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Desert Vista High School is a public school in Phoenix, Arizona. It has 2,923 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 94% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 589 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

16440 South 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85048
(480) 839-0292

Ratings and Reviews
3.8 from 589 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Student Culture & Diversity: This will never be great for any school and acceptance seems to be pretty good however their is a lot of immature stuff that goes on that is typical. I don't see a lot of picking out anyone in particular because of sex or race however I myself have been challenged to defend someone who was in the right and being picked on.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: Safety is a concern of our school and they have updated policies and strengthened the system even within the last year...People are not allowed to just walk in and you must have your id on you as well as gates get locked and are monitored and security walks the premises. I do not worry about my safety on school as the administration is very informed of their jobs to keep us safe. My mom couldn't even leave the lobby during school hours and had to have her id.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I am proud to be at DV and to have the opportunity to learn all that I have. I couldn't have done it all without the support of my teachers and friends at DV...could things always be greater absolutely but as far as what I see out there in schools today mine by far exceeds the standards
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Food: Lunch is lunch they have a ton of variety from healthy to not healthy as well as I have been bringing my lunch all four years so what I see is different from what everyone else may taste. Seems to me that students are pretty happy with their picks.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Administration & Policies: DV is all around in tune and up to date on disciplinary policies and all around are consistent. We know what is expected of us and when we cross the line. The counselors are there to talk to and the principal is guiding students herself instead of sitting behind her desk.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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3.66 Mountain Pointe High School 2 mi. 2,637
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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Grade 9 26.2%
Grade 10 25.3%
Grade 11 25.1%
Grade 12 23.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 60 responses

  • 78% Yes
  • 20% Not sure.
  • 2% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 43 responses

  • 36% Academics
  • 26% Some teachers are special
  • 15% Extracurricular opportunities
  • 12% The people you meet
  • 11% The music department

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 35 responses

  • 33% Too many students
  • 20% Large campus
  • 20% Funding for clubs
  • 10% Sometimes they make mistakes on the attendance
  • 10% Too much pressure put on kids.
  • 6% Some teachers do not explain things well

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 42 responses

  • 50% Visited by President Obama
  • 29% All of the above (Obama, test scores and band)
  • 12% High AP test scores and 800 SAT math scores
  • 7% Four time state champion marching band
  • 2% How dedicated most of our teachers are to teaching

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 41 responses

  • 54% Excelling
  • 20% Competitive College Prep
  • 20% Rich
  • 5% Sports oriented
  • 2% Alright

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 30% Find your club or activity early
  • 30% Push yourself, try different things
  • 20% Do your homework, no matter what
  • 18% Find classes you love, do not settle
  • 2% Add people on facebook and follow them on twitter

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding parent involvement at this school?     Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most parents at this school put too much pressure on their kids
  • Most parents at this school are very involved in their child's education
  • The PTA/PTO (i.e. parent groups) are very committed and have a positive impact on the school environment
  • Most parents at this school care about the success of all students, not just their own
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for school athletic events
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for non-athletic school events
  • The parents at this school have a very positive impact on the school's environment and culture
  • The parents at this school respect the opinions and judgements of teachers and administrators
  • Most parents at this school are really great parents.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 21% I love everything about this school.
  • 68% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.