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Desert Pines High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 12 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 4, 2014

I am currently going to Desert Pines High School and it is too easy in every class. I pretty much slept through my algebra 2 class and got 102% by the end of the year. I had extra credit because I answered all the assignments within a couple minutes while the teacher gave us about 30 to finish it. I do not recommend this school for any student unless they are having difficulty understanding most subjects.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2013

I am a 2012 Desert Pines High School graduate. I was an A & B student all 4 years with no effort whatsoever, no homework and cant receive lower than a 50% on assignments policies were big contributors. Their were a few good teachers there that taught and genuinely cared about the students however the bigger percentage are just their. Overcrowded is an understatement, had a class with 40+ students and there weren't enough chairs, had to sit on the floor for a while. Any additional help was only given to the exceptional honor students or athletes, basically to the students that didn't need any help. Yes this school has primarily Hispanic/Spanish speaking students but the teachers do not stop class to try to help those students, there is a separate ELL program for that just like any other school. School spirit is non-existent, the CCSD police has bigger impact of authority and respect than the teachers and staff, overall this is just another run-of-the-mill high school. But the help and opportunities are there, a few athletes received scholarships to out of state universities, a lot of students received scholarships, grants, etc. It all depends on what the student makes of their time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2013

I'm going here this school year yea!!! Imma see what its like. Imma be a freshman well I'm going to be in the magnet program hopefully its good


Posted October 9, 2012

this school has to be the worst school people are rude and stuck up and the girls their are conceited.


Posted August 8, 2012

I am very disapointed at everyone who thinks the school is horrible! This is a very great school! if parents complain about the no homework policy thats because its just freshmen year far along with it they end up getting it. if you want them to have more homework than usual make them get honors or AP classes that will straighten them out. I was a proud jaguar student who was in the magnet program. AOC was the academy of commuincations that changed my life! i became more confident and outspoken. The teachers always include EVERYONE so no one is left out! this gives great job opportunities as well. like internships with other professional radio stations and news stations in the city. I would like to ask the parents to think twice about this school because they are the ones that dont understand all the things the teachers and especially the councelors do for the students to pass and graduate. -class of 2012 graduate


Posted October 5, 2010

Deplorable. Test scores reflect it. Large population of non-English speaking students bring others down because teachers have to spend a larger percentage of their day trying to teach the Spanish speaking kids. Be cautious driving around the campus and neighborhoods after school. After school fights are not uncommon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I think desert pines is an awesome school ama parent and my daughter loves that school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

Okay so even though DP isn't one of the best schools, i do love this school. Our teachers are either very understanding and helpful or very useless and irritating. The administration is a joke, but coming to school with my friends nd having awesome classes is worth it. I'm a magnet student and although the magnet program isn't something to boast about, the studentss really try (when motivated.) I just wish other people would see that. I love my graduating class of 2011, because it's liek a family. Our school is so multicultural and i'm always learning something new about people. The dress code is ridiculous, however. (So when voting for the SSA comes around, please say NO parents. :]) Yes, our standards are low, and you know what, i'm okay with that. Life's standards are low and it's up to ME to make them higher, not the schools. :p -VLS
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2009

My child decided to attend one of DP's magnet programs for her freshman year. Shortly into the year I realized that she never had homework and when she did, the work was similar to her assignments in middle school. I had contacted the school and after many attempts to receive a straight answer I was be informed that the school had a 'no homework policy' because the students were busy during class time. My child has decided to accept an offer to another magnet program because she feels as if she is not challanged at DP. Sadly, it is fairly easy to get great grades at DP because the stardards are very low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

Desert Pines HS is one of the best schools that I've been to. I went to Canyon Springs HS last year and it was awful. Now that I am Desert Pines, my grades are better and the teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

Desert Pines High School is one of the best Schools in the state of Nevada. They have Teachers that actually Teach and they love doing it. The very first day I registered my daughter in this school they noticed her Graduation Date was Wrong, they corrected that, then they got right on it making sure she takes all the necessary classes she needs to Graduate. See my Daughter had Thyroid Cancer at the age of 11, due to the Cancer my daughter lost 2 years of her growth and learning abilities, The Staff for the I.E.P they are the only ones that pin pointed my daughters weak points and got right on helping her understand and succeed without struggling, This is the first time my Daughter was Understanding what she was Learning and she has been so excited. The Teachers here are dedicated to our Future (our children). Thank You: Sue A Potter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

Desert Pines is a great school. Others will not know until they visit the campus and interact with the people there. DP has great clubs and organizations and some of the brightest kids in the valley. DP is very multicultural and isn't perfect, but it's a good school.


Posted November 27, 2007

Great School, good education love all the sport involvment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

Great school. Love all students and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Well i used to go to this highschool and i learned alot the teachers care about their students as long as they are willing to participate. yes the school is overcrowded but that didnt bother me and the school is also pretty safe. like they said there is a reason for close campus event thought it wouldn't be a bad idea. -shacha zelalla
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 18, 2006

This high school isn't bad in terms of safety. The school though, is very overcrowded and I hate the fact that they still let people apply for the magnet program. The school seriously doesn't need any more students. The magnet program isn't even 'spectacular' as I thought it would be. The school doesn't have enough clubs, either. Parent involvement is quite low, as I hardly see any parent volunteers around campus.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2006

I am a gradute of DPHS and I loved beigh a student there and I feel that the teachers I had did a great job teaching the students who wanted to learn. Yes it is overcrowded but if a student wants to learn there a countless ways for that student to learn it at DP. To the students above there is good reason for closed campus and you should look into that before you complain. DP to me is one of the best new schools of Las Vegas.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 29, 2005

Like almost any other school in the district- Desert Pines is over crowded. for the most part there is little that can be done for the time being. I myself am a graduate of this high school, though there are many rumors going around our school has made excelent strides in becoming one of the better known. Progression is the only thing that can happen, and over the past three years large strides for perogression has been going on. You will soon see many successful people all around, due to the experience they recied at Desert Pines High School
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2005

Our school has one of the best math teachers in the district, Mr. Peila. He was the Nevada teacher of the year because he helped many students pass the math proficiency test. I am thankful to have Mr. Peila as my math teacher.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2005

Personally I go to the school and I really don't think it's that great. Sure they have two magnet programs and around 3000 students, but that is just more reason to get more techers. In each of my eight classes I have around thirty to fourty classmates. I think it is extremly overcrouded, and most of lunch is spent in the lunch line. If it were an open campus school their students in the lunch lines and kitchen workers will appriciate it. I honestly think that they should lower the standards just a little for the magnet programs. I am in one of the magnet programs and it is kind of hard to get at least a 'C', in every class. I am also in their MCJROTC program and it is a good program, but the only thing that brings the program down is the power hungry upperclassmen.
—Submitted by a 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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female53%
Male52%
Black/African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian45%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch55%
Full price44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities59%
Students with limited English proficiency16%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant53%

Reading

All Students58%
Female64%
Male53%
Black/African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian52%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch59%
Full price52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities65%
Students with limited English proficiency14%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant58%

Science

All Students55%
Female54%
Male57%
Black/African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian59%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch57%
Full price50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities62%
Students with limited English proficiency17%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant55%

Writing

All Students58%
Female67%
Male49%
Black/African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian45%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch58%
Full price56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities65%
Students with limited English proficiency12%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 80% 40%
Black 9% 10%
White 6% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3800 Harris Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89110
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