Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, AZ - Niche

Niche Grade
  • Grades
  • Students
  • Type
  • Reviews
    618 3.9
  • Ranking

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 618 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 618 reviews
Take our parent or student survey to add your review.

    • 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.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I arrived at this school when I started my junior year. It was hard coming to a new and bigger school since I came from a private school. I loved the teachers and making friends isn't too hard. This school is unique because of their academic excellence and wanting every student to have a bright future. I would choose this school again because they have numerous amounts of dual enrollment courses and there will be friends if you put in the effort.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Great teacher for the most part. A lot of support
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I felt that this high school really put an emphasis on success and preparation for the future of their studnets. Located in a wealthy area provides this school with a lot of parent involvement and funding. I had a great experience at this school but as an AP and Honors student I feel I had an advantage over regular students but I fear other students did not experience the same level of dedication from teachers and administration

Academics Read more about this school's academics

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
3.33 Kyrene De Los Lagos School Public, Alternative
3.66 Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School Public
3.66 Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School Public
4.00 Kyrene Monte Vista School Public
Ambassador Academy Public, Charter
Casa Vida Public
3.33 Kyrene De La Colina School Public
3.66 Kyrene De La Esperanza School Public
3.00 Kyrene Centennial Middle School Public
Summit School of Ahwatukee Private
3.33 Kyrene Del Milenio Public
St. John Bosco Catholic School Private, Religious
3.66 Mountain Pointe High School Public
3.66 Horizon Community Learning Center Public, Charter
3.66 Kyrene De La Sierra School Public
Sonoran Science Academy - Ahwatukee Public, Charter
3.33 Kyrene De Los Cerritos School Public
3.66 Kyrene Altadena Middle School Public
4.00 Keystone Montessori Charter School Public, Charter
3.00 Kyrene De Las Lomas School Public
Desert Garden Montessori School Private
3.66 Kyrene De Las Manitas School Public
Mercury Online Academy of Arizona Public
2.33 Cloves C Campbell Sr Elementary School Public
3.00 Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler Public, Charter
4.00 Paragon Science Academy Public, Charter
3.66 Kyrene De La Mirada School Public
4.00 Arizona Cultural Academy Private
91st Psalm Christian School Private, Religious
3.66 Kyrene De La Paloma School Public
Skyline Prep High School Public, Charter
3.33 Kyrene De La Mariposa School Public
1.33 Maxine O Bush Elementary School Public
3.66 Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School Public
The Paideia Academy of South Phoenix Public
3.66 Aaec - Smcc Campus Public, Charter
2.33 Frank Elementary School Public
1.66 T G Barr School Public
Awakening Seed School Private
1.66 C O Greenfield School Public
3.33 Corona del Sol High School Public
2.66 Summit Elementary School Public, Charter
1.66 Compadre High School Public
Desert Marigold School Public, Charter
2.00 South Pointe High School Public, Charter
Amy L. Houston Academy Public
1.66 South Pointe Junior High School Public, Charter
2.66 Nevitt Elementary School Public
1.33 John F Kennedy Elementary School Public
George Gervin Prep Academy Public
2.66 Wood School Public
1.33 South Pointe Public Charter Elementary School Public, Charter
2.00 Southwest Elementary School Public
Eagle College Prep Harmony Public
3.66 Kyrene Aprende Middle School Public
3.66 Kyrene De Las Brisas School Public
4.00 Kyrene Del Cielo School Public
3.66 C I Waggoner School Public
3.33 Kyrene Middle School Public
1.66 Valley View School Public
4.00 Sabis International Public, Charter
Pinnacle High School - Tempe Public, Charter
1.66 Percy L Julian School Public
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School Private, Religious
2.00 Aguilar School Public
2.00 South Mountain High School Public
2.66 Kyrene De Los Ninos School Public
1.66 V H Lassen Elementary School Public
Gethsemane Lutheran School Private, Religious
1.33 Precision Academy System Charter School Public, Charter
Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School Public, Charter
3.33 Kyrene Del Sureno School Public
3.00 Phoenix Collegiate Academy Charter School Public, Charter
2.00 Rose Linda School Public
3.66 Center for Educational Excellence Public, Charter
3.33 Kyrene Del Norte School Public
3.00 Marcos de Niza High School Public
Emmanuel Lutheran School Private, Religious
South Phoenix Prep & Arts Academy Public
South Valley Academy Public
1.66 John R Davis School Public
2.00 Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy Public, Charter
2.33 Esperanza Montessori Academy Public, Charter
2.33 NFL Yet College Prep Academy Public, Charter
1.33 Ignacio Conchos School Public
2.33 Sunland Elementary School Public
3.33 Rover Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

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

We do our best to keep our list of schools and districts, along with their attendance zone boundaries up-to-date and complete, but it isn't perfect. You should always check with the relevant school/district regarding school options, boundaries, and other eligibility requirements.

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 69 responses

  • 81% Yes
  • 17% Not sure.
  • 1% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 53 responses

  • 33% Academics
  • 24% Some teachers are special
  • 17% Extracurricular opportunities
  • 13% The people you meet
  • 12% The music department
  • 1% All of these above plus speech and theater.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 30% Too many students
  • 17% Large campus
  • 17% Funding for clubs
  • 14% Too much pressure put on kids.
  • 14% Some teachers do not explain things well
  • 8% Sometimes they make mistakes on the attendance

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 51 responses

  • 43% Visited by President Obama
  • 35% All of the above (Obama, test scores and band)
  • 10% High AP test scores and 800 SAT math scores
  • 6% Four time state champion marching band
  • 4% Top school athletically and acedemically in AZ
  • 2% How dedicated most of our teachers are to teaching
  • 0% 11 Time State Champion Speech and Debate Team!!!!!

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 53 responses

  • 55% Excelling
  • 19% Competitive College Prep
  • 15% Rich
  • 6% 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 53 responses

  • 32% Push yourself, try different things
  • 25% Find your club or activity early
  • 17% Do your homework, no matter what
  • 15% Find classes you love, do not settle
  • 9% Join a sport/club!
  • 2% Add people on facebook and follow them on twitter

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 18% I love everything about this school.
  • 74% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.