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6010 East Acoma Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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June 22, 2014
Excellent school with professional and deficated staff. Teachers are commited, creative, communicative. Pricipal is a excellent leader who empowers and leads. He works cohesively with the PTA, is highly involved and visible - leading this school to excellence. Core Curriculum is fully integrated. New students are brought up to speed with care, kidness and understanding. No fear or irrational resistance to the new standards! Inclusive environment where differences are celebrated. Gifted and structured programs are fully part of this school community! No Gimmicks - excellent education and performance My only negative comment would be that i would like Spanish to be a Special

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
We love this school! After realizing our assigned school was below par, I went on a search for the "best school" in our area. I looked at many charter schools, and also took a tour at Desert Springs. I was so impressed with how DSPES incorporated structure and freedom, as well as old-fashioned methods and modern technology. Most schools I went to seemed to have one or the other extreme. They have struck an incredible balance, all while involving parents/families into every aspect of school life. It is a small school so you don't feel lost in the crowd, and the community is so friendly. It is exactly what I was hoping for in a school and I am so happy we found it!!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
Pulled my child out of a nearby PV school and moved to Desert Springs. It's a breath of fresh air!!!! The reviews below mine are right on!!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Desert Springs Preparatory is an outstanding school. We transferred in and are very pleased. The Core Knowledge curriculum is wonderful. The teachers and staff are very caring. We are very pleased with the gifted teacher. Our daughter loves going to honors! Everyday our daughter comes home excited about learning. This is the best school in the area!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
Desert Springs Prep is a welcoming and wonderful community of bright students, involved parents, excellent teachers, a new highly qualified principal, a supportive district, and a challenging curriculum. This year is especially exciting with the extended academic day and lots of new/state-of-the-art technology! Desert Springs has always been and will continue to be an academically competitive elementary school with lots of PTA funded programs/events/activities that supplement and support an environment of learning, community, and fun!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
We open-enrolled our first child at Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary School in 2005 after a very thoughtful and deliberate process of evaluating many local schools. We continue to be impressed by the entire Desert Springs community administration, staff, students, and families. The school has become like a family to us. The teachers have taken a very personal interest in each of our children, providing extra attention when they have struggled in certain subjects and providing more challenging assignments when teachers felt the kids could handle it. The gifted program is second to none. Over the past few years, the school has implemented a Core Knowledge curriculum, made significant investments in technology for the classrooms, and implemented a more structured dress code that all serve to increase the academic performance. If you are considering this school, I encourage you to sign-up for a school tour or come by for the annual spring carnival so you can experience first-hand the many aspects of what this school has to offer. It is truly a gem in our community.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
Truely a Great School, DSPES is the place for your student if you are seeking a school with a strong sense of school community, professional and friendly administration, knowledgeable teachers, strong principal leadership, and cutting edge technology. Core Knowledge Curriculum has been adopted on campus and has had a tremendouse positive impact on the students. A new "structured" dress code has allowed students to focus on their academics and makes students look neat and well-kept. The special areas of Music, Computers, Literacy, P.E., Art, Band, Strings & Choir give students a well-rounded education and a good balance to Core Knowledge. This school also has wonderful PTA that provides several free family events during the school year. Each month there is a community building PTA event. Three of my children currently attend DSPES and my oldest, who is now a freshman within the PV District, attended DSPES K-6th Grade. DSPES is worth a closer look!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
This is a great school! Great teachers, involved principal, wonderful family community, strong PTA and nice students. The new curriculum is very engaging and special area's are an added benefit to the school day. I love the new structured dress code. It is not as extreme as a full-uniform school, but provides students with several choices of appropriate daily dress attire. My children enjoy the free dress day on Fridays! The new upgrades to their technology department is a strong academic enhancement that all students benefit from. Teacher's care about their students and want all students to succeed and are willing to work with parents to ensure the sucess of every student. Check out DSPES if you are looking for the perfect elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
