About Us

Desert Sunset Elementary School is a state-of-the-art campus featuring small class sizes, experienced teachers, and an engaging curriculum. As part of the Saddle Mountain Unified School District, we pride ourselves on striving for excellence in all areas of education. We encourage our students to give their best academically, while also guiding them on their paths to higher education. We invite you to be active and involved in our school’s community. Learn more about us and why Desert Sunset is the best choice for your family by visiting these pages:

Our School

Located in Buckeye, Arizona, Desert Sunset Elementary is part of the Saddle Mountain Unified School District. Our school lies at the core of one of the fastest growing communities in the country! Whether you’re looking to explore a bit of local history at the Buckeye Valley Museum, or seeking adventure in the great outdoors at Skyline Regional Park, there’s so much to see and do in our town—and Desert Sunset students are learning and growing at the heart of it all!


Our private special education preschool program is designed specifically for current Desert Sunset students. We have trained instructors who identify students in need of special education accommodations. These instructors create a unique learning plan to fit each individual’s educational needs. For more information about this program, please reach out to the school office.


We have partnered with the City of Buckeye to provide after-school care to our Coyote families. The B.A.S.E. program runs Tuesday through Friday from 3:00pm until 6:00 p.m. For more information and to download a registration packet, please visit the City of Buckeye’s B.A.S.E page.


  • 1:1 Technology Use for All Students

  • Small Class Sizes

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

  • Before- and After-School Care

  • Private Special Education Preschool

Clubs & Activities

At Desert Sunset, we believe learning is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Our assortment of extracurricular activities are designed to help students thrive in the areas they’re passionate about. To find out more about the clubs and programs we have available, contact us.

  • Athletics

  • Art and Anime

  • Choir

  • Drama

  • Student Council

  • VEX Robotics

  • Yearbook

  • 100 Mile

  • Board Games

  • Puzzles

  • Kindness

Desert Sunset Elementary


Here at Desert Sunset, we are committed to partnering with families as students cultivate the skills they need to be successful learners. We believe that each child is unique, and we aim to help every student reach their full educational potential.


  • 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

  • Preschool:
    Session 1: 7:30–9:45 a.m.
    Session 2: 10:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

  • STC 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


  • Grades: PK–5

  • Students: 675

  • Colors: Royal Blue and Gold

  • Mascot: Coyote

Why Choose Us?

We know you have a choice when it comes to selecting the best school for your child’s education. Here at Desert Sunset Elementary, we want you to know what sets us apart and why we take pride in all we have to offer. Our campus features small classes where teachers can directly cater to individual needs and learning styles. We also have the amazing advantage of offering 1:1 technology to all students, which we believe will open the door for higher level learning.

We have no doubt you’ll find a world of opportunities here at Desert Sunset. Our enriching academic curriculum focuses on the following areas:

  • Language Arts

  • Mathematics

  • Social Studies

  • Health and Science

  • Art and Music

  • Physical Education


We start every school day with the mindset that every moment counts. From a kind greeting to extra homework help, it is our desire to ensure that our student’s needs are being met on academic, social, and emotional levels.

No two learners are the same, which is why we also offer programs, services, and resources for students who might benefit from a different approach.

Saddle Mountain Unified School District wants every student to feel safe at school. Please read the district’s full bullying policy to find out more.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you require assistance navigating any of the online resources we offer. We want you to feel confident in using these resources, and we hope you’ll quickly see why we turn to them time and time again.


  • 1:1 Technology Use for All Students

  • Small Class Sizes

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

  • Before and After-School Care

  • Private Special Education Preschool

Saddle Mountain School District