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10129 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85748

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(520) 321-1709
(520) 321-9316
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Amount of homework: Just right
November 23, 2015
I think it's sufficient and helpful for my kids. I appreciate the help I can give them.

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September 26, 2015
I have had previous experience with Desert Springs Academy when my brother and sisters were going there. One of my sisters is autistic and they were so patient with her and helped her to keep up with the other students but at her own pace. My brother is now in college and sisters in high school but they often go back to visit when they pick up my son from 1st grade and everyone remembers them. I love the attention that the teachers give to the students, the office staff and principal are very personable and informative of anything that involves your child. My son doesn't do well with change so when he started Kindergarten it was a hard time for him but the teachers made him feel welcome and help him to adjust and when he had his "meltdown" moments they did call me when I was at work and inform me and let me know the action taken. This I was very appreciative of to be kept in the loop when other schools just dismiss this or don't even let you know what goes on. Now that he is in 1st grade he is doing even better, he gets good grades, he loves going to the aftercare and helping the teachers. I can't wait for my daughter to start attending and getting the great education my son is getting.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
September 25, 2015
Clearly emphasized and an implementation of "no bullying". Much, much respect. I feel respected as a parent as well.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
September 25, 2015
I have seen all staff care and love each student. Of course there are students that are more difficult, but they are treated with love and compassion. As a parent, I have never had issues with not being able to express concerns and such.

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September 25, 2015
I love the experiences I've had at this school. I have had three children attending at one time. I love how advanced in teaching it is and the care they have for each student. My kindergartners were reading before 1st grade among other things. The staff takes the time to listen to any needs or concerns I may have. I always recommend this school to everyone. I love that the classes are small enough to focus on each student and the teachers care. Lots of parent involvement. Another plus is their after school program. It's affordable and the teachers are AWESOME! They help with studying, homework, and whatever my children need. Half the time, my kids don't want to leave when I arrive to pick them up. FANTASTIC SCHOOL! I'LL KEEP MY KIDS HERE UNTIL I HAVE TO MOVE THEM.

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September 10, 2015
We are pleased with the school, smaller class sizes than public school and friendly teachers. This school offers fun activities like square dancing and kids art program.

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October 21, 2014
I have had all of my children attend this school over the span of many years. I appreciate the consistency, good healthy discipline and support from staff. My daughter accomplished amazing results and I am pleased with this school.

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October 20, 2014
I wouldn't give this school any stars. I have had my children in the same school from day one. The school building was bought out by Desert Springs Academy. The teachers are bullies and allowed to prevent your child from getting a proper education and the teachers are ALWAYS right. Even the director will tell you their cameras don't work, they can't access the system. All false advertisements. The parents are never contacted until it's too late and they fail to comply with children's IEP's. This school should be shut down. The director condones physical acts against children by teachers and never checks with anyone but the ill-willed teachers. Not even the monitor is asked if the claimed event occurs on the playground. They will tell you one thing, then deny it later. Record all convo's with admin!!!

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March 11, 2014
Highly disappointed! When my child began Desert Springs Academy we thought it was a great school, the teacher was wonderful with the children and related to them. Then without any notice , poof, the teacher was gone with no explanation why and replaced with a bullying teacher. In the first day of his instruction my child and other children I spoke with were upset and distraught in how he spoke to them. My child is normally the happy 'A' student that gets along with everyone. After a day in his class my child came home crying with how he spoke to her. After speaking to other parents and their children, getting the same feedback from them, I decided that something seriously was wrong. Now, I didn't go into all that was said in our conversations, but let me tell you this...Watch out if you choose to send your child to a school that allows bullying by the teachers!

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January 31, 2014
This is a good academically focused school, but disorganized. I was told my child was doing poorly on a continuous basis by one person and the complete opposite by another. Progress reports lack any real information. The truth was he was right where he should be. The after school coordinator is a rip off, they send students there without contacting parents and expect you to pay for their failure in communication. It should be the parents choice not the teachers what happens if a child misses his regular transportation. They also have no cafeteria, so regardless of weather your kid would be eating outside.

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July 18, 2013
This school is operating on past reputation- The school adminastration is lacking in student and teacher involvement - They have lost some good teacher and the replacements have been nothing short of a disaster for the environment and academics. Teachers Are the corner stones to good Academic students. You shouldn't just hire someone from Craig's list a few weeks before school starts. You shouldn't just hire some random parent to teach upper level classes - and offer No parent communication and expect your child to inform you the parent they are struggling in class and feeling mistreated. - Who is the adult here ! With recent problem from this school and teacher student issues . I would keep your self informed about your child needs - because The principle and some, not all , teachers may not . Hopefully with the new location they -the Administration / principle will step up and look out for everyone teachers and students alike!

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August 09, 2012
My daughter has been at DSA since 2nd grade, coming from Lineweaver elementary. We have had nothing but a great experience here. The teacher in question regarding singling out children in an unprofessional way, was also our 3rd grade teacher as well. We didnt have a problem with her, but she DID have rules, and expected children to follow them., teaching accountability and responsibility. I am aware of some of the families that complained about this teacher in 3rd grade, but coincidentally, their child also struggled following rules in 4th grade too. I dont know of the exact issues of 2012 with 3rd grade, but as for parents being "boat-rockers", the staff and director, in my opinion have been nothing but open to hearing any concerns parents have, and in fact, steps were taken to address that 3rd grade teacher, and she is no longer at DSA. We entertained taking our child out of DSA and putting her into Ventana Vista, logistically to be nearer to her brothers new school, but in the end, we decided to keep driving, and keep her where she has been thriving. DSA gets an A from this family.

