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Surprise, AZ
Students enrolled: 857
 

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15047 N. Parkview Place
Surprise, AZ 85379

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April 02, 2015
this school is not the best. its like they dont really care to help the student who are struggle in reading. the resource staff is a joke. I am always having to be on them never get a response. its like you have to stalk them to do anything you ask. this school doesnt follow the iep if your child is on one its like they just write these kids off.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2015
I am a parent of a child, who is struggling with reading/literature, and writing. The teacher is sweet but the children in the 3rd grade classroom are disruptive and rude, therefore it makes it hard for the students who are trying to learn to actually learn. The principal seems to lack discipline for the children at this school, and is rarely seen. I come into the office frequently yet have failed to see this principal once. My child has never seen the principal either. The teacher had no aid for over 20 children. This school is one of the worst schools I've ever sent my child to attend. He will not be returning next school year!

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2014
I love countryside !!! From the ladies in the office, , Cambridge team & football coaches. From the moment I enrolled my son, I knew this was home. I am amazed and touched by the education, support , communication , love and safety . A special thank you to Mrs . Rankin, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Morton , Mrs. Gorosics & Mr. Greathouse. Thank you for an amazing education !!!

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August 22, 2013
Great parents, great community and great teachers. Love this school and what they do for our kids.

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August 03, 2013
The teachers and all the staff are wonderful my two boys love it there great resources

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August 02, 2013
Wonderful friendly staff and teachers. PTSA seems really active in getting families involved and engaged. Front office staff very welcoming and warm.

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July 30, 2013
My son went here for Kindergarten and First Grade. He LOVED it! The kids are all good kids and the teachers really care. I would definitely recommend this school if you are in the area!

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September 29, 2009
My daughter broke her foot and one of the office managers helped her around school in tell she got better. My son actually got mad and walked out of his class and they helped him and helped diagnose him with bi-poler disorter

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August 18, 2009
I have interned in this school and the staff really care about the children who attend this school. As a future teacher I would love to work in such a wonderful environment. Tami

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July 13, 2009
My children were moved from Sonoran Heights to Countryside-what a great improvement! The principal is accesable amd the teachers are great. My child went from performing to excelling!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 15, 2009
I too, am joining the ever growing group of unhappy parents with this school. Communication is the worst. My son started struggeling towards the end of the year, I tried to get help with the counselor, never got an email returned. Went in personally, was rushed she was 'so' busy. Signed my son up for special leadership group to help with his peer struggles, only to have them cancelled almost all year long he got to attend maybe 3. Subs came in a lot, ending up @ the end of the year a perm subs. No consistancy, and to end the year, 25.00 yearbook & my sons pic is not there not even a mention of his name like most yearbooks do if someone is not pictured. I had no notice that they did not have a pic, which is amazing b/c, I have the pic on my wall!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 19, 2009
This school's teachers and staff really do not care about their students. We have made attempts at contacting teachers so that we may help our children with not return call or email. The Principal and Vice Principal do not return phone calls. Our son played on the b-ball team and during their sports banquet, which recognized team member participation, he did not get a certificate; huge oversight and let down to him. The teacher have the 'its only a job' mentality and do not trully care about education and their students academic achievement. This school is not here for the students. It is poorly run and needs new staff.....

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2009
With the district changing the school boundaries, my daughters had to attend Parkview. I am so dissatisfied with the Parkview staff, teachers, and Vice Principal. I left two messages for the VP & asked for a call back, Ms. Cruz never returned my calls. Ms. Cruz was also suppose to meet with my child after school & never showed up! I already filled out the open enrollment applications for my daughters to attend Countryside; they attended for almost 4 years before the boundary changes. I am so happy with this school (Countryside)! The teachers, staff, Principal & Vice Principal are so involved with the students and care about their well being and education. I can't wait for my daughters to attend Countryside again :)

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2008
My students have been at COuntryside for the last six years. It has gotten better and better each year. The principal, Janet Korinek, cares about the safety and education of my children. They are honor roll and principal's list student! We need more parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2007
The school personnel will never give the same answer to the same question. The office staff is rude and incompetent and the teachers are mediocre

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2007
Countryside is a great school. Yes, they have a high student to teacher ratio, however is that their choice? Teacher's make the best of what they have. It's not easy being a teacher, and parental support is extremely important. Please, as a parent, work with your child, stay involved, that is your job. The teacher's and administration are doing the best that they can do.

