« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
PK-6
Public
Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 490
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

Contact this school

33606 N. 60th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

School website
(480) 575-2100
(480) 488-6708
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Black Mountain Elementary School address.

Profile Completeness

HONOR ROLL

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
April 27, 2014
My kids are in third and fifth grade and have attended BMES all years. The teachers and staff are amazing. The teachers established a tutoring session before and after school to help the students improve their understanding of the AIMS. My children wanted to go to these sessions which showed me that the teachers made a great impact on relating the importance of the AIMS and improving their overall knowledge to them. BMES is a top rated school for more than the A+ rating. The teachers, staff, and principal all try and do what is best for their students first. If there are any suggested improvements please push them up to the principal and PTO so we can try and make every child's experience amazing at BMES.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Clearly the post written a few days ago is meant for the Black Mountain in Golden Valley and not this one. It says that there is a lot of turnover. This is not correct as most of the teachers have worked at Black Mountain for many many years. In fact, this school is so great that people come from all over to work here. I heard that with one opening, there are 60 applicants. The comment about the principal's inexperience is completely wrong. Mr. Owsley has many years of teaching experience and many more years of administrative experience in Cave Creek and another school district. He is an award winning principal at the district and state level. The kids, staff, and parents love him. The teaching staff is one of the best in the state and earned an A from the Arizona Department of Education and an A+ School of Excellence designation from the Arizona Education Foundation. This is a huge accomplishment as it is done through a thorough outside analysis by experts in education. This school is amazing and anyone that says otherwise is misinformed. I have had nothing but fabulous experiences at Black Mountain for the years that my children have been here.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
Wow. I was sad to read the last review by that parent who is so upset with the school and calling it a failing school district. I was so thrilled to hear that the State of AZ awarded Black Mountain the prestigious honor of an A+ School of Excellence, they EARNED it, and DESERVE it. I don't know what experience that parent or child has had, but they clearly have not tried to address their concerns. My kids have had issues and I addressed them and was satisfied with the outcome. It amazes me how easy it is for that parent who made the post below to criticize anonymously. They clearly did not address their concerns head on and I feel sorry for that parent, but more so for their child. It is easy to sit back and type harsh and hurtful words, but then again, that is what is so great about the USA, free speech.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
This school is a fine example of a failed school district . From the in experienced principle to poor teaching staff . Not all teachers there are a few of very caring and devoted teachers . But most leave as they can not handle the complete disregard to the education of the students . I am a parent that cares deeply about my child's education as these are not the times when education should not be dictated by the mighty dollar . This district is one of the wealthiest and runs like they are on a 2.00 budget. Don't get caught up also on the fact that they promote the school as an A + school . It is a completely false statement . I have had F tests that miraculously turned to A s after a five minute review of what was missed . This is not real life and the wrong thing to be teaching our kids. I wish I was the parent that just ha a bad experience , that's not the case . There are many other parents like my self tht share the same concerns . I could go on about the problems with this school , but I would recommend the parents do your homework and think carefully before you send your child to this or any school in this district.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Excellent school! Teachers are dedicated to skill improvement of every student. Principal engaged in all areas. This is a very positive learning environment that creates a good foundation for a love a learning. Good facility with lots of open space. I tried 3 charter schools before coming here. BMES is infinitely better.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
We moved to Cave Creek in 2010 and all three of our children have attended Black Mountain. We absolutely love it! Excellent academic ratings, the administration and staff are wonderful. Principal Owsley is super involved with the kids, young and fun. He even played football with our kids class! He also implemented a quarterly "reaching higher" awards assembly to recognize outstanding students, it's the cutest thing, the kids feel like super stars! Staffed by wonderful experienced teachers who create such a positive experience for the kids. Great parent involvment and lots of wonderful families! The community is great, we love the school, I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Black Mountain is hands down the best school in the Cave Creek Unified School District. As an employee, I am familiar with all the campuses and hold them all in high regard but I feel the community feel, great teachers, dynamic principal, organized front office, Health aide and support staff and involved families, BMES is number one.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
BMES is a fantastic learning community. The teachers are well qualified, compassionate and loving. The families are highly involved and friendly. The Principal is very hands on and is kind yet respected by students, staff and parents. My son is very happy and is always motivated to go to school. He is supported and feels happy and safe on campus. I am thrilled to call BMES our school! Go Bobcats!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Black Mountain Elementary is exceptional for these reasons: 1. Our students arrive full of desire to learn each and every day. 2. Our PTO is deeply committed to helping our BMES achieve its social and academic goals. Our volunteers work every week in classrooms, every week in the library, every month with Mini Museum and organize every large festival/event hosted by our school. They work hard. They do this because they care about BMES and want to do their part in making sure the kids at BMES have a great academic and social experience. 3. The hardest working, most passionate and deeply dedicated group of people you could EVER hope to work with are the teachers here at BMES. The desire to reach all of our students is priority and the desire to see them achieve is the focus of every lesson design. Hours are poured into lessons that go way beyond the span of textbook methodology. Hours are spent long after the setting of the sun creating, exchanging, and refining lessons so that our kids can receive the best that we have to offer them. 4. Our principal...a true leader, wise beyond his years, completely dedicated to the kids, his teachers and the community-- A joy to know.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
Black Mountain is an excellent school in the Cave Creek Unified School District. The entire campus is welcoming and warm, including staff and students. BMES also partners with the community for many great causes.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
Black Mountain is a community school that is focused on engaging all students and providing a safe, fun, and educational environment where all students can succeed. The staff is very stable, knowledgeable, and educated with most having advanced degrees and 2 teachers being National Board Certified Teachers. We are constantly collaborating to improve both our teaching and student outcomes, and I believe we have the best elementary school and Principal, Mr. Matt Owsley, in the state.