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July 20, 2012
Desert Springs Academy is a small, academically-oriented charter school where every student is known by name. You get a private school education at a public school price. My daughter is the youngest of 4 and just completed Kindergarten. Her teacher challenged the students to read using a combination of Saxon Phonics and Hooked on Phonics curriculum. Even the most phonemic challenged students were reading by the end of the year! Her teacher provided a rich learning environment with plenty of songs, playtime and teaching of core reading, math, & writing skills. The field trips and other enrichment opportunties enhanced the already strong kindergarten curriculum. I also liked that the Director and office staff took great care in the safety and security of the students. I highly recommend Desert Springs Academy.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2012
Unfortunately, I had to pull my son out of fifth grade last year because he was being bullied not by fellow students but by his teacher. Apparently, my complaints were dismissed and I wasn't the only parent who's child was disrespected in the classroom.

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May 25, 2012
My daughter is in her second year at DSA. I have no complaints about 2011; everything seemed to be going well - she enjoyed her class time. 2012 was a nightmare. From day one there were issues in the classroom which were poorly handled by her third-grade teacher, or ignored altogether. Not only did the teacher fail to maintain a learning-friendly environment in the classroom; she actively contributed to a culture of negativity and, on more than one occasion, singled out children in a completely unprofessional way. Parents who attempted to address these issues with the principle were ignored, and sometimes overtly insulted. instead of seizing opportunities to improve the school, the principle treats any parent who brings such an opportunity to her attention as a "boat-rocker"; children of those parents are ostracized by certain members of the faculty. There is a serious crisis of leadership at this school; this was my child's last year at DSA. STAY AWAY.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2012
I am a student at DSA, I am currently in 8th grade, and have been coming here since the 5th grade. I, personally, have had a wonderful experience here. It wasn't the academics or extra activities that impressed me, but rather how well the rules are enforced. The people who are unhappy here are the ones that break the rules, and that's because they get punished for it. I also enjoy the fact that we are made responsible for picking up our own trash rather than having a janitor. I also got support from the staff and other students for my artwork. Considering I'm an anime artist, I usually get quite a lot of flack, but not at this school. Even my father isn't supportive of my art. But this is just my opinion. I'm nothing like you, or am I? I'm an A student even though I despise work, but I despise getting into trouble even more. I can't stand seeing a mess. My desk is quite cluttered, but organized nevertheless. I love manga and anime, and have several costumes of characters from my favorite animes that I'll proudly wear in public. I prefer to hang out with boys rather than girls even though I am a girl myself, and they treat me as one of them. Do you trust my opinion?

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no rating
April 09, 2010
This school is lacking in may things, the most important being facing reality. This school works of the attitude of 'If I don't admit it is happening, then it isn't'. We have several times brought to attention the inappropriate behavior of my childs teacher and no one listened. We ended up resorting to having my child record the classroom and the teachers comments. They still do not want to hear anything we have to say so we are taking it to the courts. Very unfortunate a good part of the staff is related so ..........need I say more.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
Our kids attended this school last year, and the start of this year. We enjoyed this school last year. We returned this year to realize that this school is not what it was last year. My daughters teacher this year was not as 'welcoming' to the parents. Therefore, parent teacher communication was poor. Although both of my children's teachers were not unsatisfactory, we decided as a family to find a new school for both kids. I would not recommend this school.

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September 15, 2009
My children attended this school last year. Was not real impressed. This school has few activities like volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer. They do have few after school programs in which didn't benefit our child's at school education. This school offered no Physical Education, no counselor, and no daily janitor to help pick up after the students. Therefore this school asks the seventh and eighth graders to go around and pick up the trash. I would not recommend this school.

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May 13, 2009
My daughter transferred in this year. I believe that the education, respect and teacher have saved my daughter s educational future. She has she advanced in the basics such as math, reading, spelling, ect.. She has learned additional fundamentals of life, Respect, personal value, and kindness.

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no rating
January 29, 2009
My son has attending since Kindergarten. He is currently in 3rd grade and we are both in love with this school. My 4-year-old twins cannot wait to start and I know they will be in good hands when the do. The staff is awesome. The curriculum is great. The atmosphere is phenomenal. It's also free! I would recommend this school to anyone who wants their child to get a quality education and cannot/does not want to pay for it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 08, 2008
This school has the greatest staff! This school has the best student relations I have ever seen in a public school. For example I have witnessed older students helping younger students when they spill their books in the hallway. That is what this school instills in their students everyone is equal and family we are all human.

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August 04, 2008
i have been going to this school for four years now and i like the teachers, but some dont go for what is right which makes me mad. it would be baetter if they gave out luches and if they had more activities, sports, and praised the teachers more for their hard work. they dont buy the teachers anything they have to buy their own stuff like sharpeners pencils etc. i think its an ok school it can be better!! hope they are working on that.

- submitted by a student

May 28, 2008
I have children who just completed second, fifth, and sixth grades. In my opinion the education they are receiving at DSA is far superior to that of the public school system. My children are expected to perform according to their own abilities, not that of the lowest performing child in the class. As a parent I appreciate the challenge they face on a daily basis; as do my children. Grades have become something they earn and are proud of. Thank you DSA>

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January 10, 2006
The academics is terrific! The school uses Saxon math and language arts as well as using phonics. Beginning in kinderg., kids have homework 4 days a week in spelling and math in later grades. All the kinders are reading by the end of the year. The classroom size is small (<20) so instruction is maximized. The children have art, music, and Spanish one day a week and PE two days. Because the school is small, parents know one another and are involved in the PTO. If you want a small classroom environment that focuses on academics, this is the place to be.

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Desert Springs Academy
10129 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ  85748
(520) 321-1709
Last modified Desert Springs Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Springs Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top