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Ironwood High School

Public | 9-12 | 1983 students

 

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Posted August 6, 2013

Ironwood is an awesome school. Most of the things people here are complaining about can be easily avoided. If you do not like your teachers, you have the opportunity to switch. I have never had any problems with contacting administration, and most of the time their replies are in a timely manner. You are locked out of your classrooms if you are late AND unexcused. If your tardiness is excused, they should allow you to go back into class. If you are having trouble making friends, there are hundreds of clubs and programs that you can attend to meet people with common interests. The only complaint I have is that I believe the school spends a bit too much time and effort on sports, when they could be improving the academics. I am currently going through the pre-I.B. program, and have enjoyed every day of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2013

They have a great autistic program my son's Autistic and he didn't know how to color he would just scatch all over the paper now he is tracing and coloring in the line and they have alot of patient for him. I really appreciate everything there doing with him..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Ironwood is a good school but it has it flaws so many kids worrying about other peoples life and not theirs, they don't know how to pay attention to what is going on around them they have to be in other peoples business and the teachers play favoritism and they are more worried about what the student is like not what he/she is capable of
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2013

Good luck finding a math teacher who knows math, an English teacher who does not play favorites, or an administrator that is willing to use e-mail. I'm not saying ALL employees are incompetent - just good luck getting the right schedule for your child. Ironwood USED to be an excellent school, but not with the current "leadership". Parents seem to do most of the work for the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2012

i do not believe in the students being late and not being able to attend a class. no one is perfect, yet seems some get behind because of this
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

Some of the teachers are good, but the focus on IB has destroyed other great programs. An emphasis on a small number of students leaves a lot lacking for the non-IB kids. The IB classes do not seem to give an edge to those students when applying for colleges either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2010

i love this school. i have nothing but good memories and fun. Very nice school Iron Wood pride baby ITs all about the Eagel
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

We love this school because: *high-achieving, *soccer team, *parent involvment, *teacher involvement, *multitude of activities to involve the students, *theater program, *counselor caring, & much more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

This school is so large and impersonal that, unless your child is in the honors program, no one seems to care. They lock the kids out of classrooms if they're even one minute late - depriving them of an entire day's worth of class. So much for academics. The whole staff could use customer service training!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2009

This a great school if your child is gifted or interested in the Pre-IB program or is in the IB program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2009

I am currently a student at Ironwood and have to say that it does an excellent job at meeting my academic needs. I am an IB candidate and love the academic challenges presented to me at Ironwood. This school creates an environment that is welcoming to students of all levels and does not segregate the honor students from the 'average' students. The guidance office is always willing to help and the cousellors are able to offer advice and programs catered to any student's' wants and needs. Rules are strictly enforced, but easy to abide by. It doesn't matter who you are or what social group you are typically in, you will be accepted by a multitude of people on this campus. Ironwood seems highly competitive, especially among the honor students, but still manages to keep an exciting and accepting environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

Ironwood is a school that does not rest on its laurels - the admin and staff always strive to improve. The culture emphasizes that it is good to be smart. Athletics are also well supported. The teachers really care about their students. There is a strong club, Student Council, and service organization structure, that makes this a good environment for the students. The principal works well with students, staff, and parents to create a safe school. The reasons I did not rate Ironwood as 5 stars have to do with the funding provided by the District. Teachers are struggling to get funds for the Arts and Music. Students are being asked to buy books in English classes and share books in Science because the District has not provided enough for all the students. The IB program conflicts with AP class offerings; some students can't take AP Physics for example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

This is a very good school to attend. There is no drama and everybody is really nice. Students here have different goals and things thats on their mind like school work and inportant things instead of gossip and rumors. Thanks Ironwood!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2008

I am a former student of IHS. High school is all about what you make of it- I had a fantastic experience (and it wasn't that long ago). Almost all my teachers were wonderful, intelligent, and understanding. I was on the honors track, taking challenging courses and will always be thankful to the wonderful teachers who pushed me to exceed. The sports programs and clubs programs are also good. They may not be the best (I don't really know anymore) but they have great heart.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2008

I am a former student of Ironwood. I would absolutly say that Ironwood is an amazing school. I have heard that some have dislike for the teachers and the gap between the levels of classes. To this I would say that high school is only as good as how much you put into it. Teacher and other staff members are more than happy to help students to succeede. Some students, as I have witnessed, refuse to seek help. Ironwood helped me to get a scholorship into a university and helped to lay the foundation for a successful life. This school should be recognized as one of the leading high schools in the state, reguardless of public or privet!


Posted June 16, 2008

The teachers are great - they really care about their students. The district never has enough money for all the programs they want to try, so parents have to come up with a lot of funding, or see the programs do without. The Band program is a good example of this. I think they do a great job with what they are given. I would like to see more motivation to excel in the arts. And more pressure on 'average' students to take more challenging classes. This is a safe school. If your child is motivated to succeed and works hard, Ironwood will give him/her the best opportunities it can. The CTE program in computer science is the best I have seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

I'm a current student of IHS, just about to graduate and as I get ready to begin college I know i'm ready to face the difficulites that the new curriculum and envirnment will provide. Ive loved all of my teachers, they've been wonderful, kind, and compassionate. The security is always alert (not always a great thing) but they keep us safe nonetheless. There are a ton of cliques, clubs, and social groups, so you'll always find a friend and learn where your niche' is on the social scale. I love IHS, its been awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2008

My son currently attends Ironwood and we both love it! The teachers are wonderful and take time to help their students. I couldnt have asked for a better place for my son to be at during the very rough years of schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

This school does not focus enough on the individual needs of each student. I am very dissapointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

I have a son who went to IHS and for the first 2 years everything went great. The 3rd year things changed. I didn't not get any help from the school. My son did not want to go to school and I was told since he is not an risk student they could not help me. They could of care less if he was there or not. So if you have a child who does not like school don't send them to this school they don't care at all. All they want is students who make the school look great!
—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.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

478 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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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 60% 42%
Hispanic 25% 42%
Asian 5% 3%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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  • (623) 486-6424

Resources

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

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Glendale, AZ 85304
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