- submitted by a teacher
October 20, 2013
My 4th grade son has been enrolled at Black Mountain Elementary since Kindergarten. The school may look a little dated but don't judge a book by it's cover. All the teachers my son has had are very experienced - one almost 20 years and still shows genuine interest enthusiasm. When he started we had a very nice principal and now for the last 2 years, Mr. Owsley, who is a kick and a hard worker. The PTO has undergone leadership changes (as older kids go on to middle school, so do the parents) and from what I can tell they are committed to giving the kids, the faculty and the school their very best in fundraising and providing many items the school's budget is not set up to provide. I really like the school, and so does my son, and I gladly give it 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
We have been at BMES for 7 years and continue to be amazed at the professionalism and commitment the teachers, principal, and support staff bring to the school every day. BMES has high parental involvement and an active PTO. It's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
We've been at BMES for 2 years now after switching from another elementary school in the Cave Creek district. Thank goodness we switched, our son was falling behind at his previous school...after only 1 year at BMES he was finally reading at grade level and excelling in Math. In his second year, he was tested for gifted! It's amazing how far my son has come in just 2 years of solid teaching and positive leaning environment. Class sizes are small and parent involvement is top notch. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Our school has a phenomenal principal who care about his students. He is active with the students and is a great leader. Our teacher are very supportive of him and he sets a great example through his leadership. Our teachers are community leaders who put the kids education first and always strive to make our kids have the best experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Our school is an important part of my community. It is large enough where there are many extra curricular activites yet small enough where everyone seems to know each other. Our 2 children love BMES. We wouldn't have it any other way!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
We researched several schools when we moved into this area and couldn't be happier we chose to enroll at Black Mountain Elementary. The teachers make learning a fun and rewarding experience, and provide an open environment that welcomes parent involvement and communication. Every person at this school - the Principal, teachers, staff, parent volunteers - truly cares about the success and well being of the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
We relocated from Chicago neighborhood to BMES last fall... both daughters adapted to new class structures, they were both in excelling classes in IL. Would love to see CCUSD get on board for recognizing and implementing excelling classes. Overall- the school is involved with students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
I can't believe the last reviewer! BME should have 5 stars overall. My son also attended school at BMES since 1st grade and it has improved in many ways. The sixth grade classes did have over 30 students per class but not the 36 that the last reviewer wrote. The teachers were great! They did not mix up grades one time! One project due date did change but it should have. It is called monitoring and adjusting - something good teachers should so. There was some change in Math teacher as the first one had a baby and the school refused to just put anyone in the spot. Instead, substitute teachers were in the spot until they made a choice. In all, there were 3 sixth grade math teachers. As for the no homework, that was totaly wrong! The school is not against homework, just against irrelevant homework. As for students transfering to PV, very few students have left the school. In fact, many many students come to BMES from outside the attendance zone. This school is the best and I am sad that it was my son's last year. It really is heading in the right direction!!!! It is too bad that it hasn't always been this way.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
