We are new to Desert View Academy, and are very pleased to be here. The Principal greets the students at the gate every morning with a smile and a handshake, and the students seem genuinely glad to be at school. We were concerned about some bullying that had happened at our prior school, so we met with the Principal, and she took the time to explain how the students are taught about respect and that bullying would not be tolerated at DVA. Our child has made friends, and looks forward to going to school each day. Thanks to DVA, our child is free to learn in a positive, caring environment. This is the school to choose if you want your child to be safe and successful.
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!
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 :)
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.
We move a lot and I was very nervous coming here, because I heard about Yuma's educational system and I had not heard good news. My kids started at one school and we were not happy so moved them to DVA. The teachers at DVA are outstanding. They really care about the kids and do their best. My complaints are with Resource and the staff managing the school. If your child has special needs, this is not the place to send them. The resource teachers seem to change alot and must not be given good guidance or not qualified to teach special needs. There were so many teachers and staff let go this year, my children were upset. I am glad they weren't in sixth grade because three were let go without a reason given to the parents! That tells me there is an internal problem. I heard from a friend that there was an overworked single teacher left to teach them. There will not be sixth grade next year, maybe they are cleaning house? The teachers seem unhappy and stressed. I am worried about my two children being there next year,after AIMS testing my children spent the rest of the year playing at school. Seems like the quality education led up to AIMS and stopped.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!!
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