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9-12
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El Mirage, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,657
 

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11425 N. Dysart Road
El Mirage, AZ 85335

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(623) 876-7000
(623) 876-7521
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November 29, 2014
My current high school is one of the most terrible places ever. It has almost driven me to suicide because of it's problems - I've seen the rudest and most hypocritical people in my life here other than in Los Angeles and New York City. The Cambridge curriculum is horrible, stressful, and worst of, non-optional, but a lot of teachers are friendly and helpful, even those in the Cambridge curriculum. I'm thankful it's my last month here, and I'd prefer living in Iraq, Sudan, or heck even Chiraq than this waste of resources.

- submitted by a student

February 21, 2013
Best school i have ever been to. All the staff are amazing and care for all your needs.

- submitted by a student

March 09, 2012
to this school. Frankly, I should have known better. When my son was first enrolled in one of Dysart Unified School District's elementary schools we went to a parent/teacher conference. I was anxious to meet a student teacher my son spoke so highly of to thank him for being such a positive influence on him. After the meeting I left sadden and angry. He was a graduate of Yale University working on a masters degree in English Literature at ASU. He informed me that he would be leaving the student teaching program early because of his frustration with the school and its administration. Apparently he grew weary of dealing with parents who complained about the amount of reading he assigned (on average 20 pages a night) and the administrations indifference to his efforts and support of the parents. This school does whatever it can to maintain the minimal standards required to graduate students, period.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2012
This school has been the best experience for my son- the staff is awesome and supportive, the campus is safe- and my son WANTS to go to school EVERY day!!! Thank you Dysart staff for all that you do!!! Go Demons!

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2011
This is our families 5th year at Dysart. I have graduated two children, one this year and another just getting started. The school has been a wonderful experience for all of my children. Full of teachers that care and go the extra mile. My children have met mentors, role models, and kindred spirits. From sports to theater to arts their coaches and leaders have been very supportive and helpful. The opportunities that have been given to my children will make a lasting impression. School is what you make it, so make it interesting, show up do your best and enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
One of the best high schools in the district!! I am an employee of the district, and my job requires that I travel to diffeerent schools within the district throughout the week . I work with 6th through 12th graders. The principal at DHS is great. The students are happy here because the staff doesn't put up with any nonsense--- these kids are held accountable! Better than that, they succeed because the teachers and staff set the bar high because they know these kids can meet the expectations. Demon Pride Runs Campus Wide!!

- submitted by a community member

July 23, 2010
Every teacher at Dysart High School is Highly Qualified to teach their specific subject. They are Highly Qualified according to the State of Arizona Department of Education ---The teachers at Dysart also cares about the success of their students and works hard to ensure their success!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
April 26, 2010
I don't feel like many of the office staff really care about the students. They cancelled the senior's final pep rally, without giving a reason, which student council spent $300 to make it the best rally the school had ever seen. We are constantly on 'restricted movement.' We haven't been allowed to go to the bathroom for weeks! Personally, i think the office staff write these reviews posing as students bcause i don't know many students who do like it and they are good students.

- submitted by a student

December 04, 2009
I have two of my kids attending DHS and they both love it! they have wonderful teachers that really care and great friends!our sports keep on improving every year.and we have lots of students going on to college, i am very proud. Go Demons!!

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2009
this is a really good school cause you can get along with anyone there and also have a good time with your friends at all the fun things they do for the students expecially at pep rallies there so much fun i miss this school...

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 24, 2009
I am now a senior student at DHS. I am doing so well that i was going to graduate in '09 but decided to experience my senior year. I was on the '09 list of graduates and everything. Dysart is a GREAT school! There have been those who chose to make Dysart seem like the WORSE school around but it really is not. We don't have race riots like Vally!!!!! With in the first 2 weeks of school Vally has been on lockdown 2-4 times ALREADY! Dysart has a whole new staff and they are determined to put Dysart back where it belongs...On the Map! Our attendence has already improved and fights OR arguments are not talarated! Dysart has been a grat school since my sop. year and still is. Students that chose to not be here are the students ALWAYS in trouble or finding trouble. Dysart is Great!!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2008
i went their my freshman and sophmore year and i loved it.!! i wish i could go back.. it's the purfect year to start when you are a freshman. its so easy to get around. the students are up beat and friendly. the teachers are great and always there for you. i would choose that high school over any other any day...

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 25, 2008
Dysart High School is a good school. Every child has an oppurtunity to learn here they make a choice whether they want to or not. Teachers do not give up on any student.

- submitted by a student

September 19, 2008
Amazing school,the staff are wonderful and the study is improving for a new improving school.Go demons!