- submitted by a teacher

May 08, 2007
My children attend Countryside and I think that the school has come a long way. They do have a strict policy in place for bullying and I do believe they adhere to the 'no tolerance' belief. The teachers are caring and seem to know most of the student body. They always smile and say hello and have offered help when needed. The office staff has always been very helpful and nice and will try to find answers to questions if they do not know. I believe AZ schools are struggling with low budgets and over crowded classrooms and I commend the school on how well they take it all in stride and provide a good education for the kids.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2007
Communication with the staff/teachers at Countryside is very poor. There seems to be a bullying problem. Teacher to child ratio is to much about 24 kids to each brand new teacher. Many of the key concepts of math/reading get overlooked and students just get pushed thru. Many of the teachers are changed out throughout the year making stability/routine a major issue. I believe the rating is more like a 2 not 4. I will be changing schools next year.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2007
We love this school. The teachers have high expectations for students. The staff listen to what parents have to say. The administration is working to get everyone involved. Our daughter has many friends. We get a lot of information in writing and by phone from the school. I just wish parents would become more involved in helping to solve problems instead of always complaining about what is wrong without offering any suggestions to fix the problems. I've been at schools where there are always parents helping out everywhere. Here it seems like parents just want to be in the classroom. No one, other than staff, ever help out in the cafeteria or on the playground. There is a parent group now that is working to get things done. With the limited funding AZ provides schools, Countryside is doing an amazing job!

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2006
July 2006. We moved here from CT one year ago where they are known for top notch education. Not to our surprise, we found Countryside overcrowded but the teachers very positive and enthusiast. The ratio of student to teacher are still extremely high and we did not receive reminders or notices in a timely fashion. But when needed, my son received help with reading help from the special education dept promptly. We constantly communicated with his teacher and the special ed dept as opposed to his CT teacher who never bothered. What's worse a growing school district who is struggling or an overpaid teacher waiting for retirement and a fat pension? I would take a growing school district and help it grow as much as I could. As a working parent, I support these hard working, underpaid teachers, they have the hardest jobs in AZ.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2006
This is a poor excuse for a middle school. There are not enough teachers. No french or spanish is offered. This school is terrible.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2006
Coutryside hs been a very good learning environment for my child. Friendly staff, good kids

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February 17, 2006
My children attended Countryside and overall I was not pleased with the level of education nor the supervision given to the students there. The teachers with whom I came in contact did not seem to be interested in the students education and that attitude was contagious among other students. Unless the extended day program has had a major overhaul, it stands to be the worst afterschool program I have ever experienced. I would drive my children across town and into a different district to avoid this school in the future.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2006
I have had 5 children attend this school,one has moved on to high school and 2 others are ready to go. My other 2 thankfully will be moving to Marley Park next year. The administration is poor the extracurricular activities and arts programs are not good. Rules are inconsistant. They have a great 8th grade team but aside from that can use improvement.

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2005
This school has been a huge disspointment. Although our childrens teachers have been great. There is alot of fighting among staff, and staff and anminstration. There is also no consistency among the teams.

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November 28, 2005
My son is in speech therapy at countryside and have been very impressed with the program and the progress he has made.

