Homework is provided to give students an opportunity to practice what they are working on, but it is not graded. I like this because it lets me see what my children are learning and which areas they are struggling with or have already mastered. At the same time, I don't have to stress out about not getting homework done on the nights we have practice. I have also saved homework assignments to give me kids something to practice during school breaks.
This is my family's second year at Desert Sage and we love it. The Principal, Ms. Crain, and the secretary, Mrs. Roque, do an excellent job of making the entire family feel welcome and the school running smoothly. There are events throughout the year to bring the community together and allow students additional opportunities to learn about Art and Science. The school also houses a Family Resource Center that offers free educational opportunities for babies-preschoolers and parenting classes. We chose this school because of the Mandarin Immersion program where students spend half their day (Math and Science) being instructed in Mandarin. Language Arts and Social Studies are in English. They will be able to continue their Mandarin studies through high school as the district adds one grade level each year to the program. There are also extracurricular classes and clubs before school that my children have enjoyed participating in for free or very nominal costs (Running Club and Yoga). We briefly used the before and after school program (Gecko Corral) last year and it was very organized and the staff was friendly. I definitely recommend this school!
Desert Sage is a warm, welcoming school and this culture is apparent from the principal to the teachers, from the students to the PTO. I am proud to have my children attend Desert Sage, and I know they consistently get quality education from staff who care, are surrounded by people who expect good character, and are treated with respect and kindness. The principal, Mrs. Crain, exerts a calm, kind, yet firm, influence, and I marvel at her ability to quiet a deafening cafeteria assembly with a simple gesture.
The staff at Desert Sage always goes Above & Beyond. They are an A+ School with excellent teachers. The office staff is very friendly and outgoing. It's a wonderful learning experience for your children.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.