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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 424

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7470 E Cloud Rd
Tucson, AZ 85750

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(520) 225-6060
(520) 731-4401
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December 17, 2014
My daughter attended Fruchthendler for 2nd and 3rd grade. We had a great experience with Mrs. Tinsley and Mrs. Landau. The new principal Mrs. Anderson has an amazing vision for the school and the PTA had many opportunities for parents to be involved. The OMA program is Wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2014
It is amazing all of the wonderful things going on at Fruchthendler. I don't know why anyone would consider going anywhere else. Our new Principal is fantastic. We are really excited to be a part of such a wonderful school community.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2014
My child had a wonderful experience this past year. He was struggling in math and his teacher stayed after school and tutored him until he understood the math. I see so many teachers with the same commitment. My teacher keeps updated with my child progress. She had been very supported of my child and other children. These teachers work hard to meet the student needs whether it is academics or behavior. Yes, I understand that parents are nervous that there has been so many changes at Fruchthendler, however the staff and the teachers are the ones that are there for our children no matter what changes happen. My family is committed to providing a good education to our children and Fruchthendler is that place.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Going down hill and fast. We bought a house in the Fruchthlender boundaries before our kids were born as we heard it was top notch. After just one year there we learned otherwise. Class sizes are huge, parents are not welcoming to new families. I felt like I was back in high school everyone was so clickish. My child was bullied on the playground and the issue was never resolved. We have since left for a school out of district and are very happy. It's amazing how many people I meet around town or at our current school that have also pulled their kids out of Fruchthlender. I sure hope TUSD fixes things quick and turns this school back around.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
Fruchtendler has excellent teachers devoted to educating the entire class with a variety of methods and approaches to the materials. Mr. Heidel expects and maintains a courteous, respectful learning environment for students, faculty and staff while still allowing kids to be kids. Thanks to the commitment of the school community (parents, administration and teachers) there is a commitment to developing the whole person required subjects plus art, PE, music and clubs.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
On the first day of class, my daughter's teacher said "I don't like parents they make me nervous" Great welcome! All attempts to volunteer were rebuked. Classrooms are tiny and kids are packed like sardines. Students are instructed in writing class that spelling does not matter, yet when given spelling tests if they handwriting is poor (even if the word spelled correctly) they are marked as incorrect. In other words, to quote a movie "what do I think of your method? I see no method!" " After school care- kids run wild in a darkened room. Big kids bully the younger kids. Big kids continue bullying on little kids on bus rids home. Bus driver does not care. If you want to torture your kid, this is the school to go to. The comments about "being the swellest place on earth" are inconsistent with my observations. And I am a teacher myself. Just transferred to CFSD. Night and day difference. You would not believe you are in the same country.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2012
Fruchthendler is a Superior School! Just like many things in life there are many choices and what is a good fit for some isn't a good fit for others. I would encourage anyone to find what is best for THEIR child. I chose this amazing school! Mr. Heidel, the Teachers, the Staff,and the Parents are the most selfless, giving, loyal, committed people in the world to the children. It is ALL about the children! The students are provided everything to be well rounded, educated, loving and giving kids. No matter how hard WE all have to work. The school has large class numbers BECAUSE it is so amazing. How fortunate that we do have parent volunteers that LOVE coming into the school. Volunteering in this school is not a job, it is a joy and that is why there are so many parents. They WANT to come to this school and help in any way they can! This school is like a family, and I feel fortunate every day.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2012
My son just completed his first year at Fruchthendler (Kinder). We were very pleased with the school and his teacher, who in my opinion did not display the negative characteristics others have written about on this website. Quite the contrary- I found her to be very committed to learning, had a good attitude and cared about the children. Perhaps that changes in time with other grades - I don't know. I can see what other writers are talking about in regards to the parental socializing, but I could care less about that. As long as my son is happy, and I feel he is learning we will continue at Fruchthendler next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
It's humorous that a reviewer below said Fruchthendler is a "top notch school" with a "true community environment." This could not be further from the truth. We had our children at this school for two years and what a complete and utter waste of an education. The school has been turned into a daily social event for staff & parents with educating students as a low priority. Parents that believe this school to be great have blinders on or simply can't stop talking to other adults to pay attention to the multiple problems that exist at this school and as a district on a whole. Problems that do arise are swept under the rug because the staff either lacks the ability to handle it or they no longer care which seems to be the common theme in TUSD. If the principal is telling you to leave or pull your child out of this school like the reviewer explained before me, I would take their advice and walk away with your child whether they are gifted or not. Fruchthendler is a poorly run and staffed school and I am thankful that we transferred our children to CFSD which continues to be a very easy process. The staff & teachers in CFSD are professional, hard working and caring. Way to go CFSD!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Its seems that a number of parents have found that certain teachers have an extreme bias against male students. Complaints to the principal result in a simple response: If you don't like it leave.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
