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9-12 & Ungraded
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Goodyear, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,497
 

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15778 West Yuma Road
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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(623) 932-7000
(623) 932-7502
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August 05, 2015
Desert edge high school is a average school it's has good quality and horrible quality like the teachers are understandable and bad cause the hallways to every class ate always crowded

- submitted by a student

February 04, 2015
This school is horrible. The administration is rude and just pretend to listen,and they completely discard what your complaint or suggestion, they also play favorites. They also don't give us the resources we need to be successful, such as textbooks that are up to date or textbooks at all, then the teachers get blamed for horrible test scores without proper resources and misconduct of the students, even though the students here are horrible in character and in knowledge. I am a junior here, and I wish the school would stop spending, so much money on sports and more in the class rooms. The principal is the worst because she authorizes unnecessary spending, like painting hallways that perfectly good the way they are.

- submitted by a student

May 30, 2014
This school is awesome! As a former student ik that our drug habit has gotten worse but our test scores improved. This year in 2014 we have had the highest graduating class. And we are tied for 5th with test scores. Me and all of my friends ik have met or exceeded aims. Maybe there is like one or two that hasnt. The main thing you see at DE thats bad is weed. But you smell it maybe once every 2 weeks. Its very rare. Our athletics are okay. Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Football are great. I would recommend you come to Desert Edge for the great school spirit and the awesome test scores.

- submitted by a community member

June 19, 2011
After reading the other reviews, I just had to add my two cents to the mix. My daughter was a Sophomore this past academic year and I tend to agree with the students comments of the school. We have been active at the school since our daughter started and we have found both the educators and the administrative staff to be very receptive and supportive. The academics are well balanced and many AP and honors classes are offered to get a head start on college. I am proud we have a student in Desert Edge and look forward to two more years like the last two. By the way, our daughter is very active in the Advanced Placement (AP) classes, so if they were lacking in that area, we would know it.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2011
Okay so I am a Sophomore at Desert Edge High School right now. My brother graduated in the second graduating class of 2007. So I have pretty much been around this school for awhile. I want to clarify a few things one of the parents posted on March 30, 2011. Desert Edge is not a "large an active drug culture". This post was submitted by a parent. They wouldn't necessarily know. I have been here for 2 years so I would know. My brother went there for 4 years so he would know too. If Desert Edge is so bad like that parent claims it to be then why I kid you not is there at least 1 student every one or two months transferring from Verrado? Desert Edge has great caring teachers. There is a drug problem at our school, but it is very little. Teenagers are constantly exploring new things & trying new stuff. Don't give the school a bad name 'cause students try this all around the world. Desert Edge has an AMAZING athletic program. Especially in Football, Cheer, Men's Basketball, Softball, Baseball, and Track. All these sports in the 2010-2011 season have made it to the state playoffs. As a student of Desert Edge i would highly reccomend this school if your moving to the West Valley.

- submitted by a student

March 30, 2011
This is an unimpressive school. The academics, with the exception of a few excellent teachers, are mediocre at best. The students are loud and behave innapropriately. There is a large and active drug culture within the school. The administration is top-heavy and runs the school ineffectively. The "academy" program being instituted next year is based off of incorrect assumptions of job availability and locks students into one of three fields of study. The program is a waste of money and doomed to fail. The school also has an oversized focus on athletics and not enough focus on academics. Parents, Get on to the waiting list for a variance to Verado as quickly as you can. Don't send your kids hear.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2011
DE is not the best school out there but it is definitely a good school. The AP World History And APUSH(AP US History) is amazing. The school does have have problems with admin and it is focused heavily on sports but their are also programs for college and other careers like dental assistance, cosmetology, and auto mechanics. The comment below me mentioning Verrado has got it wrong. Desert Edge is not "a large and active drug culture." Yes there is student who do drugs, like in any school, but I've heard of Verrado's infamous courtyard used for hook ups during the school day. All schools have their rumors. Although it may not be amazing it is a good school and definitely worth checking out. The one thing this school has that no other in the district has is an AMAZING Student Government.

- submitted by a student

February 17, 2011
The school seems to push so much after school activity but also sends home the same amount of homework as any other school. It's unfair how they want us involved but also expect our work to get done.

