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9-12
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,974
 

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16440 S 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85048

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(480) 839-0292
(480) 706-7976
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April 07, 2014
Large - yes; impersonal - no. Moving from the East Coast, we selected the DVHS boundary for our home using many resources including this website. Compared to private middle schools our children attended in Wash, DC, our first surprise was the constant feedback and e-mail contact we received from teachers. Not heard of any other HS that fosters support, encouragement, and positive attitude to same high level. Our daughter and son quickly found a friend nucleus (dance and sports, respectively). No "bad teacher" experiences - just the opposite and both blossomed academically. At college our daughter continues to find she was well- prepared by DVHS academics. As a senior, our son is enjoying engineering curriculum and teachers that will be big benefit for his planned college major. Selecting this HS was one of the best decisions we've made for the growth of our children. - April 2014

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2013
I currently attend this school and I have been since Freshman year and when I tell you this school is amazing it really is. Great academic program and this school is really big on COLLEGE PREP! It will have you ready for college by Junior year. Great staff and administration. This school offers a great sports program. All in all Desert Vista is a great school that not only offers you child that great high school experience but also the experience your child will need for the future.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2013
I highly recommend DV. We moved here from Chicago shortly before our son began freshmen year. The teachers and administration were especially helpful with the transition. We now have a second child enrolled and thankfully, both of our children are in honors and AP classes and they are ABSOLUTELY outstanding. The teachers are top notch. In addition to the fine academics, DV has fantastic athletics and clubs. Our youngest joined the school's Speech team and is having a wonderful experience thus far.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
My son is a sophomore at DV and loves the school. For the most part he has had excellent teachers who have challenged him. He walked on to Cross Country as a freshman and had a fantastic experience. The coaches are exceptional, and the team members are very supportive of each other. Each child needs to find their niche, and with the number of clubs they have something for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
Former student here. Graduated 7 years ago. Desert Vista was, and continues to be one of the best public schools in the nation. I can say this with full confidence because I have greatly benefitted from how desert vista prepared me for college and for life. Once I got to college, it became immediately apparent that I was much further ahead of my peers in the University I was attending. Some of the comments I just read from either parents or students complaining of bullying or teachers "just not caring" couldn't be further from the truth. Bullying happens in every school in every corner of America. To say it's unique to Desert Vista is a joke. Teachers pour their hearts out for their students- as evidenced by the personal time they make available for 1:1 attention before and after school. DV is less like a high school and more like a college prep academy. If you send your kid here- take my word for it- you just hit the jackpot.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2012
If you don't mind having your child bullied by students, other parents, and administration this is your school. This school allows and promotes negative behavior. When a parent brings a concern to the attention of administration, it takes them weeks to respond, and when they do respond it is considered not worthy of their time since so much time has passed. I am disgusted with the lack of protection they provide their students and teachers. They are more concerned with 'busting' someone for dress code violation than the boy being pushed around or degraded by other students.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
As an incoming freshman who is not from the two neighboring middle schools, I have to say Desert Vista is an excellent academic school. However, if you are not from the two nearby middle schools in which almost everyone comes from, you'll have a harder time making friends here. In the freshman class, almost everyone knows each other and form cliques of their own, not really interested in inviting kids who are not from the district into their group. But I have to say, the academics are great, the teachers are terrific and the principal genuinely seems to care about her students. I rate this school about four stars.

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2011
im 16 years old, i went to desert vista for about 6 months and i have to say it was the WORST school i have ever been to. no i am not saying that because im a kid and i "hate" school. unlike some kids i care about my education. i didnt get one here. kids were very rude and un welcoming. teachers could care less about their students. im now involved in online school and im happy im out of desert vista. id rate it -10 stars if i could.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2011
I currently attend Desert Vista High School and I can personally say that I have no regrets in coming here. It's one of the best schools in the state, probably even #1! Despite the large population of students (almost 3000!), the academic is excelling and we have the best speech and debate team in Arizona, which consecutively wins the state championships. Also, the school spirit at this school is amazing!! It couldn't be any better- the students really love the school. The teachers and classes here are very qualified for their subjects. I feel as if the teachers here at Desert Vista were the best I have ever had. The environment at school is great! We have a beautiful campus with many great students and staff.

