Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Lisa Crain
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your child(ren’s) educational journey! 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 Kindergarten. Our Mandarin Immersion is also offered in first and second grades. 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 several learning centers which are utilized to support students who need more specialized instruction. We also have three 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 world problem 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. We will utilize RTI – Response to Intervention, in all classrooms to help all students to be successful learners by offering differentiated instructions to address student learning needs.
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 an incredible and rewarding year with you and your child(ren).
Thank you for sharing your children with us.
Lisa Crain, Principal