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Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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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Posted June 1, 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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Posted August 7, 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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Posted April 9, 2003

My daughter is a Sophomore at Desert Vista. I moved into the area when she was in fourth grade because I wanted her to attend this school. I am also an educator and believe in the mission statement and goals of DVHS. I support the administration and the teachers for helping my daughter when she needed help. I love this school and I am proud that my daughter attends it.

Posted April 4, 2003

The administration of DV needs to quit using their underhanded tactics of recruiting student athletes. There is not much of a variety here. Unless you're an athlete or a scholar, you're not seen as much more than a number to the principal. However, most teachers are excellent.

Posted March 3, 2003

It is my opinion that this school is a wonderful facility for education. my daughter has never quite fit in at school, and then she came to DV and immediately was able to make friends. the staff there help make everybody safe, welcome and are consistently make each day brighter than the one before. Desert Vista cares about it's students and does everything it can to help students out. I can think of no better [place to send my child, than Desert Vista.

Posted October 15, 2002

That [They] are so worried about being a college prep high school that the special educ students and other students are left behind. I ask them to test my son the first day of school a year ago Aug and it took them until las Nov. They were out of compliance!I also have an older child who attends and he has had some wonderful teacher and then some who don't seen so interested in teaching.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

745 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

758 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

746 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % meets or exceeds

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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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 70% 42%
Hispanic 12% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 6%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Phoenix, AZ 85048
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