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Peoria, AZ
Students enrolled: 783
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15585 N. 91st Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382

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(623) 486-6200
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October 02, 2014
I am very in touch with this school. I currently attend "Desert Harbor" this school is ridiculous. They treat the Jr . high classes like kindergarteners. We should be treated like young adults not babies. And the kids that attend this school are the biggest bullies, and are rude as heck to the teachers. I think the teachers should quit their "jobs," and find one that they actually can do. The office ladies are very rude. Even ask my dad. I bet if you each and every student more than 50% will agree with me. Don't ever have your children attend this school, it's horrible.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2014
Desert harbor elementary...horrible rude staff. It's like its split in half . You get the younger grades that have very sweet teachers and the junior high teachers are scary. The other staff are very rude and talk down to you. I see staff constantly talking down to parents. Not a friendly place at all. It's sad because it's a beautiful area to live in. Looks like the whole school in general needs to take classes in how to interact with adults. The principal needs to get those moody teachers in check.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I moved my daughter to Desert Harbor for the integrated arts program and have not regretted it! The teachers have been outstanding and caring and the Principal and VP are always present and involved. The PTA is also strong and creative. The atmosphere is fun I am so pleased to be part of DH.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
way too condesending, I could not beleive how low their standards were but they did have some good teachers

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2012
This is the BEST school..the principal is a loving, caring person she deeply cares about these kids and their education and it shows! This school has gone above and beyond for my son. I wish I would have put my son here for his entire elementary education...the teachers are great down to the crosswalk people, and the ladies at the front desk are always cheerful and helpful. This is a great family school nothing but good and great things stated from a very satisfied parent. I encourage everyone I meet to enroll their kids here. GREAT JOB DESERT HARBOR STAFF!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
The principle has failed this school. she acts like a mom to the teachers and a grandma to the kids. Do your job! Kids run the school with no discipline at all. Teachers dont take feedback very well. They take the easy way just to end the day and get a paycheck. Lots of substitute teachers. Please change the administration of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2011
I too moved here because of the school system it looked promising 10 years ago. Over those ten years I felt that the school has worked hard to put a band-aid on the obvious problems - too much training that is just common sense and teachers spend too much time away from their students leaving them to fend for themselves. I have now moved my kids to a school that values education overall and is really encouraging my students to look toward a college education as early as 6th. grade with onsite college counselors available to them. Yes they have more homework but I have a job to do as a parent and that is to make sure my children become successful, productive members of society. Our kids have a job too and that is SCHOOL. Parents forget that they will be grown one day and it will be too late to instill those values then.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
My children have attended DH since Kindergartner. One graduated from DH the other in 5th grade. I must say we loved DH when our oldest attended. My now 5th grader had a HUGE issue with his 3rd grade teacher to the point my husband and I had MANY meetings with the principal to make her aware of the situation. It didn't get us anywhere. My 3rd grader was an A/B student in 2nd grade, went into the 3rd grade with this teacher and failed every semester. He passed 3rd grade with all D's. He went onto 4th grade and had ALL A/B's grades all year long. How can a student go into a harder grader and PASS with flying colors? I am so glad this teacher is no longer teaching at DH.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
Wonderful school!! Teachers are excellent!! This is a great school!! My children love it here, they look forward to coming everyday!!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
I used to love this school. I am saddened to say that I don't so much any more. There have been too many changes. We have lost too many great teachers and there have been too many changes. They used to work hard to make sure that my gifted child was working at his potential. A couple of years ago, that stopped. He is still in the honors program, which has been terrific (although, now that that teacher is teaching at two schools, I feel that she is a bit stretched. She is a great teacher, though). But, once my son got past what this school offered in their 'regular curriculum' (they had been allowing him to advance to other classes to get what he needed), they started making him take classes over and over instead of making sure that he was still learning at his level. Very frustrating!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 28, 2009
The Principal does not follow through with discipline and rules, and has driven the school into the ground!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2009
Actually, it's a K-8 school. And Yes the best school ever. My daughter loves it!!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
The staff at Desert Harbor do an outstanding job in educating and directiing my child to his future capabilities. There eduction level is far above of what I knew at that age.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2008
The previous review is pretty funny. Dazed and unhappy? Hardly. The Harbor is a great school, and the community clearly knows it. Why else are we getting new students every other week? No, I think that somebody is simply nursing a grudge about something. Love the concentration camp allusion though.

- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2008
I moved to Peoria because of the school system and I have to say I am extremely impressed with Desert Harbor and the warm and caring atmosphere it exudes. My son has been going there since principle Little came on board and she is the most down to earth caring person I have met! The teachers my son have had have far exceeded my expectations and my son is excelling and very happy there. The Kennedy Center arts program is amazing and the culture and field trips add to the children learning about diversity. I have been very pleased and would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2008
My children have been attending Desert Harbor for just a short time. In all fairness the Principle is an absolute 'gem'. My problem is with the teachers they are horrid thus far, and how can I as a parent not question if the Teachers are so bad, why? The teachers have yelled at my honor roll student who has never had a problem in any school...she hasn't any problems here either. She is in Jr. High. My children have been ridiculed in front of classmates by the teachers. If it were one ...two...or maybe even three of them telling me these things...I might question but, everyone of them are asking me to send them to another school! They were counted tardy on there second day of school! They didn't know where their classrooms were!!! Awful Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
My kids previously attented Legend Springs in Arrowhead. I like the more relaxed atmosphere at Desert Harbor and have found the staff to be awesome so far. My only complaint is the lack of after school activities for the younger grades, everything offered is held at other sites. Also, the staggered release times are a killer, as I have 4 kids at all grade levels. I don't feel I should have to pay for an extra hour. Plus, the cost of lunch in the PUSD is staggering! Overall though, this is a solid school that my kids enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
I am concerned about the lack of discipline in the junior high....students seem to be running the place. The primary and intermediate teachers are wonderful and expectations are high. I am concerned about the turnover in junior high teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 04, 2008
My children have been going to Desert Harbor since 1998. Two of three have graduated from there. I have had the opportunity to see many changes. Changes as a parent that concern me. We have seen to many chnages in the staff, from principals, vice principals and teachers leaving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 09, 2007
I love Desert Harbor! My girls have attended for several years. We actually moved just out of the school area and i still take my girls there because of how much they enjoy it. The teachers, the staff Great. My girls will definitely finish their schooling there.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2007
I am saddened by the recent teacher turnover at this school. I had beautiful experiences with my 2 older boys, but my youngest son still has another year to go. The recent school-wide 'teaching throough the arts program' appears to be forced on everyone at Desert Harbor and I am against what it has done. So sad! I do love the principal, but things need to change. Two - three years ago, I would have given 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
My son has attended Desert Harbor since he began Kindergarten 3 years ago. I have always been pleased and this year as a second grader he really made big strides. His teachers have all been exceptional and very positive. I am so grateful! The principal and new Assistant Principal are pleasant and kind. They are both very approachable. I look forward to next year!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2006
My children have attended Desert Harbor for 8 years and moved to the area for PUSD. The principal/leadership is by far the best I have seen. When my kids first started they were a little behind but with the teacher quality they were soon up to the rest of the class. My last child is in her last year at Desert Harbor and I would suggest anyone who would like to send their children here would fall in love with the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
I have twins currently in their 2nd yr here, having experience two teachers in both grades 4 and 5, I can say it's been a wonderful experience for the kids. They immediately made friends and loved the school. The teachers keep me informed, the office staff is very friendly and helpful. The principal is always visable. I'm grateful that we moved to his area and have the highest confidence in my children's education and safety.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
Great school overall. Sad to see a couple of the Jr. High mainstay teachers leave the school this year, but still a quality environment for kids. Too much focus on standardized tests, but that seems to be everywhere. Wonderfully caring principal. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
We love Desert Harbor! We moved to Peoria from Avondale this year and wow what a difference. Originally from Oregon, we were surprised and disappointed in the quality of the education our kids were getting in the Avondale schools. So we moved to Peoria because of the reputation it's schools have. The schools in the PUSD are amazing. We have a sixth grader, a third grader, and a first gator (first grader). Their teachers have each impressed us greatly. Activities like 'field day', concerts, picnics, etc. were unheard of at their last school. It is refreshing to finally feel like our children are getting a proper education. We're still not very comfortable with the time spent on A.I.M.S. tests and the preperations for them. However that is our only complaint. The leadership of this school are doing a fantastic job. Keep it up!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Parental involvement is encouraged. Too much time spent in class preparing for standardized tests. Would like more teachers with advanced teaching degrees teaching students, and with more experience

