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Hamilton High School

Public | 9-12 | 3502 students

 

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Posted Monday, 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 1, 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


Posted February 1, 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.


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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.


Posted 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


Posted November 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 2009

great teachers and kids!! very positive atmosphere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 3, 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


Posted February 6, 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


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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 62% in 2013.

879 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

880 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

871 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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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.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 3%
Black 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

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  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Dance
  • Drama
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