We believe we’re an A+ School!


DRJHS has applied to the Arizona Educational Foundation to be honored as an A+ School of Excellence. The A+ School of Excellence™ Program is a comprehensive school assessment program that celebrates outstanding schools and brings to light the positive stories and successes happening in public schools every day. On Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th a team of judges will be at DRJHS to see all the wonderful things we do on campus. Judges will speak with our students to hear about what is happening at DRJHS. We are excited for the opportunity to show how Rattlers Go the Distance!

The faculty and staff of Desert Ridge Junior High School welcome our students and parents to another exciting school year.
The 2014/2015 school year marks our fourteenth year of academic excellence. We encourage our ‘Rattler Families’ to become involved in all aspects of our school community. Desert Ridge Junior prides itself on offering our students a well-rounded combination of outstanding academics, arts, and athletics. To that end, 2014/2015 promises to be another great year for our Rattlers!
At Desert Ridge Junior High School, students, parents, and educators share responsibility for quality education, academic excellence, and character. Desert Ridge Junior High School provides a positive and accepting environment, which empowers all students in their academic, social, and physical pursuits as well-rounded life long learners. "Rattlers Go the Distance" as they demonstrate trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, citizenship, and caring.

DRJHS on Fox 10 News

Our annual canned food drive is what brings our entire community together to fulfill one common goal…fill an entire semi-truck with much needed food for the local food bank.  Local and national press and television have lauded our DRJHS generosity. To say DRJHS is a giving campus would be an understatement.  Our contributions are so amazing that the United Food Bank has come to count on us year after year, and the students, families and our staff never disappoint.  When one thinks of our school motto, “Rattlers Go the Distance,” our food drive embodies that slogan like nothing else on this campus. In the 2013-14 school year, an incredible 36,000 pounds of food were collected, making the 2014 goal 37,000 pounds.  We beat that goal to the tune of 38,221 pounds of food. This tradition unites our school and community around a common goal and the team work shown to make a difference in the lives of others is simply remarkable. Thank you to everyone who helped in this huge task, with special thanks to Chad White, Jeff Schafer, Ken Kleman, and Craig McDaniel who are amazing coordinators!

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