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PK-6
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 756
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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17650 North 54th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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(602) 449-7200
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December 03, 2014
This school has been wonderful as our daughter has transitioned into Kindergarten. After having a tough time acclimating to a more structured environment, our daughter's teacher worked with us to establish a plan to ensure her success with the new challenge. She is now doing wonderfully and loves to attend this school. The faculty and staff really engage the children in a variety of learning approaches, and the administration is approachable and friendly. We are very happy with our choice to attend Copper Canyon.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
Copper Canyon Elementary school is a fantastic school. Mrs. Dara, Health Assistant to Nurse West is great to the kids and they really love her. She also mentors the kids who are in the Coyote Patrol Program. She works with the students and teaches them the value of working at the school and responsibility. She is a real asset to Copper Canyon.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
This school used to be the worst school ever but then a littler miracle happened and the miracle is named Alan Potts !

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
The staff is well known for being cold, and not just to the new family's. The academics at Copper Canyon aren't any better than the surrounding schools. If you don't mind the chill in the air at Copper Canyon you'll be just fine!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
I like this school for our daughter, she seems to fit in nicely and has learned so much. I didn't give this school 5 starts because I feel the staff is unwelcoming. At least toward new faces. I have seen them react to someone they know verses someone they don't. I personally experienced this myself and didn't think much of it until I noticed a trend and it just became really annoying. Some of the parents are very involved which is really nice. But some parents can be really pushy and rude, its so inappropriate. I see the same parents over and over in some of the classrooms, and from listening to the parents who didn't get a chance to become involved, its just disappointed that the teacher picked the same people all the time. There should be a rotation for all parents to have a chance to help out with something. We have confindence in our daughter that she is having a great time with or without us. The best part of this school is the after care program. The staff is beyond nice and always so involved with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
This school is just alright in my opinion, theres more to a school than test scores, which frankly your gonna have decent scores here due to its location. There are a few bright stars here but over all the school has a very private feel to it, sometimes i think they forget this is a public school. Lots of in your face favoritism here from the teachers and office staff. I watched in the office one morning loads of kids coming in late and the office staff literally picking off certain kids for tardy slips and letting the others that walked in behind go right on by to class. They should have all been lined up for tardy slips! Silly me, I forgot it depends who you are at this school. I was pleased when new leadership was announced, I thought the previous principal was a bit full of himself. I hope the new principal does not get bullied by some of these parents, although when I got a slip about picking teachers next year, I am starting to think "same old, same, old". Why would a principal turn this into a popularity contest among teachers. Its ludicrous! Please, this has nothing to do with teaching styles and everything to do with who the parents are friends with.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2012
Copper Canyon went thru a big change when our beloved Principal left suddenly. We are a close community and the change left us all a little bewildered. The start of school year brought Mr. Shappee, our new principal, and with that some changes to our routines. The kids have adjusted well to the changes, and accepted them! A handful of parents are still struggling to accept the new changes, and have chosen to stand on their principles. The majority of the parents have embraced the changes, and are very supportive of the PTA and staff, which ultimately supports all the kids at CCES. Mr. Shappee has been a wonderful addition to our school. He really does have the best interest of the students and staff in mind. The staff is as warm to you as you are to them. I know they have struggled with the negativity from some of the parents, and hope that they know we support them, and appreciate their dedication to making our school a success! Thank you CCES staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2012
A lot has changed in the past year at Copper Canyon, but the change is mostly good. The parents are now required to sign in at the front office to enter the school. Some parents are very upset about their inability to come into the school through a side door and roam the halls freely. These parents miss being able to chat with their friends in halls and peeking in on their children through the window in the doors. However, my children feel much more secure now that all the doors are locked. The teachers, staff and aides are extremely friendly and you can see how much they adore the children. The only unhappiness I have seen by the staff is when certain parents complain for the umpteenth time to them about locked doors and the library being closed before school. I can see how frustrating it is to have to listen to the same negativity over and over. Copper Canyon is a wonderful school. My children love the teachers, staff and principal. The parents are still extremely involved and while we have a new principal, he cares just as much as our previous one. All that matters to me is that my kids are happy, and they love this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
Our family is very happy and impressed with Copper Canyon in many ways. The parent involvement is great and it makes a big difference in class and other activities. The teachers are able to focus on the most important parts of teaching. The principal and staff are loved by kids and parents. They get to know the families personally, are very accessible and strive to meet the needs of each child individually. The principal is loved by the kids and when needed disciplines with respect instead of fear. The families at Copper Canyon are child focused and I love the fact that my kids are surrounded by other kids that are happy, well behaved, respectful kids. They are exposed to great role models everyday which makes parenting them that much easier.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
I have been a parent of Copper Canyon for 8 years! My daughter just graduated last year and now my son is starting kindergarten. His teacher Mrs. MacDonald is such an amazing teacher and person. My son talks about her all the time and all the amazing things he has discovered every day he goes to school. It is such a blessing to know how warm of an environment he gets to experience everyday. From the principal to the aides to the teacher this school is the best around. We can not wait to enroll our 2 year old! (we just pray he gets Mrs. MacDonald to welcome him with open arms!) Looking forward to a full 17 years when all said and done!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
We are so happy with Copper Canyon kindergarten and are looking forward to many years of great staff, teachers and administrators!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
I am very happy with Copper Canyon! My children have been going there for three years and they have excelled so much academically and socially because of the instructive and caring environment at Copper Canyon. You always "connect" more with some teachers compared to others, but ALL of the teachers my children have had have been professional, kind, caring, and good at their craft. The support staff is also excellent. My children have been involved in both extra reading and speech programs at Copper Canyon. The instruction in these areas has been exceptional. In addition, I can't say enough about the principal. Somehow he manages to be both firm and kind. The students love him and greet him happily when he walks by in the hallway. At the same time they respect his authority. He cares about all aspects of Copper Canyon. I have seen him 1) mop the cafeteria floor, 2) help students with reading, 3) install a bookcase in the library, and 4) help students get savely into their parents' cars at the end of the day. I can't imagine a more caring principal and a better school!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
I have been a parent at Copper Canyon for 9 years and 2 children. I have had noting but great experiences. I have never experienced anything negative, just positive teachers, staff, principal and families. The education and ratings are also great for a public school. They go above and beyond for the families and students!!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
Terrible...My child was treated like a dog on the street corner. What an unpleasant surprise!!!! My husband and I recently moved across the country and we enrolled our 5yrs old son at Copper Canyon. Last week marked his second week of school. To our surprise he is having a difficult time adjusting to his new classroom. Our little guy is very bright, independent and social. He loves the neighborhood, swimming, soccer and basketball, but he dislikes his classroom. He's always loved school. He doesn't like his teacher and in his words "she is very unfair" and "mommy they don't care about me". Last week he had a tantrum in the classroom and was sent to the oprincipal's office. He was seated on THE FLOOR for 2HOURS AND 20 MINUTES!!! When I arrived I was angry and heartbroken to see my son looking so defeated and sad. No one called me, he was not offered water, snack, a chair, a book or anything! Once the " loving" principal arrived 20 minutes later. He suggested 3 day recess detention! I have spoken to him, the teacher, and a school board official and no one seems to understand or agree that seating child in the corner for over 2 hours is highly inappropriate and insensitive.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2011
Awesome principal and pretty darn good teachers given the budget situation in the state. I can't imagine a better overall education along with a wonderful feeling of community and safety. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Just started our first year at Copper Canyon, and we could not be more pleased. Our son loves going to school every day, and is encouraged to stretch and grow academically, whilst still having fun. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Close knit community that is ALL about the KIDS

