A Look Inside Our School
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Desert Ridge Jaguars
 
10045 E. Madero Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85209
Main Office: (480) 984-8947 
Counseling Office: (480) 984-8947 ext. 140 
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Desert Ridge High School is a comprehensive four year public high school in the Gilbert Public School District which places an emphasis on student academic achievement through relationships, relevance, and rigor for all students.  Our goal is to create a culture to prepare all students to be life, college and work ready
 
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Desert Ridge High School is to foster responsible and productive citizens by promoting academic excellence and inspiring an attitude of inquiry and enthusiasm for lifelong learning, while meeting the ever-changing needs of our diverse population.
   
ACCREDITATION
North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

Desert Ridge High School was established in August, 2002.

   
ENROLLMENT
2,726 students (January, 2016) grades 9-12:
  •  African American- 4.1%
  •  American Indian-.5%
  •  Asian- 3.5%
  •  Hispanic/Latino- 20%
  •  White- 69.5%
  •  Two or more ethnicities- 2.4%
  •  Pacific Islander- .5%
 
   
CURRICULUM
Over 270 courses in 17 departments offering advanced placement, honors, dual credit, and other college preparatory courses.
   
 
SCHEDULE

Two 18-week semesters

Each day has six 55-minute periods, excluding lunch. Classes meet Monday through Friday.

   
 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete 22 credits in the following areas:

4- English   3-Social Studies   4.5 Electivies
4-Math        3- Science            2-Fine Arts/Voc. Ed.
1-Physical Ed.                         .5- Computers 
   
HONORS & AP CLASSES
Honors courses are offered in the following academic areas: English, science and math. Placement in honors is based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and teacher recommendation. Advanced placement courses are offered in the following academic areas: social studies, art, foreign language, math, science, and English.
   
DUAL CREDIT CLASSES
Community College dual credit courses are offered in the following academic areas: math, modern language, social studies, agriculture, business, English, fine arts and science.
   
GRADING SYSTEM
Unweighted Grades:
A-Excellent               90-100         4.0
B-Above Average     80-89           3.0
C-Average                70-79           2.0 
D-Below Average     60-69           2.0
F-Failure                   59 or below 0.0
 
Weighted Grades:
(AP, Honors and specific dual credit courses)
A-Excellent               90-100         5.0
B-Above Average     80-89           4.0
C-Average                70-79            3.0 
D-Below Average     60-69           1.0
 
 
RANK
A student's approximate standing in his or her graduating class.  Rank is based on grade point average and presented in numerical order.
   
2015 AP EXAM RESULTS
5-15 students/4%                  2-125 students/33%
4-63 students/18%                1-60 students/16%
3-114 students/29%
 
Total percentage of scores of 3 or higher-51% 
   
GRADUATES
Class of 2015 – 640 students (based on student self-reporting data)
Students attending four-year universities-46%
Students attending two-year college-37%
 
Over $10,000,000 in scholarships awarded to 2015 graduates. 
   
TEST SCORES
SAT Mean Scores, 2014 – 222 students 
 
Critical Reading – 511      Mathematics – 518      Writing – 484    

ACT Mean Scores, 2013 – 194 students - Composite 22.4

English         21.7            Reading                   22.7
Math             22.4            Science Reasoning  22.3 
   
SPORTS/STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Desert Ridge High School offers a full range of 5A male and female athletic programs, and offers a variety of activities and clubs.  Leadership opportunities are available through team sports, clubs, and student council.
   
HANDBOOK
http://www.gilbertschools.net/Page/500
   
  Some of the colleges attended by Desert Ridge graduates:
  • •    Adams State College - Colorado

    •    Anderson College - Indiana

    •    Arizona State University

    •    Arizona, University of

    •    Art Institute of California

    •    Baylor University

    •    Bethany College – West Virginia

    •    Bethel University - Minnesota

    •    Biola

    •    Boise State

    •    Boston University

    •    BYU – Idaho

    •    BYU – Provo

    •    Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo

    •    Cal State Dominguez Hills

    •    Cal State Fullerton

    •    Cal State Northridge

    •    Central Florida, University of

    •    Chicago, University of

    •    Colorado University – Boulder

    •    Columbia College - Chicago

    •    Concordia University - Oregon

    •    CSU East Bay

    •    Elmira College – New York

    •    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    •    Fordham University – New York

    •    Franklin Pierce University – New Hampshire

    •    Georgia Southern University

    •    Grand Canyon University

    •    Harding University - Arkansas

    •    Harvard

    •    Hawaii, University of

    •    Huston-Tillotson University

    •    Illinois Institute of Art

    •    Illinois, University of

    •    Indiana University

    •    Johnson & Wales University

    •    Kennesaw State University - Georgia

    •    Kentucky, University of


•    Laverne, University of

•    Marymount University - Virginia

•    Michigan, University of

•    Missouri, University of

•    MIT

•    Montana, University of

•    New Mexico State University

•    New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

•    Northern Alabama, University of

•    Northern Arizona University

•    Notre Dame University

•    OIA – Oregon

•    Oklahoma University

•    Oregon State University

•    Pepperdine University

•    Pittsburg, University of

•    Sacred Heart University - Connecticut

•    San Diego State University

•    San Francisco, University of

•    Simpson College, Indiana

•    Southern Utah University

•    Stanford University

•    St. Mary’s College - Maryland

•    Texas A & M University

•    Texas – El Paso, University of

•    Texas Southern University

•    Tiffin University

•    UC Berkley

•    UC Irvine

•    UCLA

•    UC San Diego

•    UNLV

•    USC

•    Utah State University

•    Washington State University

•    Washington, University of

•    Weber State University - Utah

•    West Point

•    Wisconsin, University of


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