DESERT SUN ACADEMY

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27880 N 64TH ST
SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85266
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Phone: 480-575-2900
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Unclassified
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Cave Creek Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 71.4
  • Number Students: 500
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3550
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Don Wood
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (37 ratings)
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    School Reviews (28 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-22
    "Desert Sun has been on a downhill spiral ever since Dr. Wood arrived! He took away programs that the prior principal put in place-lunch bunch, Junior Achievement & Core clusters. There are some excellent teachers there!! His personality is the wrong fit for the demographic, he is over his head! For 2 years I have watched a mass exit of families, some tried to explain that away with change to 1/2 Kindergarten but when they brought back full day last year...another mass exit occurred. That is a plus for the school this year because the class sizes are so small. He stands by the busses every day after school hiding from parents instead of at the parent pick up which is under-supervised and I have witnessed bullying. Not to mention the two teachers at parent pick up are fending off parents who disobey school parking lot rules and can not supervise the students waiting on the platform. The two 6th grade teachers are apathetic!! Last year the kids NEVER went on one field trip. And beware--Desert Sun is the only elementary school in the CCUSD district that does not go on a 6th Grade trip. Many people say the principal of the school does not matter....I beg to differ!"
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    Posted 2013-09-03
    "What a bunch of spoiled, self serving people. Just because you are no longer able to run the school to fit your child's outlandish desires, you have to put down the Principal and staff. I have worked with Dr. Wood in the past and not even once did I see him hide from a parent. You can't expect to just walk into a school and demand to see the Principal that very minute. He DOES have a job to do and it isn't to cater to parents. Shame on you and your self-centered egos."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-11
    "DSA has been an excellent experience for both of my children for the past 3 years. After being at other schools in Arizona and California I rate DSA the best school of all. The teachers here are very informed, up to date with current trends, and caring toward my children. I have always been informed about their progress and welcomed in the classroom and on campus. Teachers have gone the extra mile to help my child succeed. I believe the new principal is working to achieve excellence and has raised the bar. New technology has been added on campus and he instills teacher best practices by allowing teachers to observe one another in a classroom setting."
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    Posted 2013-03-06
    "I really thought about the prior post. It's a very interesting point that no matter how good good is there is still always complaining universally. I think I know the schools that were alluded too. They are discussed in the office of KUMON when I take my kids to supplemental learning there. This stretches them and empowers them. You know I think that the more we economically lose, as a society, the more we feel it's our right to call people out or complain. Basically project our frustrations onto other people. I tell my kids never to cyber bully via facebook or other mediums. I think calling out a person by name is bullying. How can they defend themselves against anonymous entries. When you are anonymous it gives you power but I'm not sure that power is justified. Use that energy to create positive changes and the world would be a better place. I too think the principle is doing a great job. Everyone has different things they are looking for in a school. This school fosters a well rounded child that sees the world in a larger context beyond themselves. I value this school and principle because they focus on the total child including philanthropy, academics, core knowledge."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-06
    "Dr Wood is a very caring principle who nurtures student development. The science lab and music room have been expanded under his care. 7 Students placed in the Kiwanis Science Fair, including a trophy! It's a great academic environment! I've worked at having a relationship with the school - volunteerism and collaboration. I think it is far easier to complain than it is to create change. I would like to offer some interesting statistics. I looked at a random sampling of schools. The first school is a charter school that touts high and demanding academics with a student body of over 700. The second is a local charter school 142 students. Great reputation and small student body. Lastly Desert Sun Academy - Core Knowledge. Test Scores for 2012 ranged in comparative difference of 4-10% between schools, in the grade I compared. The level of satisfaction did not improve between schools. It is 4 stars for all 3 schools. Each offering something different to students. Each school I looked at rated Leadership ,Teachers and Parent involvement 4 stars! Each had positive and scathing remarks. It's human nature to complain rather than creating positive outcomes. Let's rise above slamming!"
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