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9-12
Public charter
Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 400
Before care: No
After care: No

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1515 S. Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85296

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(480) 813-1151
(480) 813-1161
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October 28, 2014
I think this school is great, but there are some people that don't really belong here. I think the teachers need to be a little harsher on students about phones and such. They get away with a lot. Other then that, I think the school is good.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2014
Desert hills high school it is a school for second chances were students don't have to worry about their personality or bullying it might seem like that kind of school but it isn't....you will find teachers that they all love....they care about our students and help as much as possible....unless the new principle fires all those teachers that the students get along with....he came to the school got rid of all the students that didn't want to learn and were no point of being there....but expelling students that can't get accepted any where else because they wanted a circle k drink before school....why pay something that's 1.50 but is only half the drink of a 44oz....the principle needs to realize all of us students who actually try to learn and they get searched for no reason because according to the new principle " inside this school im above the law! " his actual words... he needs to realize that isn't right and all of us DHHS students aren't all bad:)

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2014
Desert Hills is a fantastic school, the staff really cares about your child. They take the time to listen to the students and really help them. Students feel a sense of family while attending. Mr. Madden is retiring, there is a new principal with great ideas and new programs that will take DHHS to new heights!!! As a parent I am excited to see how they improve an already GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Desert Hills HS is heavily into conversion the Common Core standards. This is most important in the Math curriculum as many changes and challenges are part of the new plans. The new PARC test will require problem solving and analysis techniques that many students have not been exposed to in great detail. The new curriculum will address those issues.

- submitted by a teacher
August 01, 2013
Worst school in Arizona. Police are there almost every day. Most of the children are on drugs. If you love your child, do not send them here.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
As a graduated student from Desert Hills, I loved my school. I started high school off in the Higley school district and was miserable to say the least. I ditched school, failed classes and got mixed in with "the wrong crowd". While at Desert Hills I completely caught up and was able to graduate on time. I wasn't ostracized because of my clothing choices and I didn't feel the need to try to impress my peers. Unfortunately there is a negative stigma attached to going to Desert Hills, resulting from the infamous amount of drug users and arrests occurring at this school. I believe this school is good for teenagers who have already "found themselves". The younger students may fall into the wrong crowd more easily. This is the beat school when trying to catch up on credits. Whether you're child is right for this school boils down to how they have been raised and their attitude about drugs and fighting. The administration does a wonderful job dealing with students issues and treats them like adults rather than children. Every school has its good and bad sides, and while DHHS has some very strong negatives, I believe the positives out-way them, by far.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2013
My economics class was great. I loved it and learned a lot. It was my favorite class, I looked forward to coming to school only because of this class. I liked how the teacher was so interactive with us and let us have fun with lessons. I learned a lot, like what Republicans and Democrats are and how they view our economic system. I now know what credit is and how it is earned and how it works. Keep doing what you're doing Mr.B, you're one of my favorite teachers.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2013
A friend of mine was looking to put her son in Desert Hills but was concerned because of the last two comments on this page. She asked me what was going on. I told her my son is doing great and is very happy with the school and the teachers. As for the principal, I can proudly say my son does not know him because back in my day "going to the principal's office" was a bad thing. However, he speaks highly of his teachers and looks forward to going to school. Although no school is perfect, I think it is important to let people know that Desert Hills is a great school and I am proud to say my child attends.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
It is time for a changing of the guard at this school . Very bad things are happening here and it is hurting the students at a deep core level....Wake up ladies and gentleman ........ Change is coming for the better ! I pray that the evil within this school be removed and replaced with caring staff..

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
WARNING !! BEWARE !! I cant believe this school is even open. Their overall test scores are so far in the gutter , I dont know how or why the State of Arizona would even consider keeping the doors open. The head of this school could care less about his students. It is a common , well known fact that he has no interest in listening to the children. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE !!!! Send them anywhere , but here....

