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10211 E. Madero Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85209

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(480) 635-2025
(480) 625-2044
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June 14, 2014
I was a seventh grader at this school and completely disliked the one year I spent there. Some of the teachers are decent, most are not, however. The honors program is very weak and the advanced kids get held back by the AVID students because they were not in an advanced program the year(s) before. I am switching schools for these reasons. Also, the campus is far too large. There are too many people for there to be an individualized approach to education. Bullying is also a huge issue. Everywhere you walk you walk past at least three cliques. The entire atmosphere of the campus is very negative towards kids dug as mysel who are classified as the "nerds" and "Emo". This past year, the bathrooms have been vandalized several times. Too many times my friends and I have been excluded from certain activities with our peers. One thing that I find interesting is that this school is mostly Mormon, but you can't walk ten feet without hearing some kind if cussing. If you are contemplating sending your child here, I highly eecommend that you do not. Publi schools are going down the drain. Within the first week at this school, I encountered colonies of ants and a snake.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2013
I have both an 8th grader and a 7th grader attending Desert Ridge Junior High. They are both thriving in the public school setting. I was a little worried since they had spent their entire elementary school years at a charter school. But they were able to quickly adapt in their new setting. I think this is in large part to the dedication of the teachers at DRJHS. They all seem to truly care about the students and their education. They are always having to do more with less but yet they strive on and I think for the most part they are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
I am an 8th grade student attending Desert Ridge, I am very pleased with the school. My father has seen the difference in education. You want some of the best education you can get? then attend Desert Ridge. The teachers are amazing. If you don't understand something they will help you. every morning and after-noon the hold tutoring sessions. I read that at one point in time the turned off the water fountains in the gym, that is no longer true; there are several spread out in the gym... weight room and 2 in the main gym. Education is high, physical activity is great, and every one is so open. The anti-bullying program is standing strong. Desert Ridge will not put up with bullying. Desert Ridge is a school I will recommend to anyone who is looking for a school with high education a great physical education program and so much more. ~8th grade student

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2012
I would have ranked higher, but I do have some issues with the administration of DRJHS. As a busy but concerned parent, I appreciate being kept in the loop as much as possible. The school so far has sent out only a COUPLE mass emails with information. We were never informed of upcoming dances and the fact that our kids needed money for drinks as they turned off the drinking fountains in the gym and were not allowed to go outside to get drinks. That is one glaring example, there have been many other more insignificant in comparison instances where it would be nice to hear from the school. I listed my email address and phone number on every single piece of paper that came home asking for them. As far as the teachers go, they seem to care about the kids and their education, so in the end, that is what TRULY matters. I just wish the administration could exhibit the same concern.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
I strongly dislike this school .... The teachers are no help what so ever , I was in 7th grade there and i had to leave in the middle of the school year because i was bullied , they say that they have an anti-bullying tolerance (they don't). When i asked for help THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND !!! If you don't understand something you need it explained in a different way , right ... Well they don't give you a different explanation , they tell you the same thing over and over again until you end up lieing and saying you understand (but you don't). The math teachers are especially like that , The social studies teachers are cranky , The science teachers are just plain rude , The advisory (RSS) teachers are horrible. The only teachers i personally liked was my language teacher and my elective teacher. The students are rude , they CURSE , they BULLY , they act like because the school is in a high-in-neighborhood that there rich. Girls would go into the restroom and start rumors and drama. When i first saw the school i hated it. Just the way it was set up was bad. So if you do end up sending your child(ren) there PLEASE listen to them , if they say there getting bullied they most likely are.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2011
I was very unhappy with this school. My son attended in 7th grade last year and was not happy from the beginning. It was never a welcoming atmosphere. Although they claim they encourage parent involvement, it's quite opposite. They were 2 incidences during gym where my son had his possessions stolen and when I mentioned it, the response was, "oh yeah that happens...just tell your son to make sure he locks his locker". Not quite the response I expected, almost as if it was acceptable behavior. Now, I didn't expect the police to be summoned and I know these things can happen. However, I didn't expect to get such a nonchalant attitude as, oh well, it's your son's fault, your son must have not locked his locker. This happened twice! There was imposed to curb the behavior. It was as if it was too little of an issue to deal with. My son was in honors, had friends and was in sports for fall, winter and spring. He still did not like the kids. There are many clicks and they are generally mean spirited kids. They are some good kids, don't get me wrong, but, I believe they are out numbered. He did have a few good teachers that he respected and learned a great deal from, so it's not all bad.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
Not a Fan So Far. Administration seems to be Fine no issues as of yet but extremely disappointed with the students. New to the school and the majority of the students seem to be unfriendly and flat out mean. Dirty glares and clicks. "Hi can you tell me where this class is?" No....Do I know you? Welcome to our school Not Really

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
Administration is difficult to work with. Cares more about paperwork than education of the students. Won't accept my wife's id and acknowledgement that we live in the boundaries because her name is not on the utility bill. What a joke. I didn't care to much for the admistration when my older son went through the school three years ago, this just further frustrates me.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
I loved this school. I'm now headed off to the high school next door after spending my 2 years here, and because of my time at DRJHS, I feel certain that I can strive. I'll admit, the school isn't perfect and no one should expect that. My teachers were amazing, though there was one I could have done without. I always felt I could talk to the teachers if I had any problems with it. I think the music program is improving as well as the rest of the. To me, most everyone is caring or respectful, but in all honesty, you have to be in the right mind-frame to truly enjoy it here. I'll miss being a Rattler. GO DRJHS!

