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K-5
Public charter
Yuma, AZ
Students enrolled: 530
Before care: No
After care: No
 

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2363 South Kennedy Lane
Yuma, AZ 85365

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(928) 314-1102
(928) 314-1086
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May 11, 2015
Desert View Academy is one of the best combinations of academic excellence and a caring environment in the city. The administrative staff rocks. They spend time with students, and parents alike, to hear concerns and deal with issues fairly. Teachers care that students learn and engage them in their learning. The character-based education is a breath of fresh air in a day when values don't seem to matter. It can be seen in how the kids behave and interact with others. I love this school.

- submitted by a community member

May 06, 2015
We have had our two children enrolled at DVA for the past year. It has been an amazing experience and one we will never forget. We can only hope that we find the same caliber school in our new duty station. We absolutely love everything about the school - the teachers, Mrs Weigel, Mrs KB, the office staff, the nurse. The entire staff is wonderful. We cannot speak enough good words about this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2015
One thing I love about Desert View Academy is the safe environment for my children. One was bullied in our previous school, but the teachers and administration have made certain that she is safe. She comes home and tells us that she has friends, and loves DVA. We also appreciate the support for academics. There are many programs, such as IXL, that our children can work on at home. We love the positive attitude of the principals; they believe in our children.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2015
Don't expect your child to have the same teacher all year. Turnover rate is ridiculous. Education is great, administration is awful.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2015
I cannot say enough about this school. My children have attended DVA for 3 years. They love it. This week was testing week. My daughter's could not wait to get to school to take tests. The principals greeted them in the morning and awarded prizes to students for paying attention to their tests. I never liked tests and I have no idea what those ladies do to get kids excited about tests but it works. The whole school is amazing. All the teachers care about my children and that is comforting. I recommend DVA often and I could not imagine sending my girls anywhere else. If you are on the fence about the school, don't be. Check it out. You will be glad you did. It's an A++ school.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2015
Fantastic Charter school with teachers that really care about each and every student. We are a military family and have lived many places. We were very nervous about moving to Yuma because we had heard such terrible things about the schools. If your child is working above grade level they are adequately challenged and allowed to soar without being held back. They have an Odyssey of the Mind program that has won the State championships two years in a row in some age levels and made it to Worlds as well. They will be competing in Michigan this year. I have heard great things about their resource program and the support given to special needs children. The school is growing and moving to a new location. The only reasons I have given four stars instead of five are: lack of parent support, no on-site guidance counselor, and lack of an anti-bully program. Other than that I was thrilled to have my children attend this school and would do it again if I had the chance.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2015
This was my daughter's first year at Desert View. It has been a true joy to have her there. We are moving at the end of the month and we are finding that the schools in our new town don't compare. The staff at desert view are very caring and compassionate. My daughter had a rough time at the beginning of the year and her teacher and the assistant principal worked with her to help her fit in and become the student we all knew she could be. I cannot thank them enough for making my daughter feel special and for not giving up on her. I can only speak praise for the school.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2015
We are new to Desert View this year and we could not be happier with the school, the teachers, and the principals. Our children actually love going to school. They come home each day with great stories to tell. There attitudes are great and we believe it is totally due to the staff at the school. In edition to the teachers the principals know our children. Mrs Wegel greets them each day at the gate and Mrs KB plays with them on the playground. We have never known principals to be so involved with students. We highly recommend the school to anyone that asks.

- submitted by a parent

December 28, 2014
We are moving back to Yuma in a few months and we just started looking at schools in the area. We have lived there before and our kids attended public, private and online schools before enrolling at Desert View. After seeing that our kids favorite teacher is now the assistant principal we will be enrolling all of our children there. Not only does the school have a great reputation and super teachers but it also has someone we love and respect there. So happy! We highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2014
My grandchildren attend DVA. They love it and I love the fact that the teachers and principals teach more than just academics. This week is holiday spirit week. It's been a lot of fun to help my grandkids dress up in the different theme outfits. We love the school and cannot sing its praises enough.

