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12575 E. Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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June 01, 2014
The IB program is, for the most part, top-notch, particularly the science and math classes. My daughter,who just completed her freshman year, had to work hard to achieve As. We recently relocated from the east coast and were concerned that schools here would be too "soft" at least with the IB program that's not a problem!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
We have had two students attend Mountainside. What you hear is true. The IB and accelerated programs are remarkable if your student is motivated and qualifies. If your student is average, the school is a piece of cake and won't prepare them for much. One hour of homework (max..literally) per night, no papers longer than 2-3 pages, very little computer training, make up tests and homework determined by student's schedule. It is a piece of cake. I am in awe of how little effort this school requires. Your students will never sweat over a test, paper, quiz or homework. Here's the problem. Our oldest went to college and was shocked and behind big time. Not used to long papers and exams with no make-up allowances. He was so unprepared and I warned him for years while in highschool. Really quite sad. He'll catch up and learn work ethic the hard way. The other one is still in highschool and her teachers text her and snap chat. Are you kidding me? "Nice" school, safe and in a good location. Academics a complete disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
I am a student in the IB Program and I couldn't love this school more. IB is challenging but you get to meet great people and learn to love the teachers! Join the DMHS IB Program! It's amazing!!!

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2010
I'm currently in my senior year, and I still haven't discovered why high school is "the best time of my life". There is a BIG problem with substance abuse, but the school sweeps it under the rug. I can count on one hand how many teachers that I've liked and learned from. But I've had quite a lot of classes where the teachers just couldn't control the class! The administration is not very helpful at all. As a senior going off to college next year, I would appreciate it if I was treated like an adult. But I get the complete opposite--a five year old going to kindergarten for the first time. As for the students... I'm just happy to say that I found my friends without having to mingle with them. The majority of the students need to step out of Scottsdale for one day and experience life!

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2010
We pulled our son out of DMHS mid-year because of poor choices he was making. The problem was that hundreds of students there were doing the same thing! DMHS seemed to lack the necessary controls to monitor the substance abuse problem, the inappropriate displays of affection, the dress code violations, and disrespectful students. The Counseling Dept. let us down when we most needed guidance. When I tried contacting all his teachers, only one cared enough to reply. I applaud the DMHS IB program (our younger son chooses this path), but if your son/daughter struggles with motivation and is more of a "hands on learner," they will suffer at DMHS. We've chosen to go out-of-district with son #2. He's in honors and AP classes and loves it. Whatever substance problem they have at his school is minor in comparison to DMHS. Good luck going there. You will need it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I was a student at desert mountain until my junior year when my family moved to colorado. The education was a joke. The administration had no control of the overprivileged students that ran the school. I Spent probably half my classes with my head phones in my ears so i didn't have to listen to the bickering that was occurring between the students and the teachers. The school was run by politics and the teachers were too scared to do anything for fear the wrath of parents would come down on the. I experienced many drug deals and sexual activities in plain sight with no actions being taken to stop it. Fights occurred regularly as well. It seems like an A+ school but that is just because it is so easy to get an A.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 26, 2010
We have moved here from out of state- so I have a junior and freshman this year. Freshman seems to be doing fine since she is in pre-IB program. Hard cirriculum and she likes her classes. My Junior though, is struggling with the mean girls aspect of the class and it seems that the 13+girls that run the school are quite vicious. My daughter loved high school till she came here and now cant wait to get out. The teachers so far have been ok and genuinly seem surprised that I would reach out to them to introduce myself and involve myself with my kids education. On the other hand the junior counselor is un approachable, mean and seems to not like the kids or job very much- to date has been completely un helpful. DMHS is the school of mean girls......

