Desert Canyon Middle School

10203 E Mcdowell Mtn Ranch Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
9/
10
Top 20%
Desert Canyon Middle School serves 485 students in grades 6-8.
Desert Canyon Middle School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 57% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 32%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 59% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 39%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 65% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 485 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 28%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 20% in AZ
  • Math Proficiency
    : 57% (Top 10%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 59% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Desert Canyon Middle School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:

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School Overview

Desert Canyon Middle School's student population of 485 students has declined by 6% over five school years.
The teacher population of 27 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
Total Students
485 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
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School Rankings

Desert Canyon Middle School is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,854 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Desert Canyon Middle School is 0.46, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (AZ)
Overall Testing Rank
#207 out of 1854 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
57%
32%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
59%
39%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
17:1
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American Indian
1%
5%
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Asian
7%
3%
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Hispanic
13%
47%
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Black
4%
6%
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White
72%
35%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
3%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.46
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Eligible for Free Lunch
6%
29%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (20-21)
4%
9%
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Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Desert Canyon Middle School's ranking?
Desert Canyon Middle School is ranked #207 out of 1,854 schools, which ranks it among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona.
What schools are Desert Canyon Middle School often compared to?
Desert Canyon Middle Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Mountainside Middle School, Cheyenne Traditional School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
57% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 32% AZ state average), while 59% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 39% AZ state average).
How many students attend Desert Canyon Middle School?
485 students attend Desert Canyon Middle School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
72% of Desert Canyon Middle School students are White, 13% of students are Hispanic, 7% of students are Asian, 4% of students are Black, 3% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Canyon Middle School?
Desert Canyon Middle School has a student ration of 18:1, which is higher than the Arizona state average of 17:1.
What grades does Desert Canyon Middle School offer ?
Desert Canyon Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8
What school district is Desert Canyon Middle School part of?
Desert Canyon Middle School is part of Scottsdale Unified District (4240) School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 485 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 28%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 20%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 57% (Top 10%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 59% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

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