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Mingus Union High School

Public | 9-12 | 1216 students


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Posted May 9, 2013

mingus union high school is a ok school but we need more activities and more field trips

Posted September 24, 2012

I don't think Mingus has any higher a percentage of drug use than ANY other school... I like that they bring in drug dogs if they even THINK there is drug use on campus. I do feel that they should do more seminars on pregnancy issues, however. There is a LOT of sexual activity going on, but probably as much as all the other schools. We just need to find something better for the students to do with their time (ie. skating rink, dance club, etc.). Also, I disagree with the student re: teachers never pulling you aside re: your grades. I have been notified by my son's teachers EVERY time he is slipping. AND we, as parents can look at grades and assignments every single day on their website. It is OUR responsibility to make sure the work is getting done, not the teacher's. If they give an "explosive amnt. of tests" how is that a "lack of education"??? It ISN'T a terrible school! It's a very good school, and I'm proud to have my boys both going there! Mingus is VERY concerned about their education!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2012

The drug use and lack of education is ridiculous and growing more and more in the wrong direction. Teachers never pull you aside concerned with their students grades and honestly don't care whether they are learning the lesson required. Also most teachers give explosive amounts of tests on a chapter that the students have only been introduced to for less then a day. Terrible school and glad I am getting out of here this year.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 24, 2012

I graduated from Mingus in 1992. I attended my freshman and sophomore years in Albuquerque, NM, and my junior and senior years at Mingus. My grades were suffering in Albuquerque, but when I started Mingus the counselors pulled me aside and helped me get my overall grade point average to a 3.0 by the time I graduated. All the counselors, the principal and the teachers were very concerned about me doing well. I highly recommend Mingus and would definitely send my own children there when the time comes for them to attend high school. The Cottonwood area is a great community as well. I can especially see that after living in Albuquerque for over 20 years. There is a huge difference between the two.

Posted January 5, 2012

I attended Mingus as did my husband. We have a child there now and 2 more on the way. Mingus is a good school with an equal emphasis on academics and athletics. I don't see any more or less problems at Mingus than at any other high school. Teenagers are teenagers and the problems they have are country-wide. Mingus is a highly rated school and the students excel at everything.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 16, 2010

High amount of drug abuse, school recently was fenced in which makes it resemble a prison. Too much emphasis on athletics and not on academics. More than a few teen pregnancies. There are very difficult people in key positions in this school who frankly should not be there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 18, 2009

I feel appreciated here. Most schools focus their pep assemblies on just athletic achievements, but recently, Mingus has started mentioning all of the achievements made by every culture of student at our school. Even that of the art students and thespians :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 2, 2009

Good place for my children to get a high school education. Wonderful drama dept. and choir program!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2009

My children love to have hands on activities in their anatomy class. They say its the greatest experience of their lives.
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Posted June 11, 2007

Mingus is an excellent school. My son graduated from MUHS and had several academic and athletic scholarship offers. The teachers and parents are very involved and athletic programs are exceptional. With a larger selection of AP and College Prep courses offered over other schools in the area we were willing to drive from Sedona to enable him to excel at Mingus.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2006

This school is full of bad influences.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 16, 2006

My daughter has excelled at Mingus, particularly this year in her social science course. The teacher understand the students and creates an environment in which they want to learn. Other classes are excellent, too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2005

I am doing a reaserch paper on a high school and i'm just comparing them.
—Submitted by a student

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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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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 "Performing".

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 33% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Black 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1801 E. Fir Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
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