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Blue Ridge High School

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Posted May 29, 2014

I am in total agreement with this parent. How many athletes end up in professional sports as a career beyond HS? I am guessing less than 0.1%. Yet the students that want to MAKE SOMETHING of their lives through education- are unimportant to this school district. They receive little to NO support from the district. There have been some great teachers- dedicated teachers...the district could care less-and have instead made these instructors feel they have no worth. This school is disintegrating before our eyes. The students that have made SO much effort to succeed have been pushed aside - sports wins. Education loses. Disgusting. Glad my child has only a year to go. So very sad that the kids coming up are going to pay the price for the ineptitude of this district. BRUSD- you have thrown our children's future into the gutter. WHY ISN'T THE STATE STEPPING IN TO MAKE THIS RIGHT? OOOPS-- I forgot. This is Arizona. AZ believes in nothing
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2014

This school is terrible! For the past three years they have been cutting programs and extracurricular classes. They push to have children on IEP's openly stating the increase in funding they in turn receive for that child. They have had a different academic schedule, number of classes, number of credits available to be earned and varying requirements for graduation for each of the last 3 academic years. The earliest they release their school calendar is May for the following year. Last year they did not release it until late June classes started mid-July. The school will answer anybody's questions and give information on any staff member or student over the phone or in person. There is no attempt to protect privacy. The textbooks are outdated. Library hours are restricted, by appointment only typically booked months in advance. The school is in dire financial straits.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted February 12, 2014

Blue Ridge is honestly a terrible school. The teachers and staff can be helpful occasionally, but on the whole they're pretty disappointing. There's a ridiculous emphasis on sports as opposed to education. The administration definitely seems more focused on athletes than college-bound students, even if they pretend to be all for 'excellence in education.' The facilities are almost laughably dilapidated and most textbooks are several decades old. The only hope this school has of improving is a serious change in perspective and a drastic change in policy.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 13, 2011

The teachers here are rather supportive when it comes to achieving goals. But so many things are over looked. Drugs, bullying, disruptive behavior, you name it. Athletes are given specialized treatment; a slap on the wrist is the worst punishment they receive. The bullying here may not be as severe as some schools in Phoenix, but it still does exist. On a higher note, many of the students here are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They are respectful, kind, and responsible. As is the school staff. They'll help you in almost any situation.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 11, 2010

Blue Ridge High School has the best academic and sports programs. They help our kids achieve their goals, not only in school, but also after graduation!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2010

I feel the quality of education is next to none, and class size the standardized test performance ranks very high.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 27, 2008

As a parent of a 2007 Blue Ridge High School and a crrent sophomore, my spouse and I have been very satisfied with this district. As with any small and rural high school, the breadth of academic offerings is not what you will find in the larger metropolitan areas. However, the relationships between teachers and students are good, and customized programs for high achievers are available with parent commitment. The more involved you become as a parent with this district, the more you will appreciate the level of quality and dedication that is available to your children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2008

Blue Ridge School enjoys broad community support as evidenced by voter approval of all the bonds passed in the last 20 years. A new campus has been constructed in 2008 for the junior high school. Teacher retention is good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 1, 2008

Blue Ridge used to be one of the best schools in the State. With the new administration, many changes have occurred, most have been negative. I wish there was some alternative. I would send my kids there in a heart beat. The citizens of Pinetop-Lakeside are stuck with what we have, which isn't very good. In effective counselors, poor course choices, unless you want CTE, teachers who are closed minded, and administrators who seemingly don't have a clue about the problems with drugs at their school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2007

Very petty atmosphere in sports. Punitive minded officials. Academics are lackluster but what else can we do... we live here?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2007

I am impressed with the overall performance from the staff at this school. They are faced with very different challenges than the teachers and administrators from my day. They all deserve our respect. The old website for Blue Ridge used to contain a feature where a parent could check the student grades and attendance at any given moment. That came in handy between progress reports and report cards. I suggest that you bring that back. It was very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 3, 2005

Blue Ridge is a typical small rural school. The counseling staff is lacking, as are opportunities for high achievers (honors and AP courses).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2004

This school is a great school. A lot of great achievers. Would recommend it to new residents to the area.
—Submitted by a staff

Posted August 11, 2004

I think that Blue Ridge High needs to pay more attention to the drug issues that accur on campus.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2003

It is a pretty good school but they shouldnt focus so much on football.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 14% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 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 39%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1200 W White Mountain Blvd
Lakeside, AZ 85929
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