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Desert Mountain Elementary School

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Posted June 11, 2014

We LOVE Desert Mountain Elementary School! We started out at a Charter School nearby and had a really bad experience. The school is about a 20 minute drive and worth every second of it! The teachers, principal, and staff are all amazing! We just couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

DME is a great school! As soon as you walk in the door, you can feel a positive atmosphere. The staff is outstanding and the kids seem genuinely happy and glad to be there. We love DME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Desert Mountain Elementary is providing an outstanding education for my daughter. She reads above her grade level and has developed excellent math skills. Their staff of teachers work hard to keep the children interested in their lessons and make learning fun. Their PTO is heavily involved and offers exciting fundraisers and events throughout the year. Overall, this is a great school for your child's educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I have a child in kindergarten and one in 3rd grade. We live this school. The staff is excellent and they push children towards success. They encourage good character ans there is a great small town feel about the school. We have been happy with all of the teachers wehve had his far. They are great at communicating and encourage parent involvement. Test scores are above those of local charter schools, as well! So happy we made the decision to attend DME. The Baez family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

My daughter loves this school so far but not one year when she was in first she had ms.watkins so she is a very mean teacher so don't let your child get into her class. This year she is in third grade and loving it. She has a combined class this year with 3rd and 4th. She is in mrs. Quinteros class. she is a nice teacher. Don't forget to let you child go to Desert Mountain Elementary school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I have 2 nephews that go Desert Mountain Elementary School, and I know that they are getting a very good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Great school. My son has loved it here. Wonderful teachers. Can't say enough great things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

My son recently graduated from Desert Elementary yesterday. I have to say that I was thrilled with the progress he made at Desert Mountain. Most kids are thrilled when the school year ends as it marks the beginning of the Summer break. My son was borderline depressed last night because he didn't want the school year to end. That alone should speak volumes about the quality of this school. I've come to know the principal personally and he is a wonderful guy. The teachers were excellent and kept my son engaged with the learning process when he could have easily grown bored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

DME has wonderful teachers and staff! They are concerned about the success of all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

We could not be more pleased with DME's teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

A very engaged principal who really cares about the kids and the district. Great teachers too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The teachers at DME really care about the students, and offer many exciting curriculum choices. The parents are very involved and volunteer their time. The PTO is wonderful!! Like a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

All the teachers and staff are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The staff and teachers at this school are amazing. They are great at encouraging the kids and making everyone feel like a winner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

My grandchildren attend Desert Mountain and I have been very impressed with what I see.


Posted May 4, 2010

Desert Mountain is a great school! The teachers work together as a team, are friendly, and well connected to our students. Activities are appropriate and well- planned, and the principal is very involved. They've also got a wonderful before and after-school program, and as a single parent it's great to know my kids are taken care of until I can get back to pick them up. I've got 2 students at Desert Mountain, and we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Great teachers and principal. My son has/is receiving a good solid education. It is a clean and structured enviroment for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The staff is the best at this school!! They are always helpful and very personable. I feel that my child is receiving a great education in a safe environment. Could not ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The teachers and staff at this school are wonderful. They truely care about our children. I have two children who have attended two years and they love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The staff, teachers and principal are top notch! My daughter is thriving there...
—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 69% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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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 "Excelling".
  • 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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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
White 77% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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22301 S. Hawes
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
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