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K-6
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Albuquerque, NM
 

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Kafb East Bld 21000
Albuquerque, NM 87116

(505) 880-3744
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April 27, 2015
We are finishing our first year at Sandia Base Elementary School (SBES) and couldn't be happier. This school reminds me a lot of our previous experience within the DoD school system. It is a small school so all the teachers know each other, the students and parents. The PTA is very involved in helping to make up shortfalls that funding from the school district cannot cover such as buying planners for every student. There are always family friendly events (dances, bingo, parent-day out) being scheduled that help to form the amazing sense of community. My son has participated in the free afterschool clubs program for two different sessions and loved every minute. There is a diverse student population (mainly from military kids) the benefits of exposure to cannot be quantified. My son's teacher and teacher's aide truly care about his success and have worked with me as part of their team so that I can facilitate it at home as well. I am looking forward to next year at SBES!

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2015
This is my children's first year at Sandia as we just moved into the area this past summer. I was very nervous about sending them to Sandia based on the reviews I had read and also comments other parents had made. However, we have been very happy with the school and my children's teachers are wonderful they go out of there way to make sure the children are challenged and learning as much as possible, I couldn't say enough positive things about there teachers. The school has a fun after school club that my children fully enjoy and it's a great club that is free of charge a big thank you to those who run it. From the cafeteria to the school nurse everyone is great and we don't have any complaints.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2015
Mea Garcia has done an amazing job with Sandia base! Parent/teacher involvement is great as well!

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2015
This school does not receive much praise. Several years ago, it was not a vet impressive school. Since the new principal arrived 3 years ago, she has done a remarkable job in turning the school around. She has continued to make improvements that are much needed. It saddens me to see this school not receive higher marks. As far as a learning environment for my children, I could not be any happier.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2015
I find the previous reviews on Sandia Base and the principle VERY inaccurate. They seem to be from parents who do not spend enough time at the school to really have a full understanding of its principal, staff, and its policies. The principal is by the book and follows rules to the "T". Forgive her for making sure YOUR CHILD'S safety and academic experience is well established and taken care of. Parents who complain on sites like this are no where to be found at school meetings, and they certainly do not make appointments with the principal to address concerns. The principal has a very open door policy and welcomes all concerns brought to her in a civilized manner. Take the time to understand policies and the "method to the madness" BEFORE running and blabbing that Sandia Base is 'the worst school ever'. The principal runs a tight ship and takes no nonsense, from anybody. Forgive her for expecting parents to take the responsibility of setting the example of following the rules. I leave my children at Sandia Base with confidence every day, because I know "the method to the madness" works and it will keep my children safe and provide an excellent academic experience for them.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2014
Most of the teachers at this school are great teachers and are great people. However, I do NOT have anything positive to say about the principal. She is very rude and disrespectful to not only the parents, but her faculty as well. Just hope that if your child attends this school that you never have to deal with her. If you have a disagreement with her about her treatment/discipline of your child as compared to other children in similar situations or that may have been involved and you call her out on it, expect your child to take the brunt of what comes afterwards and expect your child to have a target on their back for the remainder of the school year. My son and some of his classmates overheard the principal talking bad about some her faculty to other faculty members out in the open and was cussing in the process...setting a great example for my son and the other students. Just a little background, Sandia Base Elementary is now stuck with her after she was removed from her previous school. Her previous school's faculty threatened the school board with resignations if she was brought back as the principal. She is one of the biggest reasons we chose to school our child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2014
This school has become increasingly better each year. We have had three children here with my youngest now starting Kindergarden. I had my older children in private school before and the education they received here was better.

