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Cactus Canyon Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 850 students

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Posted September 24, 2013

In my opinion, the best elective to take is any elective that Mr. Davis. He's a great teacher and makes learning fun for the students. I haven't met a single person who doesn't like his classes.


Posted September 24, 2013

Cactus Canyon is a great school! We have many electives such as journalism which I have been taking for two years. It is an amazing class. Students from Journalism Two write for the school blog. See our school blog at: http://cougarnewsblog.com/ Comment please!


Posted September 24, 2013

In my opinion If you dont know what elective to take, i think the best one would be, Mr. Davis. Hes like the best teacher, with the funnest personally!


Posted August 12, 2011

This year I was nervous about starting a new school but overall this school has made me feel very comfortable. It is the 4th day of school and I feel like I fit right in. As far as "innappropriate behavoir" there are a couple people of course but this a very controled school. The principle is excellent. If you are thinkin of not sending you child here you should have them come here. CCJH is the only school so far in the country that uses laptops instead of text books! Also the phisical fitness is very pushed at this school! And also the food is great and they are based off th the governments "my plate" it isa balanced food plate! The teachers sre great and so are all of the extra curricular activities@ Every year you have the option to go to catilina island or sea world at a reasonable cost! BEST SCHOOL EVER!


Posted May 4, 2011

I'll admit we were nervous about the two schools merging, but it's turned out to be a easy transition. My daughter loves all her teachers and enjoys her classes very much. She's increased her GPA since attending CCJH and I feel the teachers all really care about their students achievement. The principal is highly involved and stays very active throughout the day. I make it a priority to visit the office and when I do, I'm always greeted nicely. The AIMS and benchmark scores will all show scores of some major improvements for 2011 once posted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

I am really concerned about the AIMS scores with this school - they are below what other schools are - especially the math. My daughter is supposed to attend this school - but I have her in another, due to what I am seeing with the schools test scores. I would like her to be in her own district - but not at the risk of a lower education. Can the Cactus Canyon staff look into this?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2011

This was the first year that CCJH was open and we are thrilled that the school met or exceeded our expectations in many areas. The principal is a top-notch leader and expects excellence from academics to athletics. He is persoanlly involved in all areas with the students and teachers and they respond well to him. There are challenging classes available including high school level courses. There is a competitive sports program with knowledgable coaches. Technology is a priority and students entering 7th grade receive notebook computers instead of textbooks. The principal and staff care about the students and go out of their way to teach them that character matters and to help them succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

my cougar life class was so awsome only i only have it half the year


Posted November 8, 2010

I have 1 child that went to this school and is now in high school and another currently attending CCJH. Both have really enjoyed their time there. The teachers care about their students and really want them to learn and succeed. Not only in the classroom, but also in life. I am very happy with the education my children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

My daughter attended this school and she really liked Mr. Davis. She was only there for a short time but he has made a very positive impact on her life. She loves to write now whereas the year before she hated writing and did not know the six traits until Mr. Davis made it fun and understandable. Mr. Davis is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

So, as I am new to Arizona I am not sure yet what I should be expecting from a school district. My son is a 7th grader at this school and is an honor roll A-B student. We are getting ready to pull him from this school for many reasons. First he is concerned about the drug and tobacco problem at the school. Second there is a tremendous amount of violence and foul lanuage on a daily basis. Third, the sports programs are horrible. There is no parental or community support. To make matters worse, the levy did not pass and now they are cutting more sports and combining both middle schools for next year. This will equal more violence, more drugs and even less sports. We are getting out while the getting is good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

I have two children in this school at the moment, the children can be involved a little or alot depending on what they want. The teachers hold them accountable for their actions which I like very much even if it is only a pencil or a piece of paper, they are trying to teach them to be responsible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They have been so helpful with both of my kids learning disabilities. Going above and beyound to assure that my kids receive the best education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

I went to a school a few years back and I enjoyed everything about the school, from the teachers to the students, in generally all the staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2008

I went to this school for all three years and loved every year of it. The teachers here are amazing and care very much for the students. The school is open to all new ideas as long as you speak up, and the teachers as well as students are willing to help others if you just ask for it. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

My son was a straight A student.He is overwhelmed at this school,but is still receiving good grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

Desert Shadows Middle School is highly focused on helping every student achieve essential and vital skills. This school holds every student to high standards, no matter what group they are classified in (ELL, sped, gifted, etc). Teachers differentiate instruction to meet all student levels and gifts. I would recommend this school for parents and students that have a strong desire to reach for full potential and knowledge gain. Desert Shadows is not for every child.
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Posted March 27, 2007

This school is much to focused on whether a child has remembered his pencil for the day (or other unimportant concerns) than actually teaching. They put 6th graders in classes like high school kids. It is way to much for the children. Also, any contact with the school, takes days or is forgotten....The children have to attend an extra hour each day if one of the schools rules is broken. (this includes forgetting a pencil, paper ect.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2003

some of the teachers here really care about the children while others are focused on testing. my child complains about all the computer testing and no real instruction. my child also complains about how the school posts their grades to humiliate other children into doing better. the sports program doesn't have a lot of support. this school is a real negative place to be for kids.
—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 65% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
73%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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 66% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 59%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Larry LaPrise
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 983-4913

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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