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21419 W. Dove Valley Road
Wittmann, AZ 85361

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August 03, 2014
My children attended this school for 1 year. That was all it took for me to move them into another district! The bullying was a major issue! It is pretty bad when the school has to separate groups of girls (4th grade at the time) into two separate classrooms because they like to gang up on other girls together. Bullying was a continued problem throughout the whole school year. The first response I got from the principal was "it is girl drama". Either way, there should be a ZERO tolerance! When the teacher went on maternity leave, the classroom was out of control! I couldn't get my child s grades for third semester due to the lack of accountability from the subs. There is also no programs offered for the lower grade students such as band or choir. This school is only getting the second star because my children had good teachers and the school nurse is great. I don't think the school strives enough for the parents to have accountability for their students behavior.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
Nadaburg is an excellent school! All staff from the principal and teachers to the cafeteria and maintenance staff care about my child and his learning. It is a great community. The third grade teachers are the best!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
My sons attended this school and their current success demonstrates the quality of this school. The oldest, Chief Warrant Officer USMC, middle son, SSgt and business owner and my youngest Sgt and Electronic Engineer for a major computer components company. There are many working at Nadaburg School, from the support staff to the teachers and Mr. Curtis McCandlish, who really do care about your children and the quality education they receive. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in teaching my sons and God Bless You!

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March 25, 2009
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October 30, 2008
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October 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
We have a new principal and super. Things are starting off wonderful. The kids are excited and the teachers are too. My kids have attended for many years, and have always had great teachers. Admin. this year seems to be consistant so far. I think our new principal will be a good leader and put our kids needs first. Hopefully the afterschool programs will reflect this positive change as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
My son has been attending nadaburg for 3 years.I have been very happy with the education he has recieved.We have a new principal this year, i feel he will do great things for the school and community.I feel the children respect him and look up to him.The one thing i would change,is the sports programs for the younger kids.Last year it seemed like 6th through 8th had all the sports and the younger ones had none.Hopefully this year that will change...Dont want to sign up for surprise recreation teams anymore,to much in gas to drive into town.We have a great community out here....I love it,and my son loves his school.....Sarah H...

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no rating July 29, 2008
I really like the school. The teacher my son has is awesome. & Im glad we chose to move out here. Cant wait to see what the school adds next for the kids to do!

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July 23, 2008
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May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 08, 2008
I moved here two years ago. My child did not like our other school but enjoys Nadaburg. My child's former teacher told me that he should be in special education. The teacher in Nadaburg disagreed, set high goals and today my child is on the honor roll. This is a great school. This is the best school ever.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
After reading so many poor reviews I can't help but wonder if there is more than one school by this name. My experience and the experience for both of my children for the past two years has been absolutely amazing. Every teacher I have met with and any interaction I have had with administration has been excellent. I can't help but wonder if the poor ratings come from parents that are looking for a scapegoat when their child does poorly. I honestly can say that I have strongly recommended this school to others both for their children as well as a place of possible employment.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
You claim that the teachers don't seem to care...have YOU ever been on campus to volunteer? Or as many of you have made statements by hearing it from unhappy people? That school is made up of a staff who care deeply for the students...many drive in from Phoenix (45 minutes or more)...not because they're getting rich!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2008
When I first moved to Wittmann, I researched the school, my son was not even 1 at the time and I swore that he would never go to Nadaburg. When he was old enough to go to school, after researching Nadaburg and Dysart districts & discovered that they were both horrible, I chose to enroll my son into a charter school. After 2.5 years there I pulled him out after he was labeled UNTEACHABLE bythe principle because my child was border line ADHD. After home schooling my son for 6 weeks to get him caught up to enter back into school, I re-evaulated Nadaburg, new principle, new superintendant and a performance + rating my son is getting Principals list each quarter and has the support of the staff when he needs redirection. 5 Stars to the teachers and Mr Nelson to bring a non-performing school to the top of the charts.

