« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
Chandler, AZ
Students enrolled: 169

Contact this school

1512 West Elliot Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

(480) 831-1718
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Desert Sun Child Development Center address.
March 18, 2015
I would strongly recommend you look else where for your child for several reasons. The campus is very open and not secure which is something in this world today needs to be a considered by parents. The director is past her prime.....she is has poor conflict resolution skills and makes quick one sided decisions without considering all sides of a situation. The school may look appealing to families with children who have special needs since it is play based but the reality is the staff and director do not have proper resources to ensure success with these children....at least once a year for the last three years a family with a special needs child is terminated from the school. The director has reorganized staff in the last couple of years that seems to be based on personal decisions and not professional with students best interests at heart.....she did not renew a contract of a masters degree teacher who was excellent and even had outstanding performance reviews. Teacher assistants might be parents or individuals who have a degree that has nothing to do with education.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
Best choice I made for my children's early education! This is my third year at Desert Sun. I am so happy with this school and their philosophy! The teachers are amazing! Their training in "conscious discipline" and how they apply it in their teaching is exemplary! My children have benefited so much from this school, I cannot recommend it enough! They learned so much, from academics to life skills, and made great friends! The school provides high quality education to student and help parents become better educators for their children! The school does not have an all-day program, which some parents do want. But, they offer both morning and afternoon classes!! They love parent involvement, so if you are able and like being part of the community and helping out in the classroom, you will love this school! They are accredited through the NAEYC and have received 5 out of 5 stars in the Quality First rating AZ system for preschool providers. From Parent/Toddler classes to Kindergarten, Desert Sun provides a holistic education to help kids be their best! LOVE!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
I absolutely love Desert Sun! My children have each attended the Parent-Tot classes through the Transitional Kindergarten Program. The teachers are knowledgeable, friendly, and focused on assisting children in developing the social and academic skills necessary for elementary school. In addition, staff members are well trained to monitor student interaction and to facilitate creative and effective learning opportunities. This school encourages and welcomes parental involvement. I love that fact that I can volunteer regularly in my child's classroom! There is a small student/teacher ratio, allowing teachers to truly get to know each of their students. I am extremely thankful for the friendships that my children have developed during their time at Desert Sun!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
This school used to be 5 star. My first two years at this school were wonderful because of the teachers my children had. The third year was not so great. The Director is very unprofessional and has difficulty separating personal from professional. She is not open to positive conflict resolution. When she decided not to renew the contract of a masters degree transitional kindergarten teacher who had favorable reviews but wasn't well liked by the director because she spoke up about things in need of change that was the last straw for me! On top of that when I approached the Director about aggressive boys in my daughters class who were physical by hitting, pushing, throwing, etc she said they were active and in her opinion there was no issue to be addressed. I would no longer recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My daughter loved her preschool year at Desert Sun. They have so many fun ways to learn and explore. It is a perfect environment for children to learn. My daughter was always covered in paint, mud or who-knows- what, but she loved it and so did I! The teachers really cared and treated each child with love and respect.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
Desert Sun is by far one of the best things I ever did for my kids. They were there for 5 years, and still talk about how much they loved going there. The are both in middle school now and doing great. I attribute a lot of their success to the caring and wonderful teachers and staff at Desert Sun. It is a wonderful environment where kids really do learn through play. Thank you for creating and maintaining such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
Desert Sun is a fantastic place to nurture a child as they grow through the most developmental years of their life. Each staff memeber cares about each child and building a strong parent-home school connection. I have 2 boys who began in the parent toddler classes and have since moved onto Kinder and Pre K. I feel they are building a life long self esteem, creativity, & knowledge all through a fun home feel environment. There are no bright lights, computers going crazy and a boring sterile environment. The kids feel at home comfortable and enjoy learning with the old school house type feel. I would send any kid in the world here! Don't hesitate do it~

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
Our daughter is off to college. What an investment in her future! Yet, not as important as the first investment we made in her education! For the first five years of her life, we attended Desert Sun Child Developmental Center. We attribute our daughter's self confidence, assertiveness, problem solving and reasoning ability, self discipline, independence, conflict resolution skills and many of her strong qualities to the foundational years spent at this developmental preschool. The staff, leadership and generations of parents over the years are to be commended for staying the course and implementing true child development with integrity. As an educator myself, for 34 years, I would not have wanted my child to attend anywhere else. She blossomed in those early years from parent toddler classes to her transitional kindergarten class. NAEYC knows quality developmental programs and actively recognizes Desert Sun as a strong school of choice. My only regret is the preschool years sped by so fast. -Beth Lang former Desert Sun Parent

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
I don't know why Desert Sun only received 4 stars for teacher quality when its excellent and dedicated staff is what sets it apart from most other schools. I have had two children attend Desert Sun and they have benefitted immensely from their interactions with the teachers there. I know that one reason they have flourished in grade school is because they received such a great head start. They love to learn thanks to Desert Sun teachers!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2010
My son is about to start his 3rd year at Desert Sun. We did 2 years in the Parent/Toddler program, and he is about to start the 3 year old program. We have had a wonderful experience. The teachers, staff, and facilities are great. Desert Sun is all about learning through play, and for my active little guy that is the perfect philosophy. It is giving him an excellent foundation for learning - he loves school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
My son, now in Desert Sun's Kindergarten program has been enjoying Desert Sun since the Parent/Toddler interaction class. My daughter is on her 3rd year at Desert Sun and is gearing up to enter the Transitional Kindergarten class. We have thoroughly enjoyed Desert Sun for many years. Both my children love school, thanks to Desert Sun. The program is hands-on and play based - perfect for young children. The teachers are wonderful and so fantastic with the kids. We've enjoyed being part of the Desert Sun community!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Desert Sun has been a tremendous part of my family community. The environment is greater than 'just a school'. Among the strong sense of community is an environment that encourages learning through discovery and play. This results in individual development as well as defining a strong foundation for social and emotional growth. Desert Sun works with the whole child and my little boy is loving it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2009
This is an excellent school that focuses on the development of the child. It has a developmentally appropriate curriculum and child learn through play. My son is in the 3 year old class and he wants to go to school every day. Parents are welcome in the class and are encouraged to help in other ways. The parenting tips and classes that are offered are very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
Fun preschool, but it felt like I was spending $$ for a 2-3 hour playdate. It was also rather chaotic. Children who need a more structure and focus might have a hard time finding their place.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
This is an excellent, child-centered preschool and Kindergarten with wonderful teachers, a hands-on environment, and a great community feel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2008
Desert Sun has been an amazing schol for my child. He has blossomed and excelled here. The teachers are wonderful. They have very low teacher/child ratios compared to other schools. It has a very family friendly feel and tons of outdoor space for children. As a teacher myself, Desert Sun has exceeded all of my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
This is my oldest son's second year at Desert Sun and my younger son and I are in the parent/toddler program. One of Desert Sun's mottos is 'Play is children's work.' With this in mind, the children are given opportunities to learn through a play-based environment. The school is very focused on the entire family and calls itself, and each of the families who are involved, a community. And it truly does feel like a community. Parents are welcome to atted any and/or all of the class time if they please. My children feel safe and comfortable here and look forward to school. I plan to keep both of my children here through Kindergarden.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness


Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: March 18, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Desert Sun Child Development Center
1512 West Elliot Road, Chandler, AZ  85224
(480) 831-1718
Last modified Desert Sun Child Development Center is a Private school that serves grades PK-K
Desert Sun Child Development Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top