Pinnacle Peak Elementary is a vibrant, engaged and creative school. The Core Knowledge curriculum adds so much debth to the student's learning and really brings the subjects alive. The teachers and staff are highly dedicated and I have always found that they are willing to go the extra mile when my child needs help and are responsive to my questions or concerns. Mr. Lee the principal is an excellent leader and is well loved by the staff and parents. The parent group is very active at the school. I've always found them to be inviting, open and working hard for the students and staff. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a great education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
Pinnacle Peak Elementary school has been a great school for both of my kids for the past 5 years. It takes a village to raise a child and the school has done their part! The PTO has done a lot for our children and I appreciate their efforts especially as volunteers! I believe if you aren't happy with what is going on then get involved. It doesn't have to be during the day or all day. There is always an opportunity for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
I have a 4th grader and a 1st grader, so this will be our fifth year at PPES. The principal is awesome - very involved and clearly loved by the students. When I grew up the principal was someone to be feared. There are some awesome teachers there and then there are some that do have their favorites. The curriculum is strong. The PTO is very involved with the school, which is great to see, but I think there are too many requests for volunteering time and money/donations/selling items. Supporting this school as an involved parent could be a full-time job! My main beef is all the requests for money for gifts for the teachers, administrators, and support staff throughout the year. I think having one time during the year when we show our appreciation to them is fine, but this school pressures people to send in money for birthdays, Christmas, teacher's appreciation week, and more! My brother-in-law is a teacher in Texas and he thinks this number of gifts is excessive. Just recently the children were each asked to bring in a dollar or two (of their own money) for a birthday gift for one of the admins. That was just not called for, in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
I have only one child, in thier first year of school, at their first school ever. I have struggled as a single parent, working full time in the banking industry, to keep up with all the fundraising, events, and time that I am unofficially required to put into the school and classroom. PPES PTO always says that "everything is voluntary", but if you cannot be involved or simply dont have the money, you get emails from multiple parents reminding you that you are the only one not participating. My child has also been a victim of bullying and has even been pulled aside to ask of problems at home! However, I feel that the cirriculum is good and my child is learning at the pace that she should be. All in all, I am academically happy but have been made to feel as thought I am lacking as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
At PPES, many teachers pander to the clique of the "in crowd" of parents and their kids. It is a community of people who are all about show, and the school mirrors this. The lunch period is ridiculously short so the kids are hungry all day. Bullying is present, although I have to say that my kids have only had minor incidents. If you read some of the other posts, you can see the clique attitude coming through. On the positive side, the current principal has made HUGE improvements to this school since taking over a few years ago. The Core Knowlege curriculum is excellent. Some of the teachers are really good, kind people who care about the kids. Overall, I would say that this school has a lot of what's wrong in education and some of what is still good.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
I have three kids, two still at PPES and one that finished and is now in High School. So my oldest started at PPES when it opened. My two children currently at Pinnace Peak are in 1st and 3rd grade. We love it! Their teachers have been amazing! The Principal is wonderful and on the cutting edge of technology getting our children an Ipad lab this week. The parent volunteers at the school are huge. The teachers have so much assistance. The PTO is so great and I have really enjoyed volunteering at different events. The community events are awesome. The Fall Festival is a blast and the PTO puts on dances(father-daughter and mother-son) that are so fun . This is a five star school!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
Hard to say anything other than "This school is amazing!!" We have Core knowledge people coming to our school to see "how it's done" because our teachers are SO FANTASTIC at their jobs and NOW WE HAVE AN I-PAD LAB!!! What could be more amazing? This school is obviously at the top of it's game. The leadership is progressive and active and so the staff follow that guide. Everyone puts out over-the-top effort here. GO EAGLES!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
We have been pleasantly surprised by our experience with PPES. Prior to our children entering kindergarten, we didn't know if we wanted to stick with our neighborhood's home school. We have been there now for 4 years and we have not had a bad experience. In fact, I have nominated my daughter's first grade teacher as the teacher of the year! The leadership comes from the top down and it really shows at this school. The kids love the principal and he is on top of the issues that arise. PPES has a great PTO and is supportive of both the parents and teachers of our school. Parents who invest time into the school see that we have awesome teachers and adminstrators. FLY LIKE AN EAGLE!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
Our daughter, only child, has been going to PPES since Kindergarten. We could not be more pleased! The quality of the school and education she has received is 2nd to NONE! She has gotten great grades and proper attention for her learning from day one. If you don't feel that way, you simply meet with the teacher and then principal and work out a plan. It is called parent involvement in your childs education. The PTO is also incredible. The fund raisers and participation is amazing and should be applauded. When our daughter graduates from PPES next year, it will not only be sad for her, but for us. The care of the staff from the secretaries in the office, duty aids, nurse, teachers, custodian and last but not least, Mr. Lee, the school's principal is deeply appreciated. Thanks PPES! Where your kiddo's will soar like EAGLES!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
