Desert Mesa
Elementary School
Smiling Students

Welcome to Desert Mesa Elementary

Welcome to Desert Mesa Elementary, home of the Bobcats. We are located in Yuma, Arizona, between Gila Ridge High School and Arizona Western College. We wear our maroon and gray with pride. We are proud to be a pre-K through fifth grade school, with a "B" school rating from the Arizona Department of Education.

We are happy to provide a wonderful education environment for your children. Desert Mesa is safe and friendly, with just over 750 students enrolled. We encourage learning and exploration. We take great responsibility in educating your children and developing their talents to high standards.

Desert Mesa is involved in two outstanding programs to enhance student learning. We are a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports school. A major part of this project is making students aware of the behaviors we expect in various areas of the campus.

We also endorse being healthy. Our students are involved in the Feeling Good Mileage Club. Students track their progress in miles with earning "feet" to go on their necklaces. They receive one "foot" for every five miles they have walked. We also encourage parents, siblings, and friends to walk.

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A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome you to Desert Mesa Elementary School, where we commit to providing effective instruction and materials for each child at his or her appropriate instructional level. Our goal is academic growth and success for our students. We believe all children can achieve their fullest potential when given effective instruction, support, and personalized learning.  

Desert Mesa educates the whole child by providing opportunities to students to explore their interests.  

We encourage support and partnerships with families, as well as the community, to deliver to our students the best possible learning. Our highly effective staff dedicates themselves to ensuring all students pursue their fullest potential in all areas of their education. Please come in and learn more on how you can get involved through our PTO or how to volunteer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.


Richard Gerber

Richard Gerber, Principal