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About This School

Whispering Wind Academy is a public elementary school in Phoenix. 558 students go to Whispering Wind Academy and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 2% of the Whispering Wind Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 20% of the 558 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Whispering Wind Academy is 16:1. Pardes Jewish Day School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Mandarin
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 66% 69%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Hispanic 20% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 29%
Limited English proficiency 2% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    This school has had a lot of change over the last couple of years. There seems to be no real leadership or vision for the school anymore which is sad because we sent our child there for the STEM program but it doesn't seem to be a priority any longer. We will be looking for a new school for next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been at this school threw 3 prinicpals & the current principle is AWEFUL. My kids have been called liars by the principal to other children. He tells the kids to come talk to him if they dont agree with something than he argues with them that they are wrong instead of listening to them. My daughter has been choked by a boy & then my other child was threatened by the boys mother in the front office. My daughter got in trouble for defending herself & taken into the principals office w/the boy & the princpal he then made both kids sign a document w/out another adult present. The principal didnt even call me until 6pm to explain what happened. 2 of my other kids tried to explain what happened during the incident & were told to stay out of it & the duty aides did nothing to stop the fight when they were in formed of it. The PE coach has yelled at kids in their face & belittled them in front of classmates. Ive had to go to district to get the nurse to look into a matter more. Over all I would never recommend this school & are happy to be leaving as I dont want my current kids or Kindergartener going there. I will dearly miss some teachers that we have been w/for years

  • (1 year ago)

    Yes that s right school doesn t only need a good principal but need to change some of the staff too. Some of the teachers are really good but others I regret sending my child to this school soon she will be going to better school. Any way we drive so we rather drive them to better school. If your kids are smart always get good grads and you always work with them on their studies don t keep them here especially if they are gifted. Because you expect staff should be friendly and encouraging and towards education. But forget about cooperative and encouraging this schools gifted services staff is unfriendly dominative and BULLY. And I think its quite natural because talking to principal does not make any difference. Everybody in school is focus towards fund raising events/things and making money. Forget about kids and forget about education. Being a parent we need to move our kids to education.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school used to be A+. After Mr. Clancy left the school went down hill. The new principal just doesn't work for this school. This used to be one of the best schools in the district but not anymore. The support isn't that great and the teachers seem defeated. Get a new principal and get the moral back up with the teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have loved this school so far. Mandarin Chinese is a great language to learn since it is spoken by the largest number of people in the world. There is always communication between the parents and teachers/principal. I am happy my son gets to be apart of the school as is he. He's always got a smile on his face when he comes home.

  • (2 years ago)

    School allows teachers to feed kids sweets in class without first asking for parent consent. The school promotes fast food by partnering with McDonald's for events. An important part of learning is promoted by a healthy clean diet. The school seems behind on the math curriculum. They teach Mandarin Chinese and do not offer Spanish. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the States! They could offer more music class sessions. Music class is proven to improve a child's IQ. P.E. is also not offered throughout the school year.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has attended the school for 2 years. One thing that I like about and I think is extremely important for the school's progress is what kind of principal there is. The previous principal was a great person and very close with the students. The current principal is even better. He is a very down-to-earth person who will take the time to listen to your concerns. He is always outside telling kids goodbye at the end of the day and making sure they cross the streets safely. He goes the extra mile. Teachers are happy with him too as he has provided them with much wanted improvements and technology in their classrooms. The teachers in WWA are nice and constantly make interesting projects for the kids to do. Overall a nice school but I don't know why its rating dropped so much. Used to be a 9/10.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids have been going to WWA for 5 yrs. now and we have seen a tremendous change... When Mr. Clancy came on board the moral integrity & philosophy really kicked in to overdrive. The teachers and faculty on various occasions commented how they are really enjoying coming to work now. It has shown in so many ways. There is a real sense of team work. No more... The leadership is an equal playing field. Even the students are more inspired... It seems that everyone lights up when they interact with Mr. Clancy. However... With the New School year 2011 comes a New Principal... We are hopeful ... although many think he has some big shoes to fill. We know it is not far to judge & we will certainly go into this with an open mind. We already miss Mr. Clancy and will always have fond memories... We wish him well at Desert Shadows and maybe we will be lucky enough to share his leadership again when my 3 move onto middle school...

