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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Deserts Heights Preparatory Academy is an above average, public, charter school located in Glendale, AZ. It has 412 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.
Address
3540 West Union Hills Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308
Telephone
(602) 896-0888
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Deserts Heights Preparatory Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
Average ACT
22
14 responses
AP Enrollment
50%
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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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
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  • Dance shows
    23%
  • Pep assemblys
    23%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Spirit Week
    15%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Prom
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
412
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
100%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$5,178/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
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Deserts Heights Preparatory Academy Reviews

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This community loves its teachings and will use everything it takes to get the best teachers and professors. They care about our education as well as our health. They will double-check everything to make sure you have the needs for learning requirements (just in case you want to go to college or a university). The school is adaptable to social and technological life. The school policies are simple if you like being in a professional environment. Some policies, in my opinion, are unneeded because they can sometimes get in the way of learning or punish the group that doesn't deserve the discipline. It takes perseverance and industrious nature to be successful in this environment. Not all people have to have these skills but, they need at least some academic skills that would help them to be successful in their future careers and that's something that this school helps you naturally develope without having an individual tell you what to be or act like.
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At Desert Heights, I learned how to deal with people I didn’t really like. I still have much to learn regarding the subject, but it was a start. I wasn’t very challenged by the curriculum, and I allowed myself to procrastinate a lot, a habit that hasn’t served me well. I did learn somethings though, such as some Spanish, of which I really liked, and I did have the opportunity to showcase my acting and mathematical skills.
Desert Heights Preparatory Academy is a great school that promotes amazing opportunities for all students. As a college prep school, they take pride in being able to provide private school academics for a public school cost. Not only that, but in being a smaller charter school, they have the opportunity to limit class sizes and personally ensure that all students fit well with the tight-knit school community that they provide.