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no rating March 15, 2008
As a teacher with a masters & 18 years experience. I have found the administration at this school terrible. I have taught in 3 different schools, and have never experienced the lack of answers. We moved here last year, and I will allow my children to remain through this shcool year, but will transfer them next year. My wife has spoken to the principal concerning bullying on the bus and has received no answers, she says there is no one else to talk to. Since the beginning of this year 2008, we now take her school and pick her up. They claim there is no bullying, and policies, but I have yet to see any. We respect the teaching staff we have met, they are professional, and care. I would love to bring some of them to my shcool to teach.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
I am new to Wittmann and came from an excelling district. I was very concerned. My childrens teachers are excellant, but they are in primary grades. I do not like how children in 5th through 8th are treated. It's as if from Preschool through 4th, they are treated 'EXCELLANT' and then 5th through 8th, they are treated like they all have problems. Nothing positive for those kids....The Superintendant and Principal don't ever provide 'straight' answers to any problems and always wiggle their way around issue's. There doesn't seem to be a good approach to bullying, big recognition for sports and academics doesnt even compare to the schools in Dysart. This will be our last year at Nadaburg and I will gladly commute to Dysart Schools. There is a new principal on campus that seems more hands on, but I don't want to wait to see the changes.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
As a parent of 2 I am finding that I am not listened to. I have tried to get help for my kids who seem to have problems. But no one seems to listen. The teacher tried, but is so over worked having 33 kids in her class, she doesn't have much time for my child. She says she already has several special education kids there, and it is all she can to take care of them. My son has been bullied and gets in trouble for defending his self. I have tried talking to the principal last year, but he didn't seem to take what I said seriously. I am very disappointed and hope to be able to move this summer. Like the on person said, the principal does;t seem to care and the uniforms are a joke. The buses don't seem to have any control on them.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
This school was one of the worst schools I have ever been to!!!! The teachers that teach the younger kids are great, but as you get older, they dont prepare you for your high school years unless your really smart. The principal there isnt very good either. When theres a problem, he doesnt really care. Even though they wear uniforms, the fights and bullies are very high. If there is another school that you are planning on putting your kid in, take them to that school. Trust Me!!!! Im glad my brother is leaving that school this year!!

- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2007
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December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
Definately not one of the better schools.....most teachers don't seem to care. Principal goes strictly off stats. As a parent I think it has the possiblity to be good if the right people were brought in..However they are not there now, lucky my child will transfer at the xmas quarter.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I have two kids that go to Nadaburg. One is in 3rd grade and the other one is in 5th grade. I am a ptsa officer this year and enjoy it very much. The teachers are very helpful to the students. The staff is very helpful and try there best to help when ever they can. I plan to keep my kids at this school until they go to high school. There is a lot of parent involvement at this school. Submitted by Barbara Hogan, a parent, a ptsa officer.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
Nadaburg is a great school before we moved here last year we heard some bad things about the school but let me tell you all they have been great! I have a son with learning disability and his teacher and the staff at the school have done more then they had to he is doing great in school. I also have 2 daughters there and they are doing great as well. The only bad thing about this school is the transportation which is the bus peoples fault not the school they have tried to fix it but transportation does not look out for your children and they are always messed up on there stops. I have went to the principal and the teachers and they have done as much as they could so again it is not the school it self it is the transportation department.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
School is horrible, teachers don't care, this is my child's last year, thank goodness!