There's still areas for improvement. The new core curriculum has promise, but the material is new to the teachers and lesson plans are poorly developed. Tests are given without objectives to learn. Sometimes answers on tests are graded wrong (presumably by teacher aides). The AR computer system needs tweaking as students take tests on a similarly titled book and are unable to stop the test or have the teachers throw out the results - this has been the case for several years.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
The improvements to Desert Springs in the last two years have been amazing. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, yet the academics are still challenging. The students are happy and proud of their school. The principal, teachers, and parents work collaboratively to do what is best for the students. The Core Knowledge curriculum, is enhanced by technology, and other tools including Accelerated Reader and Study Island. The gifted program/teacher is outstanding. The PTA supplements the school with wonderful events and programs like the Family Picnic, Carnival, Bingo Night, Artists in Residence, and even the new APEX Fun Run. What a "Great School"!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
We moved from another public school in the area and are so glad that we did! We have never seen such a dedicated faculty and staff. There is a sense of community the moment you walk through the door and are greeted by the front office smiles. The new Principal is very involved and having such involved families has made for the best PTA we have seen. Of course we were a bit nervous moving our child when he had spent more than half of his elementary years at the same school, with the same children & teachers. It was a big change for him and he just wanted to know that he could go back if it was really bad. Well, he had a huge smile when we picked him up after the first day and has never looked back. He is happy to be accepted as the "new kid" and we are so happy with the education he is getting through the Core Knowledge program, full-time gifted, special area classes, & all of the bonus activities he is involved in.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
With the principal change, the next year will be a good one at Desert Springs- look for families who left the school to return and an new environment of openness and acceptance to fill the atmosphere. The viel of secrecy and ruling by fear has been lifted!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
Desert Springs Elementary acts as an extension of the family. The atmosphere is friendly and the environment instills behavior, attitudes and educational curiosity. Desert Springs gives a foundation that will help my children prepare for future academics and more importantly guides them with values and morals that will make them an upstanding contributor to society.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2010
I think it is a great school. I switch my daughter from another school and since she has been at Desert Springs Elementary School she has been learning a lot and has made some really good friends. The staff is very helpful and everything they have to offer for the kids is great. The principal is really doing a great job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The staff and teachers truly care about every child! No problem, no matter how small, is left unattended! Academic work is very good and the parent community is incredibly involved in the everday school life! We are a happy to have been lucky enough to ' find' Desert Springs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Desert Springs is a very warm and welcoming school. The teachers and principal are outstanding. They also have a great PTO. My family has 7 kids that have gone to or still attending Desert Springs, out of the 7, 6 are open enrolled! We moved back home when my daughter was almost done with 1st grade, it was such a positive experience that we have never left the school. She is now in 8th grade and still visits teachers and faculty, both her siblings are at Desert Springs. All four of us have made great friends and even better memories.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Amazing Smaller, High Quality, A+ Rated, Master's Level Teachers Elementary School. Strong Community and Neighborhood, best school in 85254!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Great environment, with a collection of tenured teachers, & a fabulous PTA parental support.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
It has some of the best Teachers. The computer program is one of the best and it is sad that it is being reduced. Also has a great PE program.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Great Staff!! Great Families!! Great Programs!! Great School!!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
DSES is the perfect, family-friendly, community oriented school. If you want a place where your kids are known and understood and their needs are met with individual attention, kindness and caring for a superb learning experience, definitely consider this school. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Great school with solid support from teachers, admin, parents, PTA, and community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Desert Springs has exactly the warm, friendly environment you'd expect from a neighborhood school. The principal is highly visible and seems to know each child and parent by name. The class sizes are small, with individualized instruction, and the PTA is extremely active. It's a place where we've confidently placed our children, and trust that they receiving a quality education. Apparently, many others feel the same, as a large percentage of the students actually live outside the school's boundaries, which means their parents made the conscious choice and extra effort to enroll them there. We are extremely happy to be part of the Desert Springs community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
