Desert Sage Elementary
4035 W. Alameda Rd
Glendale, Arizona 85310
Principal: Mrs. Lisa Crain
Main Phone: (623) 445-4700
Attendance: (623) 445-4790
Fax: (623) 445-4780
Welcome to Desert Sage Elementary School
Mandarin Immersion Program
We are now accepting enrollment for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first-grade students for the Mandarin Immersion Program. Would your child benefit from the program? Click for More Information.
Welcome to Desert Sage Elementary. We are looking forward to being part of your child(ren’s) education! We have a highly qualified, caring staff who are here to meet the needs of your child(ren) academically, socially and emotionally.
Desert Sage offers a continuum of academic services for all of our students from gifted to special education. We offer gifted services in our K-2 classrooms, in the form of cluster teachers with support from our Sage teacher. Our 3rd through 6th grade Sage classes are a combination of Project Based Learning, advanced placement and content replacement or “pull out” model to more effectively challenge your child. Our Sage teacher completes gifted testing several times throughout the school year.
We are offering FREE full day kindergarten as well as a partial Mandarin Immersion program beginning in Preschool and Kindergarten this year. We are accepting open enrollment for all grade levels.
Our Special Education services focus on inclusive practices. We will be enhancing our specialized instruction with co-teaching in the general education classroom to ensure that all of our students have the same opportunities and exposure to grade level content. We have four learning centers which are utilized to support students who need more specialized instruction. We also have two developmental preschools on our campus.
Our school focus is on achieving our personal best using brain based techniques and strategies from HET (Highly Effective Teaching). HET emphasizes hands on learning, with real worldproblem solving activities. The HET model helps our teachers create a content rich, clutter free environment in which to create lessons that incorporate multiple intelligences, music, and movement to enhance learning.
We will continue to focus on rigorous, engaging curriculum utilizing small group instruction and the AZ College and Career Ready Standards.
Our friendly, outgoing office staff are here to support you throughout the school year with our Red Carpet Service. Please stop by or call if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to meeting and talking with each and every one of you. Please join us in growing responsible leaders at Desert Sage! We are looking forward to a remarkable and rewarding year with you and your child(ren).
Lisa Crain, Principal and the Desert Sage Staff
Get in Line for Extraordinary Educational Opportunities: Open Enrollment Available Now & Kindergarten Registration Open November 17
Open Enrollment for DVUSD, an “A” rated district for four consecutive years is now being accepted for the 2015-16 school year. Deer Valley families have the opportunity to select a school of their choice during this open enrollment time frame. The application process has gone fully digital and forms are only available online. Computers are available for use at the District office and at each school. Applications must be submitted by December 17, 2014. Applications received after this deadline may be granted if/when classroom space becomes avail
For families currently under open enrollment, you will not need to reapply for open enrollment to continue attending your school of choice. Your student will continue to be enrolled at their campus unless you withdraw to attend another school. If you choose to withdraw to attend another DVUSD school outside of your attendance boundary, please complete and submit an open enrollment application to attend the new school.
If your student is promoting to another school (e.g., promoting from a K-6 school to attend a middle school or promoting from a middle or K-8 school to attend a high school) you will need to complete and submit an open enrollment application to attend the new school if that school is outside of your attendance boundary.
Additional information regarding open enrollment can be found in our Open Enrollment section under Parents & Students. If you have any questions regarding open enrollment, please contact your school’s registrar.
For those of you beginning your journey with DVUSD, Free full day Kindergarten registration opens November 17. Stay tuned todvusd.org for more details.
Mandarin Project Goals:
Benefits of Early Language Acquisition (Immersion)
Research over the last few decades on early language acquisition has demonstrated that starting a dual language at an early age allows students to become more proficient in that dual language while still maintaining fluency in their primary language. More surprising is the recent research that shows the positive effects of dual language learning on the development of the brain. Some of the findings in the research include:
Why Mandarin Chinese?