Enrollment: 620. 2014 school letter grade: A.
Judges said: "Very rigorous curriculum and very high expectations."
Dual-language programs in the Valley
Desert Sage Elementary, Mandarin, Deer Valley Unified School District
We are now accepting enrollment for Kindergarten, and first-grade students for the Mandarin Immersion Program. Would your child benefit from the program? Click for More Information.
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?
The Deer Valley Unified School District’s Governing Board unanimously approved to seek voter authorization of a 15% override. This election will take place on November 3, 2015 and will help preserve current fine arts and athletic programs such as art, general and instrumental music, and physical education, as well as maintain class sizes. The funds will also be used to attract and retain highly qualified teachers.
The Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (AZCCRS) for reading and math set higher expectations for students. This means that expectations for student achievement are higher than they used to be with the previous AIMS state assessment. As state officials have recently reported, it is likely that fewer students will score at the higher achievement levels on the AzMERIT assessment, especially the first few years.