We have competent, loving teachers that are passionate about teaching our kids. I was educated in a private school and was concerned about not being able to afford a private education for my children. No worries with Desert Springs. My children have received (and are receiving) an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I love the school because of the wonderful teachers and staff and because the families are very devoted to the school. My child loves it there and it feels like a real community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
As the parent of a child with high functioning autism this school has been a blessing. Our child has found here a safe place to be a child who also happens to be disabled. The staff really seems to care about our child and the changes in him are wonderful to see. He is in the structured program, but does mainstream at times. This has been handled well and we are truly grateful to have found a place for him to grow and learn. Thank you Desert Springs and to all the staff there who have made it more than a job to be part of his team.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
our children just love going to school there and we love the staff and all the activities that they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
The saying it takes a village to raise the child fits our school. Its not only the great educators at our school, wonderful educational programs, awesome class sizes but the entire staff, and parents. Everyone wants to make this school a great learning environment for our leaders of tomorrow!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
This has been a great school for all of my children. The teachers have all been great and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The comuunity is very welcoming and the teachers are outstanding! My kids have learned so much.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I love DSES and so have my children. They have the most wonderful and caring faculity. My daughters and my nephew have all went to DSES.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Great class sizes, a lot of resources to help the students, teachers are accessable and communicate well with the parents. Online grade book access and a lot of quality after school and before school programs (running club, art masters, etc). Highly recommend this school if you are in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Desert Springs was a wonderful school when I was a student there many years ago and it still is the same now. I am thrilled to have my children experience the many activities and programs that Desert Springs has to offer. Due to budget cuts state wide our school has felt it's share of hurt but as a school I see the PTA and Teachers coming together and working hard for our kids to make sure that education remains our top priority and everything is being done for the best of our students. I have noticed there above other schools that my children have been to that parents want to help out and watch out for each other. It is a wonderful community and we are blessed to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
My son loves the school, principal and his teacher. We are very happy here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
As a new teacher at Desert Springs, I have found the staff to very helpful and a wonderful group to work with. I am amazed at how the parents are so willing to help and it is much appreciated. Being new to a school is a lot of work and everyone has been extremely helpful! I love being here!!!!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
My daughter loves going to school where the kids and teachers really interact with each other. I enjoy being a volunteer working with the kids, teachers & faculty. Derert Springs is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
I currently have 2 children here at desert springs an we all love the school! the PTA is in no way cliquie and the principal is great she greets every student with yes their name and knows them what other principal could do this except for ours!! parents help a lot at the school and it is nice the school welcomes us in. For that to be said I still believe in my heart that our school is #1, sure many others agree w/me! ps.....It's the bullies that get in trouble that the parents that....Do not like the principal! not too hard to figure out!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
When my son attended Desert Springs 5 years ago, it was a great school. My daughter is finishing up there now and it has really changed...and not for the better...it's a shame to see the difference...the teachers seem unmotivated and the principal is focused on career advancement...What about the kids? When the kids are openly asking the staff to be nicer to them you know there is a problem...take away the smoke and mirrors and it's just a public school with leadership problems...utilize the district open enrollment policy and get your kids out before they end up unprepared for middle school...there are 2 or 3 much better schools close by!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2009
Bravo-kudos to the other brave souls for speaking up! Do your research thoroughly- don't bother to voice your opinion or try to get involved they want it the way it has always been done, they are not open to new ideas or trying things- no matter what they say you will meet resistance. Yes there are only a few good teachers there! With the teacher cuts going into effect next year I wonder what will be of the school then?

