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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have to admit that the school administration has hit a bump in the road without proper leadership from a formal school principal. I have seen an attitude with some of the staff as taking liberties and having a false sense of power without a cat around to keep watch on the house. To remedy the situation, parents might think about sending a note to the owner of the school and requesting that a school principal be put in place. There can't be an improvement without voicing your concerns to the proper party. With that being said, the most important thing is the education that our children are receiving. Desert View provides a far superior academic program to that of any elementary school in Yuma and has the track record to prove it. There is also a better class of students due to the Character Education Program and the parent envolvement that exists and you might want to factor that in before you decide to pull your student. There is a reason why Desert View has a waiting list while other schools are scrounging for enrollment.
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.
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.
RECOMMENDED!!! Ended up pulling my kids from Distrist One to DVA and we couldn't be happier. Best school that doesn't cost anything.
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.
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.
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