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2011
I have had three very different children attend Desert Vista. One was a very popular, social girl. One was a 'band geek', and one was a quiet, high achiever. As you can imagine they all had very different needs and I can say that not only does DV have an incredible teaching staff, EVERY child there has the means to succeed. DV has a plethora of resources for extra help that can be utilized, including teaching staff before and after hours in EVERY department. The staff at DV absolutely does care about giving our children the BEST education that they can get.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
My family moved from out-of-state prior to my son starting at DV. We chose this school based on academic scores. He is involved in football and track and has made many nice friends. We have had nothing but positive experiences with the teachers, principal and staff at Desert Vista. There is affluence in the area, but there are plenty of "regular folks" as well. My son has friends whose families make a lot of money, friends who have lost their homes, friends whose families are just getting by paycheck to paycheck and everywhere in between. They all get along and hang out together regardless. Whether in AP or regular classes, the teachers have been excellent! I have zero tolerance for bullying, but find it inexcusable for a parent to slander a child in a public forum. Cyber-bullying is just as bad! I hope anyone considering attending Desert Vista will realize that most people who have positive experiences will not take the time to write a review, but the negative ones will jump right on it. Don't let a few sour grapes ruin the reputation of a great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
There have been a lot of accusations of bullying, which I acknowledge, but it all depends on what classes you take. In the AP and honors classes, I guarantee you'll find some of the most down-to-earth, kind, intelligent, and hardworking kids in Ahwatukee, whom are hard to come by here. The regular classes, on the other hand, are mediocre at best. This is where you'll find all of the spoiled, arrogant "bros and hos" everyone's complaining about (we're called STDV for a reason....). These kids constitute the overall high socioeconomic status of DV, but the nerds are the ones who are maintaining our tradition of academic excellence. Just stay true to your academics and Desert Vista will be a great, enriching experience. As for the actual quality of the staff, the math, English, social studies, and fine arts departments all have phenomenal teachers. If only the same could be said for our science department..... we honestly only have a couple or so good teachers there.

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2010
The administration is by far the worst aspect of it. They fund football and leave nothing for academics. They once wasted $3,000 to spend for glow sticks at a prep assembly. In addition, talking with the student activities coordinators is like talking to rocks. They don't respond to emails and aren't even in their offices most of the time. They also take 5 hour "lunch breaks," which apparently makes them "way too busy" to even sit in their offices. As far as academics, things aren't looking much better. Most of the textbooks used in classes are outdated, and in many cases several editions outdated. The teaching quality is horrible, as the vast majority of teachers don't know what they are talking about. Only a handful of teachers are dedicated, and those teach rigorous courses. The good scores and success that comes out of the school is purely based on the students' personal drive and motivation with the exception of very few passionate educators. The school is also filled with a lot of rich, snobby kids who don't take school seriously at all. The only thing they do is cuss and talk about sex. There are also tons of cliques, segregated groups, etc.

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2010
Horrible! Lots of bullying! As a student I am bullied constantly!!! This is a horrible school!!! I recommend a smaller school like Horizon Honors High School.

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2010
Great Academics, Great Sports and Clubs, something for everyone, best in state AIMS, College Prep School

