Desert Meadows Elementary School

Summary:

Desert Meadows Elementary School is a public school located in Laveen, Arizona, serving grades PK-8 with a total enrollment of 848 students. The school is part of the Laveen Elementary District, which is ranked 257 out of 540 districts in Arizona and has a 3-star rating out of 5 from SchoolDigger.

While Desert Meadows Elementary School has a diverse student population, with a majority Hispanic enrollment, its academic performance has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Arizona elementary schools over the past 10 years. The school's proficiency rates on state assessments are generally below the Laveen Elementary District and Arizona state averages across grade levels and subject areas. Additionally, the school has seen an increase in its dropout rate, rising from 0.7% in 2018-2019 to 3.3% in 2021-2022, which is higher than the district and state averages. The school's performance also varies significantly across different student subgroups, with Native American and Hispanic students generally performing better than African American, Asian, and special education students.

While Estrella Foothills Global Academy and Paseo Pointe School, both within the Laveen Elementary District, have higher academic proficiency rates and better overall rankings, Desert Meadows Elementary School performs better than some schools outside the district, such as Riverbend Prep and Tuscano Elementary School, which are in the bottom 10-15% of Arizona elementary schools. Despite the school's challenges, it has seen an increase in per-student spending and a relatively low student-teacher ratio, though these factors have not yet translated into better academic outcomes for the students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 6855 W Meadows Loop E
       Laveen, AZ  85339-3512


(602) 304-2020

District: Laveen Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
674th of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,311 Help


Students who attend Desert Meadows Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Betty Fairfax High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.7 Help
Number of students:  848

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
61.1%
African American:
19.6%
White:
8.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  70.9% Help


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Compare Details Desert Meadows Elementary School ranks worse than 54.1% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 5th among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Laveen Elementary District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 40.13. (See more...)
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Compare Details Desert Meadows Elementary School ranks worse than 52.3% of middle schools in Arizona. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 39.23. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (61.1%), African American (19.6%), White (8.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 70.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Meadows Elementary School is 15.7, which is the 3rd best among 10 elementary schools in the Laveen Elementary District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Desert Meadows Elementary School is $10,311, which is the 3rd highest among 10 elementary schools in the Laveen Elementary District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Desert Meadows Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Meadows Elementary School 674th of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Desert Meadows Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Desert Meadows Elementary School 447th of 854 Arizona public middle schools. (See Desert Meadows Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Laveen Elementary District:

SchoolDigger ranks Laveen Elementary District 257th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Meadows Elementary School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 40.36 658th 1062 38.0%
2010 37.95 690th 1090 36.7%
2011 37.19 698th 1075 35.1%
2012 41.47 717th 1141 37.2%
2013 42.00 709th 1158 38.8%
2014 39.90 659th 1079 38.9%
2015 25.88 679th 955 28.9%
2016 31.97 703rd 1079 34.8%
2017 38.37 638th 1106 42.3%
2018 34.73 688th 1109 38.0%
2019 35.53 614th 1039 40.9%
2021 29.60 799th 1226 34.8%
2022 25.17 688th 1000 31.2%
2023 40.13 674th 1245 45.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Multi-racial students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 33.84 715th 1027 30.4%
2022 29.72 385th 444 13.3%
2023 40.88 404th 617 34.5%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 42.47 414th 975 57.5%
2023 36.43 229th 451 49.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.60 284th 417 31.9%
2021 33.93 791st 1201 34.1%
2023 28.79 607th 820 26.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.11 379th 820 53.8%
2022 36.08 411th 618 33.5%
2023 49.09 498th 1116 55.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.51 575th 1023 43.8%
2019 38.06 502nd 862 41.8%
2021 34.88 739th 1219 39.4%
2022 22.93 668th 824 18.9%
2023 36.91 706th 1219 42.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Foster Care students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 63.86 29th 306 90.5%
2023 7.42 38th 38 0.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.75 722nd 1032 30.0%
2019 23.14 631st 850 25.8%
2021 26.94 861st 1220 29.4%
2022 30.08 583rd 830 29.8%
2023 40.84 649th 1216 46.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Asian students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 23.57 538th 620 13.2%
2023 21.89 286th 316 9.5%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.71 33rd 100 67.0%
2021 35.10 601st 895 32.8%
2023 30.97 447th 607 26.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.95 583rd 911 36.0%
2019 40.62 397th 709 44.0%
2021 38.60 677th 1198 43.5%
2022 37.65 447th 716 37.6%
2023 49.50 522nd 1170 55.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Native American students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 59.54 138th 654 78.9%
2022 22.89 73rd 82 11.0%
2023 62.04 72nd 219 67.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Pacific Islander students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 22.09 143rd 171 16.4%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.17 396th 720 45.0%
2021 37.76 755th 1161 35.0%
2022 34.64 577th 800 27.9%
2023 57.59 406th 1024 60.4%
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Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Desert Meadows Elementary School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 44.31 368th 663 44.5%
2010 42.07 411th 692 40.6%
2011 29.31 510th 685 25.5%
2012 40.82 485th 772 37.2%
2013 42.79 466th 787 40.8%
2014 33.11 468th 690 32.2%
2015 23.27 405th 521 22.3%
2016 40.46 358th 677 47.1%
2017 35.45 406th 695 41.6%
2018 40.24 383rd 711 46.1%
2019 24.47 439th 605 27.4%
2021 28.87 557th 832 33.1%
2022 30.09 378th 605 37.5%
2023 39.23 447th 854 47.7%
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Rank History for middle school Multi-racial students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 25.46 518th 650 20.3%
2023 29.56 297th 384 22.7%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 45.97 171st 606 71.8%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 40.78 417th 789 47.1%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.92 208th 503 58.6%
2022 39.19 205th 369 44.4%
2023 45.09 332nd 717 53.7%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.81 364th 624 41.7%
2019 36.34 265th 466 43.1%
2021 33.45 496th 820 39.5%
2022 32.50 322nd 494 34.8%
2023 45.78 360th 806 55.3%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.61 392nd 617 36.5%
2019 14.00 386th 435 11.3%
2021 27.82 573rd 818 30.0%
2023 32.33 510th 810 37.0%
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Rank History for middle school Asian students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 51.79 201st 404 50.2%
2022 42.18 123rd 192 35.9%
2023 25.71 214th 247 13.4%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.27 65th 125 48.0%
2021 35.58 362nd 573 36.8%
2023 45.63 195th 400 51.3%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.53 291st 543 46.4%
2019 31.56 248th 387 35.9%
2021 39.26 433rd 802 46.0%
2022 40.82 211th 392 46.2%
2023 44.04 364th 760 52.1%
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Rank History for middle school Native American students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 34.68 252nd 390 35.4%
2022 56.45 26th 49 46.9%
2023 60.94 48th 159 69.8%
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Rank History for middle school Pacific Islander students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 44.37 51st 108 52.8%
2022 56.60 10th 16 37.5%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Desert Meadows Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.75 589th 780 24.5%
2023 28.44 500th 675 25.9%
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Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Arizona Department of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Open Quote This is my kids' second year at Desert Meadows, and it's been a good school for us. They are currently in 7th grade and 2nd grade. All the teachers they've had have been really good. Ms. Zachary in 2nd grade is great! My 7th grader is in the honors program and is doing really well. The office staff is just okay. Anytime I've tried to contact the principal via e-mail or phone, I get a response from someone else or, more often, no response at all. But other than that, I would recommend this school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Desert Meadows Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 75 69 28 240 18 n/a n/a 0 430
2009 157 212 50 411 26 n/a n/a 0 856
2010 155 210 45 456 32 n/a n/a 0 898
2011 149 231 41 518 29 11 12 0 991
2012 153 243 36 600 29 9 19 0 1089
2013 120 180 26 471 24 5 24 0 850
2014 122 208 18 513 22 8 27 0 918
2015 133 196 20 518 17 11 24 0 919
2016 116 212 21 557 24 5 28 0 963
2017 82 131 15 419 25 10 33 0 715
2018 89 124 13 454 22 13 39 0 754
2019 104 157 21 465 25 13 37 0 822
2020 89 159 19 501 38 7 33 0 846
2021 80 157 12 451 42 9 31 0 782
2022 80 165 15 471 30 7 21 0 789
2023 72 166 15 518 39 6 32 0 848

