"We are best known for exceptional test scores."
Students enrolled 936
School leader Deborah Harbin
Transportation options Yes
District Clark County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1001 Seven Hills Dr
Henderson, NV 89052

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4 stars
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May 31, 2014
My son came to Wolff in 5th grade from Europe and I was thrilled with the attention he received from his teachers. They immediately recognized his strengths and weaknesses, and were absolutely wonderful to him as he was very nervous going to an American school for the first time especially as he has a slight accent. Ms. Olson, Javers, Bernick and Christenson...thank you! Parking lot is indeed a nightmare but I dropped mine off and picked him up across the street so had no problems. I would not recognize the principal if I ran her over in a car but to be honest I never needed to speak to her so did not matter to me. Very strong PTA. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
We recently moved into the school from another state. PROS: School seems to be a good educational avenue, as far as NV schools go. The teachers are real helpful so far. CONS: The pick up afterschool is the WORST I have seen in many schools we have dealt with. Only about 50 parking spots and about 100 or more cars, they give you a 2 minute retrieval time, where you have to go into the gates to claim your child and then get out. If you miss this window, as there is not enough parking, then the kids get sent inside to office. There is a lane to try and pick up, but with all the cars parked in the way, it makes for a nasty snarl of cars moving, parked and parents/kids trying to get to vehicles. Then everyone tries to leave at once, even worse! Cars on streets getting police tickets, kids running all over(who are walkers) makes for mass chaos!! I am surprised no child has been harmed yet (not that I know of) Someone needs to address this schools way of getting kids in and out before disaster happens!!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
The involvement of all teachers and other staff, including the school principal is excellent. Although many complain about the parking at this school, it's only because many do not take advantage of the available parking areas, or because they are not aware of them. I have had no problems with parking and getting out of the school at all. The teachers, including the PE teachers are excellent and really get involved in the students academic progress. Although I would like to see more parents involved, there are many who do get involved in all activities and do a great job. My daughter is in the GATE program which is an excellent program offered by this school. She loves it and will continue for the 2014-2015 school year. Looking forward to 2014-2015 school year with excitement and continued involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
Parking lot is a zoo. Teachers are okay. Classrooms are overcrowded. Principal is extremely concerned about school rating. I would still prefer my daughter in this school than some other surrounding schools.I hope there is a zero tolerance for bullying. I have not heard anything from my child, but if there are issues I hope the school is addressing them with proper consequences.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Not crazy about my son's teacher and the fact that the school doesn't seem to take bullying at the early grade levels too seriously. Worst part is parking for all these parents. Police often harassing people up Spenser/seven hills for parking yet there is NO WHERE ELSE TO PARK. Makes for stressful transportation. They need much better parking availability. Lots of opportunity to get parents involved on the up side.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
The Teachers are great , other than early attendance parking problems , school policy BS , I Do have to admitt that the Teacher's are very attentive and absolutely the best , Ms. Phillips was the best K-teacher , now 1st grade my son LOVE'"S Ms. Leine , , I consider myself very Lucky to have Ms. Liene's as my boy's teacher ,

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
I think its ridiculous how early they expect the kids to be at school 8am . That means they have to be up before the sun comes up and be fed , brush teeth back packs and traffic to make that time . Every other Elementary starts at 9am or later . Why is It this way this would be a major complain besides the ridiculous parking issues