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April 25, 2014
I have to say I am impressed with the teacher my student has, she's a first year teacher but you could not tell that from the way she teaches and from the students behavior in her class. She really cares for her students and about them being SUCCESSFUL. I am GLAD my child is in her class. I couldn't have asked for a Better First Grade Teacher. She's always available to help when needed. I hope she comes back next year.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2014
Our kids have been in SBE since 2012, and I have to say that I have loved the support that my kids have had in this school. I truly think it depends on the teachers your kids have. I have always felt that my kids were safe and really encouraged to learn. My son's teacher makes the effort to give him harder work when she felt that the work she had planned was too easy for him. Both of my kids are also in the gifted program, and we have great open communication with all teachers. We are supposed to be zoned to bandelier elementary but we still choose to drive them daily to SBE. The secretary in the front, Ms. Alexis, is super nice and she remembers my kids names, among hundreds of other children. definitely recommend!

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2014
I have to agree with the other about how horrible this school is. I hate taking my kid here. My kid is behind academically and when I confronted the teacher with questions about what I could do at home with my child the teacher didn't know what to tell me and just shrugged their shoulder. I am also hassled every week about some sale they are having (cause the school lacks funds) whether it is a pickle/popcorn sale or book fairs, non-stop photo sales, catalog sales, after school events for dinning out, I mean it never stops. If they would put more focus on education instead of trying to sell something and turn our children into salesmen maybe our kids would be doing better academically. And Ms. Garcia is a very rude individual. If you confront her about any issues she does not listen to your concerns and talks at you like you are a student. I'm sorry, but this school is getting funding from my child right? If I want something addressed shouldn't it be? And the school times are 9-3:45. After homework there isn't much time left and he is exhausted. And forget it being military friendly! They could care less if you are military. Civilian children are allowed here.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2014
I do not want to go into a long detailed list on what is wrong with this school I will just say it was enough to force us to finally make the decision to homeschool. If you are ok with your children primarily just being in daycare all day, a dark dingy depressing environment and staff that could care less about the children especially military children this is the school for you. It is pathetic more pride, money and effort isn't put into this school which is ON the base. That being said however, my daughter is flourishing in homeschool and I regret ever even putting her in SBE.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2014
Sandia Base ES is part of Albuquerque Public Schools which is in the midst of a leadership crisis. The School Board just voted to not extend the Super's contract due to his ignorant actions on the job and in his home environment. The district is a mess and all the schools are floundering because of this and the fact NM pays their teachers poorly and allows their principals to run the schools as if each were the HMS Bounty. Staff are not allowed to ever disagree with district policy and are removed if they dare to try and inject new concepts into a concrete foundation of bad administration. If you have the money, private schooling is really the only way around this problem. There are charter schools in town, but they are run by the same leadership as currently operates the district. In particular, Sandia Base ES is a rather sad and pathetic environment for children and parents to pprogress. Parents and children coming from DOD schoolswill be really shocked by the lack of material support and quality instruction provided to this school. The principal of the school appears to add nothing to an oppressive environment and rules the staff as though they were slaves to be abused.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2014
Coming from a different state (Maryland) I would say the school system here is far behind. I believe they are not challenging our kids enough and if I could I would send my daughter somewhere else. I also dislike the fact that every wednesday children get half a day.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2013
This school has undergone many changes in the 5 years my children have attended, but I have to say by far this has been the worst year. I would not send my children here if I had an option. One parent said it best it is very depressing to walk into the school and see such unhappy people. The school is lifeless, and depressing and the education the children are receiving doesn't seem to be up to par with other elementary schools. Being a military family we have seen how many states deal with their education programs, and this school is not child friendly nor do they want parents opinions! You have been warned to find another school if you are able to because this school is not a warm, kind, elementary school that is focused on your child and their learning needs.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2012
While there is a noticeable change in the way the administration is running, I still feel that the school, as a whole, is very unwelcoming. I see the Principal in the halls and involved with the children more, which is a very welcomed change. As soon as you walk into the school, it seems cold and depressing. The front desk seems to lack enthusiasm for the job they are in charge of. Quiet frankly it's disheartening to see someone who seems so miserable being surrounded by children. We are extremely lucky this year to have two fantastic teachers this year. I hope that this year, and the years to follow bring a dramatic change for the school. I think people really have lost their zeal for their job. I hope that we can see some warmth brought into this school. It's sad to say, that this school alone, makes me wish we could have stayed overseas.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2012
As a resident at KAFB I have heard nothing but negative reviews of this school. I have also witnessed the things others have mentioned just from going to the school with my friend and her children. Everytime we would pick up her child the teacher would have nothing but negative things to say about her child. Nothing was ever positive. Also this is supposed to be a school for military kids but is open for non-military children which leads me to question the security. It would also be a better school if it was military only for the simple fact of fewer children per classroom which would mean more individual time for the children. I wonder what the rating was before when it was military children? Sad to see this garbage is what is offered to our military children whoms parents fight for our freedom and spend X amount of time away from their children already then to come home or have to live with the sorry education this BASE school offers? I guess I will be driving my child out in town to a better rated chool with higher standards and worthy moral.

