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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 637

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1326 West 18th St
Tempe, AZ 85281

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(480) 966-9934
(480) 968-3165
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May 27, 2015
I have worked at this school for a couple years. The teachers were able to handle anything with flying colors. The students at this school really depend on the teachers, and the teachers know that. They patiently guide the students to have a love of learning. The atmosphere got rough when the administration at this school changed in January. It no longer had the loving atmosphere that the previous principal had instilled. Every second was now micromanaged and had to be academic. Even Valentine's Day celebrations were now banned. Multiple walkthroughs every day and frequent observations for the purpose of finding out what you are doing wrong was now the norm. What was observed in every classroom was emailed out for the whole team to see what each other was doing at the exact same time. Discrepancies were questioned. Weekly lesson plans that averaged 12-18 pages were to be submitted online every week and would be critiqued and expected to be fixed. You had to assess your students multiple times a week and present your scores at the weekly PLC meeting. If your students didn't score well, you had to put your name on the board and explain how you will improve the scores. Micromanaging overflowed onto Saturday planning days. You were scheduled academic coaches who rotated in to "babysit" your lesson planning with your team. You weren't allowed to work on stations, make any copies, or use the workroom on these Saturdays. You were not given time alone with your team to plan on these Saturdays. Students were no longer "encouraged" to make good choices by the principal, they were now bullied. He would come into the classroom and look for students who were off task. He would come from behind them and physically move their head to make them pay attention. He would stand over a student in the hallway who wasn't following directions rather than get on their level to talk to them. On the last day of school when he handed out checks, he made sure to add a personal attack to each teacher. I know that a couple teachers have expressed their concern to district. I hope district does something. Having over 30 teachers leave is not a coincidence. The sad thing is that these students really need special teachers...and almost all of them were driven away.

- submitted by a teacher

August 13, 2014
The worst school ever! My son was bullied and I received 0 communication from his teacher. When I approached the admin team, they dismissed my concerns until I asked to follow up with the district. Right after I informed the principal, her tone changed quickly.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2014
My 2 daughters love this school as do I !! They have great staff!!! I love the principal and assistant principal! My daughters have been there since kindergarten and they are now in 3rd grade!! They are the best!! Holdeman Huskies! !

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2013
I have a 5 year old daughter that attends Holdeman. Since the beginning of this school year, the staff has lost, misplaced, or otherwise left my daughter abandoned. The first time was about 1 month ago when the school staff lost her for about 25 minutes. The school's Vice Principal responded, "she wasn't lost, we knew she somewhere at school." And then, he smuggly apologized. And twice her teacher has put her the wrong bus which in turn left her standing outside alone in the dark, no food, no water, holding her pee. The school's prinicipal simply said "sorry." How would you feel if were your 5 year old?

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2013
I went to this school. They have problems with bullying and the teachers make it look like it's your fault they bully you. I agree it's close to low income housing and there's lots of kids coming and going.

- submitted by a community member

August 01, 2012
I have mixed feelings about this school, I love the teacher s attitude toward the students and they are really nice but they could dress a little better. I have noticed a lot of them in flip flops and inappropriate wear for a teacher. Love the uniforms for the students, I wish the teachers had them too. Wish they would bring back the field trips; my son loves them and was able to go to two before they stopped having them. He gets disappointed each year when there is none.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2010
This Is A Really Amazing School!!!! everyone in there is really friendly and know how to teach the kids really good.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2010

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2008
My daughter has attended Holdeman for 3 years now. Her biggest struggle was first grade because of bullying. It took almost the entire year to take care of the problem and still wasn't totally to my satisfaction. This year started out rough but has gotten much better. Love the staff and always feel welcome. Just wish there were more breaks in the afternoon for teachers as well as students. Would like to have field trips returned as well. The new building is beautiful. Just some concerns with safety. Would love more parent involvment. There should be no excuse that we are too busy, these are our childern!! Change takes time for those of you unhappy.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2008
It would be interesting to see what Holdeman parents think of this school now that there is a new Principal at the helm.

- submitted by a parent
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November 02, 2007
My sons went to Holdeman, I regret not pulling them out sooner, when the school was rated as 'underperforming.' I did pull out my younger son and I am glad I did. At Holdeman he was considered the brightest in his class, at his current school he has to work much harder and is being better prepared. The school has a very high mobility rate, poor parental involvement and don't blame it on low income families, as there are other schools with low income populations with strong parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007
My son started at Holdeman this year. For the most part it's a good school education wise. My kindergartner is excelling well beyond most of his class so the homework he is given by his teacher is work that is normally handed to 1st graders. The downside to this school is the fact that it is across the street from a moderately low income apt complex. The parents of those children don't have the time to be involved in their kids' education. Also people constantly move in and out so a lot of teachers teach to the lowest level of students. This is more a district issue though. All in all Holdeman is a very good school and I'll be keeping my son there.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2003
I beleive Holdeman can stand on it's own as a school that constantly striving to improve itself. Holdeman has a unique situation, in that so many students are coming and going. This effects overall performance. Also 50% of the students are Hispanic many of them speaking spanish therfore the teachers have to work harder than most. We will keep supporting Holdeman School.

- submitted by a community member

March 16, 2003
Holdeman states it is a 'Peace Building' school, unfortunately I strongly disagree. My two boys have been attending Holdeman for 2 years now and have had nothing but problems with other children bulling them and disrupting their learning abilities. The faculty has only punished my childern thru A.L.C.(Alternative Learning Center), suspention, and now removing my childern from the school all together. Never have I heard any repercutions to the other childern involved nor have my requests to have parent/faculty/parent conference with the other childern involved. I feel Holdeman would much better sweep these sort of problems under the rug or out the door instead of finding workable solutions for all involved.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
Although Holdeman is not rated as a ""quality"" school according to this website, the school is extremely great! The dual language program is top-notch. My daughter has learned a wealth of knowledge from this school.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
More Parent involment. More Improved PTA.

- submitted by a community member
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Holdeman Elementary School
1326 West 18th St, Tempe, AZ  85281
(480) 966-9934
Last modified Holdeman Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Holdeman Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top