"We are best known for teaching the "whole" child."
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School leader Mark Martinez
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District Tempe School District
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1300 E. Watson Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

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(480) 897-7122
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4 stars
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August 17, 2014
Rover is a great school! The teachers are top notch and the parent community is involved and caring! The school does a great job of keeping the top teachers and churning the ones that aren't quite there yet to keep the academics getting better and better. The administration is engaged and active and visible - there is a sense of caring and also of a place where a kid gets to be a kid - Rover Ram Fans!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My school is Rover Elementary. My daughter goes to this school. We have had nothing but good experiences at this school and I feel is one of the better public schools around the Tempe area. Seems a little crowded at times, but, my daughter is doing well in her 1st grade class. She loves her teacher and has made good new friends in her class. She has learned alot this year, and is looking forward to 2nd grade at Rover.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
Sadly, this school has gone downhill since we started here in 2008. The first three years were wonderful with awesome teachers and a vibrant community feeling. Since then some teachers have left and the community feeling is gone. Communication from the school is non-existent. It is a black hole where you drop your children off and hear little from (some) teachers and particularly the administration about what is happening, what the children are studying and learning about, school activities etc. Some teachers do not even let their students hear school announcements or say the pledge of allegiance. Other teachers in the lower grades continue to be outstanding. We will finish out time we have left to complete Rover hoping no other good teachers leave the school. We miss the caring open communicative energized environment of years past.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
This school is an amazing and great community school. The teachers, principal and staff are excellent when it comes to the education and emotional growth of all students. I have been a parent at Rover for 5 years and I can't think of one negative thing to say about the school. 5 stars for sure!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
Our son attended Rover Elementary last year for kindergarten. He was only four years old at the start of the year, so he had to test in. We were so blessed to have Mrs. Gilbert as his first teacher! All of the kindergarten teachers are wonderful, as is the librarian. The school offers wonderful programs such as Fame and Young Rembrandts. I fully recommend this school to all parents who desire a complete educational experience for their children!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
Relocated from Wisconsin with an only child. Her first year at Rover and honestly, her teacher is the best! Picking your child up is an absolute nightmare and I do not care for the principal. The principal never introduced himself to me and he had a horrible attitude when I did approach him about an issue. The Wisconsin school system is totally different, I am used to principals who care about the children they oversee and appreciate parent involvement. The staff needs diversity training. I would not recommend this elementary school after my experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
I am a sophomore in High School now, and there is not a day I don't miss this wonderful school. I had an amazing 6 years at rover, and it seems like they are doing even better now! They really do make the "whole" child. Wish it was a K-12 school, haven't found any schools that compare.

