The Goddard School
1420 N Higley Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Fax: (480) 830-6038
TollFree: (800) 463-3273
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My two children went to the Goddard school on Higley road for about a year. We left two months ago moving to another Goddard school on East Coast. While I did appreciate the school on Higley Road very much, I didn t bother of writing a review until now. After being in another Goddard school, I now feel compelled to tell people how special a place we had back in Gilbert, Arizona! The one on Higley Road is definitely special. There were a lot of small things the new owner brought to the school which made the experience very memorable. From the Keurig coffee machine in the foyer, to the care and warmth of the staff. From the quiet determination to improve the education level to the free Parents Night Out (and they even watched the siblings of the enrolled students for free). From the first rate reading program to the first rate Phoenix Zoo visit. What we miss most is the personal attention given to us parents. When we were there, we thought those things were nice to have. Now in another environment, we know those were the luxury we deserved. We like the school we are in now. But we definitely LOVE the one we left behind. Good luck, you guys! With affection,
I am an MD so I naturally look for health and safety issues in any place my son is in. And I love this place, with their very stringent procedures and strong sense of security. Besides a great childcare facility, this school pushes more on the educational side. My son has learned so much since attending this school, to compare with his previous expensive preschool in the same general area. The staff, especially the owner, is very caring for my son and every child in the school. I eventually think of this place more like an extended family than my son's school. And they have so many extra fun activities such as the Fall Festival, or the Parents' Night Out, etc. without charging the parents any extra. I am better off than some people, but still appreciate not being nickel-and-dimed every time my son is served a small slide of pizza. If I were you, I would check out this place. Don't just read the reviews, find out for yourself. MarkR, MD
My son started 2 months ago at the Higley Goddard school, and my family is just so in love with the environment. We have been to a few schools before this so we know a great school when we see one. And this school is first rate. Staff is enthusiastic, teachers are caring, owners are friendly and obviously not in this for the money. But I particularly love the French language program they are teaching there. Our little one came home one day spoke a several words of French in almost perfect accent. And his vocabulary steadily increases every day. Just love it! We are now thinking of going to Paris for vacation next summer. A little expensive to vacation there, but who knows, it could be a catalyst of something. Jim Green
FIRE THE OWNER. SHES A SILENT WITCH.
DO NOT BELIEVE All these Peaches and CREME reviews. I was threatened by the schools attorney to not write any bad reviews. WEll too bad!!!!!!! This school is horrible. It all starts from the TOP. VAN is the owner. Shes terrible. She under pays all her employees. They all quite or get fired. She will lie right to your face and say things like, "oh my employees stay here forever." FALSE!!! Its all over town VAN. You fire most everybody. YOU CRIB SHARE which I will be filing a complaint with the STATE OF ARIZONA on. YOU overcharged my family I came to find out about. I found all these things out from former employees Van. So if you want your attorney to take me to court then Lets go!!! I am not afraid of your attorney. Again, I have first hand knowledge that they were CRIB SHARING. Also, she will lie to your face and say she will prorate if you are gone but this is a complete LIe as well. She told her employees she was giving the school 6 months to see if it would be profitable. If thats not a money Grubbing owner I don't know what is.))LOL People again.... Please DO NOT BELIEVE all these reviews. NOBODY IS PERFECT. Everybody is afraid to wirte a bad review because their big bad attorney from California sends out a Cease and Desist letter claiming that he will sue you if you write a bad review. But don't take my word for it if you don't believe it. Go waste your money and experience it yourself. BE MY GUEST.)))LOL
04/17/2012Provided by Citysearch -
My children have been in this school for over a year now. 99% of my experience ranged from good to excellent. One time I had a small issue. I brought it up and it was fix & resolved the next day. That's what I like about the school. They listen to you and recognize your input.
03/20/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I do not know what the other parents are talking about because we found this school miserable. The owner is overbearing and rude, the director was never there and the teachers are young. We even heard the infant teacher was fired for strapping down a childs arms and force feeding. A few months ago, a bunch of teachers all left (ones we loved) and we soon followed after we saw who was replacing. Stay far away!
This is the best-kept secret in Gilbert. They are quiet, no fanfare but full of special things that make your child's education a lot easier and a lot more fun than you would expect. The staff is caring, friendly and highly qualified. The owner is passionate about education. The value is terrific.
I enrolled my daughter there at the age of 2.5. Now after only six months she begins to read. Not much, but she can read her name, my name, simple sentances and the menus when we go out to eat. And trhe important thing is they teach her to love reading. She asks me to buy her books instead of toys. At three years old? Yeah, it is that good!.
Totally love it.
03/18/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I put my 2 school-age children in the Spring Break week at this Goddard school on Higley Road. And my children had such a blast! The program was very carefully designed and I am so happy with it.
At first, I just wanted to find a safe place for my 5 years old boy and 9 years old daughter to spend the Spring Break. But they got a lot more than what we had expected. The school was new at this school-age program, and they used the Spring Break as the pilot for their upcoming Summer Camp. From what it looked, I think they will have a very sucessful Summer Camp. The program was rich and the teacher was such a cool person to run the kids. I definitely will bring my two children back for more during the summer.
Way to go Goddard!
11/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
We toured the school yesterday. Our 14-month old son (not very out-going) just latched on to the owner. Very out of character for him. The owner carried him around the school introduced him to several teachers and children in the school while we were talking to the director of education about various things. (Everything was wonderful BTW)
When my husband and I were ready to leave, our son was not! He didn't want to leave the owner to go to me. and he started to cry when I took him.
What do you do in such a situation, when everything you are looking for is there and your child just votes by feet? The only thing left to do was to enroll. And we did.
My husband and I laughed and smiled all the way home.