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

Desert Cove provides a collaborative culture that supports and celebrates student diversity, lifelong learning and engagement in a global community.

Our Vision

To prepare and motivate students to achieve their personal best, to embrace learning, and build their emotional, social and physical well-being, enabling students to flourish as contributing and healthy citizens in our community.

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.

2021-22 School Year

Grade Level Capacity Open Enrollment 
01 47 Closed
02 55 Closed
03 54 Closed
04 47 Open
05 59 Closed
06 49 Open
KG 47  Closed
SPED Resource  37 Closed
CD/ SC 38 Closed

2022-23 School Year

Grade Level Capacity Open Enrollment 
01 50 Open
02 52 Open
03 54 Open
04 58 Open
05 60 Open
06 60 Open
KG 46  Closed
SPED Resource  37 Closed
CD/ SC 45 Closed

*The second chart above reflects the capacity for the upcoming 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.

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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