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Desert Mountain Middle School

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Posted August 5, 2013

Our child has attended Desert mountain for the past 2 years And loves this school. The teachers are amazing and care so much about Their students. We are always treated with respect and always catch a glimpse of a friendly smile from The school front office staff. Our child is very happy here. Desert Mountain does indeed have a STRONG Anti-Bullying policy. Our child also has an IEP, We have been satisfied with their special education department. Dr. Johnson even attended our IEP meeting. How many busy principals do that? She has always been approachable and listens to Any concerns we may have. We have found the special education department to be very accommodating. The reason We feel this way is because our child actually ATTENDS School here CURRENTLY not somewhere else. If our child is happy and thriving here, We find no reason to go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Awesome school with great teachers and students! I have two kids at this school and they are doing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Wish I could rate this school better, but the horrible administration prevents me from doing so. Great teachers, but the principal has got to go. She may have her doctorate, but the way she handles situations is as if she didn't even graduate high school. If your child has any special needs (IEP or not), you'd be better off finding a different school and driving them, they are not very accommodating. One last thing, they say they have a zero tolerance for bullying, but it is a serious issue at this school and the principal will brush you off if you bring an incident to her attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Great school. Great staff. Our kids have been going to school here for 6 years. The Wuollets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

Love this school. I have two children that are attending this school now and they are both excelling. The classes are normal size for a public school creating healthy competition. A great skill for the "real world".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I have a 1st grader and Kindergartner at this school. Both of their teachers have been available, involved and engaged in the progress of both of my kids. I am pleased with the school overall but the lack of funding does limit some of the extra curricular activities available. The PTO is the best I have ever encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

We have two children at Desert Mountain School, one in 3rd grade with Mrs. Wilson and one in kindergarten with Mrs. Holt. We are very pleased with their progress and absolutely love their teachers. Mrs Kestner was the substitute for the first 3 months and went above and beyond!!!! We really are happy at Desert Mountain and the PTO is outstanding. With dedicated parents we can do a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

my daughter has attended this school for 3 years. Thanks to the teachers, she excells in her 5th grade class and feels good about herself. As a parent, I could not be happier. Her music teacher even makes her feel like she can be a musician , even though she makes the trumpet sound like a sick moose!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

My son and daughter both attend this school and we love it. The teachers are very helpful and caring people. My son had Mrs. Vanderham last year and she is wonderful. She has a very creative way of teaching and I really enjoyed helping in the class when i could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

I've been going to this school since 3rd grade, and ive got to say i've been pleased with the school ever since. i never really had very many problems with the school and its staff. The teachers find different and exicting ways to help us learn, i'm currently going into 8th grade now and i'm looking foward to my last year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2009

VERY pleased with the school overall. My daugher is in kindergarten and Mrs. De La Cruz is a WONDERFUL teacher! I volunteer on campus occasionally and have been very impressed with the campus overall. The class size is a bit large (24) for kindergarten, but I think that is pretty much the norm in Arizona. Lots of cool extra curricular activites like theme-night parties on campus where the whole family is encouraged to participate....very well planned out....great PTO!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

Loved the Desert Mountain Fall Festival, Lots of new things, which is great. Magic show was terrific. Things just keep getting better every year. My son loves his teacher and there is always something new going on. We think we are in the best school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

We have just been so happy with our 1st graders teacher. So organized for example, when our little girl came home from her first day of school the information the teacher put together was amazing, we received a business card with her cell phone number, email address, laminated, and a magnet glued to it. To me this reveals a concern teacher and she has not disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

My childs' teacher at Desert Mountain is terrific. I have had 3 children go through this school,by far Mrs.Goldblatt is the best teacher I have came in contact with. My child has learned so much this year. I am very impressed, my child loves her and is excited to see her everyday.My child came to this school very quiet and shy. Her teacher seemed to make her feel welcome and secure. She allows the children to be proud of you they are. I have been in there many times and it is a happy place for children. This school seems to have many great new teachers. The office staff is very nice. My children love the new principal! Its a great school all in all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

This school has improved immensely since the change in leadership 2 years ago. Thumbs up to our new Principal. Also, a thumbs up to Ms. Hileman (8th grade math teacher) for going the extra mile to help her students pass the AIMS test. Thanks for making a difference in children's lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

We've been at this school 3 years now and I am very happy with the change in principals. She has been present and easily available whether it be after school when kids are being picked up or at any of the various PTO functions or nighttime activities. I would like to see more of parents invited to the school for awards or other functions that the students are involved in. We have had some wonderful teachers here. It's nice to see the 'ineffective' teachers encouraged to leave. There has been a lot of teacher turnover - this may change after the principal has been here a few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

We moved into the area from the East Coast, and the school quality was very important for us. We found DMS to be on par with private schools from the east. Overall our children are enjoying school and excelling at their age level. The teachers are wonderful and communication between teacher and parent is great. I haven't encountered any major problems at all, and am happy that we chose this area for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My children are doing very well at Desert Mountain school. The teacher is very nice and they get alot of extra help when they need it. There is always something fun going on. The school recently had a Western night that was a lot of fun. If there were more parent volunteers, i'm sure the school could do a lot more. We are very happy here in Desert Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

I am enrolling my son in DMS because the problems I read about are the same as see & hear in every school in the Deer Valley school district (accept for that snake entry, that's the silliest thing I have ever read, come on people we live in the desert duhhh) & it closest to my home, he is currently in DVSD school & at 1st I was nit-picky. Then, I learned to work with the school & ask for the justifications for policies & do as much volunteering as my schedule allows so I am aware of what is going on & that has really helped alot...there is no such thing as a perfect school, or for that matter a perfect child so it is all of our jobs to work together as parents, teachers/staff. If one of those components are missing or unwilling then that is the real problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

I have two children at desert mountain school and they are both doing very well. The school seems to be always coming up with new ideas to make learning fun and I would recommend this school to anyone. Our new principal is wonderful. Education is a team effort of parents and teachers, I think that this school is doing a very good job. Our daughter has a second year teacher and we love her. She has bright new ideas and works hard to get the children ready for the next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
75%

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 65% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
73%
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 58% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
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 "Performing Plus".

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 13% 43%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Lynda M. Johnson
Fax number
  • (623) 445-3580

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
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35959 N. 7th Avenue
Desert Hills, AZ 85086
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