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Desert Canyon Middle School 5

Posted January 11, 2016
- a parent
We have a child in the Self contained gifted program at DCMS and couldn't be happier. He is flourishing under the excellent instruction and personalized help from the teachers who work as a close-knit team. Highly recommend!

Desert Canyon Middle School 1

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
We had a child in the self contained gifted program. This school was unfortunately a failure. After two years (2012-2014) of trying to work with staff and faculty we eventually had to leave. All the ingredients seem to be there, good teachers, nicely equipped campus, etc. However there is a huge disconnect between the needs of the children and the administration. It was very disappointing to find that asking to work with faculty and staff on behalf of our children was met with aggression, intentional bureaucracy and a generally negative reception . There was an embarrassing lack of understanding of well established education principles and child assessment methodologies. Total lack of any skills in how to work with the children and families. A great disappointment.


Desert Canyon Middle School
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
it appears there are good teachers, but they seem to be greatly diminished by the administration

Desert Canyon Middle School
Amount of homework: Too much

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
there is an inappropriate amount of work that causes undue stress and has questionable educational value. Horrible systems and support for tracking assignments, no assistance from teachers or administration for kids he need to develop better organizational skills. Unlike the low income schools throughout the area, there is no parent checklist/signature system for helping students complete assignments

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Develops grit: Neutral

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
Yes, if you fit their specific idea of how a student should be, if not, it will be very difficult there


Desert Canyon Middle School
Develops respect: Strongly disagree

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
It comes from the top down, Administrators are difficult to speak with and work with and have a condescending attitude towards parents, that affects the entire school and hampers teachers from being otherwise effective and compassionate as I think they would under different leadership

Desert Canyon Middle School
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
It's all lip service, if you don't fit the profile of a "proper" student you will have a hard time, conform or be cast out

Desert Canyon Middle School
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree

Posted September 04, 2015
- a parent
The campus feel more like a prison than an uplifting educational environment. They seem to value conformity and test scores above true education and the needs of individuals.


Desert Canyon Middle School 5

Posted November 27, 2014
- a parent
Fabulous school experience for my kids. School environment is positive, gifted program excellent, teachers & staff engaged.

Desert Canyon Middle School 2

Posted April 15, 2014
- a parent
I have children in both private and public schools, as well as a daughter in college. Two of my kids attend this school and are moving to a different SUSD school for the 2014/2015 school year. Disappointing issues with the school include: outlandish student/teacher ratios (38:1); lack of responsiveness from the teachers (after several e-mails over the course of three weeks did not receive a response until I copied the principal); poorly designed curriculum (not the school's fault because they are bound by SUSD policy/rules but disappointing none the less); overly lenient grading practices; lack of communication with parents from teachers and administration. This school will not do your children any favors if they attend a competitive high school program (IB or AP course study).

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Desert Canyon Middle School
10204 E McDowell Mountain Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ  85255
(480) 484-6100
Last modified Desert Canyon Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Canyon Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top