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
My son attended Wolfe for 1st grade and loved his teacher Mrs Gonsalves. She kept us informed with newsletters. Anytime I wrote a letter to her, which was often, she always replied back to me the same day. Whenever my son struggled with any concepts, Mrs Gonsalves would provide me helpful hints to help him with homework and would try different teaching techniques to help him understand. Overall, Wolfe is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
Have to agree with prior comments about parking and Principal Harbin. If you dont arrive at least 30 minutes early you will not find a parking space that your allowed to park in. However, the "parking attendents" which are parents do save a few reserved spaces for their friends. This is where they place cones and tell us other parents they are for the "SafeKey employees". Meanwhile around 2:05 you will see they allow their friends to park there to pick up their children at 2:11. Over the past 6 years Principal Harbin has failed to show any leadership qualities or try to solve the parking lot issues. Last year a child was hit in the parking lot and numerous staff, administration, teachers and HARBIN park in the front parking lot which takes spaces away from parents. Meanwhile the school employees have private parking on the side and rear of the school. So many teachers are in agreement that they wish they had another principal or they could be transerred to another school. We are very pleased that after 6 years our daughter will be going to middle school in the fall. We hope the next 2 months go by quickly.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2013
We moved from Australia in January and I had no idea what school to send my daughter to. After numerous phone calls to different schools, reading reviews and people recommendations we enrolled our daughter at Elise L Wolff Elementary. I have been extremely happy with the school. My daughters teachers are wonderful they have been a great help in the transition process. The office staff are lovely and the support teachers have been extremely helpful. I would defiantly recommend this school..

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
I have never seen so much chaus in my life with the parking issue! There is NEVER anywhere to park, I was told you can't park along the firelane low and behold some people can so Im going to adress that with a video and show the principal myself. I was told you Can't park on the hill (it's reserved) And then at 211 the fun begins you have to find your kid out of the 550 other students! Theres never anywhere to park! unless you get ther 1 hour early and get ran out of your spot two or three times. They really need to fix this problem maybe with school buses I mean you cant go to this school unless you live in seven hills so why cant a but drop the kids off at the gates? I simply dread picking up my kids from this school and dealing with getting in and out of the parking lot!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
I taught at Wolff eleven years ago. I went to another school to become the Art Specialist. Now I am retired and I substitute teach at Wolff often. I was so happy to see several of the teachers I knew were still there. They seem happy enough to stay at Wolff. I find the teachers in every grade to be enthusiastic, organized and encouraging to students. It is now required by CCSD that all teachers in every grade in every school follow what is called " Curriculum Enginge". This outlines what every teacher in the district should teach for their grade level. Teachers are no longer the "soul resource" of the curriculum planning and in many ways that is a good thing because teaching is consistent throughout the district. Any student who transfers from one school to another can just pick up where the last one left off. One thing I noticed when I taught there is that many of the parents who lived in Seven Hills seemed to think they could make demands and use their status to influence the decisions that are made. Mrs. Harbin does not bend to anyone because of "who they are" nor does she change things because of pressure from the outside. I find her to be very fair and objective.

