Desert Mountain High School

  • Desert Mountain High School serves 2,090 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 70% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 54% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Desert Mountain High School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 30%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 62%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Desert Mountain High School's student population of 2,090 students has declined by 6% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 94 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,090 students
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Total Classroom Teachers94 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Desert Mountain High School is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,897 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Desert Mountain High School is 0.38, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AZ)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#297 out of 1897 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
70%
42%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
54%
42%
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:119:1
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Asian
10%
3%
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Hispanic
8%
45%
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Black
3%
5%
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White
78%
38%
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Two or more races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score0.380.65
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Graduation Rate
92%
78%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
4%
43%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
6%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameScottsdale Unified School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

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  3.50 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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Desert Mountain is a wonderful school filled with opportunists and so far I have been enjoying everything and nothing terrible has gone wrong
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Desert Mountain is by far the worst school I have ever been to. The faculty is downright malicious, the teachers don't care at all, and I have never seen so many troubled kids. The students have no respect for themselves or each other. Everyday I would see people on drugs, or talking about sex, and the teachers didn't notice at all. The teachers definitely play favorites, and if your not one of the select few then school becomes miserable. The office staff and faculty members seem to want to find the bad in everybody, even falsely accusing the good-moralled students. In the month I spent at DM I learned nothing academic whatsoever, even in advanced classes. This school is absolutely a joke and I would not recommended it for anyone.
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