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PK-5
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 662

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10475 E. Lakeview Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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(480) 484-6100
(480) 484-2401
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December 17, 2014
There are several great choices for schools in our community, but Laguna is the right fit for us. It has the feel of a community school right in the heart of Scottsdale Ranch. We appreciate the balance between academics and social activites. They do a great job of indroducing the K kids to the older kids, to create a good relationship for both of them. It is also a win win now that pre K is on site. Dr. Root the principal runs a good program and is fair and open yet tough as needed. We are very pleased with the school

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Ironic that 3 reviews are submitted on the same day the week after a huge fundraising effort was completed , laguna is very focused on money for the school more emphasis is projected to the students to carry this burden, when they should be learning they are dancing with hired marketing reps and taught how to ask for Money This school has strong parents who pave the path for everyone, it's not generally consensus driven weak quiet working parents fall back as do the kids who are not able to give money, it's publicly announced who gets the most and they are clearly rewarded, time and again. See posts from April 8 seems a bit planned An example of this are the Boys and Girls Robotics Teams in which of, "I can, I do; we can, we do." The emphasis on attaining a solid education through a rigorous reason for the 4-stars for parent involvement is that this community has a very high percentage of working parents with careers

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
Laguna is an award-winning elementary school with a strong focus on science and math. The culture has an astonishingly healthy acceptance of gender-equality in education in which all kids simply are encouraged to be their best. An example of this are the Boys and Girls Robotics Teams in which participation and success is earned together without either gender group operating in a rivalry of superiority. Laguna fosters in all students an empowerment attitude of, "I can, I do; we can, we do." The emphasis on attaining a solid education through a rigorous curriculum is tempered with high-spirited, creative teaching methods and positive energy-building auxiliary events and programs. The only reason for the 4-stars for parent involvement is that this community has a very high percentage of working parents with careers that impede their participation. The upside is that parents connect with each other to stay in-tune with campus news, networking together to meet the needs of their kids and the school despite their restrictions to be more involved. Laguna is at its best when given a challenge.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I am a parents of an autistic child. The team that Dr. Root has surround my son is fantastic. His home room teacher is a good communicator and is excited about her job. The LRC teachers and aides have been accommodating and challenging for him at the same time. As soon as we moved here last year, several PTO board members reached out and got me involved. Being an active parent has been rewarding and informative of many of the challenges SUSD faces in the current economic climate. I'd encourage any parent to get their children to Laguna.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I have sent two children through Laguna and loved it! The staff and teachers are amazing. They make sure to always take care of the student and families, and have always looked ahead to the future of education. The environment is warm, caring and friendly. I love that they have art, music, science lab and computers. I think they are constantly changing to keep up with technology in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
Outstanding. I feel so blessed to have moved here and have my child go to Laguna. From 2nd grade when we moved here to the last day of 5th grade my child had multiple opportunities to excel and shine! Every teacher, administrator and support person as well as a strong parent involvement community demonstrate on a daily basis how much they care by continually going the extra mile for their students. Programs such as WordMaster, Math Olympiad, spelling and geography bees, a drama, chorus and band and strings department as well make this a great school. Laguna is a happy place with a very knowledgable, caring and involved staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
Its a relaxed academic school that is fun but no challenging and won't do much to prepare the students. This seems to be the trend. Little to no homework and make up tests and make up homework on your schedule. Nice campus, teachers are sweet and school is a breeze.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
For the average student this school will suffice. If your child is "gifted" or requires "resource", please do your homework and look at other Districts. This school has gone down hill over the years and it's the teachers and students who have suffered. We switched schools, districts even, for our children and regret not doing so sooner. Take tours of other schools, ask many questions, look at the school grounds before making your decision....