- submitted by a teacher
December 09, 2012
I was astonished when I received a reply from Ms. Harbin, Principal of Elise Wolff, to fill out a parent survey the district provides about a complaint I had with the school. She could care less about legitimate concerns of her students and parents. And, I NEVER see her at school functions or addressing the horrendous parking during drop off and pick up. She needs to make a presence (and, if you ask other parents..they will say the same thing..no one knows who she is). Luckily, my kids have had some fabulous teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Two stars because half the teachers don't want to be there, and it's obvious. No enthusiasm from most to do anything more than the bare minimum. There is no respect or leadership from administration. The parents are made to feel like outsiders, unless you are lucky enough to have the time to get involved with PTA.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
To clarify, I meant an entire single class of differentiated instruction, not the small groups that the schools do use. Every class has reading groups, math levels, etc.... just not an entire classroom of ONLY high children. I think that's what the angry parent was grousing about.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
I'm a parent and I'd like to address the turnover comment. Teachers are mostly young women, they get married, follow their husbands jobs, have kids and become sah moms, move on to middle school teaching, etc... If a teacher stays within the district or within the profession, I don't see how you can call that high teacher turnover. I'd like to see how many people in the private sector are still working 10 years in the same place/position. And regarding differentiated instruction, CCSD public elementary schools don't do that. It's against the law. They have GATE beginning in 3rd grade and magnet schools. It's just the way things are. Maybe not the best, but the way it is. I find it hard to believe that other schools are allowed to remove all their best and brightest and put them in a super brainy class, leaving the other classes with only low preforming children, trouble makers and the rest. Those bright kids are needed as peer models. Maybe your child is a genius, some kids are just not challenged by public school. But that doesn't mean the school is bad.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
Wolff is the WORST school any of our three children has ever had to attend. It is the only Del Webb feeder school that does not differentiate instruction. There are no levels at Wolff, every child learns the same curriculum regardless of ability level. Our efforts to have our daughter challenged fell on deaf ears, the teacher recommended we pay for outside tutoring. The principal took weeks to return phone calls and refused to change anything. The PTA is strong, but does not seem to take an academic interest in the students. I don't know how Wolff received a ten.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
Since 2001 I've had a child at Wolff. The main thing that has bothered me about Wolff is the turnover rate of teachers. There has only been two principles at Wolff since it started in 2000. I have not liked either Principle at Wolff. Ms. Harbin is not a very good leader and is not very motivated to improve the school. The teachers are not supported by her and in turn they leave to go to schools with better administration. When I looked over the yearbook of my Kindergarten child of 2001, I was amazed at how few teachers are still at the school in 2011. In ten years it's almost a new staff. The school enrollment is way over capacity so the entire 5th grade is in portables. The teachers are overwhelmed with the class size, a ratio of 34 students to 1 teacher for fifth grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
Relocated to Henderson from the East Coast, so I was very concerned about the quality (or, lack thereof) of education here in Nevada. We chose to live in Seven Hills solely based on the Great Schools rating Wolff received. We are thrilled that we did! Mrs. Ellena (Kindergarten) is a kind, patient, organized, and loving teacher... despite the number of children she has in each of her AM/PM class (high number of K students!). Parent involvement is not only graciously accepted and appreciated, but encouraged. It is extremely rewarding and a privilege to assist. There's no better way to be in the know of your children's behavior at school than by volunteering. It's been wonderful getting to know all of the children in our daughter's class. Wolff is a great fit for our family!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
For a state rated low in public education, Wolff Elementary in Henderson is a 10 all the way! Teachers, staff, parents, activities... all outstanding! If someone tells you differently, they're simply uninvolved.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
I've met several parents who chose to move to Seven Hills specifically so their children could attend this school. Wolff is a strong public school with amazing front office staff, teachers, and involved parents -- all who genuinely care about each child who goes here. GREAT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
My sons in fifth grade and to be honest were sad that he's leaving. He has alot of issues being ADHD but they've handled it so well. Changing classes this year has been hard for him but I really feel it will help him next year. My daughter will be going to Wolff in 2012 and were happy to send her there.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
Its my first year @ the school.been very happy son .Has improve grades alot.Everybody is friendly to you ...

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Very nice staff & teachers. Kids seem happy and are learning. School is always clean when I have visited.

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no rating October 03, 2009
Great teachers, Great parents and Great kids! Everybody pitches in there are fun activities and events all year long!! The staff is wonderful and the education my child gets is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
I have two children at Wolff and love the experience. My children's teachers have been extremely dedicated and go the extra mile to make learning excellent and yet fun. The principal and staff are involved and dedicated. Parent involvement is allowed and encouraged. This is a school with a heart as they have many activities that encourage the children to give to others and show compassion. With the exception of parking/pick-up, it has exceeded our standards! I highly recommend Wolff to anyone who wants a great school with a more 'home town' feel.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
I have been with this school since its inception, and will have children in attendence until 2014. I love Elise L Wolff Elementary. There are some wonderful teachers there. Teachers who go above and beyond, volunteering for committees to bring enrichment programs to our school, like Multi Cultural Night, Honor Choir, Fitness Night, Apple Core Reading and many more that keep my children engaged and excited to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
I have been involved with this school for 2 years now. I have a special needs child with an IEP in place. The teachers don't seem to understand how to follow an IEP and the principal/vice principal don't seem to understand how to enforce an IEP. The pickup/drop of situation at this school is a hazard for our children and could have been more thought out and implemented in a better way than what is in place now. There could be more extra-curricular activities for the children. If I had it to do over again, I would not pick this school for my children - I would go with a different school.

