Hugh Lorch

Palm Valley Elementary School9

Goodyear, AZ | Maricopa County

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December 2, 2013


Palm Valley is an exemplary school with amazing parents. It is truly an Arizona school that competes with east coast schools. There is a long wait list for variances and the principal is very welcoming.

Submitted by a parent

October 26, 2013


As a member of the PTO for the last few years, as soon as I can, we are out of this school. The principal and her PTO cronies are passive-aggressive and want everyone to conform to them. Are we here to raise money or to support and educate children? I actually heard the principal say she can work with the variance contract because it was vague enough. Don't know the details but that doesn't sound good to me as an outsider. I also found out that they don't allow non-conformists to stay on the board. Just ask former and present board members. I believe in the public school system but something went wrong with this school. Someone needs to take the power away from the PTO and the principal. It's getting out of hand for this so-called "public/charter" school.

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013


Palm Valley is an exceptional school! I know because my daughter attends third grade here and has been at this school since preschool. The academic experience is consistently A+++, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Not only is the academic quality the norm, but equally important is the fact that teachers truly care. With students as their priority, always, teachers also display a vibe about their profession unlike any I have ever witnessed, and perhaps that is what keeps me very much pleased with my child's educational experience here.

Submitted by a teacher

September 21, 2013


PVE is an absolutely amazing school. I am very impressed with the education my children have received over the past two years. The teachers have always gone out of their way to ensure that their students come first and have amazing communication. The principal and the staff excel at making everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. I often volunteer in my children's classrooms as well as at school functions and while I do enjoy seeing what they are doing in the classroom and being able to help out, I feel that the PTO is unfriendly and very clique-ish. I understand that they have all worked together for a long time and have become friends however I thought the PTO was there to support the school- not for socialization during school hours and certainly not to exclude those that want to help. While I feel that the school is amazing and that the leadership by both the teachers and the administration is stellar, I frown upon the leadership of the PTO.

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2013


I have been around this school for awhile now and my children have really enjoyed their experience there. They have had excellent teachers who truly care about them educationally, socially, and work hard to help them develop new interests. This school has some very hard working and dedicated staff and volunteers who make all of this possible. I have had other school experiences where this was not the case. Unfortunately I feel that there is a concern that needs to be addressed by someone, in that the PTO president deems it appropriate to get defensive and blast individuals for expressing their opinion. Keep in mind there are 54 posts viewable including 1 by the PTO president and 2 that express an opinion that was not liked by the president. As the leader in such an important role to the school it would be great to know that everyone's opinion would be accepted and evaluated. The post below indicates to me that this president overreacts and is more concerned with the perception of her, than actually taking these opinions seriously. I normally don't get involved in this stuff however felt compelled to say something so readers know that this overreaction is not how the school is.

Submitted by a parent

September 11, 2013


We have a first grader this year at PVE and this is our 2nd year at this amazing school. My son's kinder and first grade teachers have been excellent and no words could do justice to what they have done for our son. I have worked as a teacher in several different schools in several different parts of the country, and I can confidently say that PVE is a vibrant, student-centered, academically-focused, stimulating and emotionally nurturing school. PVE focuses on educating and growing the WHOLE child in all areas, from character and fine arts to "the basics". Mrs. Pearson is exactly what one would dream up for their child's principal - positive, supportive, understanding, and committed to excellence! We truly consider the teachers (kinder, first grade, art, music, PE) administrator, and staff as wonderful blessings to our son and our family. Our family was brand new to the school and to the community last school year. We were welcomed with open arms and made to feel very much a part of this school community by the PTO. The PTO at PVE directly supports so many programs that enhance the day to day operations of the school. I am so proud and thankful my son is a Thunderbird!

Submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013


I have 2 boys that are at Palm Valley. They both have had good teachers and the parent involvement is great. Also, many fun family nights are available to attend throughout the school year.

Submitted by a parent

September 9, 2013


I am the president of the PTO that has been reviewed in the comments over the past few weeks. I find it unproductive that people are willing to complain anonymously on a website about a group of hard working VOLUNTEERS who has raised over $75,000 in the past two years and provided thousands of volunteer hours. The fact of the matter is, parent involvement is a key indicator to student success and I want to make sure I do all I can to help my children's school be successful. I also train the volunteers for our campus and end each presentation with an invitation to join our organization and get involved. Is it natural that those who show up and do most of the work become friends? You bet. Are there more and more tasks that the school staff has asked us to be involved in because of lack of time and budget cuts? Again, guilty as charged. Are we perfect? No. But making anonymous accusations isn't going to change anything. If you really want to see a change in the PTO leadership, then get involved. Every position on the board has been elected unopposed in the past 4 years. I would love to see greater participation- come to the meetings, join the committees, run for the board.

