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Surprise, AZ
Students enrolled: 965

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17032 W. Surprise Farms Loop S
Surprise, AZ 85388

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(623) 876-7000
(623) 523-8611
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November 25, 2014
Meh, it was alright. I had a good time there. I had good grades, near-perfect attendance, friends, you know, the usual. But I had a problem with bullying. This has to do mostly with the 'near perfect attendance'. The only times I would be absent were for sickness, or bullying. Although I got over it, it was good until a 'classified' event happened which made me leave the school.... and the state after the year was over. I moved back to California and continued my life back from square one since I was born there and lived my life there. But besides bullying this school was alright.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2012
My daughter has been at this school for about 3 years now; the beginning of this year I had some concerns because there was some transition with the teaching staff in her grade and I was becoming very frustrated. However I was very pleasantly surprised when the principal of the school took time out of his day to help her in math! He was so great and she left feeling happy and confident about the material. He truly cares about his students and I feel he went above and beyond for my child. They have a permanent staff for her grade now and everything is going really well. Cimarron Springs is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
We have been at CSES since my oldest started Kindergarten four and a half years ago and now my youngest is in first grade there as well. We absolutely love the teachers we have been blessed with through the years and my girls are growing, learning and thriving. Both have been recognized for their above average academics and have been tested, challenged and engaged accordingly. The gifted specialist is amazing and really out for the best interest of the children. We have not encountered any major problems in our time there. Being a pro-active parent really helps.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
I brought my children here from another school in Dysart. They were continually harassed and bullied. The teachers here have already taught more in the past few months than what they had learned the past year at ____. Teachers respond very promptly as does the principal. He is always there welcoming us when we drop off our children in the morning. They say he is "cool" but I only spoken to him with one concern regarding my son being teased and the problem was taken care of.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
As an investor new to the area, I find that searching comments from parents on the local schools is critical to my investing wisely. I want to own homes where the parents are happy with their local schools, otherwise, I don't invest there. It is critical to the whole neighbourhood that the schools administration be leaders in the community, run a tight ship, deal with bullying especially as it spills out into the community. Get your act together so that the neighbourhood doesn't crumble around you. For now, I'll opt out of this neighbourhood.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2011
Cimarron Springs should be rated 1 star at best. Bullying is an extreme issue here and the Administration does not take it serious enough. Teachers have been reported for allowing disruptive students in class to carry on with their bad behavior without being disciplined. Outside of school teachers have told me they have watched the 8th grade class move on year after year with the same problematic children only getting worse and worse. I finally withdrew my son after months of torture, harassment, and being attacked nonstop by the same group of boys. MANY chances were given to the school only to have them FAIL time after time.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
cafefull if you have a special needs child the teachers dont know what there doing

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I have 3 kids in the school and all the teachers and staff have always been so helpful and very polite!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
They have great teachers who are very caring and willing to try anything to help their students learn! My Kindergarten son is very advanced and they try to work with him on his level while still getting him involved with his class.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
Funny how glowing reviews seem to pour in after several parents express the problems they have had with this school. Click the 'Test Scores' link for this school before deciding to send or keep your children in this school. 8th graders are testing below the state average in reading, science, and math. No improvement in writing scores for 3 years. Even worse, the trend for 8th grader testing is downward over the past several years. This is not progress. This school is headed the wrong direction. (Now wait for more glowing reviews from defensive staff)

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December 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
The staff has been professional and courteous. Our son's kindergarten teacher-Mrs. Fleming is wonderful and we could not have asked for any better. As owners of a pediatric development company, we are very involved our both of our boys' education and feel fortunate that they attend Cimarron Springs. greatschools.org's mission statement: 'Involved Parents. Successful Kids.' is so true. Many parents expect their child's school to raise them rather than compliment what they teach as parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
I believe the administration needs to be more proactive with discipline issues and deal with them quickly and firmly. Back those teachers up so they can teach students who are ready to learn and remove the problems when necessary.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
My daughter started Kindergarten '07-'08 school year and had Mrs. Boehlert as her teacher. I have to tell you that Mrs. Boehlert is a wonderful teacher and did wonderful things for her students. If your son/daughter has her for a teacher, you won't be disappointed. We love it at Cimarron.

