Hugh Lorch

Gavilan Peak Elementary School9

Anthem, AZ | Maricopa County

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February 6, 2015


My child started this school in Kindergarten and is currently in 1st grade. The teachers are AWESOME. They do a fantastic job informing us of classroom and school-wide events, the children fill out a detailed color-coded system on a monthly calendar sent home daily. Their turnaround is quick if I reach out with a question or concern. My child tells me they're happy here any time I ask. I am thankful for this school, I feel badly for the children and parents who did not see the value of it (which appears to be comments all made during the summer months), but our experience has been wonderful.

Submitted by a parent

August 7, 2014


Open enrolled in Diamond Canyon 3 years ago and have not looked back. Bullying on the playground and son put in divider room between K classes for several hours without parent or principal knowledge. I will drive to get the education my child needs and is fostered in.

Submitted by a parent

July 17, 2014


This school was highly recommended to us as one of the best in Anthem. We had much higher expectations based on their rating and it was a huge disappointment. This school has way more cons than pros. People that send their children to Gavilan Peak obviously have never attended any another schools to compare it to and have no idea of the better options available to them.

Submitted by a parent

July 17, 2014


This school has continued to go downhill over the last few years. The campus is run down, dirty and lacks supervision from aides and teachers alike, unsuitable for the education, safety and supervision of the students. Theft is a problem in the classroom of students belongings as there are very few supplies and textbooks available and the teachers seemed overwhelmed by the class sizes. The troublemakers seem to run the show here.

July 1, 2014


I went here for grade 5 and had the teacher tell me she could no longer help me with math, move me next to people who were bullying me and all they do if you have a problem is tell you to "fill out a form". I did and nothing was ever done to stop it. I'm glad I don't have to go back! Classes are crowded and kids actually twerked on their desks in Mandarin. No wonder the teacher quit!

June 23, 2014


We were not happy with the 6th grade experience. One of the teachers is, the other two are not up to par. Normally involved parents become disconnected; the teachers want little or no parental involvement. One of the teachers does not handle herself in a professional manner. She humiliates and talks about students. Normally bright kids feel defeated and don't perform. She does not work with students or parents. Everything is done solely to improve state test scores. The male teacher is supposed to teach Science. That is a joke! He waits until the last weeks then does a quick lesson, with homework, 1 classwork & 1 test. This is not a fair practice! There is no opportunity to pull a grade up, if a student doesn't do well on 1 or the 3 criteria. The principal does nothing to correct the problem. He is ineffective. Even after parents talk to him, nothing changes. The Elementary Honor Society really changed this year after the old teacher left. There weren't any field trips scheduled for the group or any of the Sage classes. The kids really looked forward to the extra field trips. Hopefully these issues are resolved quickly!

Submitted by a parent

June 23, 2014


We attended 5th this yr. And this is by far the worse school we have ever been too. I would recommend the school. Do your research prior to sending. -lack of communication from this school to parents -that goes with the principle does not respond to parents. And never around at school -no text books for student must copy info in a notebook -screaming crossing guard/aide who screams all day at the kids. They are scared of her. They way she dresses is inappropriate for school grounds -kids not aloud to be on playground. 5th grade is only allowed on the basketball court that's it -the library aid yet again is screaming and whistling loudly. Wow. Seriously. I helped in my last school never had issue with kids. Do we need to scram at them. Maybe that what Gavilan code is. To scram all day long. How does that help. -PTA is horrible won't give money to teachers who ask. Even though they had money 20k from the yr before. The parents can pay for it not a PTA thing is their saying. Why would I give money to them? -no school spirit at this school. Back to school night staff was rude wow really gps -bullies in 5th now be 6th I could go on and on go to diamond canyon it's night and day.

Submitted by a parent

May 22, 2014


Overcrowded, no discipline or policies in place. Bullying, bad language, no respect for other students or teachers. After one year here we can't get out fast enough. Children are not in an environment where learning is promoted or prioritized.

Submitted by a parent

May 14, 2014


I love Gavilan Peak school! We are finishing our first year of kindergarten here and are looking forward to attending again next year. I do have to say that if you do not want to be involved in your childs education, this is NOT the school for you. There is a considerable amount of homework, especially if you are in the mandarin immersion program. My daughter loves it and we are ecstatic that she is able to learn a second language so early.

Submitted by a parent

August 27, 2012


Another great year at GP! The teachers are so amazing-personally & academically. They are always striving to do more. The Mandarin Immersion is such an awesome program for the students. We couldn't be happier!

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May 26, 2011


We are so pleased with our experience at Gavilan Peak. My children have excelled academically, socially and with sports. I have found the teachers and administration to be proactive and responsive.

Submitted by a parent

April 20, 2011


We love Gavilan Peak School! My daughter attends and she is thriving here! She attends via "Open Enrollment". Her teacher is an absolute dream, what every teacher should aspire to be, an A+ example. Dr. Wong is doing things just right, she expects a lot and wants the children to be ready to compete the a global market. They earn the "Excelling" rating year after year. I have nothing negative to say.

Submitted by a parent

April 9, 2010


Gavilan Peak is a school that pride's itself in excellence. The staff, though often overworked, are very caring and strive to support students to be their very best in character and academics, Teachers are expected to challenge themselves beyond their comfort level, which leads them to stronger, more effective practices in the classroom. Leadership is strong where teacher training and academic excellence is concerned, somewhat weak in useful evaluative feedback to teachers, and needs work with consistency and follow through of campus/district rules where those few disruptive student/parent behaviors are concerned. Most parents are amazingly supportive, respectful and understanding of what it truly takes to run a classroom of 20+ students from diverse upbringings. However, be wary of the 'gossipy' ones (generally hanging out in the front well before/after school). They appear kind upon first meeting but can be very destructive and unkind in their objectives and to your spirit.

February 18, 2010


I have sent my children to school at Gavilan Peak on open enrollment. I have been very pleased with the teachers, administration and academics. I am a teacher myself and I have seen my children blossom at Gavilan. They are both great readers and love to go to school. I would highly recommend this school.

Submitted by a parent

August 12, 2009


My son has been attending this school for 5 years. I have enjoyed watching him grow academically. Yes the school has gone through growing pains--but the principal expects excellence and it takes time to achieve that--the time is here. This is an outstanding school. Other schools in the community hold Gavilan Peak as a measuring stick for a high achieving school. The middle school teachers are a cohesive team that challenges students and my son is ready to meet their challenge.

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