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October 27, 2005
We have had two children at Countryside since the fall of 2003. Overall, we have been pleased with the school and both of our children are doing quite well. Being a newer school it does seem a little disorganized at times, with notices being sent home late. The teachers we have come in contact with have been great, dedicated and caring. I believe Dysart district is in a phase where is it trying to change from a rural school district to a suburban district - these changes are moving along but there have been growing pains. There is a pretty good level of parent involvement at the school and the staff is very friendly. Our kids have had a variety of courses and been involved in choir, assisting the teachers after-school and advanced placement study groups. The school is good and with your involvement as a parent, it can be great.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2005
My son attended kindergarten and first grade at this school. I found the school to meet the standards expected by the public school system in the state of Arizona, which aren't very high. I can understand, however, after working in my childs classroom as a volunteer why the public school system can't really provide a quality education for every child. The ratio, while no worse than any other local public school, is too great to provide any child, let alone every child, with a good education. My son learned the very basics at school, he was not challenged. He was told to stop going forward when he was able and to stay with everyone else in the class. The number of times per week the kids have extracurricular activities is not enough. The kids are rushed through lunch and allowed to play for only a few minutes every day.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2005
I had 3 children in Countryside School last year, and I feel that I taught my children more at home, then what their teachers taught them at school. I think their largest problem is, there are too many children, and not enough adults. They lack in decent extra curricular activities. I understand there are going to be growing pains, but is it worth the price of our children's education?

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 05, 2005
I do not feel my children learned anything at this school. The staff also would not even send home a spelling list to study there words. I moved thank god from there the only thing the school has going for it is the Principal she is very nice and trys her best to get situations handled.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2005
Teacher/student ratio not proportioned.Teachers can not possibly,handle the needs of all children. Suggestion is:To get atleast one certified teachers-aide per classroom,& not use parent helpers.They maybe useful for parties & or field-trips,but aren't certified for teaching. Also,problem children need to be addressed & taken more seriously,as its totally unfair to the other children whom can not possibly learn,let alone to their full potiential & so affects the teachers,whom has little or no control, other than to accept or ignore it. Its a very good school,just need to get better organized & PTA needs to promote within & get parent involvement in school activities within school,possibly playground monitoring,& also,better promote the kids who are excelling,offer the kids more incentives..Student of the Month,Teacher Appreciation Day,Dress down Days,for the class whoms teacher reports the best behavior for a week. Stop the candy rewards,which is not only bad for their teeth,but also,makes them hyper.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2005
I have two children that attend Countryside elementry. One is 7 and the other 9. I must say that moving from Califonia was stressful enough, but having my children attend this school far outways the move. I feel that the school is not funded enough. I am always asked to bring in supplies from tissues, baggies, to bringing in snack for the whole class for a week, the children just received their first playground structure, but haven't any balls or any other hands on equipment, they must bring them from home. Gym time has two coaches that sit there having the children run around in circles. The art teacher is having the kids bring in art supplies from home. They don't have any kind of tuturing available, and the teachers can't get the kids names straight during a confrence. I would recommend enrolling at a school that has their act together.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2005
This district is going through growing pains, but the character level of the children seems to be lower than my son's school in Peoria. I think this contributes to the lower test scores and the teacher being to busy controlling and discipling, so she doesn't have time for advanced students, like my son.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2005
The teachers at CountrySide are really good at knowing the strengths and weaknesses of their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 09, 2005
This school is horribe. THe teachers don't care about the students and it shows it their actions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 10, 2004
Countryside encourages a lot of school spirit & parent involvement. The staff is always very friendly & more importantly, they are very parent friendly. They seem to have a positive approach & keep parents very well informed. My limited experience w/this school has been positive.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2004
Countryside has been consistent in providing the necessary services and support required by my son. His teacher shows great concern for my child as well as other children in the class. The staff has always been cooperative in addressing my concerns.

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April 07, 2004
Too many kids per teacher, lack of experience in teachers and structure within staff.

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February 21, 2004
My child has only been a part of this school for a year. I am not overly impressed but I am not unimpressed either. I think the staff is trying to build a good school. I do notice that the teachers tend to be a little clickish themselves and that disturbs me. My child got a new teacher a week into the school year. I noticed at the events when all the teachers of that grade were present that my child's teacher was left on the sidelines. I noticed that when announcements were made by the origional teachers mentioning the new teacher that they were a little condenscending in tone. However I have noticed improvement and continue to hope for improvement. My main concern is that my child has stability and oportunity. I see that at Countryside she will have both, with the help of the parents. Teachers are there to teach not to raise our kids for us. I am not saying they are not role models because they are, but, I am saying that it is the parent's job to instill good habits and to ensure a united front when it comes to discipline.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2003
This school is two years old and is far better than any other school my children have attended. I would like to see more parent involvement. There are a few parents who are always at school helping out. We see the great education as well as the quality staff. I would not take my child to any other school. The parents I come in contact with who participate here at school feel the same way I do. Most of the parents who complain are never here to help out. If you are a parent who believes that eduation is a partnership-this is the school for you!!

