About the School

Desert Cove was built in 1964 and is located in the heart of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Our school has established 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 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.

Parent-Student Handbook

View the latest Desert Cove Elementary Parent-Student Handbook.

Enrolling in Desert Cove Elementary

If you live within our school's boundary and your child will be going into any grade between kindergarten and 6th, you qualify for traditional enrollment.

Start the Traditional Enrollment Process
(Please note you will have to fill out additional paperwork after completing the online registration form.)

If you are not sure whether your home is within our boundary, visit our district's Locate a School webpage and either use the interactive map or open up the appropriate "Elementary School Boundaries" PDF attachment.

Open Enrollment

If you live outside of our boundary, we invite you to apply for Open Enrollment if you would like to join the Desert Cove Elementary family. Open Enrollment can now be completed online: 

Start the Open Enrollment Process

You can also refer to our homepage for Open Enrollment capacity and closure information.