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Desert Sands Middle School

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Posted October 1, 2010

my son has been a student at desert sands middle school for the past two years.as a parent I have watched him grow and blossom as well as excel in advanced classes and making the honor roll as well. I thank the staff for thier support and effort and words of encouragement for making sure my son is right on pace to where he needs to be academicly and providing me with information on the status of my son thru out the years he has been attending desert sands.. a big thumbs up to the highly supportive staff at desert sands :) .... a proud father indeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2005

The teachers are excellent, but the administration is lacking in judgement on what is good for the kids. In my experience with them it seems all they care about is impressing and nothing about my child or other children (this is true for the distict). I would take my child out of there if I didn t think it would interfere with my child s education. I worry everyday about the bullying my child gets on a daily basis with no help from the administration. The technology is lacking compared to my younger child s school, with the only bright point is a computer lab in the library which my child raves about. They preach parent involvement, but have never followed through with contacting parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

Good school with caring teachers!
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Posted August 10, 2005

Desert Sands is overall a good school.The teachers make sure every child understands the subjects they are learning at the present time.The staff and teachers also take time to get to know the students on a personal level ,if a child sees you as a teacher and a friend they will be more willing to learn.There are plenty of extracurricular activites for ,they are many sports to play and they have choir and band.The parent involvement is also satisfactory.
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Posted February 15, 2005

This school is a good school. It is struggling to get a handle on the administration level, but it is making a good attempt and in a few years it will be great. The teachers are good and the sports teams are great. I would recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2003

Excellent School and Administration.
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Posted July 30, 2003

I have had 4 children attend Desert Sands. I have not been impressed with much about the school. The teachers that I have had the experience of dealing with seem to be very competent and interested in their jobs. Yet every year the administration seems to be able to lose 2 to 3 of these very valuable teachers due to their poor leadership skills. I would never recommend to anyone to send their child here. I have another child due to attend in the next four years, by then I hope to move just to avoid having him exposed to this very poorly run school. I want the thrill of learning to continue, instead of dying like it did with my 4 older children, thanks to the exemplery staff at Desert Sands. On another note, the administration feels that sending children home is the best way to deal with rule infractions, ie: gum chewing, untied shoelaces. This draws parents into the legal system rather quickly, yet when a child is excused from class for a legitimate reason, keeping them out of school is unacceptable. Good luck if your child attends this middle school.
—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 63% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
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".

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 85% 43%
Black 7% 5%
White 6% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 89%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6308 W Campbell Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85033
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