SUNRISE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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4960 E ACOMA DR
SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85254
Phone: 602-449-6100
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Paradise Valley Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 349.5
  • Number Students: 699
  • Number Teachers: 56
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4313
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Greg Martin
  • 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 (35 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (27 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-15
    "What has happened to this school? When we moved to this neighborhood 18 years ago ready to start a family we factored school ratings into our decision. The Elementary School was ranked high (Liberty is great!) and Sunrise was ranked high. Since that time Sunrise has continued to fall further and further in ratings and this year is at an all-time low. Many of my friends have sent their kids there, only to be very disappointed (and many of them transferred to Desert Shadows mid-year or for 8th grade). I learned from that and sent my child to Desert Shadows, which has been a wonderful experience. But I continue to hear from other families attending Sunrise how poor it is. From what I understand, D. S. middle school now has huge waitlists because word has gotten around. How is this one school supposed to support the demand? Why isn't PVUSD addressing the ever-growing issues with Sunrise? It is not fair that families in our district have to be turned away from a good education at a school, when 1 mile away there is a school that could be great too. Please PVUSE, pay attention to the issues at Sunrise and take action to fix them!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-30
    "Sunrise is a sinking ship. My child is a graduate of the DLC. The 7th grade DLC is very good, though the homework is too heavy (4 to 5 hours/night). The 8th grade DLC is horrific. If you need to stay in the public school system for middle school try Explorer or Desert Shadows. There is a reason Sunrise has low enrollment. A lot of the good staff members have chosen to leave. The new assistant principal was a s.s. teacher who did not even know his students' names by the end of the year!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-10
    "Worst school I have ever seen. I am a former educator, and I sent my daugter to Sunrise for seventh grade. She came home everday and begged me to let her switch schools. The dress code is not at all enforced and bullying is a major problem. Unless your child is in the DLC, the standards for their performance are extemely low and the teachers are unenthusiastic. My daughter was teased because she bought her shoes at Target and because she did not have a boyfriend at 12 years old. Both the students and the staff of Sunrise are horrible."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-08
    "Sunrise and the DLC have been wonderful for my child. The teachers in the gifted program (Graham, Seretis, Binder) are top notch. Not only do they do an amazing job teaching the kids and prepping them for high school, they accomplish the miracle of keeping middle schoolers engaged. Mr. J of Soc Studies is also one of the best teachers I have ever seen. As for the school environment, it is very safe. As with anywhere, if you go looking for trouble, I'm sure you will find it. Otherwise, it"s fine. One note, if your child enrolls in the DLC, he/she should be prepared to work, but if they do it, the rewards are many."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-29
    "The vice principal is absolutely unprofessional and not understanding of parents' unique circumstances. She simply does not care or want to be bothered by "babysitting" students that attend Sunrise. I am extremely sickened by her lack of empathy and rude demeanor. Sunrise would be a better school without this horrible vice principal."
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