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Sonoran Desert School

Sonoran Desert School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades 5 through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Small City


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Sonoran Desert School says

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.

Mission Statement

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.

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • German
  • French
  • Chinese (Other)

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 40
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
5 2
6 3
7 4
8 4
9 5
10 6
11 8
12 8

Sonoran Desert School's enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Sonoran Desert School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 20 : 1
Gender 48% Male / 52% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

69% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Sonoran Desert School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 65%
Multi-racial 5%
Hispanic/Latino 25%
Black or African American 5%
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