This school has gone downhill in the last couple of years. Great teachers have been leaving in droves, special ed teachers seem to leave all the teaching to the underpaid parapros to the detriment of the other kids in the class. There is no longer an art program. Real shame as this was a great school when we first started here.
Cottonwood is a good school for regular education students. The inclusion program is lacking because the special education teachers expect the parapros to find printed resources for each f their students. Special education teachers do not work with these children Directly. Instead they expect the regular Ed classroom teacher and the parapro to modify all lessons. LD teacher during 2012-2013 did not spend the required IEP time teaching students as she had many many excuses.
The teachers and staff are all amazing and the entire community values the education system.
I love the teachers, the atmosphere, the values daily presented by this school! We've attended many schools (as a military family) and this one has been the best public school we've attended.
This school/district cares nothing for special needs children. They refuse to provide any help whatsoever. We have been fighting with this school for over 5 years to provide the education my son needs and finally gave up and moved him to a t.u.s.d. school which recognized his problems within a week a started an evaluation. Somthing we have been pleading Cottonwood/Vail school district to do for the past 6 years!
I Love this school! Great teachers, young and spunky and smart! Take your children here if you wan't a top quality education!
My daughter attends kindergarten at Cottonwood, and is absolutely thrilled every day to go to school. Due to some overcrowding (the area is growing rapidly), two of the kinder teachers are team-teaching, and making it a VERY positive experience. The kids love having 2 teachers, and more friends with whom they can interact during their day. Cottonwood has exceptional staff, teachers and support by parents. Slower learners are identified quickly and given extra help as needed. We are very sad to be moving!
Cottonwood is by far the best school that my children have attended. They have been to two other schools in the Tucson area, and we are most happy with Cottonwood. The teachers and support staff genuinely care about each individual student. I have noticed a tremendous jump in my children's math and reading levels. So far, my children have been in the Third and Fourth grade at Cottonwood. The teachers are definately top notch!
Two of my children attend Cottonwood, and I am thrilled with their education. They have art, PE, music, and writing classes - all of the things which usuall get cut when the budget is tight. The entire staff is dedicated to my children's success.
My daughter attends kindergarten here, and it has been a very positive experience for her. The school is very new and is surrounded by new homes. The teachers are very attentive and the class sizes are small. The Vail school district has a very good reputation, and is definitely preferable to the larger surrounding districts such as Tucson Unified. Many families in the community have one parent staying at home, so involvement is higher than average. The school has at least one afterschool family activity every week. I would definitely recommend this school, and I hope to find one that is comparable when we move.
Cottonwood is awesome. The second grade teachers are hard workers and care about their kids. The students are well prepared for the state test because of effective teaching practices.
Cottonwood is a great school. Community involvement is of the utmost importance. I couldn't have picked a better school for my child!
This is a new school, entirely gated, lots of outdoor play areas and equipment, good library and computer lab. Excellent special needs personnel and resources. There is a daily school-wide re-teach/enhancement program for core subjects, which keeps everyone going, and doesn't embarass the kids. The kids go to music class, art, P.E., computer lab, and reading class. In a good neighborhood and district. A lot of the parents work in the Air Force, at IBM, and Raytheon. The kindergarten and daycare teachers are nice.
I was very pleased with the kindergarden curriculum and the teacher my daughter had. There was a huge emphasis placed on reading and my daughter was reading very well by the end of kindergarden.
Cottonwood has a group of very involved parents. The teachers are dedicated and interested in fostering a learning environment. It is a very regimented school, yet extremely friendly.
This school is good as long as your child doesn't have a learning disability. They do not recognize certain disabilities and won't provide help. They should educate themselves on this so they can help the children instead of turning them away.
This is the best school ever. My children went here for a short time, but they carried the happiest memories ever. The whole school is wonderful, loving, caring. I could go on for day. If you want a great education for your children and a caring staff... send you children here. I wish ever state could have a school this wonderful. They are the best in my book!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Cottonwood Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Cottonwood Elementary School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.