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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,001
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13636 N. 100th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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October 02, 2014
Transfered to this school from a different district for the quality of education but for the rude teacher I just have to say is just awful...is not understanding at all does not know how to talk to a child to have them understand just expects the child of the bat know everything. ..talks to a parent like with I don't care attitude...kids are suppose to look up to a teacher who is suppose to set a good example not where a teacher puts a child down...I think they should review what kind of teacher they hire...sorry but still not satisfied with the teacher and they way he/she approaches or talks to a child so not real and very fake

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
We transferred to this school since we heard that this is a great school. Everything is good except the teachers in the front office, especially one of the teacher, she is no patience to you even they know that your kid is a new transferred student. She is kind of mean. This is what I dislike about this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2014
Too much worthless homework. The assignments are mainly busy work such as book reports and other time consuming projects with very little value. For example, if you want to teach someone how to budget, then teach them how to prepare a budget. Easy. Takes 10 minutes to teach someone how to write a budget. But don't turn it into a 3-4 hour project that the parents end up having to complete because the kids are bombarded by other nonsensical homework. Giving a kid 50 math questions a night is ridiculous. Teach them the concept, and the trick to solving each type of math problem and then call it a day. Repetition is old-school and very ineffective. Why should a kid go to school all day and then work 4 hours at night? I didn't have to do that when I was a kid, and I am a successful professional. Please, Cheyenne, stop overburdening our children with busywork assignments that have extremely little value. Don't make them read stupid fiction books by writers who can't be understood due to the obscure language they use. That's ridiculous. Save the reading for text books. Parents need to unite against this ridiculous homework. Too much of it is a waste of time.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
This was our first year at CTS, and last. The leadership, starting with the principal at this school is mediocre. If this is the best that Scottsdale has to offer, I can see why Arizona ranks 48th in the nation for education. The rigor of the school is imaginary, my child came from a private school, and had already learned most of what she was taught this year. The teachers, do not want any interaction with the parents. The Principal does not return calls, or emails. And the parents are unfriendly, cold and think that they are paying for a an elite "private" education. Sorry uniforms don't make a school "elite", or "private". You get what you pay for, Free education comes at a cost.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Cheyenne is a wonderful school that treats students like adults, helping them build awareness, understand their boundaries and learn that there are consequences for behavior, both good and bad. The curriculum is rigorous and the parent community is deeply committed. Parents now must rally behind the budget and override to ensure the quality of education will all enjoy continues, as it is the only way students, and their community, can thrive.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Super impressed with Cheyenne's traditional approach to teaching our kids! I know they will be very well-prepared for high school!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
My kids love this school and adore their teachers. The academic rigor is perfectly balanced with a warm supportive climate. The only negative is the new principal. My kids are terrified of her and it has also come to my attention she doesn't play nice with the staff and is something of a bully. She plays this game called "crispy bacon" during fire drills-not funny when you have an easily scared 1st grader.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
The homework load is high, but my son has learned so much. The academics are unparalleled at Cheyenne. We have also dealt with bullying increasing from 6th grade onwards. I realize that bullying is somewhat typical middle school stuff, but I did expect more from Cheyenne middle school teachers. My son gets quietly cussed out by a popular girl during classtime. Even the F bomb isn't off limits during class. Overall great academics, but failing in social skills and anti-bullying.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2012
Cheyenne has been a great school for both my.children the past 5 years. Academics is the focus and teachers are supportive and encouraging. We have never had a bad or okay teacher, they have all been fabulous. The families at Cheyenne are invloved and truly care about their children and their education. There is awesome support by the parent group for events and fundraisers. We couldn't be happier and our kids are growing and learning with positive reinforcement. The new prinicpal is very encouraging and a positive addition to an already great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
Having your child attend Cheyenne is very much like putting yourself through high school all over again; but this time it is your child that will be bullied if you are not in the 'popular' group. A select group of overzealous parents have bought their way into power at this school. Some teachers and administrators act as minions for this group of 'mean moms', and if you get on the wrong side of this crew, you may as well move ( and many do).

