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Desert Shadows Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 769 students

 

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Posted December 9, 2013

Desert shadows is a great school with rigorous curriculum. The teachers challenge and encourage the students to be the best that they can be. The teachers there are dedicated and caring. The Honors programs is exceptional, the sports program is exemplary, and the music program is incredible. The discipline is great and students are expected to be responsible and follow the rules. I as a parent am thrilled about my children attending this school. The only thing I would complain about is the white or purple sweater rule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

This is a wonderful school but one major problem . Why can't open enrollment kids go on the buses ! My daughter lives 3 minutes away from a desert shadows bus why can't she go on it ? I hope this rule changes I can't wait to move my daughter back to Dsms otherwise everythings great I never had a problem with this school !! Teachers are great and so is the principle , Mrs.molera the greatest - thanks for your time
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

I am very impressed with the school overall. It is clean, safe and secure for the children. The children learn accountability and discipline. I am most impressed with their honor classes and band program this school has
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Posted June 15, 2009

Desert Shadows is a well-organized school and clean, but i doubt it has the standards to help chidren reach their highest potencial. Desert Shadows treats kids that just because their young and the majority think they are the most powerful and outstanding thing. They do not have enough discipline like Nogales middle school Wade Carpenter. This school is a good school but it could use some enhancing.


Posted September 8, 2008

I have been very impressed with the high level of accountability the teachers have established for the students. At the same time, they have made themselves readily available for student query and parent concerns. Thus far, this has been a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 63% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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
Hispanic 98% 42%
White 1% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Asian 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • (520) 377-2674

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