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Desert Mosaic School

Charter | 1-12 | 120 students

Our school is best known for it's caring teachers and staff

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 4, 2014

Well it was OK until the 2014-2015 year when they lost their classroom space and decided to put ALL the grades 1-12 in one large room! There are only 3 teachers to teach all of the students and they are all taught in one room. It is like the 1800's! Needless to say we are pulling my granddaughter out, who was in the 7th grade last year. I wished they would have had the courtesy to have told me before I re-enrolled her to save her the heartbreak of having to change schools at the beginning of the school year...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2014

I too am very upset that we weren't told ahead of time about this HUMONGOUS change!! Now looking at other schools that require uniforms. Had we known we would've had time to register them at a different school and not spent money on new school clothes that we now will have to spend again for uniforms. It was very inconsiderate to be told on the first day of school that grades 1st -12th will be taught in the same room. So sad. Used to love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

Love this school! My Daughter has been there for 4 years. I really love this school! My daughter loves this school. I saw a post that made me sad, that the only people that are happy with the school are friends with the staff. No, staff friends! Only respect. I am thankful for Ms. Coy. She is awesome! She rocks as well as Ms Bynes! Thank u all so much for being great teachers! I have much respect for them both! Thank u
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Again, TUSD is not bad....there are schools in TUSD that are under performing. You can't compare a whole district to a horrible tiny school such as this. I am a former employe of this school and current employee of an A rated TUSD school which my children are cherishing attending. I would never send my children to DMS....half of the staff is totally unqualified for their positions. I'm so happy that I was "let go" from this school! I have grown as a teacher and a person. We have a curriculum, text books, large rooms, wonderful technology and healthy food! It depends on the school but I remember DMS staff and parents always degrading TUSD. until this school is half the school That TUSD's failing schools....STOP mentioning MY district in the same breath as DMS.... -A HAPPY FORMER EMPLOYEE


Posted September 25, 2013

Worst school ever no lunch program.The office staff's children are bullies and threaten the other children and office do nothing about it.Worst school ever i don't even know how parents can feel good keeping their children hear? I know TUSD is bad but not as bad as this one.I heard at 1 time is was a great school but has went down hill the past 4 years and gets worse every year.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2013

So true this school is real bad my children went their 1 year and was awful no help to the students the after school program is a joke.7 teachers to teach first to 12 grade??? That is just weird! and they use school funding for non school stuff .


Posted July 24, 2013

this school is so bad the only good reviews are from friends of the office staff if you are not a friend of the office staff forget you will be bullied, threatened and if you tell the office they don't care because it is their children doing it and the office is best friends with the owner they have had the cops their 4 times last year for kids being threatened and because they did nothing the parents had to call police to get it to stop please this school is awful if you think TUSD is bad it is worse and the office staff make fun of the Learning disabled students their are a few good teachers and was a great school 4 years ago when it was different i know my child has been their for 7 years but it has gone down hill now


Posted July 14, 2013

For the parent's information that wrote " maybe your kids need to be home schooled".. I was home schooled and private schooled and my experience at desert mosaic has made me loovvvveeeeee T.U.S.D all the their programs... Can't help the bullying but the education at desert mosiac and the availability of the necessary curriculum compared to T.U.S.D is barley fair. And the attitude to student with special needs is poor! I can say that yes four years ago it was great! And I'm sad to see almost all the great teachers gone teachers that were like family! Furthermore the food should be a health concern! The teacher multiple times threatened to flunk my brother for standing up for there beliefs! As a former student to all those parents who truly care for there child's education look else where!!


Posted June 15, 2013

Ok question? Why are most of the bad reviews removed from this page? I thought that is what this page was for good and bad reviews? Something not right hear?


Posted May 15, 2013

We have 3 kids enrolled at Desert Mosaic School. We are just about to end their first year at this school, & I have to say we absolutely LOVE this school! Our kids were at TUSD for the first few years and it was HORRIFIC! Our daughter was so horribly bullied at 2 different tusd schools with absolutely no help from the teachers or the principal. Then we found this school. Our kids love it here! The student- teacher ratio is great. Especially when comparing to tusd class. Our kids were lost in the crowd! Here each student has the chance to get the attention they deserve. We had a few issues which is expected every now & then. The attention that was given to these issues by the staff led to quick solutions. The staff here really does take bullying seriously. Unlike the tusd schools who would shrug things off with and "oh well" attitude" One thing I think could be helpful is to have a counselor available for troubled students. I've volunteered a few times, & I've seen a couple students who act out & could tell they most likely come from troubled homes. I think a counselor would really benefit those children. This school is wonderful and we plan to keep our kids here! -Vero Cruz
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

