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9-12 & Ungraded
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Avondale, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,751

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11650 W. Whyman Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85353

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(623) 478-4000
(623) 478-7225
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July 18, 2012
this school is very bad thats why im moving and its my going to be my second year and i am beging my mom not to make me go back the kids constantly make fun of kids always start fight and the teachers dont care itt looks good from the outside but very very very bad inside dont judge a school by its cover ihatteee iiittttt hate it hate it if there was zero stars thats what i would put

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2012
This school is ran poorly. The school counselors, social workers and administration do not follow up on phone messages or email asking quesions or expressing concerns. Dress code issues have always been an issue and a huge distraction for the students. The administrator even lost his job this year. The online information is always down and lacks valuable information. The calendar is not even up to date, while it even posted a day off on the wrong day. I have a sophmore at this school and will be moving to get him into another school for his junior year.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
I have a daughter going to La Joya., I must say over all she has loved going to to this school. She plays many sports and also in band. She take AP class and advance class. The only bad thing she says, is the teachers don't seem to have time to answer question in the classroom, and the office people are snots, and rude, also it is next to impossible to see the concealer. She feels most the problems are from class clowns and students that do not care.This school cares about their discipline/punishment policy, but then they don't always enforce it. As far as my opinion, I have had a good experience with the teachers and school admen. I do agree with not enough involvement form other parents and the students in general do not have the school sprite in anything unless the are part of the activity. This is so sad I must say. I truly believe if the students and parents would take pride in the school and get involved, and show some school spirit this could be one of the top notch school in Arizona. They have the recipe but not cooking it right. We all can learn from our mistakes, and make improvements. The let work together, and make this best dang school in the west valley.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
This school cares more about their discipline/punishment policy then they do about the students. They have some good teachers there but not enough to show an impact. The Basketball program is a joke. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Good thing the district is open and you have a choice to not send your child there.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
I am a staff member at La Joya for the past 8 years and I have watched our school go through an amazing transition. Students used to try and leave La Joya for Tolleson or Westview, but now the trend has reversed. Scores are on the rise, graduation requirements now line up with University admission, very little staff turnover, and tons of good kids moving on to tech/community colleges/universities. We are working hard to change the culture of Avondale/Cashion- College is the new expectation...

- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2011
As a student that was going to go to University High School at Tolleson, but didn't due to transportation issues, I am impressed by La Joya. I had heard so many bad things about La Joya, I went in expecting the worst. I have just finished my freshmen year with many great things to say. All of my teachers were caring and challenged us. Yeah, overall the sports aren't so good, but the students do have fun. I was on one of the teams. Too much pressure on sports is a bad thing. All in all, it's up to the students to pursue the opportunities given at La Joya. They have many clubs and the help is there if they need it. There are students who don't listen and don't care but that's up to them. Sophomore year, I'm taking AP classes and advanced classes. The one thing I do not like is the Literacy program that all 9/10 graders have to take. It s unnecessary, and most advanced students do not need it! I d rather take an elective but I can t. I m looking forward to finishing high school at La Joya. GO LOBOS!

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2010
They are more concerned with rules than they are education but its more the fault of the kids there which are so disrespectful. The school likes to hire teachers from all over some are good, some are terrible teachers! Plus the school is very unhelpful to some programs and do not understand and that is not fair to everyone involved.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 18, 2010
This school does what it needs. The student dont want to listen or some dont care. This school will change that...

- submitted by a student
no rating January 19, 2010
Like many new schools La Joya experienced growing pains, however, it has built a solid foundation of academic success, discipline, and athletics. Expect this school to blossom soon.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
There are a mountain of problems at this school, such as overall teacher quality (there a few good ones, but a few), no good elective choices, a promising athletic program that has never thrived because of a bad atheltic director, and a very low school spirit that results in students not caring about their school. I can say this about this La Joya because I spent all 4 years at that school. If your new to Avondale and looking for a new school to place your child, try Westview.

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2009
My son is a freshman this year, I have on several occasions had to email his teachers and I sat with each one of them at Parent/Teacher Conferences and talked to them about my child, there-teaching style and curriculum, I was very impressed with each one of them. They answered all my questions, responded to my emails quickly and all them want to collaborate with me as a parent to educate my child and prepare him for his future. Thank you La Joya Freshman Teachers for a job well done!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 14, 2008
I think all of you are being quite unfair on this school. There are some very bright students here and they are thriving. This school has an excellent academic and sports program, and the teachers genuinely care about the outcome of the students here. I'm not saying this because I just work here, but because I work with severely disabled children, and I've seen teachers with a real compassion here. I think you really shouldn't say anything about a person, place, or thing until you've witnessed it yourself. I love this school and wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2008
What can i say!? I really think the teachers don't care. I spoke to the counselor, teachers and try to do everything to help my daughter to get her in the right track ( and like they said parents need to get involve) i had a meeting with the counselor and teachers and the sad part only one of the teacher showd up. They are I don't think they know what there doing.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2008
The teachers who teach at La Joya care a great deal about the students! While some are emergency certified (the minimal requirement to teach in AZ) they still are approved by the state to teach and have a college degree (typically in the subject they are teaching). I think it is important for parents to realize that until a letter is sent home to parents about what teachers are not fully certified, many students have no idea! This is because we do so much training prior to setting foot in a classroom and we do continuous professional development.

