School Details

Desert Pines High School

3800 Harris Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89110
(702) 799-2196

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 2231 students 22 students/teacher (NV avg is 20)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE)

In 2010-2011 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, math and writing. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Clark County School District average
  • Nevada state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Pines High School is a public high school in Las Vegas. The principal of Desert Pines High School is Timothy Stephens. 2,231 children attend Desert Pines High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 34% of the Desert Pines High School students have "limited English proficiency." 81% of the 2,231 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Pines High School is 22:1. Morris Sunset East High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 12%
Hispanic 80% 43%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 30%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Asian 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Multiracial 0.6% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 59%
Limited English proficiency 34% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I think this is a good secondary level school for my third son(he is in 11th grade. There are better h.s. in other states. We have the experience en Michigan(Ann Arbor schools) California Ohio Virginia and Maryland. The economic situation is different in each school district. That is why we understand the limitations of Nevada to instruct our kids in a better way politics and social/bussines groups of power trace the routes of the people in this state; like in any other one

  • (8 months ago)

    I am currently going to Desert Pines High School and it is too easy in every class. I pretty much slept through my algebra 2 class and got 102% by the end of the year. I had extra credit because I answered all the assignments within a couple minutes while the teacher gave us about 30 to finish it. I do not recommend this school for any student unless they are having difficulty understanding most subjects.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a 2012 Desert Pines High School graduate. I was an A & B student all 4 years with no effort whatsoever no homework and cant receive lower than a 50% on assignments policies were big contributors. Their were a few good teachers there that taught and genuinely cared about the students however the bigger percentage are just their. Overcrowded is an understatement had a class with 40+ students and there weren't enough chairs had to sit on the floor for a while. Any additional help was only given to the exceptional honor students or athletes basically to the students that didn't need any help. Yes this school has primarily Hispanic/Spanish speaking students but the teachers do not stop class to try to help those students there is a separate ELL program for that just like any other school. School spirit is non-existent the CCSD police has bigger impact of authority and respect than the teachers and staff overall this is just another run-of-the-mill high school. But the help and opportunities are there a few athletes received scholarships to out of state universities a lot of students received scholarships grants etc. It all depends on what the student makes of their time.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm going here this school year yea!!! Imma see what its like. Imma be a freshman well I'm going to be in the magnet program hopefully its good

  • (2 years ago)

    this school has to be the worst school people are rude and stuck up and the girls their are conceited.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am very disapointed at everyone who thinks the school is horrible! This is a very great school! if parents complain about the no homework policy thats because its just freshmen year far along with it they end up getting it. if you want them to have more homework than usual make them get honors or AP classes that will straighten them out. I was a proud jaguar student who was in the magnet program. AOC was the academy of commuincations that changed my life! i became more confident and outspoken. The teachers always include EVERYONE so no one is left out! this gives great job opportunities as well. like internships with other professional radio stations and news stations in the city. I would like to ask the parents to think twice about this school because they are the ones that dont understand all the things the teachers and especially the councelors do for the students to pass and graduate. -class of 2012 graduate

  • (4 years ago)

    Deplorable. Test scores reflect it. Large population of non-English speaking students bring others down because teachers have to spend a larger percentage of their day trying to teach the Spanish speaking kids. Be cautious driving around the campus and neighborhoods after school. After school fights are not uncommon.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think desert pines is an awesome school ama parent and my daughter loves that school

  • (5 years ago)

    Okay so even though DP isn't one of the best schools i do love this school. Our teachers are either very understanding and helpful or very useless and irritating. The administration is a joke but coming to school with my friends nd having awesome classes is worth it. I'm a magnet student and although the magnet program isn't something to boast about the studentss really try (when motivated.) I just wish other people would see that. I love my graduating class of 2011 because it's liek a family. Our school is so multicultural and i'm always learning something new about people. The dress code is ridiculous however. (So when voting for the SSA comes around please say NO parents. ]) Yes our standards are low and you know what i'm okay with that. Life's standards are low and it's up to ME to make them higher not the schools. p -VLS

  • (6 years ago)

    My child decided to attend one of DP's magnet programs for her freshman year. Shortly into the year I realized that she never had homework and when she did the work was similar to her assignments in middle school. I had contacted the school and after many attempts to receive a straight answer I was be informed that the school had a 'no homework policy' because the students were busy during class time. My child has decided to accept an offer to another magnet program because she feels as if she is not challanged at DP. Sadly it is fairly easy to get great grades at DP because the stardards are very low.

  • (6 years ago)

    Desert Pines HS is one of the best schools that I've been to. I went to Canyon Springs HS last year and it was awful. Now that I am Desert Pines my grades are better and the teachers are amazing.

  • (6 years ago)

    Desert Pines High School is one of the best Schools in the state of Nevada. They have Teachers that actually Teach and they love doing it. The very first day I registered my daughter in this school they noticed her Graduation Date was Wrong they corrected that then they got right on it making sure she takes all the necessary classes she needs to Graduate. See my Daughter had Thyroid Cancer at the age of 11 due to the Cancer my daughter lost 2 years of her growth and learning abilities The Staff for the I.E.P they are the only ones that pin pointed my daughters weak points and got right on helping her understand and succeed without struggling This is the first time my Daughter was Understanding what she was Learning and she has been so excited. The Teachers here are dedicated to our Future (our children). Thank You Sue A Potter

  • (6 years ago)

    Desert Pines is a great school. Others will not know until they visit the campus and interact with the people there. DP has great clubs and organizations and some of the brightest kids in the valley. DP is very multicultural and isn't perfect but it's a good school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great School good education love all the sport involvment

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school. Love all students and staff

  • (7 years ago)

    Well i used to go to this highschool and i learned alot the teachers care about their students as long as they are willing to participate. yes the school is overcrowded but that didnt bother me and the school is also pretty safe. like they said there is a reason for close campus event thought it wouldn't be a bad idea. -shacha zelalla

  • (8 years ago)

    This high school isn't bad in terms of safety. The school though is very overcrowded and I hate the fact that they still let people apply for the magnet program. The school seriously doesn't need any more students. The magnet program isn't even 'spectacular' as I thought it would be. The school doesn't have enough clubs either. Parent involvement is quite low as I hardly see any parent volunteers around campus.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a gradute of DPHS and I loved beigh a student there and I feel that the teachers I had did a great job teaching the students who wanted to learn. Yes it is overcrowded but if a student wants to learn there a countless ways for that student to learn it at DP. To the students above there is good reason for closed campus and you should look into that before you complain. DP to me is one of the best new schools of Las Vegas.

  • (9 years ago)

    Like almost any other school in the district- Desert Pines is over crowded. for the most part there is little that can be done for the time being. I myself am a graduate of this high school though there are many rumors going around our school has made excelent strides in becoming one of the better known. Progression is the only thing that can happen and over the past three years large strides for perogression has been going on. You will soon see many successful people all around due to the experience they recied at Desert Pines High School

  • (9 years ago)

    Our school has one of the best math teachers in the district Mr. Peila. He was the Nevada teacher of the year because he helped many students pass the math proficiency test. I am thankful to have Mr. Peila as my math teacher.

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