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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 3,000
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1501 W Guadalupe
Mesa, AZ 85202

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(480) 472-3075
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September 07, 2014
Many of my friends go to Dobson. Whenever I go to the football games I show my i.d. for the discount and when they see i'm from a different school I immediately got an attitude and was treated poorly as were my friends that go to Dobson. The staff is unbelievably rude. Even the security guards! The school does not seem very clean either, walking to the drinking fountain by the cafeteria I walked past more than 4 roaches and there was a huge spider by the drinking fountain. It was disgusting! I went to go home with my friend one day and I waited 3 MINUTES for their bell to ring and was talking to an old friend once it rang and about to leave, then the security guard knew I wasn't a student and threatened to have me arrested for being on campus, and got in my face and threatened me again! So rude.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2014
My daughter is an A student in her second year, but the only real problems have been her math teachers. They both have been very disorganized. They lose her homework all the time. My daughter has to keep track of her homework when turned in because many times it isn't accounted for. The math teachers also don't teach. Both of the ones we have had it is time for them to call it quits for teaching. Some of my daughters friends have had the same problem.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
This is my son's second year at Dobson and he has always been an A-B student. He has become very depressed at this school and his grades are slipping. I find that the teachers there are super overloaded and there are tons of discipline issues as well. The teachers are having a hard time keeping up with their loads and there seems to be lack of support from the top. The attendance staff is among the rudest I have ever dealt with which is absolutely unacceptable. I will say his counselor this year is great and helpful. Last year I would leave messages for both the counselor and vice principal and they literally would never call back. My son has never had a discipline problem, my calls were about classes and scholastic goals etc. The kind of calls parents should make. Something needs to happen quickly here as I believe both students and teachers are suffering which is damaging our children's learning. My son is in a class where some of the students literally harass the teacher and curse and speak loudly of drug use and abuse in front of the class. This also went on last year as well and it has not been addressed. This failure I believe is being ignored for need of funding. ;-(

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Dobson High School has developed a new system of keeping students in the classroom rather than suspending them. As a result, many teachers have to deal with students who are disrespectful towards them and/or other students. There are students who disrupt the learning environment for students who actually want to learn; and they do so without any real consequence. Administrators do not have teacher's back in regards to these students who create a non-learning environment in the class. Administrators will often "blame teachers" for student misbehavior, even if a teacher has used every classroom management technique possible. Avoidance is in the air, and students who break the rules, are aware of this. It is a statistical fact that "teacher satisfaction is at its all time low." Perhaps teachers are tired of spending all their time on classroom management, rather than actually teaching. Having a laxed attitude about discipline is setting the school up for a potential disaster(s). There is a popular cliche, "one bad apple ruins the bunch." Dobson High School prides themselves on "keeping the bad apples in the classrooms," ruining the learning for all.

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2014
Dobson is the best school there is ! DHS does not only wear blue we were dobson blue t he home color teachers are great everyone should go here ! There girls soccer program is amazing and so is every other sport gooooo mustangs

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2014
Dobson is a great highschool to go to,everyone is friendly ,teachers are good at helping ,I used to go to dobson a year ago & will be soon transfering back,one of the best schools in arizona that ive been too. Staff is ok .

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2014
After seeing the recent reviews, I'm glad to see it's not just my family having issues with Dobson. My daughter has always been a B-C student but this year (9th grade) her grades have slipped and she has come home frustrated saying the teacher don't teach the subject. I called several teachers and only received 1 call back and she was very rude on the phone because I was taking up her time. I tried calling the counselor several times, left messages, no call back. I called her asst principle and left several messages, no call back. Very frustrating.. I'll look for other options next year...

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
Dobson is horrible. This was my son's first year and the teachers are very rude and the principals seem to find ways to suspend or send home your kids. My son was sent home because he was 'not working' when he was sick at school. Crazy! We transferred to Chandler High and have had NO issues - I would recommend going there on open enrollment instead.. Dobson has serious issues and the 'new' principal doesn't seem to have a backbone to stop it.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
I have been attending Dobson since my freshman year, I am a senior now. The reason I only get Dobson two stars is because most of their staff is rude, irresponsible, and immature. More than a few of my teachers would talk about being friends with students on social networking sites. There were many occasions where favoritism was shown. The front office staff is not only rude to me and other students, but to parents also. One of my former teachers was under investigation for inappropriate behavior towards a peer of mine. The reason I did give two stars is because Dobson has a great band, choir, and orchestra. I am on the Dobson yearbook committee and I personally loved the experience of being able to be a part of it. I met new people through yearbook, I went to plenty of athletic events, I learned more than most people at Dobson did.

