I have a child in the Cambridge program which everyone seems to believe is 'elite' and treated better than everyone else. The kids who are not in the Cambridge program treat the Cambridge students as if they're the odd ones out. It makes them feel like they aren't normal and that they're weird. My kid doesn't feel like they need their approval because they've been in Cambridge long enough to stop caring what the other kids think of them but what about the younger kids just going into 6th grade Cambridge? They're being separated from they're friends just like when Cambridge was first introduced. Plus, the teachers are not interactive at all. They want kids to ask questions but if they ask the wrong one, the teachers make them feel dumb for not already knowing. Especially some teachers that talk to the students with attitude and unnecessary sass
Can't wait to get our daughter out of here. Teachers are completely unconnected, leadership as presented to the parents is nonexistant. Child complains about teachers inability to teach. Teachers don't respond to emails/phone calls. Had to go into the office to demand our report card which was never delivered. We live in Marley Park and have since been scouting out local charter schools. We inquired about the Cambridge program here and were brushed off. Our daughters class room is completely overran by the disruptive students. Chalk another one up to the Dysart school district I guess.
My son is in K and just started going here. He loves it, his teacher is awesome!! I am very happy with the school so far. Only thing that is a little hectic is the pick up and drop off, but what school isn't for kids that don't take the bus? Staff is nice and professional, test scores are high, rated A, what's not to like?!
I just found this site to search for a 'great' school for my 2 children now attending Marley Park. Wow! I too have become very unsatisfied with Marley Park. It was a so, so school but now my 2 kids are entering 6th grade and were not selected to be a part of their 'elite' Cambridge Academy. Cambridge is suppose to be for the entire school, not to separate, as a previous parent posted, the self proclaimed 'elite' from the other students. My kids make the grades, have the motivation, as much as the students who were selected for the Cambridge Academy hosted at Marley Park. I will probably be enrolling them in a nearby school that uses the Cambridge Curriculum school wide. There definitely seems to be a 'have' and 'have not' separation among the students. I can't afford to move from Marley Park Community, but I'm looking into a different school. Pains my soul for my girls that they feel excluded.
Marley Park is a 'community' school within the Dysart Unified School District. Don't let the term 'community' fool you. It is in need of much help in the areas of bullying, curriculum, quality teachers, and fairness. We are moving out of Marley Park community and renting our house out. We will rent a house in an area with better schools and better neighbors. We should have done our homework before purchasing. So, if you are thinking of purchasing or renting a home here thinking 'how nice to have a community school' don't buy into that concept. Do your homework.
Overcrowded and will become worse with many new homes popping up in the community. Drop off and pick up crazy which will become worse. Small town clickish mentality amongst staff, students, and families...too many teachers have their own kids attend which fuels the small town clickishness of being either "in" or "out." Much recognition of students is based on this, not by merit. Lots of self proclaimed elitism which causes many of the "out" students to experience rejection. Bullying exists amongst students (and staff) but most is covert and goes either unnoticed or ignored. Teachers talk badly and openly about students and their families in the lounge, library, just about anywhere which breaks the law... If you are a staff member's child probably a great experience for you, but I know many students who are or have been miserable here...many students have left the school. They were walkers but now have to be driven by their parents or ride their bikes to another school. If you've ever lived in a small clickish town and dealt with its one and only school...this school is much like that! Room for MUCH improvement.
Student to teacher ratio is too high which is resulting in the motivated children being "dumbed down". Pick up and drop off times are a catastrophe - not enough reasonable parking, rude crossing gaurds, ignorant teachers acting as traffic controllers - completely unorganized. Student sign out is un-secure. This school is a mess.
My daughter has attended this school since 2nd grade currently heading to 6th grade, and I love it! The teachers and staff are great! My son is about to start his first year as well!
This is our first year here but we are very happy so far. My daughter is in the Cambridge Academy program and it is wonderful! The teachers are awesome and very engaging. In addition, I don't see tons of useless homework coming home which is sometimes piled on "advanced" kids. The front office staff is really friendly too. Don't know much about the principal though...
My husband and I are pleased with marley park. This is my son's 2nd year there. He had an awesome 3rd grade teacher (Mrs. Tarelton) and now has another awesome teacher in 4th grade (Mrs. Sinex) My son has had excelent instruction from his teachers and he is very happy there. Mr. Nevers has been quick to handle any problems that arise and the staff in the front office is friendly. My child has made many friends ay Marley Park and still checks in with his 3rd grade teacher to say hi.
Marley Park is a great school. We are from the Dupage County area of Chicago and would put this school on par with any school there. Our 2nd and 4th grade kids have been challenged and the teachers push each kid at the appropriate level. This is the place to be and the surrounding neighborhood and homes are excellent.
Coming from CA and thinking our schools were suffering,I have to say I was shocked to find Marley Park to be a great disappointment. Parents of younger children k-5, seem to be satisfied with the teachers, however the middle school grades 6-8, especially 6th are less than desirable. The teachers are overwhelmed, thus putting less time & energy into our kids. Where is the love for teaching? Furthermore, the lack of support from the principal & vice-principal has been apparent from the beginning of the school year. They are missing the big picture. In order to groom our children, they need to create a good, positive environment . The kids aren't allowed to be and act like the 6th,7th, and 8th graders they are. This is a shame. This school used to be excelling, but now performing plus. Wonder why?
The best school my kids have attended,by far. I have 5 students from K-8th.
Very high student to teacher ratio. I did not like it being K-8. All kids go in the same entrance at the same time. Little kids are scared walking in the middle of all the older students. We pulled our son out to homeschool, although we would prefer for him to be in school. I am a teacher and have always supported public schools, but moving from the midwest, I was shocked with the number of students in the class, the lack of developmental activities, and the burden upon the school to deal with the growth while trying to cooperate with the district. It seems to me that the principals should have more independence in making decisions for schools, but the district keeps a tight reign. This is not good. This is one of the best schools here, but we were very disappointed.
marley park is a great school. the teachers and staff are very dedicated to the students. the one thing that marley park lacks as many other schools in az do is special classes for the student who just needs alittle extra help. there have been teachers who sacrafice their time here and there to help out but there is not a program that is consistant to tutor kids who need help outside the classroom. having this at marley park would be so wonderful!
Marley Park is the best Elementary school in the Surprise area. This area is just developing and teachers want to teach at Marley. The female principal keeps good tight discipline and better than average learning quotas for AZ standards. Parent involvement is high at this Elementary in the area only from what I have seen and heard.
Great School! They always keep parents informed. The academics are fantastic. The staff is friendly and pleasant.
The result is teachers working their tails off with limited support (books, aides, principal & district support.) Magnet School for the district. Very nice campus. Strong PTA. K-8 school (I do not like this but it is a trend in AZ). Strong Third Grade, Sixth Grade, and Kinder Teachers New Principal next year - she is good, I know her! Teachers need more support (aides are no where to be found and pull-out reading and tutoring programs are non-exsistant) Students coming into this school have a variety of backgrounds, many working parents, and some behavioral issues. Teachers and PTA are working hard to build a community of character - lots of work to be done.
This school needs some work when it comes to discipline. Otherwise, it is a good school.
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