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Desert View Academy

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 10, 2014

Desert VIew Academy is a wonderful school. The staff is top notch and they ALL go above and beyond for students. Each student is treated as an individual and as a result, each student thrives and grows. The fact that the school focuses on character traits, in addition to curricula, is a tremendous bonus. I highly recommend this school and I have only praises about its staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted February 3, 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.


Posted November 8, 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 6, 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.
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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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89%

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87%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
60%

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76%

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68%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
78%

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71%

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75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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89%

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91%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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60%

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65%

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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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 42%
White 43% 42%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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