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Desert Willow Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 590 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2014

Ever Since I switched my son to this school they have helped me so much with his learning disabilities. He has been improving so much and he get the help he needs. I am very happy and will continue to keep my son at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

One of the worst school in town. I was very displeased with the staff beginning with the principle and teachers. There is no structure, I didn't see my child curriculum for the year, teachers are too busy to meet, the principle is somewhere busy to take notice in how inconsistent the school in performing. I would not recommend this public school to any parent who care about their child's education. Your child will likely get bullied on just like my child. However i was very prompt in removing my son from a such dissatisfying environment. If you're looking to enroll your child into a school, look elsewhere before making the mistake I made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

My first child attended Kindergarten here this year and I really liked his teacher. I really was not impressed with the office staff though. Not very friendly and have heard negative comments from other parents as well about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2009

I think that desert willow along with the teachers and the principal are incredible . I have been involved since day 1 and my daughter is doing so well the staff really ago the extra mile to assure the students are doing there best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

I am very disappointed in this schools principle, I made a teacher request before school started because my daughter is having major trouble, she failed to fulfill my request and said she only makes environmental request. So I allowed my daughter to start with the teacher of there choice, big mistake. My daughter comes home with almost all of her work pages empty. The teacher realizes this and said in my conference that my daughter 'just says all well' if she can't get past the first problem. The teacher does not grade classroom work because it is just practice, she only grades test! I beleive (and the teacher does)that my daughter is deslexic but this school will not test her for it, I have to take her to a doctor they tell me. I am very disappointed in this school. I am trying to find a new school at this point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I am extremely discouraged by the way the principle handles serious situations that have occured in both the kindergarten and 1st grade classes. I am very involved as a parent in my child's education, but I cannot tolerate the sweep under the carpet attitude, or the it will eventaully go away theories as utilized by this principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

This is a great school. I have found the principal to be caring, supportive, and willing to go the extra mile. My daughter's teacher, Mrs. Shofner, is fantastic. She teaches much more than the curriculum requires. I am very impressed by the kindergarten program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

This school is absolutely always impressing me! I have 2 boys here, we've just moved from Michigan, and both Ms. Johns and Mrs. Huberty have made the transition so smooth for my boys! The staff in the front office are always helpful and friendly. Class sizes are smaller compared to most schools, and the staff is always in contact with parents! I would highly recommend this school!! We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

I have 3 children at this school. 2 are doing very well but 1 is having issues with his teacher. The Principal does not like conflict and refuses to confront the teacher or otherwise become involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

I don't like this school,The principal doesn't get involved!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2007

Desert Willow is an excellent school with great teachers that care about there kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Beautiful school, parents are always welcome, academics comes first
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

This school is incredible, Small classroom sizes and great faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

Desert Willow is a good school. It is also a new school. It has latest technology with a staff that has the skills to teach students how to use it.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 46% 42%
White 41% 42%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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