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 2013-02-28
    "My son started here in KG and by 6th Grade was on his 4th principal, Dr. Wood. Dr. Wood sits in his office with his lights off (his tip to the staff that he does not want to be bothered) so that parents won't know he is there. My little kids are scared of him. My oldest is gifted and was so bored in 6th grade he begged us to move him (he read a novel in class everyday and still got 99%+ avg.) It is very disappointing because the previous principal was amazing (Mr. Honigman.) I don't know what the district was thinking when they hired Dr. Wood (no experience with Core Knowledge, not a Principal before, short tenure at jobs.) The biggest thing I noticed the first year Dr. Wood was principal was the change in teacher attitudes (not nearly as helpful, dropped Junior Achievent due to too much work, no before or after school clusters, etc.) I moved all 3 of my kids to new schools this year, meaning we have to drive them now. I would never go back to Desert Sun. I will be surprised if it can keep enough students to stay open with Dr. Wood as the principal. Very, very sad to me since this is my neighborhood school and the Hechts who volunteer in the science program are wonderful."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-12-12
    "Principal Dr. Woods is awful! Totally incompetent as a principal. All talk and no do! Will tell parents, he can never please you. And then does nothing to change anything or improve relations. Also tells you , that this school is not for everyone, that your the only parent complaining, when many others have too. Sixth grade is the worst, no homework since school started. Kids are totally unprepared for entering 7th grade. Same problems with lower grades. I've withdrawn both my children and am amazed at the difference their new school has made. I totally agree with parent who wrote review on oct 3, 2012. Strange we both experienced the same thing"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-03
    "New Principal is awful! He does not care about the students! I imagine it must be stressful to constantly act like you know what you are doing. Wood DOES NOT! He is incompetent, unfriendly, flaky (never available or even visible). This year the school must have lost 25 percent of students--Wood's response "this school is not for everyone." What??? You are trying to go charter--which relies on funding per student--next year?? DSA will never succeed with this principal. Who would work for him? I feel sorry for the teachers, staff and students who have to deal with him. I bet this accounts for the parent apathy. There are only a handful of parents who are still involved. In fact, our PTO co-president didn't even return to the school this year! The biggest mistake CCUSD could have done was hire an unlikable, incompetent principal when the school needed a charismatic, PROVEN principal to turn the school around. The Purdue study (clustering) is a joke and I don't remember ever signing something saying I'd like my children to be a part of it (human subjects violation). As for the science lab, why are our science scores lowest in the district when science is supposed to be our "focus"?"
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    Posted 2012-03-29
    "I am writing in response to the last few unfavorable reviews. This is my 10th year as a parent at DSES/DSA, having had all 3 of my kids attend from Kindergarten to 5th/6th. I served on the PTO board for 2 years & volunteered for 100s of hours in the classrooms, so I do know it VERY well. 1st, DSA has another new principal this 2011-12 year, whom I have only spoken to once, but my kids like him. 2nd, as with any school, there are great teachers and not-so-great teachers (not horrible), but I believe the great ones are the majority, and do an outstanding job educating the students. 3rd, the Everday Math program has been replaced with Go Math & is working well. 4th, a retired couple, both highly educated, volunteer every school day to run the best K-6 science lab & program I have ever seen! 5th, the gifted are clustered as part of an ongoing national study & I do admit they are only partially challenged (my kids are gifted). 6th, Core Knowledge is wonderful! And, finally, yes, there are a few bullies. But, I have yet to find a school that claims they have none? It is an important life skill to learn how to manage them! In summary, DSA is a good school and worth considering."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-03-29
    "I have two children currently attending Desert Sun and I have nothing but good opinions of this school. The teachers really seem to care about the students and the overall school environment is very positive. Both of my kids love this school and are developing very well in their respective grade levels. The curriculum is challenging but also allows for individual student needs."
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