- submitted by a student
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October 12, 2010
I love this school beacause there is such a good spirit and great teachers

- submitted by a community member

May 11, 2010
We have had three children go through this school, There are many good teachers, but unfortunately many poor ones. The poor ones know less than my children and seem to be there only to coach. The way administration handles problems is atrocious. The buck seems to get passed. They make a huge deal out of small infractions, but push the major ones under the rug. Thank goodness my children are done after this year. Another thing, the counselors will try and push the AP classes telling you that it will help your child's grade point average. We found out that colleges could care less about weighted GPAs and only look at unweighted ones. They admitted that the district tells them to push those classes, why?

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2010
I graduated Desert Edge in '07. My brother's class was the first class to graduate. When I went there it was not bad at all. I found it easily to get along with the teachers and found them very understanding of issues that high schoolers are going through. There was a vast amounts of clubs and classes. I did find the classes to be the right amount of students and in my honors classes there wasn't a lot of trouble with students. The only downfall that I have to say was the 'mosh pit' of students that would be in the hallway while trying to get to class and everybody waiting for the bell to just run into class last minute. It was ridiculous at times; but that is high schoolers for you. Kids are kids, what can you do? :)

- submitted by a student

May 02, 2010
I am very dissapointed with this school, is horrible, being part of the same school district you can see the difference between Desert Edge and Verrado Academics programs. Verrado is design to have succesfull people going to University right away like pre-enginering programs, Desert Edge is desing to put kids right away at work force beacause is not expectacion to sent them to College. No idea WHY schools have differents aproach if they belong to same district, NO IDEA WHY we can not have the right to pick up the school is better for our kids. Mayority of teachers as Desert Edge are rude, careless, no discipline, no organization, kids do whatever they want, kissing, rubing eachother at the middle of the halls. Administration peple worse, no cortesy at all. My kid is already attending this school for the last year AND IS A MESS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2009
As a teacher at Desert Edge High School, I see the best of teenagers every day. Teens get a bad reputation in today's society because of the mistakes of a few, but my students are loving, caring, respectful, inquisitive, and make me love my job. I want my school to get the recognition it deserves!

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2009
Desert Edge is a great school, dont get me wrong i had some problems but loved it in the end. I was a Senior last year '09, but had to drop out due to personal reasons. Hopefully I will be going back to DE to finish my senior year this upcoming year. So yay!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 27, 2009
Our daughter has attended DEHS since her sophmore year and she is going to be a senior in the fall. We have always been impressed with the teachers and the way they communicate with parents. We are hands on parents and we appreciate it. The staff is nice and everyone at DE is great. Our son is an athlete and will be playing baseball and football starting this year and will be there as a freshman. We will continue to support this school for its academics and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2009
I am glad my children are students at Desert Edge. My daughter was in the 2nd Graduating class of 2007. All through the years they pushed her academically and stood by her to help her suceed. My son is currently attending and nothing has changed, it has only gotten better. The teachers are VERY helpful and Caring. I wish all students could get the attenction and the feelings of being accepted and appreciated as the Scorpions students. I am a Proud Scorpion parent and if I had to refer any new comers to Arizona, I would send them to Goodyear to live and to attend Desert Edge.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2009
I love the school teachers they are really good friends and help us a lot....

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2009
I'm a Junior that atteneds Desert Edge. And from the beginning of Freshmen Orientation I fell in love with the atmosphere. Desert Edge is most definately a diverse school, from clubs to sports to ap classes. The teachers are amazing and have experience in what they are teaching. The administration is involved with everyday activities. I recommend Desert Edge High School to anyone who wants to feel welcomed and respected!

- submitted by a student

December 10, 2008
i am a freshman at Desert Edge and so far i love it. all the staff members are nice and willing to help. there are also many programs for students not just academic but after school activities too. also you can start you own clubs which i think is really cool. i am on the freshman cheer squad and the coaches are really nice and i learn alot. and they are taking their own time to coach us. they are a teacher during the day and then they use their own time to coach and still manage in the classroom the next day.

- submitted by a student

December 02, 2008
I am alumni of Desert Edge and am very proud of it. DEHS has wonderful teachers like Sr. english teacher Mr. Todd VanHooser who is also a professional author, and AP english teacher Mr. Humber. Mr. Beal, The theatre teacher, Mr. Rose, a mother teachers and Miss Ashley an english teacher all are amazing and trulely care about students. The teachers aren't only mentors but friends.The Admin. area little overbearing but Dr. Rossi cares about the students opinions. There really are extracurricular activities for EVERYONE. If you can't find one you can start one. The biggest problem other than the crowding is the extreme emphasis on sports. Some classes suffer for it. But all in all, DEHS provided a memorable and pleasant high school experience. DEHS!

