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6000 North Camino De La Tierra
Tucson, AZ 85741

(520) 297-2288
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April 01, 2014
Green Fields has been operating in Tucson for 80 years as of 2013! This small, K-12 Independent School, accredited by the North Central Association, operates with the goal of fostering challenge, balance and inquiry through rigorous and nurturing educational programs. In addition to its classrooms our historic campus contains organic vegetable gardens, grassy fields and playround areas where students eat lunch, socialize and play, a chicken coop, a greenhouse, a geode-shaped art dome, mature trees, a gymnasium, baseball/softball fields, a soccer field and a track, as well as many historic and modern buildings. Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction by our experienced, professional staff, many of whom have advanced degrees in their area of specialization. Capstone programs at each grade level throughout the school provide opportunities for hands-on learning and character development. Students of all ages gain skills in leadership, communication and citizenship through the active learning activities provided by their caring teachers. There is a strong sense of community at Green Fields , and every student is valued,cherished and nurtured as an individual!

- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2014
My daughter is in kindergarten at Green Fields this year and has had a fantastic experience! She has made wonderful strides in all academic areas (reading, math, science, civics), and has also been actively engaged in music, art, drama, Spanish and French. She has made lasting friendships and I have been impressed with the way teachers help children with negotiating and problem-solving with their peers. and The teachers are professional and experienced in developmentally appropriate instruction, but most importantly they care about each child, and the small class size (12 in kindergarten this year!) allows for close, individual attention and targeted instruction. The historic campus is full of country charm, right in the city-- and the organic vegetable gardens (vegetables are planted, harvested and consumed by students and their families), chicken coop, large, shady playground and mature trees make this school a child's wonderland! We feel part of the kindergarten 'family' of families, but also appreciated the sense of feeling welcomed to the larger school community. The values and practices at this school make it a rare educational gem!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2014
Greenfields is a great school. Our daughter has been attending for 3 years, what an amazing place. Many of the teachers are talented and passionate. Class sizes are typically small, but not too small. We encourage anybody looking for a good to school to try Greenfields.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
We made the switch to Green Fields this year, and have been very happy with the transition. The school has really helped us appreciate our son's uniqueness. He has been challenged academically, and is also exposed to drama, music, and art as a normal part of his curriculum. Sally Miller and Adam Kingery find each child's strengths, but do not ignore their weaknesses. Responsibility, accountability, compassion, and community involvement are also stressed, so I know my son is learning what it means to be a positive force, and that success requires discipline and focus.There is a true sense of community at Green Fields.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
Being at this school has helped shaped my son's entire life. Not only is he challenged in a creative and academic way, he also is appreciated for his individuality. The faculty are experienced and caring. The class sizes are small. The school's sense of community is one of a kind, the lower school students mingle with upper school so that the children grow together. The tuition is high, but it's worth every penny. There is both need-based and merit-based financial aid available, which was very helpful to our family. There were previously some issues with finance and governance, however, these seem to have been resolved over the past few years thanks to a change of headmaster. I am so thankful that my child will graduate from Green Fields!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
Green Fields has several things going for it: small class size, challenging curriculum, and many good teachers. However, the quality of teaching varies, and there is arrogance and inflexibility on the part of the school staff, which results in changes not being made to improve and expand the school and issues with inadequate teachers or other matters not being resolved. Many have been there for a considerable period of time. There is a pecking order, and parents are not necessarily seen as partners in their children's education. Communication is spotty. The kids get along well with each other and accept differences readily, and this is a good school if your child is struggling with intolerance/bully issues at their current school. The tuition is very high, and you are also always asked for more money through constant fundraising activities. Tuition doesn't includ the week-long interim costs. The small size of the upper schools means that the children miss out on being around ndividuals from many difference backgrounds and life experiences.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
My son started here this year in the ninth grade. We have been blown away by the caring, attention and quality of the faculty, staff and student body at Green Fields! For the first time in years, my son is excited about what he's learning and wants to TALK to us about it. This is big, folks. The teachers are so attentive and helpful. It would be impossible for a child to fall through the cracks here. We feel very thankful to be able to send our son to Green Fields.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