My child has gone to this school from K-5th . I've read the reviews below and agree with both positive and negative comments. PPES is a large school and perhaps that explains the diversity of opinion. It seems that perhaps there has been a spike in negative behavior this past year especially. However, there is no excuse for this, not budget cuts, larger class sizes etc. There are really good dedicated teachers here and good kids too. I do believe that the discipline in the older grades could be enforced more consistently. However, the teachers and principal have been responsive when my child has had problems. My child was the target of bullying last year but it was put to a stop by the teacher with a lot of effort and communication by me and a lot of effort by the teacher. Overall, mixed feelings to the down side.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
Please, do us all a favor, if you do want your kids there and you aren't happy, take your kids and your complaining and leave! The class sizes are big enough as it is. We could do with a few transfers. It's interesting that the parents whom are the most unhappy are the ones that have the most disruptive students. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it? A little respect goes a long way. Some of you don't seem to get it and neither do your kids!

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2010
As a teacher at PPES I was so disheartened to see some families feeling that our school was not inclusive or academically up to par. Having taught at a few different schools throughout my 18 years of teaching experience, I have never been so excited to be at a school of this high caliber. The moment one walks through the front doors you are greeted with a smile and a welcoming feeling. Within each classroom you will find compassion, very high academic standards and intolerance for disrespect to one another in and out of the classroom. I suppose it is unrealistic to feel that everyone within the community will feel the same way as I do. However, PPES IS THE BEST SCHOOL IN AMERICA and I AM SO VERY HONORED to be teaching at PPES. Our principal is fair, honest and forthright and I thank him for that each and every day! Thank you to all of the community and children who support our wonderful school with a smile and incredible volunteering. All I can say is thank you so very much for ALL that YOU do to support our children at PPES!

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2010
i have been at this school for 4 yrs, and the comments about pets and favorites is on target which is unfortunate. The parents have clicks as well as the kids and if you are in one of them life is much better at the school. Tthe admin to the principal is very capable and helps immensely however other admin staff not so strong. T teaching staff a mixed bag on experience and capability you have to research by not talking to the PTO reps as they are obviously biased.. try to talk with parents in pick up line you will have 30 -45 plus minutes to walk along the line and talking to those who get their early to save their kids waiting in high heat when they get out of school. Principal does not realize the bullying problem thinks its kids just being kids and thinks that parents are

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
These reviews do not represent the school I know. As a heavily involved member of the parent community, I can say that many of these parents likely have not experienced the 'real world.' I transferred to PPES from another district school and this has been a dream for my kids. The students and families in this community are fantastic and a vast majority of students are very kind. They're kids, so they make mistakes, and even say mean things to each other, but the school staff has always been receptive to the needs of my kids. I read these reviews and have to say, I just don't see it.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Kids deserve a solid education, not bullies, class pets and weak academic standards. Many teachers are great, but the principal's ineffectiveness means all classes fall to the lowest common denominator (which is the weakest teacher, most disruptive kid or lowest academic standard). Research why the best and brightest leave this school after 2-3 years of trying to make it work, and make the right decision to spare your kid several years wasted. Th class pets and ignorant are happy here, the educated and committed move on to a school with solid leadership.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
We have two children at Pinnacle Peak and have loved every year we have been there. The teachers care for the kids and only want them to succeed. As for the negative comments that have been recently posted, they must be parents that have not been there for some time.....Pinnacle Peak has not had an Assistant Principal since the 2008-2009 school year. The administration is wonderful with a well respected principal at the lead. Please do as others say and research for yourself. If you ask the parents and kids of Pinnacle Peak and you do the research on the test scores you will find no better school in the north valley.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
We moved to the neighborhood to go to this school. I have two Honor Roll students at Pinnacle Peak. Not because of the easy work but because of the hard work that my children and I put into school. The teachers have been amazing! If there is a problem with a student or a teacher then it is addressed. This is life and you can't teach your children to run from their problems. Who have to face them head on. It is a life learning experience to deal with real life situations. As far as the family parties and axtra activities, It is called being a part of a cummunity. If you don't want to go then don't. We love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