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no rating November 22, 2008
We will be leaving Wolff next month and spent 2 years here. We moved from a National Blue Ribbon Elementary School and I was very wary about the education my children would receive here in NV. We had no interaction with the prior principal, but Mrs. Harbin is a consistent, involved principal. The teachers my children had were exceptional (Likos, Flynn, Berg, Ripp). I served on the PTA Board and felt like I was among good friends, very involved parents who want only the best for their children and others. My children thought the lunches in TX were better and I would have liked to see more extracurricular subjects during the school day, but overall I was extremely happy with the education my children received. I would recommend Wolff to anyone moving to NV.

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- submitted by a student
no rating May 13, 2008
I love how some of these parents are slamming the teachers and committment to education - when the parent themselves cannot spell or use correct grammar. I have been at Wolff for 5 years, and have had a great experience every year. mrs. Harbin is very approachable, much more so than the previous principal, and most of the teachers are outstanding. Fresh out of school is bad? I have seen more involvement and excitement in the new teachers than the ones who have been teaching for years!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
Our child and us are very happy with Elise Wolff ES. The teachers who we've met are caring and very professional. Our daughter has progressed quite well and she looks forward to going to school everyday. We don't feel that the parking situation is a problem either.

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no rating January 14, 2008
My child and I are hate this school. There is no parent involvment, no leadership at all, no extracirricluar activites, not a safe school and the principal-not concerned at all! I pulled my child from this school..because of all the reasons above. We came across a situation and the principal didn't do a thing about it not do the teacher. It was a very serios matter that needed immediate attention! I would never want anyone to go through what we went through. If you care for your kids then don't enroll the here!

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November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
Aside from parking and pick-up issues, we teachers at Elise L. Wolff are dedicated professionals. We are committed to the students' well-being and give 110% each day. After all, our job is to teach your children and in my humble opinion, we do an excellent job of that!

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October 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My children have been so unhappy at this school. They liked it last year but now they dread going. I don t know what has made the difference. I have called the principal 3 times in the last month to try to get to the bottom of it. No one returns my calls. Open House was held before school started so none of the teachers knew my kids. It was like it was designed to keep us parents from talking to the teacher about our kids. I used to be able to talk to the teacher before and after school but I can t get near them anymore. It is frustrating that the principal does not respond to parent calls, I guess I shouldn t expect the teachers too either.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Wolff Elementary is a great school. Individuals that judge the teachers by their age are showing their own ignorance. These teachers have had excellent training and terrific mentorship from the teachers who have been at Wolff for years. I will not argue that parking is difficult at Wolff, but that does not determine whether my child succeeds or fails in their educational career. My children have gone to Wolff for several years and have had excellent teachers each year - those teachers make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
What was once a great school that strove for excellence has been led down the path of mediocrity. Don't be fooled by the recent 'explemplary' scores. Those tests were taken just weeks after the old principal left. The new teachers are all babies fresh out of school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
My Kindergartener just started school there and it is AWFUL. They have this ridiculus parking policy that does not allow me to walk my child up the school. The principal is rude and has a very hard time articulating herself. My childs teacher changed the day before school started. VERY disorganized and unprofessional. Look at Lamping instead. Wish I had bought in that neighborhood!

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July 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
I want to say that I am very impressed with the new principal Mrs. Harbin. She is personable, always smiling, has the best interest of the children at heart and is a true leader. This may sound like a Harbin for President campaign...haha, but as an involved parent I am very impressed. I have researched many schools here in the valley and not very many can stand with Wolff and the outstanding teachers, principal and staff. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the safety and overall environment for the school and the children. My suggestion to parents and Clark County School Administration is to take the time to go to Wolff and experience the heartfelt professionalism that has the best interest of the children at heart and lives at Wolff Elementary.

