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K-8
Public
Goodyear, AZ
Students enrolled: 715
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2131 South 157th Avenue
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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(623) 772-4600
(623) 772-4620
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January 08, 2014
Desert School is a wonderful school. My son is excited to go to school each day. I'm very impressed with his progress. All of the teachers and staff are caring and concerned about all students.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Desert Star is an awesome school that really cares about their students! I have two children that attend Desert Star and their teachers work so hard to help them reach their goals and to be successful! They make learning fun and provide a safe comfortable place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
I have two children that attend Desert Star. I love the friendly and warm atmosphere at the school and I believe it is a safe and nurturing environment for my children. Everyone is always friendly and helpful. I do wish they were offered more electives and that the class sizes were smaller, but overall, we have been very happy with Desert Star.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
I have two children that attend Desert Star and our experience has been very positive. The teachers work very well together and my children are receiving an excellent education. Both of my children love to read and that is because Desert Star has made it enjoyable for them.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
I have had all my 3 kids attend Desert Star and have always found the staff very helpful and outstanding. They go out of their way to make sure that my kids are cared for and are always checking in with me through emails, newsletters, phone calls as well as keeping their websites updated. I also love that I can check my kids grades on PowerSchool.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
My two kids have been attending Desert Star for over 6 years. They both have had wonderful teachers who take the time to get to know them on a personal level. As the travel through the grades I notice the amount of rigor increasing. It is obvious that the teachers and all the staff work hard to make this school a great place to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My daughter LOVES Desert Star. She has an amazing teacher! The school maintains a strong focus on student achievement and offers many services for students. They have interventions during the day and after school. They also offer extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities. Parents are welcome to participate in many ways. The parent pick up runs smoothly now that it has been renovated.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
At Desert Star, we work very hard to help students achieve academic success, as well as support them in other aspects of their lives. We are very open to parent and community involvement, especially if there are changes you'd like to see. Many staff members are proud bring our children here as well. We love Desert Star and want to help every child be successful.

- submitted by a teacher
October 08, 2013
My daughter has been in this school for two years and is now in 4th grade. Her teacher takes the time to understand my child's needs and keeps her challenged. The parent contact is consistent and I have found that any questions I have are answered quickly. The positive and supportive atmosphere is evident in my daughter's love to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
I have two children attending Desert Star currently, one elementary and one middle school. I have been very impressed with all the teachers - they are extremely caring and professional. They maintain an "open door" policy when it comes to parent questions or concerns. They are always looking for additional ways to support and challenge my children. The staff is very friendly and respectful. I know I can rest easy when I send my kids off to school each day - they enjoy the school very much. Thank you to all the staff at Desert Star who seem to constantly strive to do better for all the kids in their care. It really does seem like they believe that every child is a "kid at hope."

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
My child went to this school, and I am so happy We switched him out! The teacher did not help him when he needed help, he was failing but in the report card he was doing good. His homework and spelling test said a different story,he was failing. This school is far behind and unorganized without a doubt!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
Kindergarten teachers are rude and two faced. Our Teacher is always late and never responds to any phone messages. I have witnessed on at least one account the teacher raising her voice to the kindergarteners to a tone that very loud and very upsetting even to me as an adult. I do not want my child at this school but I'm currently stuck. This school will charge you 2 bucks to feed your kids Hot Pockets for lunch. My child came home one day starving so I asked about his meal. He informed me that they has a bread stick with cheese for lunch. Being concerned and thinking my child must've been mistaken I asked about the lunch and sure enough that's a meal to them. I asked about protein, etc. To which I got the answer of, "Well there's tuna on the salad bar." Really? You want a 5 year old to know that he should eat tuna with his bread sticks? I've seen teachers grabbing kids by the arms and drilling them about their destination. Yet 5 yr old my kid gets to sit on a wall in the sun all recess for hugging a kid. The teachers act like the Gestapo. "Where are your papers?!" "Tuck in your shirt!" Heaven knows the world will stop spinning if kids didn't tuck in their polo's. Fact.

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July 16, 2009
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no rating September 25, 2008
There are not enough activites for the children to do at their homeshool. The school tends to lean the communitu clubs to provide activities as opposed to the kids doing more activities with their class mates.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
My son is in Kindergarten in Mrs. Gutekunst class and he loves her and Mrs. Stevens as well. He also has had very good things to say about the P.E. , Art, and Music teachers. I briefly met the Principal and she is a wonderful and very caring person who seems to run a very tight ship- and I state that in a most positive way. She has some very excellent security measures in place when it comes to drop -off and pick-up of the children and also pertaining to overall conduct of the students. I have to say that all of the employees in Administration and even the crossing guards are some of the nicest most helpfull people this school could ask for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
My son is now in second grade and his Kindergarten teacher was great. Very informative and he learned so much. So was his first grade teacher. They even had computers in his class and they did reports on the computers. It is a very good school

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2008
Most of the previous posts are over 2 years old. A lot has changed. The principal is a wonderful, caring, involved woman who truly goes the extra mile. The teachers are incredible. My son had Mrs Hicks in 1st grade. I couldn't possibly have hand picked a better teacher if I had every teacher in the district to choose from. All of them are wonderful. As for parental involvement, we definitely need more of that. The PTO had a rough start last year but they are really pushing foreward and striving to make the whole school even better. My main complaint is parents who complain about the lack of support but do nothing to help support the school themselves. Get out there, help make the changes, participate, make a difference. If you don't, who will?