- submitted by a community member

December 17, 2014
My family is moving over the holiday break. It breaks our hearts to have to leave Desert View. The teachers are amazing. The principal and vice principal are very visible and they are extremely involved in everything. We see them all the time and the kids love them as much as their teachers. We hope we can find a school in Phoenix as great as this one. We highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2014
We have been pleased with the quality of teaching. My student struggled at the beginning of the year to meet the high expectations but eventually understood the requirements. HOWEVER- the administration is horrible. The only amicable front office member is Margot and the leadership is completely jaded. Sometimes it seems like they are running a concentration camp instead of an elementary school.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2014
Desert View is an awesome alternative to traditional under performing public schools. I enrolled my 3 children at DVA and they flourished there. They went from falling far below to meets or exceeds in all core subject areas in the first 2 quarters of the school year. For the parents that want to see how well educators do when left to their own teaching devices and merits, our public charters are the way to go. They do far more with less funding and without all the bureaucratic red tape and teachers unions our traditional public schools use. These educators aren't teaching to test they are actually teaching core subjects along with good character traits. Be respectable, be responsible and be safe!

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2014
I just finished going to DVA I have been there kinder through 5th Grade. Through all these years I have learned so much. Not just about math, social studies, and other subjects. I also learned how to be a better friend and learned lots of character. And got lots of friends. Sometime the teachers go hard on you but some of them are really nice and fun. My favorite activities were the pennies for patients fundraiser and pool day. I really enjoyed my 6 years at DVA. Sometimes they will push you hard to do something. But trust me if you go there you will like it. Have Fun :)

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 2014
At first it was great, then a vice principle comes and takes all the teachers that were great, and throws them away! They should keep the teachers that gave good education to that school.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2014
This school has people that were great teachers. They really connected with students. They were caring, respectful, loving, and awesome. This school is horrible. They fire everyone that the students like. The principal made some vice principle so then she could help with writing. The assistant principle thinks she owns the whole place. She acts like she's the queen, even though she wasn't even here half the year.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2014
I am responding to a post that states it is a requirement for the staff to post positive reviews and comments about DVA being an excellent school and positive comments about the principal. Great Schools was running a contest, and a school was going to be awarded $5000. The requirement was to post a minimum of 10 reviews during the month of May to be eligible for the contest. Staff and parents were encouraged to post reviews regarding their experience at Desert View Academy. Our administrators never required us to post. I love teaching at Desert View Academy, and have every confidence that my own children are receiving a top notch education from caring staff and administrators.

- submitted by a teacher

May 13, 2014
My son has attended DVA for two years. I am so impressed that everyone knows each child and even takes the time to say hi when they see them in a store. The teachers are great! They are really invested in him living up to his potential and communicate with me often. I see a lot of complaints regarding the office staff in these reviews, however I would have to say that is unwarranted, they have been great to us always. I wouldn't have my son go anywhere else to school. We love DVA!

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2014
If it is a requirement for the staff to post positive reviews and comments about "excellent school" and "Principal", it only indicates how desperate they are to have a good rating.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2014
Both of my kids have had a wonderful experience at DVA. The teachers and support staff are dedicated to helping each student. The principal is enthusiastic and inspiring. Character education is a prominent and school-wide focus. I have seen other reviews say they focus too much on testing and I have not found that to be true at all. I volunteer in my kids' classrooms on a weekly basis and I have found the focus to be on getting each student to understand material and concepts, not test prep. I like that they have small groups and interventionists that provide another layer of ensuring all kids get a quality education.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2014
Desert View has been such a blessing for both of our boys. Our oldest son has been here since Kindergarten and soon will be heading to 4th grade. We absolutely love the character based education and most of all the staff and teachers. They truly care. This year our son had AIMS and he was a bit nervous. The first day, all the staff were out front cheering and high-fiving all the kids. In fact, most days you'll see our principal at the gate, greeting every student with a handshake. Any concerns we've ever had have been appropriately addressed (I was worried about some of the new technology courses and was completely assured by the staff about privacy and their media usage). Although our oldest has thrived here, we weren't sure how our youngest boy would do. He's had a phenomenal year. Kindergarten has changed just in the past 4 years but I find that the teachers are truly looking for the student's best interest. If you're looking for a school, DVA provides an A+ education in a safe environment, where parents and teachers work together in partnership.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2014
Desert View Academy is a wonderful school, for the past three years our child has excelled academically compared to previous schools within the district of Yuma. Highly recommend this school for future students.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2014
Over the last several years I have worked in multiple schools, and have found Desert View Academy to be one of the most student- centered educational facilities in the area. DVA has high standards for both their students and their staff. Many feel as though this is equates to a single-minded focus on testing. However, as with many professions, we use testing to collect information about our students so that we can best meet their educational needs. If you want your son/daughter to enjoy an above average education in the city of Yuma, then this is the school to attend.

