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Surprise, AZ
Students enrolled: 900

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17359 W. Surprise Farms Loop N
Surprise, AZ 85388

(623) 876-7000
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April 28, 2015
We moved our kids to Canyon this year and love the school. The principal and vice principal are very involved. The teachers are wonderful, engaged and excited about the curriculum. Our experience has been that the teachers demand excellence and encourage it the kids' to meet their full potential. Overall, just a very big difference from where we were at before. Very happy.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2015
I have three children attending CRS- Kinder, third, and fifth. It has been an amazing experience through and through. The teachers are the most caring individuals and really take pride in their jobs. They work around the clock to ensure that each child receives the attention he/she needs. They help to instill responsibility and accountability in my kids which is worth so much more than the basic curriculum. The administration plays an active/positive role, and truly care about the families that they are serving. In reading the prior posts, I can see that there have been great improvements over the years and I believe that this is due to the positive moral that the administrators bring to the school. When you walk in those doors, you can tell that the staff is like family to one another. (Probably because they're there so much.... Those parking lots always have staff cars present... Sometimes I wonder if they sleep). Great school!

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2014
A+ school of excellence.. A STEM school, with an awesome staff.. This school , to me, is as Private- as Public school can be- I grew up in a Catholic school and there are not many around- but I did want my kids to grow up knowing the same group of kids-like I got to do,, and this school is close to that! There are borders and that keeps the same ones coming back! I know my kids are safe here, and it is a great community.. Cant say enuff positive about this school!

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2014
This is my daughter's 5th year at Canyon and I could not be happier! From the front office staff to the administration-- everyone is amazing!! Not only do I feel completely comfortable with asking anyone ( crossing guards/ teachers/ admin) any questions I have, my daughter feels the same!! They all work so hard to keep standards high and to work extra hours with those who may need a little more help!! It is an amazing school-- so happy we are part of such a wonderful community!

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2014
I have three kids that attend CRS. I couldn't be happier! The teachers are fabulous, my kids are held accountable and we love the STEM concept. It's obvious that the administration cares deeply about the well being of the school, both staff and students. Dr. Isai and Mr. St. Germain are very noticeable and involved at the school. They are friendly and approachable and it's obvious that the students know they care. If an incident happens that concerns one of my kids, parent contact is made and the situation is resolved appropriately. The parking lot can be crazy before and after school, but there is adequate staff outside working to make things as smooth as possible. The PTA seems to be very involved and does numerous events to benefit the students. There appears to be some drama in the PTA, but it doesn't seem to impact the good they do for the school. CRS seems to be getting better every year, it has come a long way, the change in the administration a few years ago was exactly what the school needed!

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2014
Best school for my children ever . Seven grade teachers are a great team. They answer e-mails inmediately. When you talk to them, you can tell they really care about students.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2013
I Attended Canyon ridge since it opened and spent four years there until moving to highschool. The first year, the school was brand new and there was no air condioning in the building, but other than that, it was a good school. But, every year the school got progressively worse, going through three principals during my enrollment there, until the teachers became lax, and lazy. The eight grade teachers from my 8th grade year have since been replaced, every single one has excpet one, and it is looking up again. my sibling currently goes to school there in 8th grade and though curiculum has dropped, it looks to be a decent school once again.

- submitted by a community member

October 16, 2012
This is our kids first year at the school and we love it. The expectations of staff are high and they support students in achieving their goals. The principal is accessible and visible. The school offers after school clubs like Lego Robotics and Rocket Club. They also have great sports teams. The girls' softball team just won first place.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2012
Reasons we love Canyon Ridge... Very academically challenging. There are many ways for parents to get involved and volunteer. Anytime I have an issue or question the teacher responds very promptly and respectfully. Administration if very helpful and deals with situations appropriately and keeps the parents in the know.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2011
This is the beginning of our first full school year at Canyon Ridge. We were there for the last half of the school year last year. We have children in 7th, 4th, and 1st grades.We are generally happy with the school, the environment, teachers and the principal. If we had a complaint about anything, we are used to more homework. The kids are learning and are interested in many different aspects of the real world, science, current events, etc. My wife and I are very involved and interactive with their teachers, so this has been our experience. As for other students, we have met some really nice kids and yes some not so nice, but that is the case no matter where you go.We teach our kids to speak up for themselves and stear clear of trouble. My son has an IEP with some special needs. Had no problem with bullying and if there were I know we would have heard about it from the teacher and principal. Staff is very responsible and responsive. As for left wing right wing whatever.. there do not seem to be any political agendas in the class. Science is science, until you get politics involved then it becomes a voters issue, good thing kids dont care about voting yet! LOL Good Job CR