This is the best school in Scottsdale?!? What a joke! The main problem at Pinnacle Peak is the leadership. The principal and asst. principal see no wrong. They allow teachers to behave unprofessionally and disregard parents' concerns. There is a huge bullying problem at this school, but nothing is done about it. Academics are mediocre (at best). There are no standards. Students are rewarded for doing little to no work. There is also a high turnover rate, as frustrated parents pull their children out and send them to private or magnet/charter/etc. schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2010
I completely agree with most of the comments on this page. They are dead on. The bully issue is absolutely ridiculous. Their 'Zero Tolerance' is nothing but a joke as any student and parent who has had to deal with this situation will attest to. This school is out of control and in a bad way. Although this is a wonderful venue to vent your frustrations, our fearless leader, Mike Lee, pays no heed as he often checks the comments but once he reads a negative one, he immediately skips to the first one that paints a rosy picture of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
Our school is heading downhill.....fast! It saddens me to see so many wonderful and involved families leaving our school because the principal is not addressing and taking care of issues that are being brought to his attention. There is a good group of teachers, we just need a 'changing of the guard' when it comes to our principal. We need to get our moral back to where it was a few years ago when everyone wanted to come to our school. Our funding is down because our numbers are down and our numbers are down because there are many unhappy families. It's a down hill spiral and something needs to be done or we will continue to drop in numbers.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
Disappointing, at best. I feel my kids' experienced minimal learning and developed a poor work ethic. This school is a prime example of why AZ is at the bottom of national test scores. Worse, our kids did not feel safe because of the bullies. This was not the environment we wanted for our kids. You don't need to spend a lot for a great school -- the public school we enrolled in a few miles away is so much better in terms of academics, parent cliques and bullies. I just wish we'd moved sooner.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Average school. Depends on the teacher you get. Teachers' and staff's kids get first dibs on the good teachers, their close friends after that. Parents are very cliquey. Math is very weak, and science falls to the wayside when time is running short. With budget cuts and increasing class sizes, charter and private schools might be a better option.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
Excellent school and if you are looking for the Core Knowledge curriculum then this is the one to attend, since it is one of the few in the state that is an official Core Knowledge school. Caring teachers and staff encourage children through positive reinforcement. The parents below that have negative comments about cliques and behavior obviously haven't considered that cliques exist in every school. If you are looking for consistent academics in a positive environment in a school with excellent parental involvement then this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
In comparison with other top-notch elementary schools, Pinnacle Peak falls short in regards to nightly math practice, challenging spelling/vocabulary practice and thorough writing practice. A parent must supplement these disciplines if their child is to be on par with the best schools in the U.S. and to build a decent work ethic in their student. Fortunately PPE provides enough time each night and weekend for an industrious parent to do so. Without supplementation a student will have a tough time competing as they matriculate to other more challenging schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
Disappointing academics and many disruptive kids make PPE undesireable. I agree with most of the negative feedback, which provides specific criticisms. The recent positive reviews are vague, and talk about the great social activities. If you want a fraternity for your kids, and fit in with cliques, you will enjoy PPE. I agree that many of our teachers were great. But they can't be effective because they're limited in what theyre allowed to teach (a dumbed-down curriculum so all kids will get As and parents will be appeased) and what they have to tolerate with all the disruptive kids (the kids all know there is hardly any consequence for being disruptive or a bully, so why not push the enveope). PPE is truly mediocre.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
Skip the generic positive reviews and focus on the ones that detail the problems with this school, which hit the nail on the head. If you want lots of parties, and are OK with antisocial behaviors [cliques, class pets and bullies] you will consider PPE a great school offering a top notch experience. But if you want an academic experience rather than a fraternity, you will be disappointed. There are many caring and hardworking teachers, and several great families, but that doesn't improve the academics. Parents are appeased with A's, even when these grades come from easy tests and unlimited test retakes rather than mastery of material, which is certainly a policy our teachers followed. On a positive note, the mediocre academics leave time for families to attend all the family activities. Whoo whoo!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
My child , now in 8th Grade, was a PPE student. All of his teachers have been great and very patient (except one). He learned a lot and using the AR program had always been accessible to him. We went thru two Principals but Mr Lee has been the best. The child has a medicated behavioral problem and we found great support from the staff. The main problem has been rejection from classmates and the lack of helping students to create play groups so everyone would get a chance. Not enough emphasis coming from homes to include kids at birthday parties. The curriculum is wonderful, play area and setting are perfect but parents are clustered and there is a high amount of snobbism keeping children from being friendly to each other.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I am extremely pleased with the school. The teachers, principal and most parents are wonderful! I highly recommend PPE.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I completely disagree with many of these previous posts. I have had nothing but a wonderful experience at PPES with the teachers and most especially with the Principal. It is a great sense of community at the school and my children have learned a lot over the years. My children have also used the Accelerated Reading program successfully and have not encountered any of the 'bullies' that were mentioned. All of the teachers that we have encountered have had discipline programs that have worked. I have nothing but positive things to say about PPES.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
