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Desert Voices Oral Learning

Private | PK-3 | 26 students

Teaching deaf and hard of hearing children spoken language.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $190,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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5 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 29, 2014

For any parent that has a child that is hearing impaired, there is no better option than Desert Voices. The setting provides excellent, professional, friendly and one-on-one assistance that caters to children with a hearing loss. Class sizes are extremely small, by design, every teacher, staff, aid and therapist has the best interest of every child in mind. The school is truly a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

They are doing a fantastic job for the students they have. Our son has benefited hugely from their unique (in the area) program. There is no way his communication skills would be where they are now without Desert Voices. If you have a child with a significant hearing loss and you are interested in giving them an Oral education, then the decision to bring them here should be a "No brainer".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

When our daughter was born with a permanent hearing loss, we were so emotionally overwhelmed with the situation that is was it was difficult to understand how to move forward. Desert Voices has played a CRITICAL role in educating me and my husband on how best to parent a child with a hearing loss, as well as give our daughter the tools and resources she needs to succeed in her world. After 18 months with Desert Voices, we are certain that our daughter falls right in step with her hearing peers. The specialized instruction that she receives is un-paralleled, and the experience we get at every speech therapy session is always positive. We are so thankful to be a part of this family. In my opinion, every child with a hearing loss (even a mild one) will benefit greatly from this organization. I cannot say enough wonderful things about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

It's a great school. I love it because my son is doing So well and so most of the kids in the school. The staff is very professional and nice. They work as a team and that's why the results are great on the kids overall. The speech therapists are wonderful and they are all the time there to help. I recommend this school to every kid with hearing problem and wish that the community could help too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

I am a former teacher of Desert Voices. Although Desert Voices is very important for the children and families it serves, it is a school with serious problems. Desert Voices continues to drive away excellent staff members due to poor management and administration. Additionally, they have fired more than one teacher simply because she was pregnant (generally not telling her until weeks before her due date). If you are considering this school for your child, ask how many years the teachers you meet have been teaching at this school. For a school that has been in Phoenix over 10 years, you will find that these numbers are much shorter than they should be. This type of turn over shows basic internal and political issues. I'm sorry to be so critical of a school which has helped so many children, but I believe they have lost their focus on those children.


Posted May 3, 2010

As in all things and in the fullness of time, a gift of hearing was given to one who was born profoundly deaf; such a shock to find your little one cannot hear you. Then, from afar, a voice of hope begins it is a small voice that reaches out in hope for your child. This voice was Desert Voices and from this humble beginning, a small child, my grandchild - Ashley Kempton, was soon to hear the sounds of the world and become an honor student. To say thank you would be far too little, thus, this note of understanding: In the wilderness of total quiet, the sun rises and with it a songbird s echo resounds within the now hearing mind ..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

I am a college student with bilateral cochlear implants studying to be an auditory verbal therapist. I have observed in different oral schools. This is truly an excellent school with staff who truly are passionate in their careers and do love what they're doing. Checking out this school will completely worth your time.


Posted February 17, 2009

If your child wears hearing aides or has cochlear implants - there is no better choice. This school will help your child mainstream into thier grade level with thier peers.
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Posted May 15, 2006

This is a great school. With their small class sizes they were able to improve my childs speech dramatically. She has increased her inteligability and abilty to understand sounds.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 42%
Hispanic 23% 39%
Black 7% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 11%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Linda Malmberg
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (602) 224-2460

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • A Moog Curriculum School
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Speech Language Therapy
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • At Desert Voices, we teach children who have a hearing loss how to listen and how to speak. We focus on more than just words, we focus on language - the meaning behind the words and how words go together to form language. We work to mainstream our students into a traditional school setting as early as possible, often by 1st grade.
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3426 East Shea Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85028
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