School Details

Desert Horizon Elementary School

Test Scores by grade

52%
54%
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65%
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75%

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 2013
  • Pendergast Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
52%
65%
67%
72%
77%

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 2013
  • Pendergast Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
47%
63%
73%
73%
79%
40%
47%
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 2013
  • Pendergast Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
64%
63%
75%
80%
79%
34%
50%
53%

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 2013
  • Pendergast Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
66%
65%
73%
84%
85%
29%
49%
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 2013
  • Pendergast Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
63%
58%
71%
72%
72%

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 2013
  • Pendergast Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Horizon Elementary School is a public middle school in Phoenix. The principal of Desert Horizon Elementary School is Mrs. Suzanne Jaramillo. 962 students attend Desert Horizon Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 37% of the Desert Horizon Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 100% of the 962 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Desert Horizon Elementary School is 19:1. Amberlea Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 86% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 0.9% %
Asian 0.9% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100% 59%
Limited English proficiency 37% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    The staff and principal at this school are very disrespectful the do not treat parents nor the students with respect. It's been 2months my child has been having a bullying problem and nothing has been done about it. The principal does not return any of our calls and the teacher is very ignorant. The front office are very rude. If you want your child to succeed and get the education they deserve do not bring them here.

  • (7 months ago)

    The front office has no respect for parents they don't smile or greet anyone they do not make anyone feel welcome you walk in the office and they let you just stand their for a while before they acknowledge you are their.... and they show no respect for the students yelling at them and making them feel less important.The principal does not return any messages and is also very rude. I do not like nor appreciate the staff they have lost my respect . Next year my child will be attending a different school.

  • (1 year ago)

    School needs teachers that care and staff that shows respect. Parents please have a talk with your child and let them know you are here for them. Teachers are not suppose to push kids around or put their hands on students. Yelling or arguing with students will not make a situation better. OUR CHILDREN ARE NO ANGELS but we need to show them better ways of solving a problem...at home we are their role models at school teachers n other staff are their role models...teach respect n u will earn respect. ..

  • (5 years ago)

    Mrs. Coronado 2nd grade teacher is a god sent. She has help my son reach the potential that my husband and I always knew he had in him. Thank you so much Mrs. Coronado your great!

  • (8 years ago)

    My son has attended Desert Horizon for 4 years (K-3rd) and I am pleased with his experience. The school has had many improvements. My only concern is the Jr. High age kids on campus. There are safety issues before and after school regarding the older kids. I understand that this is a complicated issue.

  • (9 years ago)

    The condition of the campus is improving with new fencing added including courtyards by the classrooms. The campus feels more secure. The discipline program is changing to include life skills.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers try hard with the quality of student that they have to work with however holding my child back because the rest of the class is slower is not fair also I think that this school needs to develop a reward program for the children instead of just a negative one. And more school functions like plays concerts carnivals and such would be nice.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school passes children who can t read or write. I have a seven year old who has gone from kindergarten to second grade. He still cannot read or write. They knew in kindergarten that he had a learning disability. To this day aug. 9 2000 He still can t read or count. They just keep passing him. How can they say they care this school has to be the worse ever! Their education programs are poor. The school programs are by far the worst i ever seen. Does the district care? I m embarrassed for the children of desert horizon.

  • (10 years ago)

    Mrs. Cool the 1st grade teacher is wonderful! My kid id learning how to read and enjoying it! I have her to thank for so much!

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school needs to protect our children more. Not just from drugs but other students as well. I had to transfer my children due to a situation on school grounds where there was no protection.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think the teachers at this school really care about the kids. I think they devote a lot of time and energy to ensure that each child learns. They are always willing to listen to the comments and concerns of parents. The behavior of parents on the other hand when in attendance of school functions is absolutely horrible. They are disrespectful to the rest of the audience and are not supportive of the teachers. Parents need to learn a lesson from the students on how to behave in public place.

  • (11 years ago)

    What this school is lacking is activities like school plays social events and an empowering discipline structure.

  • (12 years ago)

    We are still new the school and the area but for the most part it has been a positive change for my children. This will be our second full year at DH and the one most thing that stands out in my mind is the hard work and attention the special ed teachers.

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