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Apache Junction, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,400

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2525 S Ironwood Dr
Apache Junction, AZ 85120

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(480) 474-3980
(480) 982-3787
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July 24, 2013
In my opinion, this school is one of the best 10 schools in the US

- submitted by a community member

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

May 02, 2013
I like this school.it's cool enough to go to.there a lot of different ethnical groups here.

- submitted by a student

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

January 03, 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

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

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

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

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
no rating
September 16, 2009
it is a great high school for kids to learn...

- submitted by a parent

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
no rating
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

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 student

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

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

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

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 student
no rating
May 06, 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

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

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

June 29, 2005
This is the worst school my daughter has ever attended. I would not suggest this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2005
I have two children currently attending AJHS and one who has graduated and gone on to NAU. Their interests are diverse, from ROTC and Student Council, to sports, to speech and drama. In all of their activities, they have had excellent sponsors who have encouraged them and helped them to grow and develop confidence, skill, and self esteem. Academically, some teachers are better than others, as is always true, but most are very dedicated. One in particular has worked on her own time with my daughter to help coach her through her AIMS Math. I have been most impressed with Principal Wilson's efforts to bring differentiated instruction to the high school level. Overall, I think AJHS is wonderful. It is one major reason why we live in this area.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2004
This school is full of students willing to learn. But as long as the teachers want to help the kids, and the kids are willing to be taught, then the kids have a lot of options open to them. I've met a lot of the teachers here and a good count of them are former students who wish to feel the glory and pride of AJHS again. The teachers here a very much informed of the students and the world around them. With the new additions such as the new gym and the new classrooms. The sports programs here are what keep a lot of our students in check. We have alot of talented students on this campus and I am positive that many of them will be playing professional football or professional basketball as soon as they graduate from high school. And I wish the best of luck to all.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2004
great school for students interested in participating in extra curricular activities - not so great for students interested in attending high school to get an academic education. Expectations are not flexible therefore clean and clear for mainstream students; however, they are not designed to be adapted to meet the needs of individual students

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2003
I had a daughter at AJHS and half way through her senior year, she was in a near fatal car accident. We received an extreme amount of help and concern from the staff and students of AJHS. The staff did everything possible to ensure that she was able to graduate at the end of the year! I also have a special ed student that attended Peralta Trail and is now at TMMS. In the two years we have been in this school district and as an aggressive advocate and parent for my daughters education, I have to say that AJ school district has done more for my daughters than any other district ever has - and without any conflict!

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2003
The teachers that have been there for 6 or more years are the best teachers you could ever wish for. However, the newer teachers are pretty young and many are a little aloof. And, unfortunately, the greatest teachers all retired this year (2003). Only about 10 awesome teachers remain. Most of which are in science, mathematics, and English. The administration (principal, counselors, etc.) goes more out of their way for higher GPA/better behaved students than the opposite of students. They gave an honor cord to a senior girl even though she did not meet the requirements for the cord, but because she was in the top 5%, she got it. But when my daughter was having trouble in class, we asked for help from the counselors and the principal, but they did nothing for her. I had to pull her out of school and home school her. If your child has a learning diability or is Special Ed, don't even enroll your child into this high school. Very little is done to ensure your special needs student is receiving the proper education and the help he or she may need. Other school districts do much more for your special student. One good thing about the school is that is resembles a college/university campus.

- submitted by a community member

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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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Apache Junction High School
2525 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Junction, AZ  85120
(480) 474-3980
Last modified Apache Junction High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Apache Junction High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top