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
I am very proud parent of my two boys that goes to DHHS one a sophmore and another a junior this year 2011. My boys really enjoys being at Desert Hills. The Principal, Mr. Madden and the Assistant Principal, Mr. Miller , runs a school that is safe for all the kids to enjoy their high school experience. They want every student to engage in clubs and in sports. They want each of them to enjoy high school and make it a great experience to remember. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The teacher are the BEST in what they do...they take the time to help those who may need additional help after school and on Fridays. They don't tolerate any fighting and any bullying from any students while in campus or the internet. They have a ZERO TOLERANCE. I am truly grateful from their caring dedication of their professional attitude as educators, counselors, and being a mentors for my kids. I would recommend Desert Hills High School for any parent to send their kids. I am a very happy parent and my kids enjoy going to this outstanding high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
I am very proud parent of my two boys that goes to DHHS-one a sophomore and another a junior this year 2011. My boys really enjoys being at Desert Hills. The Principal, Mr. Madden and the Assistant Principal, Mr. Miller, run a school that is safe for all the kids to enjoy their high school experience. They want every student to engage in clubs and in sports. They want each of them to be successful and to challenge themselves. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The teacher is the BEST in what they do...they take the time to help those who may need additional help after school and on Fridays. They don't tolerate any fighting or any bullying from any students while in campus or the internet. They have a ZERO TOLERANCE. I am truly grateful from their dedication of being the top notch professional folks. I would recommend Desert Hills High School for any parent to send their kids. I am a very happy parent and my kids enjoy going to this outstanding high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
This school is a complete false representation of what they state on their school recording system. The school is not safe, there are fights many times during the year between students. I have seen students led off in handcuffs on more than one occasion, and to add insult to injury the quality of education is very poor. Students are left to complete work on their own with very little interaction with the teacher. Some students are doing 4th grade level work, which in my opinion should not even be part of the curriculum. All in all, this school needs to step back and survey their standards and make some major modifications.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
My daughter is a straight A student but very shy, so for the longest time I fretted about what high school to send her to. Moving to the East Valley from the West Valley right before freshman year made it more stressful. She asked to go to a small school so I gave DH a shot, even though I was honestly worried it was a dumping ground for rejects. I'm so glad we went with DH. She has just blossomed and has had a fantastic year. She's made really good friends, and has had great teachers who truly go above and beyond. She has even- gasp- joined a club. The change in her is remarkable . She is so comfortable there and it has just been a pleasure to see. Thank you, Desert Hills!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 22, 2009
this school is a joke i spent my freshman year there and did not learn a thing. no one takes anything seriously.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
DHHS has its ups and its downs. not all of the teachers there seem to have a real interest in the the students academic sucess but then there are also the teachers who continue to help the students sucess. one thing thats has changed significatly thought is the etracurricular activities. if you are looking to become involved in clubs this would not be the school for you

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 06, 2009
I started this school yesterday and withdrew from that school the same day and couldn't even finish the day! I was told that the teachers had control of their classroom and thats a big NO!!!! I couldn't concentrate due to others playing there ipods so loud you could hear it on the other side of the room. They even played it through those little speakers you can get and the teacher told them to turn it off, they didn't and they didn't get in trouble. I would highly suggest looking into other schools.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2008
My son left the worst district in AZ, the Higley District. Desert Hills has the best management, teachers, and setup of all schools. I consider myself some what of an authority after having 2 children in over 16 schools. Mr. Madden and Miller run a tight ship with fairness, compassion, and the best personalities for these positions. Teachers are always available for help and the Principal and staff are always helpful. I was afraid of the 'charter school' label since they take kids that have had issues. This school has no 'clicks' and everyone interacts. You can be who you are and you are accepted. The schedule allows a child to really understand each subject so that it is nearly impossible to fall behind. My son is very smart and is able to learn at a level that is appropriate for him. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
I really like this school, I get the help I need from the teachers. But, everyone can say that the school they go to is so 'awesome' but it depends out what your child needs, but remember every school is going to has its ups and downs. But like I said I like this school I get the help I need and I finally feel comfortable in myself.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2008
this school is pretty easy going. we go to school 4 days a week and fridays are our make up days or days for the sports teams to have extra practice. DHHS is getting better and better each year. yeah there are some trouble kids that are there but we also get lots of exchange students and we get students that strictly go there for the extra clubs and stuff we have available. you can work around any schedule. you can take day classes or night classes. you can easily get caught up if needed. teachers here do lots of one on one times. that is the reason we only have four days a week. fridays are there for kids that may need one on one time with their teachers to get a better understanding of whats going on. DHHS has something for everyone.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 29, 2008
Great school to help kids learn what the real world is all about, as well as catch up on missed arrears.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2008
the teachers and staff (yes! even the people at the front office) are very dedicated. I have plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado and my teachers are eager to help me achieve this goal, so far they have been more than helpful. I am confident that I am being taught what I need - my AIMS test scores are quite high because of DHHS (I exceeded in 2 of the 3 sections). Choosing this school was a sound decision.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 29, 2008
Students at Desert Hills are not exposed to a vast array of courses as compared with public High Schools. Thus far I m not impressed with the schools academics. Students attend Desert Hills only four days a week. I wonder how this compares to the amount of time students spend in public schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2007
DHHS is a great school with great quality. They have so many student activities from FFA, Theater, or student Council. Each teacher is personal with every student so the kids actually care. My son has been their since we was a freshman and can't wait to graduate from DHHS.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
delete: DHHS is packing its classrooms with disregard to quality. They have become a mere diploma mill accepting drop outs, failing and troubled kids from other schools to get the maximum bucks from the state. Lack of discipline is overwhelming. Be warned, this school is a holding tank for criminals.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2007
My Daughter is starting her tenth grade year next month. This will be her 2nd year at DRHS. She loves school since she has been attending here. There are so many different activities that the students can be involved in. There truly is something for everyone, whether it is dance, theater, FFA, Welding, sports etc. The teachers who spend extra time helping our children excel should be applauded for their tireless efforts. It helps our children to be happier more well rounded individuals. It also keeps our children involved and increases their chances to graduate and go on to college and be productive, well rounded members of our society.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
Lack of discipline and poor leadership make this a school very risky choice. The teachers have given up on the kids and don't have a positive attitude toward the students, and don't have control of their classrooms. Please consider very carefully before enrolling your child at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
We were pleased with our daughters results considering the classes were large. The school has a very unique blend of students, ranging from those kicked out of mainstream to others that were home schooled. The teachers were good, so were the opportunities to succeed. The school had a nice, small, friendly atmosphere once you got past the way the students presented themselves. We found it a very good alternative to the mainstream schools offered here.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 12, 2006
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January 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2005
A wonderful school flowing with creativity, acceptance, and potential. With honors course available, as well as a variety of electives from business to oil painting to Japanese cultures - this school is really a brilliant place to be.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
Desert Hills is not the school it is expected to be! All they care about is equine science.. which isnt right. -Laurel B.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2005
DHHS is a great school. Your child can graduate up to 2 years early in some cases.