I can't believe BME has 4 stars overall. My son attended K-6 there and it has really gone down hill in my opinion. The extreme right led by the local newspaper vote down EVERYTHING the schools try to do and its taking its toll. Results: 36 kids in my son's class this year, overwhelmed unorganized teachers, mixed up grades and nobody even notices, project due dates ALWAYS changed on original due date, newbie teachers writing emails to the parents with multiple spelling errors, 6 sixth grade math teachers in one year, no homework because the principal and the teachers don't believe in it, no librarian, no gifted anything (many of the brainiacs have transferred to PV district anyway), and many other traits of a very mediocre public school. Too bad. It hasn't always been this way.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
My daughter almost had finish her 2nd year at BMES. Since the new principal has been on board the school is going in the right direction. He connects with students, parents, and teachers. The teachers are excellent and the PTO is really involved. Looking forward to another exciting school year!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2012
My child's homeroom teacher, Mrs. Finley, is amazing! When I ask my daughter about what she does at school, she doesn't give me the "nothing" comment. Instead she won't stop talking about everything. And I know it is not just my child's teacher because all of my friends' say the same thing. Great teachers, great principal, great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
BMES is a great school! My daughter has the best teacher ever too! I love that my children have the opportunity to do so many extras! She was in the Reptile club this year, is going to apply for the BMES National Elementary Honor Society, and is currently in intramurals. We even attended a star gazing night at the school last week. This school really goes above and beyond for its students!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
BMES is ok if you just want your child to go through the paces. The school tends to spend more time promoting itself and trying to convince the public they are great, when really they are just mediocre by true educational standards. Their average of 80 for AIMS math may permit them to claim that they are great, but what that really means is that 20% of the kids couldn t even pass the AIMS math test which is a low bench mark to begin with. 80% doesn t mean that all the kids got B s it means only 80% of the student body could muster 60% or greater score on the test. I would recommend looking at the AZDE spreadsheet on the AZDE website and look how the kids really did. Compare this to some of the local charter schools and it s clear they have nothing to brag about. Lastly, we found the school to be a bit depressing. There is a constant barrage of threats that things are going to be worse, programs cut and teachers laid off etc... As parents we were constantly told how bad things are going to get. It s just not an upbeat positive place to be and more of a place that seems to be very proud that they are striving for mediocrity.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2011
Sorry, but Black Mountain is not the school you are looking for if you are looking for excellence. There are no services for the gifted, the new math program Go Math is second-rate at best, and the teachers are fine but not stellar (as with most things in the CCUSD). If the school only put as much effort into the learning as they did into the anti-bullying or Love&Logic programs, the school would not be in the bottom tier of the elementary schools in the district. And while the heavy-handed old principal is gone, she was replaced with a new principal who while he seems nice enough, it is evident he has no experience leading a school in an area like Cave Creek. Like most administrators in the district, he wants to keep the status quo and not make any waves. So if you want adequate, Black Mountain is for you. If you want more, keep looking (if at all possible outside of the district).