My children attended this school for several years until we transferred them into district 16. What a great decision that was! I still have lots of friends whose kids go to this school but I also know a lot of families that have transferred out. Overall I think families that attend Fruchtendler believe it to be a great school not because of the teachers (average at best), principal (below average), facilities (horrible), or district (worst in town). Rather, it's strength is in it's family community. However, while it's nice to socialize before and after school with all the parents, the reality is the education is substandard. Most of the classes have at least two room moms that help teach the class since the size is so large and the teachers aren't very proactive. Because funding for TUSD is virtually nonexistent, art, PE, recess, and librarians are staffed by parents. Families think Fruchtendler is fantastic because they don't realize what else is out there. As a parent of two children who have been at both schools now for over two years I can honestly say that I would never return to TUSD or Fruchtendler.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2011
This is an elementary school that provides a true community environment. The teachers love their jobs and it shows in the work of the students and the environment. The academics and extra curricular activities re meaningful and well thought out. The homework is designed to reinforce not simply a ditto sheet! Way to go Fruchthendler!!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2011
Fruchthendler is amazing. The education is top notch, they are teaching the children to play violin in the 4th grade (amazing!) and the students respect one another. After moving to Tucson 3 years ago, my son has gone to 5 different schools including Fruchthendler. We left 2 schools due to the education provided (horrible!), 1 school dues to bullying, and 1 school due to both education and bullying.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2010
your information on this school is incorrect. my child is in the fourth grade and there are 33 students in her class......!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2010
As the standards in TUSD become lower and lower, Fruchtendler continues to keep the bar high. The parent envolvement is easily apparent, the teachers are top of the line, and they are exceptionally committed to ensuring that each and every student comprehends the material. After sedning both my children there, I could not be more pleased with the atmosphere and the and the commitment to excellence at the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
During my daughters preschool years, I was 100% certain that I was going to put her in a private school. As the time to go to kindergarten drew near I toured three private schools and our neighborhood school, Fructhendler. Right off the bat, I realized Fructhendler was right for her! There is such a feeling of 'community' at Fruchthendler that was not evident at the other schools. We are now into our 4th year at Fructhendler!! Mr. Heidel is a wonderful principal. He is right there......literally, when you need him. No question or comment is silly. He takes action as needed. The teachers are perfect!! In fact, my daughters teacher last year had her come in early one morning each week to work on her reading with her. Now that is dedication!! I cannot say enought about the Fruchthendler community and just what an important part of our lives it is!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
Fruchthendler is a fabulous public school that combines the best of education, parent involvement and student dedication. Our teachers are top notch and our children are pushed to exceed every day. We are so lucky that this is our neighborhood school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
The administration is great! The teachers are wonderful. I have been so happy with this school that I have postponed sending my kids to private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
Fruchthendler Elementary recently received the prestigious A+ school designation and is always rated as an Excelling School. Test scores here are always on top. You can't go wrong with this wonderful neighborhood school! There is great parent support, terrific school leadership/teachers, wonderful kids, and an amazing energy that you feel here from the first moment you walk into the door. We are glad that our child could attend this school for elementary.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
This was a great school for my son. He learned so much in his six years at Fruchthendler, and now my daughter is going and loves all of the exciting activites they have to offer.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
Skeptical about the public school system in Tucson, I was afraid of sending my daughter to any elementary school here but Fruchthendler has blown me away. I honestly feel that this school is better than the private school I once debated sending her to. The teachers here are caring and fair, yet vigilant in preparing their students academically. The principal, Mr. Heidel, can be seen on a daily basis in the halls and classrooms, and chatting cheerily with parents and staff. The school is clean and safe, and parent involvement and support is very high. You really can't go wrong here.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
An neighborhood elementary school doing an AMAZING job with a reputation for providing a well rounded education in the midst of poor state funding and commitment to public education! KUDOS!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2008
Fruchthendler is an excellent school! The administration and the PTA work really hard to raise money for special activities, projects, field trips and tutors. The parent involvement is also very high which contributes substantially to the students' overall success. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is not happy with their current school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 26, 2008
Fruchthendler is a phenomenal school. My son currently attends and has since kindergarten. He has been immersed in a multicultural, academically rigourous environment. Social independence is taught at every grade level and students are empowered with the strategies to solve their own problems. We have been completely happy with this school. Oh, and the male kindergarten teacher is adorably handsome.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
My son is in 5th grade and has been here since 2nd grade. He has been pushed appropriately and has had a well rounded education with one caring teacher after another. He has embraced reading for pleasure and increased his responsibility and social/emotional growth. Unfortunately, art and Spanish are underfunded and sporadic, but he does have music and PE weekly.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Parent involvement is very high. The PTA is extremely strong and our fundraising efforts are very successful. In 2006 the PTA, through fundraising, purchased electronic interactive smart boards for each classroom. Additionally, parent donations purchased new playground equipment. If there is a negative to this, I understand some parents feel financial pressure due to these efforts. Overall, these efforts benefit the students enormously. Parental participation in the school, as well as financial support, coupled with outstanding teachers are the cornerstones to this excellent elementary school. Music, Art, P.E. and a variety of school clubs are available and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
We are very happy with this schoool. Our daughter was accepted to the self-contained GATE program at a different school, but we decided to keep her in Fruchthendler instead, because we are so pleased with the program there.