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 Meadows Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 430 17.1 25.1 35.3
2009 856 39.4 21.7 62.9
2010 898 41.0 21.8 71.2
2011 991 42.0 23.5 66.1
2012 1089 42.5 25.5 48.2
2013 850 39.2 21.6 74.2
2014 918 41.5 22.0 73
2015 919 45.0 20.4 73.4
2016 963 46.0 20.9 52.3
2017 715 17.0 41.9 41.1
2018 754 40.2 18.7 75.9
2019 822 45.3 18.1 66.9
2020 846 45.1 18.7 65.8
2021 782 45.9 17.0 n/a
2022 789 50.0 15.7 28.4
2023 848 53.7 15.7 70.9

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Desert Meadows Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 430 17.1 25.1 35.3
2009 856 39.4 21.7 62.9
2010 898 41.0 21.8 71.2
2011 991 42.0 23.5 66.1
2012 1089 42.5 25.5 48.2
2013 850 39.2 21.6 74.2
2014 918 41.5 22.0 73
2015 919 45.0 20.4 73.4
2016 963 46.0 20.9 52.3
2017 715 17.0 41.9 41.1
2018 754 40.2 18.7 75.9
2019 822 45.3 18.1 66.9
2020 846 45.1 18.7 65.8
2021 782 45.9 17.0 n/a
2022 789 50.0 15.7 28.4
2023 848 53.7 15.7 70.9

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for Desert Meadows Elementary School

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $480 (5.7%) $121 (1.4%) $1,082 (12.9%) $6,296 (74.8%) $1,522 (18.1%) $7,818 (92.9%) $8,420
2020 $439 (4.7%) $286 (3.1%) $1,165 (12.6%) $6,898 (74.4%) $1,642 (17.7%) $8,540 (92.2%) $9,266
2021 $779 (7.8%) $260 (2.6%) $1,818 (18.3%) $7,434 (74.8%) $1,471 (14.8%) $8,905 (89.6%) $9,944
2022 $621 (6.0%) $286 (2.8%) $1,528 (14.8%) $7,959 (77.2%) $1,445 (14.0%) $9,404 (91.2%) $10,311

Data source: Arizona Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Desert Meadows Elementary School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 614th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 674th of 1245 Elementary schools
 5%
Ranks 439th of 605 Middle schoolsRanks 447th of 854 Middle schools
 20.2%

Student Body

Number of students
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Change (%)
Total Students822848
 3.2%
African American157166
 5.7%
American Indian2539
 56%
Asian2115
 28.6%
Hispanic465518
 11.4%
Pacific Islander136
 53.8%
White10472
 30.8%
Two or More Races3732
 13.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients66.9%70.9%
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Students at Desert Meadows Elementary School are 61% Hispanic, 20% African American, 8% White, 5% American Indian, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 848 students attended Desert Meadows Elementary School.

Students who attend Desert Meadows Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Betty Fairfax High School

Desert Meadows Elementary School ranks 674th of 1245 Arizona elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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