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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 645

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1115 W 5th St
Tempe, AZ 85281

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(480) 730-7102
(480) 804-0384
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September 17, 2013
I sent my daughter to this school for Kindergarten it was the worst mistake I have ever made. Her teacher was good but the students are violent and have no home training. Moreover, the parent involvement is horrible. My daughter would come home sad everyday compared to now where she loves the kids, teachers and enjoys going to school. It's sad when your child comes home and ask if she's Mexican (students were asking her). My daughter is now in Kyrene Ahwatukee area and was the best decision I made for her. If you are an involved parent and have the means do not send your child to this school It looks nice the staff is good IT"S the parents and it shows through behavior of the students. Last two points Her kindergarten teacher would tell us that kids In Kindergarten would talk about choking, stabbing and beating other kids up this is kindergarten. Myself while walking to the car a second grader calls a little girl a B** and says get your A** over here just not a good environment. The second star is for the staff and the technology they try to add.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
My son really enjoys this school and his teacher last year was amazing! The school itself is beautiful, and the other teachers I have chatted with seemed nice and welcoming. I do believe the office staff needs to be a little friendlier. I know it can get overwhelming up front but being approachable is apart of the job. The only issue I really had last year was that in the summer the classroom seemed really warm, and my son would come home saying it was hot inside. Students can achieve more in a comfortable environment, so I hope to see an improvement this year.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
My daughter has attended this school since Kindergarten (Fall 2010), thus far I am very happy to say we will continue to drive her daily (6 miles away) as it has been wonderful. Scales has a great atmosphere, it is not too large and the turn over of teachers is low. A great asset to this school is the PACE program!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2012
My chid attended Scales for the 2011-2012 schol year. We had a great experience there.I have heard great things about Dr. D,however, I have not had any issues or concerns with MaArtha Jacobo. The current principal there. There was a bullying isue that arose in the begining of the year and as expected it was dealt with right away and proffessionally. My child wants to attend Scales for the 2012-2013 school year, I know it's becuase he is happy there. Thank youMrs. Robinson( Kindergarden Teacher) for a great experience!!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
We have been very involved parents since our daughter at Scales in kindergarten in 2008. Since the change in administration this year, I fear that this school is becoming like all other problematic schools in the area. Parent involvement has been discouraged, to the point of not feeling welcomed at all. The new admin personnel seem to thrive on their new titles & like another reviewer stated, are very dismissive. I have noticed an increase in bullying not being dealt with appropriately. The atmosephere is more tense and not family oriented anymore. I must say that I am glad we are moving out of state and if we weren't I'd probably be looking for a new school for our daughter's 4th grade year this fall. It's unfortunate, because when Dr. Diokno was there we loved this school and were willing to drive our daughter from wherever we lived to take her there.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
The Principal at this school changed before the year began and we were not aware until we attended meet the teacher night. Dr. D seemed like a great Principal and was the reason we choose this school. Our kids, along with other kids attending this school have disliked this school. We came from Meyer Elementary and have felt that the new Principal is not good. She allows bullying and there are several fights weekly. Children actually physically fight! I am changing my children's school next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
I am so disappointed in Scales this year. My children have always loved school- until this year. We have been here since it opened, kindergarten through now. Dr. Diokno and the staff made Scales such a warm and loving and family oriented place. The teachers really cared and Dr. Diokno ALWAYS made our children and us feel special and welcomed. The new principal, Mrs. Hohobo is mean to the kids and doesn't want to speak to us parents. When she does talk to parents, she is dismissive, and literally puts her nose up in the air like she is better than us. I have heard her on several occasions, when I've been in the office, tell the office staff that "they are her problem" referring to parents and deal with them. Mrs. Himenez is so wonderful and always so helpful, but I can see that it is hard for her to be mean to us like the Principal. I also know it is a problem when the teachers talk about the principal and are negative towards her. It is so different from last year. Dr. Diokno listened to us and really cared. He did not always do what we wanted, but at least he made us feel like what we said or thought was important. Bring Dr. Diokno back, get rid of Mrs. Hohobo!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
My child has just finished his first full year at Scales Technology Academy, and I have found much to praise about the school. Dr. Diokno and Ms. Valadez were two of the first people I worked with there, and as noted in other reviews, they are exceptional educators. But there are many exceptional teachers and administrators on the Scales staff, including at least two retired staff members who continue to volunteer at Scales. A stellar staff is not the end of my praise for Scales Technology Academy. The administration does not sweep problems under the rug; I have found them always eager to discuss any problem that comes up. The way they address these problems is what I admire most about Scales. They do not diminish problems, or solve them by turffing problems to special schools or classes. Rather, they hold everyone (child, parent, or staff member) accountable for their actions or lack of action, set up realistic solutions, and then execute the solutions. In this way every child is not only allowed, but expected to succeed to the limits of his or her ability. My child and I both look forward to next year at Scales.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
