Desert Ridge Junior High

Public 7-8

 10211 E. Madero Ave.
       Mesa, AZ  85209


 (480) 497-3300

 School Website

District: Gilbert Unified District

SchoolDigger Rank:
174th of 711 Arizona Middle Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  22.5
Number of students:  1,305

Racial breakdown:
White:
68.2%
Hispanic:
21.7%
African American:
4.1%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  0.6%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Saturday, August 4, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Desert Ridge Junior High ranked better than 75.5% of middle schools in Arizona. It also ranked 6th among 7 ranked middle schools in the Gilbert Unified District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 71.49. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Desert Ridge Junior High has the largest middle school student body size in the Gilbert Unified District. Racial makeup is: White (68.2%), Hispanic (21.7%), African American (4.1%). (See more...)
Compare Details 0.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Ridge Junior High is 22.5. 5 middle schools in the Gilbert Unified District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Desert Ridge Junior High employs 58 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Desert Ridge Junior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Ridge Junior High 174th of 711 Arizona public middle schools. (See Desert Ridge Junior High in the ranking list.)

Gilbert Unified District:

SchoolDigger ranks Gilbert Unified District 87th of 445 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Ridge Junior High

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 84.35 84th 663 87.3%
2010 79.73 124th 692 82.1%
2011 77.10 139th 685 79.7%
2012 79.73 112th 772 85.5%
2013 77.61 145th 787 81.6%
2014 79.43 135th 690 80.4%
2015 72.62 126th 521 75.8%
2016 70.04 169th 677 75.0%
2017 64.72 198th 695 71.5%
2018 71.49 174th 711 75.5%

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

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Data source: Arizona Department of Education Accountability Division

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by a student
Monday, May 15, 2017

Open Quote I like the school it's just they are really strict on everything. They have a iboss web filter that blocks EDU.COM websites and is very strict and blocks everything on the chromebooks they issue to us. They have a thing called Hapara Highlights that can show the teachers what tabs you are on and live video of what you are doing. They can OPEN and CLOSE tabs for you and make you stuck on a tab. This is kinda creepy to me. They can also send "on screen" messages so they can type a message and the message will pop up on the kids chromebook. This is creepy. I am not saying that there is creepy teachers there but a teacher could use it for inappropriate use. PLEASE here me, there is no creepy teachers lol :) . But anyway, yeah so I like the courses there and I love most of the teacher there. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Monday, May 9, 2011

Open Quote As a parent of a student who has always maintained A's and B's and never once been in trouble throughout her entire school career, I am very shocked and saddened by how my 8th grader has been treated by this school. She has never received detention at this school or been disciplined at any time, but gets talked down to badly by teachers that are much older and well past their teaching prime despite her best efforts. The kids are treated like criminals at this school regardless of what kind of kid they are, there are no opportunities for parent involvement except in the sports department and one day a year, and there is a HUGE DRUG PROBLEM at this school. The overall environment of this school is very negative and the administration cares much more about dress codes than they do about the drug problem that runs rampant on their campus. With all of the budget cuts in this district and state, the staff has been left very bitter and unwilling to treat the students like human beings. I would not recommend this school to anyone hoping to keep their child safe or happy. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Desert Ridge Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 552 44 17 113 5 n/a n/a 0 731
2003 552 44 17 113 5 n/a n/a 0 731
2004 621 47 22 153 5 n/a n/a 0 848
2005 711 58 27 189 8 n/a n/a 0 993
2006 801 76 41 200 10 n/a n/a 0 1128
2007 829 65 36 204 12 n/a n/a 0 1146
2008 848 79 41 220 4 n/a n/a 0 1192
2009 852 86 58 229 13 n/a n/a 0 1238
2010 886 70 57 252 15 n/a n/a 0 1280
2011 882 65 50 283 12 3 12 0 1307
2012 917 52 50 253 8 1 20 0 1301
2013 975 59 52 242 6 1 18 0 1353
2014 956 56 47 263 13 1 21 0 1357
2015 967 64 39 268 11 1 27 0 1377
2016 890 54 37 283 9 1 31 0 1305

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 Ridge Junior High

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 731 36.7 19.9 14.5
2003 731 36.7 19.9 14.5
2004 848 41.1 20.6 13.8
2005 993 50.1 19.8 10.9
2006 1128 58.1 19.4 24.8
2007 1146 60.5 18.9 21.3
2008 1192 60.0 19.9 25.0
2009 1238 63.0 19.7 28.9
2010 1280 60.1 21.2 29.5
2011 1307 59.7 21.8 33.3
2012 1301 57.0 22.8 18.3
2013 1353 59.7 22.6 0.9
2014 1357 65.4 20.7 0.3
2015 1377 60.0 22.9 0.2
2016 1305 58.0 22.5 0.6

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 Ridge Junior High

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 731 36.7 19.9 14.5
2003 731 36.7 19.9 14.5
2004 848 41.1 20.6 13.8
2005 993 50.1 19.8 10.9
2006 1128 58.1 19.4 24.8
2007 1146 60.5 18.9 21.3
2008 1192 60.0 19.9 25.0
2009 1238 63.0 19.7 28.9
2010 1280 60.1 21.2 29.5
2011 1307 59.7 21.8 33.3
2012 1301 57.0 22.8 18.3
2013 1353 59.7 22.6 0.9
2014 1357 65.4 20.7 0.3
2015 1377 60.0 22.9 0.2
2016 1305 58.0 22.5 0.6

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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