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2013
Not a very good school. Teachers are very disorganized and the office staff seem to dig for reasons to send kids home and suspend them. I moved my kids to a charter school where they are now very successful.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
my children went to mesa schools worst experience of my life and thiers.One of my kids graduated dobson high but not before the band teacher tore apart her dream.The rest of the band students were sleeping with each other and had thier own little click.The material the band teacher had them playing was boring and so far behind what my kid was doing in jr. high it wasnt funny,I tried talking to him about the issues and he kicks my kid out of band and broke her heart.I dispise mesa schools worst in the country.I can say they left lasting memories and nothing good.If you dont want your kid tramatized or you want a decent education for your child take them somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
The overall rating is deceiving because of comments from past years, and people should focus on more recent ratings and comments. I would not recommend this school. The administration at this school (particularly the Principal) and at the Mesa District do not listen and try to cover things up rather than fix problems. My student and I experienced disrespectful treatment and inappropriate behavior and a very defensive response to concerns that I raised. My student hated school and felt like a failure but has been excelling since we changed to a different school district. The new district listens to parents and students and has a better academic program.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
Lots of issues- counselors are unavailable, Witness a principal putting a student down in front of a parent and insulting the parent, allowing male security gaurds to touch and pat down female students, teachers rude and don't care in helping your child pass and graduate. My children came to a point where they just didnt even care. When tried ask questions or file a complaint, was ignored.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
This school has too many students for any of the staff to really care, and is very unorganized. The school is also very strict and have a "i dont care what you say, your in trouble no matter what" attitude. As a student at the school i highly recommend NOT attending this school. The budget cuts have just turned this once a great school into a below average school. Classes are overcrowded with a 30-35 students to 1 teacher ratio, lines at lunch are a usual 15-30 minute wait with very limited inside seating areas which is no fun in the 100degree and above weather. Sports are not exceptional here,except for swim,track,and cross country. On a high note the school exceeds in Speech and Debate and band. So ignore all the ratings from years ago because this school is not what it used to be.

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2011
I have one child who just graduated last year, another graduating this year and another in 9th grade. We have all been happy with Dobson. It's not perfect, but my children have had opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities and have had teachers who were interested in their progress. I do recommend Dobson, no school is perfect, but our family has been very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
Decent school, but if your child is an athlete, please do not go there. The athletic program is ignored and is not managed very well. In my opinion, a student must be well rounded. Academics is a must, but they also must have a high intensity release. my child has a full ride to one of the most respected engineering schools in the U.S. When they were a senior at Dobson, they were lucky to have a decent athletic program for them to have a serious release of tension. The lack of attention to a well balanced experience for the students does not exist at Dobson. Mt. View h.s. will continue to rule Mesa, because they make sure that subpar athletic directors survive while delivering zero.....

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
DHS is an amazing school! Especially if you want to be a part of the performing arts and excellerated classes! They teachers work very hard and they stay strong with all the budget cuts and most are always willing to set up a help. This year we added ninth grade so campus is a bit crowded, but not extremely crowded. It is as crowded as any average high school.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2011
My child graduated last year and now my 9th grader is there. WAY TOO OVERCROWDED!!! Don't send your child here! My cousin moved here & is sending his child to Chandler (he just lives a mi from Dobson) because of the HUGE CLASSROOM SIZES. ALSO VERY STRICT. My daughter decided to walk home; she cut through the church lot & Dobson security made her feel like a criminal-took her name, yelled at her, etc. She came home crying. I spoke to a police officer and he said he would have cut through the lot too. They rarely even get to eat lunch as the lines are too long! If they are lucky enough to get lunch they have 5 min left to eat it and have to go outside in 100 degree hear because the cafeteria is packed! When they added 9th graders this year they made offices into classrooms!! Some classes were standing room only. The teachers and staff dont return calls until the 2nd or even 3rd time. Teachers rarely available after school to help students. I could go on and on...

