Clustered desks for 'mentoring'. Slower kids copy off smarter kids. Parents discouraged to participate except give money.
Wholesome, safe environment. Focuses on skills, with a strong reading and writing program. Like most public schools, the curriculum seems to lack solid content, but my 4th grader is very happy there.
My 2 boys have had an excellent experience at Desert Canyon Elementary. The teachers are very committed and take an interest in the education process. The only thing I have found is that the classes can be too large with not enough help for the teachers.
Our oldest daughter attended DCES since its first year 6 years ago, and our youngest since 1st grade. We have been very pleased with the teachers we have had; all have gone above and beyond to ensure personal attention and support. Our biggest disappointment has been with the Scottsdale school district and their boundry changes. We sold our home and left the district so that we would not have to put our children on busses to middle and high school.
Wonderful principal and staff, happy kids, great curriculum and educational opportunities for kids.
There are some great teachers in the lower grades that we have experienced. The sense of community is strong in this school.
I think Desert Canyon is a great school. The administration and staff are always available and willing to work with you to make your child successful. I do not however care for the Everyday Math program which they began in 2003. I do not believe it allows the children to master the concepts and the material is I think not presented in a sequential manner to build on what has been previously learned. Some grade level teacher groups seem to be more organized than others. Also the level of communication via monthly newsletters is not as detailed as in the past.
All 3 of my little ones attended this school-fabulous!coming from n.Y., It took a bit of time initially to become accusomed to the very strict routine-trust me,it pays off!young, enthusiastic, bright, encouraging, engaging teachers! we need this discipline/accountability in our school systems nowdays-wonderful experience!
This is our child's first year at Desert Canyon. We just moved from New York and we always sent our children to private schools. Naturally, we were very apprehensive about sending our child to a public school. To date we are very pleased with the school and its staff
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