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2014
Desert View Academy is a wondering school! Students are held to high expectations, and teachers are supported with numerous resources and amazing interventionists. Technology is integrated in lessons, and students are working towards exceeding state standards!

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2014
I am a first grade teacher at Desert View Academy and could not be happier where I teach. It is so great to work at a school with so much support, parent involvement and sense of community. As a teacher it is nice to know that your classroom size will never be above 26 students. Also that each grade level has one interventionist ( aid ) per grade level. We focus a lot on small group instruction which can help us target all ranges of students. We do not just help one, but set our schedules, classrooms and mind on helping all of those who walk into our classroom. It is also a plus that we have so much technology in our classrooms. It is amazing how much my students have learned this year in technology class, and how they are applying it in the classroom. I think others need to know how fantastic this school is, and how hard the teachers and staff work to keep this schools amazing reputation going as an A plus performing school.

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2014
Desert View Academy is truly an extraordinary school. Our students educational achievements are forged on the most influential and long lasting foundation there is... CHARACTER. Not only do we teach the six traits of character but it is our school's culture. Most recently our "Because we care" motto helped raise $14,000 for Pennies for Patients. Our students are being taught to live out Caring, Fairness, Citizenship, being Trustworthy, Responsible, and Respect. What an amazing community these children will one day make as they live out their character. Additionally, DVA's personalized teaching simply rocks. Students of all levels receive interventions. Whether it's to close some gaps to achieve benchmark or to thrust them yet to a greater level by raising the bar and challenging those that have already exceeded. Both my kids have been recipients of this personalized attention. Their foundation at DVA greatly influenced their success in the years that followed. My 16 yr old daughter has recently been invited to apply for the Flinn Foundation Scholarship. This foundation not only looks at academic success but a student's influence and character in their community. THANK YOU DVA!

- submitted by a teacher

April 29, 2014
Desert View Academy (DVA) is where I work, where I send my kids, and where my heart is. As a military spouse I take my kids' educations seriously and look for excellent schools so that when we move my kids aren't far behind, but rather ahead of the curve. DVA provides quality education with heart and character. I'm sure there are many schools that educate Yuma youth and do so well, but DVA does it best. I am proud to work at DVA and strive, like all of our staff, to provide our students with knowledge and skills to prepare them for the future. DVA is leaps and bounds ahead of schools with technology integration programs nationally recognized by the Department of Defense and has state ratings of excellence. My kids are well prepared because of the staff at DVA, and I proudly speak of the positive things that DVA is doing for Yuma youth and the Yuma community. -Parent and teacher

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
I've known Desert View Academy since 2007 when my oldest child was enrolled as a 1st Grader and I still have 2 kids there. The teachers are amazing and have very interesting teaching methods which help my kids thrive and succeed academically. The principal is very professional, has very strong leadership traits and her office is always open to everybody. All staff of DVA make sure that all students are empowered with what they need to help them succeed and become good citizens in the future.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
My children have attended DVA for the past few years. My husband and I could not be happier with the wonderful education they are receiving. In addition to learning mathematics, reading, writing, science and history, my children are also learning how to be good people and make good choices. We could not be happier with the teachers, principal, assistant principal, office people, etc. Everyone at DVA is fantastic. If you get a chance to check out this school, do it. You won't be sorry.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2014
Desert View Academy is an amazing school!! I can not say enough wonderful things about the school! Have two children that go to DVA one of my kiddos has some special needs, I was extremely nervous about putting my child with special needs in a Charter School I was not sure if they would have the resources needed. Before placing my children at DVA I met with the Principle and the supportive staff, I left the meeting in tears, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy. They were so supportive and positive about having my child there. I knew there was no other school in Yuma that my kids should go to. I am very pleased with the education and attention both my kids get. The Principle is AMAZING!! She greets the kiddos with a hug, hand shake or high five every morning as they walk into school, she knows every student by name! To me that shows how much she cares about her students!!!! In the mornings there is staff that lines the walk way greeting the kids as well. This school takes pride in our kiddos education, they nurture our kids and encourage them to do their best!! Bottom line.....DVA is the best school in Yuma!!

