About Desert Cove

Welcome to Desert Cove Elementary

Desert Cove Elementary School was established in 1964 and is located in the heart of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Our school has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence for each student and works to serve the community in a positive manner each and every day. 

Our Mission

The Desert Cove staff, in partnership with parents, will provide an atmosphere of educational excellence with high expectations for children. We will be accountable for their success in a comprehensive primary program and their transition to higher levels of schooling. Effective instructional leadership will facilitate the cooperative development of programs to achieve these beliefs:

  • Students learn best in a warm, supportive climate.
  • Students learn best when instruction includes a variety of high-interest materials, manipulatives, and involving activities.
  • Students learn best when high, consistent expectations are maintained.
  • Students learn best when they come to school and to class prepared for instruction.
  • Students learn best when staff and parents work together in a cooperative manner.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a learning community, where academic excellence is expected and diversity is recognized as a strength.

Children and adults will share the joy of learning and embrace a rigorous curriculum that promotes high levels of student achievement. We will meet individual needs while developing independent learners who are successful team players. Our students will acquire positive social skills, which promote respect and responsibility to self, family and community, resulting in positive self-esteem.

School community partnerships will prepare and challenge each individual to become a goal-oriented, life-long learner. Desert Cove Elementary School is a community in which everyone is a partner in learning, using the fundamental principles of yesterday and the technology and innovation of today to prepare our students for tomorrow.

Desert Cove Elementary feeds into Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School.

Our Beliefs

Students are Safe, Seen, and Celebrated.

Open Enrollment

Continue your child's journey of excellence by open enrolling. Open Enrollment is a process allowing parents or guardians to apply for admission to any public school, as long as there is classroom space available. Parents and guardians often choose to open enroll their children in PVSchools for various reasons, including the unique and innovative award-winning programs, teaching philosophy, extracurricular activities, and more.

For more information on the open enrollment process, to include early bird open enrollment information, visit the PVSchools Open Enrollment webpage.

Grade Level Capacity Open Enrollment
01 50 Closed
02 52 Closed
03 54 Closed
04 58 Open
05 60 Closed
06 60 Open
KG 46 Closed
SPED Resource 37 Open
CD/ SC 48 Closed

*The chart above reflects the capacity for the current school year. For the following school year, all grade levels are accepting open enrollment applications unless otherwise stated.  
**A specialized program that is designated closed for the current school year will remain closed for the following school year unless otherwise stated. Students interested in being put on the waitlist should complete an Open Enrollment application.

Welcome future kindergarten families!

We look forward to having your child be a Desert Cove Cougar! 

Registration for Kindergarten is online: Online Registration.

Link to Kindergarten Round-Up Flyer

Journey to Opening Night: NVAA's 'The Little Mermaid'

North Valley Arts Academy, a Desert Cove signature program, provides students the opportunity to participate in theatre productions with middle and high school students. Please enjoy highlights of the production and the following video "Journey to Opening Night: NVAA's The Little Mermaid"

School Overview

Desert Cove School Hours: 8:15 am - 2:45 pm

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Playground gates open at 8 am

Desert Cove Mascot Logo

Click here for Principal Orest's latest Cougar Connection


Click here for 21/22 School Supply Lists


Click here for 21/22 Desert Cove Bus Schedule


At Desert Cove we are P.A.W.S! 


Desert Cove Behavior Expectations

Download Desert Cove's Student-Parent Handbook

Self-Contained Gifted Program

Self-Contained Gifted Program

The Self-contained Gifted program at Desert Cove is designed for high-achieving, highly and profoundly gifted students who are working at least two grade levels beyond their current grade. Gifted students who are radically accelerated in academics and highly motivated to learn, thrive in this program.   

Students in the Self Contained Program participate in daily special areas (art, music, and PE), lunch and recess with other grade-level classes. Students have included grade-level activities and field trips.

North Valley Arts Academy

North Valley Arts Academy

Whether your child is passionate about dance, theater, creative musicianship, and music technology or visual arts, the North Valley Arts Academies at Desert Cove offers an outlet for your child to express his or her creative passions, with a seamless continuation from elementary school through high school. Students will receive instruction in one of four signature programs: Dance, Theater, Creative Musicianship and Music Technology and Visual Art


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