Award Year: 2020

Desertaire Elementary School

6301 Tiger Eye Drive
El Paso, TX, 79924-1613

(915) 434-6400

Ms. Beth Harbison, Principal at time of Nomination

Ysleta ISD

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All students will learn in a safe and nurturing environment, with meaningful opportunities to become knowledgeable, responsible, respectful, and motivated learners in their community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 12%
  • Hispanic: 77%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
A Family of Learning

A Family of Learning

Desertaire Elementary School is in El Paso, Texas, the westernmost corner of Texas on the Rio Grande River, just across the border from Mexico. The turnaround from a "Focus School" in 2017-2018, to a "B" rated campus in 2018-2019, to an "A" rated campus in 2019-2020 earning four distinction designations for outstanding performance in English/Language Arts, academic growth, closing the gaps, and postsecondary readiness is impressive and indicative of the rigor, vitality, and distinction of a faculty and administration driven toward higher levels of excellence.

Teachers made a significant advance from a pass/fail mindset to one of targeting student growth. A co-teach inclusive model, shattering stereotypes, was implemented as an effective universal design for learning (UDL) that works for all students. Desertaire's UDL approach minimizes curricular and cultural barriers and maximizes learning by integrating relevant and meaningful opportunities for every student. Teachers incorporated innovative initiatives to target student growth for the Gifted and Talented population with robotics and destination imagination. Our beliefs are grounded in building strong and genuine teacher-student relationships as a key to holistic growth and academic achievement for our students.

Another cornerstone to the success of our students is our family and community engagement. We are proud to have U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Bliss as our partners in education. Parents are invited to literacy and STEM events throughout the year. This positive and inclusive climate at Desertaire promotes a powerful sense of belonging for parents, students, and staff.