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9-12
Public
Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,980
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6051 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304

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August 15, 2014
My daughter has just started grade 9 and so far she has been very happy but if you are patriotic and you want your child to say the pledge every morning, best you go to Cactus high school. Ironwood has taken the pledge away. Very disappointing for many pupils and parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 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
August 01, 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
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
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
April 02, 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
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
no rating 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

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January 22, 2010
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November 25, 2009
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October 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
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!

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July 02, 2009
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June 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
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
December 05, 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
December 05, 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
December 04, 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.

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September 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
no rating May 09, 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
May 02, 2008
This school does not focus enough on the individual needs of each student. I am very dissapointed in this school.

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April 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating 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
October 13, 2007
I currently attend ironwood high school, and I would have to say its pretty great. The rules are strictly enforced, but they are easy to follow. I am an honor student and I would have to say that I am challenged every day. I also play football and wrestling, the football team is on the rise, and the wrestling team is one of the best in the state. The other sport programs are typically good too. The band is always winning awards and going to state or whatever they go to. I would have to say this is one of the best schools anyone could go to.

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2007
My child went to Ironwood and loved the environment and variety in class selection. It is ridiculous how strenuously they enforce 'rules.'

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July 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
Ironwood is strong academically, but kids get lost in the shuffle of large class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I go to IHS, and frankly I can't take it anymore. Everyday gets a bit worse. The rules are being overly enforced by security and teachers, which is causing us not to care anymore what so ever. However, I do like the principal, I believe he somewhat cares. I'm currently planning on getting out of here.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2007
Taking my teenagers out of Ironwood was the best thing I've ever done. Overcrowded, and poorly run. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
I wouldnt recommend this school to anyone. The rules here are getting more and more ridiculous each year and it's only getting worse. And the teacher's really don't care if you pass or not.

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November 07, 2006
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September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2006
I went to Ironwood High School, and I think that it is really a great place for the most difficult time in your life. The teachers are very caring and always willing to help and it doesn't just stop with the the pricipal's and vp's are wonderful too. I remember one day sophmore year I missed the bus and didn't have a phone to call anyone to pick me up when the vp, Mr.Riddel really cared about my problem and helped me get to a phone that I could use. It's that kind of caring for all the people involved at Ironwood that makes it such a great experience.

- submitted by a former student
February 03, 2006
This school is very excelling and yet still fun' oh yeah'

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
I went to this school and was pleased with my experience. While high school is a tough time for all teenagers, I had the feeling of being safe and welcome. I was in choir for 4 years and my instructor was a little over the top, she meant well and always wanted us to be at our best. As far as academia, I did feel that the gap between regular classes and AP classes was quite large. I took regular classes and found them to be extremely easy, but when I tried an AP class, I thought that the work load more than trippled. I felt that it was a little too much of a jump. It seemed like the difference between junior high english and college courses. Overall, I enjoyed my experience though.

- submitted by a former student
November 27, 2005
I have a son in the 9th grade and is has always struggled with his school work. Ever since he started IHS he has brought his grades up to A's and B's. The teacher are willing to work with the students. My son loves IHS.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
This skool is very cool sometimes. The classes are to difficult for the level of the students.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2005
IHS is a good school for teenagers, their are no known gangs and the kids are very friendly. The sports teams are awsome and the set the standards for other schools

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
Nice Public High School.Teachers & Students are good quality people. The teachers are caring. The campus is clean.

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May 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
I have two daughters that have attended this high school. Most of my feedback is on the positive side. The administration is on top of things, and the teachers, for the most part, are more than willing to work with both student and parent, and are dedicated to their profession. The school is overcrowded, and therefore too many students per teacher ratio, but other than that,(and especially considering that), I believe the school is run quite well. One of my daughters needs a modified curriculum and I have been very pleased with that department and the way they have worked with her (and myself) to better her education, as well as her self-esteem. I think Ironwood is one of the better public high school around!

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April 25, 2004
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August 10, 2003
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Ironwood High School
6051 W. Sweetwater Ave., Glendale, AZ  85304
(623) 486-6400
Last modified Ironwood High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ironwood High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top