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Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,513

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25250 N. 35th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85310

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October 08, 2014
We have 2 students enrolled in the American Studies Academy... We love the high level of learning they are receiving. They have hands on learning through in class room studies, Saturday Academy, Field Trips, National History Day Competitions, Class trips where they travel out of state to learn Archeology, Visit Philadelphia and Washington DC to learn about our Founding Fathers, Our Constitution, Revolutionary/Civil War - It is an amazing program that challenges students. We love the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2014
I'm a current student at this school and from my experience it is not the best out there. From my experience from my teachers and my friends teachers they would make us read the book and watch videos to teach ourselves while they sat behind their desks on their computers. I also had experience with somebody I knew almost killing themselves and when I went to the school about it they pretty much did nothing about it and just had a brief conversation with the person. I would also like to point out that our math department is not in very good shape at the moment. But, we have a amazing language arts department and I would recommend Mrs.Simon or Mr.Jones who are amazing teachers. And my last issue with this school is that it's so full of drama and there's rumors about people all the time. And one last thing kids come to school high all the time and the teachers do nothing about it when they are disrupting the class and it's very hard to focus.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2014
Sandra Day O'Connor has been a wonderful high school for both of my girls. My oldest daughter is physically handicapped and had been in the Peoria District - they stuck her in a classroom with kids that were mentally challenged - she didn't belong there! SDOCHS has been GREAT!!! She actually graduated, on time, with her Class of 2013. Our youngest daughter hated going to grade school, but when she hit high school at SDOC... her attitude changed big-time!!! She is now a Junior and loves going to school. She is involved and rarely misses a day. When kids get to high school... we believe... you have to let them grow up and be responsible for themselves. If there were any issues, which was not often, I made them go to the teacher and deal with it themselves. I love SDOCHS!!! And so do my girls!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
Sandra Day O'Connor High School is NOT a model of excellence in education by any stretch. I agree with quite a few of the posts and reviews here that the staff and teachers are not student-centered, do a very poor job of including parents and families in educational decisions, and are often a bit rude and condescending. They do not seem to place much value on differentiation in the classroom to meet diverse student needs, and do a very poor job of supporting average or struggling students. This school has been a huge disappointment in terms of preparing students for college and in promoting 21st century skills in students, as well as in cultivating an effective student-centered, differentiated learning environment. Twenty years ago, this type of school was the norm. But in this current time of transformation in education, there are MUCH better options for students.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
O'Connor is not a very good school. They do not focus on the students. Their staff is rude. There is high turnover of administration. Not a quality educaiton. We are looking for a good charter to move our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
SDOHS is overcrowded and the staff does little when issues arise. Students have to eat outside standing due to the overcrowding. High theft cell phones stolen out of P.E. lockers while students are outside participating in class. They don't care if anything is stolen and make little or no effort to recover items stolen. This is been our worst experience with a high school in Arizona. Students get no help from the counselors. Schedules is messed up every year. Staff is lazy and they really need to start firing. Parking is terrible and drop-off is always slow. This school has exceeded their enrollment level for several years. More concerned with sports then with academics. Look for a charter school!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
Both of my children attended O'Connor High School. They had some really great teachers in their honors and AP classes. The general education teachers seemed more interested in teaching so that they could coach or advise a club. Sports seems to get more attention than academics by the administration and students. In looking at the other options for high schools in the area (Mt. Ridge, Goldwater or Boulder Creek) Sandra Day is a much better choice. My kids were fairly well prepared for college and would recommend that students try to get into the advanced classes for the best education.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2012
Very happy with the school. My daughter is in the 9th grade and loves it.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
I've had 3 students go thru O'Connor. The brightest did best. The other two, one of which has a slight learning disability, was another story. I feel the school administration caters to the high achievers and lets the others flounder. Too much emphasis on sports, as well, and good luck getting on a team, as so many out-of-area transfer students take those spots. Math teachers seem particularly bad. One consistently fails multiple students each semester, does not answer emails, etc., He even specifically told us to emaill him, then never replied after repeated emails. Frustrating lack of interest!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
My son just graduated in May of 2012 from O'Connor. He is now attending ASU on a full ride merit scholarship. He took all honors and AP classes at this school. I am pleased to say it prepared him immensely. My only complaint... the math program. It could use some help... not so great. My son had to teach himself math for the most part but still scored exceptionally high on both SAT and ACT in all areas. All in all this is a Great school and we have no real gripes about it. My daughter is now a 9th grader there and loves the O'Connor spirit. Send your child there. You won't be sorry.(:

