Hugh Lorch

Desert Sun Academy8

Scottsdale, AZ | Maricopa County

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October 23, 2014


That school is awesome. They had a A+ last year. You should came to that school. I had been there before. You should came there.

Submitted by a parent

September 24, 2014


After looking at many of the schools around town, we easily made the decision to open enroll our children at Desert Sun Academy. From the small class sizes that utilize Core Knowledge to the Science Lab & amazing staff, Desert Sun has been nothing short of an an amazing experience. This year, the addition of Dr. Korb has also been a welcome & positive change for the school, as has the new A+ rating! We can't say enough positive things about this school!

Submitted by a parent

September 21, 2014


Desert Sun Academy is awesome especially with our new principal Dr. Micah Korb. He is so open to new ideas, students, parents and staff all working together! He is really creating a sense of community at the school and always available to parents to discuss any matters. We are enjoying the wonderful learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. I now have all 3 of my children attending this school and can't say enough positive things about our wonderful secretaries, teachers, staff, students and principal.

Submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014


Desert Sun is a gem. The teachers and supportive staff are highly qualified and educated on current teaching strategies, using dozens of technology techniques in their instruction and grouping through documented data that they collect daily. They drive their instruction through the results they see daily in the students and challenge them exactly where they need to be. Students are excited and involved. They have many opportunities for leadership. I'm disappointed in those who would slam a school that has a staff variety that has such professionalism and who works hours that none would accept in their own jobs. They do it for the love of these children. There is always something to complain about, if you don't stop and really see the true beauty in front of you. Avoid the gossip and you will be greatly pleased! My two children have grown immensely at Desert Sun Academy. One has been there K-6. They learn through changes and hard times and love challenging themselves and being creative individuals. I am thrilled about the energy in the new principal this year and the growth that will be seen in years to come at DSA!

Submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014


Desert Sun Academy is an amazing school. I am a parent and have had children at this school since 2008. From the new principal, Dr. Korb, to the entire staff and the families at Desert Sun I couldn't be happier with my 3 kids experience at the school. It is a smaller school with uniforms and we love it! Everyone on campus knows each other and the sense of community is amazing!

Submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014


I've been very happy with Desert Sun. The school has terrific parent involvement. All of the teachers that my children have had have been great. The teachers incorporate technology into the classroom. The science lab is wonderful. I love that the kids were uniforms. Spanish, chorus, band, student council, video club... What else can I say?

Submitted by a parent

September 18, 2014


As a parent, and active volunteer on the DSA campus for the past 5 years, I can not say enough about the dedicated staff and families here. We have been through a lot of changes in leadership, with each principal adding his own touch to the campus environment. While past principal got a bad rap, he did come in and create positive change. Our school achieved A+ rating from the Arizona Education Foundation, test scores improved and the overall look of the campus improved. This year brings us a young, energetic and forward thinking new principal who is out and about on campus daily! He greets both parents and students by name!! The teachers excel in curriculum knowledge and overall dedication to their students. Both my kids have attended since kindergarten and one has only a year left..... My child has received a quality education in a safe, friendly and caring campus!

Submitted by a parent

October 22, 2013


Desert Sun has been on a downhill spiral ever since Dr. Wood arrived! He took away programs that the prior principal put in place-lunch bunch, Junior Achievement & Core clusters. There are some excellent teachers there!! His personality is the wrong fit for the demographic, he is over his head! For 2 years I have watched a mass exit of families, some tried to explain that away with change to 1/2 Kindergarten but when they brought back full day last year...another mass exit occurred. That is a plus for the school this year because the class sizes are so small. He stands by the busses every day after school hiding from parents instead of at the parent pick up which is under-supervised and I have witnessed bullying. Not to mention the two teachers at parent pick up are fending off parents who disobey school parking lot rules and can not supervise the students waiting on the platform. The two 6th grade teachers are apathetic!! Last year the kids NEVER went on one field trip. And beware--Desert Sun is the only elementary school in the CCUSD district that does not go on a 6th Grade trip. Many people say the principal of the school does not matter....I beg to differ!

Submitted by a parent

September 3, 2013


What a bunch of spoiled, self serving people. Just because you are no longer able to run the school to fit your child's outlandish desires, you have to put down the Principal and staff. I have worked with Dr. Wood in the past and not even once did I see him hide from a parent. You can't expect to just walk into a school and demand to see the Principal that very minute. He DOES have a job to do and it isn't to cater to parents. Shame on you and your self-centered egos.

