Hugh Lorch

Eduprize School - Gilbert Campus8

Gilbert, AZ | Maricopa County

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March 8, 2015


We've been with the school for 4 years now. If your child is excelling in any area, do not send them here. They absolutely hate making adjustments for such kiddos. They discourage skipping grades. Curriculum taught is grade to grade, so the absolute most one might hope for is for the kid to be pulled out for math to attend 1 grade ahead (taught standard at many schools now). The school has A LOT to offer, but these programs (iPads, iReady, Rosetta Stone etc.) are either not being implemented at all (you would have to know about one to request it for your child), or not monitored by the teachers. However, if you are looking for a fun environment and flexible schedule - this is it. They do a lot of hands-on activities and the overall atmosphere is very laid-back.

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November 23, 2014


This is a great school! My daughter has needed many accommodations and has utilized the differentiated education from the start. I hunted for over a year for a school that would be willing to accommodate her unique needs and every single school told me that they "don't care". Eduprize was the only school that was willing to think outside the box. They care about the individual child's needs versus the other schools that cared more about what was "normal". The principle told me she would get whatever she needed at Eduprize and they have made good on that promise. Her teacher is one of the best I've ever seen. She treasures each child and encourages them to reach for their best, whatever that is! I recommend this school to everyone!! Especially if your child doesn't fit in a box!

Submitted by a parent

November 16, 2014


As a parent of an EDUPRIZE student, we have been very happy with our experience! We have always done the Tops program (11-4) and moved into their Tops iClass a few years ago when that was started. My son loves the variety in which he gets to learn, including a great deal of hands on learning. He excels in math and his needs were met by advancing a grade. I love the Tops teachers, most of which have been around as long as we've been there. The school has a great community feel. No school is perfect but in my opinion, this school has far more positive than negative! The Principal is very caring and has the best interest of students, parents and teachers at heart. And most importantly, my child is happy and motivated! We haven't regretted EDUPRIZE in the least!

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November 16, 2014


My experience at EDUPRIZE has been so positive. I've never seen a school's administrative staff be such a team. One common goal across the campus.......it's all about the kids! This school pours into every area, there's always something new and they are always on top of "what's happening" in technology! I love my EDUPRIZE family!!!

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November 15, 2014


I am a former student at Eduprize. I attended 4th-7th grades here. Now it was perfectly fine in 4th grade then afterwards it all went downhill. In seventh grade I was bullied very badly, I was beat up and was offered drugs and alcohol many times. I was called numerous names and every day I would come home crying because no one helped me. since it was such a small school, if one person hated you then EVERYONE hated you. Also the academics are poor and the only good teachers left the school last year. Do your child a favor and DO NOT send them to eduprize for middle school. The rest of the grade levels were pretty good in my opinion.

September 28, 2014


Although this year has been better than the last 2, this school is all about making a buck. The principal doesn't care about the teachers, students or parents. After 6 years of me volunteering every week, she still has no idea who my kids or who I am. Still super disorganized. Wish I hadn't left the public school system. Not worth the drive.

Submitted by a parent

September 24, 2014


What happened to the Eduprize Gilbert Elementary K-6 GreatSchools review site? Why did they take it down and only add back the 6+ grades and call it an online campus? There is still an elementary school Edu-prize operating in Gilbert, AZ. They put all the old reviews from that school into this "Online Campus" Where are the test scores etc. Seems weird that it has been deleted.

August 11, 2014


I only spent one year at Eduprize in 9th grade when the new high school opened last year. My mom heard good things so we gave it a try. There were some good teachers but the whole year was chaos. Almost every day there was a schedule change, or a class got changed. I transferred to Hamilton this year and there's something you should know. Most of my classes at Eduprize did NOT meet requirements for most colleges and even the high school won't take some of them! So now I have to repeat classes to make up for the disaster of last year. The teachers who left never told us why. Maybe they knew how bad it was messing us up and didn't want to be a part of it anymore. I just want people to know so they don't have to go through what I have to and retake 3 out of my 5 classes! And, by the way, I have some amazing teachers this year. There are great teachers at lots of schools.

August 6, 2014


EP embraced Common Core and IB, striving to teach critical thinking from a global perspective. Many teachers resisted CC and believed in teaching from an American centered perspective and so they left. Some parents too. There is a deep divide in this country politically and education is now being dragged into the muddy debate. Is it bad that several experienced teachers left? It depends on your perspective. They were replaced with equally experienced teachers. Patriotism has its place, but these kids need to compete in college and beyond with kids from other states and countries. Red or Blue, Edu-prize put EDUCATION (true education where all perspectives are explored) first. Whether you like this school or depends largely on what you value in a school.