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2009
Impressive!! The staff and teachers at the school are top notch and very supportive. Sure, you will always find a teacher you're not pleased with, just as you will anywhere in life, but this school has a remarkably high number of fantastic, dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This school and the very dedicated teachers help the students reach their potenial.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2008
I went to desert mountain and yes, was part of the IB program. IB was where the students who went to the top tier universities came from and its obvious why. I was so prepared for my university, which is top tier, even more prepared than some of my peers here who did AP at their high schools and were top of their class. IB just fosters an environment of intellectual stimulation, and yes pulls the best teachers for an obvious reason - its got the best students who are eager and ready to learn. I can't say much about the non-IB courses. However, extracurricular at GW were great. the arts - from drama to music to visual arts were at least while I was there top notch. People who put down DMHS are those who don't put forth the effort to get everything they can out of the school.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2008
A+++ school. Desert Mountain is a nationally ranked school. They have fabulous teachers for all students. The students are very nice and respectful.

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March 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
It is the worst school. My first day of teaching the teachers told me I could not be creative, I had to teach exactly what and how they taught and I was required to submit lesson plans to them in advance so they could approve.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 06, 2007
This is a school where you have the opportunity to choose your path. The students who want to succeed in life will take the responsibility and learn and the students who don't care will blow off their classes and teachers. Really, it's not about the quality of the school at all, it's about the quality of the students and the community and Desert Mountain has all different varieties. However, as a former student, I will say that many kids think that just because their parents have loads of money that they can do nothing and money will magically appear. Perhaps instead of rating how well a school is preparing kids for life, we should look at parents to start taking some responsibility. A teacher is there to teach their curriculumn to the best of their ability, but they can't teach all students about motivation, success, hard work, determination, etc...

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2007
I'm a senior this year at DMHS- in the IB program... Some teachers are awful, and some are fantastic... IB is extremely difficult, but worth it if you are willing to work hard for a great academic environment. IB attracts kids who are truly passionate about learning... Kids outside of IB are generally pretty snobby, and non-IB teachers tend to be subpar. The adminstration can often be disorganized as well... The school isn't great, but it isn't awful either... Just make smart decisions as to which classes/teachers you choose.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2007
I'm a very happy DMHS parent. My son is a senior this year and is not in IB and I have been very happy with his teachers and the school every year. Before sending my son to any of the schools on the Scottsdale Ranch I made sure it was an area we would be happy living in. Its a wonderful area but not for everyone. To anyone who thinks its snobbish I can only say 'why are you sending your kids to school with people you don't like?' There are so many other good schools in AZ to choose from other than DMHS if you aren't happy with it.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
I just finished my freshman year at DMHS and i thought that it was a terrible school. if it had not been for my close friends i dont know if i would have put up with it for so long. I actually attempted to switch into xavier college prep and unfortunantly, they had no vacancy. i am not an IB student but i did attend some honors programs and they were fine. Although, my average classes were TERRIBLE. the teachers were unexpierienced and unprepared to handle the students and there attitudes. Everyone there is sooo stuck up! And, not just that, they have to show it off. i will not be atending desert mountain next year. that is how terrible it really is.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2007
I graduated in 2002. I was the first student to receive a national scholarship. I think that my education there was top notch! I was truly prepared for college. I took several IB classes but was not an IB student. I graduated college with a 4.0 at American University. I have lived in 3 other states and now have a daughter of my own and I want to move back to Arizona just so I can send her to DMHS! the education at that school compared to not only other schools in Scottsdale but others across the united states is one of the best. I love DMHS! do wolves!

- submitted by a former student
April 22, 2007
I came to this school from Horizon High School and I find it very disapointing that the IB program tends to drain all the good teachers. Average students who do not take Honors or AP classes will find they are not prepared for college, nor life. I am not in the IB program and I'm happy I'm not. To me it seems like an overated honors-class substitute. However, I do take all honors/AP classes, but from my experiance IB=not worth it unless you wish to study outside of the country (It's called International for a reason).

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2006
I gradeuated in 05' and as a second year student at U of A I will tell you that DMHS and the teachers did not prepare me well enough for college.

- submitted by a former student
December 01, 2006
This is one of the best schools in the state, forget about the city. The teachers are well-informed and the students are goal-oriented with a bright future.The pre-IB program is excellent, hard but well worth it. Keep it up DMHS.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2006
I graduated from DMHS in 2003. I was enrolled in the IB program my junior year, but opted to take AP classes senior year instead. I am so thankful I took the most rigorous courses I could- I can trace my reading comprehension, analytical, and my writing skills to these challenging classes. The non-honors courses I took (mostly electives) were much, much less demanding and would not have prepared me nearly as well for a top university, nor for the writing and analytical demands of the professional workplace.

