Hugh Lorch

Copper Ridge Elementary School8

Scottsdale, AZ | Maricopa County

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September 25, 2014


Copper Ridge is not addressing the needs of my children. This school is not providing what my special needs and gifted children need to succeed. This school requires children to purchase ipads and/or cell phones for classroom use. That is not legal for a public school to do. The room mothers ask for $50-$75 per child to go toward class parties and gifts for the teachers. That is also not legal. The PTO hounds you relentlessly to "donate" $125 per student for this school which won't provide the educational programs my children need. For a school in such a prestigious area, you would think it would have better academics and resources for its students.The extra-curricular classes also get away with not having a formal curriculum. According to one teacher, "We are going to make it up as we go along." I am very disappointed in this school. I spoke with another mother recently that moved here from the East Coast. She is looking for an alternative placement for her children.

Submitted by a parent

August 3, 2014


We have 3 children at Copper Ridge. Great school. Very active PTO. Very impressed with teachers. All have many years of experience. The entire school always works hard to improve in a district that has many options for charters.

Submitted by a parent

June 22, 2014


We are so excited about starting Copper Ridge this August! We have been attending a charter school and it did not meet our expectations for our children. We have a 3rd grader and a 6th grader. We are so excited about the middle school honors program and love the teachers we have had the pleasure meeting. The Administrative team has been so supportive and always available. The parent volunteers devote so much of their time to help the school succeed. Both of our children are very excited and we couldn't be happier that they are finally excited about going! Looking forward to being a part of the CRS family.

Submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014


With all due respect to the person that wrote the last post your information is inaccurate. To begin, Michelle Otstot and the PTO work very well together and there is allot respect in both directions. They do have a board in place and if you have attended ANY meetings you would know the involvement by Adminstration and the parents. I am so impressed with the amount of care that Michelle is showing Copper Ridge. We live in a time that does not just require you but demands that you take all the necessary precautions to protect your/our children. The rules and restrictions that you are talking about it has been in place but never enforced. Michelle Ostot is doing her job and that is to follow the guidelines that the DISTRICT put into place many many years ago. I would reccommend that you attend the meetings and watch the amount of care that is coming from our Admin and parents. If my child did not attend Copper Ridge I would definitely make sure that they do. Also, with all the cut backs we are facing Michelle spent many hours working on a plan so your/our kids will not be affected. I just want to say THANK YOU Michelle, Admin, PTO and parents!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by a parent

September 24, 2013


This is our fourth school year at Copper Ridge. We have been very pleased since placing our boys in the PreK program. Teachers are sensitive, the administration is extremely organized and approachable. This school has a very well managed and funded PTO that provides many academic extras that the school district does not have the budget to support. There is a uniform policy that we love and support. Our children have improved academically and socially year over year. Great school!!!!

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013


We are EXTREMELY happy with Copper Ridge School. The new administration and faculty have been amazing. The involvement of the faculty, staff, and PTO all over the campus give such a team effort. We are very pleased with the education, safety, and neighborhood family school feel of Copper Ridge. We LOVE Copper Ridge!

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013


I have been at Copper Ridge for the past 7 years and I have seen quite a few changes for the better over the years. I am so happy with the administration changes and staff. They are very easily accessible and professional and courteous. The teachers are top notch and really strive to teach the highest learning standards. There are many volunteers constantly at school as well as coordinating fun events.

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013


Copper Ridge has always been a good school. Since Michelle Otstot became the principal last year, it is now a GREAT school! I have never seen and admin team with as much enthusiasm, dedication and love for their students. Mrs. Otstot, Mrs. Defeyter and Mr. Patzlaff (yes we have three administrators), are just terrific. Learning and safety are at an all time high. The students are well behaved and very compassionate. The PTO puts on the most fantastic events like Book Fair, Fall Carnival, Spring Arts and more. I am just thrilled that my kids can stay at this great school all the way through eighth grade.

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013


My kids are very happy and love their teachers at Copper Ridge! This is our fifth year at the school.

Submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013


LOVE this school! New principal is excellent & extremely dedicated to the education of every student! Teachers are exceptional, very approachable & available to parents. The PTO is amazing & there are many opportunities to be involved even if you have a full time job. Correction to a previous post....yes, you may have a reserved parking spot if you donate $1500 (NOT $10,000) to the PTO which in turn goes directly to the students. It is very clearly written on the PTO enrollment form. My girls are thriving at this school & we are extremely happy here!

Submitted by a parent

May 11, 2013


My child has been at this school for 5 years and it's rapidly declining. It is true that if you have a full time job, there's no way to attend PTO meetings or other meetings. This school is in an affluent area and it caters to parents with the most money. If you donate $10k you can have your own parking space. If you donate a lot of money you can drive through crosswalks, cut the front of the parent pick up line and hold up the line. This school encourages entitlement. My child is in the gifted program and now we find out they are cutting the program in half. We are now looking at Basis School and many other parents are leaving as well.

Submitted by a parent

May 1, 2013


PTA is a joke unless you don't have a full time job...The principal is greatly lacking in common sense and just plain getting along with others. My son has gone here for 4 years now and it's greatly declining. You can get your own parking space if you donate lots of money which also means if you go to pick up your sick child don't expect to get a close parking spot anywhere near the front door. So far we haven't had a teacher with any experience. They've all been right out of college. The classrooms are messy and disorganized. I don't see how they function. Fall festival is a joke as well. Parents with money are definitly treated differently here. Very Clickish$$$ No sense of community. Unfortunately school is a mediation settlement.

Submitted by a parent

April 30, 2013


This school does not in any way feel like a community. The children run down the halls nosiy and disorderly. Teachers are yelling for them to quiet down and behave. In the classrooms the children are disrepectful to adults and to each other. The lunch room and playground are bully central. The teachers are not available to help as they are afraid of parents. Even though the children wear uniforms the materialistic objects are there full force. I phones in kindergarten and designer everything else all the time. Not the enviroment we want our children growing up in. We will be switching schools this year.

Submitted by a parent

November 12, 2012


Pros: The bus and hot lunch program is convenient. Because the school is large, there is a decent amount of diversity (for Scottsdale). The library is a nice size. Cons: The teachers are unavailable to parents. There is very little differentiation btw students (meaning the teachers teach to lowest common denominator and leave the rest to fend for themselves); there are way too many students (almost 1200); someone is constantly asking for money or donations; academic standards are low; student bullying is a problem. Overall, I have not been impressed with this school.

Submitted by a parent

October 28, 2012


Overall this year has been fantastic!! My child is thriving and doing great so far. My only complaint is the pest problem..... Scorpions, fire ants and black widows have all been seen in my sons classroom and the surrounding outdoor areas.... With all the money that's in the area and there for extras that the parents donate, surely they could hire better pest control. One other issues I have is the back parking lot ... Watch your children.. Some of the parent are glued to their phones while dropping kids off and one of these days a child is going to get hit.... They either cannot read the NO CELLPHONE ZONE signs, or they don't think that are children's lives are worth anything.....

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