- submitted by a community member

February 07, 2012
The morale in this school is HORRIBLE! There is a reason why this school is rated an "F". Teachers seem to only focus on negative behavior. We have had a less than desirable exp and we are just in kinder!!! Will be transferring for the next school yr! Its sad that this is the school we send our children too while serving in the armed forces!

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2011
Before School started I had an IEP for my Daughter. The Kindergarden Teacher seemed to not want to deal with my daughter at all. not to mention when I checked in at the front desk it appeared that they had lost a child. I did not feel comfertable with this school at all.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2011
Bullying is a HUGE problem. The teachers from my sons class seem to not notice good behavior, only bad actions. Never have i heard constructive criticisim, only you did bad. Im am SEVERLY unhappy with this school. The academic program is definately not challenging enough for my son. He complains about being bored and constantly having headaches from the class being too unruly. my son will NOT be attending this school again next year.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2011
Moved here 8 months ago and have struggled to get my child's needs met in Kindergarten. Contacted the principle prior to moving here to let him know that my daughter is sensory sensitive. Came in with IEP evaluation, but only had RECOMMENDATIONS to help her for the classroom. HE refused to re-evaluate!!! 8 months into the school year, my child is struggling, and truly hates kinder!! Currently looking into other placements

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2011
This school is by far the worst school my children have attended. Needs new leadership and teachers that CARE and that can educate!

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no rating
November 05, 2010
Our son's 4th grade teacher, Ms. McBroom, is SO amazingly fabulous! She's so far above the bar...What a tremendous blessing!

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no rating
October 12, 2010
I love this school. The teachers are great and the school it self is a wonderful school. Very clean and friendly. I highly recommend it to all parents!

