School Details

Desert Valley Elementary School

12901 N 63rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85304
(623) 486-6000
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 570 students 16 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

78%
75%
69%
76%
85%
78%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
68%
62%
92%
82%
75%
78%
68%
58%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
67%
63%
93%
83%
80%
58%
54%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
67%
61%
87%
85%
80%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
72%
64%
89%
90%
86%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
68%
59%
77%
76%
70%
69%
67%
63%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Valley Elementary School is a public middle school in Glendale. 570 students go to Desert Valley Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 4% of the Desert Valley Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 41% of the 570 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Valley Elementary School is 16:1. Marshall Ranch Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 59%
Hispanic 24% 29%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Asian 0.8% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 38%
Limited English proficiency 4% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is by far the BEST school any of my children have attended! The warm feeling when you walk in is AWESOME - those front office ladies are THE BEST!! Teachers go above and beyond to help students and parents. The administration is very helpful too! (Administrators are quite busy but will always return a call respond to email or you can schedule an appointment to speak with them directly.) I love that it is a smaller school then most others that gives it a real "community feeling". Desert Valley gets an A+ EXCELLENT rating from me!!! Thank you for taking care of my child and helping him be the best he can be. He finished 8th grade now but I will continue to tell others how awesome DV is! Now to address some of the negative reviews I know that a few people have had bully issues it happens everywhere but more often then not it is because their child never speaks up! (There are state mandated rules and guidelines that must be followed before a student can be kicked out of a school for bullying - One report is not enough. One report gets the bully suspended but repeated offenses are dealt with harshly at DV.)

  • (1 year ago)

    We transferred our child to the school after friends recommended it to us. Bullying is prevalent at the school and no one seems to do anything about it. When bullying is reported both the bully and the student victim receive the same punishment. There is little or no supervision during lunch in the cafeteria on the playground or during PE. The way in which some of the special ed teachers speak to the younger students is disgusting. I would recommend homeschooling before I ever recommended the school to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    An excellent school which I recommend to all people I know amazing staff the front office principal and teachers . My son was behind in reading and now he is a realy good reader . Special thanks to his teacher mrs Watson and the reading specialist mrs rose .

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school. I cant for the the IB program to start I hope the are accepted.

  • (1 year ago)

    Desert Valley. There has been issues with this school for sometime. The acedemics are fine but concern over students is quite poor. My child has been alienated from the class they were assigned due to learning disability. Unwilling to understand and take the time to help my child has been trying to get out of school by going to the nurse. I have moved them out of this school and they have improved greatly.

  • (1 year ago)

    I definitely could not recommend this school based on our experiences. We switched our 4th grader to this school on glowing recommendations from parents whose children had attended Desert Valley throughout their elementary years. The teacher's method is not age-appropriate and does not accommodate those who may need a little extra help to grasp a concept. Our child has became discouraged and developed a very uncaring attitude towards schoolwork which had not been a problem previously. This staff displayed a total lack of concern when we attempted to switch our child to the only other 4th grade class. We were told there were 3 kids ahead of us who had requested transfers to the other class. At last count 4 children have transferred out and our child wasn't one of them. This whole school year has been a struggle and could have gone much better if the school had addressed some obvious problems sooner.

  • (1 year ago)

    I give this school an A+ rating. The teachers and all other staff members are great. They listen to my children and I when we are having issues and are very nurturing. If they do not have answers they find the information for me. I have two children with learning disabilities and the teachers are very patient and very caring. I have older children that went to a different school. By far DESERT VALLEY is the best.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attends Desert Valley Elementary School and has since Kindergarten. The Admin Teachers and Staff here are AMAZING - they are some of the most helpful and friendly I have ever met! They truly care about kids and know the children by name. I love how they are always eager to assist me no matter what the issue is. VERY pleased with this school!!

  • (2 years ago)

    We wanted to give this school a chance and tried for several years but we were continually let down. The same rules were not enforced for everyone. Communication was very poor. Supervision on the buses was practically nonexistent. Bullying was prevalent. When I complained about the bullying I was told that it was partly my child's fault for being too sensitive. Really? Really? That was the go to remark for not stopping bullying? It also seemed that learning at this school took a back seat to getting butts in the seats for funding. I would run not walk to almost any other school in or even out of the area.

  • (4 years ago)

    I couldn't be happier. My son has been at Desert Valley K - 3rd so far and WOW the teachers have been amazing. The staff/parent support in this school is beyond measure. Keep up the great work teaching / loving our children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome school. I love the teachers and academically they are right on.

  • (6 years ago)

    This an absolute wonderful school. The teachers and staff are great. Very thriving environment for children with the motto of accepting individuals and recognizing that every child has different gifts and talents. Your not going to find this in many schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    If your child has any special learning needs the teachers will give passing grades to the child w/o making sure the child really knows the material. Unfortunately the administration (and consequently the teachers) of this school care more about their rankings status and image than their students actually learning something.

  • (7 years ago)

    Everyone at the school teachers counselors principal etc. are extremely helpful and take an interest in my child's academic and personal well being. He has excelled at this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I enrolled my daughter in Desert Valley after a negative 2nd grade experience with an east valley charter school and an unsuccessful attempt at home schooling. Her confidence level and self esteem were both very low and her academic skills were considerably behind. Her third grade teacher at Desert Valley has been such a blessing! He not only met her at her own level academically but also displays a tremendous level of sensitivity toward her past experiences and who she is as a person. The school reading specialist is working with her daily and has been very encouraging. Communication with her teachers is ongoing and excellent and my daughter s confidence and academic skill level grows daily. The other children openly welcomed her into the class and are very supportive. This school and its wonderful teachers have exceeded my expectations; I feel very fortunate to have her here.

  • (8 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school! The staff the district curriculum activities location. This school has it all. I'm so grateful that my daughter attends here in Mrs. McCluer's first grade class. My daughter has intellectually grown leaps and bounds this school year. I'm so proud of her and owe it all to the dedication of the staff and faculty at Desert Valley! Thanks again for planting the seed for love of education and learning that will last her a lifetime.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both of my children have attended Desert Valley. I think it has a caring and educated staff. I wouldn't want my children to have attended anyother schoool but if they had to it would be in the Peoria District.

  • (9 years ago)

    We specifically chose to move into this neighborhood after researching and visiting several schools. It's only been 1 semester but so far we haven't been disappointed. We've found the community to be welcoming. Our sons' teachers (1st & 3rd grades) have both been great. I appreciate that teachers and administrators are very aware about any special needs a student may have. We've received lots of support and willingness to try new tactics to help our son in the classroom. Parent involvement seems about average for a public school I'm surprised more parents don't attend the PTSA meetings. Haven't been here long enough to comment on extracurricular activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school! All the staff here have been great and my children love going here. They get good grades and are smart yet the school challenges them from where ever they are at at the time.

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent K-4th grade teachers. Not as happy with 5th and higher teachers Overall good school Would like to see more teacher/principal/parent unity.

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