- submitted by a former student
October 01, 2006
I just graduated from DMHS and I can say that I can not imagine going to school anywhere else. Yes, I was in the IB program so I had an intellectual environment, but besides academics, the school excelled in the arts, especially drama, whose shows I was always eager to attend, although the sports were mediocre, the spirit was incredible. I'm jealous that I'm missing homecoming. Extracurriculars were hit or miss, but you could create and find what you wanted. I found most parents to be pretty involved, especially with things like project grad. I am so happy i attended this school, i will always fondly look back to my time at DM. go wolves!

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2006
I am so disappointed with the level of education at DMHS. If your student is not IB, you get no assistance. The teachers and do not follow up on questions. I am so glad my daughter is a senior and we will not have to deal with this school anymore.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2006
I recently graduated from Dsrt Mtn. and would say that it was an amazing school to attend. I only attended it may senior year, however, but it was definatly better than my last school. The teachers were some of the best i've had, and they had an amazing wealth of knowledge in their fields. Yes, we may drive very nice cars, but that doesn't say anything about the personality of the school. And i would definatly say that there were NOT drugs all over.

- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
May 30, 2006
I have had a student at DMHS continually since 1999, none in IB. My youngest now attends Desert Mtn. Diversity is available. Though some may be wealthy and spoiled, that is not the only description. Many stuednts are community minded and volunteer regularly as well as raise significant funds for various worthy causes. Scottsdale is a wealthy community, thus the demographics convey; however the same is true of all schools in the Scottsdale vicinity. This school has some of the highest national and state test scores in Arizona, which includes an average of all students, not just IB . Students who want to succeed can succeed at DMHS, those who want to screw-up can screw-up. The large student population allows for a variety in friends as well as in available course descriptions. One can find a place to 'belong' at DMHS but one must get involved. Parent participation is high.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
Some lazy teachers. This is balanced by some excellent teachers, though. It's hit or miss.

- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2006
Spoiled, disrespectful students make up about 80% of the student population in my estimation. Try driving through the parking lot for a real eye opener. Parents wake up! What kind of teenager needs these kind of cars! Some wonderful, above average teachers in some areas.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
The kids at DMHS are spoiled, rich (look at the parking lot some time), with too much time on their hands. Parents please wake up and protect your children. Academically, some great teachers; some were full of themselves and drunk with power.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
This school has the rudest faculty that I've ever delt with. I removed my son due to the poor staff and the tremendous amount of drugs. This is one school I would avoid at all costs.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
Its a great school with many many ciriculat activities. Iam a parent and I would give this school and A+

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2006
The principal at the time of my attendance retired, so I can give no commentary in that field. Overall I had no complaints with the school itself when I attended my four years (1998-2002). With the exception of the occasional unsavory group of students (that is ubiquitous in schools), I always felt safe. The majority of the teachers I had were of high caliber, and I felt deserved higher pay. Really the only complaint, even though it was major, was the quality of the students themselves. Since the school resides in a luxury area of the valley, a large majority (but not all) of the students come from rich backgrounds, and were quite spoiled, and not very down to earth. Strong believers of 'birds of a feather flock together', may find this undesirable.

- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2006
DMHS is a wonderful school with a great mix of academics, activities, and social climate. Having so many students means there is a wide variety of interests, backgrounds, and goals. This is representative of the real world and prepares the students accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
Academic programs are average at best, unless you take IB or AP programs. Sports programs are not well coached. Level of parent involvment is high from a political standpoint

- submitted by a former student
November 28, 2005
We love Desert Mountain. They have great teachers and a supportive staff. Very friendly front desk. Very caring and informed school nurse..

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October 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
Desert Mountain is fantastic!