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July 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 28, 2008
A++ Kindergarten Experience! We could not have dreamed of a better, more fulfilling beginning to the educational journey!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2008
To the parents who constantly blame schools, home school them! Take responsibility for your child's education and stop complaining. Cimarron Springs Elementary is a great school! My experience with the school's administration and staff has been positive, and I find the staff to be polite and professional. The people who complain the most about situations are usually the ones who aren't involved, and they want to blame the school for refusing to 'parent' their child. NCLB has placed too much accountability on the schools, and has given parent's a 'pass' on continuing to be the first and primary educators of their children.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
If you have a choice and the ability to send your children to a school other than this one, do it! I could write a novel, but in short, the school has a bullying problem that the principle does not adequately address. Most of the teachers are good, but if you do have difficulties with a particular teacher, don't expect an unbiased investigation by the school administration. It is almost humorous to me to see some of the glowing reviews of this school posted here, that also lambast parents for everything and anything. It is obvious that some of the postings on this board are shills for this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2008
The education system at this school is great but the staff professionalism is at a all time low. The teachers don't communicate with the parents and the parent pickup system is horrible. The school needs to take time out to fix these problems. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
I hated this school. The principle is all talk and did nothing worth meantioning. The school has disiplinary issues, and some downright terrible teachers. There are so many schools in this district that you could send your child to. Please, spare them and don't send them to this one.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2007
It is true that AZ ranks at the bootom in education and Dysart is an ever growing district that being said Cimarron Springs is ranked as a Highly Performing School. and trust me it is worth that ranking. They truly go above and beyond!!! All of the things that happened in the past are over. And by the way where are all of you during PTO meetings, Conferences and why aren't you volunteering to help make this school even better???

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
As the 2006-2007 school year ends at Cimarron Springs, I still feel third grade Mrs. Davidsons class is spectacular! My son has really learned so much this year it is unbelievable! He is above grade level in all subjects, completed his first research paper, and has multiplication facts learned hands down! My son enjoys school and homework is done in 15 minutes a night! No complaints at this grade level. My daughter in 7th is an honor student and I hope this year hasn't set her back to much.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2007
My three children attend Cimarron and love it. I feel they are in a safe, secure environment and learn more than I expected. As second graders, they began learning to create power point presentations and now my seventh grader can use a wide variety of multimedia tools. I feel comfortable speaking to any of their teachers for any reason and have on occasion sat in on a class. This staff is extremely professional and works hard to meet the needs of our children. I am thankful my kids are here.

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April 23, 2007
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April 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
I have a child in K who loves this school. Mrs. Kennedy is a awesome teacher who really stresses reading. I think the previous parent is correct that we need to be involved with our children and check their folder daily and know what is going on with our children. The K and office staff have always been great.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
After reading many of the good/bad comments about the school...I wonder how many parents sign the agenda daily..Or even look at it to see if the teacher made a remark. I wonder how many met with the teacher more than the meet/greet day. How many ask their children daily how 'they' liked the school. How many looked at their childs homework and voiced an opinion to the teachers. Dysart is a horrible school district and in general Arizona schools rate in the bottom 3 consistently for at least the past couple of years. I have witnessed some of the children and their behavior be it good or bad.. And I express concern. After attending other Dysart schools, Cimmarron rates the best. Try getting to know the staff/teachers and don't just complain to everyone else including your children.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
I agree with the parent from December 2006 -- discipline is inconsistent either extreme or not extreme enough. Too much homework and not enough attention to actually teaching students. I would not recommended a Dysart School -- we are moving because of this (can't say we weren't warnted though).