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Copper Canyon has excellent and caring teachers and principle. I feel welcomed and my kids love it too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
This school is fantastic! From great leadership and high-quality professionals in the classroom to a highly active and supportive parent community, it has a solid foundation for educational success. Not only does C.C. have solid academics, but they also instill a love of learning, a sense of personal responsibility and the desire to strive for one's personal best in students. This combination is consistently turning out successful, happy students, and providing an environment that is truly conducive to teaching and learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
The families, the children, the teachers and staff plus one heck of a principal!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
When you enter the doors of Copper Canyon you can feel the warmth of the environmentl-filled with devoted staff, parents and students. Whether it is the smile and personal attention from Principal Bursi, the fantastic artwork thorughout the school or the outstanding events organized by the PTA, it is clear that Copper Canyon goes above and beyond in every way. We are so lucky to be part of the Copper Canyon family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Copper Canyon is truly an example of the trickle down effect. Our Principle, Steve Bursi, is truly a leader and shows his care for our students in everything he does. The teachers he hires are all very much in this line as well. I would not have my children anywhere else. I even volunteer as much as I can because I enjoy being at Copper Canyon SO MUCH!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
We are very happy with Copper Canyon. My older children attended a private school and Scottsdale public schools and Copper Canyon exceeds both. The teachers are very concerned with their students needs and communicate well with the parents. The classes have grown considerably over the last year and school has prepared it's staff for dealing with the changes. Nice group of students and very involved parent's as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
An excellent school for people and the teachers are great!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Simply an amazing group, starting with the Principal and including the staff and teachers.

