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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,115

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2330 W Glover Rd
Tucson, AZ 85742

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(520) 696-5000
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April 17, 2015
Im an 8th grader attending Wilson. I have been here for 3 years and i love it. There are a lot of ups and downs though. Some teachers have no motivation to teach, making it hard for the children to have a motivation to learn. Some teachers are outstanding and try as hard as possible for there students to understand the curriculum. The office staff are such a ridiculous inexperienced group of people that it can make you laugh. But it's been a great 3 years and the memories i've made her are ones i wont forget. The students are nice, mostly mormons so they'll leave you alone. Bullying isnt much of a problem, there are a few meanies here and there, but they blow away as fast as time. The academics are great i assure you, and the sports are great. Sending your children here is something you would never regret.

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2014
School is too strict and standards are low. My daughter is not challenged and finds subjects are too easy. There is a lack of parent communication, and staff and workers lack a lot of empathy. The students have no manners, are snobby, rude and cheat on tests. I dont recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2013
I have 2 kids that attend Wilson, one in the middle school and one in elementary. I am very impressed with the teacher quality here, more than other schools I have had experience with. I love that they do many community activities such as a chilli cook-off in the fall and a spring festival every year with rides and games. The school is proactive about getting parents involved, and have good communication with weekly emails and facebook updates, as well as parent portal for the older kids to check their assignments and grades. Our assigned home schools are good schools (Mesa Verde and Cross), but we chose to open enroll our kids here (we live just acroos the road from the Wilson assigned attendance area) since it is such a quality school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
Lots of parental involvement. However, administrators lack communication skills, empathy, fairness. They love the parents that are always there but the working parents are treated like they are absent parents and their kids are troubled. Too quick to judge. Also, majority students anglo, lots of discrimination at the junior high level within students, lots of weed, too many latch key kids with money and too much alone time!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
I took my daughters out of a private school which cost me $24K a year for both and enrolled them at Wilson 5 years ago and could not be happier. The teachers are great, the administration is wonderful, and it has one of the highest parent participation rates in the country. I have yet to have a single bad teacher and feel that any concerns I have ever had are quickly dealt with in a professional manner. The curriculum is more than appropriate and both of my daughters who due to birthdays are actually a year younger than their classmates have tested at exceeds standards in all areas. I feel the test scores are due in a large part to the excellent staff at Wilson. Had I not lived near the school I would have opted to keep my children in a private school.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
This school has the worst communication skills with parents and prospective parents. Administration shows area bias when open enrolling. I was told that since I live in Eagle Crest my child would not be a good "fit" there and to try Coronado. I simply wanted to put my child in a school where he had friends. So fair warning if you come from Catalina area those at Wilson k-8 think you are trash and should not attend

- submitted by a community member
November 22, 2011
This is a awesome school I have gone here 1 and a half years and it is wonderful

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2011
Not so impressed. We moved from out of state and my kids were in all advanced classes and getting them put in the correct classes here was more than a hassle. They tested them and agreed where they needed to be but the communication between staff and departments is lacking. My 8th grader's schedule had to be sent back 3 times to get corrected. The office staff is not friendly or helpful and acts annoyed if you ask any questions. They charge for full day kindergarten (i guess typical for AZ) but if you choose to go with half day instead then your child misses out on Art, PE, Music, Library and Computer. If you end up going to this school just make sure you are a pro-active parent and skip all the middle men by going directly to the principle Mr. Hannah as that is the only way anything will get taken care of.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
I attended Wilson as a 7-8 grader and returned later in life as a student teacher and then a teacher for a year. Grat experience from both perspectives and can't wait to get back there to teach in the future!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 22, 2009
Great school, great teachers, make this a wonderful school to transition to high school. I can't think of any aspect to even be critical of in my evaluation. We are proud that our children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
This school is excellent! I am in the 8th grade and I have been going here my whole life! The teachers and the education is great!

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2009
I am an 8th grader at Wilson K-8 and it is an excellent school. The 3 years I have spent at Wilson have been both fun and educational. The school offers many extracurricular activities and takes a considerable amount of field trips. The school's show choir is amazing and has been my highlight at Wilson K-8. The honors classes are also great. I only have a few complaints about Wilson... First would be the teaching-style of a few teachers. Some teachers don't explain much and leave a ton of extra research to be done in the library and outside of school. There is also no time to go to the library and computer lab and the rules can be extremely strict at times. Overall, Wilson has been a positive experience and deserves a 4/5 rating.

