#18 High School in AZ and #12 in Maricopa County

Desert Mountain High School

12575 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

How Good is Desert Mountain High School?

Report Card

A+ Academic Results
A- Learning Enviroment
A School Safety
A Overall Grade

Desert Mountain High School is a high school located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It has 2164 students and 94 teachers and serves grades 9-12.

This school received an overall grade of A. Compared to other state schools Desert Mountain High School scores are above average. When compared to other high schools, the school ranks 18 for Arizona and 12 in Maricopa County.

The school data used in our analysis is collected by the U.S. Department of Education and state boards of education. We take this information and compare dozens of data points to assign every school a grade for academics, safety and learning environment. These scores are combined to determine the overall grade. If you would like to know more about how our grading system works, please visit our methodology page.


Standardized test results and SAT participation, among other data points, are used to calculate the academic grade for a high school. For academics, Desert Mountain High School performs significantly above average when compared to other high schools in Arizona and received the grade of A+ for this measure.

Source: AZ Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A+
Test Performance Excellent
AP/IB Participation Very Good
SAT/ACT Participation Poor

Learning Enviroment

To evaluate the learning environment at a school we inspect numerous factors such as teacher certifications, experience and chronic absenteeism. Desert Mountain High School performs above average compared to other Arizona high schools for learning environment. The school's grade for this metric is A-.

Students : Teacher
AZ Avg. 23
Uncertified Teachers
AZ Avg. 5%
New Teachers
AZ Avg. 17%
Learning Enviroment Grade A-
Student–Teacher Ratio Poor
Student Absenteeism Good
Teacher Absenteeism Excellent
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Poor


A school’s safety grade is determined by inspecting data such as a suspension rates and physical altercations. Desert Mountain High School received a grade of A for safety. For this measure, this school is above average when compared to other high schools in Arizona.

Safety Grade A
In-School Suspensions Very Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Very Good
Physical Altercations Excellent


Basic student body information from Desert Mountain High School can be seen below. A school’s demographics are not used when calculating its grade.

Students w/ Disablities
AZ Avg. 11%
Free Lunch
AZ Avg. 40%
Econ. Disadvantaged
AZ Avg. 51%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 2,164
Minority Students 496
Diversity Index 26
Students with Disablities 191
Economically Disadvantaged 9%
Limited English Proficiency 0%
Gifted Students 15%


A School - Only 10% of schools are awarded the distinction of being an A School. Schools that receive this grade excel in academics and cultivate a safe and effectual environment for learning. They represent many of top schools in the nation and are eligible to display our award badge on their homepage. You can download your award here.

Compare Nearby Schools

A few of the closest high schools to Desert Mountain High School are listed below. The table includes The School Review’s score for each of the schools. For a more complete list of Scottsdale schools, go to the Scottsdale, Arizona schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Basis Scottsdale A A+ D A+
2 Fountain Hills High School A- A+ C B
3 Great Hearts Academies - Scottsdale Prep A A+ C- A+
4 Great Hearts Academies - Cicero Prep B- A D A
5 Salt River High School C- C B D

Desert Mountain High School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students attend Desert Mountain High School? The school reported 2164 enrolled students to the U.S Dept of Education.
  • Is Desert Mountain High School a good school? The school received an overall grade of A, which means it is above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Desert Mountain High School in? The school is located in Maricopa County.
  • How can I contact Desert Mountain High School? The school's number is (480) 484-7000. You can visit their website at http://desertmountain.susd.org/.
  • Where is Desert Mountain High School? 12575 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

How we rate schools?

We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, and chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Basis Scottsdale
10400 N 128th St Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Fountain Hills High School
16100 E Palisades Blvd Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Great Hearts Academies - Scottsdale Prep
16537/16576 N 92nd Street Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Great Hearts Academies - Cicero Prep
7205 N Pima Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Salt River High School
4827 N Country Club Scottsdale, AZ 85256