Hugh Lorch

Grayhawk Elementary School10

Scottsdale, AZ | Maricopa County

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January 20, 2015


I have been at this school for many years, and the one thing that needs to change is the front office staff. They are very rude. They don't even acknowledge most parents when they walk in. If you ask for help, they act like you are bothering them. The only time that they act nice is when the principal is right there, or one of their "friends" comes in. There is one who has been there a long time (too long), and she seems to train all the new ones to act like her (sour). I don't know why the principal puts up with it. The classroom teachers are great, though! They have a real handle on core knowledge, which sets this school apart academically.

Submitted by a parent

October 22, 2014


There is a reason the enrollment numbers are down...besides the total lack of leadership, where the leadership will listen to parent concerns but do nothing about them, the reason enrollment is down is because the two ladies at the front desk are cold and unfriendly, unprofessional and have been give way too much power by the leadership. It's hard to believe that one in particular is the "greeter" for the school with her bitter and unhappy personality.

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2014


This school has gone down hill since the old principal left. There are still some amazing teachers but they are few and far between. Ever since the new leadership, or should I say lack of leadership, amazing teachers have left the school. There used to be strong cores of amazing teachers within a grade level - that is no more. The current leadership will listen to your concerns but do nothing about them. If your kid is considered "gifted" take them elsewhere. There's been a change in Honors and it's not for the better. It's so sad to see a school deteriorate.

Submitted by a parent

February 1, 2014


If you are looking for a public school that provides your child with a solid education Grayhawk is it! We have had four children at Grayhawk and they have all been successful despite varying needs and abilities. The teachers are caring and willing to reach out extra to meet a child's needs. In addition there is a fantastic strings, band and choir program. The leadership is responsive and appropriate when problems have arisen. No school is perfect but Grayhawk is a very solid choice!

Submitted by a parent

January 24, 2014


I agree with comments other parents made...this school is in a downhill spiral since the long term principal left. This is my second child in the fourth grade and our teacher does not communicate with parents. Grayhawk is touting they are a technology school and this grade does not use there websites, they do not communicate homework clearly, they do not send newsletters to parents. At any given time I know more about what is going on in the PTO than in my child's own classroom. There are no parent volunteers in this grade and the parents are kept out of the classroom. I know people chose this school because it rates highly on rankings but there is nothing special about this school. I am not impressed.

Submitted by a parent

December 5, 2013


a lot better than pinnacle peak, which is one of the worst schools ever, this is an extremely good school expect for Assistant Principle Miss Sherwood, who is WAY over protective

November 28, 2013


Grayhawk continues to be a great school!! This is our 7th year there.We have 2 children there currently. All of our teachers have always sent out weekly updates on what the children are learning, we also receive info. throughout the week via email. I have 1 child in the gifted honors program, as well as one child with a learning disability. Both my children receive a lot of attention for their very different needs. Whenever I have asked to meet with any of the educators they have always made time to meet with me. Sure Mr. Heimstra was great, but Mr. Pratt is as well. He is very involved and cares very much about the school, the kids, and the families' concerns. Unfortunately it only takes a couple of people to cast a very long shadow on a good light.(BTW-I see many reviews with a lot of typo's-LOL). We really like the families and kids at Grayhawk. We moved to Scottsdale from a very progressive east coast city and have been happy with the "down to earth" families we have met here, many who are new to the state as well.

Submitted by a parent

November 1, 2013


I agree with the last post completely! This school was once amazing, until Mr. Hiemstra left a couple of years ago. It is so sad that a school of such high calibre was left in the hands of really poor leadership. The school has gone so downhill, the proof is in the the low enrollment numbers. The only good thing left at that school is the PTO!

Submitted by a parent

November 1, 2013


I disagree with the previous posts. We moved from another school this year and so far we can tell our son has improved a lot. In the first quarter we have seen good changes on our child. There will always be things that parents don't approve about school. Nothing is perfect but we are more than happy with the school. Especially after moving from an expensive private school where we didn't achieve as much as we have here so far.

Submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013


The teachers are very caring and my son enjoys going to school every day. I can see how much my first grader has learn is great!

Submitted by a parent

July 30, 2013


This school has good academics, very poor communication on the teacher's part, the principal is useless, he'll make promises but not follow through! The duty aids treat the kids like inmates to where my kid is scared of them, and it's a good kid! There is no communication as to what they are learning in class... so if you want to help your kid you'll just have to guess! Positives: PTO does bring money to facilitate more programs, field trips, books, etc.

Submitted by a parent

June 27, 2013


I put my oldest into Kindergarten at Grayhawk. Extreme lack of duty aides, the teachers seem disinterested and push for the students that give them the test scores they want. Kindergarten averages about 20 kids per class while the upper grades have 40 or more! The office staff was friendly and I am actually sad to part ways with the administration but do not care to see another one of their teachers again. My sons teacher actually emailed parents asking for what parents wanted to earn "brown nosing points" for volunteering. I could not agree more with previous posts that the money begging is excessive (more than my other child's private school ever begged for). I never have a problem spending money on my child's education but when it comes to holding a whose parent spends the most on school staff I get annoyed. Also huge lack of communication. Parent class helpers were always chosen by the teacher who played favorites. I feel like I spent more time teaching my son concepts he should have learned in class instead of playing 4 times throughout the schooldays. Also found it inappropriate that one upper grade teacher was able to wear short sleeve shirts that showed his tats.

Submitted by a parent

April 29, 2013


My daughter has been in this school for 4 years and we about to switch. The change in leadership is striking, with many experienced teachers now looking to retire or move on. I don't know about the specifics of why, but it seems more than random retirements and certainly makes you wonder. Over the 4 y, there is progressively less communication coming from teachers and administration, with some significant decisions being made with little or no parental input, or at least none that they have solicited from me. Perhaps if I were one of the parents who was at the school frequently it would be different, but we are both career professionals. Nonetheless it shouldn't alter our opportunity to weigh in. My child also endured some hurtful bullying at the end of last year that was completely invisible to her teacher and staff, which is amazing to me, so nothing was done. I agree with excessive $ solicitation- even teacher appreciation week is now a week of catered lunch, flower bouquets, etc. Can't help but think it's about creating a favorite. We thought the school was amazing early on but believe it's just run it's course.

Submitted by a parent

February 1, 2013


I think Grayhawk is a fantastic school. I feel like the teachers and administrators are constantly looking for ways to improve things for the students. I have always felt heard, and when I reach out to a teacher or staff member I always receive a timely response. I disagree with the Oct 25th comments about requests for money. With state funding as it is, much of the extras that make our school great are actually paid for with funds raised by the PTO. I never feel pressured to participate in the fundraising efforts, and in fact this past year there has been very little fundraising going on. The PTO also sponsors several free family events that have been a huge hit with my kids. We love Grayhawk, and I feel fortunate that I have such a great school for my kids.

Submitted by a parent

October 25, 2012


Grayhawk is a good school....not great! We moved last year from another state which my child went to a great school-so I know what makes a great school. The positive is the academics. The negative they always want money from you. They hold an auction and ask that you donate iPads and other expencive gifts as there example. There PTO holds events and always run out of what they are selling. There fall festival is $25 per child and is lame! Anyone can walk into the school at anytime and are not questioned as to who they are and where they are going. Right now there is a huge LICE breakout. The nurse has not keep up on checking classes. The communication is horrible!

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