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2014
Desert View Academy (DVA) is an outstanding school. Having taught for over a decade, I have been exposed to a plethora of school cultures and instructional ideologies. I have found that DVA is head and shoulders above other educational institutions. The success of the school can be attributed to committed leadership, dedicated staff, devoted parents, and focused students. Those four elements are entwined, so that the school environment is much like a family, with each member working toward the same goal, the success of all students. The school s curriculum is excellent, but it is how the curriculum is implemented that makes a difference and sets this school apart from others. At DVA, the faculty assesses each student, in order to determine his/her needs, and then, an individualized educational plan is put into action. With support like that, all students have equal opportunities for success. In addition to individualized instruction, students are also encouraged to become better citizens, as evidenced in the school s character-trait based practices. I highly recommend DVA, as the best school of choice in Yuma.

- submitted by a teacher

April 10, 2014
Exceptional school! Both of my children have attended this school since they where in kindergarten. My oldest child just left DVA last year and is in middle school now, making A's and B's...though there were struggles in reading and math. I credit DVA though the years building up my childs confidence and abilities. My youngest is about to leave DVA and I could not be more confident in how the next years will go. I have toured a couple of Yuma middle schools recently and when they found out my children attended DVA, both schools told me that they have always been pleased with how DVA students perform and their repectfulness for peers and staff. I am so grateful for our elementary years at DVA and feel I have given my children the best start to their future educational goals.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2014
This is a terrible school on many levels. If your child is a good student and a good test taker, he or she will do well at this school. Some of the teachers are competent however, some are marginal. Desert View Academy is only concerned with test scores and nothing else. The students spend a lot of time practicing for the AIMS Test. Do not waste your time sending your children to this school. When your child attends school somewhere other than Yuma, they will be behind. The principal is not to be trusted, she will say or do anything to protect her school and to keep her test scores high. If your child is having any problems, this is not the school for them. Test scores are the only thing this school is concerned about. If you want your children to get a poor education but have good test scores, then this is the school for you. They have minimal resources to offer students. Participation by parents in the PTO is simply a joke. The school, has to almost trick parents into attending PTO meetings. ATTEND AT YOUR OWN RISK, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!!!........

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2014
My children attended Desert View Academy and while I agree that the staff is not exactly A grade, everyone has also stated that the teacher quality is above standard. In Yuma we are not presented with many options and with so many substandard public schools, you have to know when to pick your battles. If you send your child to school in uniform everyday with the appropriate materials, you won't have to deal with the office staff! Our kids are not properly prepared for higher education in Yuma. The way to plan for this is to give them the best teachers possible with the most challenging curriculum that they can handle. Desert View Academy is one of the only public schools in Yuma where you will find this combination. There are two other schools in Yuma that make the grade but good luck with getting your children in to them.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2014
Thank you to all of you for your honesty, after reading all of the reviews and how horrible the staff there is, I'm glad that now after reading all this I will not be sending my kids to that school. Such a shame because it sounded like a really good school.

- submitted by a community member

November 08, 2013
My child attended DVA from Kindergarten to 6th grade. I am delighted on how the charter school offers encouragement and teach individually because every child has different needs. The school offers character education, and is well recognized for it. My son is now an AVID student, with AIMS scores that meets or exceeds performance levels. I would definitely recommend this school to parents that care for their child's educational and individual growth. :)

