Desert Canyon Elementary School

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10203 E Mcdowell Mountain Ranch Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 484-1700

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Grades: PK - 5

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 700

Students Per Teacher: 20

Parent Reviews

30 Parent Reviews for Desert Canyon Elementary School

We love Desert Canyon Elementary. We have a 5th grader and 3rd grader who have been there since Kindergarten. The teachers, administration, staff, and PTO are wonderful. They focus on building character as well as academics. Great community! Great school!

Posted by a parent on 12/10/14

My child has special education needs and Scottsdale school district made him worse. They put him in a program with emotionally disturbed boys, all in grades above him. The class was always chaotic and the teaches were always stressed. My son received little academics but learned bad behaviors. If ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 07/06/13

I have two children in Desert Canyon and they've been in the school for 4 years. For the most part, I think the teachers are fantastic. The environment is warm and nurturing but the kids aren't coddled. I would like to see greater consequences for children who are disruptive in class or are poorly ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 08/06/12

We have one child attending Desert Canyon. He was in Kindergarten last year and will return as a 1st grader. Overall, we were satisfied with the school and the curriculum, activities, etc. However, his K-garten teacher had very poor communications skills, seemed disorganized (almost dazed and confused ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 08/05/12

I'm a grandparent of two newly enrolled students in your school. Of course I have an interest in my grandchildren's success but as well as a former elementary school principal I'm interested in the academic opportunities offered ie. curriculum enrichment, club programs, athletic skill development, practical ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 06/07/12

I have 4 kids attending this school and have been very pleased. Except for 2 teachers in our 6 years there, all the teachers have been outstanding. The 2 bad teachers were fine academically but were mean to the students. They have both been teaching too long and should be retired, but I think you ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/13/12

My son started Kindergarten at DCES this fall. He absolutely loves his teacher and enjoys going to school. As a parent, I am unsatisfied with the class size this year. Right now DCES Kindergarten has 25 in each class and could go to 27. In addition, they have eliminated instructional assistants from ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/20/10

I am surprised with a few posts here. To each his own... but I find my children's school and staff excellent. The principal has tough rules, but to me that is great! The teachers thus far have been terrific. I am very pleased and my children are happy, and thriving! Thank you DCES staff!

Posted by a parent on 10/30/09

Excellent, caring teachers!!!!

Posted by a parent on 10/21/09

Desert Canyon Elementary has a very diverse teaching program, including special needs classes for kids with learning disabilities and kids with ADD/ADHD that require more 1:1 attention. All this in addition to providing extracurricular activities/afterschool activities that help to broaden and enhance ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 10/12/09

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Test Year: 2012
Desert Canyon Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District
* 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.

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Scottsdale schools — Desert Canyon Elementary School is located at 10203 E Mcdowell Mountain Ranch Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85255. 10203 E Mcdowell Mountain Ranch Rd is in the 85255 ZIP code in Scottsdale, AZ The school district for Desert Canyon Elementary School is the Scottsdale Unified District. Desert Canyon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels PK - 5.
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