KIVA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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6911 E MCDONALD DR
PARADISE VALLEY, AZ 85253
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Phone: 480-484-2200
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District: Scottsdale Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 95.7
  • Number Students: 670
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4400
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Nick Noonan
  • 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 (38 ratings)
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    School Reviews (26 Reviews)
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    Posted 2014-03-23
    "I can't speak for any experience at Kiva. But my daughter was at Phoenix Country Day School. I read that a parent was considering that school. Even though the class size was small. The teachers were a nightmare! They put down my child in front of the other kids. They picked her apart and demanded an observation by a doctor off of their list. I refused to use one of their doctors and refused to accept the fact that they were being harsh. I went to a public school and I feel the environment is much healthier and fun for your child. We are considering Tesseract but also looking at Kiva. Phoenix Country Day is for parents who want someone else to raise their children. Not for me! We wouldn't get her out of there fast enough!"
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    Posted 2014-03-07
    "Our experience at Kiva has been terrific. Our daughter has a great teacher and loves the other kids in her class and in the school in general. She's learning as she would be at any good school. We've never had any problems whatsoever with communication. The principal is very engaged, always upbeat and has a great sense of humor. The secretary's in the office are even wonderful. Parent involvement is very high. What more do you want?"
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    Posted 2014-01-20
    "Do not send your child here!!! We have been at Kiva for 3 years and each year we have seen a decline in the overall quality of teachers who don't care. 1st grade was great! 2nd grade a nightmare! 3rd grade almost filed a lawsuit before pulling my two children out of the school. Principal is clicky with only a several few. Teachers shame students and when you bring it to the administrations attention they tell you that YOU are the problem."
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    Posted 2012-11-24
    "Our two daughters attended Kiva after being at an exceptional elementary school in another state. Living in a town like Paradise Valley, I was thinking the elementary school would reflect its surroundings. What a disappointment. The school facilities are dated and dingy. The office staff, except for its Principal, are incredibly rude and act like it is an imposition to help you when you come in. Especially the blonde at the front, Candy. The worst. She has no business being the face of an elementary school. The teachers were OK, but we were alarmed to find during our parent/teacher conference with a third grade teacher that she did not realize what the kids were being sent home for homework after we asked a question about it, turning to the student teacher and saying, "oh, did we not cover that in class?" Yikes! That was the beginning of the end for us. And for many I am afraid as so many of the students now come from outside PV/Scottsdale. No community feel. Sorry to have to write this. Updating the school facilities should be their first step to turning this problem around."
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    Posted 2012-10-24
    "We have been at Kiva for 4 years and it is a complicated story. The principal is wonderful. He is engaged and you can see that he truly loves these kids. Every teacher our child has had seems to be better than the last and the first was excellent. Now, having said that the class size makes the teacher's job impossible. Our daughter is in the "gifted" program and it takes her only 5 minutes to do her homework. To say the least she is uninspired. One neighbor has a child at Phoenix Country Day and the other at Basis on 32nd St. Their is no comparison between the experiences. Their classes stand at 15... ours are at 30. Kiva has the heart but not the legs to carry the weight of these oversized classes. We are more than likely going to Tesseract or Basis next year as Mohave looks even worse."
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