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2013
As a parent who was very concerned with the extremely poor education system in Yuma, Desert View Academy stands alone above the rest of the schools. The teachers are amazing and are always helping my children in the necessary areas. They also encourage them to succeed and improve. The school encourages and cultivates character development. It also offers computer, art, music and physical education to complete a well-rounded elementary program.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2013
I have two children that have attended Desert View Academy for the last three years, and I couldn t be happier with the school. It seems to get better and better each year. Every teacher we have had has encouraged my children and set them up to succeed from day one. They recognize their strengths and weaknesses in learning and work with them at their level so children aren t getting frustrated or discouraged or bored with the work. I love the incorporation of interventionist and small groups. In my first grader s class, if she does poorly on an assignment the teacher will sit with her and go over and correct every problem she missed and makes sure she understands the material. Both of my children are reading above their grade level. I continually see improvements in their work from week to week. Communication between the teachers and parents is great. Students bring home daily planners that let me know of any problems or events coming up. The school also uses Power House School online which allows me to check my children s assignments and grade. Any time I have had a concern or a problem I was able to email the teacher, and I quickly received a response that same day.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2013
My daughter has attended Desert View Academy the past three years. Each year she has had a great teacher. She has excelled in reading partially due to the great AR program this school offers. Each teacher has pushed her to do her best academically while encouraging her to demonstrate good character. This school also promotes the learning of technology. Her third grade classroom contained 15 computers which were used to effectively enhance learning. The Principal truly cares for the students and wants to help each child succeed. The smaller class size is a big plus for this school as well. Each classroom is capped at 25 students. This school has many great qualities.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2013
I cannot comment on other parents experiences, but I can give another prospective into Desert View Academy. I have 2 sons, now a 6th and 3rd grader, that have attended DVA since Kindergarten. My 2nd son was diagnosed as being ADHD in 1st grade. Instead of my child being ignored, Mr. Ogsden, Mrs. Ogsden, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Weigel and Ms. Sandy called a meeting and presented numerous techniques and ideas in order to help my son succeed. The teachers and staff know each child by name. They are aware of the students needs and education. The students successes are important to them. They are constantly striving to better their methods of teaching, improving our childrens future. They are setting in place a firm foundation of knowledge, respect, techniques of study, character building, methods of solving problems, responsibility in each of our children. Desert View Academy is a great school. I believe that Mrs. Weigel, the new principal since January 2013, will bring amazing contributions to the development and success of this school and our children.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
Almost every parent has a concern about this school's office staff. School's clerk is rude over the phone, inattentive, makes numerous mistakes, and never calls back if needed. They all seem careless about children's needs-color of the socks is more important than having lunch, children are working with lights off (supposedly they see the board better this way, and who cares if they develop vision problems after that). Every time there is a need to talk to an administrator or one of the ladies in the office the parents get some negative experience and it has just been worse with an administrator change in January. They have no fair rules they follow themselves, how dare they teach our kids character?

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
Desert View Academy offers students a safe place to grow, an excellent education, and an opportunity for success! In an area like Yuma where A rated schools are few and far between DVA is the number one choice if you are looking for A+ education. With the best State testing scores around, and a teaching staff that dedicates itself to its students you will not be disappointed. Students GROW academically at DVA and in a changing global economy that is what we NEED for our students. As a military family we move often and I can compare DVA to several school in many states, both public and private and my children are receiving some of the best educational opportunities around. I need my kids to be taught skills to excel not only on standardized tests, but also in life and DVA is rising to that challenge. The Odyssey of the Mind program at DVA, of which my son was a part of,challenged him to become a problem solver and went beyond textbook education (and they had two teams make it to state). The focus on technology integration at this school far surpasses other schools and they have plans to take it even further in the future.There is a wait list at DVA BECAUSE of the education kids get.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2013
The office staff are rude, incompetent and do not care about the children or the family. They seem to just want you out of their faces as quickly as possible. The new Principal Mrs. Weigal is nice but does not follow through and I question her integrity as she told me that she observed my child but actually did not. Mrs. Ogsden had an oppotunity to handle a situation truthfully but chose instead to back her questionable personnel when they were PROVEN completely wrong! She would not admit they were wrong and instead imposed a punishment on my child. I believe this school may have been an awesome choice years ago but I'm affraid that has changed in the past few years. There seem to be some decent teachers there but the leadership leaves much to be desired. Instead of trying to lead children to make better choices they issue warning tickets or move them to a seat by themselves alienating them. They say nice things about character importance but they really dont back them up with their actions. They talk down to the children and their parents as if we are not capable of understanding them and their highly evolved intellect. I don't recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2013
Desert View Academy is not the same school anymore, the office staff is rude and make you feel they are better than you, they do not have consistency in their rules to everyone equally. It is sad and frustrating as this has pushed me to choose a different school next year. On the other hand teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2013
Never send your child to Desert View Academy! I heard all about what a good school it is and was excited to send my child there. I got a very rude reality check; it is beyond terrible. The office staff will not work with you at all and seem to feel that they are better than you. There have been many incidents to include; not feeding children lunch, not making sure children drink enough water, leaving very young children at the bus stop alone at an unscheduled time and not notifying parents until afterward. I am outraged; it is disgusting that any school would place such little importance on the wellbeing of the children in their care. Even worse, is that they continue to tell parents how much they care about our children and what a safe environment they provide. I wish I had known the truth about Desert View Academy before I allowed my child to attend. This review is not a reflection of my opinion of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2012
great school, great teachers, great discipline. I have looked around carefully for schools, I can't say Yuma has many great choices, however we are extremely happy with our choice, they enforce whole brain teaching which is by far an amazing technique for learning. I have not encountered any problems with administration, in fact they have been very courteous and respectful. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2012
Love the school education and activities. My kids get a great education. No complaints there. Now the admin ladies that's a different story. Holy moly! I don't know how they have jobs. Those ladies that answer the phones and make calls to the parents missed the class on people skills. They seem to think that they are superior to all parents and that we need to kiss the ground they walk on. They are very short and just give the overall sense that they don't want to be there. It seems to be a consensus among other parents too. Otherwise great school if you can avoid the office staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2012
This review is about the office staff not the education because education at this school is 5 stars. The problem is with the ladies in the office, they are rude, disrespectful and unprofessional. They talk down to you they don't listen its their way or no way. They never smile frankly they need to take some character classes from Mrs. Carter. I have never seen an office staff like this if they are unhappy with their jobs then they need to find new ones. Mrs. Ogston is nice and I think thats the problem she is too nice she doesn't keep her office staff in check. I hope that the director Mr. Ogston will step in and fix this problem. It is horrible when you dread having to go into the office to speak with these ladies.

