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Agua Fria High School

Public | 9-12 | 1611 students


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Posted August 15, 2012

I give AFHS a good four stars just because its not the best neighborhood also it is not maintained as it should be, I do belive on being a better school on my personal expirence they should put grass in the dirt areas , and upgrade on new bathrooms and just upgrade in genral . I am a current sophmore. But my overall all expirenve is 5 stars with teachers and faculty and staff when im at agua i feel i could be myself and not be afraid and everybody is family there . Deffinantly should lett your child go there cause I would feel lonely if I didnt have AFHS . Alot of people says its "Ghetto" but which is complete opposite its just not put in a very good location. no dont be affraid lol everyone is friendly ... GOO OWLLSSS CLASS OF 2015 !!!!!!!! SOPHHMOOORRREESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 18, 2012

love this school my kids tell me great things my kids and me are very close they tell me teachers are involed all kids are very nice there is not alot of fighting kids dont pick fight they bjust go to do what they have to do thats it
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 21, 2012

We'll have two daughters attending Agua Fria next year and couldn't be happier. The teachers are helpful and supportive. The student body is very supportive of each other, which has a feeling of family, or at least a close knit community. The motto is "Honor first. Win or lose." and they walk the walk the walk at Agua Fria.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 17, 2012

This is an awesome school. I think most people are juding afhs by the area it is located.My son is a senior and I hope he has the kind of instructors in college that he had at afhs. They are very caring and very interested in the students welfare. I almost hate to see my son leave here. The staff here are so kind and helpful. Always get immediate reply whenever I send emails
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 16, 2012

I am a present senior here at AFHS and in reading these ratings I agree with some! I think that the AFJROTC program is the one and only thing here that deserves 5 stars! The bathrooms on campus are often closed for unnecessary reasons or out of order. Some dont even have doors. More times than not while walking down the hallways and past the bathrooms you can get contact high. Everybody says that all the money goes to the athletics but i am an athlete and we hardly have any money. The teachers are good for the most part. The Chief and Col. are really educated, and Haley is the best!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 13, 2011

this school is great. the teachers are always focused on the students. the sports are great. and i liked the way the school got involved with the students. iwas concerned because the area that its at is not the best. but the school turned out great
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2009

This is my third year at AF and it is amazing school. The administration is very involved along with the teachers, and in return students are motivated to participate in extracurricular activities and academics. A student can feel safe in this friendly environment where there are hardly divisions amongst students. This school as a history of striving for the best. The only improvement that could be helpful is funding school equipment like Verrado (Agua Fria District), because all Verrado has is expensive equipment. Despite the fact Agua Fria actually deserves it through its seniority, achievement, high number of students and persistence towards academics. The district office may make poor choices as to how administrate the money, even then Agua Fria can cope with anything and always rises on the top.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 26, 2009

this high school is great!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 25, 2009

This school has it's problems, more then a few of those are almost entirely in the hands of the parents. People can blame who ever they want for the institution's short comings, but in the end it is up to the student to learn. I am tired of schools that hold students hands through high school. I like many before me have achieved so much at Agua Fria, and those who do not can only blame themselves. I have learned more than academics at Agua Fria, i have lived through what it takes to succeed in the real world. Not some fantasy that we try to create.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 23, 2008

the campus is great!! they have updated the bathrooms and everything else, if you were to see the campus you would know that time was put into it! the school is amazing, yeah maybe some of the funds go to athletics but they fiixed that and the teachers love to help the students, they want everyone to become successful, my time there was the most best experience. i am sad that i can not graduate with my class because i have moved. but i am dedicated to my owls and i am not attending any other school, i choose online rather than another public high school. i am an agua fria owl class of 2009 and always will be and i am proud to say that
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 29, 2008

I went to Agua Fria for 3 years. My sophomore year i was in texas and couldn't wait to get back. The teachers here are amazing. The ROTC program rocks. I have been to a couple high schools and this is the one i felt at home at. Teachers really do care about their students, or at least that is how i felt. I think they could use more funding for things like a home coming parade. Considering we are the oldest and we definitely deserve one more than Verrado (who's coming home for them?!?!?) But i loved my experience at Agua Fria. and Mrs. Velasquez (sp?) Was an amazing help in preparation for financially getting ready for college. I am proud to say I went to AF Class of 2008!
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 24, 2008

I have a child who is entering their third year at this school, and both my child and I have been saddened by its steady decline. If your child wants to learn a language other than Spanish or German, you'll have to find another school. If your child has creative interests, make sure the class hasn't been cancelled due to lack of funding. My feeling is that too much funding is being funneled into athletics and long overdue campus improvements and not enough into academics. The students bathrooms are often closed for repairs that never seem to come. AF feels like the red-headed stepchild of the district, unloved and underfunded.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2008

Loved that school. I was born and raised in Avondale and proud to say I went to Agua Fria High.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 27, 2008

I have a child attending this school for the first time and to be honest to this point I am a bit disaapointed. Intitally we were excited and thought sure it is in a older part of town and seems as if district forgot that taxpayers live in this area too. No upgrades have been done to this campus other than the new gym, from what I've been told by current students the restroom & athletic facilities are not in the best condition. This makes me upset as a parent and taxpayer as I see that Millennium, Desert Edge and Verrado seem to be getting the better half of funding for structure improvements. How can you expect kids to take pride in their campus if the district doesn't seem to support the idea of renovating old structures to keep them equal to their sister schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2006

I recently graduated from this school (2006) and have gone on to attend Seattle University. Being a part of the third generation of my family that have gone to Agua Fria, I feel that attending this school has prepared me for the difficulty of college. The teachers were (and still are) very supportive and the College and Career center is fabulous! I hope that my future children will attend this school with pride, just as I did.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 1, 2006

This school has seemingly come a long way in the past decade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2005

This is school is by far a great school. The teachers are great and make you feel comfortable also make sure you're learning. The school may not be in a high class part of town but that has nothing to do witht he school. There is no gang problems at all, and there is so much diversity throughout the school it is awesome. There aren't any clique problems and it's easy to fit in here. Plus, the test scores have recently been raising.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 24, 2005

I attended and graduated from Agua Fria High School, Class of 2002 and I know that the teachers there are excellent. The atmosphere that the school provides is definitely superior to most others. I believe that because of the positive atmosphere created mainly by the teachers in the classrooms, the student body carried that positive enthusiasm outside the classrooms and we were able to be a strong student body and were able to get along with one another very well. The staff at Agua Fria was great and I have so many teachers there that I am indeed, very thankful that I was able to participate and learn from them. The Counselors and office staff were very friendly and were always there for an assistance. I would definitely, if I had children, enroll them with Agua Fria High School.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 28, 2005

I think the academic program is one of the greatest of the state. Agua Fria High School is a very homey place. The school has all kinds of activities for all kinds of students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2005

Very Pleasant School, Several Generations of families on staff.
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The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.









The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.







The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.








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In 2013-2014 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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly 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
Hispanic 57% 43%
White 27% 42%
Black 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 1%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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530 E. Riley Dr.
Avondale, AZ 85323
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