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August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
July 14, 2007
My kids have been going to Nadaburg since preschool and I would highly rcommend it to anyone. Every school has its probelms, but I know my kids are recieving a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
We were very concerned in moving our kids to Nadaburg at first. We simply did not know what to expect. We can honestly say that both our daughters had wonderful experiences there and we had very positive experiences with the staff. They were the first of any school we had been to to respond to one of our daughters learning disabilities. We have no doubt that our daughters are known by face and name and not just a number. Their teachers have been very diligent in communicating with us promptly and with respect, sincerely desiring our input. I believe this school will continue to rise in their pursuit of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2007
My experience with Nadaburg School staff and administration has been extremely positive. I grew up in a large city and was nervous when I moved to a small town. I thought I would experience negativity and close mindedness but all of the opposite was true. I was welcomed in a way that I had never known in the big city and am now proud to be a volunteer. I am excited about all the growth in the district. I would never want to leave or move my children from this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
My children have been attending Nadaburg for 2 years now. I am extremely impressed with this school. In comparison, their former school was run like a military environment with an unbalanced and unhealthy time-on-task focus. In my opinion, Nadaburg demonstrates a time-on-task focus within the classroom, but, at the same time, nourishes a well-balanced approach to fun and enjoyment at the school. I truly believe it is important to achieve academic excellence without foregoing the fun, enjoyable activities and events that foster great memories of childhood. Nadaburg does a great job of providing this balance for our children. Teachers at Nadaburg go above and beyond all the time to meet the educational needs of students. They work very hard to provide the high quality academic programming that my children so much enjoy. My children love the after-school programs and in-school sports programs. Nadaburg is a great place for children and parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Nadaburg is the worst school that I have ever experianced. There is such a lack of communication there.My daughter went there for 3 1/2 years before I decided to pull her out of there. I would not send my worst enemy to that school.If you are looking for a school that would educate your child, Nadaburg is NOT the school! Former parent of a child at Nadaburg.

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January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2006
I currently have a child attending Nadaburg Elementary, and one that attended through eight grade. I am very impressed with the quality of education that my children have received. My daughter was very prepared for High School, thanks to the wonderful, caring staff. She qualified for all the Honor Classes in her school. For all of the parents that have negative comments they need to get more involved in their child's education. Nadaburg has a wealth of extra-curricular programs. (The students have been involved in creating an Opera, they have Cheer, many after school sports, chorus, band, art club, tutoring in all areas,...just to name a few). They also have one of the most active PTSA groups I've ever seen. They've held Sock Hops, Crafts for kids, Fall festival, Spring Carnival, and sponsored many, many fieldtrips, just to name a few things.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
As a father I have been very pleased with my children's school experience. They range from 3rd grade -- 8th grade. My children come home happy and talking about their day. Like all people they have bad days but so do I. They participate in several activities. My family has attended several family functions that everyone has enjoyed. My children have not experienced any bullying or discipline problems. I have 1 child in music and 1 who plays sports. They attend Saturday activities occasionally and enjoy them. They have developed a love for reading which I would attribute to a wonderful library system. They have music, art, pe, computers and stay afterschool for things. I am happy with my children's education at Nadaburg. Our experience has been a very positive experience. The teachers are very good and we work as partners towards my children's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
This is the 3rd year my son has attended Nadaburg and we love it. The Principal and the superintendent are always close by to fix any problems they can. The PTSA is very active in the school and always has fun things planned for my family.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
This is the 3rd year at Nadaburg for us. We have had excellent teachers who have really encouraged my son. I do see some behavior problems in kids, but I don't blame the school for that. I feel like the new superintendent is really involed and has the kid's best interests at heart. The more I have participated in class and school events, the better the experience has been for all of us.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
I am not at all impressed with this school and agree with some of the other parents. The facility have a really negative attitude that greatly affects a childs ability to learn and be their best. I hope with all of the new growth in the area a new and better school will follow. Hope this is helpful in making your decision on sending your son or daughter to the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2006
This is the worst school I have ever encountered and I have work for the BOE for 17yrs. The schools ratings may have improved over the past few yrs. but it has nothing to do w/ the principal it can be contributed to the new families that have moved into Wittmann and their higher standards. The school lacks has ruined my children's learning experience both socially and academic. Do yourself a favor and drive your kids to Surprise or another near by town if you don't want your children to suffer in this negative environment. I have watched this school bring new students w/ straight A's and a positive attitude to c's who did not want to return to school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
I highly recommend you take a half hr. drive to Surprise if you care about the well being of your children. My children used to LOVE school until we moved to Wittmann and made the mistake of enrolling our kids in Nadaburg. Now they come home every day depressed and upset. This school has affected them socially as well as acedemically. Their grades and positive attitude towards learning has slipped due to a lot of troubled students and a staff that really doesn't care, and think they are doing a great job because their test scores have improved. The Pricipal raves about the schools improvment since he's signed on but the truth is the only reason the schools test scores have improved is the fact that families with higher standards have moved into the area. We are going to take the Drive to a better school. IT's WORTH IT.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
I believe 2-3 hrs of homework for a 3rd grader is a bit excessive. This child went from A's and B's to almost failing and hating school this yr. She has limited time for extra activities and is not motivated to join in since her self confidence level has plummeted. Parents have to remain involved because information coming from the school is non-existant. I have never encountered such a disorganized mess as this school, and unfortunately we am stuck with it for now. I can only imagine how the funding is managed! If you wonder why your kids are always sick, it is because they 'share' community property of pencils, etc. Unsanitary-unsafe! Shame on you!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
New principal and superintendent have a hands on philosophy, enforcing policies with staff and students, and opening the door to parent concerns. Dress code is being enforced. New librarian has good reading programs, The admin is working well with the PTSA to bring fun, educational programs/events into the school with a strong parental involvement. Many after school programs are available with transportation provided. The classrooms have a teacher and a teachers aide. There is a lot of positive interaction and cooperation between the staff, parents and the students. The staff work with parents and students to find solutions to student discipline problems.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
Nadaburg needs take control of the discipline in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Although it is a growing district the smallest of things such as bullying, foul language, and discipline are a constant problem of NES. It is a shame that the new Superintendant and the Principal continue to lose sight of these things that make the environment unsafe for our children. It is unfortunate that the staff gives up after AIMS testing as there is still a lot of learning to be done in the last weeks of school. This makes it very difficult for the students that truly want to learn, and the continued lack of 'positive reinforcement' for these special students is very absent and noticeable! Shame on the leaders of this school that could become at least a good school. Shame on the board members that continue to put up with it!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
I believe it is the character of students, not the faculty who has made this a less than positive experience for our family. The very diverse backgrounds of students makes the dynamics of the schools very difficult for children who are not acustomed to such an environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
I have been an employee of Nadaburg School District for many years and I have seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years. The student population has doubled and the number of staff members has grown, from custodial to administration, to at least double the number. Despite this growth, all of the employees have maintained the desire and dedication to see to it that each child entering Nadaburg School gets a quality education. Great Job!