- submitted by a community member

March 12, 2012
We have had nothing but problems with the staff at this school. The second day of school our kindergartener got a note home from school that she was not participating enough in class. At that age, if she is not crying in a corner on the second day of school, she's doing great since she has likely never been away from her parents! My other child was yelled at by the librarian for not completing a book report type test after returning a library book, a test she was not told she had to take until after she was yelled at. At one point our son's entire class was given detention every day for 3 weeks! That is not an issue with the kids, that is an issue with the teacher's classroom management skills. After that we had a meeting with the entire 6th grade staff, the principal and character ed teacher. They assured us they would contact us on any issues with our kids. They informed us if my daughter wore the wrong color tights, or forgot lunch money, but then an incident happened where they failed to contact us. This incident is a huge deal to us, and they failed in a big way. We are appalled at how poorly they handled this, and highly recommend against sending your kids here.

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2012
Almost finished with this school year and I am fairly confident we will not be returning. I have no issues with the teachers and am satisfied with them. However, the office staff is by far THE worst I have ever had to deal with. I am appalled at their lack of respect when speaking with parents. Initially I chalked it up to a bad day. After almost 6 months, I feel justified in saying they're horrible. It would be beneficial to the parent-school relationship if these ladies would refrain from speaking down to the parent(s). I look forward to returning to the previous school. Where parents are treated with kindness, courtesy and respect.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2011
I have had my children enrolled in this school for the last five years. They loved it. We are moving and it feels like we are saying goodbye to family. We will miss Mrs. Carter's words of wisdom on student behavior. Mrs. Crystal's loving care for playground ochies. Mrs. Weigel's amazing teaching methods. Mrs. Oberjuerge's ability to make my son feel confident and her positive communication with his parents. Mrs. Lawrence for providing the intial teaching environment that made my daughter soar in the following years. Mrs. G for teaching my daughter and myself how to balance the pressures and stress of school work with a smile and a laugh. Mrs. Sandy for helping my son come out of his shyness. You all taught so much more than reading and math, you taught intergrity, confidence and life lessons that I appreciate. Thank you! Bus drivers you are the best. My kids loved riding home with you. To the office staff with the exclusion of Michelle, thank you for treating us with the upmost respect and for remembering my voice and who my kids were. I am amazed that you could do that rosa! We count ourselves lucky to have known you.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2011
RECOMMENDED!!! Ended up pulling my kids from Distrist One to DVA and we couldn't be happier. Best school that doesn't cost anything.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2011
We had a terrible experience at DVA. Our first year our child's teacher was completely imcompetent. My daughter watched a lot of TV. The second year, her teacher was much better, but the administration was very difficult to work with. There was a lack of professionalism to say the least. Having said that, I looked all over Yuma, and sadly, it is still one of the better options you have there. Things did improve when the director took over and the prinicpal left, but it is still a difficult situation.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2011
I REALLY RECOMENDED this school, before my children went to Crane Distric, and it is a HUGE difference between them. The teachers do their job in a excellent way, the kids are always learning and working. I love Character class, always teaching good behavior and good manners. The principal is very involved in everything. Almost all the parents assist to every event.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2010
DVA is an excellent school. The staff and teachers are wonderful and really care about the students and work hard for their success. My son is special needs and we have had a lot of difficulty finding a program that fits his needs, while also challenging him to be the best he can. We have been thrilled with the DVA staff and would not hesitate to recommend the school unequivocally.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2010
I too pulled my students from the school. Quality teachers left along with the principal, too bad. They really had something strong. I hope too, for the students' sake, that they pull themselves together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 11, 2009
this is a great school with great test scores

