Desert Vista High School

Public 9-12

 16440 S 32nd St
       Phoenix, AZ  85048


 (480) 839-0292

 School Website

District: Tempe Union High School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
49th of 412 Arizona High Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  23.9
Number of students:  3,046

Racial breakdown:
White:
62.3%
Hispanic:
15.5%
Asian:
8.6%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  0.5%

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Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Desert Vista High School ranked better than 88.1% of high schools in Arizona. It also ranked first among 7 ranked high schools in the Tempe Union High School District! (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.89. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Desert Vista High School has the largest high school student body size in the Tempe Union High School District. Racial makeup is: White (62.3%), Hispanic (15.5%), Asian (8.6%). (See more...)
Compare Details 0.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Vista High School is 23.9. 5 high schools in the Tempe Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Desert Vista High School employs 127 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Desert Vista High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Vista High School 49th of 412 Arizona public high schools. (See Desert Vista High School in the ranking list.)

Tempe Union High School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Tempe Union High School District 190th of 439 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Vista High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 94.83 12th 395 97.0%
2010 94.57 17th 403 95.8%
2011 94.97 17th 397 95.7%
2012 92.58 18th 471 96.2%
2013 91.48 24th 491 95.1%
2014 92.15 19th 394 95.2%
2015 67.97 51st 261 80.5%
2016 88.43 33rd 406 91.9%
2017 81.28 46th 416 88.9%
2018 78.89 49th 412 88.1%

Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Open Quote I cannot stand this school, it gives me a bad feeling right from the very beginning when you drive up to the school with the very rude security guards that are stationed at the driveway entrance, they won't let you drive in the parking lot to park to go into the office. Once security lets you go to the office you walk into the office to find the office staff just as rude and disrespectful as security. The teachers are not helpful with the students at all, the counseling staff are rude to the students, I just recently found out there is an extreme amount of drugs going around the school, there is no dress code for the students so numerous amounts of kids are walking around wearing very inappropriate clothing, the rating for this school should not be an 8 it should be a 5 or lower. I am and for any parent researching schools I would tell you to look at other schools besides this one because if your child don't do drugs when coming into this school they will do drugs when attending with all of the drugs in this school. Just be aware before attending Desert Vista. Close Quote


by a student
Friday, July 26, 2013

Open Quote Desert Vista,
For a person focused on academics and for someone who is college bound and ready to succeed and have a foot through the door this would be an excellent opportunity. Maybe one in every 20 there is there a bad teacher, which is far better than any other school. They offer advanced technology and curriculums to prepare you for your future. Not only are these classes offered to make their school look better but enhance it as well. The teachers are well trained and know what there doing. Not all of them are going to be the childrens' favorite but they'll get the job done. As far as a person that is focused on being social and being popular this is probably not the right atmosphere for you. Dr.Battle along with the other staff go out of their way to make sure to establish a staff environment. For anyone looking for a great school i'd definitely recommend Desert Vista. Close Quote


by a student
Monday, August 20, 2012

Open Quote Terrible school. Administration could care less about the students. They were able to buy several flat screen televisions for the "hard working" office people and a personal TV for Dr. Battle, but couldn't afford paper or enough textbooks for the students. Close Quote


by a student
Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Open Quote As a student, I can say Desert Vista is overrated. The administration is by far the worst aspect of it. It really has no idea what it is doing. They fund football and numerous other athletics generously while leaving little for academics. They once wasted $3,000 to spend for glow sticks at a prep assembly. In addition, talking with the student activities coordinators is like talking to rocks. They don't respond to emails and aren't even in their offices most of the time. They also take 5 hour "lunch breaks," which apparently makes them "way too busy" to even sit in their offices.

As far as academics, things aren't looking much better. Most of the textbooks used in classes are outdated, and in many cases several editions outdated. The teaching quality is horrible, as the vast majority of teachers don't know what they are talking about. Only a handful of teachers are dedicated, and those teach rigorous courses. The good scores and success that comes out of the school is purely based on the students' personal drive and motivation with the exception of very few passionate educators.

The school is also filled with a lot of rich, snobby kids who don't take school seriously at all. The only thing they do is cuss and talk about sex. There are also tons of cliques, segregated groups, etc. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Desert Vista High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1997 837 67 39 79 9 n/a n/a 0 1031
1998 1288 96 76 117 7 n/a n/a 0 1584
1999 1725 118 112 166 10 n/a n/a 0 2131
2000 1883 134 122 176 15 n/a n/a 0 2330
2001 2012 138 129 200 14 n/a n/a 0 2493
2002 2161 144 183 231 18 n/a n/a 0 2737
2003 2161 144 183 231 18 n/a n/a 0 2737
2004 2226 157 191 240 22 n/a n/a 0 2836
2005 2258 157 221 216 24 n/a n/a 0 2876
2006 2296 166 226 225 22 n/a n/a 0 2935
2007 2288 164 221 226 28 n/a n/a 0 2927
2008 2257 177 231 239 29 n/a n/a 0 2933
2009 2234 176 230 247 30 n/a n/a 0 2917
2010 2148 195 239 271 31 n/a n/a 0 2884
2011 2116 203 269 297 32 1 5 0 2923
2012 2074 186 282 359 26 4 43 0 2974
2013 1992 210 297 404 29 5 77 0 3014
2014 1937 221 289 448 42 9 118 0 3064
2015 1920 197 251 478 41 7 143 0 3037
2016 1898 205 261 473 53 12 144 0 3046

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Desert Vista High School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 1031 42.8 24.1 n/a
1998 1584 77.0 20.6 n/a
1999 2131 99.4 21.4 n/a
2000 2330 103.6 22.5 n/a
2001 2493 114.0 21.9 n/a
2002 2737 122.8 22.3 n/a
2003 2737 122.8 22.3 n/a
2004 2836 126.4 22.4 0.6
2005 2876 128.0 22.5 n/a
2006 2935 128.5 22.8 n/a
2007 2927 127.6 22.9 n/a
2008 2933 125.9 23.3 2.4
2009 2917 128.2 22.8 6.4
2010 2884 121.5 23.7 6.8
2011 2923 121.5 24.0 5.0
2012 2974 124.3 23.9 6.2
2013 3014 129.1 23.3 n/a
2014 3064 133.2 23.0 0.3
2015 3037 130.0 23.3 0.3
2016 3046 127.0 23.9 0.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Desert Vista High School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 1031 42.8 24.1 n/a
1998 1584 77.0 20.6 n/a
1999 2131 99.4 21.4 n/a
2000 2330 103.6 22.5 n/a
2001 2493 114.0 21.9 n/a
2002 2737 122.8 22.3 n/a
2003 2737 122.8 22.3 n/a
2004 2836 126.4 22.4 0.6
2005 2876 128.0 22.5 n/a
2006 2935 128.5 22.8 n/a
2007 2927 127.6 22.9 n/a
2008 2933 125.9 23.3 2.4
2009 2917 128.2 22.8 6.4
2010 2884 121.5 23.7 6.8
2011 2923 121.5 24.0 5.0
2012 2974 124.3 23.9 6.2
2013 3014 129.1 23.3 n/a
2014 3064 133.2 23.0 0.3
2015 3037 130.0 23.3 0.3
2016 3046 127.0 23.9 0.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Arizona Department of Education.

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