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2008
I've heard other parents voice their concerns about pick-up and drop-off at Desert Star. I have been one of them. Luckily plans were presented to the community for the new pick-up drop off area and construction should begin shortly. I truly enjoy the hard working and wonderful teachers @ our school. I encourage parents to volunteer at least a couple of hours a semester, especially those of you who have concerns. I thought I knew how our schools ran but I was rather surprised at everything that goes into running a school and how hard our childrens teachers work. I am proud of the fact that my children are exposed to different languages @ school, (maybe they will pick up a little bit of it.)

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My daughter's kindergarten teacher is Mrs. Johnston and she is wonderful. That is about as far as I can go with the compliments. The pick up/drop off routine is a complete nightmare. Give yourself at leat 20-30 minutes to actually get near the school, find a parking spot in the nearby neighborhood and finally walk to school. You will feel like you are in Mexico around the campus with the parents and students speaking spanish all around you. We can't wait to move before it gets even worse!

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April 22, 2008
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September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
If I was to rate the Teachers only, I'd have to give a 5 star....to the school as a whole...it has a long way to go. Moving from Cave Creek Unified School district...this was a complete shock. My daughter still having class in the Music room. The drop off and pick up of the students is horrible. I know that when I asked the office staff about the P.T.O. offices, they had no idea what was going on. If there are so many students at this school, why is the P.T.O. without officers, and where is the Parent envolvment?

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
My child had Ms.Higgins and she was fantastic! I loved bringing my child to school each day. Wonderful communication with parents. People in the school office are always pleasant and helpful. Safety not so great with the bus last year, and hopefully that has improved.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
I was volunteering at the school today and one thing really caught my attention. I noticed that the student to teacher ratio, is out of control. When will parents start comming foward to stand up for our childrens educational rights? If the school can't 'afford to hire any more teachers' then why not hire student aids for each class. Parents something has to be done!

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January 18, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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November 05, 2005
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October 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
Good school for the average student. Needs better programs for advanced/gifted. Class size too high,but the teachers cope well. Beautiful new campus with large classrooms, involved parents, walk to school campus, uniforms, fun but strict, good library and reading programs. Bi-lingual program was still new and the teacher was struggling when we were there 2 years ago, so I wouldn't recommend it. Music and art- once every 6 days, I think.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
I am very impressed with this school. The academics are outstanding, and no sever behaviour problems!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2005
We just moved here and this is the worst pickup and drop off situation I have ever seen. Seen the principal but didnt know it- met the principal and I had to ask who he was- introduced hisself as his last name. Not happy!

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July 04, 2005
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June 28, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2005
this schoool is new and the focus seem to be on how the school performs and not on the students. the school does not seem to be parent friendly, the staff members are rude in a quiet way. this is one of the most cold and uninviting elementary schools i have ever been in. i think the principal is doing an extremly poor job over all. the student drop off/pick up is a complete mess, it is not functional for the parents or the students, however it work for the faculty, go figure.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2004
I thought that their first grade program was entirely behind. My daughter had gone to Valley Academy in phoenix for kindergarten and learned everything she just relearned in first grade. There is no communication with the school and parents. My daughter was out sick and I forgot to call the school and no one called to see where she was. Another incident there was that she had fallen asleep on the bus and ended up back at the school. I called the school, they said they would keep her there until I got there. Upon arriving at the school 10 minutes later, they had no idea where she was. Here they finally called the bus driver on radio and found out she was on the bus with the older kids and on her way home...where there would be no one waiting for her! No apologies, no excuses. Just plain ignorance.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
My son has attended this school for two years. My concern is that he is not challenged enough. It's not that the teachers are not trying but because of the 'no child left behind' act. Everything seems geared toward the lower learning spectrum, therefore there seems to be hardly no homework. I am contiplating a charter school next year just because of this learning difference. Also the avondale school district has not really thought out and put into place a plan to accomidate the new 7th grade class let alone 8th grade next year. They are actually suppose to be part of the middle school in town yet attend the grade school. In any case if neither of these issues concern you then this school is perfect for you. Good luck. Laurie Abel

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June 08, 2004
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June 01, 2004
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June 01, 2004
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May 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
Principal leadership is poor, doesn't seem to care enough about parent opinions. Not enough extracurricular activities. Teacher quality is good. They run the school like a prison, too many rules and the kids get written up for stupid things. Poor lunches, don't seem willing to change the menu and quality of the food. Poor drop off/pick up area, not safe and principal knows and is unwilling to do anything about it.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
This could be a great school if we had better overall support from the principal! The principal has not made this a good year for any student, she does nothing to make school a good experience! Argues with parents over major concerns, saying they are not issues! This is very disappointing, due to every parents concerns should at least be heard and dealt with in one way or another.

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May 10, 2004
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May 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2004
Desert Star School is facing the same problems most growing school districts face too many students in a class. The teachers are devoted to their craft yet find this difficult with the volume of students. A new school is scheduled to open next year to relieve some of the problem. I have found the administration to be most helpful and accommodating in every way. The school promotes and encourages parental involvement in any way possible. My children's teachers were very open to help in the classroom. I do feel that the curriculum could be stronger and a bit more challenging especially in the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2003
I have two children in this school, and have found the teachers to be wonderful. Both children have a speech imparement. My third grader has improved tremendously. My second grader still needs alot of work. We got off to a slow start with his speech because they were unable to find a speech teacher. They seem to be working with him and if all goes well we will see a great improvement in his speech this year. Thanks to the speech teachers who work so hard and all the other teachers. The child/teacher ratio is a little high, but with the new school opening up (Desert Thunder) we should see a better ratio. I would highly recommend this school to any parent looking for a great school.

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Star
2131 South 157th Avenue, Goodyear, AZ  85338
(623) 772-4600
Last modified Desert Star is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Star Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top