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Public charter
Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 405
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5821 West Beverly Lane
Glendale, AZ 85306

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(602) 896-2900
(602) 467-9540
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Map of Desert Heights Charter School address.

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December 11, 2014
Every child, should be given equal opportunity to grow both emotionally, socially, and academically. However, this is not the case with DHCS, with severely limited resources kids are not able to participate in key school functions. Academically a smoke and mirrors scenario of quality educational is an illusion. In reality, children are not challenged. Sure, the child may receive all "A's", however the "A's" are meaningless when the homework is well below the child's grade level. Enrolling your child or children in this school is doing them a huge disservice. Concerned parent that pulled their child from this school. It was the BEST decision.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
Desert Heights Preschool is just simply the BEST. This is our first year in the preschool program and my daughter simply LOVE her teacher, Mrs. Penalosa. My daughter can't stop talking about her all the time at home. I really appreciate how my daughter is treated in this school. She came in very shy, and now... wow... I would say she progressed 110%! Above and beyond our expectations! Keep it up Preschool!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
This is our first year at this school and we are very impressed. Our children have improved not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. I don't think that we were ever on the school's campus that every single teacher wasn't smiling. Desert Heights is a very welcoming school and I am so glad that we are a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
This school cares about the children and their education. I am proud to have children attending this school. The faculty works hard and is very family oriented.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
We love Desert Heights Charter School! The second grade teachers, after care teachers and principle are great!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
Best preschool ever! Love the teachers and the extra mile they go to ensure a healthy, safe, enriching program for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
DESERT HEIGHTS CHARTER AND PRESCHOOL IS NOT JUST A SCHOOL, ITS A COMMUNITY OF CARING FOLKS WHO LOVE KIDS. OUR PRINCIPAL AND STAFF ARE POSITIVE PROBLEM SOLVERS AND FUN LOVING PEOPLE. I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO VOLUNTEER AT OUR SCHOOL, BECAUSE MY PARENTING SKILLS ARE STRENGTHENED BY WATCHING STAFF INTERACT WITH OUR KIDS. OUR ENTHUSIASTIC AND SKILLFUL TEACHERS ARE VERY ENCOURAGING, HELPING OUR KIDS TO BECOME BETTER THAN THEY BELIEVED THEY COULD BE. THE CREATIVE WAYS OUR STAFF HELPS OUR KIDS TO LEARN NEW CONCEPTS CONTINUES TO AMAZE ME. OUR TEACHERS HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TALENTS THAT HAVE BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES, GIVING EXTRA TO OUR KIDS WHEN THEY ARE STRUGGLING IN AN AREA. WE KNOW WITH THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS CREATING INCREASING WORK AND DIFFICULTY FOR OUR STAFF THAT THEY THEMSELVES HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP OUR KIDS GET AHEAD SOME SO THEY AREN'T AT RISK OF FALLING BEHIND WHEN FACED WITH CHALLENGES.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
Desert Heights had been a better than average school until this year. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards the school has become mediocre at best. Teachers, fearful of students not meeting the benchmarks in tough subjects (i.e. mathematics), have begun teaching to the lowest performing students. Students are told that if they don't meet the standards, they will not be promoted to the next grade. While this may be true, students should not be provided with this information. Good teachers should have the skills required to teach students of all ability levels in one classroom. Sadly, the new teachers hired this year lack these necessary skills and the students are suffering.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I love DHCS and DHPA. I have three children that attend the school, and I have never been at a school before where the teachers go above and beyond. Both principals at both campuses have great communication with the parents, and I can tell that the teachers truly care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
Desert Heights Charter School: provides my only child with a wonderful small town school feeling. It has provided my child with excellent & supportive staff , a safe & pleasant learning environment, and above average education that is NOT Focused on Teaching our children how to excel ONLY in AIMS tests. I love how the school provides excellent communication about what my child is learning everyday in class....as well as expectations for the quarter. I feel she is always being challenged by her teachers, no matter what the subject. The teachers have been available to talk at any time & answers any questions within 24hr time frame. My child loves the school & reports no signs of bullying. I feel she has received an excellent education over the past 3 yrs. at Desert Heights Charter School. Our plans are to continue attending as long as these above standards of education continue. There is no such thing as a perfect world/school..... but Desert Heights Charter School has a great team of staff and parental support working together to make sure that our kids receive a excellent education, in a safe & pleasurable environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I like the uniformity, the emphasis of education and the excitement in providing the education to our children great job : )

