27880 N. 64th Street
Cave Creek, AZ 85327
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
8/
10
Top 30%
Desert Sun Academy serves 337 students in grades Prekindergarten-6.
Desert Sun Academy placed in the top 30% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 50-54% (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 55-59% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 39%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the Arizona state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 64% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 337 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 15:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 26%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 30% in AZ
  • Math Proficiency
    : 50-54% (Top 30%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 55-59% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Desert Sun Academy ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Desert Sun Academy's student population of 337 students has declined by 14% over five school years.
The teacher population of 22 teachers has grown by 10% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
Total Students
337 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
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School Rankings

Desert Sun Academy is ranked within the top 30% of all 2,120 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Desert Sun Academy 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 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (AZ)
Overall Testing Rank
#428 out of 2120 schools
(Top 30%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
(20-21)
50-54%
32%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
(20-21)
55-59%
39%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
17:1
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American Indian
n/a
5%
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Asian
1%
3%
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Hispanic
17%
46%
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Black
3%
6%
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White
74%
36%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
5%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.42
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Eligible for Free Lunch
14%
42%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
1%
9%
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Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Desert Sun Academy's ranking?

Desert Sun Academy ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for: Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 20%).

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

50-54% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 32% AZ state average), while 55-59% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 39% AZ state average).

How many students attend Desert Sun Academy?

337 students attend Desert Sun Academy.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

74% of Desert Sun Academy students are White, 17% of students are Hispanic, 5% of students are Two or more races, 3% of students are Black, and 1% of students are Asian.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Sun Academy?

Desert Sun Academy has a student ration of 15:1, which is lower than the Arizona state average of 17:1.

What grades does Desert Sun Academy offer ?

Desert Sun Academy offers enrollment in grades Prekindergarten-6

What school district is Desert Sun Academy part of?

Desert Sun Academy is part of Cave Creek Unified School District.

School Calendar

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Date
Spring Break-No School
March 13, 2023 (Monday)
Last Day of School
May 18, 2023 (Thursday)

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 337 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 15:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 26%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 30%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 50-54% (Top 30%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 55-59% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

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