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Apache Junction High School

Public | 9-12 | 1400 students

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Posted July 24, 2013

In my opinion, this school is one of the best 10 schools in the US


Posted May 28, 2013

We have had some good and some bad experiences with AJHS. We like the music program and ROTC, for example, but the school is focused on teachers only and there's not much discipline or attempt to really teach the students. Performance academically is poor and most kids don't get any help - they are ignored. This school is overrated as an 8; more like a 4 and continuing in decline. They have a lot of teen pregnancies it is known and they don't do anything about it - their "solution" is to have classes where girls carry toy babies around and I find this APPALING. The teachers make no attempt to keep students up to date or to assist them when they need help, so there is no "teaching" as we would define it. This school as lost the battle; they have a teacher's union that's all about the teachers and they've abandoned the students almost completely. AJHS adds up to four wasted years for many students due to neglect of academics; a failure to deliver teaching on basic skills everyone needs to survive when they graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

I like this school.it's cool enough to go to.there a lot of different ethnical groups here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2013

Horrible, horrible place. Constant cuts, teachers leaving, bad instruction. Don't send your kids here. They lie about benefits to new teachers, this is certainly not a happy place to educate students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 3, 2012

AJHS is the best i went there couldnt finish my highschool there but i went there 9th and 10th grade and i have learned alot there yes it has some problems like all schools do but there u will have the time of your life :) great teachers too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2011

I went to AJHS for all 4 years I'm not saying that in any way the school was perfect because its far from it most of my teachers were great but there are always the bad ones. The student community is very seperated and everyone had their own little group of friends just like any other school and not all of them got along. Through the years the violence and "illegal activity" dramaticaly decreased. The budget cuts are killing the school many teachers and classes have been cut to make up the loss in funding. BUT student and staff are very helpful to new students and parents finding classes and creating a schedule was always easy and painless. I was not an A student in any means and barely graduated due to my own choices but I learned more then just the academics I learned a lot of life lessons due to the choices and consiquences of others. No matter how popular or outcasted your child is they will have no problem making friends here. AJHS has a very negative reputation from people WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED FOR MORE THEN A YEAR sorry if the enviroment is a little too real for them but I would not have a problem enrolling my child in this school because it is what you make of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2011

This school is in need of more competent teachers, who exhibit knowledge of subject matter, and possess the ability to teach it in a professional manner. There are a few teachers, who have shared personal information regarding their dissatisfaction with pay, and fear of losing their jobs. Why do students need to hear teacher's complaints? This is not to say that A.J.H.S. does not have competent teachers. They do! The principal is a leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Absolutely terrible school. My experience there was tremendously bad. Most of the kids at the school excluded others and tormented kids who were different than them. Violence, drugs and gangs infest this disease ridden school and I for one, couldn't stand it. I went for about a year, and then switched schools. Now, I know that most kids are immature and haven't really a sense of the world around them yet, but seriously... they could be a tad bit more competent. This school has some of the worst students in the entire state of Arizona. The teachers were decent, but some were just completely ignorant of the subject of "teaching". If you are considering sending your child to this school, I would rethink and possibly look at alternatives, unless your child wants to come home every day feeling empty and worthless due to harassment from other students. I know I did...
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2010

it alright the buget cuts are killing them the teachers are great. there is no principle involement.the coaches are great too. they should have more activeties to intergrade the students(kind of like bonding)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

it is a great high school for kids to learn...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

I was a student in the AJUSD from 1st grade until the beginning of junior year at AJHS. I recently moved, but I'll always think of myself as a Prospector, and when people ask me where I came from, I'm proud to say AJ.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

I graduated from AJ last May and I absolutley loved going to AJ! The teachers were some of the best around! I am proud to say I went to AJHS and loved every minute of it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 13, 2007

I attended AJHS and graduated in the early seventies and it was an ecceptable shool then. My fourth child I withdrew and changed schools because the special education system was a complete joke. We are invovled parents and went to every scheduled meeting about our sons progress. Very few of his teachers were able to make the meetings. The school psychologist had never met my child. His achievement scores decreased over the year of attendence. sShe was several years behind in reading and her scores decreased. Sinse leaving AJHS She has a 2.9 average up from her failing grades at AJHS and her reading has improved several grade. I hate to write this report as a lifetime resident, but when I stated my issues to the school I was dismissed.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 12, 2007

My child goes to this school and I think it is a really good school and the teachers and stuff are really respectful and caring! I would tell anyone about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2007

I am currently proud to be a prospector! Yes our school has had its problems and yes, we aren't perfect,but that doesn't mean the school is bad! We have a very diverse group of extra curricular activties and most of the students are amazing kids. Don't knock AJ! It is an awesome school, to those that care enough to show up and get involved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

I am glad my son is done with AJHS. I never had a problem with any of the kids, but saw a great lack of wisdom in the counselors and teachers. When my husband and I tried to be a part of solutions we were treated as if our opinion was too stupid to be considered. I think there is still too much of an attitude towards the students that since they are from AJ they cannot accomplish much Weird, Ive lived here for 20 years and have never felt like we were 'less than' until this high school experience. It is as if the majority of adults expect to have trouble and poor grades, so the kids fulfill their expectations. A student who is confident and knows themself will do okay, someone with low self confidence will not do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2006

If your child is even remotely motavated and gets involved with some extra activity these will be be the best four years of their life. Getting really involved with things is a great way for them to meet new people that are interested in the same things and are also motivated not only in that activity but it school as well. Choir, drama, Speech, band, ROTC and sports are all wonderful. I'm proud to say I went to AJ and am not attended ASU!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2006

I was not given the information needed to get my child into the programs she wanted. The calendar did not include these items to warn incoming new students of important schedules and tryouts. I was told by many that this school was getting better. My first impression was not good. Showed no interest in my child as a person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

Apache Junction High School is getting better. It seems that finally there is an effort to change the image of this school. The athletic programs this year are proof of that effort. A state championship golf team, final four in basketball, first playoff game in 21 years for football, and a perennial power in wrestling; AJ is no longer the laughing stock of the state. Academically, test scores are touted as being better than other area high schools, although everyday student achievement is possibly lower than it should be. Administratively there is a new Superintendent, which hopefully will do away with the decades old 'good ole boys' system of doing things. Overall, things are improving in AJ. What needs to happen though is a dedicated effort to accomodate the larger population and reduce the discipline and behavior problems which have been rampant recently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I find that the academic programs are of the highest quality, the teachers really work with the students to help them do well. The extracurricular activities seem to good. My child has been in Drama Club and exells in music thanks to the quitar class at Apache Junction High. The parents seem to be very involved and committed
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 42%
Hispanic 25% 43%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Cactus Canyon Junior High School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State Univerity
Northern Arizona University
University of Arizona
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • SADD
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:20 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • Larry LaPrise
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 982-3787

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • On-Line Courses
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • EVIT Satellite Program
  • Welding certification

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Project HELP
  • Local Universities
  • Local Community Colleges
  • Mountain Health and Wellness
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Decathalon
  • Book/reading club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • SADD
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • AJHS Booster Club
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • AJHS is becoming a 1:1 school. All 9th grade students will be issued a netbook for their use for all acadamic classes.
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2525 S Ironwood Dr
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
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Phone: (480) 474-3980

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