- submitted by a staff
August 29, 2005
Great school for our kids. Wonderful teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Nadabur is becoming one of the best schools in the west valley. Curriculum is a plus at Nadaburg, they are beginning with many good teachers and also new staff that really cares about the kids. The areas of concern should be voiced by parents in order for administration to do something about it. Nadaburg is becoming a Great School!

- submitted by a administrator
August 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
I am impressed with the quaility of the teachers at Nadaburg. My daughter has a learning disability and she was well taken care of (socially and academically). As a parent, I always felt welcomed and valued. Nadaburg offers a wide variety of after school activities and sports (tutoring, Boy Scouts, National Junior Honor Society, Builder's Club, are just a few examples)

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 17, 2005
Nadaburg is a poor school due to an administration who looks out for themselves rather than the interest of children whose education they have been entrusted with. The school has had the same Superintendent for 20+ years and the 'good 'ole boy' network is firmly in place. School administration has regularly dismissed students behavior problems rather than document them. The reason is simple. If they were to suspend all of the students who deserved it, the school would bring in less money. This method of non-discipline makes it extremely difficult for those who want to be in school to learn due to the constant disruption from a few out of control classmates. This school needs a top down shake down. It may have been a fine system before Wittmann's 'new' class of citizens moved it, but the future is here and the children deserve a proper education environment.

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April 18, 2005
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Nadaburg Elementary School
21419 W. Dove Valley Road, Wittmann, AZ  85361
(623) 388-2321
Last modified Nadaburg Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nadaburg Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top