20 Parent Reviews for Desert Junior/senior High School
It seems like being a school on an Air Force base that also has NASA on it, the kids would have opportunities available to them that outside schools don't. I'm disappointed that this does not seem to be the case. Robotics, Lego, Rocket and similar clubs have been attempted but it seems like there's
... Read more such a lack of student participation or drive, esp. in high school that they fizzle out. Branch finally has what appears to be a decent Robotics team and a budding garden. Great!! Maybe the high school can have similar opportunities. AP, IB, Honors classes, and ROP is slim pickings also and just this summer, at least 4 off-base schools had the opportunity to participate in a mini-test pilot training program which Desert was not. It does not seem like there's a whole lot this school has to offer. Not sure why that is. Academics is ok and there are some good, motivated teachers but a lot are retiring and it seems like we're in a period of a lot of new teachers still trying to get their routines down. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/08/13
It has been disheartening to watch the decline of this school and the district as a whole. My child's privacy has been violated in emails from teachers as well as other students in which a teacher announced in front of the class certain students' GPAs. The quality of education continues to decline
... Read more as teachers are not held accountable for managing their classrooms. Most teachers are doing what they can with what they have, but the like norm it is the bad ones that leave the lasting impression, and sadly many of the good ones have chosen to leave. If the district, and each of its employees, could remember the reason why they have a job...THE STUDENTS....I believe the entire culture of the school would improve. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/25/13
Desert staff has violated privacy of their students. The current principal has harassed parents at their jobs and homes, threatened to call law enforcement if students did not admit to an action they may or may not have performed. My experience with the 2012-2013 principal was alarming. He has threatened
... Read more to report me to the SARB board for absences that were excused by his signature on an independent study packet. He screamed at a student while "interrogating" him and grilling for answers. The quasy "Vice Principal" is just a school counselor with extra duties. The two have tendency to "team up" against students. Students have been ordered to report to the office during their lunch and nutritian breaks if they have been accused of theft and other, granted, serious infractions. School officials are also very condecending to their students and have little respect for their rights. ---Current student at DHS Read less
Posted by a other on 01/09/13
I'm a current 8th grader at Desert Jr/Sr High, and I have to say that this school is excellent in teaching education. I have a mixture of teachers I like and dislike. However, one of my biggest problems at this school is making new friends. I also hate how the teachers presume that you went to the elementary
... Read more schools previously, which I haven't because I moved here this summer. It seems that everyone who has friends were either in the elementary school or came here in the 7th grade. When I graduate from 8th grade, I'm going to Highland High School in Palmdale since my parents recently bought a new house there. Hopefully there I can make new friends there. Read less
Posted by a other on 09/07/12
The school has really gone downhill in the past four years. Of course you have the students who excel in any environment and who contribute to the high test scores this school receives, but many of the students are out-of-control. Many of the students cheat on tests, do drugs, destroy school property
... Read more and bully other students. Athletes and ROTC members who misbehave are not disciplined. Students who report bad behavior are labeled snitches and are ostracized. This is especially true for the athletes who misbehave. The expectation is for athletes to stick together no matter what kind of trouble their teammates get into. At a recent Academic Awards Ceremony, I listened to the Principal praise the athletic abilities of a particular young man when the focus of the ceremony was supposed to be on academics. It appeared that being a football player was more important than excelling academically. If you have the option, send your child to a different school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/23/12
I have enjoyed my time as a student at Desert High School immensely. The school is just small enough that all students are called and remembered by name, by both the staff and their peers. Most of the teachers and staff are good people with good intentions, but every school is home to a few misfit
... Read more teachers. As a graduate from this campus, I pray for improvements in the following things. The Arts programs, they are far too basic and do not teach much to the students at all. Offer more Language, give the students more choices than just "spanish" like Mandarin, or French. The sports programs / facilities, this school is home to the most unsafe bleachers known to man as well as an unlevel track. Then there is campus quality / cleanliness, clean up the trash that is constantly blowing round in the wind, and throw on a coat of fresh paint. The best thing about Desert is the rich social aspect. I'm going to miss the crowded football games and even the "lame" pep rallies. Go Scorpions! Read less
Posted by a other on 05/19/11
This school has helped me excel exponentially, since graduating in, 2009 I have enjoyed being accepted to Berkely, Harvard, and Georgia tech. the counciling staff was very hepLful in my endeviours
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Posted by a other on 03/18/11
To add to the comments below concerning Desert Jr. High School, the students doing the bullying are still in school and still continuing to bully others. Just because they are good athletes or their parents have said they've changed, does not mean they should be allowed to continue to attend school.
... Read more After going to the superintendent and still getting no resolution to the situation, we removed our student from the school. It's very unfortunate that bullies are allowed to dictate who attends school and who doesn't. Once again, if you have a student attending the Jr. High, I would seriously consider not sending them to Desert Jr. High School. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/11/10
This school offers a great academic curriculum. The students are smart and should all be proud. The school environment is very safe. My child can walk to and from school, which is rare in our times. The teachers do truly care about their students. Kudos.
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Posted by a parent on 06/17/10
I am proud to be a Desert Jr/Sr High School parent. This year's parent involvement was an amazing movement all year round throughout the whole school. Just a little over 100 senior students will be graduation this year and many of our graduates students were awarded with Scholarships over total $600,000
... Read more for a very small school. Thank you teachers, staffs and parents for your team work. Goooo Scorpion! Read less
School Profile for Desert Junior/senior High School
CST* Test Scores
Test Year: 2012
Desert Junior/senior High School
Muroc Joint Unified School District
* In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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English / Language Arts, Journalism
Human Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Science
Early Childhood Special Needs
Internet/Web Site, Computer Programming, General
Social Studies / Social Sciences
World History, American History, Economics, Psychology
Phys Ed, ROTC, Word Processing
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Edwards schools — Desert Junior/senior High School is located at 1575 Payne Ave, Edwards CA 93523. 1575 Payne Ave is in the 93523 ZIP code in Edwards, CA The school district for Desert Junior/senior High School is the Muroc Joint Unified School District. Desert Junior/senior High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 7 - 12.
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