I disagree with the review that states that all the Principal cares about is the A+ rating and that the parents and children are arrogant. Clearly this is coming from someone who has a personal issue with the school/Principal, and is certainly not representative of how most families feel about this wonderful education environment. I have been an active parent at this school since 2005. I have had two children go through Anasazi for their entire elementary education. The Principal has been at the school for over 18 years and the reason we have received 4 A+ is because of his dedication to excellence, support & training of the administration and staff, and a loving/caring environment. The community is strong and supportive with engaged parents and families that come together to make the school the best learning environment that it can be. If parents truly want to get involved, they are welcomed by both the Administration and parent/teacher groups.
As I have a 5th grader we as a family have reflected on all our years at Anasazi. We are so blessed that AZ has open enrollment and our family is able to be part of the Anasazi community. From the teachers, administration, children and parents we think Anasazi has taught us all so much. Looking forward to the next step in our children's education next year and that he has the foundation to succeed from Anasazi!
This could be a better. My children attended Anasazi but now they are in the Fountain Hills School Distrist. Some of the teachers are excellent while others are OK. The principal is more concerned with receiving a A+ awards than enforcing the rules. Although, Anasazi has many parents involved, it is difficult to become part of "the click". I met many nice parents at the school but the arrogant "snotsdale" element is alive and well. It is a shame because the arrogance is picked up by their children and brought to class. I have been told many times by my children that the "popular" kids are the so called "rich kids". They believe they are better because they think they are rich. I would always tell my children that when confronted with the "I'm rich" attitude they should explain to these children that if they were really rich they would be attending a private school not public school. Take note "rich parents".
Anasazi is the best public school my daughter ever attended. I pulled her out to attend a local charter school, but now I am seriously considering a return to Anasazi. I'm surprised to see the comments denoting a lack of communication between staff and parents; my daughter's teachers kept constant communication with us via phone, email, and communication journal. If you are looking for a public school that is on par with private and charter schools, you won't be disappointed with Anasazi.
We moved from southern California 2 years ago with our three children and after a lot of research I chose Anasazi Elementary based on test scores, location and the fact that the school has a history for retaining teachers. The principle is excellent (he has been at Anasazi since its opening). We loved Mrs. Treat in Kindergarten and Mrs. Harrison in 3rd grade. Our experience has been so positive. The office staff is respectful, the nurse is so caring and the music teacher loves the kids. I give this school an A+.
The teaching staff at Anasazi is wonderful, dedicated and compassionate. Unfortunately, they have very large class sizes (over 30 in my child's class). The gifted/enrichment program is wonderful, especially with their special projects and math enrichment. The only negative about the school is picking up the children after school. Parallel parking is clearly a challenge for many of the parents, they love to double park & several are dangerously aggressive drivers.
Our two daughters attended Anasazi and our experience is nothing but positive. The teachers are excellent and the extracurricular programs great. While the budgets are hitting all aspects of the government hard, the school has maintained consistent quality and just became the first A+++ school in Arizona! The one star rating I saw on here come as a little bit of a shock and I have some doubts as to the veracity of the claims. In any event, that would be an isolated example compared to that many, many other positives. This school is highly recommended.
My daughter was at Anasazi when she was in First Grade. She is now in 5th Grade. The teacher was somewhat inappropriate, asking parents to volunteer their house for end of schoolyear sleepover. I thought that was bizarre. We felt that our daughter missed a whole year of learning- she did not learn time, day of week, months in a year which my eldest learned that early. When my daughter got to Third Grade, Anasazi hired a new teacher who apparently was "one of their own." This teacher sent a police to our place due to a drawing that my daughter drew. Instead of calling us to a meeting, this teacher just sent a police right away. We pulled out our daughter that day and transferred her to Arts Academy. In less than a month, our daughter received Best Reader and Best Handwriting awards at Arts Academy.
