Hugh Lorch

San Tan Elementary School9

Gilbert, AZ | Maricopa County

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July 24, 2014


My daughter is doing very well at this school. Her 3rd grader teacher was fresh out of college, but did a great job. She likes her teachers, has made many friends, and feels comfortable and safe here. The workload is challenging but reasonable.

Submitted by a parent

September 20, 2013


My family recently moved to OH. We were worried that our children wouldn't be at the same level as the other children in their new school (since AZ schools don't rank well amongst other states). I am very happy to report that San Tan completely had them prepared. They are both doing extremely well and are even testing at a higher level in most areas. I attribute it to the staff at San Tan and the commitment that they all give to the kids. I also want to let the PTO know that they do an awesome job at San Tan. The PTO at our new school doesn't even compare. Thanks San Tan!

Submitted by a parent

August 1, 2013


I am very happy with San Tan Elementary. I have three children attending the school and I am impressed with "most" of the teachers they have had. I do realize all teachers are different and probably will not like all of my children's teachers. I have had great communication from many of the teachers. Depending on the grade we got newsletters weekly or monthly (with weekly updates). We received emails when our 6th grader was falling behind in one class (all four of her teachers offered to help her through tutoring). I am glad my children attend San Tan.

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July 29, 2013


Our childrens' experience at this school was dismal. Teacher communication was almost non-existent and turnover was high. The atmosphere among parents was one of discord and competition. We were glad to have other school choices in our community.

Submitted by a parent

October 24, 2012


2012-2103 school year is off to a great start! The amazing staff at San Tan are working harder than ever. As a parent I truly appreciate the endless hours of training, the supportive administration and the abundance of helpful teachers. From the amazing Mrs. Potter in the front office to the wonderful cafeteria manager, Connie, everyone is on the same path this year! Rock on San Tan!

Submitted by a parent

May 8, 2012


We love San tan and all of the staff!!! I cant wait to see what next year brings!

Submitted by a parent

February 29, 2012


I have been very pleased with this school. The teachers us every means of communication to make sure we are prepared to help our kids. Email, phone, newsletters and school website. They also tailor their program to the kids needs, and do everything they can to enhance the kids learning ability as best suits the child. My only complaint is the amount of fundraisers that the school is involved in. We have done at least 2 fundraisers a MONTH this year, sometimes more. The pressure put on the parents at such an early agie is somewhat ridiculous. I can understand some fundraisers, but as a working Mom, I find it difficult to participate, and my kids seem to feel very pressured by this to outperform their friends. I don't think this is a good practice when my kids are in Kindergarten and 2nd grade. Overall, if I were to recommend the school, Hands down, I would tell anyone to move into the area! The surrounding neighborhood is the most child friendly area we have ever lived, and since we are military, that says alot about this area and the school! Good luck in your school searches!

Submitted by a parent

December 1, 2011


I have two children at this school. They both are receiving a great education. It concerns me that teachers are getting let go. I received an email today that there will be a new principal effective 12/5. What is happening with the teachers and staff at this school? None of the teachers will talk about what is going on. The district is not talking either...

Submitted by a parent

November 30, 2011


I would like to comment on the most recent post below dated 11/28/2011. San Tan does have great teachers in all grades and they have worked hard to get there. Truth IS that Dr. Alva has managed to push the staff to become one of the best schools in AZ, he is a very intelligent man and has a demanding position at San Tan but also within the district! HOWEVER going to the extreme to say that there is flirting in the office, NO !!! Never have I seen any such type of behavior as much as I am in the school. What I do SEE and HEAR is front office staff communicating with parents. Every parent is different and has different needs for them and their children. The front office staff deals with a wide variety of parent issues and these ladies work with parents to meet each of their needs. Would I call this flirting, absolutely not! They show attention, sympathy, assistence, laughter, support and comfort. As a parent you want admirable service as you walk in the door. Parent below why don't you look up the definition of what FLIRTING really means!! Parent why don't you get a job behind the desk of an office staff member and open your eyes to what office staff and administration faces

Submitted by a parent

November 23, 2011


I have also read many of the comments. I got on here to see if there was any clue as to why several teachers are leaving San Tan. Two of the teachers that left had huge impacts on our children's lives. They were truly amazing teachers. Have the 'numbers' become more important than the children I wonder? Has the new principal caused the good teachers to leave? If it is about the "numbers", why have first grade teachers left? They don't do AIMS, correct? I worry that without the strong teachers in the lower grades, who have the patience and intelligence to teach our kids how to read, our numbers are going to decrease.