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2009
There are a few outstanding teachers at Desert Springs- Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Ely, to name a few. They are both best of the best! But....look out otherwise. Your family may not be welcome if you don't fit into the PTA clique- it's more damage control than anything else...If you see a few comments that seem negative, ask why...the brave ones care enough to speak up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2008
Desert Springs is an A+ school in every way -- from academic performance to the caring teachers and the dedicated principal who knows every student's name. Many of the teachers have advanced degrees and some have chosen to spend their entire careers at DSES because of the family atmosphere at the school. The PTA and an active parent community also contribute to the welcoming atmosphere at Desert Springs ahd sponsor a host of special programs and events for the students. The principal has an open door policy for parents and students and is very receptive to new ideas and suggestions. She has no tolerance for bullying and inappropriate behaviors. For all these reasons, I open-enrolled my child at Desert Springs and drive him to school, while our home school is within a short walk from our home.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
This principal is very negative, and I have observed her humiliating children. The staff members are great, but the principal's negative leadership is stifling the creativity of the teachers. No way would I recommend this school. Families are leaving due to this principal. Don't be fooled by her outgoing personality. She is not kid-friendly.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
As a new parent, I have felt nothing but welcomed. The principal seems very involved with the kids. She seems to know all of their names and they seem to be very drawn to her. I love all the science my son is getting in Kindergarten. WOW. Plus the parent involvement is huge here. We just went to Family math night and it was really neat. My son had so much fun and it was free.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
My 12 year old daughter graduated from Desert Springs last year and is now in Middle School. I am happy to say that she is breezing through the first quarter with all A's and one B in Spanish. She is my oldest daughter I also have 2 kids at Desert Springs, as well as 2 Nephews, and 2 nieces there. Out of our 4 families, 3 are open enrolled. Not only is this a great school but it has a very involved PTA. Anyone is welcome and all are encouraged to help out. I volunteer alot but don't attend the PTA meetings, I kind of fly under the radar and help wherever needed. The Principal is very outgoing. She came to our school new a couple years and has really done a fantastic job. My children are better for being at this school around the amazing staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
My son is a 6th grader and has been here since Kindergarten. I have been very impressed with every teacher he has had. I am also impressed with the Staff and Parent involvement here. I was asked to volunteer his kindergarten year and have continued to do so since. I have felt very welcomed by both the staff and other parents. My son was a bit behind when we started and got the extra help he needed to get caught up. His 5th grade AIMS test scores were fantastic. I am amazed at the success in his education from a public school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
I am thrilled at the wonderful experiences & opportunities my daughter has had at Desert Springs! The principal is the most involved principal I have ever seen or heard about. She knows almost every child, personally, and is at practically every event that occurs. I involved myself to not only help, but to see the goings-on and see how difficult issues are handled. I have yet to see bullying or behavioral problems be ignored. The teachers are absolutely amazing and the incredible PTA there offers endless activities for both kids & parents! Being an active parent, it's reassuring to see any complaints about no- one listening to suggestions and taking action are coming from the parents that do nothing but drop off and pick up. While that can be found at any school, it's great to know that they are a very small % of parents at Desert Springs!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
After checking out 8 schools in the area, we decided to open enroll our children at Desert Springs. We have 3 children there, and after 4 years, we couldn't be happier. The principal is dedicated to her staff and students, and the teachers are top notch. It saddens me to see the negative reviews that have been written, because they were all written by two families who have tried for years to disrupt the quality education and strong PTA foundation that make up Desert Springs. If you are considering this school, go meet the principal and staff members yourself. Do not rely on the negative reviews posted by two people who clearly have an axe to grind.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I am new to the area and have 2 children in Desert Springs. I have been so impressed at the 'community' atmosphere of the school. I love the small size, and HUGE involvemengt of parents. I have noticed the principal everwhere and very involved! I have been so impressed, and look forward to our time at Desert Springs.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
Best School in the Neighborhood. Most of the teachers have their Master Degrees!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