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
My son went to this school for kindergarten and had a horrible experience. The office staff is snooty not friendly. Hard to get into contact with principle. Student to kid ratio is high. My child would come home saying he wishes he was white with straight hair which had to do with bullying of his race. By the time we switched schools and completely moved he was behind and had to see private tutors to get caught up. He is entering the second grade now and is doing amazing thanks to Cerritos Elementary school in the Ahwatukee Foothills. It was like night in day from the moment we walked into the office at this school. Everyone had smiling faces and the teachers seemed to actually enjoy their job. At Laguna everything seemed like a burden. My neice also went to Laguna and had some trouble with a teacher there come to find out she got early retirement because she was just to out of it for her job. I just wanted to add a short note off my cell to let people know this school does not deserve an A+ rating.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I just felt compelled to voice an opinion after reading such a misleading and untrue evaluation of Laguna Elem. in Scottsdale, Arizona. The school is an A++ school with an Administration, teachers, Support Staff, and parents that care! My 2 children love being educated here and have shown remarkable growth in their 3 years at laguna. I believe the individual that wrote the negative remark (I believe I know who she is) is nothing more than a disgruntled ex-employee....and still is holding a grudge because of losing her position. So sorry she did as she was good at the role she preformed, but to take it out on the school and staff is wrong. and to say the school is not clean...wow, what a misrepresentation! The school is extremely clean and kept that way, inside and outside of the rooms! Just go and take a tour yourself...there is nothing to hide except the obvious love for this school!

