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6-8
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 823

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12900 Dessau Road
Austin, TX 78754

(512) 594-2600
(512) 594-2605
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June 03, 2014
The staff and faculty at this school are apathetic and they simply do not care. They will do whatever takes the most minimal effort and they will throw everything off on the parents (or someone else). These are mostly low income needy kids who would thrive if someone just cared about them and took a little extra effort to help them along. These teachers give all teachers a bad name. There are very few who care at all. Hopefully, the new Principal can change that. Until then, your student will have a rough time here unless you are very very active and if you are like most parents in this area, you probably don't have the time to be so.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
The school was amazing great avid program A very well educated school I will never leave the area

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
Excellent school very well educated the school is very nice and orderly I just love the school no bad comments

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
I am pulling my son out of this school and am putting him in private. My son tells me everyday about the things he experiences here and it amazes me. I feel sorry for the students that HAVE to stay that aren't a part of the problem. There are so many problem students attending this school and the "good" students are having to endure the results of the "bad" students problem "homelives". It is really sad. I went up to the school and spoke with the administration and even they told me they have never seen a class like this EVER in all the years they have been teaching. It is bad....really bad. My son has come home two times within the past two weeks crying. I'm OVER THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2009
Thank God my son was only stuck there for one year ('08-'09). There was horrendoulsly little communication from admin to staff, less from staff to students and none from staff to parents. The band program was draconian (wanted my son to go to a clinic at UT on a Sat instead of taking his only chance to visit a relative whom he hadn't seen in 3 years and dinged his grade when I refused to permit him to go). A miserable experience for both my son and his teacher mom. Done public and private--Worst Experience EVER!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2009
This is an OK school I just know that theirs better out there. I can say we're great in the sports area, the extra-curricular. We (7th grade) also have the highest cba and taks scores out of all the other PISD middle schools. I have to go to the Westview middle school for my last year of middle school because of a rezoning policy. However, I'd rather stay at dessau, moving for the last year to me is pointless i guess but i guess We'll see! :|

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2009
I am so pleased to have a student and DMS. The teachers are amazing at adapting teaching methods to a wonderfully diverse group of students. Any discipline problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Truly dedicated teachers and staff create wonderful learning opportunities for the kids. Excellent drama, band and Kickstart programs. You may think you want to live in a swankier area of Pflugerville, but that is too bad, because THIS is the school you should want your kids to attend. (Not five stars because the office staff could be a little friendlier.)

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2009
As a student, I'm trying to base this off of the school only and not the people I'm around with. Overall, DMS is average school, great bands (*very prideful of them*), great KickStart program, intelligent students (we won the UIL!)... But the school spirit is lacking in some places and getting through the hallways is scary (running, pushing, cramped places, and those annoying moments when a arrogant 8th grader walks extremely slowly in front of you while you're trying to get to class). There isn't much encouragement to the whole school and the broadcasts that send daily news are coming apart. We need to become stronger, DMS!

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2008
I volunteer on the PTO so I'm around the school often. I am quite surprised at how wonderful the staff, parents and students are to work with. I had heard things about the school which did not reflect a good reputation from years past, however, I would have to disagree with all that I heard. I have no issues with the school or staff. I find DMS a great place to be. Also, the teachers have been wonderful and the communication is great!!! What a change a couple of years can make!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2008
Since the new principal took over last year, the scohol has seen a huge improvement in nearly very respect. The kids seem happier, the teachers seem happier and I've not heard any complaints. I agree the school was horrible under the previous administrator, but it just goes to show that that the right person in the right job can truly make a difference, as it apparently has with DMS. School spirit is very high and I think we will continue to see the results in the form of better grades and higher passing rate. Go Diamondbacks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2008
My son attends Dessau Middle School and I have been very pleased with the teachers and staff. While I am sure that every middle school will have it's issues due to the changes that are experienced by children at this age, it is obvious that the teachers and staff are doing everything they can to ensure that our children have a positive middle school experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2008
Things have definately improved with the new principal. Great job!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I am very excited about all the new changes that are going on with this school....Very excited for my son starting 6th grade this fall.

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December 10, 2007
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August 29, 2007
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August 02, 2007
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May 05, 2007
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February 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2006
It is a cold environment.

- submitted by a staff
July 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2006
Im sorry but this school was bad! And there are alot of

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2005
This is my son's second year at Dessau Middle School. 6th grade was an experience, I chalk it up to him just getting out of elementary. This year 7th grade should tell all. I am excited for my son.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
some of the rules are superficial, teachers are very good, has an awsome band program, coaches are a bit scary and overbearing

- submitted by a student
no rating June 15, 2005
Administrative staff is excellent! Very helpful!

- submitted by a teacher
April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
My 2 boys are no longer attending this school. The administration is disrespectful to parents and children.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2004
We have two children currently attending Dessau Middle School, and will be moving after this year. There are a number of very good teachers, however, the administration is very disorganized, do not identify with the children, and worry more about assigning blame than finding a solution to a problem. If a change in leadership does not occur in the school quickly, this school will continue its spiral out of control. I for one am not going to wait around for this school to be 'fixed', while my children's education suffers. Although we love our neighborhood, we will be moving to the Leander ISD just as soon as we can get our house sold.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
My son has been at this school for the second year and frankly, it always seems very disorganized, some of the staff and teachers seem very combative and very much into placing blame more so than helping. On the other hand, there are several teachers who are the exact opposite, very courteous, friendly and eager to help. Because the school is so new, I think it will improve as it get more experienced staff who are more comfortable/knowledgable in their positions.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
The school was great until Ms. Monzingo took over. She inspires nothing in the kids. No school spirit, no pride, nothing. What could have been an awesome school, has become kind of a ghetto school from lack of leadership and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
The school has good afterschool programs and various athletic programs. I think the teachers in some cases could do more to help the students with academics and commenting on the students progress.

- submitted by a parent
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Dessau Middle School
12900 Dessau Road, Austin, TX  78754
(512) 594-2600
Last modified Dessau Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dessau Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top