Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, AZ - Niche

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Desert Vista High School is a public school in Phoenix, Arizona. It has 3,014 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 93% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 621 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 621 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Very well oriented

    Teachers were awesome

    principal interacted with students and got to know us on a one on one level

    Just a awesome school

    Could have more options on electives
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Besides being over-populated, Dv is a pretty decent place to attend school. There are a lot of possible activities and clubs to join. Our school spirit is less than mediocre but that can be improved if the word got around about the spirit days.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school is filled with middle to upper class kids which makes it competitive in a different way. Although the pretentious, well-off culture of the school made it difficult and a bit harder to fit in, i did find some amazing and lifelong friends in addition to many life changing teachers. I enjoyed my experience.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I loved going to DVHS I was part of speech and debate all four years and theater as well. It was great the only hard ship was getting through the halls with all those people.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: There is a great focus on academics as well as extracurricular activities. The teachers really care about their students.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.66 Mountain Pointe High School 2 mi. 2,547
3.66 Horizon Community Learning Center 2 mi. 1,485
3.33 Corona del Sol High School 6 mi. 2,635
2.00 South Mountain High School 7 mi. 1,777
3.00 Marcos de Niza High School 7 mi. 1,741

Around Desert Vista High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 51%
Female 48%

Student Diversity

Desert Vista High School United States Corona del Sol High School Horizon Community Learning Center Marcos de Niza High School Mountain Pointe High School South Mountain High School
White 66.0% 51.0% 63.0% 66.0% 32.0% 46.0% 3.0%
Hispanic 13.0% 25.0% 16.0% 14.0% 39.0% 26.0% 72.0%
Asian 9.0% 4.8% 9.0% 8.0% 2.0% 4.0% 0%
African American 6.0% 15.0% 5.0% 3.0% 12.0% 15.0% 20.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 2.0% 6.0% 1.0% 3.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 2.0% 0% 11.0% 2.0% 1.0%


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 72 responses

  • 81% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 1% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 56 responses

  • 32% Academics
  • 24% Some teachers are special
  • 17% Extracurricular opportunities
  • 14% The people you meet
  • 11% The music department
  • 3% All of these above plus speech and theater.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 29% Too many students
  • 18% Funding for clubs
  • 16% Large campus
  • 14% Too much pressure put on kids.
  • 13% Some teachers do not explain things well
  • 8% Sometimes they make mistakes on the attendance
  • 1% Expect way too much from students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 54 responses

  • 43% Visited by President Obama
  • 35% All of the above (Obama, test scores and band)
  • 9% High AP test scores and 800 SAT math scores
  • 6% Four time state champion marching band
  • 4% How dedicated most of our teachers are to teaching
  • 4% Top school athletically and acedemically in AZ
  • 0% 11 Time State Champion Speech and Debate Team!!!!!

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 56 responses

  • 54% Excelling
  • 20% Competitive College Prep
  • 14% Rich
  • 7% Sports oriented
  • 4% Alright
  • 2% Cookie Cutter

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 56 responses

  • 34% Push yourself, try different things
  • 23% Find your club or activity early
  • 16% Do your homework, no matter what
  • 14% Find classes you love, do not settle
  • 11% Join a sport/club!
  • 2% Add people on facebook and follow them on twitter

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 42 responses

  • 17% I love everything about this school.
  • 76% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.