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Sun Valley High School

Charter | 9-12 | 485 students

Our school is known for its unique vocational programs and credit recovery.

 
 

Living in Mesa

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $75,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $760.

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4 stars

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Posted June 15, 2013

I Love Sunvalley I Just Started Going In April And I Like All the teachers they are so caring and they make you feel like you are going to do well in life even if your feeling down they care and ask how you are. They really care about your education and life after school.I also love the priciple he is the best.


Posted April 18, 2012

I am a former staff member at Sun Valley High School, and I feel it necesary I express my honest opinions on this school. Sun Valley provides a safe, nurturing and condusive learning environment for the students. They provide a second chance for many studen'ts because not only the teachers but also the staff firmly believe in the success of the individual. They continue to change their programs to assist the students future marketability. I believe the principal is one of the greatest leaders and a wonderful mentor for many students. I would reccommend this school to student's looking for quality education and teachers.


Posted August 10, 2011

Sun Valley is a great school. Excellent teachers and staff. Always very helpful with whatever you need. Everyone is extremely friendly. Great curriculum and programs to join.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2011

I went to Sun Valley to find out how many credits my daughter needs to graduate next year. The teachers were so nice and really care about the students. I was excited when I found out their was a nursing program! I would recommend this school to any one.I will be a proud parent knowing my daughter graduated from Sun Valley High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

The staff & teachers at Sun Valley are great. Teachers give 100% effort in trying to get to know the students personally and they really care. I wish I knew about Sun Valley when I first moved from California. I am proud to graduate from SVHS & I would recommend this school to anyone especially those who are behind in their credits.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2011

Sun Valley has been the best high school I have been to. They give people a chance when other schools turn them away. I have never been so excited to to to school and learn until I came to Sun Valley. The staff and teachers are super nice and very helpful. Sun Valley has inspired me to do better in every aspect of my life. I am grateful to have had the chance to come here. I've learned skills that other schools couldn't provide. Sun Valley is not just a school to me but a family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2010

i lam a perant who allowed the child to go to sunvalley when my child got there she was at the end 10 grade with only 2 credits and always getting in trouble by her senior year she had 17 credits she had to go back the next your for a block but she did it without sunvalley i dont think she could have finisher school cause no other school would take her in so i thank sunvalley for eveything that they did
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

i loved sun valley high!!! I got pregnant my 2 year in high school and at dobson high they didnt help me with nothing so i dropped out. when my son turned 6 months i enrolled at sun valley i did 2 years inhalf of criedts my signor year and i graduated on time . sun valley helps you!! best school ever!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2009

Good Introductions from Office staff and Vice Principal today on an unannounced visit. Very knowledgable and helpful .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

Awesome school! I learned a lot while I was there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

I would caution anyone who is thinking about enrolling their student in this school. The web site made it seem like such a safe caring environment, when in fact it is not. Academic standards are extremely low and teachers seem to have little or no control. Sudents are basicially allowed to cuss, threaten, and disrupt as they wish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

hi i had been at sun valley high schol two years ago.I would like to say that this is a great school,because i had good experiencies en every class.Ihad learned english.Teacher are so excelents you feel like in your house when you have a question or when you have a problem.Sun valley high school is worried about students and their progress always.I would like to sai thank you to my teachers because I am in college now and I know so many things that i had learned at sun valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

I currently attend sunvalley and honestly love this school.I used to hate school until I came here the teachers and staff and the students are nice and laid back.I will always remember my school after I graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2008

I've always hated school. When I was a Sophomore in HS I told my parents that I needed to graduate ASAP or I might not make it through HS. We found Sun Valley and I am so glad that we did. I graduated my Junior year in the top 10% of my class and received a Scholarship. The teachers there are awesome - they actually CARE about each and every student... I've never experienced that any where else. If your child hates school, they may love Sun Valley. They care about helping you succeed and change any negative in your life. I would strongly recommend this school to anyone that was falling behind or was thinking about dropping out...get a real diploma at a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

This is a great school. My son lost interest in school until we found Sun Valley. Teachers are awsome and the principal is the best. Give your kids the gift of knowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

I am a past student who graduated from Sun Valley in '07. With there help I am now in College as a presidential scholar. This school helped me get focused on what was important and get me life back on track. I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2007

Sun Valley is a great school, perfect for exchange students as you concentrate on a subject for a longer period of time. The teachers are helpful and the student body is diverse. I see no reason why this school has a lower scored than Highland, other than a lack of sport programs. I am impressed with the faculty and the flexibility of schedule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

sun valley is a school for second chances and new begginings. the staff is the best i have seen yet.... considering i have gone to many school...... this is the one i love the most and succeed the most
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2007

Teachers are of the best quality, compassionate, caring, educated individuals. Safety is top priority, cameras and officers on duty. Open to parent involvement. Concentrates on academics not dress codes etc...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2007

This school isn't only for troubled kids. My child is a 4.0 student, National Honor Society with one of the top AIMS grades for 2007. She will be able to graduate as a junior due to their computer in class program and at home independent studies. They are strict with attendence and Fridays are make up or tutor days. You cannot get this from a public school. Oh, Teachers are top notch, security as well. Happy, Happy, Happy with this school.
—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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


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

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
Hispanic 62% 43%
White 25% 42%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Vista Grove Preparatory Academy
Colleges most students attend after graduation Mesa Community College
Chandler Gilbert Community Col
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • IT support

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 5:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Joe Procopio
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 497-1314

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • CNA and Pharmacy Tech
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • National Honor Society
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
More from this school
  • Sun Valley High School proudly serves the community of northeast Mesa and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our school programs are designed to help students succeed beyond their high school years. Our block schedule offers the opportunity for students to tailor their school day around their own lives. Our attendance hours run from 7:45am to 5:30pm to allow students the opportunity to have a flexible schedule within those times. Sun Valley High School is waiting for you!
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Vista Grove Preparatory Academy

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Mesa Community College
Chandler Gilbert Community Col
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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1143 S Lindsay Rd
Mesa, AZ 85204
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Phone: (480) 497-4800

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