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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 612

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50 E. Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284

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(480) 783-4000
(480) 491-1386
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September 25, 2014
Mariposa is a wonderful neighborhood school. The staff is dedicated and top notch. We have been at the school for 7 years now and have nothing but great things to say. My family would highly recommend this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2013
I regret sending my child to this school. The teacher terrorized by 6 year old and made him come home sad everyday. His first grade teacher had no idea how to motivate children to complete the classroom work. She choose to use name calling, ridiculing children and a silly color system to punish non-compliant children. It makes sad that my child had to endure such treatment. I took him out mid school year.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
This school has severely set my daughter back the current principal is completely incompetent . The teachers lack communication skills and refuse to work with parents towards the betterment of the child. Because of this school my daughter is severely deficient in math, vocabulary, and reading and will have to retake fifth grade. They take zero accountability and refuse to act on anything.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
This school has been such a disappointment. It's not the administration that's to blame it's the culture of bullying that goes on with some parents and teachers. There is no accountability for teachers who are dishonest and abusive. If you speak up your child will suffer and be singled out and picked on by the teacher. Many of the parents are just as bad with their obnoxious cliques and self promoting behavior. Don't be fooled by the positive reviews on here. Anytime someone speaks up they are attacked like the earlier reviewer.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
I love Mariposa! The teachers are excellent and they care about their students. The new principal and staff are wonderful and have raised overall test scores by 17 points in 2013. This school stresses the importance of an top quality education in a safe, supporting environment. The PTO is very active and engaged. I am proud that my children go to Kyrene de la Mariposa.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I too would have to disagree with the recent 2 star rating. My child has attended this school for 4 years now and while I was not enamored with the new security procedures, in light of recent shootings at public schools across our nation I understand. If the additional steps are put in place to protect my child then I am supportive of it. I would recommend that if this parent is so disappointed by the changes then at lease one other change is in order and that would be for them to leave. The academia has not regressed as described by the writer and the environment is made up of people. The same caring and over achieving staff and teachers that have been there for years. I wouldn't dream of moving my child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
I'm also speaking up due to the poor review posted by a parent. The security changes are not the school's or the administration's fault. That is a districut wide policy and one that we as parents need to learn how to deal with. The first year of transition with a new principal is always tough, but the new principal has years of experience in the Kyrene district and is doing a good job. Give him a chance to make his mark on Mariposa. I have been at this school for five years now. It is an excellent school with really good teachers who care about the children. The school is a great neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2013
This is in response to a recent 2 star review. I'm a parent of a student and have been pleased with our school and the atmosphere there. The new security measures have been made across the country and are wise. It's too bad we parents can't be on the grounds chatting with fellow parents...that has been missed but can't be helped at this time. Change comes with new leadership and I don't think such a negative review is fair since it's been such a short time that they have been in place. I'm not sure how the academic environment has rapidly declined?? Suddenly the teachers don't know how to teach b/c there is a new principal? The remark about being like an "inner city" school is confusing and unfair (and by the way there are "inner city schools that are good!). We all have had different experiences and expectations but I think more time would need to pass before making such blanket negative statements.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
This school was a 5 star school until this year when new leadership and teachers moved in. The focus is no longer on being a high quality neighborhood school but a disconnected, unfriendly, "inner city" school. The principal is more worried keeping parents and children from being on campus, directing traffic, and his ridiculous security procedures than the rapidly declining academic environment. My daughter and I loved this school, until now! My recommendation would be to look elsewhere for an elementary school for your child. It is sad to know that an A++ school can degrade so quickly. This is not due to the very dedicated long- term teachers at Mariposa but to the new administration of Spencer Fallgetter. He will have Mariposa underperforming in no time just like his last school.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
Great school! I love the parent-teacher communication, the teachers are amazing! My daughter loves to get up and go to school she gets excited to see her teacher. I refuse to move because I don't want my child to go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Mariposa has been granted the highest honor a school can be given with two A+ certifications. This is rare and there is a reason for it. The teachers and staff in this school are outstanding! They truly care about their students and dedicate a great amount of their time helping each child to excel. My child has exceled every year above the standard grade level. As a parent, the teachers have gone above their means to answer all of my questions and needs that I have for my child. The principal is truly dedicated and takes time to talk with the parents and be involved with the students. I am proud to have my child attend such an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
I transitioned my son (2nd grade) and my daughter (5th grade) because of the reputation of the Kyrene school district and the high ranking for Mariposa. The two teachers that my children were assigned to were completely different. My daughter received, what she considered, the best teacher in the world . This teacher really supported her and in return my daughter excelled. On the other hand, my son was assigned to a teacher who struggled to meet his needs and our expectations, in turn, my son's grades started to slip. When I tried to become more hands on and attend class she became defensive and spoke condescending to both my son and I. On several occasions I explained that I wanted to attend class to see what was being taught in order to re-teach the concepts at home but none of this helped her overall attitude. At the end, I decided that it was best to leave it alone and try to support my son without attending class. However, I was very disappointed in how this teacher handled the situation because she didn t have my son s best interest in mind and treated him poorly throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
When the Arizona state government decided to cut Kindergarten, Mariposa decided to find a way to keep it free. They really care about student and parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2009
Mariposa school has everything a parent looks for in a school. From the time they are dropped off at Kid Zone morning program they are learning in a fun and enriching environment. During the school day the teachers are dedicated and the special programs, guest speakers, curriculum nights and school events are amazing. As an added bonus the afterschool Kid Zone program has amazing staff members (espcially Mr. Jeremy!), great homework club, and special events every week. Mariposa's prinicpal Marianne Lescher is dedicated to making Mariposa the best school in the state. They have been rated an A+ school twice which is a huge accomplishment. Mariposa is truelly a 10.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
Very good teachers. They can do better with discipline and extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
What a wonderful school! From the exceptional principal down to the caring, helpful lunch ladies, Mariposa is a great example of how a community of educators and parents can work together to create something special. The curriculum is rigorous, yet there is plenty of integration with the arts. All areas of children's development are developed into an institution that, in less talented administrative hands, might be constrained by the demands of the public school setting. Parental support is very strong, and there is a lot of diversity among the population. Safety is always a concern. Above all, it's the willingness to let children exercise their imaginations and uniqueness that makes Mariposa the great school it is.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Mariposa is a good school, and I do feel my son is learning. The only problem, is that the school is in the state of Arizona. So the fact that the school does well, really isnt saying much. I feel confident that he will do well, in the long run; because we do reading and math work at home. With the second grade class, they attend music and art one day out of the week. They do not have a sports team, but offer extracurricular activites.(too expensive for my taste, so I send him to Kiwanis) I am not sure about the parent envolvement, they do offer activities that the parents can participate in. Lastly, I would like to mention that the school isnt diverse.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This is a top notch school with simply the best kindergarten and first grade teachers to be found. The principal is very hands on and extremely dedicated. That said, it is difficult to obtain formal testing for special education and nearly impossible to get special education services. This school has many 'intervention' programs that they will dedicate to a student - generally increasing a student's ability, however, depriving the student and family of the rights and educational services and supports afforded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In some ways, it is great that they work so hard to prevent a child from being labeled. In other ways, one has to wonder what they are trying to prove by having an impossibly low number of special education eligible children - could it be the district lacks required qualified personnel?

