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Desert Hills, AZ
Students enrolled: 931
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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35959 N. 7th Avenue
Desert Hills, AZ 85086

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(623) 445-5000
(623) 445-3580
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August 05, 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
August 05, 2013
Awesome school with great teachers and students! I have two kids at this school and they are doing well.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 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
July 10, 2013
Great school. Great staff. Our kids have been going to school here for 6 years. The Wuollets.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
November 03, 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
no rating 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
August 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
no rating 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
May 04, 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
November 01, 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
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
August 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating 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
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
January 15, 2008
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December 26, 2007
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August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
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
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
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
no rating 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
May 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
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
March 25, 2007
School has new principal who seems to be working hard to improve school. Parents are getting more involved and there is always somethings going on to keep kids busy. 2005-2006 PTO providing alot of fun activities for the children. We can see the school becoming better each year.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
I have read the reviews written by other parents. The parking issue was one of safety for our children. It needed to be addressed and our new principal worked with the local law enforcement to make it safer for everyone. I think they did a wonderful job. This is a terrific school. The staff is so nice and the teachers are working hard to bring some new life into the school. Sometimes the parents who complain, are parents who complain about everything!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 20, 2006
We have two children attending DMS, one in kindergarten and one in sixth grade. Overall quality of the school diminished at the end of the 2005-06 school year, and is continuing in its downhill spiral with the start of the 2006-07 school year. The school has shown a severe lack of organization and definite miscommunication, which we have experienced firsthand regarding our son. So-called solutions to existing problems addressed by the new principal have done nothing but create more of a problem. Case in point is DMS's recent 'solution' addressing the dropping off/picking up of students.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 09, 2006
Poor academic programs comparing with others; they have a very negative method of discipline!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
At least one of my children has attended Desert Mountain since 2001. I think that it has pluses and minuses like all. The minuses would be the teacher turn over. They tend to move on as positions become available to them closer to their homes. One big plus is that the principal and office/nurse staff have remained stable. My oldest son (now freshman) probably had one of the two best teachers he has ever had at this school as well as a string of very good, challenging teachers in the Sage/Honors program. My youngest is now in 2nd grade and has had very good caring teachers. His current teacher is awesome, very organized, keeps control of the class etc. By her own admission though, the class sizes are too large. This distric allows too large class counts and our area is growing very rapidly, often new kids are added daily.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
This is a very good school with a great PTO organization. They have a sage program for accelerated learners in Math and Language arts that starts in 4th grade. My son has attended school here since 1st grade and has done very well on the standardized tests. They offer band, extracuuricular sports and many other clubs such as drama and unicycle. The only problem I have found is the high turnover rate of teachers recently. Possibly because of the location of Desert Hills. So far the academic programs have been good. My student is in the 4th grade at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
My sons second day of kindergarten he was crying at the pickup gate with diciplinary note.Second week teacher says he has behavior problems, needs to be observed. Next day my son is lost on campus,no apology and its not there fault.Principle was no help either.Wasted my time with excuses and no apologies.Very unprofesional and defensive for the teacher.I talked with six other parents through friends, about there dealings with principle all very displeased. My son is now in a safe,nurturing enviroment that is not over crowded and doing very well.His teacher has 21 years experince instead 3years.The real question I had to answer was did I really want whats best for my son? Yes to my son, No to Desert Mountain.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
I had 2 children in this school and both did fantastic. The teachers were great. We hated to move.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
Desert Mountain School is one of the worst schools I have seen. The principle is terrible and does not do his job. Many of the teachers do not teach the students what they need to be succsesful in their coming years. The classes are extremely simple and provide no challenges for the students. The administration does not want to do anything to help parents out and always take the easy way out to solve problems. Their policies on discipline are absurd and the school takes no action upon students causing serious problems within and outside the classroom. I would advise parents to only enroll their student(s) in this school if it is a last resort.

- submitted by a former student
no rating April 04, 2005
So far so good. My son is in his first year at this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Mountain Middle School
35959 N. 7th Avenue, Desert Hills, AZ  85086
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Desert Mountain Middle School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Mountain Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top