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About Our School

At Desert Shadows Elementary School, we provide high-quality, appropriate, and rigorously challenging instruction to students by planning focused lessons using the Arizona State Standards, and prescriptive reading, math, and writing instruction as outlined in the most recent state and federal legislation.

The learning environments are productive and safe for children. Desert Shadows has an award winning school-wide PBIS program in place that remains fair and consistent for all students on campus. We also strive in the educational tool to assists students in building character in the areas of responsibility, fairness, citizenship, caring, trustworthiness and respect.

Kids playing outside

Our Classes

We offer special area classes including P.E., Music, and Art. Our 4th-6th graders have the option as well to do Band, Strings, and Suzuki Strings. All PreK-3rd grade students take Suzuki strings. Our teachers and students have access to 1:1 technology carts (touchscreen laptops) to use in their classrooms with several classrooms having touchscreen whiteboards. Students can participate on campus through Community Education in sports club, drama, chess, engineering, dance, & creative arts.  Furthermore, our school continues to be on the cutting edge of education and STEAM as classes routinely utilize our fully interactive Lu System and STEAM lab which includes a Makers Space and two 3-D printers.

Desert Shadows Elementary School is proud of the quality of education students receive and the positive learning climate of the school. The school is known for its exceptional staff and students and is a superb place to learn.

Our Students

Students are challenged to learn and achieve through large group, small group, and individual instruction. Our teachers cognitively engage students in learning on a daily basis. One-hundred percent of our teachers are highly qualified and appropriately certified, many of whom have a master's degree or higher, and several who are or are in the process of becoming National Board Certified Teachers.

Desert Shadows is more than just an elementary school; we are a community. Through education and activities for all, families are brought together throughout the school year. 

Desert Shadows Elementary students feed into Desert Shadows Middle School and Horizon High School. For information regarding either of these schools, please visit their websites.

Our Goal: Creating a positive and supportive environment focused on student growth where all students receive continual and consistent instruction guided by data analysis.

DSES Quick Facts

  • School Colors: Blue, Tan, Black, and White
  • School Vision: Every Learner Empowered for a Lifetime of Success
  • School Opened: Spring of 1973 
  • Grade Levels: Preschool - Sixth Grade
  • Mascot: Sandsharks