Desert Willow Educational Services
- 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 Type||Special Education School|
|Grades Offered||Grades 10-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||ADHD, Anxiety, Dyslexia, LD, Asperger|
|Total Students||10 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 32%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||2 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||5:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||4 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
- 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.
Profile last updated: 06/05/2016
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