Sonoran Desert School has operated as a public, non-profit charter school since 1998. We currently serve grades 5-12 in Gold Canyon, AZ. Our school individualizes the learner’s experience through a blended model of instruction that increases accessibility, provides instructors with efficient ways to monitor performance, provides continuous feedback, and fully integrates standards-based instruction with prescriptive assessment. This means building meaningful connections between the content, information, and data that is associated with both the educational program and the people who interact with it and within it.
SDS utilizes comprehensive digital curricula from Edgenuity (9-12) and the Anywhere Learning System (5-8) to support individualized instruction in a blended learning environment.
Our mission is to provide an alternative educational setting that emphasizes individualization supported by technology in order to assist students with overcoming academic, behavioral, and social challenges while increasing academic performance and facilitating the earning or recovery of academic credits as a precursor to achieving a high school diploma and successfully transitioning to postsecondary studies.
Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.
44% of students graduate from Sonoran Desert School
Academic Calendar: Year
Adequate Yearly Progress
AYP was Not Met Overall for the year 2012.
AYP for Graduation was Not Met for the year 2012.
AYP for Attendance was Met for the year 2012.
AYP is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.
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Student Teacher Ratio
20 : 1
48% Male / 52% Female
of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at
Sonoran Desert School.