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About Our School

Welcome to Desert Shadows Elementary

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.

Our Classes

Our average class size is 25, and we offer special area classes include P.E., Music and Art. Since 2014, our students have participated in Suzuki string lessons: all students in Preschool through 3rd grade participate as part of their weekly curriculum. Students in 4th through 6th grade have the opportunity to audition if they so choose. Our teachers and students also have access to 1:1 technology carts (computers) to use in their classrooms. A before-school chorus program is available to interested students in the 4th through 6th grades. Students also can participate on campus through Community Education in sports club, drama, chess, Lego® Engineering, dance, & creative arts.  

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 great 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 more than half of whom have been part of Desert Shadows for at least five years.

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.

Schedule a Tour

We offer monthly tours of the school starting at 3:45 p.m. If you would like to sign up, please fill out this online form.

Overnight Field Trips

At Desert Shadows we support the importance of hands-on field trips and promote participation by all students. With that overnight trips are held annually for all students in grades 3rd through 6th grade.  

Third graders travel to the Lake Pleasant. Their day is filled with various engaging outdoor activities.

Fourth grade students hit the road for rafting down the Colorado River and a visit to the Grand Canyon.

In Fifth grade, we venture to AstroCamp in California. Here, students do various STEAM-related activities and evening programs.

Sixth graders load buses, and travel to Long Beach where they load a ferry headed for Catalina Island for two nights on the island and hands-on study of life in and near the ocean. 

DSES Quick Facts

  • School Colors: Blue and white
  • School Motto: Every Learner Empowered for a Lifetime of Success.
  • School Opened: 1974 
  • Grade Levels: Preschool - Sixth Grade