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
This is an excellent school and my daughter is prepared for college. The teachers and administration are very caring and dedicated to the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
O'Connor High has an excellent staff and graduates students ready for their next steps. It is a fantastic place to grow as a student and prepare for your future.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2012
Well we moved to AZ from NY in 2008 and after feedback from parents in the area, chose SDOHS. We also live in Stetson Hills, so walking to the middle and high school is a big plus for parents.. just in case needed. Next year my third child (young adult) will graduate. All three were enrolled in AP and honors courses with the help of the outstanding counselors. Without a doubt, we have no regrets. Well, we still miss NY. If you are looking for a high school which prepares your kids for success in college, SDOHS is a great choice. Parent involvement is needed no matter what school. Kids will be kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
A place where your children will receive a quality education and be prepared for life after high school. Strongly reccommend!

- submitted by a teacher
November 21, 2011
O'Connor high school is an outstanding school. The teachers are caring and concerned while still holding students and parents accountable. The administrative team keeps students the focus of decisions instead of the popular vote or pressure from parents. I have had one child go through O'Connor and whole-heartedly recommend this school to all my friends and acquaintances.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2011
Sandra Day O'Connor is a place where students receive a quality education. Students are challenged to be their best and teachers are willing to help students reach their full potential. The school provides a safe learning environment for all students. My children have attended several Deer Valley Schools and SOHS ranks as being the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
I would rate Sandra Day O'Connor as an excellent school. I had three sons who have now graduated from Sandra Day and all of them have gone onto college and are doing well. Sandra Day's administration has always been present at the events that were happening at the school. They've been extremely supportive and went beyond what is expected in any other high school. They keep parents informed, hold meetings were the public is welcomed, and the teaching and coaching staff has gone out of there way to be supportive. I've had a great experience at Sandra Day O'Connor High School and feel that it has been a great place for my sons to grow up and excel at.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
I would not recommend this school. Parent/teacher communication is very poor, and the administration is afraid to make difficult decisions, even when they know it is the right thing to do, no back bone leadership! Office staff lacks professionalism dealing with public, they always look stressed out and heard from lots of parents, there is too much drama at this school. I gave SDO a shot, very disappointed sending my son & daughter to this learning environment! Withdrew my children and enrolled them at my local charter school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
SDOC is an OK school. The students come from upper middle to upper class homes with all the advantages. The teachers are average and the administration is traditional, not very inventive nor creative. The students achieve in spite of the school not because of the school. At times the administration is afraid to make difficult decisions, even when they know it is the right thing to do. Be bold OCHS, not cliche.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
I am a parent and my daughter went to SDOHS and we had to switch her out because her teachers would not cooperate with her and help her with her work. She did not understand the material and the teachers did little to solve that problem. My friends daughter goes to BGHS and she says the school cares about the students and her daughter made straight A's second semester after switching from SDOHS and struggling a lot there so i plan on switching my daughter this upcoming school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Unfortunately, at SDOHS, teachers do not communicate well with parents. The do not respond to phone calls or emails unless you file a complaint with the Vice Principal and the counseling department failed to follow through ever