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
DHCS cares about the community and it's families that attend. This is our third year. We couldn't be happier with the staff and teachers. It's like being part of a big family. If any issues are to arise they are taken care of immediately.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
Our family is very proud to be a part of the Desert Heights community for many years now. My children have started since they were little (one since preschool and one since 1st grade) and now are the Preparatory campus. This program is one of a kind with the staff and teacher truly caring about the success of our students academically and building a well rounded student. We feel at home here and couldn't imagine another place better for our family. The different activities, sports and other community events that take place within this school offers our kids great exposure to so many different things. The new campus that the Preparatory has moved to is beautiful and we are excited to see where it goes from here. If anyone is looking for a community where your children can start at Preschool and continue to grow and develop within the same community until they graduate high school, our family can truly recommend it. Highly encourage you to stop by one of our campuses and take a tour and meet the staff for yourself as I can promise you will feel at home.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
We've had our kids in the Desert Heights Charter system since they were in preschool. We've watched this school grow for many years now. The administrative team is top-notch. They truly care about the kids, their education and their future. I've read some of the negative reviews on this site and I've just never experienced any of what they are referring to. I am very involved in this community and wish other parents would be involved at a level that provides solutions instead of criticism and negativity. I have always found the admin staff to approachable and reasonable about any concerns I've had regarding my kids. The athletic program really took off last year. The athletes know that academics are the first priority. The coaches are really impressing the concepts of discipline and teamwork upon the students. They just recently moved the prep campus to a new location that is absolutely beautiful and feels more like a school. We are very pleased with this new location!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
I am a parent of DHCS student who excels in all of the classes. I believe this is because of her positive experiences with her teacher and aftercare staff. I am also a parent who is involved with her education and with some staff members. I donate my time out of my schedule to make sure my child and friends have a chance to enjoy all the fun family events the school offers. I am sorry for the disappointment of other parents. Yes, the our schools share funds. It is no secret, all parents have the opportunity to share their concerns at the board meetings in which I attend when I feel I need to. I am excited about our new location and so is my child. We look forward to attending it. I have met wonderful parents who have become our friends through the school community functions too. For anyone looking for a school come by and decide for yourself. I cannot speak for anyone else but we have had great success for the past four years.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
Desert Heights has been an awesome school for my grandson. I wouldn't ever even consider putting him in the public school he would go to. He is going on his 3rd year and although their may have been a couple bumps in the road they were taken care of. The teachers keep me posted both in his academics and at aftercare. My grandson is a little slower than a lot of children his age but the teachers are fantastic with him and getting him up to where other kids his age are. Normally if I have a concern I get a response back from whoever I addressed the same or next day.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
I have to say I am a new parent at DHPA and I feel this school is amazing. My son has moved up at least 25% in all subject areas and all the Teachers and Staff care so much about him. DHPA is so invovled with the student body and works everyday to make my studnet a well rounded young man. He is going to be a part of the athletic program next year, and he has been volunteering at all the school events. I have to say my family is blessed that we found such an amazing program.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Desert Heights is a major disappointment. The prepatory academy does not have adequate guidance counslers to help kids prepare for school, the rules are made up as they go along and expect parents to just accept what they say. And because we told them that we were sending out kids to a different school we were basically told in no uncertain terms that they were not welcome back there by the school superintendant. There has been teacher turnover and what original teachers do remain have a hard time controlling their classes from what I have seen. Especially during the last week of school where a fourth grade teacher showed " the boy in the striped pajamas" as the kids "FUN MOVIE", and the school preceded to say that it was OK to do such. the prepatory academy was more interested in wearing uniforms and blazers instead of education.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
This "School" is horrid.BEWARE!!! Teachers that don't care and don't listen. A Principal that only talks to you through emails and a superintendent that takes money from the Elementary and gives it all to the "precious" Prep part of this school.The more money you give them the "better" you are to them. Kindergarten was great but half-way through First grade everything went down hill. My daughter actually came home and told me "my teacher doesn't care about the class" that's pretty bad for a 7-yr-old to say. If you want to know the truth read the real ratings (1-2 stars) not the ones the school gets their staff to put on sites. Yes we got emails telling parents to give good ratings on websites!!! The Prep part of this school was ASKED TO LEAVE where the school was and now miles away because they were forced to move because of the behavior of the students. There are better choices in Glendale don't give this school anymore money.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
I am a teacher and a parent. I work with a large group of professional individuals who partner with the parents of our children to help them succeed academically, emotionally, and physically in a safe environment. I am grateful for the parents and their ongoing support in our schools volunteering day after day. We are a successful school because of the close relationships we have with our peers as well as our parents. It is the ongoing fundraisers and family nights that help us raise money to improve our classrooms and support our specialty classes. My child is excelling and it is because of the efforts of our staff. THANK YOU TEACHERS AND THANK YOU PARENTS!

- submitted by a teacher
March 08, 2013
I agree with a previous post that they seem to only care about the money. However is it better than public schools. I say NO.. My kids now attend public school and is it perfect no but when there is an issue it gets resolved. I think that no matter where you go you must be involved. Desert heights likes to hire all their friends and family and if you don't fit into that qualification they disregard your opinion or issues. Years ago they had a great school going then the past 3 years the school has become greedy about getting money from the state. Its obvious ownership has changed here. There are teachers and staff that get involved in the teenage drama and its pretty pathetic. I do not RECOMMEND this place if you have a child older than 4th grade. The 5th through 11th on a different campus together.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
The review from Jan 2013 is my sentiment too. I have been here for 4 years and while the environment is better than a public school there is still a lot of things that could be better if they cared about developing relationships with parents other then for money. There have been several times I have had concerns with methods used in the class rooms where students are shamed for not completing homework or for asking questions in class, only to have my concerns treated like I also have no right to question their methods. but as I said it is still better than most public schools. lesser of two evils...

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2013
My children have been at Desert Heights for 7 years. They started in preschool, and I now have one in 3rd grade at the elementary campus, and one in 5th grade at the preparatory campus. I love Desert Heights! The teachers are exceptional, and the administration always wants to do what's best for the children. I love the community of Desert Heights, and enjoy seeing so many proactive parents on campus. My children are thriving, and I can't imagine any other school that's as dedicated at Desert Heights.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
The administration of this school has made up their own rules. When parents voice upset with a policy, immediately there is another policy put in place to restrict parents from voicing concerns. The administration creates an environment of conflict for parents with custodial issues and disregards parental concerns, unless it is of the parent they favor. When I have voiced my concerns about my child, there is never a remedy for fixing the problem, only excuses as to how they are doing their best, and yet the problem occurs again. The administration has recently begun a policy of trespassing parents from events because they don't like to be questioned about their policies they scramble to create and scramble to change.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
I am writing this comment to address concerns a parent is expressing regarding 4th grade math and their child's grades. I have met with a couple of 4th grade parents regarding their concerns for the difficulty level of the 4th grade math. Although we have moved to Common Core Standards, which are more difficult we are offering support for our struggling students in tutoring after school as well as providing interventions for students 30 minutes a day. Beginning in semester 2 we are creating individual learning goals for students who are struggling and meeting on a continual basis to evaluate progress. I am always willing to meet with parents to discuss these issues and come up with ways to support our students and staff. Respectfully, Ms. Fjell, Principal

- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2013
This is our 2nd year at this school. I am really considering moving to a different school. My child has dropped from getting all A's in math to getting the equivalent of F's. There is a very big problem with the 4th grade math program. It is not just one teacher either because I have spoken with several other parents whose children are in different classes and they are facing the same problems in math. I am surprised that the admin. has not addressed this problem. Instead it seems that more pressure is being put on the teachers. My child tells me that her math teacher is stressed out all the time and constantly yells at the students. I don't know whether the stick out this year, or move my child now. Very concerned.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
I was new to the Charter last year and we are now at the Prep this year, we absolutely love it! We loved the Charter and we now love the Prep! The teachers are amazing! The administration is amazing! Overall just FABULOUS! I have never seen my child happier and that makes me happy! My gifted child is allowed to shine here, he's making straight A's and doing so awesome. The public school system really shafted us and we will forever be grateful in our hearts for the Desert Heights Community!! P.S. I love how they ENCOURAGE and ENJOY parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
When my company moved to a new facilitty we decided to move our child to our home school which is an "A" rated school. This decision was also based on commuting issues in the morning. It is a public school and did not know much about the difference except for the obvious that class size in a public school is much larger than a charter school! Due to the good rating of our home school we thought everything will be fine. Our child stayed in this public school for 2 quarters to finish the school year but without much thought put into it, we decided to ask our child about moving back to Desert Heights Charter School. Our child opened up saying that she is REALLY ECSTATIC and haven't seen her HAPPIER about going back to her old school! As supportive parents, very proactive to our children receiving quality education, we returned to DHCS. We have been and are happy with the teachers our child has had from Kindergarten to the present. Catholic school our older child went to can't equal the level of professionalism and credentials DCHS teachers have, and their administration being wonderful and always helpful. WE LOVE DHCS!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
This is our 4th year at this school. I have one student on the charter side, and two at the prep. We love this school. The teachers are great and the administration is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
I have three children that have attended Desert Heights since they were two. I have one starting at the Prep campus and she is super excited to have have Dance, Spanish, and Technology classes as a 6th grader. My gifted son went on several Science related field trips and completed very cool projects that have kept him engaged in school. As a mom, I love that the school focuses on integrity of character and social awareness along with individualizing academics. After nine years here, I can't see us ever leaving, especially since there is high school. We love DHCS!!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
Desert Heights Charter school is amazing!! My kids love it here. They feel safe, wanted, and most important, cared about by the teachers and staff. We have been with Desert Heights since Pre-K and have had a great experience in ALL of the grades. Awesome afterschool activities, Music, Art, and Library teachers are great! We love the monthly flag ceremonies and I LOVE that I can help out in the classrooms if I want to. It is very rare that you find a school that LOVES having the parents be a part of their childs school. I would recommend Desert Heights to anyone that is wanting a warm, family friendly environment for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
It was a big let down to have to withdraw my son from this school they do not work with you if there are any struggles with learning disabailities the teachers do not seem to want to help unless your child is doing well. I really struggled with getting teachers to communicate with me my concerns for my son. My other child did not have any learning disabilities but seems to have fallen behind from where he was at his old school. If your child struggles he will not get the help needed to succeed and the school is not so great with communication with the parents. Please look around at other schools before you look into this one!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
Desert Heights is a school serving children from 2 years old thru 11th grade (11th grade for the 2012-2013 school year). This community has grown because of the support of it's parents, students, and staff. Without that amazing support, no school could possibly experience the growth that Desert Heights has seen. Every school experiences it's growing pains, every program encounters challenges in making EVERY student, parent happy. Desert Heights is truly a community that is committed to their students and families in giving them the best school experience possible. You can't make everyone happy, but I can honestly say that IF a question/concern is presented, it is most definitly addressed. This school is about the students and their successes. EVERY student has the opportunity to achieve and exceed their potential, however, it is still ultimately the responsibility of the parent to support their child AND the school to ensure that their child reach their full potential. I know that my children are receiving the best education possible, and I am very proud to be one of the parents that support this program. If you are looking for a fabulous school, Desert Heights is the one!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
I am familiar with this school, it funny to read the comments posted on here. I elected with remove my child from this school several years back. At the same time, I removed my son, about 10 other families also remove their children. Though several years have pasted, I still keep in touch with a majority of the families, we've developed a close knit friendship. I would say about 8 out of the 10 children that were withdrawn, at their new school it was "highly suggested" their children be held back. The main reason, these children were held back is because they did not receive the foundational skills necessary to progress to the next "grade level". It has been about 5 years, and all or our children are doing exceptionally well. Looking back, removing my child was a true blessing. It also, make true dedicated teachers stand out when you see. My advise to anyone, even thinking about placing their children's future in the hands of this school: DON"T!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
As a parent, too many teachers leave or they hire newbies. Faculty doesn't listen to concers. The parking is horrible and attendants are aggressive to say the least. There are lots of choiced out there, olook at those.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
I'm torn as a parent. I've had children that have grown with the school from the Charter to the Prep Academy. I've been thru several of the staffing changes. While I believe some of the teachers are truly great and have the interest of learning at heart ... I don't think they are allowed to. If you are not part of the 'family' then your child is an outsider. In the beginning I was treated with respect, then it grew to a disrespect not only as a parent, but as an adult myself. In the end I was encouraged to move my child to another environment. It's sad when the administrative staff acts worse than the high school students. They overwork the support staff who love the children. Please consider all your options before moving your children into this growing environment. I think money is the only thing they are concerned with. Be prepared for hours of homework at home.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
My children enjoy the small school. That's Positive, The Negative. The children are not being well served. I will need to pull them out before the end of the year or they will be so far behind they will never catch up. A few teachers that have a solid reputation for really caring and teaching the children. It is evident the children are behind. Once out of that school the , The student simply will not be equipped to handle basic fundamentals. The the staff, including the Principal and administration are rude and uncaring. Miss Annie who seems friendly enough to an adult, yells at the kids. This behavior is disrespectful, and sends the wrong message to any child that the way to be heard is by yelling. This I have witnessed first hand. If the parent of that child was there that day I am positive there would have been fireworks. After speaking to my child about what we witnessed that day, it is evident this behavior is encouraged and displayed infront of the Principal her self. Parents are viewed as adversaries unless you are in the family Check this school out throughly before you buy into the small family feel and smiling faces, Not angry, just very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
Many teachers have been changed out just this year in the high-school! Don't believe the staff posting as parents... Lot's of students have left, my kids knew at least 10 kids in their grade that were 'encouraged' to leave. Put your kids in a school that is more concerned about the kids, not just the state money they get.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
My children have been at this school collectively for 4 years. My oldest's first two years were great then something happened in 3rd grade the teacher was awful, Mr. Jiles would not listen to my concerns and requests, he just became unconcerned. My little one has had three good years but with Mr. Jiles new attitude of abusing his new position which he should never have been given, the school has gone downhill. I will be pulling my children by the end of the year to never return to a school where parents concerns are ignored and the superintendent lacks the knowledge to know how to provide a GOOD education for children.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
My experience is only with the Desert Heights Prep Academy campus. My son chose this school for seventh grade. We attended 2 open houses and met the principal and teachers prior to making our decision. What swayed our choice was the strong technology focus and classes offered. During the first quarter, the technology teacher was fired and wasn't replaced because of reduced state funding. Now there are no more tech classes. All the students who were in various computer classes were reassigned into a small selection of elective classes, which are now overcrowded. The principal is making a fine effort, but these are big negatives to us.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
I have 2 daughters currently attending desert heights school and Prep. I cant say aything bad since it has been the best exprience ever. I had do to this all long distance from Hawaii and the staff went above and bey ond to help me. Mr Jiles is awesome Coach Blackburn has been just so great. My daughter is on the flag football team and its her first sport ever and they have been encouraging and supportive. The teachers are also great! The children have been very warm and welcoming as well. I wish we had moved earlier just because this school is having such a positive impact on my girls!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
I absolutely love this school. Mr Jiles is a wonderful influence on the students. His caring attitude and affection to his students shows thru. My daughter excels at this school. Debbie in the front office is wonderful, she helps with any request or concern. This school really made a difference in my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
As a parent, if you don't do your part in helping out with your child's homework and making sure they understand the classwork on a daily basis, then don't blame the school. All three of my children are "A" students at DHCS. So when you read a negative comment about this school, remember my message. It's not luck that my children are this good, it's the responsibility between both the school and the parents. We have been there since 2005. The principal, Mr. Jiles, knows all the student's names. That is remarkable. I love this school because they care.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
I will never send my child there again. The staff did not address are concerns, and became to involved in our home life. They will not listen to parents requests.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
This is my child's 2nd year and we are very pleased. The teachers are dedicated and very caring. They give so much of themselves to the benefit of the students and families. In addition, we like that the academics are specifically tailored to each individual student to promote learning and to adequately challenge the individual. We also appreciate the after school programs/classes available.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
Our family has been very pleased with Desert Heights. Our child has been with the school for two years. We have had nothing but good encounters with the staff and great teachers. The teachers and staff are doing a great job of accommodating the needs of children and differentiating the curriculum when needed. I did want to list some of my favorite things about Desert Heights: small school, on-site aftercare, Saxon Math, and extra curricular clubs and sports. We love the schedule of the school we enjoy traveling over Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break. I also appreciate the school hours, 8 am to 3 pm, an 8 a start time is more accommodating for working parents. Our family also appreciates the limited number of half-days each school year, I believe there are only three (one for fall conferences, one for spring conferences and one the last day of school) per year. This definitely helps working families. There is always an opportunity for parents to be involved at Desert Heights and that is truly appreciated. I would love to see more education and training in keeping the school "bully free". To Desert Heights staff & administration: Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
This is the best school around. My daughter has went to school all over the world and this is the only school that has been able to challenge her and keep her motivated in the classroom. We tried a public school close to our house only to find that they were grades behind what she has learned and is currently learning. When the time comes my son will also go to this school

