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Surprise, AZ

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14898 W. Acoma Drive
Surprise, AZ 85379

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(623) 876-7000
(623) 523-8316
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July 17, 2014
I must say that having attended this school for half a year, I was thoroughly disappointed. I hardly knew the principal and the school work was too easy with lenient grading scales. There was way too much bullying and too many cliques with little school diversity and although there were 'Character Cards' there was never a cap on the bullying or irresponsible behavior. There was too many 'fun days' and 'Character Party' days where little to no work was done. I loved the teachers though.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2014
My school is so energetic that helps us as students to care about our future. Ashton Ranch helps us reach our goals everyday.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2014
My daughter has attended Ashton Ranch for the past 3 years. I have found that the school has its ups and downs but not any different from other schools in the surrounding areas. There are plenty of extra curricular activities for all ages to participate in. The 7th grade team stays after school to provide extra help to any student that needs it. My duaghter has grown a great deal academically and has made some amazing friends along the way. The majority of the families that attend Ashton Ranch are involved parents in their child life and pay attention to what is going on, making it nice that my daughter was able to meet people with the same parental background. We are unfortunately moving this summer and will greatly miss Ashton Ranch, if you are looking for an involved school, with great academic success, you will be very Happy with Ashton Ranch.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
I have been a proud parent since 2009. Dr. Stoeve is a stern but compassionate principal who wants only to improve the academic and social lives of each and every child in the school while striving to move the children in becoming 21 century learners. The teachers are dedicated individuals that seek to empower the children. The office staff, while small for such a high volume school, is extremely courteous, professional and efficient. I came from another school in the district where the PTA was dysfunctional at best. Here, the PTA is strong. These ladies are fantastic. There are so many different fun opportunities for families to come out and spend time together. My husband has taken my daughter to the father and daughter dances for the last 2 years and both my daughter and husband could not believe how beautiful it was. My children love their teachers and the school. There is a Drama and Art afterschool program where the kids can. Everyone in the school works well together. My only concern is that there isn't enough parental participation. My children's teachers tell me often that they have no volunteers to help out. What a shame!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
Ashton Ranch is a great school. The Administrator is a great leader and has done wonders with this school. It's rather unfortunate that some take his concern, structure and attention to detail as a negative aspect; when in fact he's the driving force of moving Ashton Ranch forward to being and "A" school. The front office staff is friendly, efficient and helpful in light of the fact they not only support the almost 80 + faculty and staff, but the parents/guardians of over almost 1,100 students. My hat goes off them and all of the professionals who work tirelessly to motivate our students both now and for the future.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2013
I am impressed with the overall learning environment of the school. I am however disappointed with the lack of parent volunteers. No one could ever keep me from volunteering in a school where my very own children attend. That's just ridiculous. Parents sit back and complain an awful lot but I say...be part of the solution and not part of the problem...,VOLUNTEER, attend meetings, become active at the school. These are our kids. Let's how them how to work together for the betterment of the future. Remember they learn by example.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
This school is terrible... Dr. Stove is a jerk and doesn't even care about the students unless they get good AIMS scores. I do not like the office ladies... They have no personality. Signing a child out is horrid. The nurse is mean to my child.... I am very annoyed with this whole school. My little girl just got out of Kindergarten and her teacher was mean and very rude. I am not planning on sending any of my kids here. I am very annoyed!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
My children attended for 2 years and I am soooo happy they will be attending a different school in the fall. Dr. Stoeve is a pompous jerk, he doesn't care about the students at all, he only cares about test scores and the money the school receives. The front office ladies are not friendly or welcoming at all, and getting involved with the PTA is nearly impossible. The only good thing about this school is the teachers, they are excellent but so terribly oppressed by Dr. Stoeve and his ridiculous policies.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
The majority of kids at this school seem to be extremely disrespectful. Bullying is definately an issue.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
Lacking communication from staff. Have not heard from anyone at the school. Would like more information.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
Principal is a joke at this school. Extremely rude and arrogant to any parent he encounters. We are new to the district and have been shocked at the disrespectful treatment we have seen towards parents and students by the principal just in the first few days. It is obvious he cares nothing about the education of the children. The teachers seem very nice so far but restricted by his poor leadership. We are quickly looking for Charter or private schools as an alternative. Shame on the district for putting this unprofessional clown in charge this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
My children have attended the school for the past 4 years. I am happy to see how the school has progressed in all areas. The PTA has improved from year to year, focusing on families and having the children get the best experience they can. Under the principals direction and guidance the teachers have stepped up their skills and have shown improvement by their test scores. The office staff is efficient and friendly. The school has gotten better and better each year. Many who have left want and do end up coming back. There's no place like The Ranch!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
My child has attended this school for 2 years now. The principal is only concerned with test scores. He moves teachers to different grades every year against their wishes. The staff is very unhappy under his direction. I work in the school every week in all different areas. Parents & staff have told me that they wish the principal would move on to another school. He would make a much better high school principal instead of k-8. I know for a fact this year that there are some really good teachers looking for new positions outside of Ashton Ranch in hopes of getting away from the principal. We are looking to move our child out of the school next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
The principal here is excellent. Some of the students are intimidated by him, but they should be. He's nice, but he's not there to be their best friend. The teacher's are excellent too. The librarian is absolutely wonderful; the best in the district. This school offers a variety of after school activities ranging from sports to art to drama club. The school's drama club started up a few years ago, and it has grown tremendously. The club puts on excellent productions every year now. The directors are definitely talented, and the students are amazing. The PTA is quite supportive. I have heard that parents have moved within the schools area because they wanted their children to go to this school!

