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Desert Sage Elementary School

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Posted June 13, 2014

When my son first started attending this school (2011/2012), I didn't like it at all. The teachers seemed nervous of parents and the staff were stand-offish. This year - the 2013/2014 school year - seemed a lot better, but I can't tell if it was just that my son had a very good teacher. She made sure that her student's parents were kept in the loop... not just about what was happening in the class, but also what was happening in the school, too. This school has average-to-high student:teacher ratio. My son's second grade class had a 20:1 ratio. That ratio was higher in previous years. I feel that Desert Sage has a lot of great ideas (as far as special needs, support for multi-lingual families, and extra-education opportunities), they just need better execution within those ideas. Desert Sage is still rather young, as schools go (it opened at the beginning of the 2006 - 2007 school year), so I think there's still a lot of need for more growth and progress within its system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

This school has a terrible special needs program as well as inconsiderate and rude teachers. When a parent has to request homework for their child and you are told that by the teacher that she is too busy then that is a problem. I would not recommend this school to anyone who has special needs children or typical children. The teacher student ratio is horrible and children are not getting the time required to obtain a good education. The communication from teachers to parents is very insufficient.
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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.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 83% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 90% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 80% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students64%
Female74%
Male55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
American Indiann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Special education18%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
American Indiann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Special education46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)43%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
American Indiann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)67%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students75%
Female79%
Male73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
American Indiann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
American Indiann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)71%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students67%
Female65%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Special education20%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female54%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Special education13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)39%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Special education47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)42%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female47%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Special education20%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 78%
Hispanic 17% 16%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Theory

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Music
  • Theory
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Boise, ID 83709
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