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: 9
  • Educational Climate: Unclassified
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Cave Creek Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 60.7
  • Number Students: 425
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4320
  • 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 (44 ratings)
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    School Reviews (35 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-19
    "I've been very happy with Desert Sun. The school has terrific parent involvement. All of the teachers that my children have had have been great. The teachers incorporate technology into the classroom. The science lab is wonderful. I love that the kids were uniforms. Spanish, chorus, band, student council, video club... What else can I say?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-18
    "As a parent, and active volunteer on the DSA campus for the past 5 years, I can not say enough about the dedicated staff and families here. We have been through a lot of changes in leadership, with each principal adding his own touch to the campus environment. While past principal got a bad rap, he did come in and create positive change. Our school achieved A+ rating from the Arizona Education Foundation, test scores improved and the overall look of the campus improved. This year brings us a young, energetic and forward thinking new principal who is out and about on campus daily! He greets both parents and students by name!! The teachers excel in curriculum knowledge and overall dedication to their students. Both my kids have attended since kindergarten and one has only a year left..... My child has received a quality education in a safe, friendly and caring campus!"
    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!"
    Other Review | Rating:
    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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