As a former PPE parent, I agree with EVERYTHING in the last 3 reviews. My child was desperate to learn how to use the Acc. Reader program but no one would show her how, not even her teacher. I found that PPE is inadequate academically after 2nd grade. My kid's teachers did the bare minimim, anything extra (art projects, deeper learning and class parties) was unwelcome. We experienced bullies and class clowns. We saw trophies awarded for arbitrary good behavior more than academic success. My 5th grader wasn't taught cursive since it's the internet age, but he also wasn't taught keyboarding. In my opinion, PPE is a 3rd tier school: it's test scores reflect the student population (most parents are successful professionals), which is bright enough to excel despite the school, not because of it. We found great public schools in AZ once we left PPE.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
PPES is not a challenging school for students in 4th 6th grades. It was very easy for my children to get straight A s with very little effort. They rarely had homework and if they did, it could be done in minutes on the bus ride home from school. The curriculum in the higher grades was very shallow and basic, with a strong emphasis on pushing what needed to be known for AIMS testing rather than building a strong foundation of knowledge. The Core Knowledge program is great in the lower grades but does nothing to help students with more abstract concepts as they get into 5th & 6th. The teachers are frustrated with the state budget issues and this is evident in the classrooms. If you are looking for a strong academic education, you may want to consider a different program than PPES.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2009
We moved to Scottsdale and picked PPES based on test scores. What a mistake! The Core Knowledge program is overemphasized and the school has lost its focus on the basics. Further, PPES emphasizes standardized test preparation and pressures kids in this regard. There s limited classroom differentiation; advanced kids are bored. My personal experience is little communication between teachers and parents. Fortunately, tests are ridiculously easy so getting high marks requires little effort. The school arbitrarily awards character trophies with no accountability (so classroom pets are ubiquitous). The flip side is the school s lack of an adequate discipline program; there are many, many bullies and disruptive kids in class, on the playground and lurking in the halls and bathrooms. Simply stated, PPES is not preparing my children for their future, and some of the lessons learned (like A s without mastery and that bullying is OK) are downright deleterious. Keep looking!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
PPE is a big school with no individual care for the children. Problems brought up are swept under the rug with a smile on the principles face. Teacher to student ratio is too high for a teacher to teach to anything but the lowest level child. Was very suprised that the higher level children are suppose to help the lower level ones. The higher level children are not challenged. It was great concern to me that my child actually went backwards this year. Our teacher was very kind to listen to our concerns, but she has so many to tend to that it was just not a priority to have our child's needs met. We have had to do a lot of extra at home just to keep her interested. Not sure why you send a child to school all day just to have to teach them more at home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2009
The student to teacher ration is misleading. It is more like 28 to one, soon to be 36 to one. If you have a child with special needs, this is not the school for you unless you are willing to be extremely proactive in your child's education. There are very few resources available at this school, if any. Their focus is on test scores and not so much on teaching. There are those few exceptional teachers and they are well worth it. Do your research.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
I think P.P.E. is an awesome school. The staff and aides have been nothing but kind and warm people. I love the Core Knowledge program!!! My child has learned so much more than I ever did in elementary school. I had an issue with my daughter a while back about being bullied, I brought it to the attention of an aide and it was taken care of on the spot. I felt my child could use extra homework, to be 'challenged ' I simply asked the teacher and she didn't hesitate to offer help. These things among many others have made this school to me and especially my daughter a wonderful memory.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
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May 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 26, 2008
Two years have passed since my last review and the harassment and abuse still exists. The agressors are not disciplined and it appears that the school will do nothing. I'm afraid that grade school will not be a pleasant memory of my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2008
Overall, Principal and Vice Principal are very hardworking and genuinely passionate about their job. They handle issues promptly. However, here are matters that I think the school should improve on. School lunchtime needs to be longer. Please factor in distributing lunch cards, walking time to lunch room and waiting time for food. Duty aides needs to be vigilant to kids who play rough. Communication with various teachers can be hit or miss.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2007
This is a great school. My daughter is in 5th grade and her teacher makes it fun. I recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
