BALSZ SCHOOL

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4309 E BELLEVIEW ST
PHOENIX, AZ 85008
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Phone: 602-629-6500
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 3
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Balsz Elementary District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 77.8
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5648
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 600
  • Principal: Dr Michael Halpert
  • 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 (12 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (11 Reviews)
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    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-11
    "On the surface, Balsz appears to be doing what's best for students. However, in the classroom this is not the case. The administration doesn't tolerate differentiating instruction. They want every teacher to do the same thing. There is no support or consistency with staff members. Administration has changed frequently with teachers. Class sizes are in the higher 30's. The new administration is pushing quality teachers who stand by for their students. They are only going for high test scores."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-29
    "Ever since the Dr. Smith has taken the district over, Balsz has gone down hill. He pushed out the previous principal and the new leadership has changed the dynamics of the entire school negatively. The moral of the staff is down, experienced, effective teachers are leaving in droves. The superintendent has taken SEVERAL raises when teachers have not in 6 years. The district office has multiple staff who make decisions without knowing what is happening in the classrooms. The professional development is a one fit wonder, meaning no matter your needs, you have to go to the same training as everyone else. Teachers get written up for trying to have a voice within the district. Most of the class sizes are over 30, including 5th grade which is over 35. Behavior is not dealt with at all. Teachers are responsible for handling most problems. We are told "find a buddy to help you". Students who cuss, hit and bully students and teachers are usually right back in the classroom within the same day. For teachers and students working 200 days is not worth it. The district is doing nothing to keep highly effective staff. The majority of the school's teachers are now first year teachers."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-12-30
    "Mrs.Bengochea is the best principal for the job as a former student there is nobody who can hold a candle to how amazing of a principal she truly is she cares about the students more than just the paycheck i advise all parents to send their kids to balsz school"
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-11-11
    "While Balsz school may not reflect the best test scores, the work they do for the student population is superior. High expectations, effective leadership and teacher effectiveness is evident on the campus. Working in an inner city school with a diverse ELL population presents many challenges that are being overcome each year with dedication from staff and support from parents. Go BALSZ TIGERS"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-09-03
    "Balsz has some of the best teachers I have ever seen. They teach using standards and high expectations. They give an appropriate amount of homework. The principal is always around campus and knows all of the kids. This is one of the best schools in the area!"
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