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Desert Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 556 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 26, 2013

Ms. Mesina and her class helper are great. My son has learned so much from her class and she is exceptionally kind. My son is now ready for kindergarten. My son can now write every letter in the alphabet because Ms. Mesina has worked with him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

TThe teachers at this school have always been helpful and devoted to their students. I have a problem with the principals decision to keep the playgroud locked after school hours and throughout school breaks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

The office staff are extremely pleasant, as is the principal.The special ed department is the best I've encountered. More specifically Mrs. Metzger,an amazing human being. She's a true asset.She helped my autistic son become communicative through sign language and helped him learn to speak. He can now identify all his letters,colors,shapes,numbers-100 and knows songs and nursery rhymes, he even socializes with children. All of this in approximately 7 months time. From non verbal and multiple meltdowns to the wonderful little smart boy he is today. The environment in her classroom is full of fun and energy but still structured enough to help a special needs child thrive to the fullest. She and her aid, Ms. Heather are phenomenal people and I am very grateful to have had them in my life. Even after we moved and our son encountered problems with his new classroom Mrs. Metzger went above and beyond the duties of any teacher, let alone a former teacher, to ensure I had every opportunity afforded to me to make sure my child was put into a new school better suited and more safe for my son. Bravo for setting such an excellent example of what a school should be like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2011

I have four children attending this school. Mrs. Daniels (pre-k) is exceptional and many of the teachers are passionate about teaching and it shows in my children's learning and their ability to partner with us as parents. However, too much emphasis was placed on the students with regard to the CRT's. For example, my child, who has a reading disorder became unduly stressed days before the test stating that he would be "held back" should he not do well. His teacher even admitted she "told all the students this" to "help them understand how important the test is". Discipline does not support the district mission statement and administration did not partner with us with respect to our children's learning needs. Also, two teachers out of the four returned phone-calls while the other two did not. If your children attend this school, make certain you know your rights and responsibilities as a parent and assert them effectively or lest you'll end up feeling powerless and walked on while your child pays the price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

My niece has done tremendously well at this school. the staff is positively involved and has become an overall happy experiece for her. My sister loves the teachers and looks forward to her attending her next year.


Posted December 19, 2007

My 4 year old entered the pre-k class through child find. She has excelled tremendously since entering this class with Ms. Daniels . There needs to be more teachers like her who take the time and care about each child individually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2007

Has been below average for 2 years running
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

Mrs. Metzger and Mrs. Gina are fabulous teachers! My Son is in the Strategies Program as my Son has Autism. They are caring and loving to my Son, patient with new parents like me who have a tendency to be too involved (if there is such a thing).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2006

my, now four year old, started the pre-k program at desert heights and has excelled ever since. the teachers are wonderful and very good at what they do. excellent office staff as well very helpful. nb in reno
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 70% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
31%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female55%
Male64%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch60%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant59%

Reading

All Students50%
Female46%
Male55%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch50%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Not migrant50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female48%
Male54%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian46%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch51%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant52%

Reading

All Students57%
Female57%
Male57%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian64%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch55%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female44%
Male33%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian45%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch38%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities47%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Not migrant39%

Reading

All Students49%
Female53%
Male46%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian65%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch48%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant49%

Science

All Students41%
Female42%
Male39%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian65%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch39%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Female46%
Male41%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian52%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch43%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities51%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant43%

Reading

All Students69%
Female81%
Male59%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian65%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch69%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 42% 39%
White 42% 39%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Black 4% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 6%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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13948 Mt. Bismark St
Reno, NV 89506
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