- submitted by a teacher
March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I find the negative reviews from parents unfair when very few of them actually seem to get involved. We attended parent/teacher conferences last week and I was shocked to see how few parents actually bothered to attend. Many of the teachers made the commitment to stay late for conferences, yet their efforts were wasted because no one bothered to attend.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
La Joya in general has a pretty poor academic program. Compared to other Arizona schools La Joya could probably considered pretty advanced though which is sad. However, the advanced and AP classes provided by La Joya do infact have some great teachers that know what they are doing. My son was very unsatisfied with his teachers before he was placed in AP and advanced courses, but now that he is in them, he actually feels he is challenged and is learning something. The La Joya administration could use a bit of work but what couldn't. The counselors try their best I'm sure but the system that is set up is just not working. Students fill out green pieces of paper and drop them off at the councelor desk in hopes to get a meeting and are lucky if they are ever called in. The sports programs are great

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
I love the school because of the teachers they really teach really well. and the kids at the school arent so mean but they except who you are. But if you get a old teacher they might be a little stricted than the young teachers i dont know why but they are. but i do like this school because they helped me when i needed it.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2007
I think La Joya is average in the way of academics seeing how AZ is probably the lowest in the nation, counselers are unhelpful, I even got a letter stating that one teacher isn't even certified to teach how ever she was one of my daughters teachers and I had to fight with the councelors to have my daughter removed from her class, I think the sports teachers could use more support, to keep our children from being hurt due to lack of training.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
My child was very unsatisfied wit this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2007
I would not recommend this school for any parent. It falls well below the grade and they put staff first. Don't expect good things. Graduation was a complete disaster as well as the dance recital. This school needs help with its Public Relations problem. Parent of graduate.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
October 30, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2006
La Joya has been an outstanding school and I would recommend this school to anyone. They have awesome academic programs and the teachers actually care!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
I attended La Joya Community High School during my freshman year of high school. That was my one and only year with the school due to many factors. I am the only son of a retired Navy officer and I have attended 6 schools in 17 years. Of those 6 La Joya ranked the lowest. I found a very nice school with a collection of teachers who wanted to teach, and knew how to teach but could not becuase they were surrounded by a vast majority of students who had no interest what so ever in learning. There were some days at La Joya when just checking homework could not get done due to disruptive, and rude students who only wanted to fool around. The teachers only fault was their inability to discipline those who were disrupting the learning environment.

- submitted by a former student
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 15, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
September 12, 2005
I think overall la joya is doing much better as a school than last year.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
Although this school is fairly new and is not yet a 4 year school there is alot lacking regarding the class curriculum. Upon registering for classes the students are given a booklet with descriptions of classes available yet not all classes are available to the La Joya students. This is very unfair since several of the classes are available at either of the other 2 schools. While if the student decides they need these courses to continue to college, it rises other problems such as transportation to and from school or extracurricular activities. Even if the class may not be a requirement, the student may feel strongly interested in the course it is not available to them. I strongly believe that a separate schedule be provided to La Joya students. If it's costs, the same amount of schedules are printed, just edit them before printing.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
this school,as a student there, is not a very good school. The extra-currucular activies are great, however, the content of the acedemics is lacking.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2005
This high school is one of the worst that i have ever been to. I am currently a student, and this is my 4th high school, but none of them have been as horrible as this one. It is unorganized, and the academics leave much to be desired. The extra-curricular activities are great, however,there are not enough.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
When registering it took 3 hours and the staff seemed very disorganized. After selecting the classes and providing transcripts from our previous school my son was still placed in classes he had already completed. I have not received much cooperation to get this fixed.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
La Joya Community High School is one of the best high schools that I have ever gone to. Their teachers are very expierenced. When it was my first day at school I was very nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn't make any friends and that everyone hated me but it was nothing like that. Everyone accepted me for who I was and they welcomed. This is a very good school I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2004
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 2003
My son is a freshman at La Joya and I would have to say it is the best school. The teachers are great they keep me updated by e-mail on my sons progress. The extra curricular activities have great coaches that give alot of time to the students. The kids really look up to them!! Overall La Joya is a school to be proud of.

- submitted by a parent
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La Joya Community High School
11650 W. Whyman Avenue, Avondale, AZ  85353
(623) 478-4000
Last modified La Joya Community High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Joya Community High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top