School Details

Desert Cove Elementary School

11020 North 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028
(602) 449-3400
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 572 students 16 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

72%
77%
69%
82%
84%
78%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
68%
62%
79%
82%
75%
65%
71%
58%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
69%
63%
82%
84%
80%
58%
65%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
71%
61%
91%
89%
80%
61%
71%
56%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Cove Elementary School is a public middle school in Phoenix. 572 children attend Desert Cove Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Desert Cove Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 36% of the 572 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Desert Cove Elementary School is 16:1. Shea Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 62%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 19% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 33%
Limited English proficiency 5% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    The Self-Contained Gifted Program at DCES is stellar. Mr. Lanes is an amazing leader and the kids learn all the right values here

  • (10 months ago)

    Desert Cove has been amazing for my child who is now going into 4th grade. I have another starting K in the fall. We moved to the area from Scottsdale schools and I have found the principal teachers and all staff to be more involved more considerate of the students' needs and more attentive than the "best" schools in Scottsdale (which my older kids attended). The level of parent involvement is great and I find the activities hosted by the PTO to be outstanding and well-attended. I would recommend this school to any and all of my family & friends!

  • (1 year ago)

    Desert Cove Elementary is fabulous from the principal (Mr. Lanese) to all the teachers but especially the SCG teachers to the staff and of course the kids. Everyone here is polite friendly helpful and extremely qualified. We have felt so welcome and our daughter has thrived and excelled at Desert Cove.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son switched to this school last school year and he has just improved so much from his previous school which had him to the point of hating to go but now with the wonderful teachers and staff he once again enjoys going and is getting very involved in activities. Such a nice and pleasant learning environment.

  • (2 years ago)

    We couldn't be more pleased with this school. The principal is warm engaging and hand-on and he creates such a positive atmosphere for both students and staff. The school uses a positive-behavior based behavioral program and really employs it posting expectations throughout the school and constantly reminding the kids what is expected of them. The teachers are incredible and seem very happy to be a part of this school. The school holds kids to a high standard -- both academically and behaviorally -- and rewards them when they meet that standard. Thank you for making this such a positive environment for both parents and kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    I've had 3 children attend Desert Cove; my youngest is still currently a student there and one of my sons was in a special ed self contained class. The teachers are professional organized caring and have been great for my kids. The current principal is approachable and always there; he knows the kids and is an encouraging figure. I have had two small issues with other children that were dealt with immediately and professionally. There is no bullying here and our experience has been that the staff and parents have been supportive and caring to the students. I have recommended Desert Cove to other parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    Terrible school my son went there for his 6th grade I've noticed that teachers and even the principal would treat him differant because he was hispanic they would not talk to him in english even though he spoke it very well and was constantly being sent home and for some reason the principal would always call him up to her office to talk about things he was being blamed for and always resulted in him actually not doing anything on one occasion at a school confrence i was speaking to my son in spanish and was told very rudely to speak english by the staff

  • (2 years ago)

    I have nothing but great things to say about Desert Cove!! I have 3 kids attending. My oldest has been attending since Kindergarden (2007) and will be starting 5th grade next week. We have moved out of district and the kids refused to go anywhere but Desert Cove! The PTO is great with a huge parent involvement. I have spoken one on one with the principal with any concern I have and always am very impressed with the outcome! The teachers are very involved and always available to meet after or before school. My kids and I give Desert Cove an A+.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son moved to Desert Cove in December. I have been so impressed with this school! The principal communicates and cares about the students. The teachers are amazing and it truly feels like the small private school we could no longer afford. We have not missed a thing and love this school! Academics are top notch my son is finally challenged. He says the work before was boring but now he loves the type of work he does the way the teacher works with him and how interesting each and every day is. This school feels like family and I am out of district. One other thing to meniton the ladies at the front desk are so kind friendly and helpful. This is HUGE! After years of trying to get information from the school by our house I have found them to be so comforting and easy to communicate with. It just helps make everything else that is wonderful really amazing... and the PTO is wonderful as well!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our experience with Desert Cove has been phenomenal! No complaints and the kids love it there.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my kids have gone to this school a long time one since 2nd grade who is now in middle school and the other since kindergarten and is currently in 4th grade. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the teachers and staff that are at Desert Cove. My oldest child had some attention issues and every teacher each year was very willing to work with us to find ways to help her focus and stay on task and above all get the most out of her education. I am very grateful to all of them for their hard work and attention which is so difficult to provide in a public school setting. Both of my kids have been in the gifted/honors classes and I have to say that has been one of the BEST aspects of their education. The teacher is AMAZING! The classes are tough but she is very fair and her focus is on making sure the kids are challenged and understand the materials. She is communicative and very proactive in discussing potential issues with parents. I don't think I could ask for a better teacher role model and mentor for my kids. No school or person (teacher) is perfect but I am grateful that the staff and teachers at Desert Cove do their very best for our kids... every day.

  • (3 years ago)

    Read the prior review and am sorry for that families experience. I just wanted to comment that I had an issue that needed attention from teacher and principal this school year and it was dealt with professionally and promptly. Overall I feel teachers and administration seem very committed to their students and that's what I hear from several other parents as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has amazing teachers well behaved students and friendly/helpful parents. What it lacks is a principal! The one they have does not think of the students first it is all about money and attendence! My daughter is a transfer student who was absent due to illness and he told me to bring her even when sick because when she misses school they loose out on money. Well I am not a parent who would ever send my sick child to school to spread germs to everyone else! And I was then informed she would be transferred to her home school if she was absent anymore. Ridiculous and tramatizing for the child!

  • (5 years ago)

    this a very good school the teachers are great and all the staff are very caring towards the students and the food they serve is much better then most schools food i highly recamend this school

  • (5 years ago)

    Desert Cove has been a good experience for our children the majority of the time. Both of our sons have had the opportunity to learn from some excellent teachers! However during my son's 4th grade year in 2006-2007 his teacher was extremely weak in her academic support as well as her classroom management! The principal at the time never followed through with any intervention stratagies and support for our son. It was a very long year for him and us!

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent teachers great school. Keep up the good work

  • (5 years ago)

    For now I will just say that I have beento several school throughtout the valley and my kids were in 'the best' school in the same district; but i am so happy my children are back at Dessert Cove. The teachers are amazing the office staff is always very friendly and helpful.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very very very pleased with desert cove as a school!!! I also have a first grader there who loves her teacher and her school!!! she is excited to go everyday!!! we have been blessed with her first two years in school that she had such a wonderful school to go too and more importantly such great teachers!!!! She loves her principal and is thrilled that he says hello to every student by name!!! I am glad that my other kids will be going to Desert Cove too- thanks to all the staff who make this a wonderful envirnment for the children!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a 1st grader that requires constant reminders to stay on task. . . follow directions. He is bright but has always required these reminders. This school continues to gloss over his needs and focus on the overall classroom environment. My son has 'fallen behind' his peers in his reading ability and will now be placed in a tutoring program (free at the school - thankfully). I would love to see follow through on promises to work with him instead of recriminations that I need to read to him more or statements that he needs to 'stay on task' followed by little to no suggestions on how to achieve this requirement. I have begun to feel that this is a good school that just can't meet my particular child's needs.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended Desert Cove after Gold Dust was closed. He was bullied constantly and the staff failed to act. The principal put off action repeatedly. Offenders are allowed to run rampant. If your child has any issues of any sort do not send him here. The amount of devastation that was done to my child's self esteem has not been repaired. It sounds like not much has changed by way of leadership at this school.

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