Teachers are amazing, however the front office staff is rude, cold and dismissive of parents. They are fully uncooperative, judgmental and yet hold no education or qualifications to be working anywhere outside an low assistant position. They judge working parents and condescend and outcast parents that they do not like. The staff shows more cattiness and immaturity than the students they are supposedly mentoring and teaching. The administration is complacent and to get anything resolved parents have to force and advocate for their children at an extreme level. The superintendent shuts a blind eye to issues and hides any issues to keep the fa ade of the Vail School District at high levels - however it is only a fa ade. If the teachers could have more power and there was less overhead and power struggles from lowly admins and more desire for greatness from administration this school would be amazing. The only reason to go to DSMS is for the teachers as long as you can remain very distant from administration and the rudeness of the front desk staff and health office.
DSMS is the school that prepares middle school students to be successful their future. The curriculum is rigorous and meaningful and prepares these young students with the tools needed for the 21st century.
Desert Sky is a great place for students to take the next step in there way to the future. I am happy to live in an area that requires students to move into a middle school versus K-8 and happy that Desert Sky is the school. The teachers and staff members give the students the opportunity to learn and grow both academically and personally. It's a great school to prepare kids for the future rigor of high school.
Desert Sky Middle School is a great place for student learning. We are happy to be able to send our second child to DSMS. The teachers and staff provide students with the confidence to move into a high school setting. Our oldest son went on to high school with the knowledge and confidence needed, thanks to the education he received while at DSMS.
Desert Sky Middle School is a great place to learn! Teachers and staff believe that ALL students can learn and support the needs of every child.
My son is very happy at Desert Sky, loves his teachers, etc. My only complaint is, also, the busing..my son has to ride his bike across 2 major intersections, 43rd ave and 51st ave, because we are 1 block outside of the 'approved' busing area..the bus stop is 4 houses away from mine, it is complete idiocy.
Don't judge a book by it's cover- This school isn't as nice on the outside as some newer schools in the district, but accademically it is a really good school. They could use a little more remodeling to make the outside look a bit attractive, but all in all it is a good school, and my kids have been very happy here. The only gripe I have with this school, and most schools in the deer valley school system is the busing problem. My child who is an 8th grader has to walk well over a mile to school. There really needs to be more buses in the school district, just for safety reasons. The last school she was at in deer valley the k-6 graders at some schools can take the bus, but not the 7th and 8th graders.
They're academic program is very good. My Daughter enjoyed her 2 yrs in the Grizzly core. They have a variety of exploratories and after school sports. The teachers are really involved. Parents enjoy sports and music programs.
I would not suggest this school, until some changes are made with the administration (Principle, Asst. Principle.)
This school has no order, organization or accountability for their students.
Our third child is an 8th grader, followed two older siblings through. PE dept has always been great but sports teams have gone downhill over last few years, lots of turnover in coaches. Academically all of our kids have done well, DSMS prepared them for HS and college. Recent loss of longtime top notch principal and key faculty and rumored loss of more key faculty means the replacements will have to prove themselves.
Not enough teacher/parent communication.... Less than happy with the P.E. program- Some teachers are 'immature' and act more like one of the students than a teacher....
Poor math teachers. Sports are so, so. Music sounds great, teacher .... not involved with parents.
No parent involvment; strict unfair teachers; horrible sports teams.
This school has done more than I would expect to help my son succeed in his education. The music program is second to none.
Great School... Great Teachers... Great Counselors... Great Music Program
I'm trying to read the reviews. I've given a review for two other schools. My child will be going to this school starting this year.
I have an ADHD child who is currently between his 7th and 8th grade school years. He was helped tremendously by his core teachers. They provided frequent contacts to me, both positive and negative information. They seemed to have my child's best interest always as a priority. The curriculum was challenging for him, but I was given information and ways to help him.
My stepdaughter started attending Desert Sky after spending time in remedial classes before coming to live with us. During her 2 years at DS she was on the honor roll, student council, chorus, cheerleading, had wonderful and meaningful classes, and much more. I wish we didn't move from this district.
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