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PK-6
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Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 642

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4035 W. Alameda
Glendale, AZ 85310

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(623) 445-5000
(623) 445-4780
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April 17, 2014
Desert Sage has a wonderful warm family feel that you don't get at other schools. The special education team is phenomenal and so is the gifted program (I have children in both). The teachers are very caring and so is the Principal and the office staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2013
I currently have 4 children attending Desert Sage and have been very impressed with how optimistic the staff is towards the children. The Principal knows most of the children by name. My kids are challenged in the classroom, and when I have felt something is lacking, the teachers have been great about challenging them more.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
My daughter attended Desert Sage for 7 years. When she started school she was a struggling reader. By the time she was ready to leave Desert Sage as a middle school student with the help and support of the teachers at Desert Sage she was in "Sage" or gifted classes. She is now in high school and is in all honors classes with a straight A average. The staff and students at Desert Sage are amazing!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Desert Sage Elementary is just the Best. My children have all gone through Desert Sage and are now successful, caring, hard-working , amazing adults with great careers.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Desert Sage is a huge family. The students are vey happy. The staff enjoy woking at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2013
Caring and nurturing environment! Everyone strives for better without forgetting the emotional needs of children. They missed the A rating by one point. Neighboring school (who got an A) was only one point away. Special Ed, general ed and Gifted students will flourish with the teachers and staff here. Everyone works to meet the needs of ALL the students. "Read between the lines" if you see any negative posts toward this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I am so proud to be a teacher and a parent of children that OPEN ENROLL at Desert Sage. I feel supported by the administration, and confident that my children are getting a superior education.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
If I could give this school 0 starts I would. My child was a student there but I took him out after 2 1/2 miserable years. This was my second child going through this school. My first child was an excellent student and is currently at another school in the honors program. When she had a problem with a teacher I felt it was best to go work it out. The teacher told me "I don't get paid enough money to deal with parents like you.". I had he moved to another classroom. This school also uses seclusion and restraint as punishment and either underreports or fails to report it all together. Education was the last thing that happened for my youngest there. The Principal is inexperienced and leans on the district staff to solve her problems. Many kids moved out of there on a variance just like we did. Neighboring Stetson Hills can't take any more of them or Desert Sage might have even less students. Don't send your kids here if you have a choice!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
Desert Sage is a caring, nurturing school where the kids flourish. The morning announcements are done by the students each morning and shown in each room on the televisions. I find it funny that the previous parent said that the principal is heard over the intercom every morning. This is absolutely untrue. I also can't imagine what she is talking about when it comes to the curriculum. My children have excelled at this school, and I have never seen any of the things that she mentioned. My son has homework each night, but is also given time to work on it at the end of the school day in class. He was reading leaving kindergarten and all of his teachers have been amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Kindergarten at Desert Sage is a joke! Who ever heard of baby blocks as part of the curriculum? And the snacks they try to feed the kids are in poor nutritional taste. They are dumbing down the kids even before they get a chance at learning anything. It gets worse, as my other child was in the higher grades, he never got homework! They didn't finish teaching him the whole lesson plans because according to the teacher, the class was unruly. I found that most of the kids there unruly, out of control and very disrespectful. It comes to no surprise since the Principal can be heard yelling at the kids over the intercom every morning. Way to get the day started Mrs. Crain. The environment is not of learning but of chaos. Teachers are just buying their time. If you want your kids to succeed in life, get them out!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
I love this school. We got an exception to attend here because I didnt want to put my child in to Constitution.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2008
We started kindergarten in a different school in the area and it was NOT a good experience so we switched to Desert Sage for 1st and what a turn around. Little disappointed with this year (2nd) and the changes being made by the new principle but we Love our teachers, they make all the difference

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
Desert Sage has bent over backward to help each child be successful. My daughter loves her school. I've observed all the teachers and staff do what ever thay can do help the children learn.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
What a horrible experience it was to start my son in kindegarten at Desert Sage last year. My son was diagnosed w/ADHD early in the year and we received little to no support from his teachers and administration. We were told repeatedly that 'he wasn't the only boy in the class with problems and it's just too hard to manage.'

