Hugh Lorch

Ashland Elementary School9

Gilbert, AZ | Maricopa County

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October 2, 2014


My kids have been going to school here for the last 3 years. The teachers are great and very dedicated. Our class size each year has been no more than 23 students. Great, friendly, and helpful staff. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

Submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014


This is the 4th year my children have attended Ashland Elem. The class sizes have an average of about 33 children per classroom which is a disappointment. The Principal is arrogant and lacks leadership skills in a major way. On the upside, I have found most of the teachers are good teachers and do their best considering the circumstances.

Submitted by a parent

July 3, 2014


My children are entering the 6th and 4th grades at Ashland Ranch and have attended this school since kindergarten. I have loved most of our teachers and find that the staff deeply care about the students. One of my children needed additional help with reading in 1st and 2nd grade but is now exceeding grade level per their AIMS test results. Oceanography is a before school activity and is a great learning opportunity. I would love to see the robotics club return.

Submitted by a parent

July 2, 2014


Son attended preschool here last year and the teachers were excellent. They went above and beyond to make sure the kids did fun and educational things in an age appropriate way. Traffic flow could be better but you can always park by the park or playground and walk your child in. I wish this was our home school!

Submitted by a parent

April 19, 2013


My child has been attending this school for four years and I have watched the decline of quality education under the current Principal Roth. There are good teachers and really bad ones that do not get held accountable for not doing their jobs and some have a reputation of being rude to parents and students. My child's current teacher constantly looses work and makes her retake tests and redo work, and doesn't respond to phone calls or emails. I do not volunteer at the school anymore because the PTSO members are rude and discourteous if you are not in their inner circle. Finally, children are constantly being bullied at the school and some physically assaulted and receive no punishments or suspensions. Principal Roth is irresponsible and lazy. I'm currently looking for another school. I'm disappointed and frustrated.

Submitted by a parent

October 28, 2012


So far this year, I have been very pleased and impressed with the level of parent/teacher/school communication. My son's Kinder teacher is amazing. He loves his school and we are very happy with our choice to place him at our home school.

Submitted by a parent

August 10, 2012


We found that the Kindergarten teacher was nice and and the school is clean with a decent playground.

Submitted by a parent

August 29, 2011


I was shocked to see Bill Roth nominated as Rookie Principal of the Year. A parent, a superintendent, and a staff member had to write letters vouching for him. Criteria #5 states As a leader, act to produce a positive climate, high morale among students, staff, and colleagues . The morale and climate at Ashland is beyond pitiful. Parent volunteering is down considerably. Mr. Roth is arrogant and aggressive in his responses when dealing with parents. He rolls his eyes and makes faces while listening to students. He does not treat our community with respect and he treats his staff even worse. Enrollment is down by 150 in the last 2 years. How did this man get those 3 letters? Everyone knows he is best buddies with our superintendent- so he obviously vouched for him as any good friend would. The parent who vouched for him screams lawsuit whenever she does not get her way, so he gives her what she wants, EVEN if it means the other kids in her child's class have to lose out on their learning time. The teacher letter for this award was made up, as I don t know of one teacher in the school that supports him in that manner. This man does not belong in our neighborhood school.

Submitted by a parent

August 29, 2011


The school website does not accurately describe this school as Oceanography, Project Greenlight, et al are no longer available and the classes are NOT 20 students per class. It's an average of 30 now, some with 35. The award received by the principal at AR does not accurately reflect the opinions and experience of staff and parents. True accounting of this school should include the faculty turn over rate and the student withdrawals (long term families, multiple sibling), over the last 2 years, as well. Parents are not welcome and teachers are afraid to be seen talking to parents AT ALL. An investigation continues into the involvement of a parent , who is not in this school's boundary and the legality of her involvment with various board decisions and local election results. Until all information is gathered and decisions can be made as to the mystery surrounding decisions made at this school, this award is a questionable representation of reality. This school has gone from being an in demand, highly regarded school to a mediocre institution where no teacher is allowed to outperform another.

Submitted by a parent

August 3, 2011


I have 3 children that have gone and are currently going to AR. I have heard many complaints about the former and current principal. I like them both. I haven't had to deal with them a great deal, but some, and found them both very responsive. Most of the teachers are what makes this school great. We have been very lucky to have a bunch of excellent, motivated, creative teachers. I agree that some wonderful teachers have unfortunately left. The PTSO is also great. Last years Science fair, sweetheart dance, and Spring auction were great fun. I appreciate how the Principal is visible around the school at the crosswalk etc. He appears to be big on safety. Great school, teachers and families. We are grateful to be here.

Submitted by a parent

July 26, 2011


Ashland is an awesome school with well behaved students, caring teachers and great leadership. Wouldn't want my kids anywhere else. Keep up the good work!

Submitted by a parent

June 5, 2011


My daughter has gone to this school for 3 years. I had been impressed with the academics, teaching quality, and high standards for behavior at the school. Under the 'new' principal, I am not. Test scores have dropped dramatically. Students wander the halls freely. I have read memos from department chairs full of mis-spelled words and grammatical errors. The school installed a 'squishy' machine. For $.25 kids get a little squishy plastic toy. It's a huge money-maker and a huge distraction at the school. I wondered - where does the money from this machine go? Turns out it goes to the principal! And it is at his discretion as to where the money goes. Unreal! Great teachers have left, class sizes are going up, test scores going down. Time to move my daughter, and my tax dollars, to another school. Sadly, this was a great school. It's not now.

Submitted by a parent

May 15, 2011


I agree with the parents being concerned. I have seen great teachers either leave or get involuntarily transferred (Mr. Hamlin). I am sickened when I see poor teachers (Mr. Harris) being his favorites and keeping them over Mr. Hamlin. Really? The teachers are afraid of the "rath of Roth". Some went to district to complain but it fell on deaf ears and those teachers are paying the price. Mr. Roth is the biggest bully at the school. Once I went to him to voice a concern and he promised he will "talk to the teacher" and then I hear they laughed about my concern. (I have inside information). They need us, the parents, to go and complain. The more the better. Please, let's get our school back to where it once was. Get the principal out of there! The teacher moral is depressing and our kids are picking up on that vibe. Why are all but 3 of the PTSO members leaving next year?

Submitted by a parent

May 11, 2011


As a parent of this school, I have become concerned about the recent rumors that some very valuable teachers are being transferred. I am also concerned about the number of teachers who have left already under the newer principal's leadership. I have even bigger concerns about the rumors of misconduct on the principal's part. It is sad to see what's become of our beloved school under this new administration.

Submitted by a parent

March 25, 2011


Ashland Ranch is a great school! The principal and the teachers are caring and responsive to the needs of the students. I have two children who attend Ashland Ranch. I have been very happy with the change in administration. Mr. Roth has brought a fresh and unbiased approach to running the school.

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