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K-8
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Laveen, AZ
Students enrolled: 850
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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6855 W. Meadows Loop East
Laveen, AZ 85339

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(602) 237-9100
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October 04, 2013
I have been here just about a year with my kids. I found the teachers to be very forthcoming and the administration easy to work with. Some of the kids are rowdy but that is to be expected with the age group. The staff works very hard! I love this school

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
This school has been a terrible experience for my kids. My two struggling children are not getting the help they need, and my other child is bored. The bully issues are rampant, the oversight of the teachers over the students is non-existent, and the principal is neither responsive or forthcoming. They claim there is a bully form that can be used, but how exactly does a piece of paper fix an obviously ongoing problem. The in-class behavior the students are allowed to get away with is terrible, and the teachers, no matter what they spout off, are just teaching the kids to one test or another and nothing else. Who cares about helping the kids think and learn when we can push them through the assembly line to make our AIMS scores higher so we look better. Nevermind the ongoing problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
I have a new student to Desert Meadows this year and can't believe how professional and polite the staff is. My son is in 7th grade and I am amazed by the dedication of his teachers to help him become acquainted with the school. He comes home each day with homework and is eager to do it! I am looking forward to a great year at Desert Meadows!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I had an excellent experience with my children the first week of school. There were lots of friendly people to assist me on the first day and my kids came home excited about their teachers. I even had a good experience working with the principal when I had a question about my youngest ones teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
Sadly the Principal and VP have lost touch with the staff and the teachers at this point. Students now attack teachers but the staff doesn't want to deal with the parents so they do nothing. Sadly, this school was so promising, but now it's just a plain old school of sub par factors now. Glad we moved our kids out of here....

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
My son loved Meadows from k - 3rd grade ('07 - '12). His teachers were wonderful. Our family was very involved in the Parent Teacher Student Association. Meadows teachers are exceptionally involved - but then they don't get much parental help - so pick up that slack. Most outstanding Bully issues need to be put squarely in Laveen Elementary District's (LED) and the district's voters laps. Student supplies and extra school staffing were drastically cut when LED budget overrides were voted no on a year ago. Lost by just a handful of votes. Adding to the resulting classroom crowding pressure is the lack of administrative continuity. LED assigns Desert Meadows and Mr. Pries a NEW vice principal EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Some were experienced, some raw VP trainees. They do their best but the kids and parent do not know them. It is a Vice Principals job to handle student discipline issues. Principals manage teachers and are spokesmen for the school community. Don't get me wrong its a good school - but it is not perfect. It could be great. I challenge each Meadows parent to volunteer in a classroom, the cafeteria or recess yard just 3 hours of time each year.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
We are very glad that this is our daughter's last year at Desert Meadows. She has endured a lot of bullying while attending this school. The teachers have done little to stop it when we have complained and the principal does not return phone calls or emails but has someone else handle the problem, which is usually the assistant principal. It is amazing what you hear from other parents when you attend a sports event or any other program. There are a lot of parents who agree there is a bully problem, communication problem between teacher's and parents, and while the office staff is okay, the principal needs a stricter review of his performance. Bullying in any form should have a zero tolerance and teachers need to be sending students to the office, the office needs to be calling parents, and students need to be picked up and taken home if they are going to be continually disruptive and negative in classrooms. Some kids do want to learn even if they are not honors students.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