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2003
Wonderful Students, Wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2003
For the past two years my child has attended a Dysart School. First West Point, then moving to Countryside. I feel that the upper administration should look into the competency of the administrators they have put into place to provide the education that will mold our future leaders. Your interest in what is best for the students is null, your compassion for students with special needs is disgustingly absent. All students deserve to be treated equal. However in this school district this is not the case. You say you went to uniforms so that children who's parents have lower income's aren't made fun of, well the special needs students are made fun of on a regular basis. And the teaching staff you have stands aside and does nothing even when these actions are done in front of them. The board needs to take a good hard look at the administrators of Countryside, everything is not all rosey!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 11, 2003
My son has been with the Dysart District since the opening of WestPoint then Countryside. I found it to be a wonderful experience for my son. His Kindergarten teacher followed him and became his first grade teacher as well. My son had homework every night that took at least an hour to complete. He was reading early and I thank his teacher for that. The principle is also very caring and willing to speak to parents anytime. For the two years we have spent in the district, we have nothing but good things to say. I also believe it is up to the parents to help guide their children. I m sorry for those on this board who feel otherwise. But for anyone new that will be attending Countryside give it a chance and you will too find that your children will like it.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2003
I have three children that will be attending Countryside next year. My oldest two attended Countryside last year. I was nothing other than pleased with the administration and teachers! The teachers at Countryside work their tails off trying to provide the best possible education for their students. Where I do see a problem is in the disipline of some of the children there at Countryside and what's even more disappointing is that the parents of these unruly, disrespectful children do nothing other than complain that their children are not the problem and that the teacher is to blame or that the teacher is lying about what's really going on with their child, or just plain simply that 'they do not behave that way at home and it must be coming from the school'. Well, you know what, teachers cannot be held responsible for inadaquate parenting skills -take some responsibility for your child and work with the teacher to solve the problem!! The teachers there at Countryside are more than willing to work with parents to correct any number of situations. They really are wonderful people are truly care about these children. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else!! PS...did you know that the charter schools that you are all raving about don't have to have teachers that are certified by the state and don't have to follow such strict guidelines that public schools do. And if your child needs special education - you might as well forget it, because they don't want to pay for it - this includes speech! Do your homework and check out the rules and regs. Concerning charter schools, they are not all what they are cracked up to be. The only reason that they don't have all of the behavior problems that the other schools have is because they are allowed to kick those kids out and public schools have to take them. Talk about discrimination!!

- submitted by a community member

May 28, 2003
As you can see by reading other lines from other parent's, do not enroll in Countryside unless you are sending your kids to prison. They will definitely learn all about detention and how to have your shirt tucked in at all times. Remind them do not be kids at school or stay after school for laughing with the other kid's about a joke. I pulled my children out because I didn't think they'd learn anything else but detention! This was a horrific experience for them please don't subject your children to this school.

- submitted by a community member

April 27, 2003
I have a child in the 4th grade at this school who has attended this school since it opened. He really enjoys his school. He has an abundance of homework and is very intelligent! This is a very new school and is still trying to get into its groove. It takes a lot of effort and cooporation from all. You cannot expect a school to open and boom! be run perfectly from day one! It is like running a business and takes time. If every one would work together and give each other a chance and learn to be patient then this school could easily be the best in the district. Sure there are 'problem children' but that is true of every school. Also, I think that running from the school and not sticking it out and trying to work through the problems is sending the wrong message to our children. We need to teach them that when you have a problem you handle it patiently and do the best you can with the situation. Not to just run from your problems. Ever heard the phrase 'When life hands you lemons make lemonade'? Or 'When the going gets tough the tough get going.' Our children need to learn how to handle every situation. Isn't that what school is all about? Learning?

