About Desert Shadows

PBIS Amazing Award Winner 2021 Arizona Seal

Welcome to Desert Shadows Elementary School, an "A+ School of Excellence™," as awarded by the Arizona Educational Foundation. At Desert Shadows, our vision is for students to obtain higher-level, innovative, and career ready skills through an integrated curricular approach. This is accomplished within a positive and safe school community.

Desert Shadows is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) focused school. In partnership with the school community and our wonderful Desert Shadows PTA, we provide students higher level and collaborative instruction through a variety of project-based lessons and organize a wide range of assemblies, family nights, after-school programming, and field trips that support our STEAM initiative. In addition, Desert Shadows is the only school in Arizona that offers a signature program in Suzuki Violin. In our commitment to serve the whole child we are an Arizona "Gold" Award winner for our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, JAWS (Just Be Nice, Act Responsibly, Wise Choices, Safety First), and provide students support with our Social Emotional Learning program, Harmony SEL. The opportunities for students' success are endless!

We are looking forward to another JAWSome year here at Desert Shadows Elementary School!

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 50 Closed
02 52 Closed
03 54 Closed
04 58 Closed
05 60 Open
06 60 Open
KG 46 Closed
SPED Resource  37 Closed
SC/CD 43 Closed

2022-23 School Year

Grade Level Capacity  Open Enrollment 
01 75 Open
02 52 Closed
03 81 Open
04 87 Open
05 60 Closed
06 60 Closed
KG 69 Open
SPED Resource  50 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.

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Meet Laura Syjud, Suzuki Strings program teacher at Desert Shadows Elementary. Learn about her passion for music and how she inspires students.

Learn About the Exclusive Suzuki Strings Program at DSES:

Classroom Supply Lists for the 2021-22 School Year

Click here for K-3 classroom supply lists.

Click here for 4-6 and combo classroom supply lists.


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