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2010
The classes are are over crowded. The office ladies are not welcoming at all. When you walk in no one smiles and Dr. Stoeve hascome out to the front office before and never smiles or says hello. The ladies act like you are interrupting them. And never smile. They need more of a outgoing personality in there and I have said that about 4 years ago. Still they have new people but not nicer ones. One person has always been friendly and outgoing is Mr. Shouse. Walking in the front office does change the mood very much I usually end up in a unhappy and sad person when I leave the office. And now they have. new furniture and that does not change the mood at all. To bad they couldnt buy nicer personalities. [

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
My son has attended Ashton Ranch for just over two years. He loves his teachers. The only down fall is the outdoor curriculum. I feelt the children should have more outside time, however that is a dystric thing, not a school problem. Great prinipal, great teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 08, 2009
I just want to commend all the staff at Ashton Ranch for a great job they do, especially the office staff they are very accommodating many times they have gone out of their way to help me and my children. I'm looking forward to another wonderful year with the Ashton Ranch team. Way to go Dr Stoeve and Mr Shouse and office staff. Have a great Summer!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2009
i have been very disappointed in this school. I don't like the front desk they are rude. the teachers are not supportive and the classes are way overstaff. I do not care for their policies and they are not striving for the best education for my children. I will be moving my children out next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
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October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
I am very displeased with how are principal handles the school, he was just supposed to be a sub until we got an new principal, but nooo i hope we get a new one!

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2008
This school majors in minors but has no plan of action for important issues, like bullying or programs for kids who need extra help. This year was a nightmare. We won't be back next year. :(

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
The kindergarten teachers at this school have taken great care in working with the children. I am impressed with their patience and the dedication to their jobs. I have only positive things to say about this school. Taking the time to volunteer will let you as a parent see how great these teachers are.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
I am disappointed that we have been deprived of the 'meet the teacher' experience and that all activities and events are held during 'working' hours. How can they complain that there is no parental participation, when they do everything during business hours. Those of us who have to work full-time have to miss out on sharing in the school events with our children. Overall, the office staff is rude. As a parent, I am extremely frustrated with how things were ran last year and what an awful start we are off to this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
My son just finished and I was disappointed with his overall experience. From playground bullying and the poor handling of safety issues, to the lack of teacher communication and low academic expectations, I made the decision to move him to a better school. I believe Ashton Ranch is making progresses, but it can't be at the expense of the current students learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
Ashton Ranch has faced numerous obstacles since its doors opened in 2003. Nevertheless, the staff have remained strong in providing an outstanding educational environment that promotes safety and authentic learning successfully. Ashton Ranch's unique population of students are blessed with their educational opportunities.

- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2007
It's great to see such leadership with Dr. Stoeve! So glad to see the school off to such a great start for the next year. It's unfortunate the parents aren't involved as much as they should be. There's always the same small handful at the events.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
I attended Ashton Ranch for one semester in the '04-'05 school year. I had been to four schools prior to Ashton Ranch, and I can say, hands down, it was by far the worst learning environment I have ever been placed in. On my first day, my younger sister and I came home crying. To us, the whole school had felt like a prison; everyone in uniforms, gated in. No color was ever displayed in the classrooms. And the teachers were the worst part of it all. As a seventh grader, I had three-- two of whom did nothing with the class. In both my history and science classes, homework went ungraded and unchecked, and the majority of our time was spent reading from textbooks while the teachers sat in the back of the classroom.

- submitted by a former student
May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
I have two children who currently attend Ashton Ranch. This is my daughters third year at this school and my sons first. The staff is always very friendly and have taken the time to get to know the students. My children are very comfortable at this school. To this point we have had wonderful teachers. They have all had great communication with myself and my husband. My children have both had a great curriculum and the teachers have really make learning fun. You have to take an active role in your childrens education. You can not just leave it all up to the school!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
I know that the teacher tries to provide quality education and social skills for the children, but I see a great deal of room for improvement. I observe that there is a very limited music, art and extracurricular availability. Children are given red marks, but no disciplinary action is taken, as long as the parent signs the note. What's that all about? I have no idea who the principle is, but do know that my grandchild has been in the 'red' several times. The drop-off and pick-up situation is very poorly handled every single day. Someone needs to focus on fixing that as soon as possible.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
I'm new to AZ and was very apprehensive about the school system anyway, because of the horrible reviews and test scores across the board. I was assured that Ashton Ranch was different...wrong! I can't speak for the school as a whole, but my daughters class is very behind in what is being taught. Even when I asked the teacher to give my child extra work because she's not being challenged, I got nothing. Her spelling words are a joke, the math assignments are a joke. She will definitely not be attending Ashton Ranch next year, it has been a huge disappointment to both of us.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
Classrooms are overcrowded. I have 2 children attending this year and had 3 attending in 2006. My children complain that they are unable to enjoy their time at lunch due to strict noise control (no talking). There's no follow through with school to parent communication.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2007
I am very happy sending my child to school everyday. His teachers are very attentive and responsive. They are doing a great job and parental involvement plays a huge role in the success of the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2006
My son spent pre-K thru 2nd grade in a private school(where there is a waiting list and extensive testing in order to be accepted) in another state. He was a straight A student and reading at a 4th gd lvl in 1st gd. Here he is bringing home F's in what used to be his two favorite subjects. He complains that he finishes his work before other students and is expected to just sit there (he's in 3rd gd) He's consistently in trouble for doodling or playing with pencils after his work is complete. I'm really disappointed with the large class sizes as well as many other things and we are now making plans to move back to our old state/school district!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2006
I am very disapointed with this school. I would never recommend it. I would also love to switch my child to a differnt school but with learning disabilities it is hard to find a school around this area that she fits into. I can't believe this school stays open

