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Tempe Union High School District

Excellence in Teaching and Learning

  • Desert Vista

    Desert Vista High School

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    16440 South 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85048
    Phone: (480) 706-7900
    Fax: (480) 706-7976

    Principal: Dr. Christine Barela
    Assistant Principal/Academics: Stacy White-Nielsen
    Assistant Principal/Athletics: T.J. Snyder
    Assistant Principal/Activities: Tomika Banks
    Enrollment: 3,044

    Desert Vista first opened our doors in 1996. Epitomizing our motto of “A Vision of Excellence” the student graduation rate is 98%, and the drop-out rate is only 0.5% with most graduates attending a 4-year college or university.

    Desert Vista provides opportunities for all students to prepare for post-secondary opportunities. Dual credit courses are offered through partnerships with Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges DV is home to one of the state’s strongest athletic programs, offers a wide variety of fine arts programs, boasts one of the highest scoring academic populations among Arizona high schools and has been recognized nationally.

    DV’s philosophy is “Creating a Culture of High Performers.”




    Beautiful, modern, and functional schools are our hallmark. Our comprehensive high schools, set on 50- to 75-acre campuses, include Corona del Sol High School, Desert Vista High School, Marcos de Niza High School, McClintock High School, Mountain Pointe High School and Tempe High School. Compadre High School is the District’s non-traditional high school. Peggy Payne Academy serves gifted students, and is located on the McClintock campus. The International Baccalaureate (applicant program) is located on the Tempe High School Campus.

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