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601 East Belt Line Road
DeSoto, TX 75115

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(972) 223-0690
(972) 274-8156
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April 20, 2014
Great School love the Principal , hard working staff. I love isteam program. My child is doing great. Also the band, new dance group, and our PTA feel really a part of the school . Thank you.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
DeSoto East Middle School is the only school in District that has the highest scores for STAAR. The principal is working hard to make sure this school is always on the top. I have read some posts that do not like the school or the principal. It is only my opinion but if you don't like working at East Middle School or like the principal, leave. Why waste your time. You won't be missed.

- submitted by a community member

September 13, 2013
Obviously the principal or her secretary wrote the positive reviews. No teacher at East would say Donna Blackburn is a great principal. If she was so great why does se have the highest turnover in the district? Why did 16 teachers leave this year eventhough she tried to block some by giving negative references or simply not calling back. She spends 95% of her time sitting in her office on the computer. The only time she is in the hallway is if central office comes by. She has a girl club at school that she chooses by hair length and skin color.....the longer the hair and lighter the skin the better for her. Isteam.....lol don't get confused that's a smoke screen I wouldn't put my dog in there. Blackburn should not be a principal, she things she has Dr Harris in her corner so now she thinks she can do anything. I have one more year and I'm done with school and done with Desoto East.

- submitted by a teacher

August 23, 2013
Great!!! We are now a magnet school for the very intelligent students in our south Dallas area. East Middle School is one of very few schools to win two distinctions in the 2013 school year.

- submitted by a teacher

August 23, 2013
my school is awesome. we have a iSTEAM academy. my principal is the greatest. DeSoto East!

- submitted by a teacher

October 18, 2009
This school is on the cutting edge of instruction and curriculum. The administrators are very thorough, organizes, personable, and effective. The students are awesome! The school is very structured and energetic...focused on exemplary rating.

- submitted by a community member

October 11, 2009
i think it is a great school with nice teachers and most nice students.i love going to school everday now.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 29, 2009
This school is horrible! Ms.Nevels worries about the wrong things. Instead of worrying about our test scores she worries about our dresscode. We are very unorganzied. They pick at the littlest things.The teachers don't teach anything at all.

- submitted by a student
no rating
July 29, 2008
East is a wonderful school and I am proud to have worked with the administrators and staff. As teachers we work each day to make sure our students learn what they need to succeed in school and in life. We are raising tomorrows lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, etc. I saw many role models which is what the students at East need. To have a very positive and strong principal like Mrs. Freeling was like sprinkles on top of the cake. She motivated us each day and she was very easy to talk to, that is what we want in a leader. East has gone through some changes and have lost some really good teachers but have also gained some better ones. I am proud to say that I will always consider East my home. Room 202 (2007-2008)

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
January 04, 2008
The school atmosphere is very thick. I used to enter the school and the teachers looked happy, now they all look dull. It is as if they are just there. The principal seems to be really worried with how things look; this is really upsetting.

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2007
Great school. The students are working hard and the staff cares about the students.

- submitted by a teacher

December 20, 2006
East is improving with the princpal Ms.Donna S. Freeling But she as well seems too concered with behavior issues and sports.

- submitted by a student

July 29, 2006
east has not gotten the reputation it deserves it has made recognizable strides in many areas academically as well as extra-curicular. the principal is one the districts best at motivating kids as well as teachers. the school has had the teacher of the year in science and math 2 years in a row with one of the best math instructors in the districts. comments negative to the school don't help change the way things are stacked against the school. the school manages more of the lower SES students than its counter part and has the least to work with in terms of support. parent involvement has to step up to change this. my kids attend and east proudly and they have been served well. parents sometimes want to be a smaller part of the process but want to complain the most. its getting better, bring your kids you'll see

- submitted by a teacher

February 24, 2006
I am very unhappy with this school. As for sports, the school holds this in high regards and only the best of the best will be able to play. Side note, be sure you are informed of all dates or you and your child will lose. I strongly urge parents to stay out of desoto isd schools if you are concerned about academics and your childs future.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2005
East Junior High was poorly managed from the principal to the teachers. Not all of the teachers was bad, but most was only interested in policing the school instead of teaching. The principal was terrible. She spent her time trying to find bad things on the students instead of motivating them to become good scholars. She was not fair with her methods of punishment. She had different rules for some students than others and admitted to this. The one bright things is that the school district have a new superintendant and he seems to want to put the students first.

- submitted by a parent
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Desoto East Middle School
601 East Belt Line Road, DeSoto, TX  75115
(972) 223-0690
Last modified Desoto East 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.
Desoto East Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top