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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,489

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10045 E Madero Ave
Mesa, AZ 85209

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(480) 984-8947
(480) 354-5090
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February 06, 2014
My son attended Desert Ridge for one semester and could no longer tolerate the racism, so we transferred him. He now attends a school that is more diverse and teachers are more involved and sincerely care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
This was a great school for my son who graduated in 2010 with honors. It is the only high school in the district that has an engineering track , and that was exactly the field that my son wanted to pursue. The instructors were always there encouraging and inspiring the students to pursue their dream. Administration was helpful and the sport coaches were very dedicated and inspired the students to achieve their best. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
I have attended Desert Ridge for the past two years and have enjoyed every minute of it! I have received plenty of help from teachers (except for one) and in a lot of sports and clubs. This school is bully free with plenty of opportunities! Go jags!

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2012
I am very happy with this school. I have a son that graduated in 2008, and another that is a senior this year and also a freshman. I have a gifted son, one with learning disability, and a typical student. This school worked hard to meet all of their needs. They have top rate teachers and the athletics programs are doing better every year. Mr. Coombs is a great principal and a strong leader. The same is true of Ms. Henry, Mr. Stroud, and Ms. Murphy. Great leadership team!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
FYI: this a bully friendly school. I am very disappointed how the administrative faculty handle bullying. In my experience so far, the teachers have been great, what a shame, I will make sure my other children do not attend this high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
Do NOT let your children attend this school. The teaching staff is never avalible! Your only choice is VM or email which you will not get a reply for over a week and by then any concerns you have are doubled. They supply zero extra help so if your student is unable to get the help they need in their 34 plus students in a classroom, tough. And going to the Admin is a joke, they pour "sorry's" on you and empty promises. And since the school shuts down by 3:30 your only choice is to take time of from work repeatedly to try and get a hold of anyone. So if you have any intrest in being a hands on parent find another school. It will be worth it for your students education.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
I am currently a senior at DRHS and i LOVE it. The school has worked with me all four years and ive never felt like "just a Number" .They Do make mistakes especially with scheduling but thats an easy fix...I didnt have a 5th hour and i dont need credit so they worked with me to find something that suited my future career. The Teachers are fabulous except a few and the staff is so friendly and caring !! GO JAGS!!!

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2010
I went to Desert Ridge all four years of high school. I graduated in 2009 as Salutatorian and am currently attending MIT. That being said, I couldn't have made it to where I was today without the help of the teachers at DR. Overall I felt like the large majority of teachers were interested in the students learning and were willing to help out students with academic problems as long as the students were willing to help themselves as well. I can't say much on athletics cause I didn't join any teams, I did however join several clubs and became president of two. Clubs at DR still need more funding and attention from both the administration and the student body. DR is a good school with some of the best teachers you can ask for your child.

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October 30, 2009
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March 15, 2009
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February 24, 2009
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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
To the parent that posted a note from his son about the football team! The team does not stink, they are one of the best in AZ. I am so proud to say DRHS is one of th best schools and the Football Team rocked. Coah Hathcock prides his team on mental toughness. Go Jags

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2008
I went to desert ridge for my freshman through junior year and i loved it. The atmosphere is awesome, the teachers are helpful, the counselors always want what is best for the students. There are many extracurricular activities that any student would enjoy. There is extreme school spirit there, they have a group called the diehards, and they have done stories on them. Its a great school. The sports teams are getting better every year... I now go to queen creek high school and i hate it. I miss being a jaguar. I bleed black and red. Go jags!!!

