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Tolleson, AZ
Students enrolled: 868

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2150 S. 87th Avenue
Tolleson, AZ 85353

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(623) 474-7000
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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 28, 2015
Admin claims that they are a kids at Hope school but there discipline policy suggests different. When kids get in trouble they force teachers to have kids stand with their face literally touching the wall in front of all of the class. You might as well put a dunce cap on kids. It's terrible and humiliating. -teacher

- submitted by a teacher
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 28, 2015
Admin claims that they are a kids at Hope school but there discipline policy suggests different. When kids get in trouble they force teachers to have kids stand with their face literally touching the wall in front of all of the class. You might as well put a dunce cap on kids. It's terrible and humiliating. -teacher

- submitted by a teacher
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 28, 2015
They have no hope due to poor administration and multiple substitute teachers because they can't keep real ones

- submitted by a teacher

July 28, 2015
Mr Collins has no idea what he is doing. There are more long term subs in the building than teachers. Dr rice only cares about getting a budget not kids. Which he literally said at a district meeting. Most middle school classes have 40+ kids in them with children sitting on the floor. There are uncertified teachers teaching required classes that kids are tested in for the state. Teachers constantly lose their prep periods as well as lunch as if we were working in a third world country. They claim to be kids at Hope school which is an awesome philosophy however student discipline has kids staring at the wall for long periods of time. You might as well put a dunce hat on them and call them stupid. I would not send my child to this school or any Union elementary schools if you paid me. Parents DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE And put them through this abuse. By the end of the year six teachers quit and only a few actually stayed to work there. They had to hire an entire 8 th grade team and four out of six seventh grade teachers for 2015-16. The unfortunate year that I worked there they hired an entire 7th grade team and four out of six 8th grade teachers. I believe around 20 teachers left in total. that should tell you something about Collins welsh and rice. They have no clue as to what they are doing. Kids have NO HOPE at this school. -teacher

- submitted by a teacher
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 28, 2015
This is an absolutely horrible school. The average class size in the middle grades is around 40+ students with kids sitting on the floor. By October of 2014 we had two teachers out of five quit on our team. Shortly after we lost the art teacher, the gym teacher and never got an English second languages teacher. Not to mention one of our core teachers was not certified to teach their subject. By the end of the year the team was full of substitutes. Mr Collins has no idea how to run a building and dr rice doesn't care about kids. Just the budget. He literally said his only goal is to have helped a school budget to add that to his resume. Parents. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS To ANY Of UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. They claim to be kids at Hope but their discipline policy has teachers put their face against the wall for humiliation purposes. You might as well have the kids wear a dunce hat. This school is a joke. They overwork their teachers and when a teacher brings up workers rights violations they are accused of being negative and bringing down moral. The teachers work extremely hard but I can not say the same for administration. It is very sad because the kids are awesome and want to learn but it is almost impossible when they sit on the floor, have a sub almost everyday, and are made to stand on one foot against the wall.

- submitted by a teacher

July 21, 2015
I feel they have help my kid in so many ways....I think it's a great school :)

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2014
Personally to me this is a horrible school, when my child first started everyone seemed nice, shortly after I started to notice a change in the staff's behavior, front office womanis never welcoming. I have heard my child's teacher scream at the kids. My child told me her art teacher yells because he wants it very quiet. Last week she had a substitute teacher , my child told me the teacher was mean and yelled at them to Shut Up. If these teachers do not like their job or kids they should NOT be working at a school. Since day one I'd had issues with this school and the teachers. The principal is very nice he might be too overwhelmed trying to keep it all together, I approached him regarding issues with my child's teacher, nothing was done, bulling is an issue at this school and it is Not taken seriously. I have witness my child's teacher just blow it off as my child was telling her what an other kid did to her. Horrible Horrible school. I am not able to change school yet, and my child has new friends. It bothers me how uncaring her teacher is, she doesn't bother helping the kids tie their shoes or assist them with anything, these are First graders not High school kids.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2014
I have been a parent at this school since it opened. I have seen a dramatic change in the school and staff in the past few years. When my students first started, the school was disorganized and the curriculum was lacking. Now I see the school has brought in some quality programs and has high expectations for my kids. I also want to comment on the start up of Make Your Day. This was a tricky adjustment for some of my neighbors because their children are held accountable for their actions on campus but I am very pleased. I have seen a decrease in my kids' complaints about disruptions in the classroom as well as behaviors that I have seen. I continue to be impressed by the growth of this school and can't wait to see what the future brings.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2014
This school has a high turn over rate for teachers, because of lack of support and lack of consistency. They implement new programs to make the school better, but then do nothing to uphold it. The school would improve if they could support the teachers and uphold the programs.

- submitted by a teacher

October 31, 2013
This school has done a major turn around!! We are striving to be one of the best schools in the state.