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2009
I love this school. I never feel left out and I like the homework because its not all easy like my other school made it.

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2009
my child goes and i love the way its set up

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
'Office administrator n vice principle got problems teachers are great' I have the same feeling as the other parent reported. So I have to transfer my child to the other school.

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July 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
Office administrator n vice principle got problems teachers are great

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2009
I have a 7th grade and 8th grade student who attend this school and I am very pleased with it. The Principal and Vice Principal have an open communication with both the parents and the students. The teachers are great. I especially love the front office. They are very nice and respectful to anyone who enters their building. There are many opportunities for the students that help them grow educationally and emotionally!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2008
All in all, my all-time favorite school would have to be DRJHS! This school has given me confidence, amazing teachers and a truely wonderful education. Another positve asspect is that the school has so much to offer! Sports, clubs, and anything else that can possibly pop into your head is there! I personally believe that all reviewers who gave this school below average is that their teens are hanging around negative influences, and causing trouble for the faculty and staff.

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December 18, 2008
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November 04, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2008
I attended this school for my seventh grade year, but I had too move. Sadly, I was glad I had to move. Im a very musical person and this school did not have a good musical program. It is also too crowded. It can use some work.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 16, 2008
This school is amazing. There should be more schools at this standard

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August 09, 2008
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August 01, 2008
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January 02, 2008
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December 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 22, 2007
I really love this school. The teachers are great, and the other kids are very nice. If I weren't already going there, then I'd make sure that I switched schools in order to.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2007
All in all, my all-time favorite school would have to be DRJHS! This school has given me confidence, amazing teachers and a truely wonderful education. Another positve asspect is that the school has so much to offer! Sports, clubs, and anything else that can possibly pop into your head is there! I personally believe that all reviewers who gave this school below average is that their teens are hanging around negative influences, and causing trouble for the faculty and staff.

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August 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2007
Desert ridge school is the best. I used to go to a middle school in tempe then i moved. at first i was a lil concerded about going here because i was afaid of not making any friends. But they turned out to be great. Wheb i first cam i thought that all the homework i was getting was unfair but then i realized it was all for the better. At tempe i was getting c, b, and sometimes ds. But now i get all A+. I love this school. PARENTS make sure you chose this school for your child!

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Have not been pleased with this school at all. The staff does not do a good job of keeping the children under control. The kids are disrespectful for the most part. The dress code is not inforced. Have not been pleased with the coaching staff either. Poor extracurricular activities.

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June 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
DRJHS is a great school! There are many activies for students to partipate in. As a student myself I can say that the teachers are highly qualified and really care about their students. This would be a great school for any student.

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2005
I think this is a great school. My child has done really well.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
My daughter attended this school in both 7th and 8th grades. I was very happy with the school. They seemed to be on top of things, as much as possible and the teachers really seemed to care about the students. They all seemed to get along really well and to take pride in their school.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
Poor Academics, do not enforce dress code

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
I attended DRJHS the first and second year it was built, I enjoyed the classes but I felt out of place, being black, and almost all of the other students were white, other than the lack of diversity, the teaching and discipline was great, at times it was really hard, but thats what school is for right?

- submitted by a former student
March 08, 2005
Good advanced classes, strict with students, my son finds this a good environment overall.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2004
My daughter is in the Honors Program in the seventh grade at Desert Ridge. We have been very happy with the school. The attitude of the staff and administration at the school has been excellent and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time there. I have really appreciated the Golbert School Districts open enrollment policies, as it has allowed us to place our daughter in a school that makes the most of her abilities and gives her the opportunities she would not have in our home district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2003
The school could do well to hire more experienced staff. The middle school years are very difficult for kids and they could use more support. My concern is that too many kids are being pushed out because they don't conform. Behind some of the rebellion is a kid trying to find him/herself. I know it can be exasperating but the comments that a principal or teacher makes can hurt a student for years. My child was very hurt by a comment made to her. We are trying to work through the angry comment lashed out at her by a staff member.

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Ridge Jr. High School
10211 E. Madero Ave., Mesa, AZ  85209
(480) 635-2025
Last modified Desert Ridge Jr. High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Ridge Jr. High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top