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2008
I have had four children attend Wilson and find it to be an overall excellent experience. The office staff is friendly and courteous and try to put the students at ease at all times. The teaching staff is of the highest quality. The administration is great and care about the well being of the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
I sent my children here and they love it they say that this is the best school, there teachers are very nice, all the acttivities here are creative, and the parents are pretty much involved in everything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
My daughter and son both attended Wilson. Although there is heavy parental involvement, many kids are treated like just another number if their parents can't be as involved. Certain teachers are allowed to treat children badly with principal approval. My son had his self esteem crushed here by a teacher who told him he was worthless and a principal labeling him as a bad kid because he got beat up on the bus.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
Everyone is fabulous here. The teachers are wonderful, the parents are so involved. My kids love it here!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
Everyone is so friendly here! Great kids, great office staff, great teachers! A bit of a culture shock from the last amphi school where everyone was so critical and cliquish there was never anyone to talk to there. Best move we ever make

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
I attend Wilson School. I originally started in kindergarten, and am now in my nineth year there. Parents are very involved, especially in the elementary, MOST of the staff is great...especially all of the seventh and eighth grade teachers. [they are amazing]. Our administration at the school is somewhat invoved. Overall, the adults are great, but sometimes the students fall short. Personally, I am in every availible gifted class which can make it hard. While I am ahead of many, in the few classes that are considered 'gifted' the classes can often become boring. Lastly, I have been involved in things student council and NJHS. If possible join! It is deffinitally worth it! I have loved going to Wilson for my elementary and Middle school, and I would deffintally recommend it for students, but after my nine years I am deffinitally ready to move on to highschool.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 11, 2007
I am a student at Wilson K-8. I have enjoyed most of my experiences at the school, and highly reccomend it for those new to the area. The teachers are fantastic and the grounds are amazing! We are very good at athletics too!

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2006
Wilson school offers the best teachers and office staff to work with your child/children and the parents. I don't have any negative thoughts for Wilson School.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
Overall, Wilson K-8 has been a positive experience for my child. The quality and enthusiam of the teachers is outstanding. My son, especially liked the teachers who treated him as a 'young adult' (rather than an immature kid)and appreciated his intellecual side and sense of humor. He was blessed to have teachers who demanded his best work and pushed him to succeed in various subjects. These instuctors inspired him to think with and open mind and to consider teaching as an adult. Thank you, Wilson

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2005
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September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
Our daughter came here from a highly rated elementary school in california. It was in march of 2004. We found that she was significantly behind the children at wilson. She went to summer school after the fourth grade and again after the fifth grade. She is catching up but it has been a real struggle. The teachers at wilson have consistently taught the core basic subjects necessary for a child to learn. Reading, spelling, math etc. We are very pleased with all phases of the education our daughter is receiving at wilson. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
I think some of the teachers are a somewhat to traditional in that too many worksheets are used. I would prefer more real world experiences by having the children doing...researching....experimenting. In fifth grade my child was bored. The gifted program is not very organized and creative. Two of my children have a great teachers....so I think a successful school year would be based on which teacher the childen would get.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
My son has attended this school for one year (1st grade) and so far I have been very happy with the school's performance and treatment of my son. A fairly conservative environment (a plus for us) and a fairly high socio-economic mix, we are pleased that the school can offer art, music, sports, etc. Tons of parent involvement; also a plus for us. Terrific admin. staff and supportive nursing staff when needed. Lots of communication from school and very active PTO with many opportunities to help and plenty of parents to participate. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
Wilson overall is a very good school. They push the kids very hard in academics. I believe they want to be a school that is always excelling and not settling for anything less. Parent involvement is very high at this school as well, which contributes to students' success.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
My daughter has been a student at Wilson since 1st grade. Without exception, she has been provided with stellar academic challenges along with many opportunities to become involved in sports and extra curricular activities. The school enjoys high parental and community participation providing for a safe and enriching school environment. Her teachers have been willing to meet with me and conference with her when necessary to improve her achievement. The school has a homework hotline and a website to keep families informed and involved. Peer groups are excellent although student diversity is not high at this school. The school enjoys the benefits of an affluent constituent neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
I have two children at Wilson, one in kindergarden and the other in 3rd grade. We have been extremely happy with their teachers and with the school in general. The art and music programs are terrific!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
Standing ovation to Mr. Erickson. Another great thing about Wilson is that the administration backs up its teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
The purpose of my filling out this form is in response to a previous message dated August 2003 in which someone has provided completely false information. The teachers at Wilson do not teach to the test. They teach to the curriculum provided in the Arizona State Standards as all teachers throughout the state should do. Furthermore they do so with the hearts and souls. I have seen them in action and can say wholeheartedly that I have never seen such a dedicated hardworking group of educators. I am blessed to have the privilege to work along side them. Next, our teachers average 13.36 years of experience. That is the average. Yes we have some teachers new to teaching and even so they too are doing an excellent job. On the other end of the spectrum we have some teachers who have been teaching 30+ years. Finally, we at Wilson welcome any comments that can make the school a better place as long as they are accurate. To the person who wrote the previous message please feel free to contact me to discuss this matter further, not hide behind the mask of anonymity. Sincerely, Daniel R. Erickson Assistant Principal Wilson K-8 School (520) 696-5802 derickso@amphi.com

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
This school may enjoy some high ratings due to its policy of 'teaching to the tests'. It spends an inordinate amount of time in requiring students to study for the sole purpose of scoring well on the Standford and AIMs tests; unfortunately, in reality, it teaches its students next to nothing. Any education a student or his parents wish to obtain must be taught or learned at home on a student's own time. Most teachers have 1-2 years' teaching experience and are, truly, from the bottom of the barrel.

- submitted by a parent

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Richard B Wilson Jr School
2330 W Glover Rd, Tucson, AZ  85742
(520) 696-5000
Last modified Richard B Wilson Jr School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richard B Wilson Jr School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top