My daughter is new to this school and is in her Junior year. PROS: 1) the school does not tolerate physical fighting and will contact the police as necessary. Also, they have expelled the students involved in the fighting, where necessary.. 2) The teachers are very invested in the students and work to help them succeed by working one on one and helping them to stay on task with assignments. 3) the school week is 4 days, w/ Friday as a catch-up day if they should miss a day or need extra assistance. 4) bussing is available for our neighborhood, as we're several miles away....... CONS: 1) emails go unanswered, so best to call or go in to the office 2) communication is largely by Facebook and would prefer to have direct emails instead, as I am not a daily user of FB and my husband does not use FB at all. 3) just a handful of clubs offered and no sports at all; so very limited options to bond with their class mates and items to put on college applications as well as stay fit.
I like the school because of its small campus. I can be myself here and not worry about what other kids say. They don't care what color my hair is or what kind of car my mom drives. I used to go to MT View and the kids complained if their parents bought them a new Chevy instead Lexus. All the teachers here care about you and your future. The lunch sucks though. Should allow students to order out for lunch or let us leave for lunch.
Love the school. It's a smaller school where my child has thrived!!! The staff is fabulous. It's not just about academics at Desert Hills they care about the whole child and work to meet the needs of parents and students. I'm very happy with the school and would recommend it.
I'm so happy that we found Desert Hills. We moved to Arizona in October and could not find a school that would accept my daughter in the middle of the semester. One of the schools suggested Desert Hills because of their block schedule. They welcomed us and accepted my daughter right away. They've made sure that she's on track to graduate on time and even offered her a plan to graduate early if she wanted. Great school & people.
I just want to say that I'm so thankful for this school. Earlier this year my son got into a fight and was expelled from his Gilbert school. When we came to Desert Hills the principal told my son that he would have a clean slate if he walks through the doors of Desert Hills, but that he would still be held accountable for the same rules and hopefully he learned from his past mistakes. If this is what people mean when they say that Desert Hills is a 2nd chance school I'm happy it is. My son has taken that 2nd chance and has done well at the school. The teachers really care and contact me if my son has any absences or missed school work. At first he just wanted to go to Desert Hills and earn his credits so he could go back to Gilbert next year, but he now wants to stay at Desert Hills. I don't really know what happened in the past there, but I think it's a very good school now.
This is my senior year and I'm graduating. I was planning to go to a different school last year, but the new principal that took over changed Desert Hills so it's so much better than it was. All the stuff that is online is all old stuff and about the old school. There's a new principal, new assistant principal, and almost all new teachers. They all care about students and education. They changed rules and enforce them. It feels great to be able to sit in class and hear the teachers and discuss topics. I only earned 1 college credit this year, but wish I had a chance to earn what the students coming here now can get. I'll miss Desert Hills.
I'm in 9th grade and really like Desert Hills. I decided that I wanted to go here because you can start getting college credits in 9th grade. I'll finish this year with 9 college credits already besides my regular high school credits
I've been here for three years and the new teachers this year are great teachers! They really care about you and your success. Fridays are used for helping students that need extra help. The new principal made sure all the students followed the rules and some students were mad at that change, but all the students now really like the new school.