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
I am a new parent at DHCS and am very involved. Bullying is not tolerated and my kids teachers have been great with communication. If you are having problems, talk to the principal. He is great and takes things very seriously. I am seeing my kids special needs met here when they were not at the previous school. No school is perfect but so far I'm happy with DHCS.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I am an active Parent Volunteer in DHCS. What I don't like about it is that evidently, there is nepotism in this school. There are alot of people who really needs job. My kids are doing OK but I am still expecting more quality education and standards from the school. Parents are over-powering in the cafeteria. I think they need more help outside (recess time) rather than inside. Recess time is still not safe. Dismissal time is still disappointing. School bus isn't working. Teacher failed to respond to my email and school website is NOT fully updated.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
Desert Heights has an exceptional ability to individualize instruction to meet the best interest of the students. I have a gifted son that attends and he not only is provided with opportunities to accelerate through content. he is supported with extracurrilcular opprotunities that truly provide him with experiences that will make him a successful adult. The staff, including administration, truly care about the best interest of all students and do not permit students that exhibit behaviors that negatively impact the ability for others students to feel safe or learn to continue on in the program without adjusting to the high standards that are expected of ALL students AND parents. We will NEVER go anywhere else. We are SO excited that the school will now be available to students through high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
This is one of the worst schools in Arizona. I cannot wait until the new school year and my kids are no longer attending. The Principal is a dictater who tries to bully parents to his views. The kids are behind other schools for their grade level. Because of this they may have to be held back in their new school. The only good thing about the school is Debbie in the front office. She is always helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
The author of this last comment is obviously biased...or didn't get their way about something. If THEY had gone to a "great school" they might know how to spell dictator. Desert Heights is a wonderful school with caring & qualified staff all around. My child has been there for four years and we couldn't imagine her getting a better education anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
This school operates like a family. We have our moments, but the bottom line is that everyone cares for one another and wants the same thing- growth and success for ALL!