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
Unresponsive administration, poor communication, overcrowded campus, and substandard. I would not recommend this school to people.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
my son is special education. just started dobson he got confused and didn't go to his last class. he mistaked his 5th hr class for his 6th hr class. witch he started school on a friday. on monday they gave him in school suppention. staff does not understand learning disablities. punishment to harsh for an honest misunderstanding. asistant principle needs more education about childre with disablities.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
The school itself is alright. Kids are fairly descent but the school is really outdated and the campus is slowly withering away. The football team is an absolute joke, GO COACH JACOBSON! No really, please go away coach. On average, all their sports teams tend to be mediocre at best. Band and speech/debate are the actual strength here. Staff for the greater part is caring but tensions are running high as the school district is falling apart from the top down. The last three years we have seen enrollment drop an average of 2300 kids each year, which puts the district in dire financial turmoil. If ya got a choice, send your kids to Tempe, they're more stable.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2010
Great extracurricular activities and clubs - like Speech and Debate, Language clubs, Dance. Their Band and Orchestra groups are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Dobon High School takes a student wanting to excel and to do their best, and gives them oppertunities that anyone could just stumble upon. I have been apart of Dobson's performing arts, which are among the finest anyone could ask for. After joining clubs that involve the mentally disabled classes i know that the teachers there are superb and doing the best they can. Also the honors,CP, AA, AP, etc. classes are designed to prepare students for what they will be facing as they are in the years that will shape the rest of their life. Dobson as well has a good selection of languages that are offered to the students, all of which are a good stepping stone to a college. Dobson is a great school that has an excellent number of good aspects.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2010
I attended this school 10 years ago and it set me up for my full ride scholarship to Northern Arizona University! Dobson gave me the foundation to pursue my dream career.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
it has a great band and sports

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
Three of my grandchildren have attended Dobson High. I feel the faculty is some of the best in the country.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 10, 2009
All of the parents that are ragging on Dobson obviously have little insight. Dobson is an amazing school. Excellent teachers. I currently attend Dobson and couldn't ask for a better place to learn. And for the parents who are complaining about students writing reviews on this website: Don't we as students know better than anyone the way that dobson works and the oppurtunities it offers? Any student who wants to learn has a great oppurtunity at Dobson. It is your job as a parent to light a fire under your child, that is not the job of the teacher. Especially in high school.

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2008
good school.learning deparment perfect 10 out of 10 for dobson! go mustangs!

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2008
It seems that the good ratings are from Students who think that they are better than those who do not get good grades or did not have the best experience. I was under the impression that this was a parent review. Well being a Parent having one child graduate with honors at a different high school and the other have very disinterested teachers and a not so good faculty at Dobson. As well as a not so good learning experience. I would have to say that Dobson failed my second student. It can't be the Theory of the parenting if one was honor role and the other wasn't. fortunately the promise of an education is not just for kids that it comes easy to. Therefore good teachers should be prepared to teach every individual student and realize their individual needs. My student enjoyed the music program.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
I teach at the college level. I have graduate multiple degrees, most from top 15 programs. Dobson was a great school about 4-5 years ago. Today it is so bad I am pulling my child out. They teach only to tests. The teachers are incompetent and confuse academic rigor and care with demeaning and intellectually abusing the students. This results in poorly prepared student that dislike learning.prepared

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
I love this school! They actually invite parents to be a part of the campus and excel in community relations. Their extracurricular activities are excellent and they have more clubs than any other school in the valley.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
my son goes to dobson and i would not have him go to any other school the music department is one of the best in the state and they do show they care for the students

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2008
Dobson did a great job in preparing my son for college. His scores earned him an academic scholarship to one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Not only is he ready for this challenge, he is confident and looking forward to it, thank-you Dobson.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
I am currently a student at Dobson, and yes, some teachers seems disinterested, but that's only when students aren't driven. I've taught summer schools and know there is nothing worse than seeing a bunch of interested students, and then trying to act interested in them. When the class is involved, the courses are amazing. The teachers are extremely intelligent and encourage free-thinking and enlightenment to reach conclusions. The staff attends to each students needs and strives to allow every student to achieve greatness. Dobson also has unrivaled school pride and the clubs offered at Dobson are top-notch. Environmental clubs, sports clubs, academic clubs all aim to better, not only our community, but also society as a whole. I can honestly say that I am proud to be a Mustang due to the great staff, courses, and clubs.

