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Desert Mesa Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 705 students

 

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Posted November 21, 2013

My son is in Ms Williams Kindergarten class. The BEST TEACHER I've ever met!!! She knows how to teach little kids while they are having fun! He loves his teacher and excited about going to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2013

She went to preschool first here with Mr. Paul wonderful teacher. Then she went on to kinder what an EXCELLENT teacher, Mrs. Hernandez. My littel girl needed speech help and she got it. I would be so lucky to find another school like this. The principal knows each kid by name, what a wonderful lady.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

I was very concerned about my daughter having a tough teacher MALE, but because she was an EL learner we didn't have a choice. My daughter was upset a great deal at the beginning of the school year, I'm sure now, it was because she was being pushed out of her comfort zone, but by the end of the school year she ad grown so much from being an okay student to a great student and from being a child that just went to school to a child that brought her knowledge home to me. THANK YOU MR. CADE FOR BEING SO AWESOME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

I have been very disappointed in the school. there were 32 kids my childs 2nd grade class... how can a teacher teach that many young children at a time(not even and aide or a helper)!!!! my child was there 5months and was learning the same thing that was taught in 1st grade.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My so went there and they had the best teachers I had ever seen!! My son was even skipped up a grade!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

It has been a great opportunity for my children to attend the school. The teachers in past have been great with one of my child. They have been understanding with him. I would to thank all of the teachers that helped me with my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

I have had the pleasure of meeting a new teacher to Desert Mesa, Mr. Cade and he is incredible. He demands excellence from his students regardless of their abilities and that is something we don't find much anymore. Way to go Desert Mesa we need more teachers like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

Desert Mesa is blessed with a staff that truly cares about our children. I think that as parents and a community we need to help out our teachers by volunteering more in the class and being active with assisting them. The class sizes are beyond the teachers control and there are close to 30 kindergartners in each class! They can only do so much with that number of students! Any ideas on how we can reduce the number of kids per class?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

I don't see how we can rate a school so highly that has no science books! My fifth grader is new to this school, is bored because she gets no science or social studies. Unacceptable, speak out parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

Hi my name is Kimberly Elizalde and i love your school! I've been there since kindergarden.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2006

Coming from another state, I have found Desert Mesa to be lagging behind other states in terms of standards of excellence. If your child speaks Spanish he/she will receive any assistance required. If he/she speaks English, good luch getting accelerated or remedial help with anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

My children have attended this school since this school first opened. I have nothing but high regard for the teachers and the leadership at this school. Prior to this year I was a volunteer at Desert Mesa on a fairly regular basis and I was treated with the utmost respect by the entire staff. As for the office personnel they have my kudos for the way they handle all situations from the most respectful parents to the down right rude ones. The school resource officer is a constant and welcome presence at the school. I would highly recommend this school to any and every parent who is concerned about their child receiving a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Great extracurricular activites! My daughter joined in Garden Club this year. She is always excited to go to school and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

Parents are very involved in this school. However, the principle lets the teachers run things and there are a lot of different confusing standards. One teacher even makes her class wear uniforms while no other class does. Because of this lack of leadership at the top, the school is often confused. The front office staff is also very rude. However, because of the quality of the students and parents as compared to the rest of Yuma, this is still a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

Desert Mesa has provided a safe environment for my kids to learn and has assisted them with improving on their reading skills. All of my children's teachers have been friendly and try to go the extra mile to help my children either reach their grade level requirements or exceed their grade level requirements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

My son is in Mr. Gonzalez first grade class here. He is a very good teacher and the school is very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2003

My daughter has been attending Desert Mesa school for 5 years, and I am extremely happy with her progress. The teachers, as well as the principal, are very well educated, and most importantly, they care very much about their children. My daughter loves to go to school because her teacher takes time to teach her, and makes it fun at the same time. The principal, Mrs. Baumgarner, knows every single childs name that goes to that school, and can call them by name when she sees them! That, to me, is extremely important to these kids! They are recognized and made to feel important by a woman who loves each and every child, and strives to make their education better. Thank you Desert Mesa, Mrs. Baumgarner and Mrs. Amanda Stoermer for making my child grow into the strong and intelligent woman she will become!!


Posted October 15, 2002

I have a child that is a high performing student. We are new to the school this year. I have found it very difficult to find out academic enhancing programs that are available.


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 62% 43%
White 32% 42%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2350 S Avenue 7 1/2 E.
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: (928) 502-4352

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