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2006
My children have been attending this school for 3 years-since it opened. I have nothing positive to say in regards to this school. We have been searching for alternative schools for our four children. Too much homework - everyday! My oldest child literally didn't do any of his homework in his 8th grade year almost flunking out. (8th grade team is awful. 7th isn't much better) He got into high school and has a 3.7 GPA (now 10th grade - non Dysart school). Discipline plan in this district is also out of whack with the rest of the state. Overall quality is poor! AZVA here we come.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2006
This is our first year at the school and I absolutely love it. The staff is outstanding. The first few years I think were rocky, but I think that is to be expected with a new school and fairly new district. You all are doing a wonderful job with our children. Particularly, Mrs. Mize. Thank you all so much.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
This school is overcrouded. My children were in classrooms with 30 or more students. Homework is cramed down the childrens throats constantly. Which is surprising because the schools test scores are consistantly low. The leadership is also poor.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
Academicly I think this school is great. 1 teacher in paticular mrs kasey rocha!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
my daughter has been at cimarron for 1 year and she seems to always compare it to her old school (dysart elementary); she will be entering into 3rd grade and my other daughter will be entering kindergarten. this past year was alright, but it seems that a great deal of homework is given and myself, as an educator have had a difficult time trying to help my daughter with 45min - 1 hr of homework daily (i have 4 children) and cannot imagine helping with 3 hrs of homework on a daily basis. i do believe that students should do homework, but homework which they truly attain for the longterm not just short term. i would like to see my children engaging in more homework in which they find interesting not just homework, which has to be done, or else...

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
Overall, I'm not happy with the school or teachers. I feel that my [daughter]is not pushed to her capacity & feel that the classrooms are too big. This school district should have expected the influx of kids with all the new homes going up!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
The teachers,front office, and principals ALL are supportive,caring,intelligent and available to my children before/during/after school. My children have excelled in all areas and LOVE this school. Yes, we have experienced growing pains like every other brand new school. The PTO purchased the marquee due to a unanimous vote by ALL WHO ATTENDED a regularly scheduled PTO meeting. It was also previously announced there would be a vote on this subject at the next meeting. If you wish to complain, I suggest you BECOME involved. The reason behind this purchase was because of a large discount given by the builder. The school is now in its 3rd year and has TWO large playground structures W/sunshades, academic celebration incentives such as pizza parties/certificates for Principal's List/Honor Roll,sports scoreboard/batting cages,technology camera,science microscopes,etc. The PTO will be purchasing additional technology equipment next school year due to fundraising. I encourage ALL parents to become MORE involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
High turnover of students. Administration is run teachers classrooms and make decisions on things that should be done by a teacher. This is called the effective schools approach, but studies have showed it not to be effective.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
My sons have attended cimarron springs for 2 years. The school is new and growing in a wonderful direction. The pta and teachers give wonderful support to the students and one another. From the crossing guard staff to the cafeteria staff to the front office staff you are greeted well and with a smile. My sons are now in the 8th and 5th grade. My 5th grader was very excited about the after school- once a week sport/physical meet where they practice and play various sports. I have felt welcomed and encouraged to be a part of the school and its many events. My sons have enjoyed the school year(s) at cimarron springs

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
The GATE program is acceptable. However, 7th and 8th graders do not belong in an elementary school environment. Being in a Middle School or Jr. High School is a necessary part of the socialization and maturity learning needed for these children to go on to a High School environment. Dysart Schools are sorely lacking in every aspect of this concept

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
Cimarron Springs is an excellent school! The office staff is so helpful and the teachers always go above and beyond!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Cimarron Springs Elementary is an awful school. Library books are scarce and the children are very unhappy. As a former teacher of this school. I am glad that I have left.

