Desert Canyon Middle School

  • Desert Canyon Middle School serves 541 students in grades 6-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 62% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 61% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Desert Canyon Middle School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is equal to the Arizona state level of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 62%.

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • Desert Canyon Middle School's student population of 541 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 29 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students541 students
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Total Classroom Teachers29 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Desert Canyon Middle School is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,897 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Desert Canyon Middle School is 0.42, 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 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AZ)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#296 out of 1897 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
62%
42%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
61%
42%
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Student : Teacher Ratio19:119:1
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American Indian
n/a
6%
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Asian
7%
3%
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Hispanic
13%
45%
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Black
4%
5%
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White
75%
38%
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Two or more races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score0.420.65
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Eligible for Free Lunch
8%
43%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
2%
6%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameScottsdale Unified School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

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