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
What a wonderful introduction to Elementary School. We are also new to the US system, so feel very happy to have gotten a position at this school. I look forward to a new year with new leadership, as that was the major distraction of the year.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
Our family loves Cheyenne. Academic and behavioral expectations are higher for students and we see this as a positive. The kids rise to the occasion and learn that discipline and hard work lead to academic success. Great teachers and involved parents make this school make this school a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
This school has been a horrible experience for middle school. The amount of homework is absolutely ridiculous. 3-5 hours per day! Kids have no time for after school activites, and little time on weekends becasue many of the tests and projects are due on Mondays as well as homework on weekends. There is no balance in the kids lives. Plus they are treated like elementary school kids. No freedom at all. The teachers are not nice. They do not care about the kids (with the exception of a few), and they act like they do not want to be there. They say in appropriate things to the kids in class and do not treat them with kindness or respect. The schools main focus is dicipline and rules. The adminstration and teachers do not want to hear from parents. The parents are told, if you don't like it, it is a "school of choice". They could not care less if you leave. This is a school for kids who need a lot of structure, dicipline and rules. The teachers do not encourage any type of creativity whatsoever. All in all it was NOT a good experience!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
Middle school here is highly stressful with very demanding work load. Kids definitely lose sleep time and play time because of time-consuming homework, 4-6 hours daily just for homework! I think teachers should be more considerate. Just 2 months into school year and kids are already exhausted. Maybe some kids turn into bullies because there s no more balance in their daily life.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
This is a great school and my kids have had excellent teachers. I agree with the one post that the school has had problems with bullies. The principal, Mike Duff and vice principal Mark Haugen were terrible leaders and did address the bully problem well. Both were arrogant and I am glad they are gone. This school has some very good teachers and I think the new administration will be a big help. My principal rating is due to the prior administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
Bullying is a MAJOR problem at this school. As long as the kids are making A's, they are NOT held accountable for their behavior. The kids in middle school can drug their classmates and receive a slap on the hand by being suspended for 2 days. This school has a terrible tract record with bullying, and it is because of very poor leadership at the top, which trickles down to the classrooms. My child has been bullied as has many others, and the teachers put the blame back on the poor victim who is being bullied.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2010
The principal is a politician and has no control over the staff. Teachers are union employees. The middle school is a very harsh enviornment. PTO has a few very involved parents, but overall there is not much family involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
I never had a child in this school....was never given the chance! I was a single mother, not of high financial means, so I was (not so politely) pointed in another direction. Very sad the kind of discrimination even caucasians encounter. Their loss because my son is extremely bright!

