Kirtland serves a population that is mainly low-income, a significant proportion of whom speak Spanish as their first language. Considering their population, they are an extremely successful school. I have observed many schools across the country working with students from a similar background, and this school does a better job than 90% of them. Their principal and most of their staff are very active and seek out opportunities and initiatives that the believe will help their students. If you would like your child to learn how to work with students of many different walks of life, I would highly recommend Kirtland as a public institution where they will learn.
I am so pleased with this school overall, its very small however, I like that its small and the children do not get lost in the over crowded schools I see in most APS facilities. The staff over all is great, and the principal is great he really belongs to this school. Kirtland Elem is the best keep secret I have found yet. However parent participation is very poor and many of the students are a challege as English is the second language for most so this has to be a challege for educaters but I truly think they do there very best for all the children. The only real negetive thing I can say about the school is there before and after care program which is seriously lacking in leadership. I find it to be cost effect and would pay more to get a better before and after care program.
I think that Kirtland is just really in a bad position. I think they try to do the right thing by these children but they just aren't able because of several environmental issues that affect the entire area. As a whole this school has serious logistics issues and parental involvement just isn't what I had hoped to see in my son's school. They are disorganized, slow to respond to legitimate problems and seemingly incapable of handling the high volume of children.