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9-12
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Chandler, AZ
Students enrolled: 3,502

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3700 S Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85248

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(480) 812-7600
(480) 883-5020
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October 20, 2014
I highly dislike this school. Not only is it way over crowded, but most of the teachers are just plain rude and deprive you of any of your will to learn. On my FIRST DAY at that school i was already told by my biology teacher that he thought i was "stupid" and told me "your never going to graduate." This is coming from a straight A's honors student.For the rest of the quarter in his class he would just sit there and tell us about his day or how dumb we all were. The only good teacher i had was Ms. Butler in geometry because she actually made an effort to help students and have them thrive in her class.Homework wise,we had an average load of homework, but was sometimes hard to complete if you have a rigorous after school schedule like i do. As for friends, i had very few. I am a very sociable person but its hard to be sociable when the people you try talking to just stab you in the back once your not around. My time at Hamilton was really a waste of time for I did not learn anything and was treated with absolutely no respect. I hope you think twice before sending your child to hamilton, I do not want this to happen to any other student because no one deserves this kind of treatment.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2014
In 2013-2014 school year Hamilton remains the #1 rated comprehensive high school in Arizona and earned an A grade for the fourth straight year. Congrats to CUSD and Hamilton High!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
This school has way too many kids attending, so it's hard to get involved. And don't even try getting involved in any clubs because they are so disorganized and full of cliques. The officers of the clubs are the one's that choose their friends to join. The dress code is ridiculous, when boys can wear tank tops and girl's can't. Why does it matter if your shoulders are showing. Another issue is the security. Security's job should be to keep people safe. But when really all they do is rat out kids for ridiculous reasons such as dancing in the hallway, having a holey sweatshirt, laughing too "loud", and not having a pass. They also, watch security cameras so they have a reason to take your phone away. Teacher's can either be amazing or horrible. Mostly horrible. Also, if your child is a new student good luck with them finding a true group of real friends. The people here are so fake and will stab you in the back in a heart beat. Also, kids are so cliquey so it is hard to make friends. And this is coming from a very social person. Hamilton only cares about football and half of the assemblies are only geared towards the football team winning. Hamilton is a terrible school..

- submitted by a student
August 18, 2013
Hamilton is a wonderful school overall. The majority of the teachers are great and know what they're doing. There is always that one teacher that makes your year terrible however. IF this is the closest school to your area then definitely go! The campus is very safe with several security guards. In such a big school, there are both nice and mean kids- but it's pretty easy to make friends with so many choices. Hamilton's educational program is varied- ranging from low to high depending on your level that you start out with. However, it sucks for someone who does not play football- the school focuses on football and its games so that's sad. The school should really start restricting who can and can't go there because the hallways are incredibly crowded and the school was not built to handle so many people. During lunch, it's impossible to get in line and get lunch in twenty minutes unless you get there really early. The ASD policy is a joke unless ur in non-honors classes.

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2013
Hamilton is an amazing school with a great sports programs for the students compared to a lot of schools. Hamilton also has many great sponcers and scouts to make sure that you get the scholarships you need while also focussing on the education.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2013
Few schools can compete with the quality of education at Hamilton. Many people think of it as a "Jock School" and sure that rings true. But what truly sets it apart is it's commitment to excellence in education. More than 1/3 of students are enrolled in AP courses, even more in honors courses, and year in and year out is a Top 5 AP School in AZ. The teachers and administration always work with the best interest of students in mind, even if that decision isn't popular with the parents. While many may complain about the rules at HHS, the rules in place are the same rules that apply in life (except maybe with wearing your ID). The modified block schedule helps accentuate learning; giving students longer to master concepts and teachers the ability to help students either in small groups or in one-on-one settings. As far as the student body goes, the students are the same everywhere; some good, some bad, some bullies, some mean girls, some tough guys. No matter where you go you'll find those students at any school. But, the good ones certainly outweigh the bad ones.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2012
If your kids are into being clicky and superficial then Hamilton is for you. We moved to Chandler when our daughter was a sophomore and our son a freshman. My daughter who very easy going and social could not break in with all the mean girls (real mean!) She moved to Perry and did extremely well and graduated with many close friends. We left our son at Hamilton because he was a athlete and involved in 3 sports. The coaches are terrible - really! There's a LOT of favoritism and their goal is not to develop character but to win and not in a good way. If your kid is into sports plan on no vacations (kids ARE benched for missing practices that are "required" over vacations and breaks.) My son was even benched for attending a funeral. Academics are okay, there are some great teachers and some really bad and they sure pile on the homework especially in AP and honors classes making it almost impossible to be an athlete and a good student. My son regularly went to bed at 2am, it killed me as he didn't want to give up his AP classes. With so many kids rules are tight to keep everyone in line. Prison comes to mind. Would not recommend.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
I graduated from Hamilton High about 5 years ago now and graduated from college last year. I enjoyed going to this school. Security did a good job of keeping students in check and the faculty was always great to work with. The school has a closed campus versus Chandler High which has an open campus. I think a closed campus offers better security for the students and helps keep kids out of trouble as well.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2011
Hamilton High School is a great school, i have only been here for a few months and i can already tell that I'm going to have a great time. Hamilton has challenging programs like AP classes that anybody up for the challenge can take, AVID is also a great class as it helps you go through your honor classes and your life. AVID also gets you involved either be it sports or clubs. The main goal of AVID is to help you succeed and get you to college, it is a great class as well as Hamilton is a great school. In my opinion Hamilton is the best school in the state academically and in sports as it helps you get closer to the school with assemblies every second Friday talking not just about football but about everything going on in the school. Hamilton really makes you feel like you belong. GO HUSKIES!