- submitted by a teacher
June 04, 2005
Desert Mountain is amazing

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2005
Desert Mountain High School is fantastic. From friendly teachers to many extracurricular activities, your son/daughter will love the experience.

- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 07, 2005
Daughter moved in from another state beginning of Junior year. Not in IB program, which I believe pulls best teachers. Teacher quality average at best. Class dynamics suspect (control, staying on subject, favoritism, etc). Parent involvement not welcome in the classroom. Don't see commitment of teachers to students. Will only send my 2nd child if part of IB program.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My child has done very well at DMHS. He is in the IB program and looking at very selective colleges due to the high level of education/many quality teachers he has had. Lots of nice kids. The school is big and if you are not the outgoing/motivated type, it could be difficult to meet people. Several of the athletic programs are very political and unfairly chosen. Definitely loads of 'play' money as exhibited by the clothing and cars students drive.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
We have lived in Scottsdale for eleven years. Both our children started in this District and are now at Desert Mountain High School. DMHS IS QUALITY... We are not disappointed and both of our children are doing exceptionally well.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
Academic programs are stimulating to students, and availability of extracurricular activities shows student/teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2004
My daughter moved in as a senior, and made several friends by lunch, mostly with other new students. Be prepared - this is where the nouveau riche go. The IB program is great. Many students are not very motivated. Many graduates go to Scottsdale Community College after graduation.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2004
Teachers are dedicated, Advanced placement programs abound, i.e IUB program--very challenging--hard for even honor roll students to commit to regimen, my daughter opted out after sophmore year, but still takes honor classes. Atmosphere very competitive, both scholastically as well as from peer level-many kids drive 20K or higher cost cars to school.

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April 20, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 02, 2004
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March 15, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
December 15, 2003
We do not have a drivers education program available for our children. We do however, have an excessive amount of sports teams at the school. Let's think about this a minute, what percentage of our childres will be involved in sports thru their high school career? Probably a very high number(mine included); but, what percentage of our kids will DRIVE during their high school years? I venture to say 98-100%. Let's teach our kids to drive a car and not worry so much about driving a ball.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2003
I was a student at Desert Mountain High School during my Freshman year. Unfortunatly, my family had to move to California. I have never attended a school as wonderful as DMHS. The students, faculty and atmosphere was phenominal and I only wish I could have been there for my graduation.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2003
I was actually a student who gratuated in May 2003. I just wanted to say that I loved Desert Mountain. I had some of the best teachers, I believe, in the state. I took several AP classes and I entered an out-of-state university with sophmore standing. I don't think I could have succeeded and gotten into one of the top California universities had I not had the teachers and opportunities I did at Desert Mountain. The students at Desert Mountain are very nice, and have really nice cars too. I felt like the people in my class were like a big family, there is hardly anyone that you don't know. The teachers are wonderful, many of them I felt were like my friends. I would recommend DMHS to anyone who is moving to the north-east Scottsdale area. It was very sad to leave but I know my time at DMHS prepared me for college life. GO Wolves!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
I was actually a student at Desert Mountain. I graduated in May 2003. Desert Mountain is a good school if you get the right teachers. Some of the teachers have a very relaxed feeling about classes. Some of the classes I took I felt like I came out knowing less than I did when I entered the class. Other classes, however, were very good. The performing arts program is very strong. I took dance for 3 years, and really enjoyed it! Sports programs vary. The best sports are cheerleading, pom, baseball, tennis, softball, volleyball, and golf. Basketball was also very good last year. They even made it to the playoffs! Overall, I think DMHS is a good school. I would go back if I had to.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2003
The Scottsdale Unified School District has a new refrigerator magnet slogan for this year, 'Access-Achievement-Accountability'. We wrote to request a meeting with our two son's high school counselor about a month before the start of school, our third written request for 'Access' - no response. Finally we wrote to the principal for 'Accountability'. The assistant principal called to say the counselor had a lot of students Access? - Accountability? We signed our boys up for a charter school - Achievement!

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August 11, 2003
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Desert Mountain High School
12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ  85259
(480) 484-7000
Last modified Desert Mountain 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 Mountain High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top