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2012
Excellent school in all aspects, excellent staff, my children improved their grades incredibly, definitely I recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
Rover is a wonderful school. The teachers are extremely dedicated. Many teachers have been there seven plus years. Almost every teacher has a Master's degree. They are committed to each student's success and always available to parents. The staff is wonderful. The parents who volunteer, either in the classroom or for the PTA are friendly, committed, dedicated and amazing. There are many programs for students outside of school. They offer band, orchestra, and choir for all 4th and 5th grade students. Overall there is no other school I would send my children to. Rover is more than a school, it is a community dedicated to the success of children.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
My daughter and I love this school. We found Rover on the GreatSchools.org website. She completed Kindergarten and she will be going there for first grade this year. We have nothing but great things to say about Rover and the faculty there. The kindergarten program and teachers were phenomenal. The staff not only expect excellence, but they provide the necessary tools to make the children successful in all areas. Mrs. Zimmerman especially was the perfect teacher, she is dedicated and friendly and my daughter was sad to leave Kindergarten for this reason. I would definitely recommend Rover to anyone looking for a school that not only fosters a desire for learning, but also the desire to become a well rounded individual.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
For a school with such a large student body (500 students), the administration has created an excellent environment that gives students personal attention and good support for academic achievement. There is plenty of parental involvement and great extracurricular activities like Girl Scouts. The music program is quite good for an ordinary elementary school (it cannot compare with schools specializing in performing arts). While there are some outstanding teachers, there are also some mediocre ones, due largely to district policies and teacher union contracts. Overall, this is a very good neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I have two children at Rover and couldn't be happier with the school as a whole. The Staff is wonderful and does whatever is needed to help the children succeed now and in the future. The PTA is FABULOUS!The only thing I can even think of griping about is the small parking lots. However, when parents enroll their children at Rover, they know that this is a drop-off only school (buses are for special needs children only). The resolution (by parents): come early to get a parking space in 1 of the 2 parking lots, or park across the street (there are several cul-de-sacs directly across from the school) and across the street to collect your kids. SUPER EASY! Like I said, this is the only thing I can think of griping about, but I'm not going to. I choose to park and walk to pick up my kids. Overall, my experience with the school has been nothing but WONDERFUL! Each teacher both of my children have had works exceptionally hard to help ALL the kids in their classrooms. WAY TO GO ROVER! KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
Rover Elementary is an excellent school with caring teachers and staff who truly love the children and strive to help every student succeed.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
I have had children at Rover since 2003. This is a wonderful educational community. The experienced teachers know how to bring out the best in any type of learner. They have pushed each of my children to reach their individual potential regardless of standardized testing, no child left behind or classroom performance. The administrative staff knows and has bonded with every child/family on campus. Rover is a family experience, families are very involved in the school and come from a diverse background which leads to a rich and caring educational environment. The school has a history of strong academics and is now emphasizing science and arts education. 4th and 5th graders participate in band, orchestra or choir. We have an annual Art walk that showcases every student's artwork and celebrates all of the arts. Rover is working with ASU to strengthen the arts and science curriculum. There is a school garden and science clubs (science detectives and Lego robotics) to enhance the strong science program. I love that our district has fought to maintain small class sizes, small neighborhood schools, music and provides gifted services to all qualified kids (yes, K-5!).

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
Rover has great teachers who care about the whole child. I thought that the rigor at my old school was good, but my son is doing things and learning things that my other children did not get at his age.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2011
Rover Elementary can be a great school, but unfortunately, many of the parents at Rover are stuck-up and arrogant. This greatly affects the school climate. These parents act entitled and believe rules should be broken for their personal benefit.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
The administration, teachers, and support staff at Rover are exceptional! The PTA is superb at fundraising, and then putting the money to work in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
The teachers and principal really care about the quality of the education the students receive.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Rover has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The school environment is warm and welcoming. The teachers know each kid's strengths and works to help them on any areas in which they need extra assistance. Principal Martinez is available in person and on email to help solve problems. Parent involvement is strong both in the PTA and in general. Next year the school is becoming an Arts and Science Academy!

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August 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
My daughter is finishing kindergarten at Rover and LOVES this school! There is a solid incorporation of art in learning and the she responds very well. My daughter is reading currently at the first grade level, as are some other class mates and I give the teacher and school a lot of credit for this. Also, the school has a 'no bully' policy that they recite every morning. I think it works, because the kids all seem to support each other.

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January 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
I loved Rover for three of the four years that she attended. The last year there was a different principal, and I felt like he wasn't as dedicated as the first one. My child attended from 04 to 08.

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no rating May 04, 2008
Rover Elementary is a great school! Everyone is so welcoming and generous. I have three kids who have been attending Rover, and have been an involved parent for 5+ years. The teachers that my kids have had and friends children have had go beyond their call of duty. You will be lucky with any teacher you get... my favorites are Mrs. Gilbert, Ms. Foster, Mrs. Hardesty, Mrs. Skinner, Mrs. Lutz, Mrs. Wakefield, and Mrs. Cornett!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
My sister as been going to Rover for 5 years now and the focus as changed over the years. They only care about test scores and becoming a A+ school.