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March 22, 2006
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February 19, 2006
Fruchthendler E.S. is a terrific school when I sent my child there when she was younger. The teachers are nice and excellent. They truely care about the students. I would tell anyone to send their child there. Also, it is extremely safe. Parents are always welcome and involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
High level of parental involvement. Some classes have over 4 room parents! I wish classes stressed more 'essentials' such as proficient handwriting.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
The quality of academic programs is very high. An excellent music program is made available to all student. Parental involvment is exceptional

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October 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
my child attended Fruchthendler in fourth and fifth grade. overall I was please with the academic, teachers and activities. The one weak spot is computers.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
My daughter transferred from a District 16 school to this school for her second grade year. Her teacher was wonderful and she learned a lot. However, class size is very large--27 and they say it will grow next year and there is no computer lab; no dedicated music or art teacher so volunteers teach these classes. There is much parental involvement and much volunteerism. The Principal, John Heidel, does a great job. All and all I recommend this school and think it compares to District 16 schools except in the above areas that were mentioned. It is the crown jewel for TUSD elementary schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
I have enjoyed having my children, grades 4 and 2 attend this school this past year. The teachers they had were excellent and I feel they got a great year of education. The school was a bit lax on sending home information to the parents I felt on school happenings.

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November 10, 2004
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Fruchthendler Elementary School
7470 E Cloud Rd, Tucson, AZ  85750
(520) 225-6060
Last modified Fruchthendler Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fruchthendler Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top