Submitted by a parent

September 3, 2013


There are so many wonderful things to say about PVE. I have had children in this school for a number of years and I can not say enough wonderful things about the principal of the school. The front office staff is top notch and they know every child in the school by name, and many of the parents, too! The teachers in the school are, for the great majority, the best in the business (we have been here for 2nd through 5th and ALL of our teachers have been great). The PE coach is one of the greatest assets of this school. I will be honest in my review, and share that the PTO at the school has become a distraction and a purveyor of politics. I believe that the ladies that participate in the PTO have the best intentions, but they have been given way too much leeway over the past few years. The principal needs to take some of these activities back under control and needs to demand that the PTO become a part of a national organization for greater oversight and transparency in their actions. A huge majority of parents do not feel welcome to spend time volunteering because they are not in the right "circle" to be welcome and I have seen that firsthand, especially the past 2 years.

Submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013


They could solve the traditional academy questions by posting the scores of the children admitted to the program. It would be sad if a PTO child (Or any child) was admitted when they had scores less than another candidate. I think the Faculty and Principal are great at the school. The PTO ranks somewhere just behind the food selections in the cafeteria, and playground equipment in my mind. Their influence upon my child's education is minor.

Submitted by a parent

August 8, 2013


I have been an active PTO member since 2009, have 3 children at PVE and we are very happy. I believe our principal genuinely cares for the well being of every single child. Teachers really care about the success of the kids. Our PTO is outstanding and has done many amazing things that benefit the children at PVE and all parents are given the opportunity to be involved in our school and part of the PTO. My kids all have IEP's and I've never had any issues in communicating my concerns to the teacher, principal or therapists. There may be more options in our area but PVE is the right choice for our family!

Submitted by a parent

August 8, 2013


As a parent, we all want to send our kids to a great school ! When we moved here we were renting a house in a district we knew we wouldn't send our kids to. So when the time came for kindergarten, we did our research and decided that the Palm Valley Elementary district was our Top Choice! Because we were still out of district, we submitted an application for a variance and it got approved! We couldn't have been happier! Thankfully our variance was approved for a second year and by the time the end of that school year came....we found a house we loved within the PVE district!! Both our children now attend PVE. They continue to excel and LOVE school! Everyone who we've worked with at the school have been amazing - the principal, teachers, staff and the PTO all work together to make PVE a truly "great school". In addition, the PTO provides many opportunities for families to get to know each other through monthly free family fun nights, as well as hosting several events during the first week of school to really help new parents understand what PVE is all about! I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a school with a real "community feel."

Submitted by a parent

August 6, 2013


Palm Valley has an amazing PTO that is willing to help out where ever, whenever. These ladies do it all with a smile and no pay. They welcomed me and my family into PVE when we knew not a single soul on campus. Mrs. Pearson (principal) is always willing to make time for a parent with any concerns. Recently PVE raised the funds to provided a Traditional Academy on campus. EVERY parent was given the opportunity to apply, and the DISTRICT reviewed those applications and placed students based on their performance in said classes. No student was accepted or denied into the Traditional Academy because of their parent, whether they are PTO or faculty.

Submitted by a parent

August 6, 2013


We came to Palm Valley from a private school. I used Great Schools along with other state websites to determine what public school I wanted my children to attend. Even so, I was still very nervous about the large class sizes & the possibility that my children may be bored with a less rigorous curriculum. However, I have been blown away by the teachers, staff, & principal. My children have continued to be challenged in a more diverse classroom with limited resources and I am proud to send my children to Palm Valley Elementary. There is a very strong sense of community within the school and a great deal of parent involvement. I'm impressed in every way and this year they are also adding electives. While I admit the class sizes seem too large, the teachers are well equipped to help each student excel. It is an outstanding school in the top district in Maricopa County. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else, even if private school was an option.

Submitted by a parent

August 6, 2013


This school is awesome. First, let me say about some of the other comments I have read, I am not on the PTO board but I choose to be active in my children's life at school. Yes, the principal knows me. Yes, the office staff knows me. Yes, the teachers recognize me. However, this is largely due to the fact that I make it a point for them to know me and for me to know them. This is the first year the traditional academy has been implemented so I can't speak on it's behalf, but I will say, my daughter learned how to read full books by the end of her kindergarten year at this school and that is in spite of a large class size and her having an IEP. The PTO board is amazing and puts the teachers and staff first; if that awards them special treatment... fantastic! I have not had any communication trouble with teachers since being at this school, if there were a problem, they are all quick to respond to emails and messages but let's remember that these teachers are incredibly busying being a teacher and (in a lot of ways) a parent to all of these kids. Parents are welcomed volunteers and if there is a problem, I would encourage those to spend a day observing their child's class. I love PVE

Submitted by a parent

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