The school is impersonal and the individual students are just parts in a machine. Administration considers the 'machine' acceptable and will use the "1700 students" as a reason to ignore individual needs. Administration are also thick as thieves and are unwilling to take responsibility when they make mistakes. As far as teachers are concerned, I don't think they can get a fair rating because of the regime they report to. My oldest child, a graduate of CSHS and a Dean's list student in college says, "I'm ashamed to be an alum of that school.". The worst thing about this school and the district is that they are always grubbing for money, then they cut classroom budget, and spend, spend, spend on facilities and "image". They boast their "A" rating to the point of being sickening, especially when you know what day to day is really like..
My school isn't the best around but it isn't horrible. Some teachers could use an update on their teaching methods, but not all of them are awful. We have a good courses and really good clubs. I wish that Cactus Shadows offered more sports such as lacrosse. The campus is somewhat old, except for the new building, but is stable. There are drugs present, which I'm sure most parents would like to avoid but to be quite honest with you there are going to be at every high school. Regardless no one tries to force anything on you. There isn't much bullying, except for online, and drama is pretty avoidable. Overall it isn't a horrible school. Much better than other schools I have heard about.
This school, as any in the US, has drugs but they are not forced upon students not interested. Drug use is not accepted in the school and every effort is made to eliminate the problems. There are great teachers, good teachers and this year a few less poor teachers. Any grass being planted surely was not paid for by the firing of teachers!!!???? The principal is concerned and willing to aid in the communication of families and teachers. My 4th child is going through this district right now.
I am a student at cactus shaddows. If you are looking to put your kids in a school I am telling you now that this school is definatley not a good idea. There Is a HUGE and when i say huge im not joking, HUGE drug and alcohol problem. There is no way you can avoid it at this school. The School officer is a really nice guy but cant seem to crack down on these problems. I dont know if the school system is completely trying to ignore this but its extremely obvious. They try to keep us in the school as if its a prison. Literally. Locked gates throughout the school. Also as far as learning goes, in every class the teacher doesnt get any respect from the kids. The average in my english class is 32% the teacher cant controll the room.
The new principal is absolutely wonderful. Organized, Approachable, Friendly, Caring, the school is running better than ever. The last coment Dated September was obviously from someone who doesn't spend a lot of time at the school. you gave the new adminstration a week to form your opinion wow how long did your boss give you to be perfect at your job....., do you homework on the grass before making rediculous comments. Be part of the solution not the problem. Not Happy? take your kid somewhere else like horrible scottsdale school district or worse Deer Valley, paradise valley.
My child has a lot of problems inside of this school due to the environment set by the administration of pure unorganized chaos. They are slow of getting out information to parents and quick to fire fine educators to buy new grass. Not the worst school my children have ever attended but definately not one I pride having my kids go to.
My child usually doesn't understand the materials that are being taught. When we moved to the district, my son has been fully understanding what he's being taught. The teachers have been providing extra help for my child. He has made it on the Honor Roll for the first time in his life. I would highly suggest this excelling school over the old school he went to in Northern California. The staff is also great. They are all very friendly and are glad to help out.
I am currently a student at Cactus Shadows and I know from personal experience that this school has drug and alcohol problems. There are too many students and nobody respects or listens to the teacher. Its very hard to learn in an enviroment where nobody cares if they have a 4.0 or a 0.5 gpa. Its funny because they all assume they will make it to college with such lousy grades.
Administration is very professional. Our child is getting an exceptional education. Teachers are very dedicated. Very pleased with the school
I am an Honors/AP student who playes 3 Varsity sports, I have been able to enjoy the best of both worlds here at the school.
I have found it common that teachers are not qualified to be teaching to courses that they are. It is clearly obvious administration is having and exceptionally hard time dealing with population growth.
My daughter Fernanda, a brazilian 16 years old girl, is attending this school now, and it's been a great experience for her and for us, here in Fortaleza, Cear Braszil, knowing about her good results up to now. Congratulatiions for both, her and the school
My daughter is attending this school right now, and i believe they have an awesome facility and fairly good teachers. It has progressed sufficiently over the years. My daughter loves Cactus Shadows and i do to. Its an over all good school.
worst administration I've ever come in contact with. Anywhere but here...
With the addition of the IB Diploma program, this school has become greater than ever before. CSHS has exceeded standards time and time again and will continue to do so. They are proving themselves as the excelling high school they are; not only through acedemics but through extracoricular activies. Although there are a few teachers on campus who do not seem to realize that the school is changing and that they need to make adjustments themselves.
Cactus Shadows is a great school. The new principal, Sid Bailey, is doing a terrific job. My son graduated last year and I have a daughter who is currently attending. The school is fairly small, offers many opportunities for involvement in sports, and the PTO is a great way to get involved as a parent.
This school is the worst school my children have ever attended ( we moved 6 times). The teachers in this school, make the school to easy for my children whom are taking all honor and ap classes. The sports offered in this school is another thing to laugh about.
I have taken my children out of Cactus Shadows. The class average in my daughters math class was a 67%. I would have thought that the administration would see this as a red flag and find out why the kids are not getting the material. The administration is dealing poorly with the huge growth in the area and the kids are getting lost in the process. There is a lot of teachers being let go due to a change in District administration and I think the poor morale is impacting the quality of teaching that is being provided to the students.
Overall, I would rate this as a good school, however it could be great with a few needed changes, particularly in administration. They do not fully understand, first hand, the quality of teachers they may lose because of this. Sometimes change is good. Now I think it is time for a change.
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