School Details

Desert Willow Elementary School

9400 East Esmond Loop, Tucson, AZ 85747
(520) 762-2300
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 823 students 17 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

87%
87%
69%
91%
90%
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
  • Vail Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
84%
65%
87%
90%
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
  • Vail Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
83%
63%
90%
93%
79%
65%
73%
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
  • Vail Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Willow Elementary School is a public elementary school in Tucson. The principal of Desert Willow Elementary School is Tara Finch. 823 children attend Desert Willow Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 2% of the Desert Willow Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 23% of the 823 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Willow Elementary School is 17:1. Cottonwood Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 69%
Asian 4% 3%
Hispanic 30% 22%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% %
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 17%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has been named an Excelling School for 6 year in a row. My son thrives at Desert Willow. He is given many opportunites outside the classroom that he has not received at other schools. The community environement makes my family feel very welcome whenever on campus. I love Desert Willow!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has been named an excelling school 5 years in a row. The teachers do home visits with the children and list their phone and e-mail for kids and parents to reach them. They work evry day on the 3 r's. The teachers and staff are creative caring and extremly good at what they do. I dare anyone to find a better school then this.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school great teachers great community.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has been the best fit for my family. My son is autistic and with the aid of teachers and parapros he is now on the right track and doing it on his own. My daugther has had the best teachers that has drawn her out of her shell and see all her potential. I volunteer as much as I can to give back to others. The staff and teachers are an important part of what makes this school great.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 kids at Desert Willow. I could not be happier with the teachers and staff. We moved here in January and my kids transitioned so well and I think part of that is the schools. Kim

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter just completed kindergarten and I couldn't be happier with Desert Willow. The principal is fantastic the assistant to the principal remembered my name after one introduction and my daughter felt safe and happy the whole year. Toss in that she made great progress and had ana mazing teacher and there's nothing I would have changed over the past year. Even for the kinders there were organized music and sports sessions. My six year old involved my wife in running for the first time in her life as her teacher was training for a marathon. They held a 'mini-marathon' of one mile in support and all the kinders ran a mile! Go Diamondbacks!

  • (7 years ago)

    Desert Willow Elementary is by far one of the top schools in Tucson Arizona. The parent participation is noteworthy. The administration is unbelievably supportive and the teachers genuinely care about the progress of each student!

  • (7 years ago)

    Desert Williow is an outstanding school. I have 2 boys w/autism and the spec. ed staff teachers and para pros have been excellent. My children have excellent IEPs through this school. They really try to give my kids as much as possible instead of the minimum required.

  • (8 years ago)

    This seems to be a good school. I have had two children attend this school and they are excelled.

  • (8 years ago)

    Fantastic school. The prinicipal and staff are outstanding.

  • (8 years ago)

    Desert Willow is an outstanding school as are most of the schools in the Vail School District. The students at this school are taught the fundamentals but also respect and other important citizienship elements that seem to get lost today. The teachers are committed and work together at each grade level. There are 'specials' such as COIL (writing fundamentals) art PE and Music. A word of caution however Desert Willow is a designated 'overcrowding' school. This means that in this fast growing area their borders continually expand and the ratios you see here are NOT accurate. My child is in a Kindergarten class with 24 students even though we were told the ratio is 1 to 20.

  • (8 years ago)

    Awesome school great kids and teachers

  • (9 years ago)

    Lots of extracurricular; parents and teachers seem very involved.

  • (9 years ago)

    We were very pleased with the quality of education our child recieved at Desert Willow and were sad we had to move.

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