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
Excellent academic program. Talented program very popular. Good after school activiites in music and arts.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
Great school--great principal with excellent background and people skills! As teachers as well as parents, we have generally been happy with the policies, staff, and outcomes. Diverse ethnic population makes this a truly 'global' experience for a child. A gem--the best elementary school we've found in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
For the most part, high quality teachers, high expectations. Parent organization is active.

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May 10, 2005
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December 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
Our son has attended school here since 2nd grade. All of his teachers have always gone above and beyond the call of duty to help him overcome the many challenges he faces. The staff is absolutely phenomenal. They truly care about all the students. I only wish all schools had this degree of caring and professionalism.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
This school is aswsome they teach kids so much. my daughters favorite 5th grade teacher was mr.nestuk. in his class they did a lot of hands on stuff like dissecting cows eyes and working with a sheep heart. she says it was so much fun. her favorite 3rd and 2nd grade teacher was Mrs.briggs. in her class they got to do a play and they showed the little kids and onb the third night they should the parents the play. they also did a store called the briggs broncos store. the library,music,pe,art,and her favorite computer lab teachers were also so sweet and nice.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2004
My son is attending all day kindergarten at Mariposa. Thus far I have been very impressed with the teaching staff and the quality of education that he is receiving. I believe that my son will be well-prepared when he enters 1st grade in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2003
Although staff is qualified -- many even excellent -- getting an IEP for our student was very difficult, especially getting appropriate (adequate) support and ESY services.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2003
This school is a great asset. everyone works together to make it a great school. the principal is what really makes it she takes the time to know every student by first name and the parents also. She greets the students on a daily basis and knows what is going on at the school. this really inpressed myself and my husband that someone would take the extra step to really get down in the trenches with students and also the staff. this principal will even have lunch with the kids to make them feel like they are special. there are no put downs at this school only positive which shows in the students and how they respect each other and there teachers also. they spend most of there time in class learning instead of in the office being in trouble. I would recommend this school to anyone with grade school kids.

- submitted by a parent

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Kyrene de la Mariposa School
50 E. Knox Road, Tempe, AZ  85284
(480) 783-4000
Last modified Kyrene de la Mariposa School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kyrene de la Mariposa School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top