- submitted by a teacher
October 07, 2005
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August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2005
I have 4 kids in cimerron springs and I dislike the teachers. I find alot of them teach with a harsh tone they yell alot, some seem to be more enterested in the end of the day then what the kids are learning,they dont have enough math programs for kids struggling. They change schedules so much in the before and after school programs, its hard to set a schedule for the kids at home.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
Cimarron Springs has done an outstanding job in providing quality education to its students. The school strives for best practices, evidenced by student achievement and culture of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
My child only went there for 1 year. The staff is very nice and she loved her 1st grade teacher, but the level at which the kids are taught in the dysart district is pathetic. My daughter is only learning single column addition at the end of grade 1. Which is why I'm now looking into a Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2005
Curriculum is not up to par,7th grader last year was doing work she did in 6th grade from another district. Not enough books to go around.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2005
Like all new schools it is having growing pains. I have not been overly impressed with the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
The leadership in this school is great. My childs teacher won the teacher of the year award. We went there our 1st year coming from catholic & Montessori schools. This was our first public school. I was greatful we experienced Cimarron first otherwise I would never have known that the school we are at now is not necessarily the norm. I have arranged for my child to go back there next year. One thing I have learned is good leadership is everything. Theresa Heatherly, is right on the mark! I Hope next years experience is as good as our last at Cimarron. I was at this school for the great marquee fiasco. The builders gave a 1 time great cost break to put the marquee in at building time. Information was sent out in news letters about voting on it. Read your newsletters. Go to PTA meetings! If not, stop complaining!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
In the year that my children have been enrolled here, I have been pleased with the curriculum and with the administration. We have had some minor problems with bullying which were handled immediately and professionaly by the principal and teachers. The biggest complaint we have is that the school is over crowded, but that will even out next year when two new schools open in our area. Once the number of students in the building lessens, the parent drop off/pick up line outside will be much less congested and the class sizes will diminish. We are looking forward to next fall.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
I have not seen compelling evidence that any one is in control here. I am not impressed by the academics or extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
Terrible academic programs, no extracurricular worth enrolling in, no play ground equipment, not impressed with school leadership. My child is learning disabled and was making great progress in our previous school before we moved here. Now, the progress has not only ended but gone backwards. I feel terrible that we moved here.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2004
There is no playground for the children to play on. The PTO was raising money to buy one, but it bought a digital marquee instead. In order for the children to play at recess they must bring their own balls. The school does not provide this eqipment for the children. Needless to say my children alway complain that kids are constantly trying to steal their balls from them. Because the test scores are so low in this district the teachers are pressured to bring up the test scores. This result in the children having hours of homework that is constantly cramed down their throats. The kids are expected to produce lots of tedious papers with out really learning about what they are writing about. Some teachers do not like parents to be involved in their classrooms. Run from this school as fast as you can. My children hate it!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2004
Cimarron Springs has a student ratio of about 30 to one. The students do not have a playstructure to play on because the PTO decided to by the principal a digital marquee. This district is rated one of the worst in the state. As a parent of children in this school, I would tell people to think twice about moving within the boundries of this school and district. There are to many children in the classroom. The principal and support network (PTO)has proven that they do not put the children first. They spent money on a sign instead of spending on things that children need like library books or play equipment.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
Since school has opened up all they send letters home asking for this or that! And money! The school spent money on a sign and not outside school equipment! Instead they send a letter asking for jump ropes, balls, and chalk! Where is all the money going for? The K class is only three hours long and the children come home learning how to make snakes! Wow! And talk about picking them up after school now that is a mess! Anyone can take your son or daughter and the teacher would not care! Where is the security! I live right down the street and I still disenrolled my child! Now I drive to glendale for full k class that actually teaches!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
My step-son attended this school in 2003-2004. I absolutely loved the teachers and the available resources due to his special needs. A previous poster reported no field trips, and this information is inaccurate, as I attended a field trip with my step-son last year and it wasn't the only one he had. I consider us lucky to have Cimarron Springs in our neighborhood. My step-son has multiple special needs, and they have always been adressed appropriately and timely. Way to go Cimarron Springs!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2004
My son went to Cimarron for 6 months and the school is terrible. The homework for 1 week was equivalent to what he used to do in 1 day at his previous school. There are no field trips (the school said they were not in the budget), no playgrounds to play on, and I felt the school was academically very poor. I have pulled him out of this school and will be sending him to a charter school next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
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Cimarron Springs Elementary School
17032 W. Surprise Farms Loop S, Surprise, AZ  85388
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Cimarron Springs Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cimarron Springs Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top