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2010
We had had high hopes for this school and decided to drive him past 3 others to attend based on the "traditional school" program. We were all for rigorous acedemics (saxon and spalding), discipline, and unifiorms, but we found our son's kindergarten experience to be far less than steller. His teacher had just transferred from jr. high-aged kids (maybe on her way out?) and didn't make a great transition to 6-year olds. Problems ranged from answering her cell phone in class, watching movies or tv in class every single day, and just being an overall negative person to parents and students. We approached both her and administration, we got nowhere. It's really a shame to, since Scottsdale doesn't offer another traditional school or even a K-8 program in the Chaparral HS system.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2010
DITTO on the review posted 5/6/2010. Pros - Uniforms, great teachers, Spalding language program, high standards Cons - Extreme rigidity, inflexible staff and and administrataion, ONE SIZE FITS ALL approach, no differentiated learning, weak gifted program, extremely SLOW math program (Saxon). In all, we enjoyed this school but it is very much a school for average children. If your child needs extra help or advanced work this is not the place for them. The math program is woefully slow and the school refused to accelerate it despite the fact that most other schools using Saxon advance it a full grade. The teachers are top notch but are not allowed to use any creativity in their teaching as they're all required to teach the same material in the same way. After two years of fighting for more challenging and differentiated work, we're moving to a more open minded school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
I have had one child in Cheyenne for 2 years, and another whom I moved to a different school last year. Cheyenne is a phenomenal school. Cheyenne is unlike many schools in today's day and age, which teach to the least common denominator. Expectations are high, and most of the kids rise to the challenge. I can't help but to laugh when I read complaints that the homework is 'monotonous' or 'repetitive.' Yes, homework is often monotonous or repetitive, but this this is not unique to Cheyenne, and this has been true since the dawn of time. The real story here is that Cheyenne does not lower its expectations so that those who are one or two standard deviations to the left of the mean will be okay, and this is a good thing. Any kid with average intelligence and drive and parents willing to be involved will do well at there.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I have one child who has been at Cheyenne 8 years and another whom I pulled out six weeks into 4th grade. The bottom line is that Cheyenne can be a great school for the right type of student, but if your child is an outside-the-the box thinker or falls on either end of the bell curve, he or she will probably do better elsewhere. There is A LOT of repetition in all subjects, which can be good for some children, but can be overly monotonous for others. A child with special needs may struggle to keep up, whereas a gifted student will be bored. Cheyenne can also be overly punitive - kids lose 50% credit if they forget to put their names on a project. The principal is all about form over substance. He is more concerned with rule-following than the educational, emotional or psychological needs of individual students.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Cheyenne is an excellent school. It is very academic but offers a balance with PE, music and art. I love spalding math and saxton english. These programs have really helped my daughter that struggled with reading and spelling.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 21, 2009
Great school for some but not for all. The homework is monotonous and repetitive; the extracurricular activities are few to none. Yes, the kids perform well on tests but there is so much more to life to getting into college than testing well. There are other programs in and around Scottsdale for high caliber, creative minds. The waitlist is funny even if you are 74 on the list .you will still get in it just may be October.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2009
Cheyenne teaches using the traditional method. Recent brain based research has proved that this method of teaching has a retention rate of 10-15%. These kids are doing well on tests, then completely forgetting everything. Their individuality is taken away with the wearing of uniforms. If good test scores are what you're looking for, choose Cheyenne. If you want a well rounded, smart, decisive child that loves learning......run from Cheyenne.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
I disagree with most of the new message posted today. Our two oldest daughters are in the first- and third-grades in Cheyenne, and we feel extremely lucky to be part of such a fantastic school. My biggest gripe with today's post is; 'Recent brain based research has proved that this method of teaching has a retention rate of 10-15%.' I believe it's lazy and irresponsible to point to 'research' to back up an argument without referencing the source. The traditional methods taught at Cheyenne are based on 'building' upon previous knowledge. This wouldn't be possible if 85-90% of all that was learned in the previous years was 'forgotten.' If the above 'research' held true, wouldn't the test scores at Cheyenne start to deteriorate around the second or third grades? Very clearly, this isn't the case. Finally, I am so thankful the students wear uniforms. It forces the children to be creative when expressing their individuality, and it eliminates the major cause of economic/class competition in schools. You don't see any ponies or alligators on the shirts at Cheyenne; it's the school logo, or nothing. Cheyenne does demand a lot from parents. Right now, with a first- and third-grader, I am spending 45 minutes to an hour each day monitoring their homework, phonograms, and reading. I am concerned about how much of my day will be consumed once my oldest is in eighth grade, and all four of our children are there. Also, there is a lot of pressure on parents to volunteer. Time is a valuable commodity for all parents, and some don't have as much as others. Otherwise, I think Cheyenne is the best school in the state, public or private. But it's a school of choice, and probably not for everyone. If parents do not agree with the traditional philosophy, Cheyenne is the wrong choice for their children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2008
Well run. I am amazed at the talent level in the classroom and the sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
Cheyenne is a good school and if you like the traditional style of learning (memorize memorize memorize till the kids have it perfect) then you would this school. The emphasis on making sure kids produce high test scores is huge. It is apparent that they seem to care more about test scores than students (thus the big bullying problem at school). We will not be returning to Cheyenne next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
Cheyenne is a K-8 school and is formatted to traditional education. Uniforms are required and eliminate the unrelenting need to monitor your childrens wardrobe on a daily basis. The parent involvement and the teachers at the school create a special campus environment throughout 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
I have a first grader in Cheyenne, and I feel blessed that we were able to get her in. The quality of instruction and the depth of knowledge and confidence that she has gained through the traditional education model has been outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2008
This School is struggling, the teachers, and staff can't handle any problems, and all they are doing is focusing on accademics

- submitted by a student
no rating February 25, 2008
horrible school teachers are not properly trained at all

