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Surprise, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,106

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17825 W. Sierra Montana Loop
Surprise, AZ 85379

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(623) 523-8700
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August 09, 2014
After just 3 days of returning to school I couldn't be more disappointed in this school. The "Principal of The Year" Mrs.Winterstein has been a huge disappointment and bully. She yells at children like an angry, grumpy old lady. She gets in the faces of parents and staff to intimidate them. As a volunteer I do not feel welcomed by her, yet other parents are greeted like old friends. I felt like I was in "Mean Girls" and not a part of the Clique. Teachers have told me that she plays favorites and divided the staff. If you are liked you can come late and leave early; otherwise watch out! For such a "great school" they have a large staff turn over; who can blame them? She also allows some parents to pick their child's teachers while others are told no way! I feel sorry for anyone in this building.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
This school the worst school my children have ever attended. There is nothing in place for children with disabilities. The school calls me to have them picked up if they act out instead of learning how to work with them. The principal refuses to work with me, help me or is shows absolutely no compassion. She is rude and dismissive, even yelling at me and my kids. So my children have learned that they only need to misbehave and I get the call to pick them up. The teachers take their cues from the principal. During parent/teacher conference teacher didn't to talk to me at all.. I do not feel that they have the best interest of the children as a priority. It seems to be all about the numbers. When I asked if there was an aide that could work with them or maybe stay after school for extra assistance, I was told that there were no funds available to do this, Ultimately, it is my responsibility alone to get them to where they need to be. It is easier to work with the children that "get it" as opposed to helping the few that do not. This school does not embrace my child that has a learning need.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
This is an amazing school. We are so happy that our daughter Has the best teachers, and very polite staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
My son has attended this school for 3 years; 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. His 2nd grade teacher could not control the class. She was extremely overwhelmed. My son failed the state-mandated tests that year. We decided to give the school another shot. His 3rd grade teacher was amazing! She worked with my son one-on-one. He surpassed his AIMS tests. We were in a good place-until 4th grade. His teacher informed the school she would be out for the remainder of the school year during winter break. The school struggled to find a long term substitute until the end of March. From December to the end of March, my son's class was split into other classes on campus. Some days he was in a second grade classroom! He has lost another year! He has lost his passion for learning. And the school administration has not even bothered to address my complaints. We are done with this school! We are not taking another chance with my son's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
The staff is incredible and they always go out of their way to help the students and the parents. I have not ever been involved with a school that cares about the students well being so frequently. The curriculum is great and the teachers are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Over all, I think this a great school and teachers will go above and beyond when a child is struggling