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September 02, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
A great school overall with some stellar and some average teachers. The students all get along, in spite of a few cliques...which I was a little surprised at due to it being an elementary school. The Principal is a highlight. Teacher selection is important! I would recommend Copper Canyon when compared to other valley schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
A strong sense of community enhances the child's educational and social development -- an excellent choice for our child.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
As public schools in AZ go, I think this is a good one. My only concern, not limited to Copper Canyon, is that my child isn't getting a more expansive, well-rounded experience. Compared to a private school education, this is pretty stripped down. I'm concerned about our kids being competitive in a global economy. I'm also wondering what happened to the Presidents Counsel on Physical Fitness. Rising rates of childhood obesity and our kids get PE once a week. Summing up, these kids deserve more of everything.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
I recently moved into the area and both my children started about a month into the school year. I thought everything was going great until I began to get calls that my daughter was getting into trouble with one of the students. I have tried everything to figure this out with the principle as well as the teacher and even went as far as to see if the other students parents would attend a meeting. They would not. My daughter seemed to be managing for a bit and then again it began. One of the administrators told me that they never had problems with this student (which I found out was a lie) and since my daughter was the new child in the equation it was her fault. No one has helped me with the problem and it continues with that one same student. She will be leaving that school soon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 22, 2008
I rate Copper Canyon very highly. We have two kids. We can compare it to one other public school and one private school. The CC principal is excellent. The teachers are qualified and committed. Support services, the nurse and adjunct teachers, are solid. Parent involvement is strong. Both kids have learning disabilities and with some pushing, have been more then adequately supported. The school response has been superlative compared to the previous public school which interestingly is located in the most prestigious area of the city.

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April 28, 2008
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October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
As a family - we love Cooper Canyon! More importantly my little guy loves his school, teacher and Mascot Club! We also like the emphasis the school has on reading and parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2007
The involvement of the PTA, the parents, and the teachers goes above and beyond anything I have ever experienced! When we first moved to AZ we thought our childrens' education would suffer fortunately we picked the perfect school for our daughters and we wouldn't trade it for any other school in any other state!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
I think this school is doing very well.I have four children and all of them love it. This school is the best one any of my children have gone to. And they would know, we have moved a lot.So overall, both my children and I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
I think that not only Copper Canyon has the best teachers, but the friendliest. It makes every student happy, not just the new ones!I go to school every day and just feel right at home! I am sooo glad I go to Copper Canyon!

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2007
We are so pleased with Copper Canyon! We looked at several schools in the area but none compared to the friendliness, positive learning environment, and community spirit of this school. Since we had to move in the middle of the school year, we were worried that our daughter would have difficulties adjusting. But her teacher, the staff, and the principal were all so welcoming and interested in her fitting in that she had no trouble at all. She also had no problem with the school size even though she came from a very small private school before Copper Canyon. This is the best place for a child to learn and we recommend this school 100%!

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April 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
All four of my children 'graduated' from Copper Canyon and the youngest two had the privilege of being here under the leadership of our current principal, Steve Bursi. Not only did they receive the best education ever, they also were able to enjoy some outstanding over-the-top opportunities that we never got the chance to do in our schools in Illinois. Now that my children are in high school and college, I have chosen Copper Canyon as my place of employment. I live in the neighborhood and work at my neighborhood school and couldn't ask for a better place to be. As I tell other parents, Copper Canyon IS the best place to learn, have fun and make friends! We have also added during Mr. Bursi's leadership approximately a dozen after-school extra curricular activities funded through the AZ State Tax Credit Program including chess, keyboarding, drama, choir, etc. Come join the fun!

- submitted by a staff
November 15, 2006
The principal seems nice but my family was very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Both of my kids were in a private school and we made the decision to move them to public school, selecting Copper Canyon after meeting with the Principal and several teachers. I don't regret it for a second. This school is fabulous! Yes, there are teachers that are 'preferred' over others, as in any school, but it's a matter of personality preference over academic standards...after 5 years of being here, I never heard of any 'bad' teachers. The PTA is out of this world and brings amazing programs and funds that other schools don't manage. Parents are involved everywhere. The Principal is always in the halls, in the classrooms, in the lunchroom, in the parking lots before and after school...he knows the kids, he knows the parents, he's always available and open. It's a great school.

