School Details

Desert Sands Middle School

6308 W Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85033
(623) 691-4900
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1121 students 21 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

61%
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70%
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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
  • Cartwright Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
58%
65%
80%
76%
85%
44%
39%
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
  • Cartwright Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
48%
58%
66%
66%
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
  • Cartwright Elementary District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Sands Middle School is a public middle school in Phoenix. The principal of Desert Sands Middle School is Patricia Lopez. 1,121 children attend Desert Sands Middle School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 25% of the Desert Sands Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 1,121 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Sands Middle School is 21:1. Westland School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • Latin

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 86% 90%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 5%
Multiracial 1.0% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Asian 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 84%
Limited English proficiency 25% 47%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    my son has been a student at desert sands middle school for the past two years.as a parent I have watched him grow and blossom as well as excel in advanced classes and making the honor roll as well. I thank the staff for thier support and effort and words of encouragement for making sure my son is right on pace to where he needs to be academicly and providing me with information on the status of my son thru out the years he has been attending desert sands.. a big thumbs up to the highly supportive staff at desert sands ) .... a proud father indeed!

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers are excellent but the administration is lacking in judgement on what is good for the kids. In my experience with them it seems all they care about is impressing and nothing about my child or other children (this is true for the distict). I would take my child out of there if I didn t think it would interfere with my child s education. I worry everyday about the bullying my child gets on a daily basis with no help from the administration. The technology is lacking compared to my younger child s school with the only bright point is a computer lab in the library which my child raves about. They preach parent involvement but have never followed through with contacting parents.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good school with caring teachers!

  • (9 years ago)

    Desert Sands is overall a good school.The teachers make sure every child understands the subjects they are learning at the present time.The staff and teachers also take time to get to know the students on a personal level if a child sees you as a teacher and a friend they will be more willing to learn.There are plenty of extracurricular activites for they are many sports to play and they have choir and band.The parent involvement is also satisfactory.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a good school. It is struggling to get a handle on the administration level but it is making a good attempt and in a few years it will be great. The teachers are good and the sports teams are great. I would recommend this school!

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent School and Administration.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have had 4 children attend Desert Sands. I have not been impressed with much about the school. The teachers that I have had the experience of dealing with seem to be very competent and interested in their jobs. Yet every year the administration seems to be able to lose 2 to 3 of these very valuable teachers due to their poor leadership skills. I would never recommend to anyone to send their child here. I have another child due to attend in the next four years by then I hope to move just to avoid having him exposed to this very poorly run school. I want the thrill of learning to continue instead of dying like it did with my 4 older children thanks to the exemplery staff at Desert Sands. On another note the administration feels that sending children home is the best way to deal with rule infractions ie gum chewing untied shoelaces. This draws parents into the legal system rather quickly yet when a child is excused from class for a legitimate reason keeping them out of school is unacceptable. Good luck if your child attends this middle school.

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Overall score

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