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2008
Dysart High School is a wonderful, diverse group of people to work with, students, parents and staff. Go Demons!!

- submitted by a teacher

July 23, 2008
I am a parent of two kids that attended Dysart High. My son graduated and did well there and kept busy with sports. My daughter on the other hand had problems. I dont know if it is with the cliques they have their, the teachers not having control of their classrooms or the whole structure of the school. I witness morale not very high, pregnancy, and students not being very focused. My daughter attended a year and a half and i snatched her out quickly and put her in a private school which she is now doing well! Thank God i research finally and switch schools because i may have improved my daughter education and even saved her life!

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2008
As a parent, I can not stand this school. My kids first went to Willow but transfered to DHS for the JROTC program. I can not get any kind of communication from any of their teachers no matter how many times I ask. If you call the office because you have a question, wait 3 to 5 business days for a call back. Willow on the other hand was awesome for the 2 weeks that my kids went there. Do not let your kids go to that school!!!

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2008
The teachers are awesome. They really care about the students.There is so many extracurricular activities, I cant even name them all. The freshmen girls basketball team won the regionals. People hang out with everyone. The administration is awesome and so are the counselors. Dysart is definatly improving. I love the pep rallys. They are awesome. The Stu Co is so fun. I love DHS!

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2008
My son started going here last year after switching from Deer Valley. Since he has started here at Dysart, he loves it. He hasn't had any problems at all. I am not sure how my daughter is going to like it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 14, 2008
I'm a former student who attended Dysart from 1st grade to graduation. As in all schools, the teachers are caught between being babysitters of those students who DON'T want to be there, and trying to give the students who DO want to be there the best education they can. Where I live now there is an 'alternative' school in each district. Troublesome students are removed from class and must apply to be accepted at the alternative school if they want to continue their education. When they're ready to go back to the main school, they must also apply and go before the board before being admitted. This could be a solution for Dysart.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2007
I am a sophomore at DHS. And i know some people have given us a bad reputation but i think that Dysart is a pretty well rounded school. I enjoy wakeing up and going to school, I mean with so many choices of extracuricular activities I'm happy to be a student there.

- submitted by a student

July 31, 2007
I feel strongly that there are a number of teachers who excel at their job. The problem is the new administration. The principal doesn't return phone calls or emails and the assistant principals are less than helpful.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2007
I am a out of state parent of a student who is a senior living with my sister in Arizona. Through our transition the school has been great to me . I bug them constantly by phone or email and someone has always responded. It was a great pleasure to work with a school who concerns seem to be in the best interest of the students. The school has been great from my experience with them this year.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2007
I do not recommend this school at all to parents or students. Despite the district's effort to improve this school, it is still very much rough around the edges. On top of that, the academics and athletics are extremely poor.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2006
I was a student there and graduated in '05; I loved playing basketball and ended up having to quit for many reasons. But i don't think it is the administrations fault; the kids that go to this school have a careless attitude. Yea the kids want to win and they want to succeed but don't do anything to strive for it, most are lazy and undisciplined. I say most not all because their are many intelligent ones. As for me, I graduated in the top 15% of my class with out ever doing much homework just passing a couple test here and there. Most of the time if my teacher liked me he/she would be flexible. I think that has to do most with having to baby sit students rather than teach. Almost all athletics are poor here as well, I'll stop but there's a whole list that could be improved.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2006
Dysart HS is in transition due to the growth of the area. My daughter attends DHS, and her teachers spend the extra time needed to help, they re far from lazy or uncaring. The AP courses and unique special programs offerings such as the health/nursing, child development, and ROTC sections are popular and taught well. The fine arts department is very popular, offering excellent experiences. The band program has taken off this past year with a new director that has energized the students, tripled in numbers, and brought the pride back in their excellent performances. Parent involvement is low, especially at PTO and club parent meetings- parents need to realize that their help at any level is what makes those programs strong for their students. Before you bash a school, try to make it better- teachers and administrators can only do so much- students and parents must be willing to support!

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2006
Dysart High is quite possibly the worst school I have ever seen. The problem starts at the top with a Principal who cares more about rules than the children who attend Dysart High. They are eager to discipline the children while do very little to reward good behavior. The problems are not limited to the administration either. There are many poor teachers who do little to work with parents for the success of the students. I removed my child after a 1 1/2 years and many hours of stress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 24, 2006
The new buildings at the school have really brought up the moral in both the students and surrounding area. Looks fantsatic!