Submitted by a parent

August 4, 2014


This is our 8th year at Edu-Prize and I couldn't be happier. We thought about moving our 7th grader either to a prep school or to the local Jr. High but decided that Ed-Prize is the perfect combination for us. Honors classes are available and taught by teachers with several years experience. Seventh graders have 5 teachers each day and all of my daughter's classes are small, 20 students or less. I love that! The sports program is really growing too. This year they're adding cheer and baseball. The school has a lot of students, but still has a small school feel. The principal is amazing!

Submitted by a parent

August 4, 2014


My child was in 7th grade. The core teachers were excellent, she excelled. Sadly, these teachers have left, and several upper grade students left. There were bumps with the new building and Eduprize didn't work with older children effectively. Socially it was hard - supervised social games could have improved this, which administration ignored. The same, repetitive schedule every day drove my daughter nuts with boredom! I-ready (computer math program, self directed) was very tedious, annoying, ineffective. I tried it myself and confirmed this. I prefer real teachers to teach my child. Spanish was also lacking. Older students had no real time outside, and they need it (great time to do supervised social activities). There are weaknesses in sports (especially PE) and extra curricular programs. Homework load was erratic, sometimes none, then 5-6 hours. It was not coordinated well. Jupiter Grades is bumpy and complicated,stressful for teachers, students, and parents. I was ignored by the administration. I never met the principal, she made herself unavailable. The teachers were wonderful though (all gone now). If you have an older child, I would not recommend this school.

Submitted by a parent

August 4, 2014


My kids are SO excited to go to school every day! They love it! My daughter is in 6th grade this year and my son is in 2nd grade. Both started there in kindergarten. They are academically challenged at their own level, which is different between my two kids. One is on grade level, the other is above grade level. The teachers are amazing. They keep the kids challenged, even if it means looking for new ways to do so. They also are great at making learning fun. One of my favorite things about Edu-prize is the sense of community. Each classroom is talked about by the teachers as a classroom family. Classmates are all called friends. Those seemingly little things go a long way in making the school experience a positive one. Edu-prize is growing and changing. A number of teachers, staff and students have left. But that is not necessarily a sign of decline. Those that remain are truly committed. Sometimes growth and change have some less than ideal side effects. The great thing about this school is the willingness to keep going and keep improving. I love the school. My kids love the school. We are excited for the future and plan to stay for the long haul.

Submitted by a parent

August 4, 2014


My kids have attended Edu-Prize for 7 years. While there have been some challenges with lots of recent changes, we are very happy with EP. The principal is amazing, always responsive to any concerns I have. You can't please everyone and some of the changes have made people leave as they were looking for something different. We considered leaving, even got into a popular "prep" school but, we decided to trust in EP, I'm glad we did. My children are in 6th and 7th this year and their teachers are fantastic. My kids are challenged and the teachers are creative and excited to teach. Yes, some teachers left last year but, the teachers who remain and the teachers they brought in are excellent and very experienced. A qualified teacher teaches every subject, they are not taught by computers. They are expanding their sports program and their honors program, EP encourages family participation in the class, I have relationships with my kids teachers and the principal. I love the sense of community. EP did have a few years with some growing pains but, they listen to parents and are responding to concerns. What more can you ask for? EP continues to provide an A+ education.

Submitted by a parent

July 2, 2014


My son has completed two years at edu prize and loves it! To me, that speaks volumes! With all the various start time options, and considering the size of the school, it makes sense that there's "no longer a waitlist". Besides, parents have so many options these days. If I wanted my son in a pure academic, non creative, minimal school spirit school then he'd be at the top public school in Gilbert like some of our neighbors kids. I can't say we'll keep him here until HS but for now he's excelling and academically challenged enough to keep him engaged as an above average student. I like they are focused on core standards and are working hard to adjust learning plans as the state adjusts requirements. No school is perfect, and to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't want my child at a perfect school anyways.

Submitted by a parent

June 30, 2014


1st red flag there s no longer a waitlist to get in. After 9 yrs here, I ve never seen so many students, experienced teachers and staff (1 principal included) leave. Ask for a teacher list and how long they ve been w/ Edu-prize. It s not the same school it used to be. School culture has shifted as high achieving students moved to more challenging schools. NO more (20:1) small classes NO more multi-age classrooms (2 yrs w/same teacher), and NO more superior curriculum. Things started going downhill a few years ago when changes were made for the Common Core curriculum. They also expanded to offer high school and changed to a for profit school. Change can be good, but it s been a mess. Sadly, the students are guinea pigs during this trial & error period. They rely on iReady diagnostic software to bring students current with state standards, but it s not working well. Students who didn t show much growth were given a 2nd and 3rd chance to take the final test just so they could improve their scores. The school is proud of their technology, but that just means more screen time instead of teacher time. Back in the day, Edu-Prize used to be one-of-a-kind. Not anymore.

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