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in 5th grade and we moved to phoenix last year.he came in the middle of the school year and he was welcomed into the class. the teachers are good. especially the gifted and talented teacher.he is also in the school band.it is quite an enriching experience for my son.i love this school. planning to put my younger kid in kindergarten during fall this year.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers and administration at this school are great... Helpful knowledgable flexible and very approachable. The only negative really is the lack of funding for improved teacher to student ratio throughout the upper grades. Parent involvement could improve as well. Overall we have had a very positive experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has excellent teachers. the new principal is now getting rid of the teachers that made this school excelling. The philisophy has changed. Excellent teachers Worst principal ever No vision or importance for academic programs.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our child has been at WWA since first grade and is now in sixth. At that time we were changing from private because we felt the experience in private was too culturally limited. WWA has been a great public school experience students from a diverse social and economic background coming together under the school motto of work hard be nice and achieve. The new Principal's leadership is greatly positive and supportive--he leads a staff that is 100% enthusiastic about education and love teaching above all else. He has made it a point to get to know each and every student. The Special Areas Teams complete a rounded education that every student enjoys. The PVUSD gifted teachers and experience is amazing. I give the school 5 stars for their community school and staff. My one wish is that the District would find the money to restore the smaller class sizes to the upper elementary grades.

  • (3 years ago)

    Unlike private (but expensive) schools teachers and principals in public schools don't get their salaries from families payments. As a result treatment of children and parents depends on the principal's philosophy. The new principal has the old fashioned view that faculty is always above students and parents too. The school now has some teachers that academically don t know much more than their students and don t even care. The grading standards of tests are becoming of low quality but cannot be challenged. Realizing that they are well supported by the new principal some teachers are becoming increasingly rude to both students and parents alike. I can t give details because of the space limits for the reviews here.

  • (4 years ago)

    The new year has started with a new principal. He seems very dedicated and will ing to make positive changes. The only drawback this year due to budget cuts is 4th 5th and 6th grade have only 2 teachers per grade with 30 plus students in each class. There were aides for kindergarten and 1st grade (no aides for 2nd-6th grade) and the aide positions were cut too. The school is a great school and if/and when a budget gets passed and classes can get back to normal this school will really be the school it should be.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a student beginning second grade in the fall. We searched several public and charter schools in the area and found the staff to be the most welcoming and informative the class size to be good with an aide in the room as well and just a really good energy overall. We drive her 5 miles each way and wouldn't do it any other way. The teachers really care about her education and about our interaction with them. They help us know what to work on for homework and give us fun games to play. All the 1st grade teachers were invested in our student know her by name and let us know what's up. When I call the office to talk about her the staff knows who I am as well. Can't wait for 2nd grade to start.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is great! I absolutely love it!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter started her education at Whispering Wind on an inter district transfer as we live closer to another school. I would not hesitate in highly recommending this school to any parent that is up in the air about which school to send their children to. The teachers principal and admin staff are all amazing! We couldn't be happier with our choice in schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children have excelled at this school. The students are diverse and give students a view of the world as it truly exists. Mr. Gilchrest extremely insightful in his approaches to solving problems with parents and students. I know my voice is heard and that the decision is always in the best interest of the children (not the adults.) All the home room teachers have been excellent! The P.E. library and chorus teachers provide exceptional activities for the kids including extra before school clubs for the older kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    Whispering Wind is an excellent school. The community atmosphere fosters kind behavior between students and creates a conducive environment in which to learn. Administration faculty and staff are all education and student focused. We are very happy.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our family actually lives closer to another elementary school in the district but we choose to send our 2 sons to whispering winds. The academics there is great. The teacher and parents envolvement is so wonderful. They send home a ton of flyers for all the extracurricular activities or afterschool programs. I would recomend this school to any parent who likes to be envolved and someone who wants their child to leave the school with high spirts.

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