My second daughter is now attending Desert Sky and I am still pleased! My first was in advanced classes and was challenged all year. I was impressed (coming from a Charter Elementary School, I wondered if she would be bored... she was not). Desert Sky prepared my now Freshmen, very well for H.S. My 2nd daughter is the opposite of my first and has to work very hard to get good grades. Desert Sky has challenged her as well and also given extra help when needed. Math has been challenging, and her teacher seems very fair. The kids are able to do corrections and practice work, and offered tutoring in the mornings. If they have done those things, they have been able to re-test. I feel like math is really important to "understand" so you can be successful in the next chapters, units and classes and her teacher has allowed the students to make sure they really understand the material. I really feel like they prepare kids and help them understand they are not elementary children anymore. They are learning to be responsible young adults and ready for H.S. by the end of 8th grade. We all have our challenges with some subjects, or teachers or staff, but overall I have been very impressed! Thanks.
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.
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.