April 11, 2013


DSA has been an excellent experience for both of my children for the past 3 years. After being at other schools in Arizona and California I rate DSA the best school of all. The teachers here are very informed, up to date with current trends, and caring toward my children. I have always been informed about their progress and welcomed in the classroom and on campus. Teachers have gone the extra mile to help my child succeed. I believe the new principal is working to achieve excellence and has raised the bar. New technology has been added on campus and he instills teacher best practices by allowing teachers to observe one another in a classroom setting.

Submitted by a parent

March 6, 2013


I really thought about the prior post. It's a very interesting point that no matter how good good is there is still always complaining universally. I think I know the schools that were alluded too. They are discussed in the office of KUMON when I take my kids to supplemental learning there. This stretches them and empowers them. You know I think that the more we economically lose, as a society, the more we feel it's our right to call people out or complain. Basically project our frustrations onto other people. I tell my kids never to cyber bully via facebook or other mediums. I think calling out a person by name is bullying. How can they defend themselves against anonymous entries. When you are anonymous it gives you power but I'm not sure that power is justified. Use that energy to create positive changes and the world would be a better place. I too think the principle is doing a great job. Everyone has different things they are looking for in a school. This school fosters a well rounded child that sees the world in a larger context beyond themselves. I value this school and principle because they focus on the total child including philanthropy, academics, core knowledge.

Submitted by a parent

March 6, 2013


Dr Wood is a very caring principle who nurtures student development. The science lab and music room have been expanded under his care. 7 Students placed in the Kiwanis Science Fair, including a trophy! It's a great academic environment! I've worked at having a relationship with the school - volunteerism and collaboration. I think it is far easier to complain than it is to create change. I would like to offer some interesting statistics. I looked at a random sampling of schools. The first school is a charter school that touts high and demanding academics with a student body of over 700. The second is a local charter school 142 students. Great reputation and small student body. Lastly Desert Sun Academy - Core Knowledge. Test Scores for 2012 ranged in comparative difference of 4-10% between schools, in the grade I compared. The level of satisfaction did not improve between schools. It is 4 stars for all 3 schools. Each offering something different to students. Each school I looked at rated Leadership ,Teachers and Parent involvement 4 stars! Each had positive and scathing remarks. It's human nature to complain rather than creating positive outcomes. Let's rise above slamming!

Submitted by a parent

February 28, 2013


My son started here in KG and by 6th Grade was on his 4th principal, Dr. Wood. Dr. Wood sits in his office with his lights off (his tip to the staff that he does not want to be bothered) so that parents won't know he is there. My little kids are scared of him. My oldest is gifted and was so bored in 6th grade he begged us to move him (he read a novel in class everyday and still got 99%+ avg.) It is very disappointing because the previous principal was amazing (Mr. Honigman.) I don't know what the district was thinking when they hired Dr. Wood (no experience with Core Knowledge, not a Principal before, short tenure at jobs.) The biggest thing I noticed the first year Dr. Wood was principal was the change in teacher attitudes (not nearly as helpful, dropped Junior Achievent due to too much work, no before or after school clusters, etc.) I moved all 3 of my kids to new schools this year, meaning we have to drive them now. I would never go back to Desert Sun. I will be surprised if it can keep enough students to stay open with Dr. Wood as the principal. Very, very sad to me since this is my neighborhood school and the Hechts who volunteer in the science program are wonderful.

Submitted by a parent

December 12, 2012


Principal Dr. Woods is awful! Totally incompetent as a principal. All talk and no do! Will tell parents, he can never please you. And then does nothing to change anything or improve relations. Also tells you , that this school is not for everyone, that your the only parent complaining, when many others have too. Sixth grade is the worst, no homework since school started. Kids are totally unprepared for entering 7th grade. Same problems with lower grades. I've withdrawn both my children and am amazed at the difference their new school has made. I totally agree with parent who wrote review on oct 3, 2012. Strange we both experienced the same thing

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2012


New Principal is awful! He does not care about the students! I imagine it must be stressful to constantly act like you know what you are doing. Wood DOES NOT! He is incompetent, unfriendly, flaky (never available or even visible). This year the school must have lost 25 percent of students--Wood's response "this school is not for everyone." What??? You are trying to go charter--which relies on funding per student--next year?? DSA will never succeed with this principal. Who would work for him? I feel sorry for the teachers, staff and students who have to deal with him. I bet this accounts for the parent apathy. There are only a handful of parents who are still involved. In fact, our PTO co-president didn't even return to the school this year! The biggest mistake CCUSD could have done was hire an unlikable, incompetent principal when the school needed a charismatic, PROVEN principal to turn the school around. The Purdue study (clustering) is a joke and I don't remember ever signing something saying I'd like my children to be a part of it (human subjects violation). As for the science lab, why are our science scores lowest in the district when science is supposed to be our "focus"?

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