Desert Hills Middle

Summary:

Desert Hills Middle is an alternative public school located in Saint George, Utah, serving grades 8-9 with a total enrollment of 895 students. The school is part of the Washington District, which is ranked 35 out of 100 districts in Utah and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Desert Hills Middle consistently outperforms the Washington District and the state of Utah in standardized test scores across various subjects and grade levels. In 2022-2023, 59.9% of 8th-grade students were proficient or better in RISE/English Language Arts, compared to 49.4% for the district and 41.8% for Utah. In mathematics, 60.6% of 8th-graders were proficient or better, compared to 48.7% for the district and 38.2% for Utah. The school also had 67.5% of 8th-graders proficient or better in RISE/Science, outpacing the district's 56.1% and the state's 48.5%.

While Desert Hills Middle has a higher percentage of White students (85.03%) compared to nearby schools like Hurricane Middle (14.58%) and Snow Canyon Middle (24.86%), it also has a relatively low percentage of free and reduced lunch recipients at 16.76% in the 2022-2023 school year. This suggests that the school serves a more affluent student population compared to some of the nearby schools, which may have implications for the resources and support available to students, as well as the overall school culture and community.


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Public, Alternative 8-9

 936 E Desert Hills Drive
       Saint George, UT  84790


(435) 628-0001

District: Washington District

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,403 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  23.5 Help
Number of students:  895

Racial breakdown:

White:
85.0%
Hispanic:
7.7%
Two or more races:
2.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.8% Help


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Compare Details Desert Hills Middle ranks better than 96.8% of middle schools in Utah. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.92. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (85%), Hispanic (7.7%), two or more races (2.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Hills Middle is 23.5, which is the 3rd best among 3 alternative schools in the Washington District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Desert Hills Middle is $7,403. 6 alternative schools in the Washington District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Desert Hills Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Hills Middle 7th of 216 Utah public middle schools. (See Desert Hills Middle in the ranking list.)

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Washington District:

SchoolDigger ranks Washington District 35th of 100 Utah school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Desert Hills Middle

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Rank History for all students at Desert Hills Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 72.55 32nd 200 84.0%
2009 54.95 105th 205 48.8%
2012 76.38 22nd 238 90.8%
2013 81.59 6th 243 97.5%
2014 78.30 29th 185 84.3%
2015 79.41 34th 210 83.8%
2016 83.05 15th 209 92.8%
2017 83.17 17th 206 91.7%
2019 78.59 30th 222 86.5%
2021 90.12 8th 213 96.2%
2022 88.67 13th 209 93.8%
2023 90.92 7th 216 96.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Hills Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 88.78 8th 133 94.0%
2023 90.08 8th 138 94.2%
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Rank History for White students at Desert Hills Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 84.43 18th 191 90.6%
2023 88.68 7th 191 96.3%
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Data source: test scores: Utah State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Open Quote Poor curriculum, despite the fact that Utah's public schools are supposed to be transitioning to Core-which if that's true, they should take a few pointers from the private and charter schools as to what kind of materials and lesson plans to use, - and it seems that though what is taught is supposed to be changing, how it's taught is the same: the tenured staff acts like it's an imposition to ask about what is happening in the class room. It is TERRIBLE- As I type this it's mid November, and not one book had been assigned to read (Language Arts) until a week ago; that is NOT Core standard. Moreover, the list from which the kids can choose has 70 titles, and less than 10 "classics" on it. The rest are pulp teen fiction or drivel. We had our kids in both private and charter schools, and so didn't expect DHMS to be absolutely equal. But the quality of what they are learning (and I'm being generous with that term) is so sub-par as to be offensive. One of my kids is in 8th grade, and they are COLORING a graph for math class. There are some dedicated and great teachers- Winfree is one, who teaches history, Bruin is another for Science, Sparks does shop and keyboarding...but the math and English has been frustrating...for kids who want to go to college, DHMS isn't prep at all, I can only shudder to think that DHHS is more of the same. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Desert Hills Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 769 1 18 39 7 n/a n/a 6 840
2009 557 1 12 25 3 n/a n/a 6 604
2010 595 5 20 29 4 n/a n/a 31 684
2011 662 6 6 31 3 14 0 0 722
2012 719 7 4 33 6 12 1 0 782
2013 755 5 7 38 6 14 4 0 829
2014 798 6 9 38 8 16 6 0 881
2015 802 6 9 39 4 22 7 0 889
2016 850 2 10 41 2 23 13 0 941
2017 939 5 10 49 6 24 18 0 1051
2018 988 6 8 50 6 24 15 0 1097
2019 590 5 11 29 5 18 10 0 668
2020 612 9 6 43 3 10 13 0 696
2021 626 9 4 43 3 12 15 0 712
2022 747 9 8 72 5 16 20 0 877
2023 761 9 16 69 4 13 23 0 895