Hello i am a teacher her at Desert Mosaic we are a wonderful school! But if we could chang the offfice staff members it would be wonderful for the students! I am new to this school but heard from other teachers that it was a lot better 4 years ago! I admit we cant say nothing to some students because of some staff ! one teacher got fired this year for saying something to a staff member. So i just need my job but most of us teachers work really hard! But when it comes to discipline This school has none because the ones that need it are friends or family of staff members.Also some staff members chang the students grade's because they have friend or family staff members.So just think long and hard befor you send your kids hear. Thank you a Teacher at Desert Mosaic High School
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 25, 2013

My son and I love this school. The teachers and staff are great. It is like a family. My son has gotten the help and attention he needs and would not have gotten in a tusd school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

Desert Mosaic School is a great school! People are great staff helps it is a safe school no problems. For all the people who have said bad about DMS i think maybe it was just you that had problems or you make up stories about this school to make it look bad. but it is not! Dms is a school where they will help the students succeed they help where they struggle. when there is a problem I just call the office and it gets taken care of I recommend DMS to my friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

i have two children who attend desert mosaic school. over all i am happy with their academic progress but find the class rotation, lack of electives and lack of staff(including a principle, nurse, physical education teacher) frustrating. i want to give this school another chance because there are a few teachers who really care for the students, you know who you are. other teachers seem to only want to be seen as the most challenging teachers and not to concerned about overall education of the children. i also find it odd that a school has no textbooks...it makes it difficult when helping my children with homework when i have nothing to go by except the basic instructions given on the worksheet. everything is photocopied. i hope the 2012-13 school year improves or i will be forced to find another school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2011

After 6 weeks, I have removed my children! This school is not organized. All grades are rotating teachers. Which makes is very difficult to keep communication between teachers and parents. There was not any structure in the classroom, we had no clue when homework was sent home let alone when it was due! My kids where being intimidated by the administration staff! Incidents happened that I was not notified by the school! I want to let other parents know so they don't experience what we had to go through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

hi this is me chad wood remember me i went to the school like 1 or 2 years ago oh and the school was the best school ive ever been to thanks love u im in 7th grade now i went there 4 6th grade and if the same science teacher and math teacher r there just let them know there the best


Posted May 1, 2010

Coming from TUSD, what a 180! Low teacher student ratio, teachers and staff that show support and care for students and their families. 18 year olds helping 4 year olds, gym class-where they actually RUN and EXERCISE-never saw that at TUSD. They hold the kids to academic and behavioral standards and actually follow through, if they don't pass they stay behind, if they are ahead they move them up. If the kids do something disrespectful they are disciplined accordingly. Never saw any of that at TUSD. As for afterschool activities they have several opportunities and keep trying to add. This school works by being small, and I'd like to keep it that way. Keep it up DM, whatever your doing is working very well. Me and my children are very happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

I started at Desert Mosaic School as a very troubled child in 2002 from a Christian private school on the east side of town, after being suspended. I started 6th grade there, and did very well. In 8th grade I got into some trouble again and was suspended. I returned to private school as a punishment, 3 months later I was back at DMS, after being expelled from private school. Through that and the rest of my schooling at DMS, the teachers and staff were supportive. I did go through many different teachers and though that may seem unhealthy to some parents, it actually taught me more about life. All those teachers left an imprint in my heart and mind. I graduated as a Junior in 2007, with more credits than those needed to graduate. My most cherished memories and my best friends were made there. If it is still around when my children are of age they will most definitely attend Desert Mosaic Charter School. I have allot to thank them for, they turned my life around and I will forever be grateful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2009

I am mixed about our first year at D.M. My second grader is doing very well and loves her school. My 6th grader is struggling to keep up because he'd gotten behind in TUSD. Teachers seem fine, principle lacks in understanding young children, he needs to walk in the pre-teens shoes a bit more. Kids get enough electives with church and scouts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2009

Desert Mosaic is a great school The student ratio is low. My kids and I love this school. They were in the TUSD district until we found this school all Ta=eachers and staff are great. DESERT MOSAIC IS THE BEST!
—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.
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The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% 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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The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% 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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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31%

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% 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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% 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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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 72% 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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The state average for Math was 62% 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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 43%
White 42% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Banks Elementary
Vesey Elementary
Altar Valley
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Pima Community College
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Performing Plus School (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Wendy Weeks
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • www.desertmosaic.com
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 578-0834

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
38
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
85
Students typically come from these schools
Banks Elementary
Vesey Elementary
Altar Valley

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pima Community College
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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5757 W. Ajo Highway
Tucson, AZ 85735
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Phone: (520) 578-2022

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