Desert Willow Educational Services

3953 E Paradise Falls Dr Unit 110,
Tucson, AZ, 85712
Tel: (520)323-0401
Desert Willow's full time school is a small high school community designed to not exceed the ratio of one teacher per six students.
The purpose is to create a physically and emotionally safe environment focusing on student success, both in school as well as after graduation.
Each student's curriculum is developed on an individualized basis, considering their academic history as well as their goals for the future.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 10 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported ADHD, Anxiety, Dyslexia, LD, Asperger's/NLD
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 10 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 10%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 99%
Average Class Size 4 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $1,200
Tuition Notes Scholarship and tuition assistance information is available on request.

School Notes:

  • The school at Desert Willow provides a physically and emotionally safe environment for learners. Students who have learning disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Aspergers, or who are under-achievers can receive a high-quality education that focuses on their learning strengths. Desert Willow's curriculum focuses on the development of skills in reading, writing, math, and learning strategies as outlined in the Arizona State Standards. Accommodations and modifications are provided for those students who require them. This includes anything from individualized course instruction to advanced-placement classes. As a part of their schedule, students participate in computer-skills classes, art projects, and weekly field trips with an emphasis on outdoor education and culture. The acquisition of academic skills is obtained by providing small group instruction — 1:6 ratio of teachers to students. Subjects are taught with an emphasis on the use of Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences so that students can experience learning through the use of their strengths. In order to instill a sense of belonging, students learn how to become a valued and respected member of their school community. Social skills development is emphasized as an integrated part of the school day. Part of the social development curriculum is taken from the "Tribes" program. Through this program, students learn to live and work cooperatively. Group exercises focus on developing a sense of respect and compassion for one's self and others as well as an appreciation of individual differences.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is St. Gregory College Preparatory School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Tucson Hebrew Academy (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Unity Of Tucson's School Of Creative Living (1.3 miles away)
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