Desert Canyon Middle School

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10203 E Mcdowell Mountain Ranch Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 484-4600

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Grades: 6 - 8

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 575

Students Per Teacher: 14

Parent Reviews

17 Parent Reviews for Desert Canyon Middle School

Fabulous school experience for my kids. School environment is positive, gifted program excellent, teachers & staff engaged.

Posted by a parent on 11/27/14

I have children in both private and public schools, as well as a daughter in college. Two of my kids attend this school and are moving to a different SUSD school for the 2014/2015 school year. Disappointing issues with the school include: outlandish student/teacher ratios (38:1); lack of responsiveness ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 04/15/14

On Tuesday 2/25/14, three 11-year-olds were held in a room and interrogated by the vice principal and a police officer. Please check with your children to see if any of them were held. Parents were NOT notified by school officials or the police.

Posted by a parent on 02/27/14

My child was a happy, energetic student who could not wait until school started each day. Unfortunately, attendance at DCMS has changed all of that! The Assistant Principal singles out certain children (unfortunately my child is one of them) and no matter what the children do it is not right. They are ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 10/31/12

I am a student here at DCMS and boy, am I glad that I'm finally moving on to HS next year. It seems like the administration really does not care about you, and if an incident happens at the school, their views become very biased. They favor certain students and totally dislike others, including me. ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 01/25/12

I wanted to follow up on the review dated December 24, 2010 and note that the teacher in question has been replaced.

Posted by a parent on 11/01/11

I have 3 children who have attended DC. I feel the teachers are sincere and dedicated. Parental involvement is excellent. However, I have been underwhelmed by the leadership demonstrated by the administration. School morale seems poor and leadership inconsistent, information spotty. Despite volunteering ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 10/23/11

I am a parent of two students that have participated in the gifted self-contained program, which is a rigorous academic program for kids that have excelled in the the core subjects. This program has an excellent core of teachers and administrators, and we have been completely impressed with the quality ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 04/17/11

I can't speak for much of the school, frankly, but for the part I am in, I have some comments: The 'comprehensive gifted program' has some major flaws. The English teacher assigns many assignments but has NEVER returned any this year. It is safe to say that her class is a complete waste of time. As ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 12/24/10

I've been through a variety of schools, private, charter, and public. This seems to be the best yet. The gifted programs gives every thing you need to succeed. If you want a real challenge. Try the gifted program.

Posted by a student on 12/30/09

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Test scores for Desert Canyon Middle School

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Test Year: 2012
Desert Canyon Middle 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 Middle 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 Middle School is the Scottsdale Unified District. Desert Canyon Middle School is a Public school that serves grade levels 6 - 8.
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