Desert Mountain High School

  • Desert Mountain High School serves 2,244 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 28% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 39%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 49% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 40%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Desert Mountain High School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 61%.

Top Placements

Desert Mountain High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:

School Overview

  • Desert Mountain High School's student population of 2,244 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 97 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,244 students
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Total Classroom Teachers97 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Desert Mountain High School is ranked within the top 50% of all 1,842 schools in Arizona (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has stayed the same 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 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AZ)
Overall School Rank#836 out of 1,842 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
28%
39%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
49%
40%
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Student : Teacher Ratio23:120:1
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Asian
11%
3%
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Hispanic
8%
45%
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Black
3%
5%
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White
78%
39%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Desert Mountain High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in AZ.
Diversity Score0.380.65
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Graduation Rate
88%
80%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
5%
33%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
1%
11%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameScottsdale Unified School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

  • The nearest high school to Desert Mountain High School is Basis Scottsdale (1.3 miles away)
  • The nearest middle school is (0.3 miles away)
  • The nearest elementary school is (0.3 miles away)
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School Reviews

  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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