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Desert Mirage Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted December 20, 2013

wonderful school to go to and I recommend this school to anyone that's looking for one.


Posted September 16, 2013

My kids have attended this school since Kindergarten and have always loved the school. The school has a great sense of community and has some really outstanding teachers such as Mrs Ranney, Mrs Pacheco, Mrs Necaise, Mrs Ainsa, Mrs Hunt, Mrs Ridgeway, Mrs Holsinger and Mrs Grub. In the last several years we have seen a decline in this school as shown by their rating which has now dropped to a 5. There seems to be a lack of leadership and ability to get things done. The school has no music or band program, got rid of the music teacher but have 2 PE coaches and have very limited sports and clubs, especially for girls. It would be great to see more of a focus on academic excellence as the school seem to focus more on the kids who are not performing and not holding them accountable. Parents who don't help their kids succeed need to be accountable and if that means failing and holding kids back then it needs to be done...not continuing to cater to them because they complain the loudest. The Aims scores will continue to decline if the school continues to not challenge the kids more and provide more classes that allow higher performing kids to work harder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

My daughters have attended Desert Mirage for the last 5 year. My oldest came from Dysart school district and was below the standards in reading and I could not get any assistance from Dysart. She started 2nd grade with Ms. Arnaud (now Mrs Rainey), after testing she was placed into an extra reading program. My daughters attended this reading class during 2nd to 4th grade. She makes honor roll and receives A's in reading. I believe the extra attention from the awesome teachers is what kept my daughter from turning into a statics. I haven't had to deal with administration to much but the few minor issues were addressed. District needs more sports programs. Only basketball teams to join.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2011

We were spoiled having Mrs. Neicase for 7th grade math, she is awsome. The 8th grade Math teacher does not teach, she does examples on the board and tell the kids if they want to learn math to look it up on the internet. I have tried to discuss this with the principal - they just say I am the only one who has a concern, I have talked to so many other parents who share this concern. Get a tutor for 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

Desert Mirage is a WONDERFUL school with a loving and caring staff of teachers. Both of my daughters attended k - 8 and the preperation for high school and beyond was superb!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2010

Miss Haas (now Jernigan) taught my children to read-we were so lucky to have her as a first grade teacher. She is now the Interventionist and we are so excited to have our youngest come up through the DM family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

My son has been a student at Desert Mirage for 4 years now. In the beginning things were rocky, he's a special needs student so I had to take a parental stand with district. he's now established and due to his Educators/Teachers over 4 years his progress is amazing! Thank you so much Desert Mirage Faculty :) Ms Chambers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Great Teacher's, staff and support staff who all work together to help the students accomplish their highest standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

My son attended Desert mirage however the schools unwilleness of adressing my son's needs have left us wondering if this is the school he should attend. The Principals need to better attend the needs of children with possible-special needs regardles of the cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

I think Desert Mirage is great my son has learned soooo much especially in kindergarden with Mrs. Campin what a great teacher. We are sad that do to our moving my son will no longer go to Desert Mirage. However, I will always think this school is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2009

I have to say that this year my seventh grader has begun to love math again.. Mrs. Necaisse has done an outstanding job. We as parents are generally concerned in the earlier years BUT forget how middle school is the grooming for high school. I can't say enough about Mrs. Necaisse. She has tapped into her potential and that is a celebration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

i attended this school for 7 years and its the best school there is alot of sports to do not over crowed and alot of nice teachers and kids like a public schools no uniforma and the best staff ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2008

Finally I feel like my daughter is getting the education she deserves!! My earlier post was a complaint, but her last 2 teachers (Hunt and Bridgford)have been outstanding. I really feel like she is receiving a more individualized education both in the classroom and through the pep program, which is all I really wanted for her. My kindergartener has a fantastic, experienced teacher (Campin) and has learned so much!! Good job, Desert Mirage!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Not enough instruction/class time. The students are in school for approxiamtely 15 full days in October. What do they use the early release days for anyway?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

Great school this will be my daughters 2nd year. She will be in 2nd grade and it is by far the best school in glendale. The teachers actualy cair for the students and take time to tell you whats going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

My son has attended for the past 7 years. The school was great then. Every year since, it goes a little more down hill. First, they started to get lazy with the grounds maintenance. Then, they got lazy with the buildings. Now, they can't keep any decent teachers for more than a year or two. Communication via web and email is non-existent. If things continue, this will be an under performing school within 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

very good curriculum, students learn easily. Teachers go beyond to make sure students are learning what is needed for the standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

Great school, great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

Great school, great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2005

Need much more advanced education..
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
57%

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 63% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
58%

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

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

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

About the tests


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

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 57% 43%
White 28% 42%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Glendale, AZ 85305
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