Desert Sands Middle School serves 441 students in grades 6-8.
Desert Sands Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 7% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 32%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 20% (which is lower 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 95% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Arizona state average of 65% (majority Hispanic).
- Grades: 6-8
- Enrollment: 441 students
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
- Minority Enrollment: 95%
- Overall Testing Rank: Bottom 50% in AZ
- Math Proficiency: 7% (Btm 50%)
- Reading Proficiency: 20% (Btm 50%)
- Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education
Desert Sands Middle School's student population of 441 students has declined by 59% over five school years.
The teacher population of 25 teachers has declined by 50% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Desert Sands Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% 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 Sands Middle School is 0.26, 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
State Level (AZ)
Overall Testing Rank
#1563 out of 1854 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (19-20)
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Desert Sands Middle School's ranking?
Desert Sands Middle School is ranked #1563 out of 1,854 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Arizona.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
7% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 32% AZ state average), while 20% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 39% AZ state average).
How many students attend Desert Sands Middle School?
441 students attend Desert Sands Middle School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
86% of Desert Sands Middle School students are Hispanic, 6% of students are Black, 5% of students are White, 1% of students are American Indian, 1% of students are Asian, and 1% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Sands Middle School?
Desert Sands Middle School has a student ration of 18:1, which is higher than the Arizona state average of 17:1.
What grades does Desert Sands Middle School offer ?
Desert Sands Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8
What school district is Desert Sands Middle School part of?
Desert Sands Middle School is part of Cartwright Elementary District (4282) School District.
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