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
This school is not a traditional school in the the true sense. It is a very rigid, strict and military style environment which caters primarily to those students and families who would sacrifice friends, family, creativity, individuality and extra curricular activities for high academic achievement.The learning process should occur in the classroom. Your child will receive his or her education at home , each night after school, when you spend 3 to 4 hours helping them to complete their homework. The school uses the Spalding method to teach reading. Unfortunately there is very little focus on oral reading fluency. I hope your child learns to read fluently...please note that the reading test scores do not measure oral reading fluency and therefore do not reflect it.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
We have had 2 children at Cheyenne. We feel as if we have had a private school education for free. The teachers are fantasic, the curriculum is challenging and the kids are held to high expectations. The middle school experience was, in particular, very strong in comparison to non-traditional 6-8 programs. One of ours decided she wanted to move on to her neighborhood middle school to try it out. What a mistake! She ended up coming back after experiencing the level of mean-spiritedness of the kids. At Cheyenne, they do not behave badly because there are consequences for it which are reinforced. It was so wonderful to have an alternative to traditional middle school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
We are a very dedicated, involved family at Cheyenne. The teachers and curriculum are fabulous. However, the bullying problem is getting so bad that we are considering leaving the school. The behavior, especially in the middle school, is utterly appalling, and troublemakers are not dealt with, simply left to cause more trouble. If we have to leave the school because of this, so be it, but I'll be heartbroken.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
The teachers at Cheyenne, for the most part, are exceptional. They are committed to the curriculum and dedicated to their jobs. My daughters have been in the school since first grade. The handling of behavior problems is another story. There seems to be a high level of tolerance for bullying at this school. What is not outwardly complained about is not an issue. The administrator responsible for handling such incidents is sorely lacking in skills, as has been witnessed on an ongoing basis. There seems to be a lot of majoring on the minor and not on the major. Hopefully for the safety of our children, this area will improve.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
This is a wonderful school for lower elementary grades. The adherence to few distractions from classtime creates a predictable environment for young children. The administration has a long way to go however in creating a middle school that prepares students for the district high schools. Our oldest child went through 8th grade at Cheyenne. In addition to the culture shock of transitioning to such a large high school, his writing skills were noticably lacking in comparison to his peers. We have moved our second child to a middle school in the district and are very pleased with their expectations and with the attention given to preparing the students for high school. Middle school age students miss many opportunities that are available at the other schools; lockers, an expanded list of elective classes, and an environment where pre-teen age kids are embraced, understood, and respected.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
Excellent academic and behavioral environment. Has done OK in transitioning to a middle school. There should be more middle school features such as a requirement of all teachers to enter grades online, lockers for students and better lunch options.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
As public schools go a very passable offering. However, it is not a private school replacement as many hope. The administration is very rigid and without great regard for parental opinion. The class size is excessive making the ability to support children one on one very challenging.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
My son has attended this school for 6 years. I am very pleased with the quality of education and the many other things that the school teaches to help our children be prepared for a happy and succesfull life that they can be accountable to. The orginizational skills along with self-reliance and the skills to be motivated will help make a positive difference in our society.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
Academically, this has to be one of the best schools in the county. We have had two children go through their entire elementary and middle school careers through Cheyenne and academically it is excellent. However, there is a significant bullying problem at the school. In this day and age, where schools everywhere are going to extraordinary measures to stop bullying and harassment, this school fails to measure up.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 03, 2006
High academic standards with outstanding teachers. The uniform policy fosters optimum learning environment. Improvement requires a true understanding of the significant correlation between social/emotional issues and academic performance. Though some prevention resources & programs are available, support for providing programs & activities that address these critical social/emotional issues are minimal. When the school 'mission of excellence' is willing to recognize the impact of emotional/social well-being on academic performance, Cheyenne students will be afforded the highest opportunity for lifelong success. The culture & excuses of 'it's too much work to the focus on academics' contradicts the 'mission of excellence.' Providing an emotionally supportive learning environment would not only enhance the experience of the students, but promote an even greater opportunity for life-long successful achievements by our future leaders. Excellence requires more than 'by the book' thinking. With action, Cheyenne will move from one of the top schools to the best school.

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January 02, 2006
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October 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
Having the choice to attend Cheyenne is wonderful. The school is like having a private school within the public school system. They expect more from our kids and they rise to the challenge! Every school should be like this. We have been at Cheyenne since its inception and love it.

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July 14, 2005
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May 16, 2005
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April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2005
I have toured the school and met with the Principal Mike Duff and have a positive feeling about them. The Facility itself is in need of a major renovation and that type of environment is not appealing. But I understand that it is more focused on spending resources for academics than pretty walls.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2005
I am a new to Cheyenne and am impressed with test scores and staff seems competent. Concerned with lack of group activity?

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December 15, 2004
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December 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
Great school with dedicated teachers and administration. My girls love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
Cheyenne Traditional School is a great school for parents who want a strong academic focus. It has some strong rules and structure, which is wonderful for students who are acheivers and seek a disciplend approach. It is not a great school for a child who is struggling academically. We have been extremely pleased with our daughter's experience. In general, the academic scores from this school are very high. In our experience, the teachers have been wonderful and caring.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2004
We love the uniform policy, however we need more aides in the cafeteria and playground. Cheyenne is full of bullies and something needs to be done about that.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2004
Cheyenne Traditional School is a great school if you don't mind the children and parents attitude of one-up-manship. The other strong factor in this school is that the strict military style attracts families with fundamentalist values. Great for academics though, and that is what counts...if you don't mind the grandiosity.

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May 15, 2004
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April 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2004
Cheyenne has high standards and it shows in the students and staff. Having uniforms enforces discipline as well as school pride. Arizona's schools really struggle compared to other states but Cheyenne fills the gap. The curriculum is consistent and produces results. Yes, a lot of hard work is expected from the students and parents.

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February 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2003
We are new to the school this year, and I am extremely impressed with the quality of teachers. They are well trained and professional. The staff [is] friendly and helpful. The curriculum is excellent. Lots of school spirit too.

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Cheyenne is a public school located within the Scottsdale Unified School District. However, Cheyenne is a school of choice (not a neighborhood school) serving students that reside within the Scottsdale Unified School District. All students are accepted through open enrollment based on state and district open enrollment policies.

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Cheyenne Traditional Elementary School
13636 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85259
(480) 484-5600
Last modified Cheyenne Traditional Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cheyenne Traditional Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top