About Us

It’s morning, just a few minutes before the bell rings, at Desert Oasis Elementary School in Surprise, Arizona where we serve 492 students Pre-K through 8th grade.  There is a special form of energy present here in this moment at Desert Oasis—a kind of energy that can only be felt at a school campus when students, teachers, parents, administrators, bus drivers, aides, and volunteers all come together to launch the day.  When a school’s climate and culture are positive, safe, and supportive—as they are at Desert Oasis—this energy is electric, palpable, and it is laden with excitement and promise.  This energy propels learning at Desert Oasis.  This energy brings students to school and reduces absences.  (Well, this energy, and a principal who recognizes a classroom’s perfect attendance by “scaring” students and teachers—but more about that will come later.)  This energy brings students, parents, and community members out to Desert Oasis events in record numbers.  This same energy brings a dedicated group of Desert Oasis teachers and the principal together in a combined effort to explain to the Arizona Education Foundation, to educators across the state, and to the community at large exactly how this energy is being created—with the hopes that it will then be replicated elsewhere with similar success.  After all, given the right conditions and under the proper care, what starts as a simple seedling will one day grow into a garden.


Desert Oasis, whose seeds were planted in August of 2008, is the newer of the two elementary schools that comprise the Nadaburg Unified School District (NUSD). The District’s roots trace back to 1920, when W.H. Griffin donated land to the District so that a one-room, red schoolhouse could be built.  While Nadaburg Unified School District has grown by leaps and bounds since then, the District honors its heritage by holding its Governing Board meetings in the original little red schoolhouse.

At Desert Oasis our Vision, Mission, and Values are as follows:

  • Our Vision: We are inspired to grow a community of lifelong learners.
  • Our Mission: Desert Oasis cultivates excellence while celebrating individual learners. By preparing students to be respectful, responsible, and high-achieving, they will become the world’s future innovators. Our students will blossom into courageous, curious, and compassionate members of our global society

  • Our Values: We are a family. We believe that our entire community participates in a student’s success: the foundation for learning is built at home, and critical building blocks are added at school to support a student’s growth. We are committed to creating solution-oriented, critical thinking, caring, and compassionate individuals within a nurturing and challenging environment. Our school is a positive place where students and staff want to be every day.

Desert Oasis Elementary School
Office: 623-556-5880
Attendance: 623-556-5882

School Hours
Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday

Office Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday



School Integrated Action Plan
Click HERE for more information.

Annual Field Day
March 8th

Spring Break
Week of March 12th through 15th

Future Kindergarten,1st- 8th grade  Students for 2018/2019 SY
To enroll your child into kindergarten they must be 5 years old before September 1st. You are required to bring the following documents: *Original Birth Certificate, *Most current Immunization Record, *Proof of Residence, *Any medical/legal documentation the school needs to be aware of, *Picture ID.

Pancake Fundraiser to Benefit Desert Oasis Garden Club
When: Saturday March 24th, 2018
Where: Applebee's Restaurant 
13756 W. Bell Rd.(Bell & Grand)
Surprise AZ, 85374
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
Click Here for Flier

21st Century Clubs
Join a club and have some fun in the after school program from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. If you are interested stop by the front office and get a sign up sheet. Then return it to your homeroom teacher.

2017 Tax Credit Information
This 2017 Tax Credit Form is a quick link to the donation form - and you have until April 15, 2018 to donate.   You may also donate online using the following website (this requires creating an account): http://www.myschoolbucks.com

Students and teachers will notice a big difference in internet speed now that we have completed the installation of our new wireless internet system.  

School Year Calendar for 2017-2018
click here to view

Desert Oasis Facebook Page
Our school has a great Facebook page. Please click on the link below to join our school's Facebook page where you will have up-to-date information on our school.
"Desert Oasis Elementary School"

Box Tops

Want to support your classroom teacher? Collect "box tops" each box top you send to your teacher will earn .10 cents for classroom supplies.


Upcoming Events
   Volleyball Game
   Sep 25 2018 at 04:30 PM
   PTSA Meeting
   Sep 26 2018 at 06:00 PM
   End of 1st Quarter
   Oct 04 2018
   Volleyball Championship
   Oct 04 2018 at 04:00 PM
   Book Fair
   Oct 08 2018