Submitted by a parent

October 30, 2011


We have 2 Children @ San tan Ranch. We could not be more pleased with San Tan. What Dr. Alva & Mrs. Wolf have accomplished in their 1st year and continues to accomplish.... AMAZING!!! Our kids came home Friday so pumped up & excited as they had a short assembly on how WELL San Tan STUDENTS & Teachers are doing! San Tan is currently rated 20th out of 1300+ Schools in the State of AZ & # 1 for the District. One of our kids went from failing to being a honor student!! I have read ALL the comments, & I could sit here & go tick for tack on each complaint; but I have better things to do. Besides the numbers speak from themselves!!! As for the haters... the complainers.... STOP IT, go get your teaching degree, or be involved with the School or in the classrooms. It is not at all easy! If you think you can do it better.... step up I am sure they would love to have you on board at San Tan. I am proud to say that our Children attend San Tan Elementary & do not have any faults or issues with the Dr. Alva, Mrs. Wolf or and of the administrators or Office Staff for that matter. They are all WONDERFUL & truly do care for EVERY student & parent associated with San Tan Elementary.

Submitted by a parent

September 15, 2011


I transferred my children to this school because I had heard it was the best in this district. If that is so, I would hate to see the other schools. This school, and district, have been the most inconsistent school system we have ever experienced. The teachers always look mad at the end of the day as they walk the students out. It seems that they can't be eager enough to be rid of the children. The principal, as my child tells me, if often on his cell phone in the hallways and even in the classrooms, while a teacher is 'teaching'. I am transferring my children to another district after first quarter. Possibly a district that enjoys children.

Submitted by a parent

June 19, 2011


My son has been attending this school since kindergarten began in fall 2009. We have been underwhelmed with the depth of the education that he has received and unimpressed with the curriculum. The teachers he has had are caring and communicate fairly well, however, the environment in which they are trying to develop our children's minds and abilities is lacking. The change in principal/leadership has only empowered the PTO that seems to have so much control over who gets what within the school. I have witnessed favoritism, bullying and a genuine hostility--and that is among the parents. I would like a more positive and encouraging environment for our child and our family. Also, the last two weeks were composed of a lot of movie watching, free periods and little new instruction. The report card came home with NO additional comments--constructive or not--about my child's year-long performance. We had a good rapport with my child's teacher and were quite involved throughout the school year. I have to wonder if the environment is wearing on the teachers as well.

Submitted by a parent

June 18, 2011


Our son attended in 2009, and we are taking him out at the end of 2011. We won't know how his new school will compare, but if it has half of the problems we'll be fine. At San Tan, get ready to be bombarded with constant fundraisers and straight out requests for donations. They sure communicate well about the weekly fundraisers, but pretty much fail on all of the important communications. You have to drag information out of teachers and staff. Maybe they're overwhelmed with the overstuffed classrooms. You could go to the PTO meetings and try to help - as long as you like being bullied and yelled at if you get out of line. If you speak your opinion on anything, you then get to endure the snide comments, infighting, and politics. I wouldn't be surprised if the new principal is gone within a year. We went to visit on parent lunch day - it was an absolute mad-house. That's how it is every day apparently. We did have a couple of good teachers, but honestly I don't know how long they'll last. I feel bad for them and the schools in general, it's sad they don't get the funding they need. Why can't we do anything about it? Arizona makes me really sad and embarrassed sometimes.

Submitted by a parent

May 4, 2011


I have moved her from a different distrist and thought Gilbert public schools were going to be better but boy did they prove me wrong. I have realized that new teachers do not know how to do anything and they push the children backwards when they need to push them forward and I'm very disappointed with this school. They need more teachers who know how to teach and then they can bring scores up.

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