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no rating November 09, 2008
Desert Ridge High is the bomb! My freshman year was a blast. There are so many clubs you can join. A lot of the staff is really comfortable around the students and they make learning fun. The athletic teams at DRHS are getting better by the year. The staff understands the students and they are always willing to listen to whatever you have to say. I love DRHS. Go JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2008
My child did not like this school. He said that the football team he was on stunk. Me personally do not like the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
When I first entered the school my freshman year, I hated DRHS. I felt like a lot of the kids were bullies, the teachers had no clue what they were doing and the administration was always picking on certain cliques; i felt like this till the end of my sophomore year. Since Junior year, i have fell in love with DRHS. There are plenty of clubs and extracurricular student that could fit any personality/background here at this school. The teachers always stay in contact with my parents, and they teach the kids here how to be responsible on their own if they want to be successful in life. Dr. Coombs is always willing to work out any problems that teachers, parents, or students have. I feel our school is the best in the GPS District, i can happily say that i am extremely proud to be a jaguar. Class of 2009!

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2008
There are not many clubs available to students that most schools offer that celebrate our differences, e.g. cultural clubs. Long term subs are a problem at this school, lack of teacher trained in a specific subject does hurt student learning. My child no longer attends this school and is now at a school where there are more choices for extra curricular activities and teachers are dedicated to inspiring and love their jobs.

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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2008
DRHS is very distant from the students. When I went I really just felt like a number. It seemed more like a community college, it doesn't have the hometown high school spirit to it. I think the newness contributes to that factor, but it still is so unpersonal. The teachers are okay, but they don't have time to focus on the students willing to learn, because there are so many misbehaved students. It is a very diverse school, with a lot of different cultural cliques. Being that it is so diverse, you can say there is a little tension between groups. So there are alot of grudges and fights going on. There are clubs and programs, but nothing special. I really didn't enjoy my time there too much. I had fun, but if I could change where I went to school, I would.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 31, 2008
My daughter will be starting her senior year at DRHS. I have read some of the other reviews and I have to say that I disagree with alot of them. I have always been able to talk with teachers when needed. If the student is willing to spend some of their time (lunch, before school, after school) getting extra instruction, the teachers are more than willing to help. The counselors are a huge help in planing for the students future, if you ask. It is not a perfect school, but there is not one. This school expects you to take responsibility for your education I am very pleased with this school. My daughter will be attending college on a full scholarship. I am looking forward to sending my other two children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
Rules are not enforced, dress codes are not enforced, students spend way too much time socializing and texting than learning. There are some good teachers who actually care about the kids, but the majority do not. I would say 80/20 do not care what a student does or says in class or outside class. The ones who do care are not listened to because so many other teachers 'let them' do whatever it is the one teacher is saying no to. There are situations that are out of control and the administration needs to treat these kids like minors and set boundaries instead of letting them do, say, and wear whatever they want to. Parents are responsible also for their own kids, but when the parents put their kids in the hands of the school, they expect certain standards to be upheld and this school does not seem do that.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
Many extremely conservative christian students attend this school with narrow views of minorities and different cultures. My child has observed neo nazi groups and has personally endured ethnic slurs and general hate language. nothing is done by administrators. very sad situation. adadmisinistration

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
I feel that the teachers are not involved enough in the children's education. Even if the child is receiving an F in class there is still no involvement. There should be more involvement in their education and sincere interaction on the child's behalf.

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March 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
We have been thrilled with the school. Our son is part of the football program and in all honors classes. The teachers are excellent and really care about the kids. He gets bored if he is not challenged, and he has yet to be bored this year. Two thumbs way up for DRHS!

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February 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 24, 2008
I go there it not the best kept place but its a good school with good teachers and your kids would be very lucky to go to a school like this!

- submitted by a student
January 06, 2008
An okay school. The restrooms are not always up-kept, the cafeteria is often very crowded and usually runs out of food, leaving some students without a decent lunch. It is not too hard to find litter on the courtyard most of the time, and often hallways are crowded during passing hours. The staff is generally good and the teachers do put focus on education. There are a large variety of extra activities offered at the school, aimed for all students to find a club they fit in. It is generally a good school, with a few improvements in need.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2007
I have found that teachers at Desert Ridge are not interested in communicating with parents, especially if the parent is interested in setting up a meeting about grades/requirements, ect.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I do not agree that the administration at this school is concerned with the best interest of the student. I have found them to be disoranized and uncommunicative. I think the staff overlook improprieties and students do not feel safe on this campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2007
This school is too big with too many students and they dont have control over them. Most teachers are not dedicated to see the job complete. They do not make the students responsible for their choices.