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2009
My daughter completed 4th grade last year and we would sit no more than an hour of homework a day. The teachers are very willing to work with parents. If it is too much for your child speak up . They will work with you. Their is no backlashing from the teachers nor the principal

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
My child is overwhelmed with the homework she is given daily. The work is busy work. At the fourth grade level, OVER 2 hours of work a night is far too much, especially when the school policy says it should be 40 minutes at the 4th grade level. I want my child to enjoy learning at this age. I have heard from several other parents about the same thing and from the same classes. I encourage them to speak up but fear of teacher and principal backlash is keeping them quiet. They must know something I dont.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2009
I am a parent and my son is in 5th grade. We are new in the school and I would like to pull out my son. We are just waiting for the Fall Break to come. My son's classmates are so rude and disrespectful in class and in the lunch room. Are the teachers aware of that? I don't think that HOWL program works with these kids. The principal should give these students a talk. He is too confident that the school looks good and fine. But the inner behavior is absolutely nothing. I thought kids are being taught how to respect here?

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2009
As we spend leisurly time around the pool this summer, the same subject and concern continues to arise about our school; DH leadership. We agree that parental participation in our child s education is usually considered a key element for making high student achievement possible. However, we are very concerned with what we see as a few parents becaming too aggressive in the schools policy and decision making. The Principal cannot bend to every parents whim; staff members, or otherwise. Parents who can't accept the school's style is ideally resolved, not when the school accomodates itself to their demands, but rather when the school has communicated its philosophy so unequivocally that parents withdraw their children once they become convinced that the school will not meet their objectives. Additionally, a well-run school is when a principal sort of steps back and the teachers can get the job done. We love our teachers!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2009
Desert Heights has been our home since my eldest of four children started Kindergarten four years ago. This school has such an amazing sense of family, trust, safety, and academic growth. I love that everyone knows each other, and everyone looks out for each other. The teachers are outstanding, they really go out of their way to help the children achieve academic success. As all families do, I have the choice to go to a neighborhood school, but I choose not too. This is our home and I could not imagine going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
The clubs have been fun. However, now that they are only going to be offered at grade level, my daughter will no longer be able to get into cooking club since she is not in 2nd grade. Also, I hear that no one wants to lead drama club anymore (but, that too wouldn't be fun at 'grade' level only). They need to get rid of the notion and practice that those who have paid a tax credit dontation get their kids into clubs first. What difference does it make when a family gets that money back at tax time? Public schools don't use this practice.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
This school has managed to become one of the worst schools I have come to know. The teachers are terrible and the principal has his favorites. My kids and myself are counting the days so we can get out. If you care for your children STAY AWAY!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2009
I first have to start off saying how much my child loves going to school. She gets up every morning asking me if it's a school day when I tell her yes she smiles and gets ready quickly. I know its because of her caring and wonderful teacher Ciara Loadholt. She is very supportive to my daughter and to all her students. But she is one of many staff members that have a wonderful loving nature towards children. I can not compliment them enough so I must say Thanks to all for being so wonderfull to the children.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
As a parent, I am responsible for what goes on with my child. So, if I have issues I would take the appropriate steps to get the issue resolved. Further more, we teach our kids our habits. As a parent get involved in as much as you can, ask questions, CHECK YOUR CHILDS FOLDERS/AGENDAS, sit for a few minutes and acually help with homework. If you can't do these things, well then... Nice knowing you. DHCS is not the place for families who don't want to be better people! My family has been there for 4 years. I have never had an issue that was not handled or met me in the middle on. AS far as lunch program, you do have the option to pack your own lunch, the classroom sizes are small, the intervention programs are amazing, and the principal pretty much knows every kid by name. DHCS rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2009
I agree with the comment that this school is not become one of the worst. The attitude of the principal is one of the worst - he has favorites and then the rest of the kids are not noted at all. We are removing our child this year. The principal needs to move on or do a check of his attitude at home!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
I have two children at Desert Heights. I am extremely impressed by this school. My child was not very successful at the other school she attended and this year she has not only grown academically, but socially as well. Every adult at the school cares for every child. I beleive that is what makes this school exceptional!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2009
This school is great, especially if your kid marches to the beat of a different drummer than the average child. My child is gifted with learning disabilities. The staff and her teacher have gone above and beyond to understand her needs. They have gone out of their way to work with us and have not given us the run around like her previous school. She has come along way since the beginning of the year and we owe it all to the school. Yes, there are some things that have bothered me but then where would that not happen? I'm definitely keeping her there and will be enrolling her brother when he starts school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
I am a student here at Desert Heights and I love our school. We jsut had the best field day ever and the following day had our Spring Carnival. We are practicing for our Shakespeare play that we get to present to parents this week. Miss DeYoung is a great music teacher and is preparing us for our Spring Music program. I know all schools are not perfect, but Desert Heights thinks about the kids first and that is why I love it here.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2009
Unfortunately, this school has a very bad lunch program and the security at the school is lax at best. They have grown the classroom sizes to an unmanageable size, and do not have enough supervision to control the class conditions.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
We love DHCS . My grandkids beg us not to remove them ever from there. Mr. Jiles is a prime example of what a principal should be. I have never met anyone quite like him.I believe if more principals were like him kids would be more willing to stay in school. I have set and watched Mr. Jiles with the kids and he is absolutely amazing. The teachers are fantastic and we recommend this school to our friends. There is always good and bad at every school ,but I haven't found the bad yet. Mrs. Goings

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2008
This school is trying and failing. My children at the upper grade level are not being well served. I fear that I will need to pull them out before the end of the year or they will be so far behind they will never catch up once they reach high school. Nice Principal, F as in Failing school