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2011
I DISLIKE THIS SCHOOL ! I sent my son to this school for his freshmen year and he said they had an "assembly every friday" for football, Why The Heck would the Principal allow this ? it seems like the whole school cares more about football than EDUCATION ! hamilton to me is only better because its located less than a mile away, i didnt care if i had to drive more north to find a better school so i chose to take him to Chandler High School. the teacher and principal are very respectful, its better to take your child to chandler they offer higher level education like IB/AP and dual credit. Sorry hamilton maybe you guys should make your school a football academy and not an education school!!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Hamilton is really a wonderful school. In just 10 years, it has set high standards for its students and reaches above level in all areas, even sports; which compete highly to the top schools in the state. This layout is quite the work of art, besides the fact that it's a bit small for the amount of students it holds, but we cope. Their motives are to send every student to college, and guest speakers are in and out of the classrooms delivering encouragement. There are plenty classes you can take to expand your horizon, if you will, and teachers are all willing to help. The career center is a great place to plan on classes to take in the future, and where you want to go to school after you graduate. I've met some pretty amazing people there and i will never for it. We made Traditions that will be passed along to future students. Huskies forever!

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2011
My son has been attending Hamilton for the last three years and he has had a great experience at this school so far. He is getting an A+ education for most of his teachers are dedicated and knowledgeable. He has been able to take challenging and rewarding classes as Hamilton does provide a great curriculum for those who need and desire to excel. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
I live in the area and I have seen the students' behavior in and around the campus. I also read a lot on the school's achievements. I must say that I would not send my child to this school. One time 2 students were making out right outside the restroom in the library (the library also serves as a public library). Another student was wearing really short shorts and she was sitting by the window outside the library showing more skin than one needs to see. The other day students were driving out of the school without yielding/watching the traffic. The students from one of the cars tossed out soda cans while the car was moving. I know there're a lot of good students there and the school test scores are good, but the way that some of the students present themselves in public makes me doubt whether this school really lives up to the high rating. A great school is not just about test scores and sports programs. It's also about the student's whole person development. They need to have self-respect and courtesy for others.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2010
As for Mr. Bill Kleinman, Thank you for helping me during my time at Hamilton, you are truly the greatest teacher I have ever had and i wish you all the success in the world as you were the one who made it possible for me to have the great success I have today.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
I strongly feel that this school hindered my daughter's education as a result from cyber bulling from other students and the lack of communication from which the teachers failed to meet as far as my expectations. Therefore, I had no choice but to transfer my daughter to another school district where she would feel safe in an enviornment in which she would be able to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
great teachers and kids!! very positive atmosphere

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 25, 2009
I am a student here at hamilton high and i think that this school is great. It's situated near a large plaza with resturaunts and they let the seniors go there after their half day. We exceed in numerous academics some of them are not even offered in the entire city of phoenix that would require an extra year or two to take in a college. The teachers are great and freindly to any student that walks in their classroom on their first day. We have a detention policy called ASD After School Detention meaning that if your child misses homework they stay after school for an hour which would put your kid in gear to finish their homework. If you need help in a subject every teacher is there after school to help your kid with whatever the problem is.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 22, 2009
Hamilton High School is not all negative. I am a senior at Hamilton High and I have gone here all four years. The teachers try their best to teach us kids and help us learn. They are not out to get kids in trouble with ASD. The School has many kids, but we an amazing staff that welcomes them all. Younger kids today think that if they do not get their way then 'life is unfair.' Teachers here do not take that excuse, they are getting us prepared for life after school. Hamilton is a great school for kids to get a real education.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 03, 2009
I'm a student at Hamilton, let me tell you! The school is overly packed.. All they care about is football, all the other sports really have NO chance. There's too many kids, so there's contstanly drama.. I absolutely hate the school. This is my Sophomore year, i want to leave badly... Everything else is alright expect girls cant wear 'tanktops' but yet again there aloud to wear 'bootyshorts' its really ridiculous! I rather go to Chandler High School. So if your thinking about sending your child to Hamilton... Think twice! The teachers are really nice, i had Mr.Ring for a freshman math teacher he really works with you too understand math! Other than that the teachers do anything to give you ASD, which is 'After School Detention'... Please re-think i would hate for you child to go through what i went through last year.