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September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 13, 2007
Desert Ridge is an excellent school. Academic standards and expectations are high and teachers hold students accountable - vitally important at this stage in their lives. There is no free ride in this system just because you are cute, nice or popular. Each teacher I have been in contact with has been willing to help students before, during or after school as needed. Parental access to assignments and grades through Snapgrades is great. This has enabled us to stay on top of where our son seems to do well and where he may be struggling or slacking. As a parent with a child here and one in a local Charter school I can say with full knowledge - for the benefit of a child's future most public schools far exceed the local Charter High Schools - which seem more interested in looking good than in truly preparing teens for life.

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July 07, 2007
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June 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
I have a 9th and 10th grader at Desert Ridge and have been disappointed in the high staff turnover, lack of experienced staff and extensive use of 'long term' substitutes to teach classes. I do love the communication with the teachers who do care, also appreciate the use of snapgrades. I expected a school similar to Highland since the district and demographics are the same. Unfortunately, I don't think there are as many involved parents here. If the parents don't care, why should the students and teachers?

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
Desert Ridge has the best teaching staff I have seen. I have yet to witness a single teacher that is not totally dedicated to and supportive of their students.

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September 14, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 04, 2006
Great school with a lot of good teachers

- submitted by a teacher
February 21, 2006
I go to this school its a very good school for the most part.

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February 02, 2006
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November 04, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2005
I am a Senior at Desert Ridge High, and it's not that bad... The violence has decrease drastically and some of the best teachers are gone.

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2005
My daughter is going to be a sophomore for the 05/06 year at DRHS. She has been in the Desert Ridge schools from 7th grade on. We are very happy with DRHS. She is involved with quite a few clubs, the orchestra and band, and Academic Decathlon. She's had positive experiences in all, as have we.

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May 27, 2005
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May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
Good programs and some teachers keep in contact with parents through email. Students receive progress reports (including attendance standing) and then the actual grade card a few weeks later. Students who excel are used to help those who struggle but sometimes the 'group' concept is misused by the non-performing students. Award ceremony is held annually for those achieving 3.8 - 4.0 GPA. Music programs available but students seem to run the programs (favoritism and politics heavy). I am not personally involved with the school (extra curriculum) but I always go to the 'meet your teacher' programs and learn about the teachers, the curriculum and my child. Sporting events still based on subjective selections even though they don't count towards grades; only sport you don't have to be selected for is Track and most kids drop out of this sport.

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April 03, 2005
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April 03, 2005
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March 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
Desert Ridge overall is a good school. The students are polite and the faculty is good. I have heard there are a few teachers who 'are not the best' but overall the administration is great! Although, I am not too pleased with the AIMS test scores. They are not as high as I expect, although this may be because this is a new school. Overall very good!

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December 06, 2004
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November 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
Both my children attended DRHS and my oldest was the first to graduate. There has been some problems in the school, however what school does not have problems. I did not look at how many bad things happened there I looked at how the school handled the problem. They took every case with the up most attention and solved them. With every new school it will take some time to filter out all the so called bad children. The teaching is excellent in my opinion. My children came home everyday having learned something new. Every year the school is getting better and better and I can look forward to the years to come with my other son attending the school.

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July 25, 2004
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May 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2004
My daughter is a 10th grader at Desert Ridge and although we have only been here for 3 months, she is thrilled with the school. We moved here from another state, one which brags about its quality teachers and test scores but my daughter was unhappy and not making good grades there. Since she has been here her whole attitude towards school has changed and here grades are near perfect! I attribute this to the school - the teachers and staff - for their warm, friendly, and encouraging atmosphere.

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Desert Ridge High School
10045 E Madero Ave, Mesa, AZ  85209
(480) 984-8947
Last modified Desert Ridge High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Ridge High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top