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Desert Sky Community School

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Posted October 28, 2013

Our school engages the head, heart and hands of my children. Their creativity soars because of this curriculum. My energetic son is engaged in learning not with worksheets, but through various mediums: handwork, music, German, balance and core movements, stories, songs and lots of active play outdoors. My daughter is enjoying a play based Kindergarten that is giving her confidence in her world through a rhythm to her day, building her will with repetition and a reverance for the world around her. She is taught life building skills of working with others, setting the table, washing the clothes, tending a garden, and baking bread to name a few examples. The faculty at Desert Sky is professional, attentive, warm and caring, taking each family to heart. We couldn't be more thankful for Desert Sky and its ability to offer our family a tuition-free Waldorf education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

My son is much better off at DSCS. He receives more attention, his academics and his whole person is in a good place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Our school, Desert Sky Community School, provides free Waldorf inspired education to all families in Tucson, AZ. It is a wonderful, loving, academic environment in which my child has flourished immensely. I am so thankful to the education that my child receives due to the dedication to teach by the Desert Sky staff. I love my son's school and would like to help them to win more funding to continue providing my family and others with the gift of Waldorf inspired education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

We love Desert Sky Community School. We would never be able to afford a private Waldorf education, we have tried public schools, I work in public schools and I always come back to DSCS and how wonderful it is for my family and child! My child was struggling emotionally at public school, the we transferred, within a week he was at ease, sleeping well, content and balanced. At DSCS my child is taught a variety of core subjects per state standards since this is a charter school, but in addition my child also receives a myriad of comprehensive courses in the arts, from music to handwork, drama to circus arts. The work that is being done by my child is meaningful beyond studying for a test. The daily study and work provides a rich canvas of learning for life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving my child's love for learning and inspiring him to be a better student and person for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Desert Sky Community School in Tucson, AZ provides education for the whole individual child, not just to be a competitive A rated school. I have seen my child grow in his passions and education since he started at this school. His teacher is the most loving and amazing teacher I have ever come across. The sparkle in my child's eye everyday when he goes off to school and again when he returns from a full and productive day are priceless. Thank you to all the sacrifices that have been made along the way, to the vision and dedication of the founders, staff and parents who have made this dream a possibility to families like mine who believe in this lifestyle and education but would not have been able to attain it otherwise. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

I love Desert Sky Community School. My child and family are better for having the Waldorf way in our lives. Waldorf teaches the whole child - head, hands and heart. There are no computers, televisions, or electronic gadgets. The children are able to focus on learning in a supportive, artistic and non-judgmental atmosphere. It is not for everyone...as traditional academia is not the focus. I love the school faculty, the school parents and most of all the wonderful and kindhearted children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Expect to be lied to. Expect to be talked about behind your back. Expect to be judged by elitist uneducated administration (namely the "Pedagogical Director"). Your child will be subjected to various forms of prayer. Staff are taught that they are facilitating the childs soul, and cannot wear black. Verses are said in class with different sounds/syllables, not to facilitate reading (which is thought to be avoided until age 9) but because Waldorf teachers believe that sounds come from a spirit realm and are the spirits way of coming through. If you want your child to be a successful human being, run fast in the other direction.


Posted July 30, 2013

What a mistake I made sending my son here. He was ahead in most subjects & after 1 yr he was so behind. His confidence was the lowest I've ever seen it. They believe "if the child isnt participating then they will eventually see how much fun everyone is having and join in" WRONG. If your a teacher it is your duty while you have my child to make sure he is participating, not to mention TELL ME HE ISN'T PARTICIPATING. The staff is also secretive about EVERYTHING going on. Trying to get involved as a parent is next to impossible, you cant even get the staff to sit down with you and talk about how things are going but they will always say they want too! They allow the much older children to play outside with the younger children, which causes concern for bullying. The staff's children get away with everything, biting other children, or pushing other childrens lunch on the floor, everything is an accident! My son's last day of school he was bullied in the playground stuck up for himself then was reprimanded by the school mentor and hit on the arm! They would not tell me why i was taking my son home and said not to talk to him about it! Why?at least i can count on my son to be truthful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

The teachers and administration are wonderful! We love the infusion of art and song in the curriculum. His teacher is absolutely wonderful and really knows her students needs and manages the classroom effectively. Couldnt be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

As a surviving parent of Tucson Waldorf I was hesitant but hopeful that the "inspired" part only included the education and not the ideology and elitism. I have been pleasantly suprised. The teachers are trained in both general education and Waldorf education so there is a "checks and balances" absent from the private school where the teachers personal ideologies and lack of traditional training (specificially classroom management) interfere with good education. We have only been here a year but I couldnt be happier...Great school with great leadership and teachers and a perfect pragmatic blend of Waldorf philosophy with real world application. I am the happiest for the normal parent body who raise their own children instead of worrying about everyone elses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2011

So a principal and founder of the school likes her school? Wow...heaven forbid! I thought that school founders and principals (the same in this case) were supposed to hate their schools. I enjoy sending my son to his school, since I could never afford the private waldorf school. As a public charter it isn't totally Waldof but it's a good close second!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2010

It's interesting how every school review site has an excellent review on this school by parent E... S.. who also happens to be the principal and school founder. Just saying ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

A very friendly school aspiring to teach the children the caring aspects of life and with the aim of producing responsible and well educated citizens.citizens
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My Granddaughter attends Desert Sky and is doing really well due to the teachers commitmments to all pupils. I love the wide range of education taught, and it gives the children an insight into what life is all about. Well done Desert Sky and all staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Other schools have eliminated their arts and pe programs due to budget cuts, but Desert Sky makes these an integral part of each school day. The children here are joyful and eager to learn, and they are well-rounded in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Quality education, lots of activities for the children, music and second language education, lots of community involvement,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

They specialize in teaching the WHOLE child and consider the needs of each child individually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

They care for every student individually based upon the child's needs versus being a 'number' in other school districts. It takes a tribe to raise a child and Desert Sky's community is doing just that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I have two children at the school and love the Waldorf-inspired education they receive - tuition free! Lots of arts, music, two foreign languages, and a rigorous academic curriculum. Desert Sky really instills a love of learning in the children, and the teachers and school administrator are great. I would highly recommend the school to any Tucson area parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I love the caring, nurturing, arts based learning that underlies every program at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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

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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
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Two or more races 12% 2%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 153%N/A46%
Female 245%N/A49%
Male 255%N/A51%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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1350 N. Arcadia Ave
Tucson, AZ 85711
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