A wonderful K-12 school with very low student-teacher ratios and exceptional teachers. Very happy kids wholove to learn!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
The school has a lot to offer; unfortunately, the turnover of staff, the controlling board, the very pricey tuition has left a lot of us stunned and confused. We hope it can stay open through our child's graduation and that someone does something to improve morale and quality of education.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
During our time at the school, we felt that Green Fields had many good teachers but many serious problems with finance, governance and administration. We wanted to keep our children there for the sake of the teachers (some of whom have now left), but we ended up deciding to withdraw them because of the leadership problems. Our advice to prospective parents is this: investigate carefully and thoroughly before enrolling your children. Good teaching is important, but it cannot guarantee the stability of the institution if other important things are not in place.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
Just read the review from 5/20, and want to give some other thoughts. GF recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in Tucson, and several of the buidings have historical significance. My daughter's classroom is the same that was used for the original boy's school students and has vaulted, beamed ceilings and a fireplace, even. A multipurpose room was recently built and the designers incorporated anoriginal adobe wall rather than tearing it down. I personally prefer this aesthetic to pre-fab--but really, those are simply personal aesthetic choices. What really counts is the quality of instruction. Learning doesn't have to take place in new classrooms, or in classrooms, period! GF kids learn in the greenhouse, the riparian area, the chicken coop, the Friday farmer's markets, the the athletic fields, and the stage, AS WELL as in the classrooms. Finally, I doubt that ANY great teacher is paid what they are worth, but it's true that our beloved teachers at GF accepted a pay decrease two years ago to help keep the school healthy. This speaks volumes to the committment they have to Greenfields and its students. Trust me, Greenfields is not going ANYWHERE

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
My son Carlos attended Greenfields from 6th grade on. He was privileged to have teachers such as Mr. Dorson. Mr. Teller, Ms. Cordieer and Mr. Haskett. Mr Haskett inspired him so that he studied English literature at Wesleyan and dedicated his honors thesis to him. This is the best school in Tucson.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
My child started at Green Fields in 9th grade and has been there for almost 2 years now. The community (parents, students in the same grade, students in other grades) surrounded her with acceptance and inclusion from the first day we visited. The teachers are very good, and the classes are small enough that they each know exactly what is going on with each student. I receive e-mails from teachers when test grades are exceptionally high, and if they are of concern. These are always personalized with detailed description about my child's performance. The teachers are available in person after school and by cell phone and email in the evenings for extra help. One period each week is a Study Table time for the entire high school so any student can meet with any teacher for extra help or additional questions. The teachers set high standards, and then help each student strive to reach those. I am very pleased with the educational and extracurricular experience at Green Fields.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
It seems that parents these days are in a big hurry for their kids to grow up. They are forgetting the absolute fundamental portion of growing up. Childhood. Forcing math facts and worksheets onto young children will teach them how to memorize and how to make their parents happy. It will NOT teach them essential life skills to survive in this world. Green Fields School excels in exposing children to all of the many wonderful aspects of being a child. They play in trees, in mud, in paint. They learn about art and music and theater by doing. They learn math by counting eggs the chicken coop or rows of corn in the greenhouse. They watch rockets launch, they write poetry inspired by flower gardens. They take nature walks. They participate and win science fairs, Shakespeare competitions and state vocal competitions. Children are nurtured and encouraged to be their best at whatever they try. This school is an amazing place. Once you step foot on campus, you never want to leave. It is a very special place, for very special children.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
If you are looking for a school with outstanding teachers, small class sizes, challenging, authentic curriculum, and a nurturing community, then Green Fields is the school for you! Students from lower school to upper school are involved in project based, higher level learning experiences.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
Our daughter has attended GFCDS since the seventh grade and she really loves her school. Since it is a smaller school, there are numerous opportunities to participate in any activity that she wants to do--high school chorus musicals, athletics [she has played basketball, including in the state tournament, volleyball and softball], student government, national honor society. With much smaller classes than in the public schools, she knows her teachers well and is preparing for her upcoming transition to college. One of her favorite aspects of the school is the large, open, green campus. The cost has been well worth the education and the whole school experience that she has been receiving. We know that it is far superior to what she would have received in a public school setting. Based on our experience, we would recommend Green Fields to any parent/student/family that is looking for the whole enchilada in a K to 12 education.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
