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6-8
Public
Maricopa, AZ
Students enrolled: 644

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35565 West Honeycutt Road
Maricopa, AZ 85239

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(520) 568-5100
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Map of Desert Wind Middle School address.

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November 01, 2014
My student attends Desert Wind and I found that the group work and participation in 20+1 made a big difference. The new Principal is making good changes. The teachers communicate a lot. But I went to Conferences and not a lot of parents came, I thought there would be more?

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
We are new to the community. Our kids come from TOP schools in the country. They have always been in honor roll (A+). I was hesitant to send them to the schools in Maricopa, but so far it has been good. Teachers listen and react in a timely manner to our concerns. The material covered until this point has not been challenging for my kids so we are still waiting for more material to come to them. The school has great potential and I cannot wait for my kids to contribute to the goals of the school to make it the best in the district. Parents do need to get involved in order to make this happen. Support the teacher and the school goals.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
I think the school has potential to be a great school, but the classes were huge, organization is lacking, you cant reach the staff except the health office.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
School is decent for the area. Office staff is absolutly horrid to deal with if you can get a hold of them. My child has been there 6-8 now & I can call them all day hit redial over & over...never get the secretary. I have to call every extention until somebody (hopefully) answers. The attendence is usually the one I speak to because she always answers :) The Teachers are awesome! Great school overall.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
From my experience with other schools in the Maricopa community Desert Wind provides one of the best educations available. The teachers are highly qualified and caring. As a whole they willing give of their time and energy to help each student achieve their best. They are aware of each students needs and ably modifies their lesson to meet these needs. The principal is perhaps one of the best principals I have met. He is willing to listen and is proactive in the community and school. There has never been a time that he does not have a listening ear and willing to work out a solution that is best for the student and teacher. As a whole the school is progressive and willing to embrace each opportunity and a new chance to learn.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
The school is focused on becoming a great school. As with all schools there are things you love and things you would like changed. What works for this school is that the teachers and principal are willing to listen. Good things are happening there.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
This school has done a tremendous job with our student. As a sixth grader the transition was difficult from elementary school but the staff kept in communication and stuck by our side. The principal is in classes a lot and the staff always seem happy. Take a visit, truly a great school but as parents, we need to support schools and not depend on them.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
This is the worst school I have ever gone to. I have been there from the sixth grade to the eighth grade and they never spelled my name right or pronounced it right. It took the administration three years to enter my correct home address into their computer mailing system. The hallways are too crowded and I always have to lock my backpack because moth of the kids that attend that school are theives or use backpacks for trash cans. My sister attended this school a year before me and she said that if you weren't wearing your school ID around your neck by luch time, you have to clean the whole cafeteria after everyone's done eating. You also had to wait until Your lunch hour was 5 minutes before it ended to eat your lunch. My sister told my parents and my father tore her out of the school and yelled at the principle that it was child labor and it will not happen ever again or they were going to the school board about it. This is not BS, it's all true. The teachers barely go over anything we(the students) would be tested on. That's why the AIMS scores are so low, it's because we don't learn anything.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2012
We have lived in this district for 4 years and have loved the elementary school my children attend/have attended. This is the 1st year I have a child in middle school and have found the school to be less than challenging for my child. The 6th grade class read a book known to be a controversial and no permission slip was sent home. My child, who is a quick reader, had the book finished before I realized he was reading it. This was upsetting to me. A permission slip did come home before showing the movie. I like to volunteer in the schools - it helps me to feel involved in my children's education and allows me to give thanks to the teachers for all their work. I have found it somewhat difficult to do so at this school - but they are slowly warming up to my help. In short: we love the band and for the most part have had a positive experience, but test scores continue to be low, the work could be more challenging for those students testing at or above state level - and it just isn't there. Most of the staff is easily approached, which is good, but overall communication could be improved.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
My daughter is a 6th grader at Desert Wind and we could not be more pleased. A number of her friends decided to be bused to another district. I think they made a huge mistake.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
The teachers are great at this school, very involved and caring. I was hesitant to put my child in this school but am so glad I did, she is getting a great education and is excelling.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
I absolutely LOVE this school. The teachers are very approachable; they go above and beyond their duties and are they care a great deal about the students' success. We need to challenge our kids if they are to reach their full potential! They need to start now before High School and College. Outstanding SCHOOL!

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June 18, 2009
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May 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
I think this school has the potential to be a great school and cornerstone in the community, but it is still a work in progress, there needs to be some more organization with parent teacher communication as well as some more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
I'm happy with the school. There is alot of caring teacher they email children progress report and if your child need help teachers are there after school. Principal is great!!

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Wind Middle School
35565 West Honeycutt Road, Maricopa, AZ  85239
(520) 568-5100
Last modified Desert Wind Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Wind Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top