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Ketcham_J.P._12Dear Desert Meadows Community,

Our teachers and staff are committed to building upon the strong academic foundation that has been established at Desert Meadows.   We will continue to elevate our academic and extra-curricular programs to ensure that we are providing a well-rounded learning experience for every student.

I encourage each of you to be an active part of the Desert Meadows PTA. Through the years, this organization has accomplished many wonderful things to enhance the quality of our students’ education. Becoming a member of the PTA is a great way to get involved in your child’s educational experience.

If you have any questions or concerns during the school year, please let us know. A key to a successful year is having open communication between parents/guardians and staff. It will help your child experience success at school if we are all headed in the same direction.  

J.P. Ketcham, Principal

Desert Meadows School
6855 W. Meadows Loop East
Laveen, Arizona 85339-9805
OFFICE 602-304-2020
FAX 602-304-2025

Why choose Desert Meadows?


Desert Meadows School strives to help our students improve academically every year as well as to develop their social skills so that they can become productive members of the community.

To facilitate learning we focus on first developing fluent readers through systematic phonics instruction. As the students progress through the years, teachers follow a curriculum map ensuring the students are acquiring the higher level learning skills that will lead to their academic success. We use data to target areas that need interventions which are provided through daily interventions, tutoring, and sometimes Saturday school. Interventions do not stop in academic areas that are lacking, but  include students who are ready for more rigorous challenges. By seventh grade our goal is to teach students algebra and by eighth grade they will move on to geometry.

Our social goals focus on teaching expectations that will assist our students in all walks of life. Our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program not only sets those expectations, but teaches the students what they look like.

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Desert Meadows is one of Laveen's 8 great elementary schools. See what makes them outstanding.