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About This School

El Dorado Private School is a private middle school in Scottsdale. The principal of El Dorado Private School is Linda L. McDermott, whose e-mail is president@eldoradops.com. 291 students attend El Dorado Private School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at El Dorado Private School is 5:1. Pope John XXIII Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 72%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 10%
Multiracial 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    We are thrilled with El Dorado Private School! Our son has grown leaps and bounds over the past four years both socially and academically. We love the smaller class sizes. My son has learned to play the violin and trumpet as part of his music class. As a fifth grader he is in a math class that is working from Saxon's 7th grade book. My son loves doing his research projects on his school issued iPad. The introduction of the iPads last year has turned my son into a great writer. Before the iPads he did not enjoy writing. But now with all of the new exciting ways he is being introduced to writing he loves it! El Dorado definitely challenges my son each and every day!

  • (6 months ago)

    Disappointing. We came to this school with high hopes 3 years ago but it just doesn't meet up to the standards of other private (and public) schools in the area. While El Dorado claims to teach a grade level ahead a lot of kids just aren't ready for it so they have to simplify the curriculum to keep everyone on the same page. A friend of mine has a child in a very academic charter school and they are doing more challenging work than my El Dorado student. Another friend pulled her child from El Dorado and moved him into a gifted program at the local public school and she said her child is learning more there. After hearing this feedback from my friends I started looking into other schools as well. We found another private school and realized that their curriculum is leaps and bounds above El Dorado. You might feel like your kid is at the top of their class at El Dorado but that's only because there are so few students. You are essentially paying for a private school but getting a public school education. I would advise anyone to do some thorough research before enrolling at this school.

  • (6 months ago)

    El Dorado has been a great school for our children. You can really tell that Mrs. McDermott and her staff care about the students. The academics are outstanding and we love the atmosphere on campus. My oldest son is working two grade levels ahead in math and we love the fact that his reading and writing has flourished since we came to El Dorado. Our daughter is excited every day for preschool and is already reading. Super school!

  • (7 months ago)

    El Dorado is a fantastic school! Strong academics excellent teachers and administration and caring atmosphere! Always has been during our seven years (and counting!) at this school!

  • (7 months ago)

    If you're looking for a creative loving atmosphere you've come to the wrong school. The teachers are nice but they run under the direction of the principal who runs this school all wrong. This school gives out disciplinary warnings that they call infractions and the students receive them for every little thing. I would agree if they gave out infractions for hitting pushing bullying etc. but instead they are given out for every minor mishap. Kids at El Dorado receive infractions for reasons as simple as getting up during lunch time forgetting to put on their jacket at recess or not raising their hand. It is demoralizing and it brings down the children's self esteem by being scrutinized over every little thing. Aside from that the campus lacks upgrades and the enrollment shrinks drastically in the upper grades. My daughter used to love school and now she never wants to go. We will be leaving El Dorado next year. Definitely do your research before enrolling in this school.

  • (8 months ago)

    We are ecstatic to be a part of the El Dorado family! The smaller class sizes challenging academics and family feel is phenomenal. Coming from a larger school where they were more like just a number the individual attention our sons receive is outstanding. Not only from their regular teachers but even everyone in the front office lunch counter and other areas of the school knows who they are and care for them. I would highly recommend any family to check out this school. We really believe there is not another school like it!

  • (9 months ago)

    Awesome school!! Great academics! Outstanding teachers! Amazing adimistration! Sepcial close-knit community! Tremendous parent support! Honestly could not ask for anything more than El Dorado has given our daughter!!

  • (10 months ago)

    I think El Dorao is amazing. The academics are excellent and we love the close community feeling of the school. My husband and I are continually blown away by what our daughter is learning. I wish we had an El Dorado in New Mexico where I grew up!

  • (11 months ago)

    I'm grateful for the time our kids spent at El Dorado. I'm pleased in most aspects with what they've learned and accomplished (weak in Spanish and development of writing skills as well as introduction to technology - but strong elsewhere to help make up for it). That said the environment changes as the kids age. There will be a time to move on as evidenced by the decreasing enrollment in the older grades. I'd recommend El Dorado for preschool and the first years of elementary but then encourage parents to be involved with their kids and the school and be aware of other options for when the "right" time for your student to move on... just as I would suggest of students at any school.

  • (11 months ago)

    All is not as it first appears Individuality and originality are frowned upon Children should be nurtured not kept in line If you don't think your child is a cubicle filler Then run from this school

  • (1 year ago)

    We have children in all levels od the school and absolutely love it! The teachers are caring and extremely hard working. They should be commended for their hard work and dedication.