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
what a wonderful job this school has done for the students. All three of my children graduated from Hamilton, two of the three are now at ASU on full ride scholarships. As a 'thank you' I continue to volunteer for the music dept.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2008
I graduated from Hamilton in 2008. It was probably the greatest experience of my life. Yes, the school is too small for the amount of students it packs in, however for Honors and AP courses everything seemed to go just fine. The large student body enables there ti be clubs that fit anybody's need (I mean DDR club, really?). This school changed what I wanted to be through its spectacular science program. Phenomenal school, 'nuff said.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 22, 2008
Hamilton is really a wonderful school. In just 10 years, it has set high standards for its students and reaches above level in all areas, which compete highly to the top schools in the state. This layout is quite the work of art, besides the fact that it's a bit small for the amount of students it holds, but we cope. Their motives are to send every student to college, and guest speakers are in and out of the classrooms delivering encouragement. There are plenty classes you can take to expand your horizon, if you will, and teachers are all willing to help. The career center is a great place to plan on classes to take in the future, and where you want to go to school after you graduate. I love going here!

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2007
As a current student at Hamilton High School, I must say it is an excellent school. We exceed in athletics, academics, and the arts. This school has a great foundation under it and is everything any parent could hope for for their child's education.

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2007
The semester I spent at this school was the worst semester of my life. The curriculum is too constricting and the schedule is detrimental to the students' time management skills. However, the biggest problem was the size of the school.The campus is much too small for the amount of students it holds, making hallways very dangerous. Hamilton does have a few good teachers, as I recall, but if you get stuck with a bad one they don't cater to your requests. It's very hard to get ahead in this school for the mass of the student body makes it hard to get noticed.

- submitted by a former student
December 26, 2006
I graduated from HHS when it first opened I was really happy to attend HHS. Staff and teachers are all very caring. The only issue with the school was that it was a closed campus but I think it was a good thing because it kept students from ditching.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2006
I graduated from Hamilton in 2002. The school lunches are nothing but fattening foods. I started ditching regularly my junior year. Missed 20+ days of the last semester. I got caught once. Senior year I missed 20+ days each semester and was never caught. I still graduated but was rarely there. There was a handful of great teachers that really cared. So watch your kids there.

- submitted by a former student
August 12, 2006
Hamilton is a lovely school with a diverse set of teachers, a great campus, and great extracurricular activities. Of course, as in many schools it does have a few problems such a overcrowding, but I can assure you there is not a 'serious drug problem' I have been at this school for 3 years now and have never been confronted with drugs at all. Hamilton is a great school, and I would reccomend it to anyone!

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2006
I agree with the comments regarding the academics, but they have serious drug problems at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
The teachers and counselors are wonderful. If all our educators were so caring and responsive, our educational system would thrive. I'm thrilled my son is attending Hamilton and would highly recommend this school to any prospective resident.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
This school has wonderful academic programs and extracuricular activities. And the students and staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
December 07, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 20, 2005
great sports, over crowded, teachers care

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
This is an amazing school! Enrol your children here! Beautiful campus, diverse! Simply amazing!

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2005
Quality of academic programs: This school has highly trained teachers that a are gladly willing to help students if neccesary. They bring forth a 'benchmark' or a moderately difficult test every 3 weeks or so to train for the AIMS (which must be passed by senior year or graduation will be declined) Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities: There is a massive amount of clubs avalible for joining at HHS. As far as class avaliblility goes, it becomes a bit iffy when you register a week or so after the school opened for registration. Level of parent involvement: Hamilton high school's level of parent involvement isn't what you would call great, but it holds steady at average.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2005
Great School. High academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2005
My daughter Amanda entered 9th grade in July 2005 and is in honors classes, speech and debate and chorus. She is acclimating nicely to the large physical size and enrollment of Hamilton High and is attending her first social dance this evening!Her teachers are proficient and the student body in general is friendly and welcoming. I look forward to Amanda prospering here these next four years.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
My son just started attending Hamilton after spending K-8 in a conservative, small charter school with a strict dress code and conduct rules. He wanted a change. We were afraid of sending him to such a big public school with all the regular temptations and potential problems. So far we are pleased. He feels safe, and the mentoring program they have for new freshmen is outstanding. You have to be a bit aggressive there if you want to find out information or answers to questions, but he seems to have excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 23, 2005
In general my graduated daughter had a great experience at Hamilton. Most of her teachers were very good, fair and accessible. I would recommend the school to others. The two complaints we did have: 1)She took multiple AP courses and exams the last two years - she did exceptional except for Gov't/Economics and Calculus even though she had straight A's. The test material did not match the material studied in class. Also, the school favors sports programs over arts programs in an extreme matter - revenue, trips, sponsorship, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 27, 2005
Hamilton High School was a wonderful school for me. Even though the school was big, and the enrollment numbers made me feel like a small fish in a big pond, the numerous extracurricular opportunities helped me feel connected to my school and the community. Having such a large campus helped me better prepare for my college career. I graduated from Hamilton in 2002, and plan to graduate from Northern Arizona University in May of 2006.