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
This is our child's second year at DV & we could'nt be happier! I have no idea what some of these people are talking about! Our child was not a "self disciplined" person, but is now because of what they teach at DV. Our child play's no sport's, & is so far a little shy about joining any of the over 100 clubs they have to offer at DV, but is treated no differently. We LOVE the principal & the staff has been outstanding! The Teachers are amazing! And are all Available to help students before and after school. The support here is unbelievable! The staff truley care's for all the student's, & they take their future's very personally. The opportunity's at DV are endless! Your experience is what you make it, but at DV it can be the BEST ONE EVER!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2010
Clean house, fire all those lazy office slugs and get a real principal! Great teachers suffer in these circumstances as do the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2010
We moved from scottsdale last year to Desert Vista and it has proven to be much better then any of the Scottsdale schools my children have been to. My son is not a very movtivated child and his teachers have been there to push him and keep him on track. We have been very pleased with DV!!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
I'm a senior at this school and the best word to describe DV is elitist. While DV has good test scores and produces a great deal of national merit semifinalists, the majority of the teachers and students really couldn't care less. The regular classes at DV can be considered remedial at best. While some of the AP/honors teachers are amazing, most of the teachers make no attempt to inspire students or even to get them to pass classes. Half of my teachers seem to hate what they're doing because they've been forced to teach certain subjects due to budget cuts. The administration is highly unproductive, slow to reply, and blatantly authoritarian. You can often find the secretaries and assistants gossiping with each other while students wait to speak with them. Overall, DV an okay school that is over rated because of its test scores.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 26, 2009
10 for 10...DV is the place to be. Always classy. The teachers are great and push students to do and be more!

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June 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
I have had 2 children attend DV - 8 years of involvement. My experience has been the same as most. The administration provides an excellent environment for those students who are self-disciplined, motivated and athletic and academic achievers, which I am fortunate enough to have 1 of. However, not much time or energy available for those who are just 'average', and for those who are 'special needs', again, unless they are interested in being a basketball team manager (1space). Not much emphasis on their experience. If your student is a 'super-star' this may be a school that has something to offer you. We, the long-time residents and parents refer to it as the 'haves and have nots' school. I don't believe a publicly funded school should be so exclusive. The administration shares these same behaviors with the parents of each student class, as well. Keep looking...

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April 03, 2009
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January 29, 2009
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no rating January 22, 2009
Great school with high standards. My child was more than prepared to enter a university after attending 4 years there.

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June 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
They have really done a fabulous job dealing with my special needs teen so far in the 1.5 yrs he's been @ DV. While nothing is perfect, this school stands head and shoulders above the charter school our son attended in 2nd grade and the private schools he attended in grades 1 and 3-4.

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December 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2007
While this school has a great deal to offer regarding extra curricular activities, some of the teachers leave a great deal to be desired. While many spell out their expectations of what students need to do to earn an 'A', others are quite capricious and fickle. They don't like to be challenged when they have issued a grade that was unexpectedl low.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 07, 2007
This is my seventh year that one of my kids is at DV. DV has an excellent math department and excels at a variety of fine arts and athletics. Principal Battle is really involved with the students and supportive of teachers and coaches.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2007
My daughter and son graduated from this school. They now both go to top universities and were able to keep up well, with the demanding curriculum. It's a wonder how this school is a public school in Arizona. We usually have to pay extreme amounts of money for such a high quality education.

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May 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
My daughter graduated from dv may 2006 and is now attending asu. She had a blast in her 4 years and academically excelled. Aims scholorship winner, 4 year performer with 'gut'(goot) at dv dance and cheered for coach rad in varsity cheer. This high school and its great people have so much to offer a young person with the drive to learn. It's all there in one campus. New principal anna battle is very involved with her 2900+ kids and is already highly respected. In my opinion one of the top public high schools in the state....Maybe #1.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
First off, I have to say that I am a student, not a parent, and that Desert Vista is truly an outstanding school. I no longer go here because I moved to another state because my fathers job relocated him. So anyway, I would like to say that the teachers at Desert Vista are amazing and every teacher I have had really puts effort into teaching. The extracurricular activities at Desert Vista are very well recognized. DV is number one in the state for their Speech Theatre and Debate team. Desert Vista is located in a very nice part of the town and is very very safe. You want your child to be able to go to school and not worry about violence and things like that, well this is that type of school. Overall this is an amazing school and I would recommend anyone to attend school at Desert Vista.