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February 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
my students started at wolff this week and so far I have been impressed with Jennifer in the front office. Very helpful and easy to deal with. Both of my kid's teachers seem really sweet and my kids have enjoyed their first week. I do have a complaint though about the craziness of dismissal. I will not be surprised if someone gets hit by a car.I have never seen anything like this! there is no order. Kids are running everywhere, even between cars, parents are honking for other cars to move, there are two car lines, kind of, people parked in fire zones, double parked, going in all directions in the parking lot, not enough staff to help. a map was given at registration but is not followed. They need to work on a more organized dismissal to keep our kids safe.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
As of December 2006 Elise L. Wolff has a new principal Ms. Harbin. She has already sent home parent feedback forms and is taking an interest in improving the school. My kids have had wonderful teachers at Wolff but I am looking forward to having a principal that enjoys children.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
I have a kindergartener at Wolff this year and am so pleased with the quality of teachers there. My child is in Mrs. Hindman's class, and she truely seems to care about the students and always takes the time to talk to parents. She even stays late and spends her time with them. I ahve also had interctions with Mrs. Aguero, who is always very caring and friendly with all the children (even those who are not her students). I cannot speak about the principal, but so far, we love the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
So far so good, my son has Mrs Angell and so far she's lived up to the name, Takes time out to help and is never too busy at drop off or pick up to answer questions or fill me on on whats going on in class or with my son. Besides the havoc at pic up with the lines and the gates and the Drivers! The school is great!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
I am completely appalled by the sterile environment in this school. It's like the children are in prison. I am very disturbed by the fact that the principal allows little parental involvement, especially in an area that has a lot of parents with resources and time to give to the school. The front office staff is very rude and I actually feel sorry for the few good teachers at the school who have to put up with such a cold work place. It is such a shame that such a beautiful school on the outside is so terrible on the inside.

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2006
I agree that there are many, many problems with this school and most stem from its principal. It is a beautiful new facility, but most parents would be shocked at the terrible prison-like atmosphere inside. I didn't know how badly the children were treated until I started volunteering in my child's classroom. When your only interaction with the school is picking your child up at the fence to the playground at the end of the day, you have no idea of what the kids go through. I encourage parents to see for themselves. Perhaps then there will be some changes.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
The experiences we have had at this school are not what we expected for our 5 year olds first year of school. From K-Teachers yelling at 5-6yrs to return homework to so much testing that I am not sure when they have time to teach the kids. Plus our son has so much homework that it can take 30 minutes to an hour or more each night...for a Kindergartner. We are frustrated and are glad that we will not be attending this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
I have loved all four years that my children have been at this school. The teachers are all so friendly and helpful. My child's reading ability skyrocketed. I am sending my third child there next year and can't wait to see how well she does.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
We had the unfortunate luck to be zoned for this school and served one years time. Donna Barber does not allow text books to be taken home, Other area principles permit kids to take books home. My child,s homework and class work was frequently graded incorrectly. Some teachers were virtually inaccessable for 1-2 weeks at a time. The front office staff is rude, inconsiderate and frequently condasending to parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
This school is in Seven Hills and is the worst school I ever sent my children to. they lost my kindergartener on the first school and didnt notice him missing for over an hour. Please be carefull. I moved and broke my lease just to get away from this school.

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August 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
I felt the special needs children were discriminated against. The AM Teacher and her asst. were belittling at times with their comments and focused on negativity instead of positive reinforcement. When confiding in the principal not to disclose my identity or my childs to the teacher, she did anyway after promising that would not happen.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
We need a better curriculum program in Kindergarten. This school has no reading program in place. The class sizes are to big. There are 25 kids in my third graders class. I thought classroom reduction did not allow for that. Field trips are a joke with our Principal. I feel she does just enough to get by. It's pretty sad I send my children to be under her influence daily. Most of our teachers don't stay at this school long. The common denominator here is the principal.

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Elise L. Wolff Elementary School
1001 Seven Hills Dr, Henderson, NV  89052
(702) 799-2230
Last modified Elise L. Wolff Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Elise L. Wolff Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top