Desert Marigold School

Public, Charter, Alternative K-12

 6210 South 28th Street
       Phoenix, AZ  85042


 (602) 243-6909

District: Valley Of The Sun Waldorf Education Association Dba Desert


Student/teacher ratio:  n/a
Number of students:  289

Racial breakdown:
White:
75.4%
Hispanic:
12.5%
Two or more races:
5.5%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.1%

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We updated the 2016-17 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2017, Desert Marigold School ranked better than 57% of elementary schools in Arizona. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 50.81. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017, Desert Marigold School ranked better than 69.5% of middle schools in Arizona. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 62.7. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017, Desert Marigold School ranked better than 79.7% of high schools in Arizona. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.43. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (75.4%), Hispanic (12.5%), two or more races (5.5%). (See more...)
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Schooldigger 2017 Rankings:

Desert Marigold School:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Marigold School 473rd of 1100 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Desert Marigold School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Desert Marigold School 208th of 681 Arizona public middle schools. (See Desert Marigold School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Desert Marigold School 83rd of 409 Arizona public high schools. (See Desert Marigold School in the ranking list.)



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Rank History for Desert Marigold School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 23.30 866th 1034 16.2%
2010 32.67 759th 1064 28.7%
2011 42.22 612th 1049 41.7%
2012 41.33 705th 1114 36.7%
2013 56.59 487th 1130 56.9%
2014 44.63 595th 1051 43.4%
2015 73.37 227th 929 75.6%
2016 45.95 514th 1073 52.1%
2017 50.81 473rd 1100 57.0%

Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Desert Marigold School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 56.71 269th 662 59.4%
2010 44.63 385th 690 44.2%
2011 58.24 262nd 684 61.7%
2012 48.04 400th 767 47.8%
2013 64.87 243rd 781 68.9%
2014 55.55 290th 694 58.2%
2015 91.75 34th 519 93.4%
2016 64.76 190th 669 71.6%
2017 62.70 208th 681 69.5%

Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Desert Marigold School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 73.41 122nd 471 74.1%
2013 64.39 188th 490 61.6%
2016 76.18 51st 396 87.1%
2017 66.43 83rd 409 79.7%

Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Desert Marigold School Test Scores
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Data source: Arizona Department of Education Accountability Division

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by a parent
Friday, June 4, 2010

Open Quote My Children have been attending DMS "desert marigold school" for 3 years, in that time my children have been in grades: kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, and ninth

PROS
more accepting of developmentally delayed children
emotionally supportive
lovely campus (this is the best and only thing significantly positive thing about DMS)

CONS
over 90% of the student body is intellectually or emotionally disabled (the healthy students leave)
no advanced classes (the good teachers usually leave within a year)
no average classes (there is literally a basket weaving class for high school)
poor teaching
special ed school
some verbal bullies

Here are two samples of their standardized test scores:
In 2009 the third grade had a 23 percent passing rate, sixth grade had a 36 percent passing rate; 60% to 80% of all students in these grades are failing to pass the bare minimum standards set by the state. These students are failing miserably.

Now compare these numbers with a school that has good teachers, I have found that teachers are the most critical factor, a great teacher with a bad administration still teaches well.

For 2009 every grade at Basis had a 97% or higher passing rate, you can't even begin to compare the top scores of desert marigold vs Basis, its like comparing monkeys with humans.

Some other considerations:
While visiting school in 2010 I found drug paraphernalia (a joint and papers) in the bathroom
My average ability child was the top student in his class
Teachers are supposed to teach the same students from first through eighth grade but it rarely happens

Do not do what I did and waste your children’s precious formative years with a school like DMS, try schools that have much higher quality teachers and students, here is a list of the top schools:
http://phoenix.about.com/library/blschoolscharter.htm

For example:
Villa Montessori - Phoenix Campus
Great Hearts
Tempe Prepatory Academy

If you have a child that is severely disabled: autism, chemical abuse, aspergers, and functioning at 2 or more grades below level, then DMS may be a great fit, but if you have an average or above average child, you will be harming them by sending them to desert marigold school. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Desert Marigold School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 84 2 2 9 0 n/a n/a 0 97
2003 84 2 2 9 0 n/a n/a 0 97
2004 136 3 2 6 0 n/a n/a 0 147
2005 168 3 2 4 1 n/a n/a 0 178
2006 171 13 3 8 0 n/a n/a 0 195
2007 163 10 6 9 0 n/a n/a 0 188
2008 142 12 9 9 2 n/a n/a 0 174
2009 151 10 14 17 6 n/a n/a 0 198
2010 170 11 15 18 7 n/a n/a 0 221
2011 189 14 5 21 7 1 9 0 246
2012 210 14 4 32 7 0 10 0 277
2013 225 14 8 36 6 0 12 0 301
2014 213 14 7 38 4 1 12 0 289
2015 218 11 3 36 4 1 16 0 289

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Desert Marigold School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 97 n/a n/a n/a
2003 97 n/a n/a n/a
2004 147 n/a n/a n/a
2005 178 n/a n/a n/a
2006 195 n/a n/a n/a
2007 188 n/a n/a 7.4
2008 174 n/a n/a 8.6
2009 198 n/a n/a 14.1
2010 221 n/a n/a 17.2
2011 246 n/a n/a 0.0
2012 277 n/a n/a 22.4
2013 301 n/a n/a 24.3
2014 289 n/a n/a 13.1
2015 289 n/a n/a n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Desert Marigold School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 97 n/a n/a n/a
2003 97 n/a n/a n/a
2004 147 n/a n/a n/a
2005 178 n/a n/a n/a
2006 195 n/a n/a n/a
2007 188 n/a n/a 7.4
2008 174 n/a n/a 8.6
2009 198 n/a n/a 14.1
2010 221 n/a n/a 17.2
2011 246 n/a n/a 0.0
2012 277 n/a n/a 22.4
2013 301 n/a n/a 24.3
2014 289 n/a n/a 13.1
2015 289 n/a n/a n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Arizona Department of Education.

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