Green Fields has provided a wonderful environment for my son to grow as a student and citizen. The school community embrace him and challenge him every day. His teachers adjust the curriculum to match his individual needs as a student, while creating an environment for all of the students to flourish together.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
If a total education is what you are looking for, then Green Fields is for you. My daughter has flourished here and will continue to as long as we are in Tucson.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
I attended Green Fields CDS from 7th grade through high school. I couldn't be more thankful for the one of a kind education I received. I am happy to hear that many of the same teachers I had are still teaching, and the same wonderful programs are still being offered. I recently had my first child and if I am still in Tucson when he is school age I will do my best to see that he attends Green Fields.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2011
I have had children at Green Fields for 6 years. It is a superior school. It is not perfect and it is not for everyone. There are so many other schools jumping over each other to cater to students' minds, to dwell on academic standards and teach to the test. If that is what you want in a shiny new physical plant, then go elsewhere. But if you want more for your family and your child, Green Fields is as good as it gets. GF has very strong academics, but it also tries to meet the needs of the whole child. I don't know of any other school in town that does this half so well. Yes it is expensive and yes it has some flaws. You are not going to find fancy facilities here; but you will find 3/4 of a Century of rich history. GF is a school where parent involvement is high and you can make a difference in ways you could not dream of doing at other schools. The teachers are incredibly talented and dedicated. The students are well-rounded and happy, and given many more broad opportunities than they might get elsewhere. The same students who win science fairs are out on the soccer field and acting in school performances. Our kids are there, despite the cost, because they deserve it.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
Our expectations were very high considering the high cost of the tuition. The Lower school failed to teach my child basic elementry schools skills like reading and writing. The situation was addressed multiple times with the teachers and principal but no changes were made. My child is now excelling at another school. Also, the classrooms and buildings are in desperate need of renovation. I highly recommend that you do not send your child to this school. It it not worth risking your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2010
Outsanding teachers, strong but fair leadership and challenging but managable academics make this a gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Wonderful school. They consider the whole child and make every effort to help that child succeed. Unlike other large schools, Green fields faculty really get to know each student. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
My child had great years at Green Fields, but will not being going back. Nothing to do with academics or struggle. Very political by who gets the good education and opportunties, which has happened this year. Very sad that the school would allow such to go on...its not ok to not teach some kids and favor others. The new lower school admin is lacking in enforcement of the Green Field principals. There are excellent teachers at Green Fields, and opportunities, but there are also a few bad teachers also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
My child is having a great year. The teachers are kind, caring and know how to teach. They get students to think and reflect on what they are learning not just find the right answer and move on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2010
Green Fields is not for every child. If your child is academically motivated, loves to learn and is curious to learn new things in a hands on way this is the place. No teaching to the test here. No skill and drill here. Teachers are passionate about teaching. The new leadership is actively supporting teachers and families to make sure students are academically motivated and socially supported.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
This year the school has really fallen short. I will not be sending my child back. This is her second year. It is night and day from last year. Look at other school's. It is not worth the money!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2010
In four years my children has had a full range of terrific teachers. From caring and nurturing in the younger grades to teachers in 4th and 5th grade who create opportunities for their students to excell. It has been challenging for those who cringe at a struggle, but great for my children who are curious and have a true will to learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
I will not be sending my child back, the teacher was horrible and the principal has no desire to make improvements.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
Unfortunately once a great pinnacle of education standards, Green Fields has dropped to the bottom of the barrel. The students are treated poorly, new leadership is mean and uncaring. School has lost its focus and is not worth the money. Facilities poor, lower school is just dreadful. Dont waste your money, admission promises are not delivered.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
This school is not what it used to be. The students are no longer being treated well. There is no continuity between the classes. The facility is in need of major repair. The buildings are practically falling down. No longer a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
My child has been at Green Fields for several years. It used to be a great school. This year there is new leadership and they no longer respect the children. It has went seriously down hill. DON'T send your kids there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
teachers,teachers,teachers, small class size. high expectations.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
Green Fields has been a wonderful place for my son to grow. He has been introduced to art, PE, music, drama, and spanish. He has also taken an interest in reading like he never has before and has excelled in math. I am looking forward to sending my daughter to Green Fields when she is old enough.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
Our daughter and son are as different as night and day. Our daughter is artistic, never breaks a sweat, and an A student with ease. Our son is artistic, but a super jock and struggles to make B's. Both kids received the attention they needed to enhance their natural talents, and add some as well. Both are well rounded due to Green Fields faculty, staff, and most important, the other kids. We're lucky!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
Both of our sons graduated from Green Fields and both of them had extremely positive experiences, socially and academically. They were well prepared for college and in some areas were over prepared. In addition, they had great experiences on athletic teams and in Drama and Musical Theater. They were given opportunities to learn new skills in a variety of areas. They have formed long lasting friendships with teachers and administrators, and have made life long friendships with their peers. I highly recommend this school to parents who are interested in their children being recognized and appreciated for their unique, individual talents, skills, and learning styles.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
The Best of The Best in Tucson! I have two children enrolled in Green Fields; a high school student and a middle school student. They love their school, their teachers and their friends. Small class sizes, exceptional teachers, strong administrative leadership and a charming campus make this school a Tucson gem!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 14, 2009
The huge, green campus is amazing- full of trees, organic gardens, grassy fields and friendly, happy people. My child has attended since grade 1 (now in 5th grade) and has grown beautifully as a student and as a person. Teachers encourage creativity and independent, critical thinking, and the sense of community is very strong. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
The facilities, classroom discipline, and academic standards were below what I would consider acceptable, especially considering the high cost of tuition. I am thankful that my child no longer attends Greenfields.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
This school is horrible, i don't recommend it to anyone, the people there don't know how to make friends, and treated my daughter horribly.

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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 11, 2008
I go to Green Fields As a middle School student and i just have to say that it is by far the most fun school i have ever been to.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2008
Green Fields is an excellent school with caring and attentive teachers and a wonderful administration. It has great academic and arts programs. There are less of the worrisome issues that effect other area schools, probably due to better supervision. A breath of fresh air!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
Our son is a high school student at Green Fields, and it has been an amazing experience. The level of dedication and caring among the teachers and administration is astounding. The best interest of the child always seems to be acted upon. The curriculum is challenging yet manageable. My child has become a passionate learner with a spring in his step. He has never been happier! Green Fields earns my absolute highest recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
Green fields is a great school. not only do you learn as much as possible, you also have a voice in the crowd. you have independence, fun, and you get to be the best you can be!

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2006
My son has attended Green Fields for the last three years and it has been the experience that every parent hopes school will be for their child. The small class sizes have allowed him to develop in all areas of learning, not just the ones he favors. The emphasis on Drama, Music, and Art have been especially beneficial. The attention payed to all students leaves a parent feeling as if no one will slip through the cracks. I can't say enough positive things about our experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
Our two children have not only enjoyed their experience at Green Fields, they have excelled in academic testing and have flourished in the fine arts activities. We have been extremely pleased with the quality of their educations.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
This is a wonderful school with a great emphasis on the Arts. Drama is particularly small. The classes are small and the students are respected. I love it.

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Green Fields Country Day School
6000 North Camino De La Tierra, Tucson, AZ  85741
(520) 297-2288
Last modified Green Fields Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Green Fields Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.