- submitted by a community member

December 01, 2008
This school has too many sports programs and not enough academic support. Who on earth came up with the idea of taking away honors classes?

- submitted by a student

November 25, 2008
Most of the staff at this school actually care whether students are doing well or not, unlike many other high schools. They also have so many amazing teachers on campus, including Senior English Teacher Mr. Vanhooser, who a couple years ago won an award for his teaching. Byfar, an amazing school.

- submitted by a student

October 27, 2008
i am very disappointed in the schools academics. The honors 9th grade algebra didn't use math books, which made it difficult for students to review and study. A class called College Math is actually a class which teaches what wasn't learned in honors alg/geom class, to me a wasted year in math! English classes are not much better. My daughter repeated all aspects of her English class from 8th grade. The school doesn't offer any programs for higher learners and groups all learning levels together, which makes it a joke for teachers to truly teach, unless teaching an AP class. The classes are 30+ students and behavior issues occur in every class. The teachers can't push the students, without disregarding the slower learners. There are no traditions to speak of and quite a bit of theft, there are no lockers, during PE backpacks are left alone for anyone to rummage.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2008
Great school with lots of curricular activities. Guidance couselors, especially Mr. Long and Mrs. Pond are very helpful. Mr. Beal is wonderful, caring, theatre teacher who helps all his students come out from their shells. Mr. Nelson, assistant principal cares about students needs and he very easy to talk to. Desert Edge creates a happy environment where all student can participate. Both of my children attending this school is very happy. Therefore, I only have good things to say. Hooray for Desert Edge High School.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2007
I am a junior at high school. I have been attending all three years. I've been in band, choir, and dance since I started here. I have been in honors classes and ap classes. This school is amazing. It's has its ups and downs but every high school does and it does have a lot of drama but there is always going to be drama. So far I have had a better experience here than at my old high school in california which I attended for the first few months of my freshman year.

- submitted by a student

July 16, 2007
I am a parent of two students at Desert Edge. I am not happy with the Honors/Advanced Placement program, the math, the science or the English programs. The school has difficulties hiring and retaining educators. The extra-curricular offerings are poor, at best.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2007
My daughter is a junior this year and in the top 10% of her class. She has been an honor student for the first two years and has taken AP classes this year and will continue to do so next year. The Math program with Mr. Rose and Mrs. Creel is simply outstanding and the English program with Mr. Humber, who has an IQ of at least 160, is unparalleled. Unfortunately, the science program at the Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior levels has been uninspiring at best. This is a serious problem as biotechnology is looming on the horizon as a 'hot' career choice. I do not feel that the principal has been a big supporter of the Honors or Advanced Placement students. I would like to enable the students to rate the teachers on knowledge of subject matter and their ability to actually 'teach' same to 'weed out' ineffectual teachers.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2006
Desert Edge High School is a wonderful school, but has many downsides. The math program is based on testing. The english program seems very good but is very unorganized. The science program is moderate for underclassmen. The lunch program is gruesome. Only salad and soup are the healthy choices. The school needs to get their act together with curriculum. I would not recommend this school over home-school, charter, or online schooling

- submitted by a student

February 20, 2006
I have 2 kids attending this High School. Unfortunately, they have not had a positive experience. The school has many changes to make in order for the students to feel like they are safe.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2006
Classrooms unruly, loud. No AP classes available until senior year. Low standards. Students coming from other areas have already completed required assignments in previous years.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
Good academics. Sports programs are available and well coached. The parent involvement is about average for a high school, could use more parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2005
Excellent teachers, administration, and support staff :)

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2005
So far I am very impressed with Desert Edge High school. It is new but they seem to have their priorities straight. They strictly enforce the rules regarding grades and extra-curricular activities. They are working on adding more programs as the school progresses and the marching band got a numerous superior rating in competitions.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2004
My son has attended desert edge and is in his third year there. Recently I found out about some dangerous drugs being on campus. I emailed the principal and he responded one time. I emailed him two more times and he has failed to respond to my emails. Apparently the parents of the children here are not of important. The last principal there was very courteous. I only want answers to a couple of questions. Also I don't understand why we can't use the new football field. We have been waiting for three years to get one. Now we have one and I understand it is not ready. The school spirit is really improving with the increase of children. The teachers seem to be excellent as far as I have seen.

- submitted by a parent

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Desert Edge High School
15778 West Yuma Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338
(623) 932-7000
Last modified Desert Edge High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Edge High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top