  • (1 year ago)

    ElDorado is not worth the $$$$$ because the school is not any better than the Arizona public schools. This school is not what you would expect for a private school especially if you're used to East Coast private schools. The teachers are just like you would find in a public school being unmotivated and lazy--just there to pickup their paycheck. It wasn't unusual for my kids to have 2-3 hours of recess per day as the teachers didn't want to teach that day. We paid $300 for an non-existent technology that was never delivered. The school said they were going paperless but not one textbook was on the laptop/Ipad this year. The lunches aren't prepared on site so cold and awful lunches are served on filthy tables. The school has no facilities like a gym or lunchroom that even the public schools have. There's holes in the classrooms' ceilings. There has been 2 electrical fires within 12 months at the school. Miscellaneous things break around the school never to be repaired or replaced. If something happens at the school the Director is suddenly "unavailable because off campus for the rest of the day." THIS SCHOOL IS SO OVERPRICED !!! Going somewhere else next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent of a happy and "normal" middle school child I have tried to stay out of the war between feuding parents. I understand that if children are not asked to return to the school that there may be bitterness but it is time to move on. Slandering the school and teachers is not a responsible and moral way to teach our children how to handle disappointments and disagreements. I value the hard work and dedication of the teachers and could no longer stand by. Let's all look forward to a wonderful year for our children wherever they may be.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child left school everyday feeling like the socially maladjusted kids were praised. While the socially maladjusted kids received special privileges the normal children were scolded and ended up crying all day. I have never seen a school where the students are bullied by the teachers. It is a such a shame beacuse you would think with the OUTRAGEOUS tuition fee it would at least be a place where my child felt comfortable. Not a place where the director/staff team up with the maladjusted children to make the normal kids lives miserable. When the teachers aren't being mean to the kids they're gossiping with other teachers/each other trashing the normal kids. Every teacher knows what happened in one class literally FIVE MINUTES after the class ends. EVERYONE knows each others business. If you want to have a conference with ONE middle school teacher you are forced to have it with all FOUR of them even though the issue has nothing to do with the other three. This is done to gang up on the parents. We're happy to be going to a normal school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We still attend El Dorado because my kids friends are here. However after seeing posts from people who don't even go here anymore or witness this I must speak up. The teachers are wonderful and nurturing up till 5th grade. In the upper grades some teachers do bully and gang up on kids and my own have witnessed it. Some really nice kids have suffered terribly. Part of this is crazy nasty humans who should not be in a classroom anymore & some is teachers who are lazy or slower than the kids and leave them bored to death & you will be punished if you show boredom. The real problem as others have said is a high percentage of socially maladjusted kids here - and the fact that everyone is told they MUST hang together - however NOBODY not the teachers the principal or even the psychologist tells this kids exactly how they are supposed to do that. VERY stressful for the normal kids! This leads to the uneven discipline. While some schools would involve the police with some of these incidents - this one overlooks those from the favored (maladjusted) kids. Less favored kids are harshly disciplined for far less. I hope they can fix these problems because this WAS a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school that a few unhappy parents have described is not the same place that my son attended. He is in high school now and loved El Dorado. The academics are strong. He was able to test out of Algebra I and go directly to Geometry Honors. He was in many other Honors classes as a freshman. I never talked to a parent who said that their child was not challenged. If parents or students complained it was that there was too much work. The teachers know their stuff and are approachable. I reached them easily by emails and in person. I never had a problem scheduling a conference with any teacher and the director was always available. My son and many other high school graduates often go back to the school to visit former teachers. Most of the teachers that my son had are still there and still seem to enjoy the students and the grades they teach. In middle school my son went to dances game nights a team building weekend and 4 day trips each year that he still talks about. For an unbiased opinion of the school talk to the local private high schools. El Dorado students are considered tops. Every school has its few detractors but you can't argue with success.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm ashamed to see the negative posts coming from parents who have loved EDPS and thought it was the perfect school for their children. Then when something did not go their way they turned against the school. My kids have been there for a couple of years from moving back to AZ. We did a lot of research of various private school in the area. Both my husband and I love the staff smaller classrooms and the attention to the children. EDPS an excellent school and the proof is how successful the school has been over the past 40 years!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My Children hated the school. My neighbors and friends all left for Rancho or one of the public schools because the education the learning environment and the quality of the teachers was not even as good as public school. We found the Director to be lacking in all things compatible with administering a quality program. They hide the truth and they only care about creating their own self promotional fantasy and collecting $$$$ from unsuspecting parents. The school is a SHAM !!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have being excelling at EDPS for several years. We were at another private school location where we left due to their poor educational structure. I have many neighbors' children at EDPS and decided to meet with them. We were able to tour the school during school hours and see each of the classrooms were the kids would be as well as they got to shadow for a day. Extremely helpful staff!!!! I asked the children how they felt about the school and they nothing negative to say. That was 3 years ago and still happy we made the change!!

  • (1 year ago)

    The School has the poorest social and educational environment in THE WORLD ! It is a scam that tricks busy working people into thinking that it is an upscale learning institution. It is filled with many problematic socially maladjusted students who are not able to fit into a school with a normal environment. Check the local Press and talk to any of the many people who have left this school. If you can sit down with the Director and look her in the eye and ask her the same questions that the many disgruntled parents asked who have uncovered the debauchery at this school. You will see and understand the Truth if you do this. Don't send your innocent children to this school !!!

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