- submitted by a student

May 15, 2009
After being frustrated with the school system I sought out an alternative to the Public schools. DVA is what I found and I think it has been wonderful. In the regular schools, neither one of my children had a real teacher - they went through 3! temps in one year. My son was falling behind and you could see the pattern, everytime there was a new 'teacher', his grades would fall even further. We have had nothing but success at DVA. Yes there are fundraisers, but no more than a regular school, especially now with all of the budget cuts the other schools are doing. We had a big drive at the beginning of the year for things, but not the list that we got the two years we went to a regular public school. I am very happy with this school .

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2009
My son started Kinder at this school ('08-'09) with Mrs. Larson. She has been a great teacher this whole year. She has been very patient and understanding with my son. He is very shy and does not command attention, but she saw that he was excelling with his class/homework. She focused on keeping him challenged and working to get him more involved with the class. He is doing great and Mrs. Larson talks to me frequently about how he is doing, and I appreciate that open line of communication. I wish they had the funds for an afterschool program, and I'm not too fond of all the fundraisers. However, it's worth it for my son to excel in school and be in a safe, nurturing environment. Character classes have really reinforced good behavior and respecting others.

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2008
I used to like this school and have noticed how negative the administration is. I love my child's 5th grade teacher. She's new, fresh, vibrant and my child has never enjoyed school as she has now with Mrs. Stoermer. However, we could lose good teachers like her if the administration doesn't show more support and respect.

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December 16, 2008
My oldest daughter has attended DVA since kindergarten and I have been very please with the school. Then last year when my youngest child started kindergarten and it's just been one thing right after another. Over the past two years this school as decline in academics and staff. My youngest daughter struggles more than the average child and it's like the teacher has just given up on her. I am actually considering homeschooling my daughter now, because this is the best school supposely in Yuma. :O(

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2008
i will not recommend this school. I've observed the lack of compentence from administrators. Academics and disipline are not enforced which leads unreasonable procedures and guidelines. DVA does not promote a safe learning environment.

- submitted by a community member

April 22, 2008
My Daughter is in 1st Grade with Mrs. Johnson. She is amazing. My daughter has a thirst for reading and math now, something that was seriously lacking from our previous school. DVA has a strict dress code and uniform which we all really enjoy. Last year half the morning was spent on 'What to wear?' and 'Who's wear what?' In Kindergarden I could see this ego already developing, but here at DVA she is really free to just be herself. There are great activities and field trips. Volunteering for the school has really helped me build a better understanding of he schools inner workings. My Family Loves it!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2007
This is the best school in my area that can help with child with special needs. My daughter comes from a family with ADD and ADHD. My child is very hyper with a short attention span and is not on medication. Mrs. Neketin is the greatest and had the time to help with all the issues we had throughout the year she never failed us only made me and my child to be proud of the individual she is. Thank you for taking the time to teach us, we will never forget how you have changed our lives. The Button Family