Our son attended Pre-K at Anasazi last year and it was fantastic! His teacher, Mr. Tilbury, and his assistant, Ms. Brenda, were both wonderful with the kids. We were fortunate to have a fairly small class size (13 at start of year about 16 by end of year due to new kids moving into the area). I felt that the teachers sufficiently challenged the kids academically. They did a good job of this despite the fact that not all kids in a classroom are at the same level. My son and a few other kids were already reading early into the year so they were put into a reading group at regular times so that they could continue to advance while the other kids were doing the standard lessons. I think Mr. Tilbury s motivation and skill with managing the classroom and giving them challenging and fun lessons was the big factor for such a great year. We have our son enrolled in Kindergarten this year and are looking forward to it.
My grand-daughter (I have custody)has attended 1st grade and is now in 2nd grade at Anasazi Elementary School. I am very satisfied with how caring the teachers are toward their students, the way the teaching curriculum is presented. It is good to see the parent involvement levels in classes and how well the activities are planed out for the children. I appreciate the helpfulness of office staff. The nurse is going above and beyond her call of duty. It would be perfect if we didn't have the yet unresolved issue about one young boy consistently kicking, punching, threatening (bullying) his female class companions during line ups and recess. I hope that answers and solutions to the behavioral challenged child will be dealt with in a satisfactory way to all parties.
Fantastic school. Wonderful programs.for the students. Teachers are dedicated and make the children interested in learning.
We have been at Anasazi for 4 years so far and the school continues to be amazing! My children love the oppportunities to learn and grow through diffentiated learning approaches. The classes are a mix of all levels but pullout gifted provides opportunities for accelleration and stimulation. Highlights of their weeks continue to be specials, with art, PE, band, strings, and music. Mrs. Grant, our librarian, is a wonderful teacher and resource. She teaches the students how to research on computers as well as books. She is inspirational in getting students to love to read.
Parents and kids all love Anasazi. Their gifted programs are amazing. The teachers constantly strive to be better educators and the PTO supports them in $$ for classroom aides and materials. There is a whole environment geered towards making kids better. My first child went through LRC teachers who were wonderful. The second went through gifted programs which taught Gr8 math at Gr4 in a child appropriate manner. I just wish I could say the same about the middle school they feed into.
Nothing special about this school. My child attended kindergarten at Anasazi last year. I can honestly say that she learned nothing new. We repeatedly asked for advanced learning but got nowhere. The parental support is the only thing that makes this school slightly better than average.
Great all around. Wonderful teachers, pleasant and helpful office staff, safe well appointed beautiful campus, positive attitudes to children and learning abound. School nurse is a huge help and a wonderful resource, and Librarian is a gem of a teacher too. All of our specials teachers are first rate. I can't wait to hear what sport or game the kids will learn next in PE, and they are so proud of their Art projects. In Music the students had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Diamondbacks. what an honor!
My daughter has attended Anasazi since Kindergarten, she will be starting 3rd grade in fall of 2010. I've truely enjoyed all of her teachers, and so has she. She's above reading level a full grade plus. She also excels in math, writing, and art. The teachers are every involved, I haven't heard any negativity, and all the students seem to enjoy Anasazi.
I love the involvement between parents and teachers. Teachers are extremely communicative which allows parents to understand the day to day incidents of our elementary students. We have been more than pleased since moving from the Midwest!
I give Anasazi Elementarycudos...my 2 boys are happy, they like their teachers very much, they are successful in their achievements and that makes me very content about their education.
I couldn't be happier with Anasazi. My son came from a small private Kindergarten and suffered from separation anxiety when he started 1st grade here. His teacher was so kind and patient with him. He has an excellent teacher again this year and is now loving school. The office staff is fantastic. There are many opportunites for parental involovement. We love Anasazi and recommend it highly.
My boys attended Anasazi for 2 years.The office staff is friendly, as is the Principal. But the Principal does let Special ED fall through the cracks, and not return phone calls or repeated letters requesting help. The school is in a nice area and laid out beautifully, but my kids were very unhappy here, did not do well socially or academically, very surprisingly. I pulled them out to return them to the Elementary school they were in previously because of the Principals lack of attentiveness. All looks well on the outside, not so great once your there! Not surprisingly, my children started excelling as soon as I pulled them out of there!
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