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
DV is arguably the best high school in the state of Arizona. Outstanding academics, fine arts, and athletics. This is evidenced in numerous state championships, both athletic and academic. A math department that is second to none. Parents that care without trying to rule the school. With close to 3,000 students, there is literally something for everyone. I have had one child that graduated with the class of 2003. His teachers and counselors were always available to us. My other child is a member of the class of 2007 and would not trade this high school for any other. Keep up the great work administration and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
its a great school with good programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
The quality of instruction is superior at Desert Vista. The students have a multitude of academic and non-academic electives, including numerous AP and honors courses. The math and social studies departments are superior! The students have so many extracurricular activities to choose from, everyone can find their niche here. We choose to move to Ahwatukee so that our children will attend Desert Vista. I plan to dedicate my teaching career to this wonderful school!

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2006
My daughter has had an amazing freshmen year at dv... Love her language arts teacher who happens to be the debate coach..1St in the state... The drama program is excellent...

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
Academics are the best, however teachers and staff are not that great!

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2006
Academics and extracurricular are superior

- submitted by a staff
February 12, 2006
DVHS offers several levels of academic programs: remedial, regular, honors and AP. There are honors courses in every acadeemic area and 17 AP courses (science, math, arts, computer, english, history, social sciences). The Math Department at DV is ranked #1 in the state of Arizona. Teachers are always available to help students before or after school. Teachers challenge students and provide opportunities for academic advancement if the student has the desire. Many teachers have websites to help students keep up with homework and succeed in class. There are classes in the arts (music, drama, dance, visual arts). There are many opportunities for students to get involved in sports, extracurricular activities and voluneteering. DV is an excellent school that fosters excellence in academics, character and independence.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2006
As a 2004 graduate, I can say that Desert Vista's academics were outstanding. Classes were challenging, the teachers were encouraging, and after graduation, I felt more than ready to take on the college classes that were ahead of me. Extra-curricular activites, clubs, and sports were numerous, and many of the students were involved. I believe DV is all around one of the best schools in the state. If I were to choose one area that could be improved, it would be school spirit. However, I think that is an exceptionally minor issue when looking into a high school.

- submitted by a former student
January 06, 2006
From a Students POV this is a great school with great people. The teachers are amazing and very good at what they do. We have a lot of school sprit and a lot of fun. You will meet all kinds of amazing teachers, faculity, and students. That you will not only gain friendships from but whom you will constantly learn something. You may learn something new about a person, a culture, a celebrity, or it might just be a new way to write a paper, but regardless this school is going to stick with you forever.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2005
All programs are run well and there is a great level of parent involvement.

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- submitted by a student
July 19, 2005
There's a large number of extracurricular activities for the student to choose from. The teachers we've dealt with are very involved in giving their students every tool they need to succeed. Some of their policies are strict, but they don't seem to enforce them as they should. (dress code mostly).

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July 07, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
June 23, 2005
We are very impressed with all that Desert Vista High School has to offer! It has a vast array of elective classes available for students to choose from, which will assist them in the right direction regarding their future career choices! There are many sports programs and various activities for the students to take part in as well! We are very excited that our girls will be attending Desert Vista, as it is an excelling school with an outstanding reputation!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
We love Desert Vista! It is a very large school and we were worried about that, but my freshman, daughter has had a fantastic year. There are a lot of opportunities for academics and extra-curricular activities. She has been involved in Speech and Debate (the best team in the state!) and Key Club. She says that it's so big that there aren't the clicks that you hear about in other schools. She has thrived here. We highly recommend this great school!

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no rating December 15, 2004
I am new to the area and so far everything I have seen at the school has been great.

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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
As a parent of a Desert Vista student, I am happy with the academics at this school. Now, DV has the same student issues as most high schools today, however, they do a good job at not letting them interfere with the academics available to those students who choose to pursue them.

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- submitted by a former student
August 07, 2003
My son graduated from Desert Vista in 2001.His teachers could always get him interested in the curriculum and he loved going to school...if teachers and staff can get the students involved and interested in learning, I think that's half the battle. And in my opinion, Desert Vista isthe best that there is at the present time!

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Desert Vista High School
16440 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ  85048
(480) 839-0292
Last modified Desert Vista High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Vista High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top