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2011
My son attended 2nd to 5th grade here. He had great teachers, no complaints. Teachers worked with him to make up work if he got a low grade so that he could stay on honor roll. We did not have bullying problems. He will be leaving for the 6th grade. We will miss Canyon Ridge.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2011
As a parent moving to Arizona from Michigan in 2009, one of the most important factors in buying a home was the school that my kids would attend. I did my research and bought a house 1 block from Canyon Ridge. Boy how things change! I am so disappointed in both the school and the neighborhood. Kids here are awful. I suppose its the lack of parental presence in their lives, but it is just pathetic. My oldest son has autism and is bullied both at school and at home. I have personally seen 15+ kids chasing him through the neighborhood and throwing things at him. The story is much the same at school. He has transferred to another school in the district with much the same story. My younger son who has always been a straight A student with almost no effort, is failing 3 subjects because of social issues at school and the fact that the teachers just don't give a darn about these kids. The teachers are encouraged to just push the kids through regardless of whether they are learning or not. It's really sad to see. The current administration is horrible. They think that they have all the answers and yet the problems get worse. It's such a shame to see such a good school get so bad.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2011
This school is not good at all. There are no math books. There are no English vocabulary words. The science class is pushing a left wing environmental wacko agenda, even though global warming has been proven to be a hoax and "scientific" data was proven to be falsified by so called legitimate scientists. I hear from other parents with kids in other schools who are having a more enriching educational experience. After 2 years, I believe next year is a time for a change.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2011
My son went to this school from 3rd to 6th grade. He had amazing teachers that cared about him and "pushed" him to succeed especially since he wasn't a particulary motivated student. Last year, he had Ms. Saltarelli for math and he made amazing gains and excelled on the AIMS test. She is strict, fair, and consistent. At times, this website serves as a forum for parents who don't know much about education or what goes on in the classroom. Get involved, observe the classrooms, and see what goes on for yourself. It's easy to be an armchair quarterback and criticize. Much harder to get off your butt and be involved in your children's education.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2011
My son has been going to this school since kindergarten and I have not had any complaints so far, this school has a great reputation and has lived up to it. I think people have written bad reviews only because of their lack of involvement in the school itself. Public schools aren't daycares and require parent as well as student involvement in order for the school to achieve a higher learning experience. I would recommend this school to anyone and if it's not good enough, the next step would be a private school.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2010
This school has gotten worse every year its been open. The 1st year it was amazing, this year it is a horrible mess. Its a shame, the best school in the district has fallen to be the worst! I pulled my kid out !!!

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April 12, 2010
My son and I love this school. I have yet to encounter a problem.He has been on the honor roll for 3 semesters:)

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October 05, 2009
I am so proud to say that my children go to CR! Mrs Castillo is so wonderful and open with the kids and they all trust her. The front office staff is a great first impression as you enter the doors. Keep up the great work!!

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2009
We love this school. The only downside of this school so far is the lack of field trips. The office staff and the teachers seem to really care about the students and their parents.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2008
Outstanding school! The teachers and administration at Canyon Ridge are fabulous. Parent involvement and support is very high. Expectations are high and students are excelling (and the school has only been open for 1 1/2 years). Both students and teachers utilize the latest technology in their classrooms. Students receive a well-rounded education (reading, math, science, health, technology, problem solving, PE, music, art, library). We're fortunate to live within the boundaries of CR.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2008
Canyon Ridge is an excellent school. Mr. Dean, former principal got the school off to a successful start. To be an excelling school the second year a school opens, that's impressive, great job to Mr. West. Our children's education is the priority at CR. We're thrilled to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2008
Love this school! The CR staff (admin, teachers, office, etc) seem to love working here and definetly put forth the extra effort in helping parents, students and each other. You really get a sense the kids matter here and the kids respond by doing their best in academics, sports, behavior and overall spirt. It's great to be a part of a school who really likes their students!

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2008
Great to be apart of a new school opening. The staff handled everything very professionally and as if we had done this before, together. The parents are very supportive. Excited to begin the second year of an incredible school!

- submitted by a teacher

May 27, 2008
This school got off to a great start. It has been open for only one year but for the most part, the teaching staff is top-notch and the administration is outstanding. We will miss our principal (as his has been promoted to the dictrict office) but most of us feel confident that the assistant principal, Mr. West, will step into his new role as principal successfully. There is still much room to grow at Canyon Ridge and we are still waiting for the television studio to come to fruition and hopefully, the future 8th grade classes won't miss out on their class trip as happened this year. Overall, we are thrilled to be a part of this school and hope to see its successes continue to grow and flourish.

- submitted by a parent

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Canyon Ridge
17359 W. Surprise Farms Loop N, Surprise, AZ  85388
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Canyon Ridge is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Canyon Ridge Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top