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Desert Hills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 557 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2011:
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Posted December 16, 2013

Very poor administration. Open door policy is a joke and nonexistent. Bullying is a huge problem at this school and forget having administration deal with this seriously. Unfortunately when talking to other parents with the same issues, they all say that they had to end up moving schools. What a shame that we as parents have to search out a good school for our kids instead of the school trying to work with us and find solutions for our kids. The person suffering the most from this school is my child and it breaks my heart to see it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

Teachers are great. Some seem to be overwhelmed at times. But overall they put the students first. Administration is poor. Landscaping around the building and playgrounds is abysmal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

We have been parents at Desert Hills Elementary school for 6 years, and it has been great experience. They have had great teachers every year, and thanks to them, they get high scores on their tests. My kids also enjoy school very much, which is icing on the cake. The only problem that I have are some parents who aggravate any displeasure they have and unfortunately can foster and exacerbate an environment of discontent and mistrust. Those parents should work with the admin rather than working against them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

When my child started Kindergarten here, her academic "scores" on the tests to see where she is, were below the average. Now in the second grade, she is above average on reading and where she needs to be in math. I credit this to the teachers and the "response to intervention" (RTI) that they use at Desert Hills. It has worked wonderfully for her. And she enjoys going to school every day on top of that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2012

Sure it's easy to give the school a 5 star rating if your kid performs well academically. But if you have a child with special educational needs, then I absolutely cannot and will not recommend this school. We have waited for years to have my child evaluated. The teachers have been supportive and done their part to help, but the administration is completely useless. And if your child has been the victim of one of the many Desert Hills Bullies, then I wish you all the best with getting that resolved. I have had to go in personally to take care of the bullies. I'm tired of promises and complacency on the part of the Desert Hills staff in regards to my child's education and needs. I'm headed into the LCPS Superintendant's office tomorrow. And I should have done this a long long time ago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2012

I agree with many of the posts regarding Desert Hills. I too specifically moved into this school district so that my son could attend Desert Hills. I absolutely give the teachers the kudos in this school....and a major thumbs down to the administration. The teachers work hard with the resources that they are given...which is not much. The principal is more concerned with the "A" rating recently given to the school by the state (which is not saying much considering)....and pays little or no attention to the parents and kids who are actually having issues with Bullying at the school. The parents are NOT encouraged to voice their opinions to the administration....and are actually discouraged from meeting with the principal all together. Although the principal claims that the school has an anti bullying policy, from the issues I have seen, the kids are simply dismissed and labeled as "bad kids." This is such an unfortunate situation, as these kids are young and so impressionable, who need guidance and and support, especially from school. The principal needs to reevaluate her priorities and begin dealing with the issues that are affecting the students on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

Very disappointed in our experience with this school. I agree with other reviewers that discipline is very poor and there is a lack of willingness to address real problems with behavior that borders on unsafe. Front office and the administration were really very unwelcoming and unpleasant. All this fosters a tense relationship with parents and is a disservice to the community that these public employees serve. As well staff is negative, label children easily and demonstrate few skills or willingness to solve basic and common problems encountered in elementary education. We moved out of the district for this reason and have been so happy and appreciative of our current public school, where we have encountered an environment that inspires and is caring. Desert Hills is an institution in need of help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

We had a very disappointing experience at this school. There are some very good teachers. But we believe leadership is subpar at this school. After rounds of problems and contacting district administrators we transferred our kids out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

Moved to our current neighborhood based on the rating Desert Hills received. A HUGE disappointment to say the least. No structure, very little organization at the kinder level. The office staff is not helpful or pleasant to deal with. We found out our child was taking the two week long State exams the Tuesday after they started rather than being notified weeks prior to help our child study and be prepared. The teacher of our child had very clear 'favorites' in the class....our child was not one of them. Teachers and assistants are not properly trained/educated in how to discipline; whenever we queried about the circumstances of an incident, we could not get any explanation of what the teacher actually saw...or if they even saw said incident. Looking into private schools around the area. I do not recommend this school to newcomers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Moved into the area and saw that this school rated as one of the best in the area and we moved to our neighborhood to be in the school district. The teachers & administration have been below average. The office is never pleasant to deal with. My daughters reading level dropped after the first 6 months at this school. We are switching schools after this school year is over to see if we can find a better environment with better leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

This is a wonderful school. I have 3 children at Desert Hills. The teachers are wonderful. I have seen other schools and would say that I would never move my kids to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

I recently moved here and checked ratings for the area and showed Desert Hills to be the #1 school here for k-5. I am quit disappointed in what the area considers as a 9 in the rating scale. I have two children attending this school. Hope things will change for the sake of the children. Maybe I am being unfair by comparing this system with a different school system and its just not in the same category. There isn't much structure here, and there is no discipline for the protection of the other students. They may have rules and regulations but they are not being applied here at this school like they should be. The teachers don't seem to have a good concept of teaching skills or using different teaching techniques to get to the children attention to understand what it is there trying to teach them. concerned parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

I have 4 kids here and we couldn't be happier. We have run into 1 bad teacher but the vice principal switched my child from the class as soon as my husband and I talked to her about it. All of the other teachers have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

Excellent school, dedicated teachers, kind and always helpful staff, all my three children love everything about this school. Very safe environment. Parking needs improvement. Especially on event days, it is impossible to find parking. But definatelly not worth fuzzing over. Happy children = good grades = happy moms = happy staff and teachers. That's how I see it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

My son went to part of kindergarten and all of first grade at Desert Hills. His teachers have been great; dedicated, skilled and kind. The atmosphere at the school is positive and there are lots of field trips, special community projects and hands on learning available to the students. A terrific school! Paula C., a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

I am the grandmother of a new Kindergarden child. The first time we walked in, a group of teachers were talking in the the hall. All three stopped to help us and welcome my grandaughter, the office was helpful and friendly, the teacher outstanding..wow..are we lucky to be at Desert Hills. My grandaughter loves it! (me too!)


Posted April 28, 2004

My daughter is in fifth grade this year and she has been going to Desert Hills Elementary for 4 years now. I believe that this is by far the best elementary school in the district. The teachers care, the principal cares and the moral at this school cannot be beat!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 51% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

129 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

128 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities40%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female85%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students58%
Female51%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities14%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities29%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 51% 58%
White 37% 25%
Asian 5% 1%
Black 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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