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Glendale, AZ

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8605 W. Maryland Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305

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(623) 872-8401
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December 20, 2013
wonderful school to go to and I recommend this school to anyone that's looking for one.

- submitted by a community member
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
July 07, 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
March 02, 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
no rating 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
February 02, 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
January 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
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
no rating November 06, 2009
Great Teacher's, staff and support staff who all work together to help the students accomplish their highest standards.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
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
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
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
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
no rating 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
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
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
May 22, 2006
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May 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 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
February 06, 2006
Great school, great teachers

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
Great school, great teachers

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Need much more advanced education..

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2005
My child attends preschool located on the Desert Mirage 'campus'. The teachers are very caring and competent. I have noticed the bus for his class has been late several times which makes it hard for everyone. Hopefully that will improve as the school year continues.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
This is a nice well run school. My son has received good instruction from his teachers. He is in need of an advanced program which is not available at his young age. There is a good disipline program if children are caught doing something wrong. A school is more than just the school employees....it is the children and the values or lack of values instilled in them by their parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
This school relatively new, the teachers are wonderfull, caring and go the extra mile to ensure each student is making progress.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
The staff was very caring at Desert Mirage. I feel that the administration is very divided. For there to be a sense of unity, the administration needs to be on the same page.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
This was a good school. I would recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
Class size is good, art & music are good, some good teachers. Great facility. Not enough supervision of the children at lunches and on the playground. Needs to improve opportunities for challenging children who are ahead of most of the class. Language opportunities nonexistent in lower grades. More creativity could improve offerings, thinking how can we, not 'we can't' and blame others.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
We have lived here for 14 years and have 2 children 4th grade and 8th Grade. The teachers act like they are there for the kids education and future. Close to all the teachers are very supportive and able to nurture many personalities. Principle leadership, awareness, support, availability, visibility has been addressed as poor in the past and shows progress. The assistant principle demonstrates engagement with students, teacher and parents. Cafeteria staffs have been noted as needing more personal skills. At times the cafeteria staff should be reminded to treat all students with respect. My kids feel safe and remain curious and aggressive with their education. My kids do not want to move from this school district because of the quality of people they associate with daily are of good nature, which makes for a good learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I have one child left at Desert Mirage and in the 8th grade. His school experience has been wonderful and therefore looks forward to High School - thanks in a great part to the wonderful teachers and Asst. Principal at Desert Mirage. I know that our experiences at Desert Mirage have been positive. Extracurricular activities lack a little but probably due more to a lack of funding than a lack of interest.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
The principal at this school doesn't seem very involved but the vice principal is great. Academically it is ok but not all kids learn on the same level and they have a cirriculum to stick to and it's not fair to the kids who are ready to go ahead. They definetely need more extracirrucular activitites!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
Our children have been going to this school since they were in kindergarten, and we feel they have been receiving a quality education. The overall 'scores' at the school, however, are somewhat lower due to the high percentage of non-english speaking children attending there. The teachers are wonderful, and communicate well with the parents on how their children are doing. I always feel welcome to come into the classrooms at any time to help or to observe! The assistant principal is always popping into the classrooms and chatting with the teachers and students to see how they are doing. I find that very refreshing!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2004
I am somewhat pleased with Desert Mirage. The one thing I think the school is lacking is the ability to impliment programs and resourses that can make the school more sucessful. Teacher training seems to be lacking direction. Most grade levels have a piece together attitute towards education. I son't believe there has been enougth research into strong proven methods that work and can keep their scores on both the aims and the the Sat 9. I feel a lot of time there is little effort actually put into what is best for the child. More effort is place on what is best for the teachers. I believe the over all community of the school could be greatly enhanced if teacher were willing to reach out and work with the parent.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
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Desert Mirage Elementary School
8605 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, AZ  85305
Last modified Desert Mirage Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Mirage Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top