- submitted by a former student
May 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 05, 2007
My son is a 2nd grader at Rover and we are very happy with this school! The teachers are phenomenal. The principal, Ms. McCoy, is also wonderful, but sadly she is leaving at the end of this year. The school is a very welcoming and safe environment. I'm always struck by how friendly and polite the kids are. There is a high level of parent involvement which I think contributes to the success of the school. The teachers and staff are very happy to work with families. There is a fabulous PE program (with a climbing wall in the gym!) and a music program, computer lab and library. The art program is volunteer-run and not as strong as the rest. I think my son's classes are usually 20-25 students, but there are often aides or volunteers helping, too.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2006
I am so impressed with Rover School! My son, a fourth grader, has attended Rover since he was in kindergarten and he just loves it! His teachers have all been outstanding. They are nurturing, highly-skilled professionals who are dedicated to meeting the needs of each child. I always feel welcome when I visit Rover! The staff and parent volunteers are so friendly. Mrs. McCoy, Rover's principal, is wonderful! She has had a great influence in creating a positive learning community! Every day I send my son to Rover School, I am confident he is in good hands and he is receiving the highest quality of education.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2006
I have had are children in Rover for the last three years and have seen a steady decline in both the academics and the leadership. Rover's focus has become all about scoring well on the AIMS test to the detriment of student needs. Although the teachers have been great, both the leadership at the school and district appears to be more of a barrier to their success than a help. I have my children in another school and am surpised at the significant gap between where they left off at Rover and where they were expected to be in this new school. In this era of 'no child left behind' I am afraid that all of the students at Rover are being left behind by a substandard education that will not prepare them for the future.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
Rover Elementary is an excellent school with caring teachers, a wonderful music department and a top-notch resource department. Highly recommended.

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February 23, 2006
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February 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
We are very happy with this school. Not too big, clean, very friendly to parents and the kids. Our kids always like going there... All in all, great school

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January 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
My daughter is in 3rd grade at Rover. She is doing so well. She loves the school and her teachers. This is an awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
My experiance at this school was great. It is a blue ribbon school. My son had problems with reading when we came to this school. The Kyrene school district would help us. They told us that he is a boy and boys always fall behind in reading. He was in second grade and he could bearly write his name, forget the reading part. We were frustrated. When we switched to Rover it was a 180 degree turn around. Teachers were volunteering their own time before and after school to help for free. Just to see my son excel. Teachers and the Principal want to see the children excel. Teaching here is what it should be. This school steps up to the plate and goes beyond the call of duty. My other children over excel in classes, they are put in groups where they are being challanged. This is a great school.

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March 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2004
We live 35 miles away from Rover and feel the hour drive each way is worth knowing our daughter is happy and being well-educated in her kindergarten class. Her teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman, is very caring and creates a positive, comfortable and fun learning environment for her students. The Tempe District kindergarten classes are all full-day classes (at no additional charge - most other area kindergartens are only half-day, so parents who want their child in a full-day class are charged the balance - usually around $250.00 a month). Kidzone, the before and after school program, is also excellent. The staff are friendly and helpful. Parental involvement is incouraged and many opportunities are available for volunteering. As a parent I feel included in my child's education and welcome in her school. We plan to have our daughter stay through the 5th grade and are selling our home to move near the school.

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September 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
Strong principal and good teachers. Class sizes are out of hand. Too many stories coming home of major discipline problems. No real arts program is a negative. Excellent music teacher but she was transferred to another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
This school has an awesom climate! My son loves to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2004
An excellent public school with a terrific teaching staff from K-2 (we moved away after 2nd) The school nurse is especially notable for her calm caring concern and excellent nursing skills.

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April 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
This is the only Elementary School in Tempe, AZ at this time that is a Blue Ribbon School. It has received the highest of awards. The teachers, even though some are new, are excellent. The focus is the children developing lifeskills that will carry them throughout their lifetime. Also children have more 1 on 1 time with the teachers due to classroom size. If you're considering Rover School for your Kindergarten aged child and you need open-enrollment because you don not live in the area, register ASAP. The waiting list this year is 30 students just for grade K. And if you have a Kindergaten aged child - you have to request Miss Maria Mihas as their teacher. I've had 2 of my children in her class and she had such a positive impact in my childrens lives. She's more than just a teacher, which is so important when you're just starting in school. She is an outstanding teacher and should be teacher of the decade as far as I'm concerned. I'm privledged to had my kids in her class. Sincerely, Mrs. Gouveia

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*Recognized as an Arizona A+ school and one of 18 "Great American Schools" by National Education Association. *Recognized as National Blue Ribbon School and National School of Character.

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Rover Elementary School
1300 E. Watson Drive, Tempe, AZ  85283
(480) 897-7122
Last modified Rover Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rover Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews.