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Tucson, AZ

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12620 N. Woodburne Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85755

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(520) 696-5000
(520) 696-3888
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May 10, 2014
Please advocate for your child if he or she has an IEP. If you do, you might make enemies here! We're so disappointed !!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2012
Excellent school atmosphere for the students. The classrooms are well equipped, teachers are very well qualified and do a great job of caring for the students. The classes excel in their accomplishments and the parent involvement really shows. I've never seen an elementary school with such good parent involvement. Glad we moved here and currently have one child in 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
Painted Sky has the best kindergarten teachers in the world! My child's teacher is so talented. I can't believe how far my daughter has come this year. They hatched chicken eggs and butterflies this year and my daughter can't stop writing about how much she learned! She is reading and writing well beyond the kindergarten level. Full-day kindergarten is so worth the investment!! My daughter's teacher is very nurturing, but firm and structured. Her professional approach really pushes the children academically. Parents talk all the time about how well prepared for first grade the kindergartners are. My daughter's teacher has been a dedicated, hard-working supporter of Painted Sky for more than ten years and parents just love and appreciate her. This year has been our first at Painted Sky, and we are so looking forward to future of our three girls here.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Our first year there was great. This year, however, has been very different. There have been far too many changes for young children to go through in one year (changing classroom formats- all grades- midway through year, report cards changing every semester, forming new classes halfway through the year and pulling kids out of established rooms to make them, etc.) . Also, there has been little communication from the school about things that are happening that concern families. It is frustrating as a parent to not be informed and to have to search for the information. One bright spot are the teachers. They are doing the best they can with what they have been given.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
So happy at Painted Sky - LOVE all the teachers and support staff. We are thriving in spite of the cuts and the low priority education seems to have in AZ. Parents are wonderful and very involved, kids are great - a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
This school is way to small, too many rich kid snobs, and the teachers go against the code of conduct.

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April 13, 2010
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April 13, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2010
I think the staff in the front office are great, they are so friendly and very helpful. However the classes are way overcrowed and if your child is below the standard learning curve you better watch out because they are going to pass them bye. Its really sad. Also if you do have a child with an IEP watch out because this school does nothing to work with those kids. They say they are doing things to help that child but its obvious that they just don't have enough time to deal with kids with special needs. I think the teachers do care about the kids but some of them just seem a bit overwelmed with there class sizes. They really need to look at the class sizes and figure out a plan to reduce those class sizes so that our children have a real chance at a good education.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I have two sons that attend Painted Sky and we love it. The teachers are fabulous and the leadership is remarkable. Parent participation is encourage and welcome. The only negative I have is the school food but isn't that a problem everywhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
In five years, my child did not have actually a good teacher. Try to talk to/ ask questions a teacher and they will be offended easily and ingnore you or get really bias with the child at the best. Front office staff is there, but just to gossip. They are good at one thing: asking for money.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Teacher & Parent Support is the best I have ever seen. The community is always behind us too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
This school has a lot of parent involvement and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My son was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We were worried on how the school would handle. Prior to school starting, they set up an appointment with my sons teacher, the school nurse and a representative from the school health dept. They went over how well they are prepared to handle his needs and what is needed from us. It put our mind at ease and even more important, our sons.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2009
This is a great school .Teachers are wonderful and work so hard. I drive by on Sundays and the parking lot is full. I know how hard teachers work to impact student learnigng. Kinder teachers and first grade teachers are the best in in Tucson. They are so compassionate and caring towards children. They are real professionals. I love this school!

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August 17, 2009
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March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
I have two children at Painted Sky and have had nothing but positive experiences for the last three years. The teaching staff is outstanding, the front office is wonderful and very helpful, and the new principal is doing a wonderful job. Parent involvement is incredible. I am extremely happy with this school and cannot say enough good things about it.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
I was extremely disappointed with my sons experience at Painted Sky. He has special needs and the staff were very unprofessional and unqualified in my opinion to handle the issues that affected him. It was sad because the school is clean and in a nice neighborhood so I expected something better. We are trying another school this year, one that has better staff for children with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2008
Painted Sky and its staff are great...Angela Wichers (Principal) is exceptional, friendly, and on the ball. The technology and Parent involvement is great. The Teachers are amazing and most continue to educate themselves and have and are incredibly dedicated to the students and to teaching.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2008
I cannot wait to get my kids out of this school! We've been at this school for 2 years and we just hate it! The classes are huge (27-30)! In addition, the parents are overbearing and rude! All the teachers we've had are wonderful. The new principal is not good......not enough flexibility and she's never theree!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
Painted Sky is an amazing school. I have two children there who have flourished and are both working far above grade level. The class sizes are big, but the teachers are very dedicated, hard-working, and caring. When I pick my children up from the after school program at 5 or 5:30, I always see teacher cars still in the parking lot. The parent (and grandparent) support is phenomenal. My favorite example of how far Painted Sky goes above and beyond other schools is the book fair. Every year my children get to talk to and have book signed on Author's Night by 10-15 well-known children's authors. The authors also visit the classrooms and read from their books. My children love to read and it's partly because of Painted Sky's focus on literacy-related activities. When looking to buy a home, my top consideration was making sure it was close to Painted Sky.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2008
This school is known for its excellent teachers at every grade level, extremely high parental involvement, and dubious PTO practices. The PTO has been criticized for raising money for its own membership and not for the good of the students or teachers. With a recent change of PTO leadership, there may be improvements, but it is too soon to tell.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2007
This school is one of the best around as far as staff. The teachers work hard and are motivated to use technology with my child. The new principal seems to be doing a good job. My son also enjoys Miler's Club - a good motivator for having him be active a couple of days a week.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
Can't comment about the principal she is new to the position. Quality of most teachers is good. However, there are a few who are stuck in their old ways.Some teachers put way too much work of their own on to the parent volunteers. Extracurricular activities are really just limited to band. Front office is not always friendly. In fact, some parents have pulled their kids from this school because of this problem

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2007
The school does the minimum to help your child with any special needs. There is a lot of flip flopping around with teachers. Class sizes are way too big. This year we have a new principal, maybe she can bring more stability to the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2006
If your child has to any special needs, ADHD, reading difficulties etc. I find Painted Sky offers a little help in this area but not enough to make a difference. I have found a few teachers that are caring. The principal is nice but not flexible in moving children out of a Teachers class when it is not a good match for the child.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
My child is in Kindergarten and this is an excellent school. The class sizes are small, the classrooms have new technology and are clean. My child is performing work at a first grade level already.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
This is a solid school. The extra activities (band) are well supported by the families. Kindergarten is currently 1/2 day but will move to full day.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
The teachers are all highly qualified and really care about their students' success. The extracurriculuar programs are great. The school embraces the parent involvement.

- submitted by a teacher
May 05, 2005
There is a high level of parent involvement at Painted Sky Elementary. My son started playing the trumpet twice a week in their Band Program and he loves it and has excelled doing it. We have had our oldest son at Painted Sky since August 2000 and have been extremely happy with the education he is receiving. The teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I think the teachers are great, they have challenged my children to do their best. They are willing to help when there is a need in the childs progress. Security at the school is high. The classrooms are large but I see that more as an Arizona problem not a Painted S. problem.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
This school is overcrowded, but the teachers are talented and have great attitudes.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2004
Great kindergarten teachers and top notch parent involvement. There were so many parents volunteering that there you had to sign up early for the days of the month to make sure you got a spot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2004
It is getting too overcrowded. Another school in the area or rezoning is needed to keep up with the massive development in the area.

- submitted by a parent
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Painted Sky Elementary School
12620 N. Woodburne Ave., Tucson, AZ  85755
(520) 696-5000
Last modified Painted Sky Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Painted Sky Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top