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2011
After being accepted into the school on open enrollment, I can't imagine why we didn't send our kids here earlier. The style of learning is perfect for our family philosophy on education. Its tough, yet nuturing which is a very difficult balance. They teach kids responsiblity and build character. Families in this district can come from money and tend to have attitudes, but the teachers and leadership are quick to teach and support ALL kids are equal and ALL should be treated with respect. The Principal, Dr. Root, is innovative, common sense smart, experienced and really does a great job of attempting to indivdualize education in a budget crisis environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Excellent teachers & administrative staff provides a learning environment which enable students to reach their full potential as knowledgeable & enlightened members of our community and country.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
I specifically moved to the area for Laguna's A+ reputation as my daughter needed extra help her speech articulation and and additional help with special services. In 1st grade, they've forgotten about my daughter's evaluation request, then denying her of speech therapy which sent me on a frantic plea to the school psychologist and anyone else who was willing to listen. By the time they've decided that my daughter qualified for the extra help I requested, it was almost the end of 1st grade. In 2nd grade, due to staff changes, my daughter was overlooked and didn't receive speech therapy for months. If your student is bright and they are very talented and advanced - this is the school for you. This is how they obtain their A+ status while they overlook the children that need their help the most.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2008
My three kids have attended this School. In my experience, everything depends on the kid and the teacher. The experiences of each child have been different, and we believe that this school has high standards and the administration is supportive. For those that critize the Principal, try to run a school and then talk.....She is not perfect that she cares and tries hard. Give the woman a break!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
I am a very proud Laguna parent. I have a daughter who has already left Laguna having come here from another state. We were shocked to see that she did not recognize the Math being taught in 5th grade and was behind after being in the advanced Math at her preivious school. She is now excelling. Laguna prepared her for the challenge and as a parent am very grateful. Our son, who will be going into third grade has attended Laguna since Kinder. We are thrilled to hear of Laguna's Intel Distinguishing School Award in Science. Their Science Program is wonderful. I have seen the children run to the Science Lab after school looking to make new discoveries with an eagerness to learn more everday. My son loves attending their Science Club. The interest of the parents and the contribution of the staff goes above and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2008
Laguna is the reason why my child is doing so well today. Their special needs program is second to none. Literally. This is an excellent school, excellent teachers and excellent parent involvment.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
It is with a measure of sadness that we leave the Laguna family having sent 4 children over 14th years to Laguna. We appreciated the true family like atmosphere fostered by the leadership and teachers alike. My daughter cried when the last principle retired as he was truly a loving educator. School leadership always sets the tone and Dr. Root continues the tradition of great educators and wonderful people at this A+ school.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
You will most likely be disappointed as others have. Look at Laguna's withdrawl statistics for some startling facts.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
Our children attended private school until we toured Laguna. We just finished our first year and it was everything we thought it was going to be and more. The teachers are exceptional and the quality of education is high. The culture of the school is child-centered and very friendly. We felt welcomed into the PTO and immediately found a way to become involved. My son loves the science lab and my daughter performed in two plays as well as orchestra. My husband and I felt welcomed, informed and a participant from the first day. Dr. Root plays with the children and knows most by name. She is always talking with parents or helping teachers. I've never seen her without a smile. Laguna is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
I have to agree with previous responses regarding the principal being unapproachable. It's a puzzling stand in a school with such strong parental involvement which is by all accounts necessary to student success. I disagree that the good teachers have left recently. Many of Laguna's superb teachers have been there for many years. Many of the new teachers, like Miss Pirtle, mentioned in another review, are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
My child has attended Laguna for only a short period of time, we are very pleased with the standard of education given, his Grade 3 teacher Miss Pirtle is wonderful, she really cares about her students. The homework is excessive, however this I believe is a positive thing. My overall first impression of Laguna is a good one.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2006
Laguna is run by Dr Katie Root who's policy is basically, her way or the highway. Most of the really good teachers have left in recent years. Information regarding students is often hidden from parents, available only to staff. If you are looking for a school and care about your children, Laguna should be your Last choice. This school is not at all representative of the fine quality of most other Scottsdale schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2006
The staff and principal at Laguna are first rate. Most teachers challenge their students and many allow for individual and creative learning. Parents are very involved and supportive both financially and academically. Science, technology and music are very strong. The kids take pride in their school and show many outstanding character traits.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
I found this school to be very welcoming to my daughter. We moved from another state and it was very comforting to see how much the teachers and Laguna front office cared about her adjustment. The ALC program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
The K-3 falls short because by the time child reaches 5th, they are thrown in to middle school preparation. The younger kids are not challenged and not completely prepared for 4th and 5th. K-3 should be more difficult.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
Great elementary school. The teachers are great with the children and the principal really cares about the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Several of my children have attended Laguna and experiences vary depending on the teacher from the miserable to the divine. My biggest issue is the lack of approachability of the principal. [Her] reflexive response to any parent who approaches her is negative and generally unpleasant. One can generally expect her to be unresponsive to any perceived criticism and to treat any concern as a threat to be deflected with a lecture on policy. Her major priority seems to be to defend her personal kingdom and ensure her iron-clad policies are upheld regardless of the best interests of the students and their families. She serves as an obstruction to the best needs of the students and then repaints the parking lot to ensure that she and her office staff have reserved spots. It's a far cry from the days of our previous principal, Dr. Powell.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2005
Parents are very involved in this schools PTO. The PTO funds several programs at the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
Laguna is an excellent school for any child to grow and learn and make friends. My daughter graduated from Laguna two years ago and still keeps in touch with her teachers via email. She has grown so much. Her teachers took out quality time with her to help her learn how to study and it has helped her so much in middle school. My son is now attending Laguna and they have helped him pinpoint special ares that he needs to work on and areas where he excels in. In both situations they have taken him out of the classroom to enhance his abilities. I love the staff at Laguna!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
Laguna is a wonderful school with helpful staff and excellent teachers. There are all different activities for children and parents to get involved in.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
Laguna has an excellent prgram. We have a computer lab with teacher, Art Masterpiece and several other extra programs. The teachers are caring, educating and interested in my child's success.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
My daughter is in Ms. Ericson's kindergarten class and all I can say is, we will be so sad to leave when the school year ends. She has been a wonderful teacher, very hands on and approachable. She definitely made this first year in school very easy. Because of her excellent teaching and patience, my daughter enjoys going to school everyday and is very excited to move into first grade at Laguna. I wouldn't leave this school for anything!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2005
I attended the Open House for new parents and was impressed with the Principal, Dr. Root.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
I was disappointed with the leadership of laguna. The school's report card and status was clearly more important than each child individually. If a child was unable to keep up, they were considered 'special ed,' a problem child, and left behind. It was also stated to me by the principal that if i didn't like it, i could take my child elsewhere. Excessive homework packets of no less than an hour or more were sent home each night. I felt like i was teaching my children myself. At no time was any extra effort made by the school or teachers to help the children understand or learn in class. Too much emphasis on fundraising also.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
We were very disappointed in Laguna after experiencing what our child went through at a private school and another highly rated Scottsdale school. It doesn't seem organized for facilitating learning. Too much emphasis on fund raising.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
Laguna promotes a safe and stimulating learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2004
I've been impressed by the quality of education at Laguna, from the emphasis on students meeting academic standards and learning basic skills to the level of teacher / parent communication and student services. For families new to the area Laguna is supportive of students making the transition to a new school community.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2003
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Laguna Elementary School
10475 E. Lakeview Dr., Scottsdale, AZ  85258
(480) 484-6100
Last modified Laguna Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laguna Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top