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About This School

Desert Cove Elementary School is a public elementary school in Phoenix. 573 students go to Desert Cove Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 5% of the Desert Cove Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 31% of the 573 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Cove Elementary School is 16:1. Mercury Mine Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary 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 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 66% 69%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 20% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 29%
Limited English proficiency 5% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months 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.

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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

  • (1 year 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!

  • (2 years ago)

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

  • (2 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.

  • (2 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.

  • (2 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!

  • (4 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

  • (4 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!

  • (4 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!!!

  • (5 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.

  • (5 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.

  • (5 years ago)

    The discipline measure are not consistent. The conferences are unstructured. The special schedule is confusing to follow. Too many 'clicks'.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have always thought of Desert Cove as a quality school and stayed in the area so that my children can attend however we have seen the school decline and continue to be unsatisfied by the answers provided by the site administration. The school was just remodeled and is beautiful but the beautiful building leaves many academic needs. The classrooms are as outdated as the previous building due to the lack of current technology needed to provide a quality up-to-date education. Only one smartboard (which is a teaching tool that is becoming a technology necessity) was provided in the entire school building. Last year many children that received gifted services went without services for the entire second half of the school year due the lack of a gifted teacher. Even after administration was approached with the need to provide a substitute or additional services none were given. The approach seems to be take it or leave. I believe that teachers care but I wonder if the school has a true mission of success for all children and a plan to get there. My husband and I strongly believe in public education but for the first time are looking educational alternatives for our children.

  • (6 years ago)

    Desert Cove is a long standing elementary school with an excellent and very experienced staff! Teachers administration and PTSO work beyond the call of duty to support the students. The school is not perfect however it is obvious that the staff cares and is dedicated to the success of each child.

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