- submitted by a teacher

August 07, 2013
Coming from a school where the office staff rolls their eyes at you when you walk in, the charter director walks past parents with questions, a new principal every year, finding out your child's teacher was hired two days before school started. I am excited for my kids who are now attending Dos Rios. The principal seemed courteous, he was in front greeting everyone and helping find class rooms. The office staff was busy, but really nice. I have no complaints about Dos Rios. I'm giving a two star rating, I hope to come back at the end of year to give my full input.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2012
I am very disappointed in the way this school works. The most minor incidents result in suspensions. what happened to lunch detentions or after school detentions. They need some help in the disciplinary procedures. The assistant principle is famous for telling you one thing and turning around and saying she never said that. Please be sure to get it in writing!!! Just saying! And the teachers! Dont get me started. I believe they all need some kind of child care class before becoming a teacher. My phone rings off the hook at work or my email alerts keep coming. Schools are suppose to be designed to teach our children and be basically their 2nd home. So tell me why this school has no control over their kids? It is ridiculous. The principle seems like a good guy but i have yet to see him take initiative in fixing these problems. Then i hear from another parent that they have 5th and 6th grade students together in one class. That doesn't fly with me at all. I would never have moved into this neighborhood if i knew about this sight. i would have read these previous reviews and looked for a house elsewhere. This school is unbelievable, unprofessional and out of control.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2012
We are very excited for this school year. I am over all very impressed with the principal. I love seeing that my children are greeted every morning with a smile and a how are you today. He is now doing the cross walk in the after school. I would like to invite every parent to come out and volunteer their time at least once a month. Help out in your child's class, during their luch time, recess, or library . Come out the the school events demonstrated to your children that their school is important to you as well. Help our school, by becoming involved.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2011
This school year has started out strong with an excellent group of elementary school teachers! I have been involved here with my children for 4 years now and it is better each year. The school has faced many hurdles and gets over them as they come. There is a horrible lack of parental support at the school and I fear the parents who are not involved are the ones who have the bad experiences. Those of us that are involved are able to see areas that need improvement and when brought up receive good feedback. The 3rd grade teachers rocked on test scores last year (2010-11) but hardly anyone knows that. It gets better year by year, they just need more parental support and understanding about funding issues. Funding is extremely low so the school is coming up with innovative ways to educate our children and doing a pretty good job. So, before you post negative comments sit and think a moment- Did you take the time to get to know the staff and the teachers who spend about 7 hours a day with your child? There are always two sides to every story. Did you talk with other parents who know the staff and teachers and might have dealt with the same issue? Investigate before speaking harshly.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2011
terrific school great for learing and i recomind you all to take your kids there.

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2010
After moving to the neighborhood, my 6th grade son attended this school for the last 4 months of the school year and I have never experienced a more unprofessional group of teachers and administrators in my life. He was in Mrs. Acosta's class and I knew I'd have problems with her when she thought my email account was @ Jahoo instead of Yahoo. I had him taken out of her class when my son would everyday come home and complain that she was treating him unfairly. His new teacher was much better but this school still lacks extracurricular activities (no sports, band, art, chess club, dance, drama, ect...ect) I would not recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2010
I have had issue with this school from the beginning. The principal and assistant principal have little or no respect for the students or their parents. They are not consistant with discipline or communication. It is now the end of the year and I havent received my childs grades all year. Highly disapponted with the level of education that my child has received.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010
Very unhappy with the behavior and leadership of this school. They are not consistent with anything. The class sizes are too large and the teachers cannot keep control of the students. Trouble with bullying and racisim run rampant.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2009
Maybe 1 of 5 teachers here are good. The rest are very poor. The principle is worthless and is not concerned for the students. Requests for parent/teacher conferences are generally ingnored. The teachers and principle place blame for poor performance on the parents and students instead of seeking alternatives or accepting any responsibility. Nearly all the good, passionate and caring teachers left to other schools after the '07-'08 school year. My children will not be attending this school next year. I will drive them to a school nearly 10 miles away next year. It will be worth it for my two son's educations.

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2008
Removed my son from this school. He had 3 new teachers in 1 semester, reported bullies on the playground and nothing happened until he finally hit back.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2008
i think its going excellent

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2008
This is my daughters second year here at Dos Rios and I am very disappointed in both the teachers and principals. The principal from last year did not seem to care or do much about some violent situations that were going on at the school. When I went in to speak to the new principal this year about how my daughter seemed to be behind, she instantly layed the blame on me and our home, without knowing anything about our home life. I am very unhappy with the entire school and think the teachers and principal should pay more attention to our kids education. I look forward to the day I can move out of this neighborhood and in to one that has schools that care about the education of our childrens future.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2008
The school and teachers are great. I love this school! My sons were in 4th grade and Kindergarent. Their teachers were the best. I look forward to another year of great education for them.

- submitted by a parent
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Dos Rios Elementary School
2150 S. 87th Avenue, Tolleson, AZ  85353
(623) 474-7000
Last modified Dos Rios Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dos Rios Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top