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Deer Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 2027 students

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Posted October 8, 2013

The teachers are excellent. The students are well behaved and respectful. The administrators are hard working and caring. The staff are friendly and wonderfully kind.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2012

Deer Valley high school is a wonderful school with great teachers and a diversity of students. The school is extremely family oriented as many of the current teachers went to Deer Valley themselves. AP and duel credit programs are offered as a head start to achieving college credits and a variety of clubs and artistic classes are offered. I'm a sophomore this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2012

We are thinking of buying a house here and would like to know if there are gates or metal detectors at the entrance of the schools?


Posted May 20, 2011

I have spent a total of two years so far at this school, and I don't regret it one bit. Teachers give so much of their spare time to make sure their students are understanding the lessons and nearly all of them help with a sport or sponsor a club. Fellow students treat each other nicely, and there are never any fights. In comparison to the other schools in the district, this school has no drug problems. Except all of my peers are slackers, so the only way to get a class that is guaranteed to be focused for learning is an honors class. Nothing against the teachers, though. I can't wait to come back as a junior next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2011

I have to say that when it comes to children with disabilities they are not very helpful or knowledgeable unless you go in with a great team who knows the in an outs of what your child or childern are intitled to or not intitled to you are pretty much thrown under the bus literally...so i got myself a great IEP team and had my childern get what they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

I have 3 kids that are either going or have graduated from this school, all with a wide range of abilities... Special Ed., Reg. Ed and Advance. I truly feel confident about this school and their main focus, teaching our kids. I have a sports child and one, well not so much. The sports kept my daughter focused on her grades and the teachers helped out wonderfully. My son is having a different take in high school and has gotten into a little trouble. Both issues were resolved in a manner appropriate to the issue and with true concern from the staff. While not all teachers are the best (one spanish teacher just needs to retire), the majority of the teachers are there is to aid in my childs success. I have been very happy with DVHS from all aspects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

Deer Valley is an outstanding school with high academic standards and quality teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

This school has some amazing teachers and some of the worst teachers I have ever seen. As in most high schools athletics rule the campus. The staff can be rude at times and not very helpful. The quality of education depends on the teacher. I would think twice about sending your kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

Deer Valley High School should be a model to all High Schools in the valley. Academics are strong, extra activities are amazing and very well organized. Dicipline is conducted in a positve way that will help our teens become more productive and educated. The overall experience has been nothing but wonderful for my daughter. Please visit this school and feel the incredibly awesome atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

I go to Deer valley and i can honestly say that i am happy to wake up and go to school. The teachers really care about you and want the best for you. If you are thinking about coming here DO IT! You will not regret it. Deer valley is like one big family;it is truly amazing and i will be very sad to leave
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2009

In the next school year (09-10) I am going to be attending DVHS as a Junior, and thus far I am extremely happy with the experience I've had there. In the area that I live, students either go to Mountain Ridge HS or to Deer Valley, due to zoning. I know many people who chose to go to Ridge over DV, because 'it's newer, prettier, richer' etc. Sure DV is an older campus (it opened in 1980), and so it shows a bit of wear and tear, and yes, the DV tax base is not the white collared workers that surround Ridge, but Deer Valley has phenomonal teachers, administration, counsellors and programs, that are all given equal credence. We have Honors and AP programs that are taught by highly qualified teachers, dual-enrollment courses through Rio Solado, and, frankly, our regular classes aren't half bad either. I highly reccomend DV.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

Deer Valley High is an excellent school. They have a strong academic program, great teachers, and excellent leadership in Principal Dobbs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

We have found Deer Valley to be a great school in many ways. The key is to be actively involved as a student, and stay in communication as a parent. The basic classes (non honors, non AP) tend to lack challenge - which may leave college bound kids a bit unprepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

This is a large school and deals with the normal issues a large school is faced with. I am happy with the quality of the education and the staff. As with any school some teachers are better than others. Parental involvement is always the key! Any issues that I have had have always been resolved to my satisfaction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

Deer Valley fails as a school. They only care about money and they don't care for any of their students. Only the athletes and cheer leaders are important to the school, it's like no one else in the school matters we're just there to fill in more seats.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2008

Take honors programs/Rio Salado programs, as many as possible, too. You'll save some time taking those pesky 'intro-to' classes once college starts. I made great friends who actually wanted to make something out of their lives by doing this. Join clubs and take as many fun classes your senior year as you can!! Learn to tough it out or ignore when some teachers act like high-schooler s, which they will. Overall, 4 years wasn't a complete tragedy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2006

DVHS is an excellent school. They seem to excel in all aspects of education. They care so much about the kids and if they are accomplishing what is necessary to carry on in adult life. I have a son that will be a senior this year (06-07) and am so proud of his accomplishments and know that DVHS is a BIG part of his wanting to succeed. He is in several sports and the coaches at DVHS are awesome. They keep a group of nice respectful young men that they can be proud of in any crowd. You can give DVHS a high grade for excellence and this is visible as soon as you walk on campus. It is a school with alot of pride and this reflects throughout the campus from the staff through to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

This school has fairly decent programs. One of the teacher's, Mr. Torres, who made a difference in my child's life as well as others alike has been 'let go' and this is his last year teaching here. It is a shame to see this happen and to let a good one get away! The office staff are by far the worst most unprofessional group of women ever! I have never dealt with such rude women in any school office ever. They have yelled and made such crude, snide remarks to my child on numerous occasions. The school principal has made a 'new rule' that allows only five passes in the whole school year, other than that, you are not allowed to enter into the classroom. It seems that she would rather they not receive an education, and make them sit in a room and do absolutely nothing whatsoever, not even study.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

Deer Valley High School was innovative and supportive in its approach to my special needs child. It provided a highly knowledgeable staff who led us through the end of the special ed process which is just as complicated as the beginning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

This is a great school. The education is good and so are the extracurricular activities. It has a good cultural and economical diversity.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Desert Sky Middle School
Highland Lakes K-8 School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 49% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 4% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 4% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 6% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Highly Performing (2010)
  • Highly Performing (2011)
  • Highly Performing (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: HIp Hop
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Barbara Dobbs
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (602) 467-6780

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Nursing, Hospitality, JROTC

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Best Buddies
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Dance club: HIp Hop
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 49%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 4%
Vocational - 4%
Workforce - 6%
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18424 N. 51st Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308
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