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1-12
Public charter
Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 120
 

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5757 W. Ajo Highway
Tucson, AZ 85735

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(520) 578-2022
(520) 578-0834
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August 04, 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

August 04, 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

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

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

- submitted by a community member

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

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 .

- submitted by a community member

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

- submitted by a community member

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!!

- submitted by a community member

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?

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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

June 04, 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

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

October 01, 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

March 04, 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

- submitted by a community member
no rating
May 01, 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

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
no rating
May 02, 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

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

November 25, 2008
I decided to withdraw my daughter from this school with no team sports, no electives of any kind. Only the bare minimum of curriculum. Outdated textbooks and little leadership.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2008
It makes me a little sad and disappointed that parents could say such awful things about this school. Me and my children have had nothing but a wonderful experience with the school, teachers and education plans. In the bigger TUSD schools my children were lost in the system and floundering, with this school they are the center of attention and provided an excellent education with a brighter future before them. Thank You DMS!

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2008
There is a waiting list for some grade levels. Desert Mosaic is a small school with a BIG heart. Kids feel safe, special and are supported to meet their potential.

- submitted by a teacher

June 11, 2008
This little school is getting better all the time. The campus is small and teacher/student ratio is low--kids get lots of attention

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 12, 2008
I disagree with those that say there's no limits. DMS is an ok school It has some truely great teachers that take the extra effort. Most of us only meet a few teacher's like that in a lifetime.It is a shame we lost such great electives.They were so good for the kids.We will stay and hope electives come back.

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2007
We had negative experience. Major issues with the teacher and no support from administration. Principle made excuses for teacher's behavior. In my opinion, this school should be shut down by the state. It is in no way productive in educating or protecting our children.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2007
I would not recommend Desert Mosaic school for any child. There is no help for students who need help. Safety and discipline is not pursued, treated with a 'oh well' attitude.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2007
Desert Mosaic school is a school that sets no limits for the children. I do not recomend this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2007
Desert Mosaic is not very well suited to the students needs. There is very little staff support for parents. They care only about their own scores. No electives. No PTA.

- submitted by a parent

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Desert Mosaic School
5757 W. Ajo Highway, Tucson, AZ  85735
(520) 578-2022
Last modified Desert Mosaic School is a Charter school that serves grades 1-12
Desert Mosaic School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top