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 3,064 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 716 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 716 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Health & Safety: It is a great school and makes everyone feel safe.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: Extracurricular is excellent! There are opportunities for everyone to find something they like.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Teachers: Most teachers are willing to help outside of class and treat all students with respect. All teachers are highly knowledgeable about the subject they teach and good at answering questions.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Fights break out during the two lunch hours, often but the security guards arrive quickly.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers are very engaging in class. Most of them have fun interactive lessons that make learning feel natural.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.66 Mountain Pointe High School 2 mi. 2,628
3.66 Corona del Sol High School 6 mi. 2,746
2.33 South Mountain High School 7 mi. 1,725
3.33 Marcos de Niza High School 7 mi. 1,649
3.33 McClintock High School 9 mi. 1,832

Around Desert Vista High School

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


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Desert Vista High School United States Corona del Sol High School Marcos de Niza High School McClintock High School Mountain Pointe High School South Mountain High School
White 63.0% 51.0% 60.0% 30.0% 36.0% 41.0% 2.0%
Hispanic 14.0% 25.0% 18.0% 42.0% 40.0% 27.0% 76.0%
Asian 9.0% 4.8% 8.0% 2.0% 4.0% 3.0% 0%
African American 7.0% 15.0% 5.0% 11.0% 9.0% 17.0% 17.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2.0% 2.0% 5.0% 1.0%
Native American 1.0% 1.1% 2.0% 10.0% 5.0% 3.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 26.1%
Grade 10 24.3%
Grade 11 24.4%
Grade 12 25.2%

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 102 responses

  • 78% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 84 responses

  • 29% Academics
  • 21% Some teachers are special
  • 18% Extracurricular opportunities
  • 13% The people you meet
  • 10% The music department
  • 7% All of these above plus speech and theater.
  • 1% The drama club

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

  • 26% Too many students
  • 18% Too much pressure put on kids.
  • 15% Funding for clubs
  • 15% Some teachers do not explain things well
  • 14% Large campus
  • 6% Sometimes they make mistakes on the attendance
  • 5% Expect way too much from students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 83 responses

  • 42% All of the above (Obama, test scores and band)
  • 33% Visited by President Obama
  • 10% High AP test scores and 800 SAT math scores
  • 7% Top school athletically and acedemically in AZ
  • 4% Four time state champion marching band
  • 2% How dedicated most of our teachers are to teaching
  • 2% 11 Time State Champion Speech and Debate Team!!!!!

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 85 responses

  • 53% 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 66 responses

  • 35% Push yourself, try different things
  • 21% Find your club or activity early
  • 15% Do your homework, no matter what
  • 14% Join a sport/club!
  • 12% Find classes you love, do not settle
  • 2% Go outside as much as possible
  • 2% Add people on facebook and follow them on twitter

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 72 responses

  • 19% I love everything about this school.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.