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
I have five children who have either attended or are currently attending Desert Heights and can without reservation recommend this school to anyone. My kids have attended schools in three different states and this school has been the best at recognizing the individual strengths and weaknesses of each child. Mr. Jiles (the principal) is one of the most caring men I have ever met. He knows each of his students by name and they all know that he cares about them as individuals. The only drawback for me is the distance we live from the school but, I would gladly drive twice as far as I am now to have my kids attend this outstanding school because it is worth it.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I have two children at Desert Heights, and I am very happy with this school. The principal is out around the school every morning interacting with the students and he always greets parents by name. I love the fact that the school expects the students to take responsibility for the decisions that they make. Parking lot issues come down to the simple fact that some parents believe the rules don't apply to them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2008
Please-Please think twice about putting your children in this school system. You will regret it and your children's education will suffer. Ive has nothing but problems with this school, and regret enrolling my child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
I have several kids that attend Desert Heights Charter School. I am more than happy with their education, as well as how safe they feel, and most importantly they know they matter. All of the staff does a wonderful job making my children feel they are important. I find the dress policy is enforced, and I find extreme measures being made to help with the safety of the parking lot. I personally applaud the fact that my children are taught to have more responsibility - like clean up your own messes and take charge of your homework, and studies. I find much more to rave about then to complain about!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2008
My Children have been attending Desert Hieght's for the past three years . I am very impressed by the caliber of education they are receiving, they are excelling academically,are happy and well adjusted, the teacher's are attentive, The princpal and Vice principal address any issues or concerns the students and the parent's have if not immediately then very expediantly and The support staff is wonderful . They have been soime changes I do know, the parking issue is atrocious, but it is a Charter school and if you do your research will understand that Desert Hieghts goes above and beyond when utilizing the resources they have available to them.Instead of critizing the flaws of this wonderful learning community join the PTA and help with solutions to the issues that the staff , parents , and adminstration face. It is well worth it.I only wish they had High school grades!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2008
The school started out this year with new teachers and some significant changes but alas as usual they only lasted a few weeks. Dress code is not being followed by all and nothing is said or done. The parking lot is unsafe for the children, they worked hard for safety for a few weeks and all went well, no one seems to want to take care of it so no more safety measures for the kids. The school looks great because the kids are cleaning their rooms before they leave school, they empty the trash, clean the halls, wipe down the desk do pretty much everything but vacuum the floors. Heaven forbid they spill something in the lunchroom they are made to clean it up with no help from an adult. What are the custodians doing they are watching the kids clean. I have no more space sorry.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2008
As a new staff and parent in DHCS, I find the school very nic and effective for student's academis and growth. The students are all so cheerful to see there teachers and Mr. Jiles the 1st day. I am so happy to be a part of the team. The HOWL program that they introduced during the flag raising was also a brilliant idea. This somehow will enforce the changes in the behaviors with the students. I volunteered in the cafeteria once and I see that it's only one assistant doing everything and the talking as well. Maybe they should work on to be more organized and they should have planned something weeks before the school started. It wont be easy to work on kid's behaviors in the cafetieria when school already started. This is very serious and important. Kids are really loud and uncontrollble in the cafeteria. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2008
I would not reccommend this school. All of the comments I have read below are pretty much deadon-and I agree with the majority. Overall, there seems to be a general breakdown of consistancy, policy implementation, and a lack of concern of what best suits the education needs of the kids. Im not sure what is going on with this school, but it is very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
My children have been going to DHCS for years. DHCS has servered my family well through the lower grades 1-5, but the middle school is a disaster. We have had to employ a tutor for our middle schooler who until just last year was a near straight A student. The principal Mr Jiles is good principal and so is the assistant principal Mrs Pitez. I believe that the break down comes from disipline at the 6-8 grade level. Accountability is not consistant and the dress code that was a major attraction is not inforced at the 6-8 grade level. This is a good K-5 school, but find something different after that.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
As a former Desert Height parent, I pulled my child out and very quickly discovered that education was not at all excelling, not even close. In the areas of english, math, and science my child was behind. Which I honestly find very frustrating because at Desert Heights the homework was an exordinory amount for his grade level. At the time, I thought this awesome Desert Heights was really challenging my son. When I looked closer and reviewed the content, it about a grade level below what he should be doing. When I brought this to his teacher at the time, it was shrugged off and advised it would it more challenging, but this never happened. The transition to the new school system has been a difficult one, but it has a wonderful expierence. I am very thankful that I pulled my child when I did. Bless you and your families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2008
I am writing this review in concern of the expressions of what appears to me as people that are too concerned about their personal opinions and not the education of our children. As a parent of a child that has attended this school for three years, I have been very impressed with progression of his education and that fact of how advanced his level of comprehension compared to children his age in the public school system. I am not blind to the fact that no school or it's administration will be perfect, but I do believe the staff and its administration are on the right course in helping me develop my child. I would say to the people who hide under this Forum, if you are not happy with school, Take Them Out

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
Obviously the school is doing something right. My children are happy and growing academically. The school's rating with the state has increased each year along with the enrollment. They are bursting at the seems with waiting lists in multiple grades. If things were as bad as some on this site like to portray, why would so many parent make the effort to bring their children every day when the public schools are closer and provide transportation. If people are not happy, they should leave and make room for those waiting to get in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2008
This school has major problems. The principal puts on a great face for this school when it comes to parents, but don t believe everything you see. The assistant principal is making all the decisions that matter, which is probably best for the school. You will like this school if you navigate the minefield of poor teachers. Make sure you pay attention and choose your teachers carefully, there are some true gems in the lower grades. However, once you get past third grade, run for it, you do not want your child subjected to the attitudes of the upper grade students or teachers. This school has great community events, and this makes parents happy. However, volunteerism at this school is ridiculous, teachers complain about everything, and a few individuals are doing everything so all can enjoy these events. This school appears fantastic on the surface, but I suppose ignorance is bliss!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
First let me start by saying that EVERY school has areas to grow and improve in. That being said I have some feedback to some of the negative and to be blunt false comments. This is a uniform wearing school. In general the kids all have the same type of shirt and same color bottom. CLASS SIZE: DHCS has a lower average classroom size than any public school. BEHAVIOR: It might not be that the school is overlooking it just that they are trying various ways to try and overcome the issue. DHCS adapts to it's children and families based on the needs and situations. It's a family atmosphere and try to accomodate everyone. The staff improves every year and I am excited to see where DHCS will take us next year. GO visit and see for yourselves!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2008
My child is in 4th grade and she went home last friday and all she talked about was their substitute for that day. She was so excited and happy to be with her. I feel secured that even though that the teacher is not there, the school still provide them with a very good substitutes. Keep it up! My daughter is hoping to be with her all the time. The movie night was so awesome too! I'm so happy that my child goes to DHCS. The best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
My children have been at Desert Heights for seven years. My son graduated several years ago, however my daughter has two more years. My older children attended public school, and there is no comparison between the two. In the seven years that we have been a part of the Desert Heights family, I can not name one negative incident. Though there have been some recent changes in staff, I am completely confident that these changes will only further enhance my child's learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
As a parent of past and present students I feel very disturbed about the negative comments of some parents. This school is truly wonderful. The teachers have all been great! This school has a family atmosphere. The class size is below average, and the afterschool activities are enriching for students. Thank you DHCS for all that you do for our children and families!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
I Love This School! The teachers are very helpful and cooperative. It is very reassuring to know that my child is getting the best education in an enriched learning environment. It s nice to be able to go into the office and see the principal and vice principal so actively involved in the school. The office staff has always been so welcoming. The special class the school offers is top notch. My daughter especially LOVES art; the spaghetti dinner/art show was great. The art teacher is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2008
This is a wonderful school that has really helped my son. His teacher is great very supportive and understanding. He loves to come to school, and looks forward to those days he has art and computer lab. The teachers and staff are very friendly. As for those teachers that left, the kids are better off. We wouldn t want some teachers that are more interested in the bottom line then our kids education. Overall it s a great school and my other little one can t wait to attend.

