Desert Mountain High School

12575 E. Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
(School attendance zone shown in map)
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Top 5%
Serving 1,894 students in grades 9-12, Desert Mountain High School ranks in the top 5% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 5%, and reading proficiency is top 5%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 81% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 35%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 77% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 40%).
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 65% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,894 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 22:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 25%
  • : 95% (Top 20% in AZ)
  • : Top 5%
  • : 81% (Top 5%)
  • : 77% (Top 5%)
  • : 34% (Top 30%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Desert Mountain High School's student population of 1,894 students has declined by 9% over five school years.
The teacher population of 87 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
1,894 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
87 teachers
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School Rankings

Desert Mountain High School ranks within the top 5% of all 1,956 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of Desert Mountain High School is 0.42, 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.
This School
State Level (AZ)
#33 out of 1956 schools
(Top 5%)
This chart displays the overall school rank of Desert Mountain High School, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
81%
35%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
77%
40%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
34%
24%
Student : Teacher Ratio
22:1
17:1
This chart displays the student teacher ratio of Desert Mountain High School and the public school average student teacher ratio of Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
American Indian
1%
5%
This chart displays the percentage of American Indian students in Desert Mountain High School and percentage of American Indian public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Asian
10%
3%
This chart displays the percentage of Asian students in Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of Asian public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Hispanic
9%
47%
This chart displays the percentage of Hispanic students in Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Black
3%
6%
This chart displays the percentage of Black students in Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of Black public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
White
75%
35%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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This chart displays the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in Arizona.
0.42
This chart displays the diversity score of Desert Mountain High School and the public school average diversity score of Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
95%
77%
This chart displays graduation rate of Desert Mountain High School and public school graduation rate of Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
3%
29%
This chart displays the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Arizona by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (20-21)
2%
9%
This chart displays the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Desert Mountain High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Arizona by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Desert Mountain High School's ranking?
Desert Mountain High School is ranked #33 out of 1,956 schools, which ranks it among the top 5% of public schools in Arizona.
What schools are Desert Mountain High School often compared to?
Desert Mountain High Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Chaparral High School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
81% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 35% AZ state average), while 77% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 40% AZ state average).
What is the graduation rate of Desert Mountain High School?
The graduation rate of Desert Mountain High School is 95%, which is higher than the Arizona state average of 77%.
How many students attend Desert Mountain High School?
1,894 students attend Desert Mountain High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
75% of Desert Mountain High School students are White, 10% of students are Asian, 9% of students are Hispanic, 3% of students are Black, 2% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Mountain High School?
Desert Mountain High School has a student ration of 22:1, which is higher than the Arizona state average of 17:1.
What grades does Desert Mountain High School offer ?
Desert Mountain High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is Desert Mountain High School part of?
Desert Mountain High School is part of Scottsdale Unified District (4240) School District.
In what neighborhood is Desert Mountain High School located?
Desert Mountain High School is located in the Central Scottsdale neighborhood of Scottsdale, AZ. There are 8 other public schools located in Central Scottsdale.

School Reviews

5   9/9/2017
Desert Mountain is a wonderful school filled with opportunists and so far I have been enjoying everything and nothing terrible has gone wrong
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Kinan Casem
2   11/17/2009
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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - since

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,894 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 22:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 25%
  • : 95% (Top 20%)
  • : Top 5%
  • : 81% (Top 5%)
  • : 77% (Top 5%)
  • : 34% (Top 30%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

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