Hugh Lorch

Sonoma Ranch Elementary School8

Gilbert, AZ | Maricopa County

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January 27, 2014


I have two kids that go to Sonoma Ranch. One of them started from 1st grade all the way to 6th. The principal is horrible. The office staff even worse. Snooty, caddy, gossiping people don't belong around children. The music teacher, pe teacher (new one), and most of the teachers are great. Mrs. Nelson hates kids and it is not hard to see. The preschool program is an overpriced joke. I am so happy to be moving. The front office needs some testosterone. Way too much estrogen up there, if you know what I mean. Too many girls (not women) with attitude problems. Find another job please. Like I said, most of the teachers are great, but with the poor office staff (even the nurse) being so bad and a terrible principal, the leadership makes the rest not so good.

Submitted by a parent

October 15, 2013


**Id rate this school at 2.5 stars, Im at a 50/50 with this school (unacceptable in my book) and am working towards getting my son out ASAP. Principal Terry is awful, ignorant to say the least.. as other reviewers have said he has no people skills, that is an understatement. I had a returned call from the superintendent of GPS within 7 hours due to Terry's incompetence. My sons inclusive teacher is fantastic, his primary teacher on the other hand I wish I could say the same but unfortunately I can not. I have had emails from her with my sons name spelled 3 different ways, his name is Aden.. how difficult is that? Im assuming she obtained her degree online or at some sub par university. I get other students homework sent home with my sons folder, she has given my son TAP water when I send him to school every day w. a fresh bottle of R.O. water, freshly made lunches have gone to waste, I use mostly organic and was disgusted that she would give my child processed garbage over what I had sent in. Front desk ladies, main one is very nice the unpleasant looking one is well... very unpleasant. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

Submitted by a parent

September 3, 2013


My children have been going to Sonoma Ranch for years. The teachers help them feel welcome. The school has a very active PTSO that keeps the children engaged in fun activities and supports the school with fundraisers.

Submitted by a parent

August 12, 2011


I went to this school from kindergarten til the 6th grade. Now im a freshman. The teacher's there are the best, the tricks they use to help us i still use to this very day! I rate this school 5 stars! I love and miss you all!

March 26, 2010


The office staff is outstanding. The teachers we have had (especially mrs. Munley in music and the former p.E. Teacher) have been super committed and incredible. The principal needs people skills. If our decision rode on him to send our kids to school there or not we would not- but the rest of the staff is so great that we choose to stay.

Submitted by a parent

January 28, 2010


I disagree with the comment below Great Special Education Teachers. Do your research before sending your kids to this school if they have special ed needs. We are almost done at Sonoma Ranch for special ed but things have really changed over the last two years. When a principal and school psychologist don t want to be there to help the kids who need it, it is downhill from there. If your child doesn t have special ed needs, the classroom teachers are wonderful and the Sonoma Ranch community is great.

Submitted by a parent

January 22, 2010


We two kids attending SR, we have nothing but kudos.

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009


Great Special Education Teachers/Aides.

Submitted by a parent

January 24, 2009


This school has great teachers and a fantastic PTSO!! Wonderful. This year though has been such a disappointment in the principal. We have been spoiled for many years prior. It is a sad shame that we received him. All we ask is that a leader actually likes children and wants to be around them. Stiffed necked, snooty people don't belong with children. Disapointment is on the minds of so many of the parents. Not many are speaking up as far as we know, but we know the truth. I feel soooo sorry for the teachers also.

Submitted by a parent

October 17, 2007


I love Sonoma Ranch! I went there for all 7 years. The school is great, the teachers really cared, and the principal (both principals) were very involved!!!!!!

Submitted by a student

March 29, 2006


My child has been at Sonoma Ranch for 3 years. This is an excellent school - from academics to teacher/parent involvement. The communication is wonderful. When we transferred here, everyone made my son feel welcome!

Submitted by a parent

March 9, 2006


Fantastic school. Head Teacher is fantastic, staff dedicated. Good academic programs and extracurricular activities. PTO is very active

Submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006


I find Sonoma Ranch Elementary top notch. Starting from the principle to the teachers they provide a great and safe learning environment for my children. I love the 'Character Counts' program that emphasis on respect for yourself and others. It is also nice to have the option for your child to choose to play an instrument in traditional band or strings (violin, cello, base). There is also the 'fun run' the kids love and our 'family picnic' (that was a lot of fun). Sonoma Ranch gives you the feeling of a big family.

Submitted by a parent

January 1, 2006


My daughter has been at Sonoma Ranch for almost 3 years now. I love the teachers and principal. They (teachers and principal) want and try to see that the children succeed. There are numerous extracurricular activities (such as Fun Runs) in which the children can participate. The teaching quality has been very good, and, to this point, there has been a safe and nourishing learning environment. There is quite a bit of parental involvement but it could be better.

Submitted by a parent

August 5, 2005


This school has excellent teachers who truly care about the academic success of their students.

Submitted by a former student

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