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2007
My child is in Kindergarten at DVA with Mrs. Woody. She is very accessible to me. She has given school phone numbers, home phone numbers and her email to ensure that parents may reach her at any opportunity. I had an issue that I brought to her attention and she handled it quickly and professionally. Her relationship with my child is a positive mixture of being nurturing and strict. I like the school's character education classes and the zero tolerance policy. The school has many opportunities that parents can volunteer their time. The only con's of the school is that the parking lot is too small making dropping off and picking up your kids a barely controlled chaotic operation. The other is that the kindergarten class is only half day. Overall, the school is very good in my estimation.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2007
I totally enjoy this school. My children, who are in 1st and 3rd grade have awesome teachers. The contact between teachers and parents is wonderful, as is the academic curriculum. Both of my children are working academically far above the public schools in Yuma. The enviroment is safe and friendly and the office staff, especially Ms. Rosa, are wonderful to the children and parents alike. The afterschool program is stimulating and at the same time fun for kids. This school is a great example and should be followed by other schools in Yuma.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2007
I have two children in DVA. My children never come home where they are asking for money all the time. Every once awhile they come home with the usual fundraiser packets the same packets my son who goes to a public school comes home with. I also have to donate items and money to my son's public school for extra activities or field trips. The other money DVA asks for is for special reasons. Example Pennies for Patients. That just teaches your children to be caring and thoughtful to other people. They reward the children afterwards for doing a great job. I love that they are showing our children to be thoughtful responsible children. Way to go DVA. Staff keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2007
I am very disappointed with this school. My child has been attending DVA for 2 years and I wish I had simply placed him in a public school. Every time I check his backpack there are notes requesting money for something or a fundraiser. I am pulling my son out at the end of the year. I would never recommend anyone to send their children to this school.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2006
All the benefits of a private school without the tuition. Uniforms, character classes and small class size make this school ideal for my 3 kids. The character teacher is wonderful. She doesn't just teach them what good character is but why its important and how to apply it. My children are above their grade level in reading and can already speak simple phrases and count to 10 in German. I have spoken with the principal many times and found her to be easily accessible and attentive to my concerns. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2005
Great school. I liked the character class program and the believs the school offers the children.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2005
Not very happy with this school. The idea for the school is great, but sadly the leadership from the principal is making the schools problems worse. A few of the teachers are good, but most of them are teachers that couldn't get a job anywhere else. I wonder also about extracuricular activity, they always have fund raisers and yet never have money to take field trips.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2004
Excellent school.Our son began school there in the 4th grade. When he was tested out of 5th grade his reading and vocabulary level had increased two grade levels. They have a very caring staff and are interested in producing not only high academics but well rounded children whose character counts.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2004
Desert View Academy has grown tremendously over the past several years! Principal Yazzi brings a great wealth of knowledge and structure! I've seen a big improvement in so many students this year, not just my own child!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2003
My children have been attending Juniper Tree Acadamy, now called Desert View, for three years. The teachers are outstanding and very caring. In the past there were problems with the administration but that has changed now with a new principal that is experienced and has command presence. Granted the scores are low but alot of this has to do with the parents. It is the parent's responsibility to work with the child at home and naturally this is not being done. Parents in our society now believe it is the teachers responsibility to do it all. This includes not only the curriculum, but also teaching etiquette, manners, morals, etc. To a small degee this should be done, but the great majority responsibility relys in the home. I intend to have my children continue at Juniper Tree. The one really bad drawback for the school is that as of this year there is no band or orchestra. This is very bad for music and learning to play a musical instrument is very important for children in giving a full well rounded experience in life. Music is one very important aspect that the school administration is very lacking in seeing and needs to correct immediately.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
I love the personal interaction at Desert View Academy (formerly JTA). Weekly notes from the teachers and principal make for a very close-knit environment.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2003
My children have been going there for the last 3 years. The school is only 3years old. This past year has been the best educationally. Juniper Tree has finally gotten a Super Special Education Program- Better than the public schools in the area. Elementary Curiculum is wonderful. Jr High and High School needs much improvement. Hopefully next school year will see improvement in these grades 6-8 -discipline, curriculum, and student respect for their school.

- submitted by a community member

May 30, 2003
One of my children attended this school and it was a good experience for him but the other one was a total disaster. I feel it was the teacher who was pregtist. and wish I would of never heard of it for him the experience was awful.

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2003
My children have been attending JTA for 3 years. I am happy with the over all program. The principal and staff have helped when needed in all ways possible.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
The school is a good school overall. But, the administration is lacking. Parent and teacher involvement in the PTL is very low.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
I like the small size of the school which enables the students and teachers to build a better learning relationship. I like the principal; he is firm but more than willing to help with any concerns I have.

- submitted by a community member

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Desert View Academy
2363 South Kennedy Lane, Yuma, AZ  85365
(928) 314-1102
Last modified Desert View Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert View Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 93 reviews. Top