- submitted by a former student
August 18, 2005
This school isn't good for students who are accelerated in their studies. Teachers take a longer time going over the curriculum because there are kids that are alternative or aren't as smart.

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
Canyon rim elementary has a great principal and my son had a very good experience with his 3rd grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
There is limited extra-curriculars and sports available to their students. In addition, they need to be a little more observant of students who violate policies such as smoking, etc.

- submitted by a administrator
May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2005
I am a former graduate from DHHS and think it is an awesome school. I was at a point in life with no hope for graduation. The teachers and school leaders there try there hardest to inspire students to never give up. It was school that didnt judge me for what I use to be but who I wanted to be. It allowed me to graduate on time due to the fast paced classes. The education is great and I reccomend DHHS to any and all students whatever the situation may be.

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2005
My daughter attended DHHS for one 'semester' which equates to two 'blocks.' It was an extreme disappointment because she was formerly an A student with high academic achievement. Once she began to enjoy low academic standards, lack of homework, as well as no school on Fridays, she lowered her own standards. The work that was highly graded, would have earned no higher than a 'C' in the public schools. She desired to attend due to the equine program, which is poorly run due to lack of insight into the potential liability of allowing kids to be arrange animals of the size of horses, and which encouraged favoritism. The bus service was a constant unknown and some students were on the bus for over an hour each way. The accreditation by NCA is not the normal accreditation given to the public schools in Gilbert, but rather, is focused on troubled teens.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2004
I attended Desert Hills from January '04-May '04 and completed the rest of my Junior Year and full Senior Year credits in this length of time. Graduating early and attending college a year before I originally intended to go has had a successful impact on my life

- submitted by a former student
April 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2003
This school changed my life, as a student there for 3 years I graduated 3rd in my class in 2003.The teachers were the best I have ever had and the most thorough. The equine program helped prepare me for my college years, attneding Johnson and Wales University and majoring in Equine Business Mgmt. Even though Mr McGill is not a DHHS anymore he still built a strong school for Mr. Art Madden. recommended 100% To anyone interested. Hopefully I will see you there when I go back and reach my goal of teaching for them.

- submitted by a former student
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Desert Hills High School is a campus dedicated to success. We offer our students a unique four-day school weeek, with a fifth day (Friday) available to excell or make-up work. We also provide many dynamic agricultural and buisness related programs. At Desert Hills students are more than a name; they are family.

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Desert Hills High School
1515 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ  85296
(480) 813-1151
Last modified Desert Hills High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Hills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top