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
Education level seems to be low. Shool has no concept of student maturity (treat 1st graders and 8th graders on the same level) School cannot deal appropriatly with minor behavior issues.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
This school is over populated. My child did enjoy the teacher, but with the overcrowed classrooms, the children do not get the one on one attention in their problem areas and average seems to be the 'Norm' at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
There is no real leadership in this school. I am happy to say we will move to another state soon and leave Ashton Ranch.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
This is a great place for kids. They are working really hard at getting it to be a bully free environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
I as a parent was happy sending my kindergaten child there. It was safe. There was a lot of good attention given to the children. The one kinder teacher who my child had was wonderful. I was welcomed to vulonteer anytime.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
This was my son's first year.Overall he has had a good experience. I do feel however he is not being challenged academically. He is a smart kid and is very bored with the things he is learning. I am also disappointed that there is no other language class like spanish , french etc. for these kids to begin to learn.We moved here from out of state and put him in his home school. However at this point we are looking into some charter schools where my son can learn at his pace and not be kept behind because others in his class are not at a higher level. I understand no child left behind , however the kids at higher levels are getting left behind because they are not being challenged to thier potential.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
As a parent you have to be extremely involved with the school to make sure that your student is provided the information they should be getting. Had to pull child out of class in middle of year and move to new class.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Dissatisfied with some aspects of schools. Most teachers are good but are limited by administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Ashton Ranch is a new school with quite a few new teachers. In spite of this, they constantly seek to improve and have done so in the year my child has been there. My child is happy attending Ashton Ranch, and I know that things will only get better as she continues on through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2006
This is my second year at this school, and I too an considering having my child repeat his current grade (3rd) at another school next year.I did notice in the 1st grade that the work was sometimes easier than what my child did in Kinder. I was always told that 'the work was at grade level and would be progressing.' I should have pulled my child then. Grade 2 offerered more of nothing, while still being told all was fine and at grade level. My third grader is an A student at AR, but somehow can only read at 1st grade level, has never been asked to go any further from the school. We work ourselves with him now and tutor, hard for him because now he is bored with 1st grade work. He has not even entered any multiplication in class. Tradgedy for the children. Unexcuseable!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
I have a child who started Kindergarten at another school, spent 1st and 2nd grade at Ashton. I did notice in the beginning that the work my child did in the 1st grade was well below what she was doing in Kindergarten at the other school. I would never reccomend this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 22, 2005
Kinder and 1st grade teachers are great! Recess time could be better if there were things to do besides swings.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
My child entered this school in the 3rd grade. The expectations were extremely low. He did not bring home a writting assignment until the last quarter, reading comprehesion was negelected. Basic math principles were brushed over. In fact we were so disappointed in the overall school year that we are having him repeat third grade in a different school district. Ashton ranch is a newer school and is working toward becoming better, but in the mean time our childrens education in suffering.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
I was disappointed with the teacher my child had this year.Music,computers,and the library were off limits to the class due to some missbehaved students.My child was not a problem and when I brought it to the teachers attention,Why were the students who are good students being punished with the bad ones.The teacher said they would be sent to another room and the rest of the class would be going.It did not last long. My child would come home sad,because her class couldnt go to the library. When asked to change teachers, I was told it was to late in the year. Parental involvement, every does as much as they can do. Music programs are alway on the weekday around 1:30pm. Due to that grandparents and family members who would love to see their lovedones preformance could not get off work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2005
The class sizes are much too big. Classes exceed 30 plus in upper grades. This district MUST find a way to make class size manageable! Great teachers with much to large class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2005
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June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2005
I would like to learn about this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
I am extremely satisfied with the way the teachers make the extra effort by going above and beyond the call of duty. Contrary to HEARSAY: I have not witnessed any violence for the last year an a half. The parents are beginning to become a solid foudation at the school. The volunteers are exceptional! Most of these have recieved awards fr the extraordinary work they do. The principal and staff are always willing to listen and accept ideas and criticism. In general, I am very glad I moved to AShton Ranch and that my children are in school that is slowly achieving a 'superior school' status. I am looking forward to being here at least for the next 10-years, that's how satisfied I am with the school. Meet the parents, teachers, staff and volunteers and you will see a dedicated group of individuals making a difference! Great job, Mustangs!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
Parents need to be more involved. There teachers can only do so much. There is a big problem with discipline and the children do not respect the teachers, others or themselves.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
I have been very happy with Ashton Ranch. My two children have been there for 2 years. I have had a couple of issues with teachers/organization, but this is due to their being a new school. I believe that Ashton Ranch is an excellent school. When the zoning changed I was accepted to keep my children there.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
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February 03, 2005
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November 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2004
I have been happy with Ashton Ranch in whole. The 1st grade teachers all seem to do a great job and provided good opportunity's for the 1st grade students. Our experience at Ashton Ranch is much higher than our experience with Country Side E right down the road. We actually moved out of AR's boundry lines, however we have choosen to leave [our son] in AR. My only negative is the volunteers. It seems to me that they have been given a little to much authority and I have heard of a lot of biased punishment as a result.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
This is a brand new school to the Ashton Ranch subdivision in Surprise AZ. I have never in my 11 years of parental experience, in dealing with schools, have I ever had the kind of experience nor my children, as the trash that we had to deal with at this school. From beginning to end, the school is a mess. High levels of vandelism, that isnt dealt with harshly enough. An example of just a few, toilets and sinks in the upper grade restrooms trying to be removed by kids. Graffiti, theft and gang fighting on a daily basis. High levels of tardy children, that I have noticed are 'regulars', that are just hurried off to class. I could go on and on, but there is a maximum word allowance. My children will never attend this school again. My advice to any parents, reconsider! For your childrens sake.

- submitted by a parent
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Ashton Ranch Elementary School
14898 W. Acoma Drive, Surprise, AZ  85379
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Ashton Ranch Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ashton Ranch Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top