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Desert Sage Elementary School

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Posted February 5, 2014

I feel like my children are accepted but I don't feel like they take any extra steps to accommodate attention issues. The primary accommodation is to accept work late without penalty. I would like to see more pro active supports to help them get the work completed in the first place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

Our family debated over Swallows Charter Academy and Desert Sage. We decided on Desert Sage primarily due to their solid core education and security protocol. Swallows lacked the supervision for young elementary children, while Desert Sage puts an absolute emphasis on preventing any random individuals from entering the school or one's child from being taken after school from unauthorized people. Both my wife and I desired a suitable public education program that would lead our children to success come college; we're already seeing amazing results reaffirming the teachers' abilities with their curriculum to lead the youngsters to any academic based dream imaginable. They provide P.E and music which adds to the well roundness. Also the Principal is both personable and involved which adds a ton to the environment..all in all my wife and I have been thoroughly impressed...and we expect a lot out of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

My daughter started kindergarten here. I was very displeased with the fact that parents were stopped at the doors and not allowed to drop the children off at their classroom. The pick up was even more displeasing. Not only did they place several children on wrong buses, they also placed children on buses that were pick up only, my child was almost one of them fortunately we got there before that could happen. The pick up was suppose to be secure, not a single person asked for id and my child was able to leave the first day with no questions asked. This happened the year before to a friend we thought was an isolated incident however learned very quickly that was untrue. This happened last year and the first two days of school this year. Very unhappy with the lack of safety for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2012

I am not sure the person posting about the kindergartener and dismissal is posting about the right school. ???We are at the school quite a bit as volunteers so we do see much and they have one of the strictest dismissal processes that I have seen. Albeit, it's a fairly new process but we are used to it and the kids are safe so it's worth the effort.There are consistenly crossing guards at all three crosswalks before and after school. I too have a kindergartener and have never witnessed her or any of them unattended outside or anywhere else.I help in the K classroom at least once per week so pretty much first hand knowledge on what's going on. We did have sub for about 9 weeks while teacher out on maternity leave. I don't know if that would be referred to as switching classes. It was not ideal but life happens and the kids seemed to handle the transition pretty well. The principal is caring and has an open door policy. I find it hard to believe that if she were aware of any of these issues, she wouldn't be involved trying to do something. Might be worth a call to the 'right' person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

I was not pleased at all when my kindergartener was switched around in classes, assigned to a temp/sub teacher until they figured out a better solution and we ultimately moved him to another school in the district. Also, at the beginning of afternoon kdg class the children were forced to stay outside and on 2 occasions I was the only adult monitoring the children because the teachers for the afternoon class were still on their "lunch break". These are 5 year olds left unattended outside! Completely unacceptable and most of these kids got off a school bus so their parents are not even aware of the situation. The bus driver would actually walk them into the lobby and someone inside the school would scoot them back out the door. At the end of the day the car riders are just turned loose and it is complete chaos to say the least. People crossing in front of cars, no cross guard, cars going around each other and kids runing wild. Glad we changed schools, best decision we ever made for our child's education and safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

I love that the staff involve the parents with our childrens education. They all make sure that all students achieve to their personal best at everything inside and outside of school. I really love Mrs. Anna Roman she is a very structured teacher and she always knows what is going on with her students in and out of school. She even shows up to the kids personal things outside of school. I have been to plenty of district 60 events and i must say that the children in district 70 shine way above these other kids in education and their behaviors. I am very happy to have both my children going to district 70 schools. Im a district 60 graduate and i wish i would have been able to attend 701 when i was younger i feel the education that my children are receiving is 100% better than district 60.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

my grands attended the school, was pleased with teachers and rules of the school. better education then district 60
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers and students are extraordinary!!


Posted February 24, 2004

We moved here from Nebraska last October and I couldn't be more pleased with this school system. They have gone out of their way to make sure my daughter (4th Grader) was comfortable and adjusted well to her new surroundings. The curriculum has been well planned and the homework (sometimes hefty) is valuable and not a waste of time. Newer school that is starting to become over populated but with re-districting this summer, should return to more of a normal attendance. All in all, a school who cares for its students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female74%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Reading

All Students82%
Female82%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Writing

All Students39%
Female41%
Male38%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Reading

All Students76%
Female84%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students45%
Female58%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Science

All Students56%
Female57%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Writing

All Students67%
Female87%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 56%
Hispanic 41% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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935 South Palomar Dr
Pueblo West, CO 81007
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