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Desert Hills Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 840 35.3 23.8 25.5
2009 604 8.2 20.7 24.1
2010 684 28.8 23.6 32.6
2011 722 30.3 23.8 30.7
2012 782 33.5 23.3 37.9
2013 829 34.3 24.1 50.5
2014 881 33.8 26.0 26.9
2015 889 n/a n/a 23.6
2016 941 n/a n/a 19.4
2017 1051 33.8 31.0 25.2
2018 1097 n/a n/a 19.7
2019 668 26.8 24.9 17.8
2020 696 27.6 25.2 18.1
2021 712 n/a n/a 16.6
2022 877 36.1 24.2 19
2023 895 38.0 23.5 16.8

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 Hills Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 840 35.3 23.8 25.5
2009 604 8.2 20.7 24.1
2010 684 28.8 23.6 32.6
2011 722 30.3 23.8 30.7
2012 782 33.5 23.3 37.9
2013 829 34.3 24.1 50.5
2014 881 33.8 26.0 26.9
2015 889 n/a n/a 23.6
2016 941 n/a n/a 19.4
2017 1051 33.8 31.0 25.2
2018 1097 n/a n/a 19.7
2019 668 26.8 24.9 17.8
2020 696 27.6 25.2 18.1
2021 712 n/a n/a 16.6
2022 877 36.1 24.2 19
2023 895 38.0 23.5 16.8

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 Hills Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $556 (7.5%) $6,847 (92.5%) $7,403

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Desert Hills Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 30th of 222 Middle schoolsRanks 7th of 216 Middle schools
 10.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
8th Grade English Language Arts (Desert Hills Middle)52.959.9
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Washington District)48.149.4
 1.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)43.341.8
 1.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Desert Hills Middle)54.560.6
 6.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Washington District)50.848.7
 2.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Utah)42.738.2
 4.5%
8th Grade Science (Desert Hills Middle)59.467.5
 8.1%
   8th Grade Science (Washington District)54.356.1
 1.8%
   8th Grade Science (Utah)49.248.5
 0.7%
9th Grade English Language Arts (Desert Hills Middle)54.163
 8.9%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Washington District)5156.3
 5.3%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)48.244
 4.2%
9th Grade Mathematics (Desert Hills Middle)53.351.2
 2.1%
   9th Grade Mathematics (Washington District)46.446.5
 0.1%
   9th Grade Mathematics (Utah)43.632.8
 10.8%
9th Grade Science (Desert Hills Middle)43.159.8
 16.7%
   9th Grade Science (Washington District)38.553.4
 14.9%
   9th Grade Science (Utah)36.238.1
 1.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students668895
 34%
African American59
 80%
American Indian54
 20%
Asian1116
 45.5%
Hispanic2969
 137.9%
Pacific Islander1813
 27.8%
White590761
 29%
Two or More Races1023
 130%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients17.8%16.8%
 1.1%


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Students at Desert Hills Middle are 85% White, 8% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 895 students attended Desert Hills Middle.


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

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