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About This School

Desert Sky Middle School is a public middle school in Glendale. The principal of Desert Sky Middle School is Don Morrison. 740 students attend Desert Sky Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 2% of the Desert Sky Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 740 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Sky Middle School is 22:1. Canyon Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 77%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 22% 15%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 0.9%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 23%
Limited English proficiency 2% 5%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    DSMS is the school that prepares middle school students to be successful their future. The curriculum is rigorous and meaningful and prepares these young students with the tools needed for the 21st century.

  • (2 years ago)

    Desert Sky Middle School is a great place for student learning. We are happy to be able to send our second child to DSMS. The teachers and staff provide students with the confidence to move into a high school setting. Our oldest son went on to high school with the knowledge and confidence needed thanks to the education he received while at DSMS.

  • (2 years ago)

    Desert Sky is a great place for students to take the next step in there way to the future. I am happy to live in an area that requires students to move into a middle school versus K-8 and happy that Desert Sky is the school. The teachers and staff members give the students the opportunity to learn and grow both academically and personally. It's a great school to prepare kids for the future rigor of high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Desert Sky Middle School is a great place to learn! Teachers and staff believe that ALL students can learn and support the needs of every child.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is very happy at Desert Sky loves his teachers etc. My only complaint is also the busing..my son has to ride his bike across 2 major intersections 43rd ave and 51st ave because we are 1 block outside of the 'approved' busing area..the bus stop is 4 houses away from mine it is complete idiocy.

  • (4 years ago)

    Don't judge a book by it's cover- This school isn't as nice on the outside as some newer schools in the district but accademically it is a really good school. They could use a little more remodeling to make the outside look a bit attractive but all in all it is a good school and my kids have been very happy here. The only gripe I have with this school and most schools in the deer valley school system is the busing problem. My child who is an 8th grader has to walk well over a mile to school. There really needs to be more buses in the school district just for safety reasons. The last school she was at in deer valley the k-6 graders at some schools can take the bus but not the 7th and 8th graders.

  • (8 years ago)

    They're academic program is very good. My Daughter enjoyed her 2 yrs in the Grizzly core. They have a variety of exploratories and after school sports. The teachers are really involved. Parents enjoy sports and music programs.

  • (8 years ago)

    I would not suggest this school until some changes are made with the administration (Principle Asst. Principle.)

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has no order organization or accountability for their students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Not enough teacher/parent communication.... Less than happy with the P.E. program- Some teachers are 'immature' and act more like one of the students than a teacher....

  • (8 years ago)

    Our third child is an 8th grader followed two older siblings through. PE dept has always been great but sports teams have gone downhill over last few years lots of turnover in coaches. Academically all of our kids have done well DSMS prepared them for HS and college. Recent loss of longtime top notch principal and key faculty and rumored loss of more key faculty means the replacements will have to prove themselves.

  • (8 years ago)

    Poor math teachers. Sports are so so. Music sounds great teacher .... not involved with parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    No parent involvment; strict unfair teachers; horrible sports teams.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has done more than I would expect to help my son succeed in his education. The music program is second to none.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great School... Great Teachers... Great Counselors... Great Music Program

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm trying to read the reviews. I've given a review for two other schools. My child will be going to this school starting this year.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have an ADHD child who is currently between his 7th and 8th grade school years. He was helped tremendously by his core teachers. They provided frequent contacts to me both positive and negative information. They seemed to have my child's best interest always as a priority. The curriculum was challenging for him but I was given information and ways to help him.

  • (10 years ago)

    My stepdaughter started attending Desert Sky after spending time in remedial classes before coming to live with us. During her 2 years at DS she was on the honor roll student council chorus cheerleading had wonderful and meaningful classes and much more. I wish we didn't move from this district.

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