This school has a very nurturing environment. The academics are excellent!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
My child has a slight disadvantage for which he is being treated. When the med schedule is followed properly, there are no issues. Understanding and consideration for children with special needs is non-existant at this school. The supervision on the playground is minimal and children experience bullying on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
This school is a disappointment. Curriculum (core knowledge) is excellent! but that's where the good part ends. There's a gross lack of supervision at recess, and an apathy on the part of most teachers/aides. The principal is professional and seems to care about the kids, but there are too many kids and too many bad teachers for any one person to fix the problems. There are a few excellent teachers, but high turnover. The 'no bully' policy amounts to most teachers and duty aides looking the other way when kids are being shoved, hit, poked in the eyes, etc. Lunch is 15 minutes long, including line-up time, so most kids are hungry all day! 'parental involvement' means volunteer secretarial work by mothers and endless pleas for cash contributions, all given to charities unrelated to this school. Literally thousands donated, yet kids have to bring their own ball from home to recess! overall: great curriculum, but needs improvement!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Great core knowledge content. Some great teachers. Caring Staff, great parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
We've been very pleased with Pinnacle Peak, from the teachers, to the administration, to the parental involvement, this is one of the best schools in the district and the state. Core knowledge is also a terrific teaching foundation for kids. Only negatives would include frenzied growth (sometimes crowded classrooms), more teacher turnover than we would prefer, and a crazy, if not dangerous, afternoon school bus loading process.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
A prior posting hit this one on the head. The test scores are a sham.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
My family has had a wonderful experience at Pinnacle Peak. The staff and faculty are friendly, helpful and have always seemed to have my childrens best interest at heart. The Core Knowledge curriculum taught at the school is very indepth and has been exciting for all my kids. The parent involvement at Pinnacle is very high and boasts a very large Parent Teacher Organization.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
This school offers a great environment and super staff, the 'Core' program is a wonderful way for all the children to learn intelligently. Discipline is well handled and as an overall all the students appear to have respect and pride. It feels more like a private school and the parents are very involved. Dr C. rules but the kids love him !

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
Excellent teachers, CORE knowledge curriculum is awesome, no or very limited turn over of staff. The principal is so supportive. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
Be very careful about considering this school if your child has special needs. And don't let their test scores fool you - that's their facade. There's more to a school than test scores and this one lacked a lot for us in the area of individual assessment and understanding. This is a great school for the kid who fits in their mold, but you'll be disservicing your child there if they learn differently from their style. Cirriculum is good - Core Knowledge-based. I'd recommend the cirriculum highly. Also, for a school that's rated highly by many, there are too many kids with bully encounters.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 25, 2005
Great school, love all day kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
I love the school, great principal and quality teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2004
My son is in Kindergarten and the breath of knowledge that they provide is very impressive. I do think that the stress of everyday homework for Kindergarteners my be a bit excessive, but the facilities and faculty are great.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2004
Excellent facility and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
I love Pinnacle Peak! They utilize the Core Knowledge Program. Each month they go in depth of a variety of subject....so instead of skimming all the subjects, they spend an entire month learning about it....from historical events to known artists. The principal is energetic and inspiring. The teachers are excellent and the facilities are top rate!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
I have three daughters enrolled in this school and find the Core Knowledge curriculum outstanding. Learning is an incredible adventure every day. My girls are getting a firm understanding of the world around them as well as a solid educational foundation.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
I currently have 3 students at Pinnacle Peak Elementary which is a Core Knowledge school in its second year. I find that the principal, teachers and parents are extremely dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive of every student. Volunteer rates are very high among parents. The work my children are doing is exciting for them and increases their awareness about the world at large from the earliest grades. Core knowledge focuses on a hands on learning style which is a great equalizer for children of all learning abilities. They get the basics of reading, writing and math in tandem with themes in social studies and current events. PE, Art & Music offerings have suffered due to budget cuts but the district has managed a rotation system so that all students get some of these important activities at school. All in all we are delighted parents concerning Pinnacle Peak Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2003
My kindergartener had a wonderful year. I love the Core Knowledge curriculum and picked this school because of it.

- submitted by a parent
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Pinnacle Peak Elementary School
7690 E. Williams Dr., Scottsdale, AZ  85255
(602) 449-6700
Last modified Pinnacle Peak Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pinnacle Peak Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 87 reviews. Top