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October 07, 2006
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July 14, 2006
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May 05, 2006
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April 28, 2006
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April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Copper Canyon is awesome! Everytime I am at the school I see the pricipal Steven Bursi in the halls, he is always available to discuss whatever is on your mind. We have a 1st grader there and both teachers have been warm and loving as well as very challenging for our daughter. She reads at a 3rd grade level and with the school AR reading program she can read and test at her level not the classes. Overall we have been thrilled. I am a girl scout leader there we have the largest girl scout by % in the state of Arizona in our neighborhood. And I believe I heard we have the largest PTA enrollment in the state. So parents are very involved. I couldent be happier!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Our son is in 1st grade and our daughter will start Kindergarten in the fall. Copper Canyon is led by an excellent Principal who takes a true interest in the student s wellbeing, safety and learning, and seems to love his job. He oversees a weekly newsletter which is both informative and entertaining. My limited experience with the teachers is positive. They are skilled educators, and effectively keep order in the classroom in the lower grades. My son has liked both of his teachers (and we have too). The reading program is competitive, which seems to encourage the kids, and there is an excellent reading assistance program (and instructor), which helps when needed. Parent involvement is amazing, with great participation in school events, class projects and class parties. In summary, we are very happy with our son s experience at CC, and look forward to this continuing and to our daughter s future.

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January 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Depending on who you have for your child's teacher, your child can have a wonderful experience. Most of the teachers are excellent. I called a parent to find out about our child's fourth grade teacher as two of the other teachers had been recommended against multiple times. The front desk staff are very efficient. The honors teacher is wonderful as is the art teacher. Our new P.E. teacher is great. The principal can be condescending toward some of the female parents and does not always work to help situations that may arise. The overall quality of most of the teachers is excellent, but one must do their homework on the teachers before each year. Ask several other parents and get a feel for the teacher if you can beforehand. The after school classes that are offered are mixed. Some are great...others sub are so-so.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
Wonderful school with the best teachers and parent support.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
Excellent,caring climate. The teachers and Steve Bursi (the principal) are top-notch. The parent support and involvement is the best I have experienced having been in a couple different schools.

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May 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Parent involvement is high at this school- so if you like to be involved in your child's education, you should feel at home at Copper Canyon. The principal (Bursi) is excellent and has made an effort to know every child by name. There is a great attitude among teachers and the school environment is very welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
I moved to AZ from another state 2 yrs ago. Our neighborhood school is Copper Canyon. Thank you! This is a great school with fantastic teachers! From the front office, the nurse, and right to the teachers almost every one that I have met has only had the childs best interest at heart. This is just an all around great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
We have a child currently attending Copper Canyon. While we are extremely satisfied with the leadership in this school, and the academics, our childs current teacher is the one you hate for your child to have. Militant, unpredictable, and unable to teach children how to overcome weaknesses. If the situation doesn't improve next year, we will relocate our elsewhere, so the child will have a chance to thrive and learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I have been very happy with Copper Canyon, and most importantly, my daughter loves going to school each day. The parent involvement is tremendous and the teachers are generally very experienced and caring. The principal, Mr. Bursi, sets the high standards for the rest of his staff. He is friendly and very approachable with both the kids and parents. He also has a tremendous sense of humor and is very involved with the children. He communicates regularly with parents through memos and his weekly newsletter, which I look forward to reading. Copper Canyon provides a very warm, nurturing environment for our children.

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February 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
Our daughter went to Copper Canyon for all of her elementary years. All of her teachers provided individual attention and challenged her appropriately along the way. We were highly impressed with each one of her teachers and often felt as though she were attending a private school due to the level of education and detailed attention given by her teachers. We moved to this school district largely because of Copper Canyon's superior reputation and we were very impressed with the commitment of everyone from the principal to the teachers, as well as staff and parent volunteers.

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January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2004
Copper Canyons staff and teachers are committed to the education and well being of all of the students at the school. They all have amazing knowledge and skills and our children are recieving a first rate education. The teachers take the time to really get to know their students on personal levels and seem to truly care.

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June 15, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
no rating March 21, 2004
We are about to move into a new neighborhood and I am considering pulling my children from a private school to this public school. From meeting with the principal, I can see that the new school has garnered great resources, updated technology, and a full library. The extra curricular programs are on the fence as the Scottsdale school district is low on funds, but most of the funding is coming directly from the community served by this school. Parental involvement is clearly an advantage at this school; it's extremely high.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
My child has attended CCES for two years. This has been a great school for her so far. The teachers are encouraging to keep working hard and providing her with ways to stay challenged as she is above grade level at this time. The principal is wonderful knowing all the students and coming up with creative ways to encourage the students to learn.

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March 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2003
I can honestly say that Copper Canyon is an exceptional school. The Teachers and administrators, are top notch! The PTA and parents, are active partcipants and contributors to the community and the student body. I am proud to call myself a Copper Canyon Parent.

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Copper Canyon Elementary School
17650 North 54th Street, Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(602) 449-7200
Last modified Copper Canyon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Copper Canyon Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top