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I have been nothing but impressed with SDOHS. My husband and I did a lot of investigating and touring of high school campuses and we found SDOHS to be one of the top schools. My son is a freshmen and has done nothing but excell! We have never been more proud of him, the communication between the staff and teachers is nothing less than phenominal. My son plays sports all year. We are involved with the Boosters club, we have been nothing but impressed with the sports program. O'Connor is an Excellign school for a reason!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
This school is a huge disapointment. We moved into the area so that our child could attend this so called, 'Wonderful' school. After 2 years of our child trying to exceed in a school that cannot meet these kids, we pulled our child out. We are beyond disapointed in this school. Their music program is one of the worst programs offered in high schools today. In fact, the chorus teacher does not even show up to class! She was too busy with her band projects. This year they had a half time Elementary music teacher teaching choir. They weren't even signed up for the Regional and State auditions! We are glad that our child is now out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
O'Connor teachers genuinely care about the students and their futures. They help to do everything possible to be sure the students succeed, not only in their class, but in everything they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2009
This 'school' is filled with drama. I do NOT recommend this school to ANYONE. I moved my child to Boulder Creek. Now that's a good school. I am disappointed in this school. Hopefully it will get better. This school does not deserve a 4 stars.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2009
I'm a freshmen at O'Connor and love the school! The teachers are great and the students are all very involved. The only thing I would change is the importance of sports, they belittle the importance of grades.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
Our experience so far has been excellent. My son is a freshman and loves it. He is involved in the drama program after school and stays very busy. I will say however that my son is a pretty easy going guy. Our experience when my second son hits high school could be quite different. So far, so good for now!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
Our family relocated to Arizona this past winter from the midwest. Our biggest concern was our sophomore son adjusting to a new school academically and socially. We are surprisingly pleased with the relationships he has developed with his teachers. They have been kind and supportive. We do however suggest stronger communication with parents. I have called the school numerous times with questions and never receive a reply. The staff seems over whelmed most of the time. Thank you Sandra Day O'Connor for great effort.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
I am a senior in SDOHS, it is a very nice school. Everything is new, people are nice, a very good leaning environment!

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2007
I went to this school for four years, and I loved it! The teachers are highly qualified and there is a plethora of interesting extracurricular activities to choose from. I'm now attending university persuing a degree in English Education, as I was inspired by my English teachers in high school. Make sure you take advantage of the Honors/AP program!

- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2007
I have had one child graduate from O'Connor and he went all 4 years and now is at ASU, I have s 10th grader there and out of all the school in this district and all surrounding districts this school rate #1 in my book.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
New School, beautiful campus. School offers many honors and AP courses, and some college dual enrollment courses. There are many clubs available, the sports team are making a name for themselves and the performing arts programs are spectacular. I have 2 sons attending and am extremely happy with their progress. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants their child to receive a top notch education and have lots of opportunities to get involved in clubs, sports and extracurricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
I would not recommend this school. Parent/teacher communication is very poor. Many of the teachers do not seem to care about the welfare of the students. As a result of these things, I decided to withdraw my child from this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
Sandra Day is still developing its identity and getting its stride. The teachers do go the extra mile. I don't have any complaints about communication; in fact, I've gotten positive notes home unsolicited, and most teachers have websites where I can check my son's homework assignments.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
The availability in sports and extra curricular activities is very high. The academic programs aren't bad but there isn't too much parent involvment. There are a lot of kids attending the school and the school just doesn't seem big enough for them.

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2006
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April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
O'Connor is very strong in terms of clubs. There is something for everyone, and no one can feel left out here. O'Connor is known for being one of the highest performing schools in terms of academics as well. Areas needing improvement are school participation and sports. The sports aren't really up to par with the other aspects of the school. The school is only four years old so it doesn't have as many traditions but it does have a beautiful campus. The students at this school mainly come from white, middle to upperclass families. This school is beautiful and has superior academics and also has one of the best bands in the state.

