This school helps kids develop wonderful social and academic skills. The teachers and staff and caring and friendly. Many outlets for a child to excel in. Every child's needs are met from honors to SPED. Wide diversity of students with a community of acceptance.
3rd year with this school. Principal is a solid leader, communicates a compelling vision . Great teachers, culture of inclusion and acceptance. Core Knowledge program prepares the elementary kids with baseline diverse knowledge and study/ research skills. We are very happy here!
What once used to be a great school was ruined by a numbers driven administration. It's not about what's best for kids or the teachers, it's about what's best for the power hungry principal.
I would not recommend this school anymore which is unfortunate because there are some great teachers there.
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
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!!
We have twins in 1st grade here. We switched from a Charter School where they completed K last year. This public school is incredible. The leadership provided by Derek Hummert, the principal, has had an exemplary effect. The teachers, support staff & MANY parent volunteers are wonderful and present a united team, implementing the Core Curriculum with a "personalized" touch from each teacher. Staff work together in a progressive and challenging environment to educate our children. One of our kids had a very hard K year, struggled with the strict traditional teacher and the schedule - no snack break in the AM, only 15 minutes for lunch break..., (has hypoglycemia, but was undiagnosed) and was treated as discipline case. This resulted in self esteem and performance issues. Thanks to the care and work of the staff and teacher, she is happy & performing at an accelerated level! Our other daughter (fine teacher last year, but disjointed school) is reading at about grade 4-5 level and her Desert Springs teacher keeps her challenged and progressing even though she is 1st grade!! Congratulations to Mr. Hummert & staff! A happy, high performing academic, cohesive environment.