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
I attended Dobson High School and graduated in 2006. In my opinion, this school has everything that a good parent should be looking for. If a student puts effort into their classes and studies, they will succeed. However, students who don't put in there all should attend another school. This school is to prepare you for college, not to goof around. Even so, students who do put in there all, have a good time and are able to goof around when appropriate. Dobson is a great school. It prepares you for the things you'll need to be successful in life.

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2008
All of these parents below who talk about Dobson as being a place where your kid wont learn anything obviously don't have very driven kids. I am a proud senior at Dobson who has worked very very hard to recieve good grades because of the rigorous coursework and challenging classes. I have had some amazing teachers who have done nothing but prepare me for college classes and have had others who teach college classes currently. If your child has an educational disability then I cant speak for them, but if you have a student who is eager to learn much like I am, they should have no problem preparing for college. Don't rag on a school you know little about, please. Dobson is a great school and that is why it gets top marks year after year.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2008
Horrible adminstration, arrogant disinsterested teachers, illusory rating. Your honor student, an average stuent will be ignored. Sorry, I woul not sen my kids (3) here again.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
The staff and faculty seem to not want to be bothered with giving the best education. There a a few good teachers but overall the admin and most teachers seem to not want to teach. If your child has any learning disabilities, don't send her here. She will be on her own. Music program seems selective. Faculty very defensive and not supportive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2007
In addition to the excellent AP teaching staff, Dobson also has a wide variety of excellent extracurricular events. Their speech and debate team especially creates an inviting and fulfilling atmosphere for students.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
My son is a sophomore at Dobson High School. I deliberately bought a home in the Dobson area because of the school, upon moving into the area. I have found the staff to be extremely helpful and courteous, and the faculty responsive and dedicated. Perhaps most importantly, my son loves it. And that is critical to success.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
I think Dobson high has a very excellent extracurricular activities program. There is a variety of music arts programs and have an outstanding sports teams. My son plays football for the Dobson Mustangs and the coaches are great and really seem to care about thier athletes. The teachers are great and take the time out of there day to call or email me my students progress.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
I am currently a junior who grew up in a very small town with few extracurricular activities, and little academic promise. This being said, this school has been amazing. It offers a plethra of clubs for nearly every intrest a teenager could have, whether it be school related or not. Also, there are numerous chances to look towards the future, as Dobson has ties to several in state colleges as well as military recruiters so students may evaluate their options. The academic teams are a force to be reckoned with as well, placing very high in state, and often times national competitions. It's true that some of the teachers and classes leave something to be desired, but many of them are amazing. They'll help you until you can stand on your own two feet, and try to teach you to be a better person along the way.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2007
I am currently a Senior at Dobson and I can honestly say that I am really going to miss this school. Every teacher I've had has been phenomenal, they obviously love their job and especially love their students. Arizona has a reputation for having the worst schools in the country, if that is in fact true, rest assured that Dobson is a diamond in the ruff. But where the true quality of this school shines brightest is in the extracurricular activities. The sports programs are thriving, and the music department is the greatest in the state and among the best in the country, I myself play in the band and it's been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. If that is hard to believe, feel free to attend a few concerts. I wouldn't trade my experience and knowledge gained at Dobson for anything.

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2006
I'm currently a senior at Dobson High and can honestly say that Dobson in general is a good school to attend. I'm in two choirs this year, not only because I like performing, but because Dobson has possibly the best high school music program in the state. Just last year, Mr.Evans, was named music educator of the year. Not only that, but the concert choir and full symphonic orchestra took 1st place in a national competition this past year. Dobson is also very accomodating for Honors students, and allows for the accelerated student to really excel. Dobson's teachers, in general, are above average, but there are also many teachers who teach regular classes that are way below par. Socially I've found Dobson to be very relaxed, and that cliques don't exist at all. We're a pretty friendly school. A new Principal came this year, so I can't give an opinion yet.