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
It is a very good school, we've had a great experience and feedback from the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
This is a great school! Wonderful preschool program!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
Excellent preschool program. My 4 year old is reading words like hat, dog, pig, etc. She's actually pronouncing them out and reading them -- not memorizing them. They have frequent field trips related to the teaching units and they encourage parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
We have two children who have attended Desert Harbor for 6 years. Our children have excelled every year and enjoy Desert Harbor. We have been pleased with all the teachers and their enthusiasm to teach.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Terrific staff and school climate. We are impresses with the opening of school and how energetic and welcoming everyone is. The past few years have been pretty good, but this year seems even better. Communication is a plus here. We are glad to have teachers for our kids that genuinely care about them and their success.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
I can't sit here and allow the Jr. High teachers at Desert Harbor to get bashed like this. My daughter and ALL of her friends adored the 7th grade staff this past year. They put the children first at all times, made learning meaningful and fun, and went way above and beyond the 7 hour school day throughout the year. As for 8th grade, I don't know. From what I've heard, 3/4 of them have moved on. I can only assume that the previous few comments were regarding the 8th grade staff. The school atmosphere is likely to change now with a new principal. The previous one did not do much for me. My daughter says that she was nice, but very business-like. I do hope the climate changes for the better. I also selfishly hope that the 7th grade staff moves up to 8th grade. They are a great team.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
I have to agree with the previous comments about the jr. high staff - most are not interested in truly teaching and guiding the kids - they just want to get through their work day and collect the paycheck. Not interested in the kids or helping them to succeed. So disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
The administration, along with most of the jr high teachers need to replaced with people who want to teach. My experience with the teachers in the lower grades has been great. I would have to say if they replace the administration along with some of the Jr High teachers this school would be much better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2005
My son has been attending kindergarden and I am very happy the curiculum, they have definately prepared him for 1st grade

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
My experiences with Desert Harbor school have been terrific regarding teachers. The amount of care, concern, and determination displayed by the 6th through 8th grade teachers is what impresses me most. They handle a wide variety of children's behavior and learning styles in a productive, encouraging manner that has breed succes with my first 2 children. My youngest is on her way up and she has already picked the teachers that she wants. As for administration, things seemed more in control and positive a couple of years ago as opposed to just going through the motions and 'saying' the right thing. The amount of activities available for kids is at an all time high and my children appreciate that. Parent involvement has ceased a bit due to the administrative changes from what I can tell. The K-5 staff, while ever-changing, is very dedicated. Overall, I would not choose another school.

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April 01, 2005
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March 21, 2005
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March 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
With this school you have to take the good with the bad. The school nurse is one of the most understanding and dedicated person they have employed there. No shade. And lack of screening some of there volunteer workers. And having out of date Teachers is there biggest down fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2003
I had homeschooled my daughter for over a year. She has a life threatening peanut allergy, and none of the schools in our area were taking the necessary precautions to keep her safe (she can't even touch surfaces that have peanut residue without having a terrible reaction). My daughter begged to try going to school, and when I found Desert Harbor, the nurse and staff were extremely knowledgable and proactive about food allergies. I am so grateful for the personal attention my daughter is receiving, and her teacher, is outstanding. They are using the same total language arts program that I had chosen to use for my homeschooling, and my daughter is reading beautifully, independently, and eagerly, and she is only 6 years old.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2003
Our experience at Desert Harbor has been truly wonderful. The teachers are extremely knowledgable, driven to teach quality studies and expand our children's minds. I have three children, one, who is has graduated from Desert Harbor and two, who presently attend and have found the school curriculum, staff, teachers and activities to be outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2003
We have had at least one child at this school since it opened. We all love it. The teachers and staff are wonderful and the attitude you feel there is great. We wouldn't think of having our children go any where else.

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Harbor Elementary School
15585 N. 91st Avenue, Peoria, AZ  85382
(623) 486-6200
Last modified Desert Harbor Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Harbor Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top