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
I have 5 children who have attended schools in PVUSD and DVUSD and also charter schools through out the years (my oldest is 19 youngest schooler is 7 yrs,) This is by far the best elementary school any of them have attended yet! I wish I would have found it before my older children went off to higher grades. I love it!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
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October 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
Excellent School. My son has gone here for 3 years. The Special Ed classes and the teachers (Mc Cashier)were great. He has grown since going to DS. Principle always involved/talking with the kids. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Awesome teachers. We will be moving this next year but I am very reluctant to changing schools!

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March 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Excellent by all standards. This school has excellent teachers and offers wonderful programs for the students including a well run afterschool and summer program. It says alot when staff from the afterschool and summer program get degrees and become teachers at the school. What great stability for the students. The teachers moving up with the kids(5th to 6th grade) etc. is great and what a great way to continue a successful learning situation.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
We are new to this school, after having our children in another school for 7 years. The difference has been like night and day! One of the first things we noticed was the principal involvement. You always see him around! One of the most impressive things I have seen him do was working along with some kids that were out cleaning up the school yard. I don't know if it was anything to do with discipline, but no matter what, he had a broom in his hands and was working with them. As a parent, that act alone won him over for me! Another note, I find that the teachers are top-notch and the school is doing well academically and I think their programs are helping to turn out 'good kids' who are well rounded!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
My child completed Kindergarten and had a very positive year at Desert Sage. The atmosphere was caring and conducive to learning. We can't wait to start 1st Grade now.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
My son just finished Kindergarten and the Kindergarten Enrichment program. His Kindergarten teacher was wonderful to the children, had a very creative curriculum and was easy to talk to. He couldn't wait to go to school every day. The Enrichment program teachers are wonderful and worked with the other teacher to help his development. This school has a before/after school program that is good as well. My son prefers to go to Gecko Corral rather than his other options. This says a lot about the teachers. I was a volunteer chaperone for the kindergarten class' year end trip to the zoo and there were 15 other parents for our teacher! I want to thank the teachers and staff for making my son's first year at Desert Sage a wonderful one. He is looking forward to 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
My son has been a student at Desert Sage since 2nd grade. Before that time, we sent him to a private, Christian school in the valley. We were spending a great deal of money every month and he seemed to be having many problems. The teachers told us he was an 'average' student with some 'minor' behavioral problems. Since he has been attending Desert Sage, he has excelled! He just finished the 5th grade, and received straight A'2 the entire year! His teachers have been wonderful to him and a joy for us to work with. He received many honors this year, and the last two, not only for his grades, but for his wonderful attitude and many talents. I have nothing but kudos to give to Desert Sage. They saw in my son what we always knew was there, a beautiful, smart child with a great outlook on life!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
My daughter is completing grade 1 at desert sage. I have had nothing but positive experiences! her teachers have been caring, and have really brought her out of her shell. She has been encouraged to get out of her comfort zone, and has had significant social and academic development. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
Parent envolvement is great. Academics is not the highest I have had my children in.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
Desert Sage Elementary is an average school. If you want a feel-good, politically correct school this is the place for your children. Keep in mind that this school is a latex-free campus because one student has some type of allergy to anything made with rubber. Your child will not be allowed to use sports equipment common in other elementary schools, such as basketballs, footballs, kickballs, etc., but they can always just hang-out and talk with their friends.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2004
After 7 years (K-6), I can say I am glad we chose this school. The principal and staff have always been child-oriented while keeping parents informed. Some teachers have a more personal agenda, but for the most part, they are genuine and concerned. As with most schools, I believe that the more involved one is, the more your child benefits. Desert Sage is no exception. PTA, Volunteer, PAL program, CIT...I've done them all. Time consuming, yes. Worth it...of course. My child benefited the most. After school day care was wonderful too. The Gecko Corral is run by caring and decent people who love children. I'm glad we came here. Very sad to leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2004
Desert sage is excellent! I am very happy with how the school is run. The teachers are incredible and are very interested in each and every student. A+

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2003
I am a single father that has a son attending Desert Sage. I feel strongly that the school has added to his stature. The teachers and staff are wonderful. Let us not forget that the Teachers and Staff cannot do this alone. We as parents must be involved.

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Sage Elementary School
4035 W. Alameda, Glendale, AZ  85310
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Desert Sage Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Sage Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top