About the School
We are a Preschool to 6th Grade Elementary School in the
Maricopa Unified School District. We are located in the city of
Maricopa, AZ, a city approximately 20 miles south of Phoenix,
At Saddleback, every individual is dedicated to creating a
positive and engaging environment where all students continually
develop a love for learning.
Our vision as a Saddleback community is to develop
skills in character that lead to happiness and success.
Questions - FAQ
Q: What subdivisions are within the boundaries for
A: The following subdivisions are included within the boundaries
• Ak-Chin Farms
• Ak-Chin Greasewood
• Desert Cedars
• Desert Passages
• Palo Brea
• Papago Buttes
• Santa Rosa Springs
• Senita 3 & 4
• Seven Ranches
Q: What about the subdivision of Homestead,
which school would my chiild attend?
A: The subdivision of Homestead is in the boudaries for Santa Cruz
Q: Which middle school would my chiild
A: The following subdivisions will go to Desert Wind - Desert
Passages, Glennwilde, Senita 3 & 4 and Seven Ranches. The
following subdivisions will go to Maricopa Wells - Ak-Chin Farms,
Ak-Chin Greasewood, Desert Cedars, Palo Brea, and Santa Rosa
Q: How do i enroll my child for preshool?
A: Please contact the District Office at 520-568-5100 x1061 or
x1057 to schedule an appointment for our Child Find Screening. The
screenings are held monthly, see available dates in our "Child Find" section on the left side of our
website. All potential students for our Preschool Program must
complete the screening before enrolling.
Q: What do I need in order to register my
A: In addition to an enrollment packet, you will need the child's
birth certificate, immunization records, proof of current residence
(utility bill, mortgage statment or rental agreement) and enrolling
parents photo ID. Enrollment packets can be picked up in the front
office or online in the "Forms" section on the left side of our
Q: What is the cutoff age for Kindergarten and can they
A: Cut off age to start Kindergarten is
August 31st, and the child must be five years old by that date in
order to enroll. Early Kindergarten testing (those turning five
between September 1 and December 31) is held at the end of May for
the School District.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends
at 3:10 p.m. Every Wednesday and the last day of the quarter,
the school day ends at 1:10 p.m. The office opens at 7:40 a.m. and
closes at 3:30 p.m. Our preschool has different hours
for each of their sessions. Please see the "Preschool
Hours" section on the left side of our website.
Q: What if my student is
A: We encourage promptness since tardies affect
everyone and disrupt classroom time. Late students must report to
the office. There we will issue students a "Tardy Slip" before they
go to class. Students should be on campus by 8:05 a.m. to make sure
they are in class by 8:10 a.m.
Q: What should I do if my
student is absent?
A: When at all possible, please notify us when your child
is absent by calling the Attendance Clerk in the front office at
520-568-6110 x2401. If we don't hear from you by early morning,
you're likely to get a phone call and/or text from us. Students
that have been absent should return with a note explaining the
reason they were gone.
Q: Does Saddleback provide
A: Yes, we certainly do for those living within our
boundaries. Parents, please remind your child(ren) that riding the
bus is a privilege and that we require best behavior at all times.
Please arrive at your designated bus stop on time. Those students
living in the Glennwilde subdivision and those outside of our
boundaries, busing is not provided.
Q: Do you
allow students to bike to school?
A: Yes, but only if they live within one mile of campus. We
are concerned for the safety of all students and ask all bike
riders to be aware of their surroundings. Saddleback Elementary
School is not responsible for lost or damaged bikes.
Q: Does the school provide
breakfast or lunch?
A: Yes, we provide both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is
free for everyone. Lunch is $2.75 for students. We also have free
and reduced-price ($0.40) lunches for those who qualify. Just
contact the front office for the papers you'll need to fill out for
these special lunch prices or go to the "Forms" section on the left side of our
website. Students may choose to bring their own lunch to school if
Q: What methods can my
child use to pay for meals?
A: We welcome students to pay for meals with cash or check,
but we prefer that each student have a prepaid lunch account. You
can register for an account and monitor your balance at https://www.myschoolbucks.com. To register you
will need to know your students School ID number.
Q: Can my child bring
treats to class to celebrate a birthday or other
A: Our district policy does not allow you to bring food
from home for classroom parties and events. All food brought onto
campus must come from the cafeteria or be store bought. Please
contact your students teacher at least a week before to arrange a
time. Students cannot receive deliveries of flowers, stuffed
animals or gifts while on campus.
Q: Does Saddleback allow
visitors in the classrooms?
A: Yes. Visitors must call ahead and make an appointment to
visit classrooms. We need to make sure that classes aren't
interrupted during important times like tests. When you arrive at
school, please check in with the front office with your Photo ID to
receive your "Visitor Pass."
Q: Do you require uniforms for the
A: We do not require uniforms but do have a district policy
regarding a Dress Code. To view our Dress Code Policy, see the "Forms" section on the left side of our
Q: My child needs to take
medication daily. How will you make sure he/she will receive
A: Please label all prescription medications and keep
them in the school health office. Only our school nurse will give
the medicine to a student. Prescription medicines must be
prescribed by a doctor and have documentation telling how much and
how often the student must take the medicine. Please be sure to
contact the health office ahead of time if you want your child
taking over-the-counter medicines, too.
Q: When do report cards
A: We have student led conferences after the end of the 1st
and 3rd quarters, during which report cards will be handed out. We
send report cards home after the end of the 2nd quarter and on the
last day of school for the 4th quarter.
Q: Where is the lost and
A: The lost and found can be found in our MPR/Cafeteria on
the back table. Check there first for any missing items. We
encourage students to write their name on their possessions.