Desert Shadows Elementary School

Public PK, KG-6

 5902 E Sweetwater Ave
       Scottsdale, AZ  85254-4378


(602) 449-6900

District: Paradise Valley Unified District (4241)

SchoolDigger Rank:
33rd of 796 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,701 Help

Students who attend Desert Shadows Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Desert Shadows Middle School
High:    Horizon High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.6
Number of students:  454

Racial breakdown:

White:
74.0%
Hispanic:
17.0%
Two or more races:
4.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14%

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Compare Details Desert Shadows Elementary School ranks better than 95.9% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 3rd among 13 ranked elementary schools in the Paradise Valley Unified District (4241). (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.18. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (74%), Hispanic (17%), two or more races (4.8%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Shadows Elementary School is 13.6, which is the 13th best among 13 elementary schools in the Paradise Valley Unified District (4241). (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Desert Shadows Elementary School is $7,701. 13 elementary schools in the Paradise Valley Unified District (4241) spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Desert Shadows Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Shadows Elementary School 33rd of 796 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Desert Shadows Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Paradise Valley Unified District (4241):

SchoolDigger ranks Paradise Valley Unified District (4241) 86th of 232 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Shadows Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 82.31 166th 1062 84.4%
2010 82.53 174th 1090 84.0%
2011 85.85 118th 1075 89.0%
2012 83.87 123rd 1141 89.2%
2013 80.42 176th 1158 84.8%
2014 72.62 298th 1079 72.4%
2015 77.69 196th 955 79.5%
2016 80.75 208th 1079 80.7%
2017 88.78 108th 1106 90.2%
2018 87.33 128th 1109 88.5%
2019 80.83 195th 1039 81.2%
2021 78.95 156th 790 80.3%
2022 93.18 33rd 796 95.9%

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

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by a parent
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Open Quote My kid loves going to DSES. The principal is great and leads the school to excellence whilst he knows every kid by name. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Open Quote This school is wonderful. I came over two years ago from another PVUSD elementary school and have been very impressed the caring staff and principal. At first I was nervous because our third grade teacher seemed very unorganized and not with it but we spoke with principal and he rectified the issue right away. Since, all of our teachers have been phenomenal. I recommend this school highly! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Desert Shadows Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 745 3 10 8 2 n/a n/a -54 714
1989 709 1 10 11 2 n/a n/a -96 637
1990 630 2 2 7 2 n/a n/a -73 570
1991 587 1 5 14 2 n/a n/a -24 585
1992 526 4 5 17 2 n/a n/a -1 553
1993 537 7 8 24 3 n/a n/a 0 579
1994 568 8 11 23 2 n/a n/a 0 612
1995 566 9 8 26 1 n/a n/a 0 610
1996 566 9 8 26 1 n/a n/a 0 610
1997 559 6 5 20 1 n/a n/a 0 591
1998 567 4 5 18 1 n/a n/a 0 595
1999 528 5 3 19 1 n/a n/a 0 556
2000 482 6 3 24 1 n/a n/a 0 516
2001 522 5 6 27 2 n/a n/a 0 562
2002 527 10 8 28 2 n/a n/a 0 575
2003 527 10 8 28 2 n/a n/a 0 575
2004 546 10 6 27 2 n/a n/a 0 591
2005 539 13 6 28 3 n/a n/a 0 589
2006 506 13 4 30 3 n/a n/a 0 556
2007 463 8 3 35 4 n/a n/a 0 513
2008 453 7 7 36 3 n/a n/a 0 506
2009 447 10 9 39 4 n/a n/a 0 509
2010 421 11 11 39 5 n/a n/a 0 487
2011 400 3 5 47 5 0 14 0 474
2012 392 7 9 51 3 0 20 0 482
2013 403 9 10 53 4 3 21 0 503
2014 403 8 10 67 4 3 26 0 521
2015 374 10 10 78 4 2 23 0 501
2016 361 8 12 69 3 2 19 0 474
2017 355 6 12 81 4 1 19 0 478
2018 343 3 10 71 1 1 19 0 448
2019 352 8 14 75 0 0 21 0 470
2020 373 8 13 74 3 0 29 0 500
2021 336 7 10 77 2 0 22 0 454

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 Shadows Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 714 37.8 18.8 n/a
1989 637 34.3 18.5 n/a
1990 570 32.5 17.5 n/a
1991 585 35.6 16.4 n/a
1992 553 34.0 16.2 n/a
1993 579 34.7 16.7 n/a
1994 612 34.7 17.6 n/a
1995 610 33.8 18.0 n/a
1996 610 33.8 18.0 n/a
1997 591 32.3 18.3 n/a
1998 595 32.2 18.5 n/a
1999 556 32.2 17.3 n/a
2000 516 33.1 15.6 n/a
2001 562 29.6 19.0 n/a
2002 575 34.6 16.6 8.9
2003 575 34.6 16.6 8.9
2004 591 33.0 17.9 6.8
2005 589 31.4 18.8 9.3
2006 556 33.4 16.6 8.1
2007 513 32.7 15.7 5.8
2008 506 35.2 14.4 7.3
2009 509 35.8 14.2 9.4
2010 487 32.0 15.2 11.3
2011 474 33.0 14.3 14.6
2012 482 32.6 14.7 16.6
2013 503 31.6 15.9 23.1
2014 521 29.6 17.6 5.4
2015 501 33.0 15.1 13.4
2016 474 31.0 15.2 8.9
2017 478 29.5 16.2 13.6
2018 448 28.9 15.5 11.6
2019 470 28.3 16.6 11.7
2020 500 31.1 16.0 14
2021 454 33.3 13.6 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 Shadows Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 714 37.8 18.8 n/a
1989 637 34.3 18.5 n/a
1990 570 32.5 17.5 n/a
1991 585 35.6 16.4 n/a
1992 553 34.0 16.2 n/a
1993 579 34.7 16.7 n/a
1994 612 34.7 17.6 n/a
1995 610 33.8 18.0 n/a
1996 610 33.8 18.0 n/a
1997 591 32.3 18.3 n/a
1998 595 32.2 18.5 n/a
1999 556 32.2 17.3 n/a
2000 516 33.1 15.6 n/a
2001 562 29.6 19.0 n/a
2002 575 34.6 16.6 8.9
2003 575 34.6 16.6 8.9
2004 591 33.0 17.9 6.8
2005 589 31.4 18.8 9.3
2006 556 33.4 16.6 8.1
2007 513 32.7 15.7 5.8
2008 506 35.2 14.4 7.3
2009 509 35.8 14.2 9.4
2010 487 32.0 15.2 11.3
2011 474 33.0 14.3 14.6
2012 482 32.6 14.7 16.6
2013 503 31.6 15.9 23.1
2014 521 29.6 17.6 5.4
2015 501 33.0 15.1 13.4
2016 474 31.0 15.2 8.9
2017 478 29.5 16.2 13.6
2018 448 28.9 15.5 11.6
2019 470 28.3 16.6 11.7
2020 500 31.1 16.0 14
2021 454 33.3 13.6 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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Desert Shadows Elementary School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $9,790
2020 $7,701

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Desert Shadows Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 195th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 33rd of 796 Elementary schools
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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students470454
 3.4%
African American87
 12.5%
American Indian02
Asian1410
 28.6%
Hispanic7577
 2.7%
Pacific Islander00
Two or More Races2122
 4.8%




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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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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