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
I have 3 boys, one who attended Sunset and is now a Junior, I have a 3rd grader and will have a boy starting kindergarten. Sunset is among the best schools I have ever been associated with. The principal is amazing and the staff and teachers are amongst the best I have ever seen. Through all the budget cuts I have never seen any decline in enthusiasm and will to make sure all children attending this school is taught to the highest standard. I am blessed to be a part of the Sunset Hills family! Go Bobcats!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Disappointed by this school...having had 3 children go here ranging from ADHD to gifted I have found the Prinicipal to be extremely biased and fake. She worries only about furthering her career and not truly helping the children in a manner that would help them grow and become better. Most of the teachers do their best but they are understaffed and classes are too large. I will be glad when this year is over and my last one leaves.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
We love Sunset Hills! The teachers are wonderful!! Unfortunately, the administrative and support staff leave a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
Teachers at this school are pretty good, it is the administration that are horrible. My son graduated 8th grade from this school, and at the ceremony a parent whistled for his child when his name was called and the principal yelled at him "There is no whistling in the school Gym" . I have also witnessed this principal yell and point her finger in the face of students who are being dropped off for school in the morning. Not very professional in my opinion, I am glad my child is out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
My children and I love SSHES! The staff is amazing. My kids love going to school everyday. I feel confident that they are being well taken care of and are learning to their full ability. The PTO has done an amazing job putting on fund raisers and social events. SSHES is the best.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2011
This school is absolutely horrible. My child has had 2 bad teachers. My child is in 1st grade and hates going to school. I have had many parent teacher conferences which were all a complete waste of time. Without going into specific details, this school has the worst teachers I have ever seen in my entire life.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
I love this school. I'm very happy my kids are able to go to this school. my daughter is in kindergarden and one of my sons is in 4th grade. All the teacher and the staff seem to really be wroking together to make sure its a great school. i like the fact that they really keep parents involved and have things where the parents can be involved. I have no complaints about this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
I cannot say enough good things about this school. It has been great for my family. We have had great teachers every year and staff that really care about the children. They have a lot of great events put on by the PTO as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2010
Supportive teaching staff - with strong ideals and high morals. The teachers and staff have high standards for our children and hold them accountable. Parent Involvement is low - and makes it much harder on those parents who do stay involved and plan events to help the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
My two children have been in this school for 5 years, from the first day it opened in 2005. My husband and I are extremely happy with the high standards they expect of students and of the relationships teachers have with families. Parents and teachers work together to help our children do their best. Communication is important and as a parent I make sure I communicate with teachers regularly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
Maybe I have just gotten lucky. I have had nothing but a great experience at this school. All the staff and teahers that I have dealt with are always very nice and helpful. I love to volunteer my time at the shool as well. You never realize how much work a teacher puts into there day until you help in a class room regularly. It is way more than just 8-3. It really makes you appriciate all that they do.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
I would not recommend Sunset Hills. I have had bad experiences with my son's teachers and the adminstration for three years now. While many of the teachers are good and hard working, others you can tell are just burnt out especially in the later grades. My son keeps having the misfortune of getting the burnt out ones. The principal does not respond to concerns in a timely manner and when she does often does very little to resolve the issues. I had requested my son speak to a counselor after a hardship; the counselor never once got back to me after repreated attempts to contact her. My son hates going to school every morning. I am very disappointed in this school and am currently looking to place my children in a charter school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
My kids go to Sunset Hills and they love it!:) they always come home with a smile.There elevators for parents.And the staff cares for the students.My son and daughter have friends that mom works there and they say that she is the best at everything like have fun to being responsible.I would want every parent to come with there kids and have a good education!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2009
This school has gone completely upside down. They have taken away homework saying that it does no good. My son's grades have gone from staight a's to c's. So homework does do good!! if you want your child to succeed, don't send them here. Principal doesn't respond to any calls or problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2009
I've owned a pre-school and have 4 children. I agree that parents need to be active in their kids learning experience and that we should support the teachers but Sunset Hills has plenty of room to improve. I'm not impressed with the principal or my child's teach in any form or fashion. I'm sure there are some great teachers at this school but one of my kids was very unfortunate this year. I had a few concerns that were presented to the Dysart School System only to be dismissed. I moved to AZ 2 years ago and overall I'm not impressed with Sunset hills - The principal, one teacher experience this year, and the education are extremely poor.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
My son has been going here for two years and I agree the dropoff and pickup are a little crazy, but the principal and teachers are wonderful. My son loves going to school every day and makes all A's. I would definately recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
Although I think the academics are good at this school I do have some concerns. The classes are larger than I like and the teachers seem a little overwhelmed. Dropoff and pickup is a nightmare and I surprised there has not been a car accident or a kid hit. It is way too chaotic.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2009
I am the parent of a K student and a 7th Grader. The teachers and the staff are very good, trust me I have seen worse, my kids went to Ashton Ranch (Read their comments.) I feel that parents need to get involved, if your kids are having problems, it is your job as a parent to solve them. Don't wait for the teacher to solve your kids problems! If your kids are disrespectful pains in the butt, its your job as a parent to fix it, don't make the teacher have to. If your kids can't read, write, or count where are you the parents?? Back when I went to school, when a child did wrong we did not blame the teacher, cops, or video games, we got a smack on the back side. It worked!!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2008
My child just started at this school this year after being in another school for 3 years. I have been so impressed with the commitment of her teacher and the staff. She went from not being excited about school to feeling like she can't wait to get there. Her attitude has really changed and her grades are way up because of her teacher. Glad I moved her from her old school. Kudos to the staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2008
This school is just wonderful. My children have gone to different school and I believe this one is the best. The teachers are great. I would recommend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 29, 2008
I think its a really good school. My son does very well.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
I love this school! My kids are so happy and they love going to school. The teachers are very helpful and the principal is very sweet.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2007
I am very happy with this school. My son has been in this school since it opened three years ago and I have found the teachers to be caring and professional. Not only has the academic quality in the classroom been excellent, but the overall atmosphere of the school is welcoming and professional. I am very satisfied with this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
I'm on the fence. I think my kids are getting more help when they don't understand something at this school but I think there are safety issues. You can't just leave your child on the playground in the morning because it is full of parents that do not work in the school. I won't leave my kid with a bunch of strangers, especially when no one is watching the gate to see if children are led out by one of those parents. A stranger could sneak in unnoticed and disappear with a child. This school is unorganized at drop off and pick up. Watch your kids closely if they go here.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
The lack of communication and organization regarding events is a huge disappointment. Dates and times change and no information is distributed. The online calendar is not kept up and when you call to get information the staff usually doesn't have it either. We've missed a number of transition to high school meetings because of little or no information being sent out. And the school is behind the technology curve in that you have to wait for a report card or progress report to see how your child is doing versus longing on to a secure site and being able to monitor your child's progress throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
I have been very impressed with the level of commitment and professionalism from the Principal and teachers. Sunset Hills is an exceptional school and I would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
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Sunset Hills Elementary School
17825 W. Sierra Montana Loop, Surprise, AZ  85379
(623) 523-8700
Last modified Sunset Hills Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sunset Hills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top