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2006
Dobson has incredible academic programs. There are many opportunities for students to delve into learning. The teachers instructing students are among the best and their high level of commitment to students' learning is a model that should be followed statewide. This school has it all...academics, athletics, and fine arts. Mesa is fortunate to have the Dobson community within its city limits.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
The music and extra-curricular programs are phenomenal! Most students can quickly find a place on campus where they feel comfortable. Other academic teams, such as Academic Decathalon, Math Team, Speech and Debate, and We The People, are worthy investments. The music program does well to work together as a department, and none of the three programs (band, orchestra, choir) overshadow eachother, but rather work to supplement eachother. With all that said and done, the quality of teachers is severely lacking.

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 30, 2006
Dobson High School is overall an excellent school. Academics are strong, with a wide variety of course offerings. There are also many extracurricular opportunities available to students that are competitive among the best. One major complaint about Dobson High School is lack of teacher quality. There are a few very good teachers but only a few. . However, while there is room for improvement, Dobson High School is a good school to attend.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
My daughter homeschools, but takes Chemistry at Dobson. We really like the teachers, and she is doing well. Dobson has been very accomadating with regards to her absences due to surgery, etc. Although I would hesitate sending her fulltime, we have been pleased with the classes she has taken there.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
Dobson is the school to attend if your child is interested in excellence in academics, performing arts, and athletics. The teachers are knowledgable, the staff friendly, and the coaches dedicated. Dobson is the epitome of excellenc, and I am glad my student has the opportunity to attend.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2005
My whole family went to dobson high school and are very happy with the teachers and the level of education provided.

- submitted by a former student
July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
As a former student, I loved Dobson! I am actually from the Gilbert Unified District, but I am extremely happy that I attended Dobson. My experience first at Hendrix and then at Dobson was much more enriching and enjoyable and productive than at Gilbert schools. I learned a large quantity and everything has helped me prepare for college. I thank all of the teachers and staff and highly recommend Dobson High School.

- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2005
Dobson High School is a great school. They have so many things for the kids to do like chorus, band, orchestra, sports, etc.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
Dobson High is a high quality school with many programs for gifted students as well as ungifted students. The music program is excellent.

- submitted by a former student
April 29, 2005
Dobson has high academic standards and great performing arts classes. The music programs always earn high accolades at competitions.

- submitted by a former student
April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
It is a very good school the staff is very friendly and the kids are ver open minded.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 24, 2005
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March 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
I find the techers at Dobson to be experienced and highly motivated to continue in their carreer ladder. I have no experience in the sports or arts but the teams and coaches perform with honor. Most parents work and I have not seen a lot of parent physical envolvement, however, never a need to ask twice for donations.

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2005
I love this school. I have graduated and now my son is gradution. Great job.

- submitted by a former student
November 04, 2004
Dobson is a spacious, open school. There are so many students and so many extra-curricular activities to choose from. Many experienced, awesome teachers. Safety is a big concern, expecially at lunch time with their open campus at lunch. Good teacher/parent communication.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2004
Two children have graduated from Dobson and moved on to ASU. Daughter has 3.8 at ASU after first year. Still have two left attending Dobson. The teachers, staff, and programs have been excellent! I am extremely impressed with every aspect of their education.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My daughter graduated May of '03' and is at ASU now.The eduacation that Dobson provided to her was outstanding. She is MORE than prepared for college. She is wondering when it will become a 'Challenge for her?'

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2003
For the parent thinking about sending their 5th grader to Dobson: Testing experts caution parents not to assume that the scores, high or low, truly reflect a child's progress or a school's quality. Parents need to visit the school and examine what's being taught, said Jeanne Miyaska of WestEd, an education research laboratory. 'A parent ought to get beyond a single test score before they make a judgment,' Miyaska said. 'When you look at a score in a newspaper, it's difficult to interpret what's going on at the school.'

- submitted by a former student
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Dobson High School
1501 W Guadalupe, Mesa, AZ  85202
Last modified Dobson 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.
Dobson High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top