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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Desert Vista High School is a highly rated, public school located in Phoenix, AZ. It has 3,092 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
16440 S 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Telephone
(480) 839-0292
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Desert Vista High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1220
571 responses
Average ACT
28
179 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$52,080
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$954
National
$949
Median Home Value
$197,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.91 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.91 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 296 responses
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  • Varsity Football Games
    21%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Sporting Events
    13%
  • Dances
    12%
  • This is based on my own school experience
    6%
  • Marching band competitions
    5%
  • Plays and musicals
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,092
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.106 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.106 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.106 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,343
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.136 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.135 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.136 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$8,456/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.143 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.143 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.143 responses
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I enjoyed attending Desert Vista for 4 years because there was a great overall environment on campus. All of the teachers make you feel comfortable in their class and are willing to slow down if students are confused on a subject. I was always myself on campus and I never felt the need to hide my personality and character because everyone was understanding and welcoming of each other. I was on the sand volleyball team and the coaches were always supportive and gave constructive criticism without yelling. I had a great experience at Desert Vista so I highly recommend attending!
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Desert Vista is not the best school for being included in everything as it is very clique-ish. Most of the teachers are very passionate and very qualified especially the Spanish, English, and History departments. However, in the science department especially those who teach biology, there are teachers who are lacking in general knowledge of what they teach and general teaching skills. However, almost all teachers are well-meaning and want the students to succeed. Another thing to know about Desert Vista is there are very few minorities in the school and even fewer in the honors classes. This is disappointing since all students should be able to succeed, without the higher-level classes being dominated by the white kids.
The school is highly involved with your academic career. The teachers and counselor's genuinely want every student to succeed. There are numerous of opportunities to do just about anything a person would want. The band, creative arts and athletics are especially highly successful as well. Parents should consider to send their kids to be future graduates from Desert Vista. The academics are highly watched over. Teacher's will help the students, by coming in early mornings, staying after school and introducing them to tutors for more help to further succeed in the class course.