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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 611 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 611 reviews
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    • Parent
    • 4
    Teachers: Teachers are very responsive to emails and helping kids. Also very willing to help them achieve outside of the classroom with scholarships etc.
    • Parent
    • 4
    Administration & Policies: Talk a lot about dress code but not always enforced. Principal at the time was always present at activities and was very dedicated. Teachers always responsive to emails and appreciated questions and emails from parents.
    • Parent
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It's a great school offering the right environment and opportunities to excel. It is a large school so if you are not at the top level of a sport you wont make the team. Great offering of regular, honors, and AP classes to meet varying needs of students.
    • Parent
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: They have tons of choices and something for everyone.
    • Parent
    • 5
    Health & Safety: Safety measures in place for campus. We always felt safe.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.66 Horizon Community Learning Center 2 mi. 1,499
3.66 Mountain Pointe High School 2 mi. 2,637
3.33 Corona del Sol High School 6 mi. 2,387
2.00 South Mountain High School 7 mi. 1,823
3.00 Marcos de Niza High School 7 mi. 1,924

Around Desert Vista High School

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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 63 responses

  • 79% Yes
  • 19% Not sure.
  • 2% No

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

  • 36% Academics
  • 26% Some teachers are special
  • 16% Extracurricular opportunities
  • 13% The people you meet
  • 10% The music department

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 30% Too many students
  • 20% Large campus
  • 18% Funding for clubs
  • 12% Too much pressure put on kids.
  • 11% Sometimes they make mistakes on the attendance
  • 9% Some teachers do not explain things well

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 46 responses

  • 48% Visited by President Obama
  • 28% All of the above (Obama, test scores and band)
  • 11% High AP test scores and 800 SAT math scores
  • 7% Four time state champion marching band
  • 4% Top school athletically and acedemically in AZ
  • 2% How dedicated most of our teachers are to teaching

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 51% Excelling
  • 20% Competitive College Prep
  • 18% Rich
  • 7% Sports oriented
  • 2% Cookie Cutter
  • 2% Alright

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 28% Find your club or activity early
  • 28% Push yourself, try different things
  • 19% Do your homework, no matter what
  • 17% Find classes you love, do not settle
  • 6% Join a sport/club!
  • 2% Add people on facebook and follow them on twitter

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 32 responses

  • 19% I love everything about this school.
  • 72% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.