- submitted by a student
March 06, 2006
My daughter has just completed her first semester here. What a fantastic school; both academically and socially she soared to great heights! She is taking two honors courses and is involved in all the school (and community) theatre programs offered. She was recently selected to join the jazz band as their pianist. Although she is not a 'jock' she still stays active and involved in most of the programs through her friends. I can't say enough great things about this school, the faculty and the overall education my daughter is receiving. Thanks Sandra Day and keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
O'Connor is an awesome school, with great teachers & coaches, who are sincerely interested in giving our kids a good education, and give them guidance in building good character.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
So far I have been very impressed w/ O'Connor. The teachers have all been very approachable and they all get back to me in a timely manner. The office has been very helpful when needed.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
Overall a good school. The district boundaries are such that we live 17 miles from the school, with no option for changing schools (we live in an 'island' for district boundaries) which creates many difficulties that the extracirricular activities sponsors/directors will not make many accomodations for. It would seem that the kids are really out of control as to district boundaries, and should not be held accountable for where they live. SDOCHS has a very high average family income, so 'keeping up with the Jones'' is really an issue. Attendance rules in the district also make no sense. We cannot keep our child home, even if we call, without it being counted as an unexcused absence. The only way to get an absence excused is with a doctors note. The attendance system is so automated, you only get a call that your child was marked absent, with no explanation.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
SDOHS is a relatively new school, but shows signs of becoming a top notch school. The music program especially is incredible and has won many top awards. (It may have the best marching band program in AZ.) Other extracirricular activites are still developing; there are many service clubs but not too many interest or hobby clubs. Academically SDOHS is a good school; it has the core AP classes and hopefully more will be added. Teachers and staff are professional and caring. Most are good teachers; some less so. Volunteer opportunities abound in the office, bookstore, library, etc.--a great way to get to know staff and feel connected. Coaches are inspiring and good role models for the kids. Some have won regional honors awarded by their peers. Finally, the campus itself is new and architecturally distinguished, with an acoustically superior auditorium and excellent sports facilities. This school has a lot of potential.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
My child is a Junior and has been at O'connor for all 3 years. This school is great. The teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic. I'm surprised that there are not more comments on what a GREAT school this really is! GO EAGLES!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Unfortunately, at SDOHS, teachers do not communicate well with parents. The do not respond to phone calls or emails unless you file a complaint with the Vice Principal. It is extremely frustrating for parents who are trying to be involved with their childs progress in school that teachers will not respond. While it is not the schools responsibility to raise our children, it is their responsibility to educate them and help parents understand where their children are struggling. A little extra effort by the school staff would certainly not hurt our students.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
School does not seem to be involved with the students welfare as they should be.

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February 02, 2005
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January 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
My child has done very well at Sandra Day. I disagree with parents aren't notified how your child is doing. Child brings home report about every 6 weeks or so about their progress. Most of my daughters teachers have been receptive and very helpful. If I have ever had to call any of them they return the phone call 99% of the time the same day. I feel you need to communicate with your child about their progress. If you aren't getting responses you feel are correct then you need to contact the councelor. At the high school level (especially) your child needs to be the responsible one to prepare for college. I feel more parents need to be involved with their children at the high school level but having more than one child makes it difficult at times. It takes alot of effort. I feel their are several extracurricular activities

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
Our child did not do well at this school either. It took several months to realize that our child was having problems academically. I disagree that the counseling department was awesome, they were responsive, but failed to follow through. We had to continually follow-up---follow-up--- with little or no results. Teachers too failed to follow through even though 'Group' meetings we held. Promises to e-mail progress was also never done. Phone calls were not returned, etc... Needless to say, our child is no longer attending this school. We found something much, much better.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2004
My child did not do well at this school. Teachers did not communicate well. I emailed them and never recieved a response. It took about nine weeks before I was even informed of the problems my child was having.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 10, 2003
Brand new facility! SDOHS is beginning it's 2nd year 21Aug2K3 - hence no AIMs scores, etc. Comparisons will be, at best, difficult.

- submitted by a parent
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Sandra Day O'connor High School
25250 N. 35th Avenue, Glendale, AZ  85310
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Sandra Day O'connor High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sandra Day O'connor High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top