This school is amazing specially Mr. Ely my son and daughter had him he was so great i suggest moving your kids to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Desert Springs is a strong traditional school of 450 students. My son attends the 3rd grade. It is controlled by a small community of parents. The low enrollment keeps the classrooms small as well as limit the amount of behavior/discipline issues that can arise from a larger diverse student population. DS is part of the PV Valley school district so the opportunity for new programs are limited. Therefore, DS is also one of the last schools to try something new or step out of the box. They implemented the gifted program this year and they had to shy away from really promoting it because parents who's children didn't make it were giving negative feedback. Desert Springs is a good school if you have a child that can conform and that won't stand out with a strong personality. Similiar to the principal, most students are pleasant.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
I have just finished putting three children (one had an IEP) through this school. One went for three years. The other two for 7 years. I found that the class sizes were very small from 13 in kindergarten to 24 in 6th grade. There were plenty of extracurricular activities (choir, drama club, keyboarding, art club, chess, karate, cheer, science club and more!) to keep any child busy. The teachers were great--mature, approachable, and very experienced with great longevity at this school. Volunteer opportunites were abundant at the school from helping in the classroom, PTA functions, nurses office, numerous field trips, etc. Find it clicky, then get involved. I never saw anyone turn away help at this school. My children all have done wonderfully on the SAT/AIMS/Terra Nova tests--a testament to the instruction they have been given and a great foundation now for middle and high school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2007
My children go to this school. It is a very clicky school and the PTA control alot of what goes on or doesn't go on. Extracurricular activities are few and limted to the traditional types of things. The principal is new and is still learning the ropes. She hasn't demonstrated any dynamic part of her personality yet as the previous principal did. She is friendly to the students. The children get a good education, so we just don't get involved that much in the social aspects of the school anymore.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
At first, I thought this school was great. Small school, less students, more attention. WRONG! There is a big click problem in this school, with the parents, and the kids. It is ridiculous how the same set of parents run this school year after year, and if you're not on their good side, watch out. My child has been bullied by the same child for 3 years. Nothing has been done. Everyone says they care about the kids, but their actions show otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
Desert Springs is a top notch public school. We have had nothing but positive experiences at the school. The teachers are concerned about all the children succeeding and keeping them excited about learning. They continue to offer after school activities at a reasonable cost. The school has a small town feel with many parents helping out each day. Whether you want to be involved in the PTA or help out with in your child's classroom, volunteers are made very welcome. The PTA offers many after school programs at little or no charge which helps to build a lot of friendships and excitement about school. We are very excited to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My daughter attended Desert Springs grade 1-6. Each year she had an excellent teacher. The staff provided me with all the information I needed to keep informed with educational & business issues of the school. Unfortunately, a lack of federal funding required some programs being cut but overall my daughter had a great six years at Desert Springs.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
Excellent school in every way! Great class sizes & high level of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
Very concerned about their A+ rating. Willing to sweep things under the rug, to avoid negative image, rather than dealing with the issues.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2006
My son only attended this school for one year. I found that we were lost in a sea of children. His teacher was very uncooperative, and the front office staff were extremely rude. The children were not well behaved and my son learned more filth than he did academics.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
My grandchild has gone to DSES since kindergarten. DSES is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do his personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader. Thank you Mrs. Hough and all the teachers at DSES for bringing out the best in my grandchild. The extracurricular activities at DSES have shown my grandchild that there is more to life than just books; although, she is an avid reader and an honor student.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
This principal is not concerned about the children at all, only her own career path.I am leaving this school after two years. The school has a great social worker, whose hands are tied. I will never again return to this school. If you aren't part of the PTA clique, you won't last here. Don't sacrifice you child, take them somewhere else!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
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June 27, 2005
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June 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
Despite high test scores, children suffer a great deal from bullying that has gotten out of control. The anti-bullying policy looks good on paper and to district. My kids have been bullied to the point of depression, and the principal refuses to act. We are leaving this school before they suffer any more. When this principal is gone, and the aides are replaced, then the excellent teachers that are here can finally get down to business. But how many children's self-esteem will be sacrificed until then??