- submitted by a student

October 25, 2005
I dont understand why people think that Dysart High School is so bad. Here, there are no popularity contests, we are down to earth, intelligent individuals. We have great teachers who care, but sometimes no matter what, there are some students who just dont care. My message to the angry parents: if your child is failing, look into it. dont blame it on our teachers. Theres kids who just sit in class and stare and some that sleep all day. Others actually need extra help, which is provided at tutoring after school. Im a student with a 4.0 average and I know I couldnt have done it without my awesome teachers.

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2005
I have two children attending Dysart HS and I have been very disappointed with the quality of the education they are receiving. My biggest concern is the lack of discipline in the classroom which results in students enduring unacceptable circumstances.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2005
This school has a lot of work to do. The security at this school is a joke. The teacher who teaches the automotive class is great but has very little resources for the kids in his class. I will say all the teachers in the school are really good and do care about these kids.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2005
The school has much improved and seems to have a kind and caring staff

- submitted by a parent

July 04, 2005
So far the school seems great. It is new and is very nice.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2005
Great school! Has wonderful staff.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2004
I agree that Dysart has a high Hispanic population and it is not just because of the fields surrounding it, but because the majority of the middle class families moving into the Surprise area chose to send their students to the Peoria District or to the Agua Fria High District so they could have a wider choice of courses and a better environment. I agree with the other comments that the teen pregnancy rate is a problem. Something needs to be done with the school soon.

- submitted by a parent

October 17, 2003
I have been involved with the Dysart District for over 5 years now, and have seen the high school become the little school that could, and has! Test scores are climbing at a rate, which impress even the state board. Teachers, and administrators, have donated many hours to rewrite curriculum (a task worth $1000 s.) I ve watched the students become genuinely proud of their surroundings, and their academic achievement. The attendance rate at DHS has been #1 in the valley for several quarters in a row- and that speaks to the desire of the students to be in the warm, welcoming, environment which the teachers, and administration, have created- all in the name of doing what their heats and souls have led them to- enrich our children! The campus is in the midst of being rebuilt- both in the manner which we can see as we drive by, and in such a way that only the students can attest to and if you ask them, they will. Keep up the good work DHS!

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2003
Dysart High School is a poor quality school, plain and simple. From school curriculum to teaching staff to parent involvement Dysart scores low at all levels. The issue stands not just with the High School in itself, but rather with the school district and its board. The basic problem is that the Dysart Unified District school board did not foresee (for whatever reason) the tremendous growth within Surprise and surrounding areas. The board had a conundrum; raise taxes on the current low income district taxpayers to fund the building of new schools for the middle income taxpayers moving in. It wasn't done. And so the Dysart School District suffers greatly at this. New parents moving into the area are demanding better education, better facilities, and better funded school extracurricular activities. The old regime was and is not ready for this. Comments such as, 'if you think public school can ever be on the same level as private school...' demonstrate the lowering of standards and the acceptance of poor quality education. Why can't public education be on the same level as private? Certainly it can and that has been proven over and over again. Ad hominem attacks such as the previous commentary made demonstrate the issue is highly emotional with no near answer in sight. What we currently have in Dysart is an awkward transition from the old-school board members to the new-school board members. As new families move into the area they'll be elected more and more to the school board and subsequently push aside those who have suppressed advancement at all levels. Dysart and other public schools at this same dismal scholastic level are the sole reason charter schools are becoming ever so popular.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2003
After reading the previous entry submitted by a parent regarding the quality of Dysart High School, I am realizing that any person does in fact have a platform to stand on in our country, even if they don't say anything containing value or merit, as the example I previously mention. You see people like that person want public education to be equivalent to private education...It is a harsh reality that it will never be the case...So, move on.. The school, though antiquated and lacking in solid curriculum, performs no differently than any other educational institution of the same size and demographics. As far as catering to minorities, I don't know whether to forgive your ignorance, or to be offended. You see the large minority attendance is due to a large population of minorities in the area. The area, if you open your eyes, is surrounded by fields. These same fields that feed your family and mine are worked by the parents of many of these students, or are direct decendents there of. If you want private education in a public school....you are not doing well with reality..and really should get more active and involved in the various bodies and agencies that can be used to make these changes and improvements. Public schools are very similar to anything else that has the title 'public' attached to it. You get what you get....and it will never be as good as private or personal!

