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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
Nurse:  (623)-445-4710
Cafeteria: (623)-445-4714

Upcoming Events


Welcome to Desert Sage Elementary School

An "A" Rated School in the Deer Valley District

Desert Sage has once again received an A Rating by the Department of Education. In general, the “A” Profile Letter Grade designates an excellent level of performance for student achievement and learning growth. Read more here.  
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 Know someone interested in teaching in our district?  DVUSD Job Fair is on April 11!  

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.

The new AzMERIT test will be administered at Desert Sage throughout most of the month of April with different grade levels being tested on different days. To read more about the test, click here.  

A Message From the Principal 

 Dear Parents/Guardians,  

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 

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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.


We are proud to be your choice for providing a positive educational environment for your student.

The MISSION of the Mandarin Program in the Deer Valley Unified School District is to create a world class, fully articulated Mandarin Chinese language curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten to the University which will enhance the future success of students in a global and technologically advanced society.

Mandarin Project Goals:

  • Develop high levels of student foreign language proficiency through increased instructional time in Mandarin Chinese
  • Use Research-based instructional practices
  • Participate in community-based activities
  • To develop curriculum and assessments for three foreign language models (FLEX, FLES and Immersion)
  • To improve the foreign language proficiency of students
  • To provide research-based professional development for staff
  • To expand multicultural awareness among All Mandarin students, parents and staff

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:

  • Bilingualism fosters the development of verbal and spatial abilities
  • Elementary students showed improved reading achievement in their primary language after exposure to foreign language learning
  • 4th grade students who received daily language instruction experienced greater achievement in reading, vocabulary, and comprehension on Iowa state tests when compared to students with no foreign language instruction
  • Children in foreign language programs have tended to demonstrate greater cognitive development, creativity, and divergent thinking than monolingual children
  • When children are adequately exposed to two languages at an early age, they are more flexible and creative and they reach higher levels of cognitive development at an earlier age than their monolingual peers

Why Mandarin Chinese?

  • Most widely spoken 1st language in the world  (873 million)
  • Chinese students (over 127,000) are the largest group of foreign students in America’s universities.
  • But only about 14,000 American   students are studying in China. However, American students studying Chinese has continued to grow steadily. (The Economist online “Studying the Superpower” Jan, 18, 2011)
  • China has an estimated 30,000 organizations or companies offering private English classes. In the five years between 2005-2010, the market has nearly doubled in size to be worth around US $3.1 billion. 
    (Guardian UK “Battle intensifies for $2bn English-teaching business in China” July 13, 2010) 
  • About 40 million foreigners are studying Mandarin around the world…,but only 50,000 of them are in the U.S. (Newsweek “America’s Chinese Problem: The reports of progress are wrong” Dec. 6, 2010)
  • In 2000, China’s accounted for only 7.1% of the world’s total GDP (in PPP terms). In 2010, that figure increased to 13.3%. By
  • 2020, it is expected to reach 20.7%. (Euromonitor International “Top 10 largest economies in 2020” July 7, 2010) 
  • China could overtake the U.S. as the world’s biggest economy by 2030, according to economic experts. 
    (New York Times, “China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy” August 15, 2010)
  • China is the now the second largest economy in the world after the US  with a nominal GDP of US $9.87 trillion (2010)
  • China has had the fastest-growing major economy for the past 30 years with an average annual GDP growth rate of 10.3% compared with the US’s 2.4% (Goldman Sachs Global ECS Research, Dec. 2010) 
  • China is the second largest trade partner of the US. The US did over $409 billion in trade with China in 2011 Labor force: 819.5 million (2010 est.), #1 global ranking


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