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
Desert Springs is a top notch school. They have an excellent Drama, Music and Band program. The parent involvement is great. I haven't known a bad teacher there either. My kids never complain about going to school, they do have a lot of homework, but their grades are great. A reflection on the teaching. I would give it a 5 rating.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Although the school has had a good reputation with many parents and students, our child suffered greatly from uncaring teachers and staff. Leadership in the school was biased and unfair leadership. I witnessed many cliques where parents think and much politic-king. Our child came home often with complaints of inappropriate language and actions by the students and Staff!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2005
The first grade academic program is superb. Kids are involved in many extracurricular activities. But what amazed me the most is the extent of parent involvement. it is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
This is a very nice school. Good education.

- submitted by a former student
February 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2004
Desert Springs has provided a great education for my children. The teachers genuinely care about their students and provide an appropriate learning environment. My kids are thrilled with the afterschool opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
Our two children have just completed their 1st year at Desert Springs. The teachers and principal have proven to be the best! The teachers have high expectations for their students and really care about their well being. The school is definately that of a 'family atmosphere', with a lot of extra curricular activities, as well as many family programs and functions. Desert Springs has a strong discipline program with an emphasis on 'no bullies allowed'. Parent involvement is welcomed and appears to be key for the success of the school. The principal is highly visible and available for parents whenever needed. My children love their teachers and look forward to going to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
Desert Springs is an outstanding school. On April 15, 2004, the school was recognized by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) as an 'Arizona A+' school. The school has outstanding partnership between parents, teachers, students, and community. Be sure to visit the school website and look at the A+ application that was submitted to the AEF. It deals all the outstanding programs at the school. I highly recommend the school to anyone moving to the Phoenix area. AZ is a open enrollment state, so even if you live in another schools' boundary, you can request to attend Desert Springs.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
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April 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
Desert Springs just received the Arizona A+ rating for good reason. The school has all of the elements a family wants for their children-fantastic teachers, supportive administrators and staff, terrific parents-and most importantly- incredible children! Desert Springs has embraced many social awareness programs, such as bullying, stranger danger, and D.A.R.E. The school environment is one of true caring and genuine concern for each student. Desert Springs is a great place for a child to grow and learn, it is safe, diciplined, has strong leadership, lots of activities, and overall the best school in the area!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
Desert Springs continues to be an excellent school, with challenging classrooms where all students can succeed. My sons are flourishing and are well-prepared for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
In my opinion there is no better elementary school in the Paradise Valley School District. It is home away from home for my two girls during the day. They are thriving academically and socially. I feel so lucky to have my daughters at school at Desert Springs Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2004
The bullying situation at Desert Springs has gotten completely out of hand with little or no intervention from the staff or principal. My children have complained numerous times to the duty aides about bullies, only to be told to 'stop tattling' - this threatening environment my children are in every day has forced me to look elsewhere for a school for them. Until the principal and staff are trained on how to handle these situations and not blame the victim, this school will just go downhill.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
I have my two children open-enrolled at Desert Springs (rather than going to our neighborhood school) for a few reasons: 1) The teachers are like a family. All of them have worked together for over 10 years and show a great deal of care and respect for eachother. 2) Test scores are excellent! 3) Their kindergarten enrichment program is taught by a warm, enthusiastic teacher named Mrs. Hollman who loves math and science and has an outstanding reputation in the district. 4) The PTA is strong and there are many family-oriented activites.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2003
I chose this school for my child sight unseen based on the enhanced profile alone... Once I visited the school, I was even more convinced it was the perfect environment for my son! From the principal, to the staff, to the excellent teachers, to the parent community, to the children themselves, this truly is a special school and I am convinced there is no better place for my son to learn and grow!

- submitted by a community member
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Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary School
6010 East Acoma Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(602) 449-7000
Last modified Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 84 reviews. Top