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

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

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

Playground gates open at 8 am

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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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