Desert Vista High School

  • Desert Vista High School serves 3,046 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 37% (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 61% (which is higher than the Arizona state average of 40%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Desert Vista High School placed in the top 30% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 61%.

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • Desert Vista High School's student population of 3,046 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 127 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students3,046 students
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Total Classroom Teachers127 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Desert Vista High School is ranked within the top 30% 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 24:1 has increased from 23:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Desert Vista High School is 0.57, 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#539 out of 1,842 schools
(Top 30%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
37%
39%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Desert Vista 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 2015-16 school year data.
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
61%
40%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Desert Vista 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 2015-16 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio24:120:1
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American Indian
1%
5%
This chart display the percentage of American Indian students in Desert Vista High School and percentage of American Indian public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Asian
9%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Desert Vista High School and the percentage of Asian public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Hispanic
16%
45%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Desert Vista High School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Black
7%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Desert Vista High School and the percentage of Black public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
White
63%
39%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Desert Vista High School and the percentage of White public school students in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Two or more races
4%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students of two or more races in Desert Vista High School and the percentage of public school students of two or more races in Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Desert Vista High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in AZ.
Diversity Score0.570.65
This chart display the diversity score of Desert Vista High School and the public school average diversity score of Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Graduation Rate
93%
80%
This chart display graduation rate of Desert Vista High School and public school graduation rate of Arizona by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunchn/a
33%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Desert Vista High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Arizona by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameTempe Union High School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

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