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Desert Ridge High School

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Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

677 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

676 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

674 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Black 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • (480) 354-5090

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  • Dance teacher(s)
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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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10045 E Madero Ave
Mesa, AZ 85209
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