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Desert Sage Elementary School3
Posted February 03, 2015
- a parent
Ms. Ricketts is a nice kindergarten teacher and all of the duties are nice, especially Ms. Bell. There are 25 kids to one teacher in my son's class, so things do(understandably) get missed from time to time. The front office staff, however, are not very nice. Every time I've had a question or concern, they've been rude. Brushing me aside as quickly as possible. It makes me feel defensive and I try my best to avoid them. The school seems to be lacking in structure and communication. The location is convenient and the building and grounds are nice. Principle Hahle is very nice and seems driven to bring the schools ratings up and tries to please everyone.
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.
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.