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2003
My son spent more than half his 9th grade year in attendance at Dysart High School. I found a drastic difference in the concern and quality of teachers present there. They were so much better than the majority of teachers he had at Luke Elementary school in the same district. However, dispite the quality of teacher once again the curriculum and quality of education is poor. The district encourages this school to play hard on the high minority factor and biasly educate them. Their programs are not encouraging the ideal that all students can learn and have futures in higher education. With that comes their usage of Block scheduled classes. I am sorry but you cannot cover a whole year of content quality curriculum in lets say 9th Grade English in just approximately 9 weeks. Something will be lacking and missed. Most of what I saw missed was college prep curriculum. I mean 5 words a week for vocabulary. When I was in 9th grade we had 25- 30 spelling/vocab words a week plus read extensive literature and covered writing skills/grammar. This type of curriculum is truly failing all students. Yes there is a bit of racial tension in the school and more time and concern is spent on how to avoid this. Simple solution student is there to learn if they show defiance to learning boot them out. End of problem. Students that want to learn should be challenged and encouraged, this school has some wonderful teachers in the 9th grade let them teach and mold and reach these minds.

- submitted by a community member

June 08, 2003
My kids have running joke about Dysart High School. My kids say 'I dont read good because, I got my eduMUcation at Dysart high school. I know from experince, most of the teacher at Dysart high school and the counseling staff don't care about the childerns eduacation. After investigating why my child was failing a class, I found out, the teacher was not teaching the class at all, he would just put the assingments on the board. When I asked the teacher why he wasn't teaching the class correctly, he had the nerve to tell me to my face, why should he have to teach no one listens anyway. My child told me as soon as class started, the teacher would nod of to sleep. I got no help from the administrative staff, my childs school counsler was more worried about the teacher feels getting hurt, when I got upset, then about my child's education. (WARNING TO PARENTS) Think twice before sending your child to dysart middle school or dysart high school. The teachers just dont care. In fact most of the staff aren't even teachers, they are emergency certisfied teachers.

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2003
As far as the principal leadership I think that the assitant principal is the best Ms lockhart she will answer any phone calls or meet with you whenever needed. Now the princible answers no phone calls ever.Hands & heads up to Ms. Lockhart

- submitted by a community member

April 29, 2003
great school if your going to fight, its one every day, teacher told me as he closed his door, 'i get paid to teach not to be the police.'

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2003
I have had three teens involved with this school since moving to Surprise. One came in 1998 as a senior and had a totally awful experience. The demographics were very unbalanced and the 'anti-white' tension was very high at that time. A few years later things have changed tremendously, perhaps because the kids realize that they all need to live and learn together. The teachers are almost all very caring, hard-working and serious about giving a great education to the kids. There are too many administrators. Get rid of a few and buy some more textbooks so the kids can take them home to do their homework! The facility needs to be totally renovated - it's depressing to enter and more so to sit in (yes, I've sat in classrooms). Overall, give this school a try. Things are getting better but it takes a village - not just the school - to teach a person to be successful.

- submitted by a community member

April 23, 2003
Teen Pregnancy is a big problem they have a day care on campus for pete's sake! I konw that they want the students with kids to keep going to school but these students end up failing or dropping out. Plus its saying its ok to get pregnant because the school will take care of you.

- submitted by a community member

April 08, 2003
Great racial diversity. Camraderie is good. Cliques aren't very important, and everyone hangs out with everyone else.

- submitted by a community member

March 28, 2003
school overall is alright. but is not organized. alot a disputes between students happen everyday which leads to not a good atmosphere for the other students. there are a lot of good teachers there, but there are some who don't who don't take the their time with the students.

- submitted by a community member

March 13, 2003
I think that the district finally has fantatic teachers who care about all of the students. There are numerous clubs and activities for the students besides year round sports. They need a band. The principal and administration are not as visible as I feel they should be-my child has never seen the principal. Too many of the parents complain but then never attend any school activities that provide them ample room for justified input. I am disturbed by the number of times I have been there and not found an open bathroom. I suggested having staff monitor them as a duty and the secretary laughed.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
I think we have to stop blaming all of our problems on the high hispanic population.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
I was at the school one day and the rudeness demonstrated by multiple students was unbelievable. I feel for these teachers. What is being done to help maintain discipline and support the teachers? The teachers are trying and I commend them for this but I'd like to know specific actions administrative is doing to support and retain the teachers. Locking bathrooms during school hours bothers me greatly. I was told there are always some bathrooms up but I question if the students are told. They only have so much time between classes and don't have time to ""go searching"". The potential health and social issues are a concern.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
Although the school obviously needs improvements... it has come a long way since my children have been enrolled. The teachers genuinely care about student success; the students have pride in their surroundings, and the administration has striven for a consistent 0 tolerance policy on many concerns facing parents with teen-age children today. The academic improvement, as well as on site improvements are obvious in both superficial examples and the raising of test scores in the past two years.

- submitted by a community member

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Dysart High School
11425 N. Dysart Road, El Mirage, AZ  85335
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Dysart High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dysart High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top