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
Black Mountain is a high quality school at every level. We have wonderful staff members, teachers, students, parents, and community members. Our halls are filled with learning, a caring culture, and a passion for education. Every classroom has highly qualified teachers that teach Core Knowledge, State Standards, and 21st Century Skills through best practices in teaching with the use of resources and technology that includes mounted projectors and Smartboards. Our school is one of the best in Arizona and continues to move in the right direction.

- submitted by a teacher
March 09, 2011
My child has never been happier at a school than they are now at BMES! My child says she feels safe there and loves her teacher. They are learning so much more than they ever did before with Core Knowledge. The principal, Elie Gaines, is always out and about at school and I am amazed at how she knows so many childrens names and parents names. She even started a group for grandparents and she thanks me whenever she sees me volunteering at school. She really listens to kids and parents and is fair. I will send my son next year to BMES as a Kindergartner without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
I am glad my child no longer attends this school. It was such a strong school under the former principal. There was incredible parental involvement. The school and PTO were held up as examples throughout the district. There were in-depth professional development programs for the teachers. The programs and teachers at BMES were held up as examples to nearby universities who would come to the school for observations. The new principal came in and immediately set about changing what was a great school to a bad one. She continually limited parental involvement to only within boundaries she could control. She came in with the single-minded goal to force the school into Core Knowledge and has done so through manipulation -- not through building solid support among parents and teachers. She has shouted at and scolded teachers and parents in front of children. What a difference a year can make.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2009
I've loved BMES until this year. The school has many wonderful teachers and a super PTO. The atmosphere around campus has changed this year with the new principal and is not as open or warm. Due to the budget crisis, teachers and programs are being cut, and parents are worried about next year. Staff and supplies are already streched thin, but class sizes will increase and PE, art, and music programs are expected to be very limited if not cut entirely. Getting honest, candid answers has been difficult. Teacher contracts are renewed by seniority, not performance, a common public school policy, but not in the students' best interest. If teachers must be cut, shouldn't those remaining be the best of the best and not just the ones who have been there longest? Concern has many parents, including myself, looking into other options.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
Black Mountain is an excellent school. The teachers are very caring and motivating to students. The principal is friendly and helpful. She is seen around campus and enjoys the students. I am very happy to have had three children attend this school. There are many activities before and after school. The children have very few conflicts - as they have a great playground and productive activities for students. Parents do not have to pay for most field trips because the trips are paid by tax-credit donations. This school is outstanding in every way.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
My fifth grader has attended Black Mtn since Kindergarten. I am highly satisfied. He has been an almost straight A student. I feel he has had top notch teachers who truly care about his academic success. I would recommend Black Mtn without reservation. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
We just finished our first year at Black Mountain and loved it. My son was in kindergarten and we were 100% happy with his teacher. I went round and round about sending him to public vs private. With few choices of private shcools in our area I decided to try the public school first. Wow Im so glad I did. The communication was good, learning was exceptional, the PTO is fabalous, and there was such a since of community. I would highly recommend this school to others considering. :)

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Though Black Mountain is the oldest school in the district and does not have the physical facilities of the newer schools, the academic focus is second to none. Over the past five years the teachers and administration have worked hard to increase the academic standards of Black Mountain and their work is paying off. In addition the school has extensive parental and community involvement and is focused on developing lifelong learners with character. They were recognized for these efforts with A+ Certification last year. In addition BMES boasts highly qualified teachers who are continually challenging themselves and working to ensure our students receive the best education possible. My children love being at Black Mountain.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
As a parent I have five plus years with Black Mountain Elementary and so far have no major concerns. Academics and teacher/administration willingness to work with parents is good. Probably one of the biggest challenges we deal with is growth in the nearby community. A new elementary school is opening in our district and I was very dissappointed to see a large number of our established teachers transfer to the new school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
I love this school. The teachers really care about the students!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
Black Mountain has several areas they need improvement in. Dicipline-Not consistent Teachers-Because of the lack of dicipline many teachers have no control in their classrooms .Principal- She listens but does nothing to fix the problem. Academics-The teacher my child has teaches to the lowest level and the higher end kids are left on their own. In general the school has set fairly low expectations for the students. PTO-Has done a great job at Black Mountain.Many of the positve responses are from the board members. They are fortunate that they have not had to deal with the lack of concern my family has. My children have attended other schools both in and out of AZ. BMES needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2005
Multiage program is very good for academics and character building. Music program is new and growing, with a strings program most newly reinstalled. Parental involvement is important for the success of multiage program and school overall.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Having moved here from one of the nation's top districts, we have been very pleased. The students are well attended and challenged. The staff is confident. The over-all learning environment is strong. A well run, low-key school, in which children thrive.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
Unfortunately, my experience has been one of administrative incompetence and educational mediocrity. The principal is unresponsiveness to issues (although she will 'listen' but does not take action) and the staff seem to be functioning without strong leadership. Consequently, the curriculum and teaching are very uneven. Parents are not provided opportunities to offer opinions and site council is populated by cheerleaders. The specials--art, music, and P.E.--are uniformly disliked by the students and the administration seems unresponsiveness to the widespread impression that these courses are not up to par.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery


About this school

Black Mountain Elementary is an exceptional school. The people and programs at Black Mountain are combined into one of Arizona's finest educational institutions.

Rolling deadline

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 16, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Black Mountain Elementary School
33606 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85266
(480) 575-2100
Last modified Black Mountain Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Black Mountain Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top