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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  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 2,979 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Desert Vista High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1230
640 responses
Average ACT
28
197 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$54,765
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$999
National
$949
Median Home Value
$217,400
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.100 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.100 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 327 responses
  • Varsity Football Games
    20%
  • Sporting Events
    13%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • Dances
    12%
  • This is based on my own school experience
    6%
  • Dance Recitals
    6%
  • Plays and musicals
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,979
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.115 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.115 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.115 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,434
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.145 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.144 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.145 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$8,725/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.152 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.152 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.152 responses
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Desert Vista High School Reviews

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Desert Vista High School offers a diverse amount of clubs, classes, and activities you can join. They have an excellent music and sports program ranging from an excellent marching band to a hard-working track team. Desert Vista High School focuses on academics and helping other students the best they can. They have a free tutoring program and many clubs, including the waffle club, Red Cross Club, or HOSA. Many people are welcome to join any club and meet new people. Furthermore, the teachers and counselors are there to help you!
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Desert Vista has an astounding academic program. With so many students, everyone is always pushing each other to be the best version of themselves. Teachers are genuinely invested in the students lives- providing extra help, cheering on at sporting events, and staying in touch after high school. Our sports team emphasize the team aspect. We support all of our players. Their are so many ways to get involved on campus. We have tons of clubs, so it is easy to find your group of people!
In my four years at Desert Vista, I have truly learned to love this school! Although not every teacher has been perfect, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. We are offered a variety of classes that most other schools are not fortunate enough to have. There are countless clubs and activities for students to be a part of. There is a great comradery among students and I am grateful to have made as many friends as I have. As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I know I will always be grateful for Desert Vista and all it has done for me!