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April 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2008
I am so happy some people are pleased with what they see at this school. No doubt, some of the teachers are wonderful, but recently they have lost a few of the best and we hear more are leaving. The administration is rarely available or seen at school functions and the office staff most unwelcoming. It appears accepting inappropriate behaviors the norm here, despite repeated promises that they will be dealt with. While I see great learning happening in my child's classroom, I also see teachers overwhelmed by buracracy and this carries over into creating a very messy, cluttered, dirty and often disoraganized learning environment. It appears they are overwhelmed dealing with behavior issues that keeping a clean classroom is the least of their priorities. While the school claims it has a uniform policy, it rarely is followed. Teachers/staff tend to dress inappropriately at times, setting a poor example for students.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
When I read some of the entries, I wonder exactly what parents are expecting teachers to do. While a few of the classes are a little larger than the DHCS average, even those are lower than the public school sardine cans. Teaching presents so many challenges that one cannot image the difficulties until one h spent time in the classroom. I hear complaints from other parents about a lack of communication. Newsletters come home every week, the calendar for the entire year is sent home at the beginning of the year and updated each month. Information is posted on the website and teachers call home when they have concerns. Teachers send home student work each week and some grades even send home regular progress reports, so if parents don't know how their child is doing, then they are not holding up their end of the partnership contract.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2008
I have a daughter that attends Desert Heights and I must say we love it there! We attended the PTSA Spagghetti dinner and school Art show the other day. Not only was the food great, but to see all of the kids art displayed on the walls of the cafteria was wonderful. It's nice to have your child attending a school that cares about the students as well as the parents. I don't know of any other school that has a 'spaghetti dinner' night so the parents can attend conferences as well as feed there kids a healthy meal that isn't drive thru. The before AND after school activities are all amazing! My daughter loves her teachers as well as the friendly staff in the office. This is definately our second 'home' and there is no place like it! We LOVE you Desert Heights! :)

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
I agree 100% with the comments the previous parent wrote. Our concerns about our childs education and family were not common goals with this school. The teachers lack organization and experience. The comments below regarding the principal- I also agree 100% with the comments below the principal does not seem to care about issues or problems.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
This school is grooming test takers. All they care about are the AIMS testing which they do well, but the kids forget it after. They do not care that they are not learning. The kids are stressed and pushed. Not a lot of care is taken to individuals. I will not be bringing my kids back.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
This school employs the policy of grow at all cost. They have far too many children in some of the classrooms. Combined with teachers that can not handle the rigors of keeping up with that many students in one class - makes for the problem of disorganization and the children have to pay for it. This makes them no longer the exception to public schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2007
I have never had any problems with the middle school teachers. In fact, I reccomend this school to anyone whith kids in middle school. The teachers are firm, but warm and friendly at the same time. As for grading and communication, they send home progress reports every week without exception. I've never had a lost or missing assignment and the grades are always updated. I feel they go out of their way to communicate with us and keep us in the loop. There is always room to improve, but I feel the middle school staff is always making improvements.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2007
I love Desert Heights! More importantly, my daughter loves it even more! She feels so cared about by the staff there and she talks about her day at school long after its over. I am so thankful that I have found an environment whereby my child feels safe, is learning through challenge and is excited every morning to get through the gate on time!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Desert Heights is great at the other end of the spectrum as well. I am blessed to have a daughter that loves school and finds it quite easy so far. We were concerned that she would be board and not challenged, but her kinder teacher went out of her way to find her activities that both challenge and expand her knowledge in many subjects. Teachers are so busy it was great that her teacher took the extra time and effort to help our daughter's situation. All the after-school activities are also a great bonus as we work full time which limits our options of enrolling our kids in other out side of school activities. Kudos to the Pre-School as well for giving her a great base to start

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2007
I was impressed at how welcoming the staff and teachers are at this school. They really care about the child and their educational needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
My daughter started Desert Heights last year as a kindergarten. She was learning but learning slower than the rest. Her teacher pointed out to me what areas she is needing help in so that I can help her at home as well as the teacher helping her at school. Overall this school has plenty of options for newcomers to like the school. It wouldnt take them long to like it. I know I did and still do. My daughter almost got held back and thanks to their parent/teacher meetings, my daughter is now in 1st grade. Every staff I have encountered there are all friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
We love this school. My girls started out on the preschool and are now in 3rd grade. Also have a little one in the preschool now. They enjoy going to school and are wanting to participate in everything from cooking club to piano lessons with the music teacher and girl scouts. We love it here.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
Desert Heights has been a wonderful school for my son. They made such a great first impression with my youngest son that my older two children (They were at the local public school) will be joinging the Desert Heights family for the upcoming school year!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
We have no car at this time and the school is a little far from our home. I am still very committed to making sure I do everything I can to make sure my son attends this school. I was very scared when he started Kindergarten last year. That is until I seen the campus of Desert Heights. I instantly felt safer. My son and I both absolutely love this school. We loved being part of the movie nights as well as the carnival. My son loves music and having a great music teacher such as the one at Desert Heights has been wonderful. I am not able to volunteer due to my work schedule but I know the parents that are able to volunteer do a great job. I am glad that parents have the opportunity to be involved so much in our children's school. We will absolutely be back

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2007
I have had the pleasure of watching and expereincing first hand the growth of this wonderful program. There is an undeniable committment to the students and parents at Desert Heights. All staff members work together to create an environment that promotes learning, safety and family! Just a great place to learn!