My daughter loves Scales Technology Academy!! We have always lived in the Scales neighborhood but through first grade my daughter attended a private Montessori school. This past year, we made a transition and she began 2nd grade at Scales and we couldn't be happier. The school administration and teachers have been great to work with and really supportive. My daughter loved Mrs. Valadez and was always excited to go to school. There were also a lot of opportunities for her to participate in after school and extracurricular activities, like student council, design squad, the PACE program, the talent show and now she is attending summer school and camp invention... all which are no additional cost!! I highly recommend Scales for the great educational experience they have provided my daughter and the supportive environment for both the kids and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
This school is most concerned with the goal of educating their kids. I was taken by surprise by the principal Mr. David D'okino. *(spell check) He is regularly seen meeting and greeting parents when we pick up our daughter. He knows pretty darn near every kid by first name!! This is the prime example of a passionate, dedicated, involved and consummate administrator. Its because of him that my youngest (who is now one) will also be attending when its time. Madison is now in her 2nd year at Scales.(1st grade) Her reading is terrific! Her comprehension has improved greatly, and looks forward to school everyday. She has been in Mrs. Jacks class since the year began. I just can't say enough great things about this educator. She is kind, involved, caring, and respected by her students. She is the reason Madi is always thrilled about how fun it is to go to school! We have attended several functions from reading with our kids in the library, to the Halloween party. Scales did everything possible to help us when times were tough and money was tight. From providing uniforms to reimbursing our fuel costs, to ensure Madison would get to keep coming to their wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
I was nervous when I first enrolled my oldest son because he loved Hudson so much. But his 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Valadez, was awesome! When it came time for my 2nd son to start I was confident that he was going to do just fine. My oldest is constantly challenged which is good because he is in the PACE program for excelling students. My 2nd son loves going to school everyday. Both of my boys are A+ students, their teachers really know their stuff. They are available if I have questions. If I feel my sons need to practice at home, their teachers give me tips on how to keep them engaged in education. The staff is so friendly. The principal is a total sweetheart but stern, a HUGE plus! The school isn't too big, too small, or too crowded. A HUGE convenience is the Ladmo Boys and Girls Club down the street. My boys go here after school is done where they continue to learn and build healthy relationships. I honestly feel Scales is an excellent school. When my youngest is ready for school, in 2 1/2 years, he will be going straight to Scales. I would suggest any parents who are looking for a good school to check out Scales. It's an awesome place!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I am so happy that my daughter is attending this school. Scales Technology Academy is a great school, with an extraordinary, enthusiastic and a dedicated principal, hard working teachers, and very caring and friendly other staffs such as the administration, the library and the cafetaria staffs. I have honestly never seen an awesome principal like Mr. Diokno at any other schools i have been to. He is so friendly, energetic and helpful and I often see him outside after school greeting and interacting with parents picking up their children. It's impressive that the school provides each student with their own laptop. The school also provides fresh and healthy breakfast and lunch. All of my daughter's teachers have been very attentive to her . They have worked so hard and are so committed to help my daughter improve her study. This school is also very diverse and all staffs are very approachable and helpful. I feel like they're my family. My daughter loves going to this school and I highly recommend all parents to send their children to this school. This is an excellent school, thanks so much to all the staffs at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
Had two boys enrolled there and recently moved to TX. Family will miss, the principal, faculty. Community does not know what a blessing it is to have a school, like this, in essence it was a public school, with private school qualities. The principal is a man of great character, really cares about the children their well being and a very hard worker, I personally witnessed him numerous occasions stand outside and greet and interact with parent's picking up their children after school. His attitude portrays one who loves his work, a man with extraordinary leadership qualities, one who instills a sense of accountability and responsibility in all My wife and I were enamored with the teachers my boys had, they will be missed, I have never seen such a group of hardworking, men and women who were so devoted.The technological based concept provides a laptop to each child in the classroom. The environment is conducive for learning and excelling, along with hard working, caring faculty, they made me feel the school was an extension of my family! Awesome school! We'll miss them.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I am so happy that my son has had such a positive experience in his education already at Scales! It is a wonderful school, with dedicated teachers, and a caring, enthusiastic staff, including our very involved and, thankfully, energetic principal!! I am happy that Scales is a small school, where I know the librarian and the ladies in the office, and my son feels at home, which makes me feel safe. The school worked to get the grant for the fresh fruit and veggies program, and now every week the kids get to try new healthy foods! I am grateful that Scales is back in the neighborhood, and that it is full of such a powerful force of people to shape and strengthen our kids in their development! Thanks everyone, you are so appreciated!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2009
This is like a private school, without the high cost of tuition. I had two children enrolled there last year and both ended up excelling. The principal is a very enthusiastic leader and the teachers are very hard working and committed to the improvement of your child, the best staff i've seen at a school so far. The laptops for each student and technology available in the classrooms, is like nothing else in any school in Arizona. This is the future of education and every school should emulate this. The facility is brand new as of last year, with a kitchen and cafeteria, spacious gym with a stage and large library. They have their own band and orchestra as well. I wish all students could go to a school like this and I hope the one's that do, appreciate the opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
all of the students are able to use the state of the art technology. This makes a great combo. with the excelent principal and staff.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2009
Scales Technology Academy is an incredible educational opportunity for students! It is more than just laptops and smart boards- it is a mindset of being fully emersed in the daily applications of living in a technology-based world. The administration, teachers and staff are fantastic! The students love their school!

