SONORAN SKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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12990 N 75TH ST
SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85260
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Phone: 602-449-6500
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Paradise Valley Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 102.9
  • Number Students: 720
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4141
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Robert Dawson
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (95 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (85 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-31
    "We moved across the country last year, touring several schools and districts before finally landing at Sonoran Sky. From Day 1, the SSky staff made our whole family feel welcome. One year later and I can't even begin to express how thrilled we are with our choice of Sonoran Sky Elementary. SSky is a community where academics are paramount, and students are constantly encouraged to go beyond. The staff genuinely seem to love their jobs, and the students know it! The principal, Mr. Robert Dawson, is exactly the kind of person you want leading your school. He is proactive and no-nonsense yet still kind and gentle. The kids deeply respect him, and as a parent, I know he's always there to listen or address an issue, if needed. The Self-Contained Gifted program is fantastic. But not every child belongs in Self-Contained. The format of the cluster classes is extremely flexible so if a child is an advanced reader but struggles in math, the SSky program allows that child to be placed in higher level reading while making sure the math level is still appropriate. SSky is a wonderful elementary school and community. The "A+" rating just reinforces that fact."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-30
    "Overall, the school is a good one. It is better than many of the others that we have toured. The school has a fair cluster program and self-contained program. For the cluster program, grades 2 and 3 are strong. We have found 1, 4, 5, and 6 to lack the rigor that the school prizes itself as being a challenging. Grade 1, 4 and 5 are sluggish and are taught by seasoned teachers. The admin are aware of these problems, however, there are not any changes. The self contained program is a good idea, however, there is little supervision or support to measure the quality and efficacy of the curriculum that is provided. It is a good program if you do not mind having to teach your child basic info. The grade 4 self contained program at Sonoran sky is amazing though and worth while. The Grade 5 team is not a strong one. They are too preoccupied with directing the grade play, Sing America Sing. While the play is intended for reinforcing american history, I am unclear why the staff are allowed to direct the play during class time particularly before testing. The play needs to be an after school activity or at least during the last 2 months of school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-09
    "Ok, I was trying to post 2 reviews but the system wouldn't let me so I'll try to consolidate. Overall, this school is incredible! 5 Stars, all the way. The staff and teachers all look out for their students and the differentiation is top notch. The parents are involved, technology is used effectively (not too much, not too little). Academics are amazing. We have been thrilled since coming here from a Scottsdale school. It is not perfect and there are bumps along the way but overall Sonoran Sky provides a solid academic foundation and its students are well prepared for middle school and life. Having said all that, I do have to comment on the self-contained program as we came here for this. While it was great at first, it has changed significantly and not for the better. The District's Director is more focused on expanding to other schools and does not have a handle on the inner workings of the program she oversees. SSky does cluster and pull out honors extremely well so if you have a gifted child, I would highly recommend SSky and the honors program. If you feel strongly that your child needs self-contained, consider another school where the District is focusing resources."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-07
    "So let me understand. The 2013-2014 AIMS test results, that were just published, showed SSKY ranked 7th out of 925 Elementary schools in all of Arizona. It also was ranked as #1 in all of PVUSD . This is the highest achievement the school has ever received in all the years the test has been given. This also was accomplished during the first year of a new administration and replacement of teachers that left to other PVUSD schools. I think these results speak for themselves as a rebuttal to the inaccurate and unfair statements concerning the new Principal and a few teachers leaving. A persons prejudice and distortions can be discounted, facts and results cannot."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-31
    "Very misrepresented on school tour. New admin is worse than the old. They are inexperienced, reactionary & ineffective. Cruelty, intimidation & physical violence were excused. Children of those with influence or special diagnoses are protected from consequences while others suffer intimidation, taunts, threats & even physical abuse. Children, including ours, make mistakes, but we believe in addressing those situations to ensure it does not happen again. After a baffling half year struggle with nonresponsive/ineffective admin who could/would not ensure our children were safe and treated fairly, we threw in the towel. So this review is not about being invited back we left to ensure our children are safe with administrators who listen and take appropriate action. There are enough choices that are so much better I advise you to keep looking. There are many teachers in the lower grades - three are new and struggling with classroom dynamics. I wouldn't risk it."
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