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July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
Desert Heights is a fantastic school. There is a real small-town feel to the campus. The principal and teachers are easily approachable. My children are getting an excellent education and love their teachers. We also love the family-oriented activities, like Movie Night, Spring Carnival, and Coyotes Night. People love the school so much, it is growing at a really fast pace! We look forward to many more years at Desert Heights. The Valverde Family

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
Desert Heights is a fantastic school. The faculty, students & parents help to form a great community that honestly puts the children first. The principal walks the school every morning, taking time for each student and parent. He really sets the mood for the entire school. My daughter loves Desert Heights, they make learning fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
I agree, this school is very bad. The behavior that is allowed by athletes, in combination with the lack of supervision and failure to enforce consequenses to students, is a recipe for a disaster. Also the bathroom conditions are disgusting to say the least.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
This is a terrible school. Nothing is done about bad behavior. There is a lot of bullying.

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February 07, 2007
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July 12, 2006
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June 14, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
June 09, 2006
I loved this school. The teachers were so extremely caring and considerate and the kids were very well behaved. I loved the different programs they had. Kindergarten parents were extremely involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
Very good school- Has odessyware programs where you child is on the computer 4 hours a day-Very interactive with principal- feels like a very warm family- prinicpal knows all childrens names and interacts with them well.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
This school is the best thing that every happened to my son! Because of recent moves, he's been to three schools in the last 7 months and he loves this school! He actually wants to go to school every day and his behavior (which we've had some problems) has greatly increased. the teachers are very upbeat and seem to really enjoy what they do. They even strive to provide extra curr. activities for kids, even kindergardeners! My son was thrilled to be able to get into a soccer program in kidergarden, which most school don't offer. He's made lots of friends and they have lots of parent involved activities where most parents seem to actually attend! I'm starting my youngest son there next year and am very glad I've found this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Very pleased with 1st grade reading program. Teachers seem to really care about students without allowing them to be 'babies'. That was a real issue prior to this school. Would like to see Admin follow through on guidelines. For example, rules state no backpacks on wheels, but they are everywhere. Hard to teach a 1st grader that it is important to follow the rules when some many students don't have to. Either allow them or don't. Good music, library and technology programs. Nice after school activities available, including chess, cooking, scouts, tennis, etc. We are going back next year we are so pleased.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
The teachers are very knowledgable and excited about their subjects, the music program is great, and my daughters love being there.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Our daughter was a straight-A student in first grade at a public school. Then she began failing tests early in 2nd grade at the same school because she couldn't read the tests! How could a straight-A student not read her tests unless the school had screwed something up? Why should she be judged on their failure? The school was no help, so we looked at greatschools.org and found Desert Heights. She's now been here over two years, soaring! She's an honor roll student. Their attention to individual student needs is unparalleled. What great teachers! I don't know how they get them - maybe because they make it a great place to be a teacher. Our son is special needs and we brought him here this year for 2nd grade. He's now doing advanced work! It's been a truly amazing year for him and for our whole family. Thank you, Desert Heights!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
My daughter - who has been tested as a gifted child - has attended Desert Heights Preschool and Elementary for the past 4 years and has thrived! Her teachers are thoughtful, considerate, think outside the box, and provide great feedback. She loves choir with Mr. D, is challenged with Excel curriculum, and enjoys the respect and personal attention provided by all staff. The school sends home a 'Tuesday Folder' packed with information about upcoming events, meetings, policy changes, etc. I'm very pleased and intend to keep her there until she enters high school.

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March 10, 2005
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January 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
The atmosphere at this school is very positive. Everyone seems to be on the same page, the environment is orderly, and the principal and teachers work really hard to address everyone's needs!

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August 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
I feel very fortunate to have found this 'hidden' extraordinary school. I found the staff to be very flexible, caring and universally involved. In addition and foremost importance, their enthusiasm for educating our children. I also was very impressed with their need to continuously keep us parents involved with various matters. Also, weekly newsletters, which was very informative to various school functions, activities, meetings, etc. A school such as this, is a rare commodity. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2004
I had two children, one a special needs student, attend this school last year. The teacher quality was poor, help was not given when asked for and assignments were given without classroom instruction on the material. My previously Honor Roll child barely passed his grade and my special needs child did not have his IEP followed, as required by law. Students are required to adhere to a strict dress code while some teachers dressed like 1960's hippies. Teachers took personal calls on cell phones during classroom instruction time and had visitors stop by 'just to talk'. Overall I found that this was a school full of bright children who desperately needed caring, dedicated teachers but did not find them at Desert Heights. The middle school teachers in particular had no control of their students and chaos reigned in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
March 10, 2004
I was told by my son's preschool principal that he wasn't ready for kindergarten but I enrolled him anyway. Not only was he ready, but he has excelled! Mrs. Young is the most awesome teacher you could hope for a kindergarten class. The children are expected to behave and do, but they all know that she loves them. And in return they love her, too. I was adamant that my son learn to read by phonics. Not only is he preparing to read phonetically he's learning to spell that way, too. And the math skills he showed at 3 are being reinforced, too. And the fact that he has Spanish and music classes just adds to the value of the education he is getting at Desert Heights. Desert Heights deserves to be considered one of the Great Schools!

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September 06, 2003
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Desert Heights Charter School
5821 West Beverly Lane, Glendale, AZ  85306
(602) 896-2900
Last modified Desert Heights Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Heights Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 135 reviews. Top