Desert Sands Middle School

  • Desert Sands Middle School serves 1,101 students in grades 6-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 20% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 24% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Arizona state average of 62%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Desert Sands Middle School's student population of 1,101 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 50 teachers has declined by 10% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students1,101 students
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Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Desert Sands Middle School's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has increased from 20:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Desert Sands Middle School is 0.22, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AZ)
Overall School Rank#1470 out of 1,842 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
20%
42%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
24%
42%
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:119:1
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American Indian
2%
6%
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Asian
n/a
3%
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Hispanic
88%
45%
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Black
6%
5%
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White
4%
38%
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Two or more races
n/a
3%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Desert Sands Middle School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in AZ.
Diversity Score0.220.42
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Eligible for Free Lunch
99%
42%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
9%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Desert Sands Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameCartwright Elementary School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

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