Phone: 480-507-1359


Degrees and Certifications:

Chris Birgen, Principal

Welcome to Carol Rae Ranch Elementary! Our school is dedicated to building a community of compassionate, life-long learners that are working to make our world a better place to live. The partnership between school and home makes a difference in your child's learning experiences and successes. We appreciate the support you give and that you choose Carol Rae for your child's education.

Chris Birgen is the principal at Carol Rae Ranch Elementary since 2021. Before taking over at  Carol Rae, Mr. Birgen was the Principal at Islands Elementary for 10 years, Assistant Principal at South Valley Junior High, and Dean of Students at South Valley Junior High. Mr. Birgen was a 7th–8th Special Education teacher in Greenfield Junior High before becoming an Administrator.


Carol Rae Ranch Announcements

  • We had so much fun kicking off this year’s Kids Heart Challenge this week! We traveled the globe with this year’s heart heroes, who inspired our students to “Be The Torch” in the fight against heart disease by taking care of their own heart, helping others with special hearts, and completing Finn’s Mission with their family to learn lifesaving skills. We are so excited for our fun benchmark incentives this year! When we reach $4,000-Pajama Stuffed Animal Day, $8,000- lunch outside on the playground, $12,000-extra 30-minute recess, $15,000-GAME DAY(electronics included) and our BIG school goal of $17,500, the whole school will get a movie and popcorn party! Help your student get a head start by completing Finn’s Mission TODAY.

    Visit our school page at or download the Kids Heart Challenge app! #hearthero #kidsheartchallenge


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  • Please click on the link below to see what's happening at the Ranch this month:

    February 2023 Paw Print News

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  • FUN RUNS begin 11/18 and are held on Fridays, after school from 2:55—3:30 pm. Please make sure your child is picked up by 3:30 pm at the parent pick-up area. After each FUN RUN, Student Council will be selling POPSICLES for .50 cents.

    If you plan on your child participating in ANY of the FUN RUNS, please fill out this form for each child participating. Filling this form out ONCE, allows your child to participate in all FUN RUNS.


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Upcoming Carol Rae Ranch Events

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Elementary School Day Start & End Times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:10am–2:55pm

    Wednesday Early Release: 8:10am–1:55pm

    Half Days: 8:10am–11:55am

  • Playground opens at 7:45 a.m

    Line-up bell at 8:02 a.m.

    Tardy bell at 8:10 a.m.

Preschool Start & End Times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    AM Class: 8:00 - 10:30

    PM Class: 11:15 - 1:45

    *No preschool classes on Wednesdays and Half Days

Carol Rae Ranch Site Council

Name Member Title
Thea Hansen Principal
Reed Carr Community Member
Leslie Garbis Staff Member
Stephanie Grimmer Teacher
Amy Christensen Parent
Kathleen Sawyers Staff Member
Amanda Ray Parent
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