- submitted by a community member

April 27, 2003
I would have to say that countryside Elem. is the most unorganized school facility I have ever witnessed. I too have children that has fallen before poor leadership from the principal, staff and out of control students. My children have been threatened both physically and verbally by not only the out of control students, but by unprofessional unqualified staff too. I as a parent have made my concerns and complaints known several times, and as you might know, to no prevail. As far as parent involvment being poor, I would have to disagree. I am a parent who is very involved, however when I express my disappointment and disapproval with the lack of education my children are being taught, or the constant harrassments from these out of control children who attend this school, I am pushed out of the office and made not welcome to attend any school events or activities. My children will definately not be returning for a second year!

- submitted by a community member

April 24, 2003
I have given Dysart district a chance for two years now. My children will not be returning to this district. I have worked closely with the principal, teachers and staff, and sat on many committees to vote and try to make a difference. The bottom line here is that the administration has a vision and a plan for the longterm outcome of this fast growing community, but unfortunately, it will take 5-10 years before they can catch up, get rid of the dinosaur administration that is taking home a hefty paycheck and now losing more and more funding, and not providing a safe place for our children because they cannot fix the obnoxious behavior of disrespectful children, nor provide a decent curriculum that will insure a productive learning environment for our leaders of tomorrow. The staff at this school is wonderful but they must answer to Dr. Seck. It does not matter what the teachers or principals want for our children, she will always have the final say, even after parents, teachers and faculty have voted and agreed upon a final decision for the school, she will override the decisions made regardless of what the committees have chosen for 'their' school. The children are so disruptive, that the teacher is not able to teach, they are so busy trying to discipline in what little way they are 'allowed', they are not able to even focus on academics, they are mearly babysitters for this district. For some reason, there are too many disrespectful children in these schools, they have run out of room for what they call ISS (in school suspension) and there is a school per say for 'bad' kids if you will, but it is bursting at the seams just as badly as our regular schools. and they keep on comin' with all the new houses. So if you want a good education without 30-40 kids per class, and you don't want your children rushing through lunch and throwing away food, not to mention the fact that physical education is not a priority, and now they have lost their funding for resource classes for children with disabilities in speech and other crucial areas, find a charter school fast because they are filling up !

- submitted by a community member

April 23, 2003
First of all, I am a parent who has been involved with this school from the very beginning. I have to say that in the beginning we had a lot of parents that were involved, but that quickly changed. I'll also add that opening a new school is very hard and takes great effort, long hours and persistence. People expect a lot and do little or nothing to help. Lots of parents who have younger kids volunteer their time in class. That's where I started. If that's not your cup of tea there are so many other things to do there. The problem with this school is communication and the simple fact that there is just too much to do and not enough people who are willing to do whatever it takes no matter how long it takes. Parents of children at Countryside are a bunch of quitters. When something upsets them they seem unwilling to go the distance it takes to resolve the problem. They just get mad and talk trash about the school and the staff. What they don't seem to understand is that their persistence really can make a difference. My kids are also leaving, but that has nothing to do with the staff and everything to do with the district and the programs they don't offer.

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2003
I cannot speak about the entire school, but we have been nothing less than thrilled with our son's first grade teacher, Mrs. Huff. She is an outstanding leader, and truly cares about those children. We were rather disgruntled about the fact that the school had little to no playground equipment, and were having the children participate in fundraisers to purchase them.

- submitted by a community member

April 14, 2003
This is the worst school i have ever seen i pulled my son as well.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 08, 2003
My son just started at this school and I have noticed there is such a mininal amount of homework its a little scary! No other problems so far...

- submitted by a community member

March 24, 2003
We pulled our kids out and enrolled them in a private school here in surprise and found out how far behind they where! Our 6th grader was on the honor roll at this school and had no homework. Now he works about 2 hours a night on homework and doesnt complain one bit. This School think that that yelling and detention is the way the all the kids should be treated,instead of the few that cause the problems! Our next door friends withdrew the children also! They sent home a thing for us to sign if we wanted the kids to do a survey of the homesand the parents, We asked that we did not want our child involve. THEY MADE HIM DO IT!!! this is a school with bad teaching habits and the rules not inforced for the teachers. By the way the kids both hated the school!

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Countryside Elementary School
15047 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ  85379
(623) 876-7800
Last modified Countryside Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Countryside Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 82 reviews. Top