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May 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2009
My son started kindergarten at Scales when he was 4 yrs old and he is now in the second grade. The teachers he's had are awesome. I love the staff and the principal Mr. Diokno is very active with the students. I remember the sit behind the desk principals that you didn't see unless you were in trouble or at assemblies. I would and have referred friends to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
I like how the school provides a variety of elective classes and after school programs for the children. My daughter is currently involved in the Mallet Madness program and choir.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
One factor to conceder when ratting Scales would be the amount of students that move in and out of the school. My Nabors are mentors at Scales. They have many accounts of students that they have worked with, developed a relationship, made progress, felt proud of the accomplishment and one day the child is gone .moved away. This happens a lot and has a sociological impact that is much more difficult to deal with. Therefore, when looking at test scores you do not get the full measure of a school like scales. Teacher s abilities to handle situations that are more difficult should be a factor. A test that is taken by a student who enrolled mid semester, who has moved around multiple times in a year is most likely to be lower that a student that has been in the same school system their whole lives. I moved from mesa and parent involvement was very good. The PTA actually voted for more homework for their kids! When you meet the teachers of both schools and talk to them the comment and real concern for the students is so much more at Scales. It really bothers me when looking at the five stars rating at the school system my daughter was in and the ratting Scales receives. The sense of eagerness and dedication from my daughter s teacher has made a life changing difference in her. She has made incredible progress at Scales and I would rate Scales much high then any school she has been to