- submitted by a former student
April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
Great athletics program, clean wonderful school. Nothing but positive things to say.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2004
Hamilton High School is a great school for students, and it has one of the best sports organizations in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
Hamilton High is a beautiful school with a lot of good things going for it. However, because they are such a large school, students easily get lost. They don't follow up on student absences, so students can easily get away with skipping classes, etc. There doesn't seem to be a lot of one on one care for the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
What an amazing school! We have had one graduate, a current senior and a current sophomore. We could not be more impressed! Dr. DePrez is a fantastic leader and challenges his staff to be as well. I am involved in many areas within the school and am impressed everyday with how they pull it off with such high population numbers. For the parent who was having trouble getting passes and info....go to the website for info, pick up a pass via the boaster club at almost any of the high school sporting events or call and ask. I have never experienced the staff not willing to find the answer to a question.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2004
My daughter has been studying in the American International Schools since her 4th grade. Her current school is American School of Doha in Qatar. If anyone plans to travel to Qatar for long term assignment and has kids, this is one of the best schools in Doha. Pre-K through 12, total number of students just under 700. Excellent music and arts program. AP curses are available. Foreign languages (Spanish, English and Arabic) are taught by native speakers. Kids travel to other countries on various programs as well as host other international schools for sporting and arts events. Huge number of after school activities. Teachers are mostly from the US and Canada. Children genuinely enjoy going to school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
It is a good school and very nice but unfortunately 'money talks' way too much in there. There is alot of favoritism for both ends of the financial scale and nothing for the middle.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2004
I am a graduate of the class of 2004. I spent four amazing years at hamilton high. I felt that we really were the best! we were the first class to go to state in many different sports. The teachers are wonderful, minus a few. There are some teachers that I would highly recomend... First, mrs. Lunduhl(spanish teacher)the very best!, she helped me even after she wasn't my teacher and I learned more from her. Mr. Ed hermanski! I love him to death! he made boring history come to life and really was there to help you understand. Then my dance teacher..Mr. Milbauer(mr.D) he makes high school fun! I couldn't wait to get to class and dance my worries away. I will miss them the most!

- submitted by a former student
May 19, 2004
The vocational agriculture program is one of the best in the state. The instructor stays on top of the jobs in the community instead of what everyone thinks an ag program should be. He does not subscribe to the 'good ol' boy' mentality, instead, teaches the students about landscape and horticulture, where the jobs are.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2004
Hamilton staff and teachers have been great for my kids. I have one that is already graduated and one that has 1 more year to go. I can t imagine what there lives would be like with the school. There is a great balance between academics and fine arts/sports. There is an understanding of developing a complete student ready to face the world. Accountability and Responsibility are two things that are stressed to the youth. The best part is the staff and teachers seam to enjoy having parents involved with there kids lives. Responses to questions and concerns are always promptly returned.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
Our Daughter is thriving under the leadership of Hamilton. The staff has been wonderful and receptive to our needs. We feel that for a school this size, they return our calls and answer our questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner. We feel like Hamilton has not lost its small town feel with their attention to details, in spite of the tremendous growth in the area. We feel blessed to be at Hamilton. Thank you Hamilton's staff for making our Daughter's freshman year fantastic! We would also like to congratulate the Varsity Football Team, our new State Champions!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2003
This school has great leadership development skill learning, great academics, and a great athletic program.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2003
For 3 years I have tried to purchase season tickets to the sporting events. There is little or no communication on the part of the faculty or staff. We receive little or no notification of events involving our children. we would like to become more involved by volunteering but, apparently Hamilton does not need any volunteer help. There is much more wrong with this school in which it is all a direct reflection of the leadership provided by the principal and leadership staff. Our children do enjoy the school and are challenged in their studies. Hamilton has been able to provide adequately pertaining to the most important aspect of educational goals.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2003
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Hamilton High School
3700 S Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ  85248
(480) 812-7600
Last modified Hamilton High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hamilton High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top