My son has attented this school for 2 years and it has been a nightmare with all of the bulling, he is more advanced than the other kids and he has been harrasased by the other students since he was in 2nd grade and the teachers. The principal tries to put a stop to it but only for a short period of time and then it goes right back to the bulling. This school has made my son not want to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2011
This is my kids' second year at Desert Meadows, and it's been a good school for us. They are currently in 7th grade and 2nd grade. All the teachers they've had have been really good. Ms. Zachary in 2nd grade is great! My 7th grader is in the honors program and is doing really well. The office staff is just okay. Anytime I've tried to contact the principal via e-mail or phone, I get a response from someone else or, more often, no response at all. But other than that, I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
Bar far one horrible school for my Kinder!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!! I have never had such a bad experience in a public school as I had. School Started August 9 and my child just went downhill since the first day of School Who treats Kinder as if they are in boot camp!!!!!!! I know I volunteered for the first 2 weeks, and teachers if they do not like your kid you better make sure that the teachers are not roomates because they will tag team your child!!!!!!!!!! I would not send a sack of Scorpions to Desert Meadow. Tried to get help with the Vice prinicpal and the Principal and was treated so badly and Talked down to. I cried. Got my daughter out as soon as I could. Get yours out too!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2011
Desert Meadows has been a mixed bag for our son who attends there. He has a had very inexperienced teacher who was difficult to work with, rigid in classroom approaches, difficult to work with as a parent, and lacking in student empathy. This person also was extremely difficult to communicate with through any means, email, phone calls or in person. However, Mr. Priess, the principal, offset a good deal of our negativity with his support and his efforts to resolve the challenges with that teacher. During the new school year that just started,our son's new teacher is experienced, dedicated and very focused on results and communication with families. Our son is succeeding above our expectations, and enjoys going to school. We are very pleased that such efforts went into taking a negative experience and transforming it into a positive outcome. For parents who are less than pleased, we would suggest speaking directly with the principal. Also, the new assistant principal, Ms. Epacs, has also gone above and beyond this year in making our son's experience a positive one. Desert Meadows certainly is moving in the right direction, though there is room to grow.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
This school is HORRIBLE!! I moved to the area in the middle of the school year last year. My son was enrolled in 3rd grade at the time, I went to enroll him and they set me free on the campus while school was in session to go see his "new classroom" which ended up not being the correct one. My son would come home ever day crying because he was being bullied by peers and older children at the school. He said his teacher cussed a lot and yelled at the class. I had SEVERAL issues with the front office staff, they are very rude and seem more interested in gossiping in the office together instead of taking care of the parents/students in the office. I ended up taking my son out of that school and enrolling him somewhere else. When I tried to get his paperwork from the school the same front office staff would not fax the info to the new school and told me I was going to have to wait until she was ready to send it. It was a bad experience all around.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Desert Meadows is a work in progess. BUT, Ms. Warren, my son's kindergarten teacher is the best. She cares about the kids and teaches them well above what a K-class should be. I know my son is getting a great education with her.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
I am very disappointed in DM. My four year old kindergartner was placed in the wrong classroom all day and was reported absent by his original teacher. When I arrived at the school to pick up my child, NO had a clue where he was, because according to there records he never came to school. My child was found a hour after school was dismissed in what seemed to be a first grade classroom. DM offered no formal apologize for the terrible and terrifying error and has been very insensitive to the hole situation.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2010
My son attended for his 5th grade year with Mr. Goldwasser. His progress was incredible and his teacher CARED... Awesome