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
My children love this school. It speaks volumes to me that the staff is so invested. After speaking with the principal, I am impressed the his son, and several staff members children, attend the school. That shows that if it is good enough for their children, it most definitely should be for mine. As a new parent to this (and public) schools, I couldn't be happier. I think the teachers, administration, and facility are top notch. Please think about this for your kids, as this is such an important decision!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
My kids are new to Scales Technology Academy and I would have to say it is such an impressive school. We finally have a school that 'gets it'. we live in the 21st century and every staff member there is forward thinking and believes in helping my kids understand that technology can help them learn. Everyone there is always smiling and asking if they can help me, which is a great thing. They are very genuine in their interactions. They also seem very flexible. The first day pickup was horrible! but it seems like they never rest, because it improves everyday. I can't speak highly enough about the teachers and principal. It seems like I see the principal everywhere (greeting kids in the morning, directing traffic after school, and my daughter and son both say he is in their classes everyday! They seem very committed, which motivates me to be involved!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
As a first year parent at Scales School (which will soon be Scales Technology School), I am very impressed. The new principal and assistant principal are so welcoming and really make the school feel like a family environment. I wish more parents will be involved, but I could see it getting better. My two kids love their teachers and the great environment, and are really looking forward to being in their new building and having technology! They already love to go to school, so the new technology will just help to get them that more excited! I wish I had a school like this when I was growing up! I highly recommend other parents to join me and see how much their children will learn and grow!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
I agree with the other parents. Things at Scales keep getting better and better. The new school looks incredible, and I'm so excited for my son to have all of the new technology at his disposal in elementary school. I also like that the school is very diverse and the teachers and staff are approachable and helpful to parents and students both.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
I went to the open house with my daughter and the new school looks amazing! Watching the teachers show us how they will use computers next year was great! We only have my work computer at home, so i am very happy that she will have her own computer to use to help her in school! We can't wait for the coming year! Everything is really good now, and will be even better next year!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
Scales is a very nice school for my kids. I have seen it get better and better. The teachers care a lot about the students, and everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I feel like it is a family. The office people and principal always smile and say hello when I come to the school. They make sure the kids are there to learn. My kids are safe and they don't let the kids cause problems at the school which I really like. They have a newsletter (in color!) I think 2 times a month. They really care about my kids. That is the bottom line! They want all kids to have success and work very hard to do this. Next year we are so excited that it will be a technology school and every child gets a computer! If I had another child I would him there! Excellent School!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
I am surprised by the comments here, however, they were written nearly two years ago, and I know that many teachers and the administration has changed.. I am incredibly pleased with the school. The staff, from the office ladies, to teachers and principal are always real friendly. They are always smiling and welcome me when I go there. The teachers love the kids and there is a lot of communication. I love the newsletter... I think they do it once or twice a month. My kids are so excited, but I am more, about every kid getting a computer next year. Talk about what is going right in schools, and Scales is the place to be! A very proud and happy parent!

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January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
Scales is a terrible, terrible school. Although many of the teacher are dedicated, leadership is severely lacking! As a result, the classroom quality suffers.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
This school is absolutely horrible. It is dirty and run down. They are unorganized, very rude and unfriendly. I have never seen a school as bad until I saw Scales. My kids hated it there. They only attended for 3 days and could not stand it anymore. I withdrew them immediately.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2006
Great school with caring teachers and innovative programs.

- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2006
At every turn, I get feedback about my son's progress. Small classes of about 20. The teaching team for the 1st grade is a very tight unit. The principal is very visible. The music and pe programs seem acceptable. The school nurse seems to be an integral part of the school. The front office supports the teachers very well. Lots of computers. Nice Library. Apparently, the building is due to be 're-built'. Very impressed with this school. I wish I could've gone to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
Scales is a good school. By keeping the parents informed as well as students having the same teacher for 2 years in a row helps to accurately chart educational progress for every student. Any voice mail left on phone system for a teacher, has been responded to quickly and professionally. This school also develops children through low student to teacher ratios, as well as using the 'pod' system of classrooms which keeps from each classroom being on their own sheltered island. If your child was not challenged, then you did not choose the orchestra program, or the pace pop advanced classes that are available to further expand your childs knowledge. It is also one of the few open enrollment elementarys in area, which can assist parents who work in the area, but live elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
I have never seen a truly bad school until I visited Scales. I was shocked to find rude teachers, dirty classrooms, few textbooks, and a dungeon-like atmosphere. Parents be warned!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2004
Very poor communication with parents. This school does not challenge the children. Had I researched further, I would have chosen another school. My daughter learned nothing here.

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Scales Technology Academy
1115 W 5th St, Tempe, AZ  85281
(480) 730-7102
Last modified Scales Technology Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Scales Technology Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top