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2010
They are very unorganized and when my daughter was starting Kindergarten I met the principal and asked when registration was and when the first day of school was and he told me he did not know but to drive by the bill board sign a few times a week closer to when school might start and look for the dates. The staff hardly ever knows what is going on and when asking the same question to multiple staff members, we got 10 different answers. I don't feel the academic material is very challenging especially when a student excels in something they don't permit challenging them further but instead they keep them at the same level as the rest of the class. Needless to say my daughter has been very bored the past two years and I wouldn't recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2009
I will admit that after reading the reviews of this school I was terrified to send my daughter to Kindergarten, but, being an educator myself, I had to keep and open mind. The school has a new principal and is now doing very well. He has a mission of providing a safe, optimal environment for every student. He has inspired parent involvement and rallied the remaining staff while bringing in exceptional teachers. Every school has issues, challenges, and problems, but this one is making strides and is pleading with the parent-body to pitch in. A school is only as good as its community and families. We all need to take responsibility and work toward improvement, providing an example of citizenship. My daughter's kindergarten experience was amazing. Her teacher challenged and nurtured her with professionalism and compassion. We are very pleased and hoping for the best next year.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2008
My daughter started KG after X-mas break at Sandia and I am not impressed. I believe she learned more at her old school which was only half day classes. She has had issues with other students bullying until I went to the teachers and raised cane. Appearently she is not the only child with this problem. Makes me feel real safe sending her to that kind of enviroment. The play ground is full of trash and the duty teacher is to busy chit chatting with other mothers not watching the yard.The parking lot is an accident waiting to happen. They need someone in there to slow ppl down and have them stop for parents and kids trying to get to the school. Makes me wish I was still in LE and could right ppl tickets. I can't wait until we leave this base.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2008
This school is horrible. Since we moved here 1 year and a half ago this school has only gotten worse. My Kindergartener was being sent home with Pre-K level work, and now that he's in 2nd grade it's not any better. Having a school like this will prevent children from reaching their full potential. I have a child in Kinder and she is so bored with her work. I will be taking them out and homeschooling. They learn more ain a month at home with me than they do in a whole year at this school. The office staff are not happy people and the school is not clean. They are going through renovations, but even before these renovations the school was a mess! Don't send your kids here, transfer them to a better school or homeschool them if you are able!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2007
School is usually unclean. The office staff is not very friendly. There was no principle when my son started kindergarten. Lots of mix ups with lunch and money. The lessons were pre-school level and not challenging enough. Very long day for these 5 year olds. We did like his teacher but we finally decided to dis-enroll and begin home-school. Now he's learning twice as much in half the time.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2007
Office personnel were not very friendly. Also, lots of field trips. Fourth grade teacher was wonderful. Very good ethnic mix, good discipline, kids seem to get along well. There is only one 6th grade class at the school and it is definitely better than the public middle school option.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 03, 2007
This school lacks leadership and organization from the principal. The teachers could be more positive and smile once in a while. The school is usually dirty. I'm glad we no longer attend and would not recommend this school unless you have no other choices.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2007
My son went to this school last year and I'm glad that we removed him. He was doing the same work from the year before, so we had to teach him again from home. The classrooms have alot of children in them but no teacher's aide. For a base school it is unacceptable. There is no organization in the school. I am very disappointed with APS for allowing this to continue.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2007
We just moved here and this school has been, by far, the biggest problem of our move! My child is so unhappy at this school. I've never seen such an unorganized school. It's a mad house!

- submitted by a teacher

September 28, 2006
Not a good school. The teachers don't care, the principal is ineffectual, and the PTA is disorganized. Blame is placed everywhere but where it belongs - on the staff.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2006
Sandia Base lacks leadership. The school seems to lack a single plan for academic success and teachers appear to not be on the same page at the same time. As in the military, leadership reflects everything below it.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2006
I feel that for the most part, the quality of teachers in the school is high. Most staff are highly-motivated and have the best interests of the child at heart. Morale might be low due to a lack of organization and poor consistency between classes and grade levels. The overall atmosphere of the school would improve if there was increased parental involvement, better administrative follow-up on discipline issues, and more support for teachers, who are grossly under-paid, under-appreciated, and forced to deal with innane testing schedules that take away from important instructional time.

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2006
I will also second that this school needs a lot of work.I have had issues with children's safety since the school year started. My daughter did not have all of her books until Nov.or Dec. and I don't feel she was challenged at all.I would encourage parents to go sit in the parking lot a few time(in the morning,recess,etc.)and just watch.There is no supervision what so ever.Teachers are talking,kids are standing on the wall to main traffic in and out of the base.I have been to the principal's office 5 times this year with compaints and I always get

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2006
This elementary school has been the worst experience for my children. The teachers do not seem to know or care how each child is doing. Both my children did not get homework until almost November due to no books. I don't understand why the kids should suffer. I also don't see how the children can progress if they are out of school more than in school. This school has half day Wednesday's and is also out for all the other APS inservice/holidays. Then they test for a whole month in March. My daughter went from a A&B Honor Student to an AB&C. That is a horrible school where kids are not pushed to their full potential because the faculty does not care.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2005
My children attended this school because it was the lesser of two evils. The whole albuquerque school system needs alot of work but this school is on a military base so you would think the kids would be a little safer but, NO! The principal lets the kids who are bullies run the school. She has the theory that kids will be kids and don't repremand the bullies because they are only expressing themselves! I hope she feels good when she sees her former students she could have helped when they are on COPS albuquerque!

- submitted by a parent

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Sandia Base Elementary School
Kafb East Bld 21000, Albuquerque, NM  87116
(505) 880-3744
Last modified Sandia Base Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sandia Base Elementary School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top