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Sandra Day O'connor High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2513 students

 

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Posted October 8, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 26, 2012

Very happy with the school. My daughter is in the 9th grade and loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

673 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

674 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

668 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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

About the tests


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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Garden/Greenhouse

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  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • (623) 445-7180

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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25250 N. 35th Avenue
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