Desert Ridge Academy

11 May 2023 / by Crystal Brown

About Desert Ridge Academy

Desert Ridge Academy is an innovative public charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2007, Desert Ridge Academy is a college preparatory school that offers a rigorous curriculum, with a focus on college readiness, and a commitment to providing a high quality education to all students. The school serves grades K-8 and offers a variety of programs, such as the International Baccalaureate program, advanced placement courses, and a robust fine arts program.
Desert Ridge Academy strives to foster a love of learning and to nurture the unique talents and interests of each student. The school has a strong emphasis on character development and service learning, and provides a safe and supportive learning environment. The school also has a strong commitment to parent and community involvement, with a variety of events and activities throughout the year.
Desert Ridge Academy is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential and to creating a culture of excellence. The school is committed to preparing students for success in college and beyond, and to helping them become responsible citizens in our global society.

Address:

79-767 Ave. 39
Indio, CA 92203

Phone:

(760) 393-5500

Site:

sites.google.com

Grades:

6 – 8

Enrollment:

1,059 students

Overview Desert Ridge Academy

Desert Ridge Academy serves 1,059 students in grades 6-8.
Desert Ridge Academy placed in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is <50% (which is higher than the California state average of 34%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is ≥50% (which is higher than the California state average of 49%) for the 2020-21 school year. The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is higher than the California state level of 22:1. Minority enrollment is 92% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Verdict on Desert Ridge Academy

Desert Ridge Academy is ranked within the top 20% of all 3,649 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.The diversity score of Desert Ridge Academy is 0.24, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school’s diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.

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