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
My family has only been at this school since October but I am impressed. The focus is on student success. My son talks about goals and he likes his teacher. The campus is a nice place to visit. I am very pleased.

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December 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I write this review for Desert Meadows Elem. Everytime I drop my children off at school, Mr. Preis and Ms. Zembruski are always visible - before and after school. It makes me feel like my children are looked after, and they feel safe. My son loves Mr. Preis. He told me that he wants to be a principal when he grows up, 'Just like Mr. Preis, Mommy!' Continuing on; The school focuses on good behavior and delves out strong consequences for poor behavior if need be. Fortunately, we've not had to deal with consequences. We have had several good things come home with our children. I am a strong believer in complementing and encouraging children at young ages so that they will grow up to be learners as well as good people, just like Mr. Preis and Ms. Zembruski.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
This is a great school. I love the way the teachers and school staff communicate with the students and parents. Mr. Pries is always around speaking with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
I continue to be impressed by this school. We have been here since it opened and this year is the best yet. Most of the teachers are back and the office staff has really improved since the secretary left last year. I am also happy that it is a Performing Plus school for the second straight year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2009
Ny child attended this school for her last half of her 8th grade year and she didnt like it at all. The teachers couldnt control the class and there are many bullies. They were very disorganized and they dont really do fun activities in class. She would tell me that teachers would see students doing or saying things they shouldnt and would act as if they didnt hear it. Students were just very rude and mean and teachers would do little about it. She didnt like going to school at all here and wouldnt want to go to a place like this. It was very hard to enroll her in this school from the start and staff didnt help. I wouldnt recommend this school for anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
My child has attended this school for the second year, I am concerned about the relaxed disciliplary policies at the school. Many bullies, kids getting beat up in restrooms and many 1st year teachers. Many are not prepared to handle the complex problems that come with such a diverse environment. If you enroll your student here, I reccomend doing homework first and look at all options first.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2009
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September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
This will be my daughter's second year at DM. She is in 5th grade and the class size seems to be growing. I am concerned about the number of school bullies which has also increased in size, the principal's laid back attitude about responding to parent calls and emails, and I even went so far last year to approach the school board but that did not do any thing in helping to resolve problems. I did join the parent group but they are concerned only with fundraising -- not improving child safety or security or better learning environments. This school really needs help as there are only a few really great teachers, Mr. Packard is one and Ms. Shamhart another. The office staff don't check appropriately where students live to make sure they are attending the proper schools. I would prefer to see more 'older' teachers hired.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2008
Mt child attends D.M. and I believe that it is the best school in the District. Mr. Packard does a great job keeping his students on task and in control. I have heard some parents complain about his strict standards, but I can tell you from experience that by the end of the year each student is far better prepared to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
The classes at this school are severely overcrowded. My child's class has nearly 40 students and I am told there are no plans to hire additional teachers anytime in the near future. Last year the school had major discipline problems and Mr. Preis was very poor about returning phone calls when I had a concern. I had high hopes that this year would be better, but after restructoring the district boundries we have more students and more overcrowding. It's early on but things don't look to be improving.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
I have two daughters who attend Dessert Meadows. Both of them really like the school. As another parent mentioned there are behavior problems and some teachers do not have control over the class. My 4th grader had 3-4 teachers through out the year and this is a huge concern for me this year. Overall this is a good school that needs some improvement in some areas, what school doesn't.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
I am a parent of 2 children who attend Dessert Meadows. My kids love the school. The first thing I ask everytime they comes home is how's school and my kids says they were enjoying their classes and their teachers everyday. They are always excited to go to school everyday. I would like to disagree with other parent's comments regarding Mr Pries. When I had a concern with my daughter's status in school, he immediately gave attention to my concern. Now, my daughter is enjoying her class and have been challenged more and she is now attending in a gifted class. I am thanking the school for giving more challenges to the advanced kids. Thank you also to Mr. Hanson, Ms Roa and Ms. Barnes who are giving their extra efforts in preparing these kids for high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
Overall im pleased with the schools ability to manage the teacher to student ratio. I spent the first day of school assisting my daughters teacher and at first it was a little overwhelming but they do have aids to assist in class. In a matter of months new teachers were hired and classes were split. However, i do agree with one of the parents. Mr Pries does not return calls. I have two sisters who are also attend this school and im not impressed with how our concerns have been handled. I also do not feel that that eight graders are being mentored well enough to prepare them for high school. Some of the teachers act and speak in an immature and unprofessional manner. A teacher should always maintain themselves in the upmost manner. Its their job. Also, piercings should not be allowed on teachers during work hrs.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 19, 2008
I am a parent of 3 children who attend desert meadows.This shcool started off on the right track but lately there has been some behavior issues with the older students. I have contacted pr.Preis sevaral times and never once recieved a phone call back.My child comes home every day complaning about how bad the students are and how there is no control over them.I have noticed a class increase and that seems to be a big problem,the teachers there have no support from parents.I really think this could be a great school if everyone got together and helped out .There needs to be better comuncation on what goes on at this school.And the bullies need to go.This school needs to be a little more strict on there bullies and there behavior problems.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
I am a parent of 3 children who are attending dm.At first i was very happy with the school and mr.Pries,but after 3 monthes of them being in this school this will be there last year at dm. Mrs.Shamhart and mrs.Rowe are awesome teachers and there are really trying there hardest to make this a great place for my daughters,but there needs to be more control on the students.I think maybe there is lacking of parent involment with there children.The teachers and mr.Preis need to come together and weed out the students who dont want to learn and and are trouble makers and give them a wake up call or send them to another school.The class rooms seem to be over crowed there is children coming from all over Laveen .I dont think the office checks the boundaries in were half these students live.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2008
the class sizes to be increasing on a daily basis. My daughter comes home and tells me all the stories of the kids that constantly misbehave, bully, and disrespect the teacher. I am wondering what Mr. Pries is doing to address this issue, because it seems to be getting worse as the school year goes on.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
I'm a parent of a child curently attend DM. I believe the school is growing very well and the teaching staff is constantly improving. Mr. Pries has done an excellent job at this point but it will be interesting how they handle the rapidly growing school population. We moved from a school where the student to teacher ration was over 34-1.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2007
I am concerned with the ever increasing class sizes. Currently my child is in a class with 28. The teacher seems to do well handling so many children but I fear my child's education is at risk. There are very harsh kids in the class that the teacher must constantly focus on. I would like to see more teachers brought in in response to the increasing school population.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
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Desert Meadows Elementary School
6855 W. Meadows Loop East, Laveen, AZ  85339
(602) 237-9100
Last modified Desert Meadows Elementary School 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 Meadows Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top