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Sunrise Mountain High School

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Posted August 4, 2013

I am an alumni from Sunrise Mountain. I watched this school go from good to awful in a matter of four years. Several amazing teachers left or are now teaching the University High program. I only had four teachers who seemed to excel at their job; one of them now teaches for uni-high and the other left. The English department is decent, but the math department--at least the teachers I had--is awful. If your child is lazy or not very good at math don't send them here. The guidance isn't the best; I would sign up for classes, choose back ups, and then would be put in random classes I had no interest in. Once I was not even given a second period and had a small variety in what I could take. This school is very cliquey. It's not just the cheerleaders--it's everyone. The theater kids don't talk to the jocks and the jocks don't talk to the science club and the science club doesn't talk to student council and so on. My favorite part about this school was football games. The team doesn't always win but they are fun. Make sure you or your child joins a sport or club so they have a group to go with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2013

I moved into the school district for this school after much research moving from out of state. I am not one of the wealthy but it is worth it to have a house in this neighborhood for the school. I had two daughters attend Sunrise Mountain with great results and are such great college students because of the advanced learning they recieved. I have a 12 year old about to enter University high advanced early highschool program at SMHS and am so excited about the challenge. If your child is easily led astray or not a hard worker the enviornment may not be for you but if they are academically advanced it is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

So as a graduate student from Sunrise Mountain High School, I am greatly appreciative for all the preparation it has put me through. The administration can be a bit strict in some aspects and more lax in others, but no one is perfect. Our safety has greatly improved since 2006 due to the on campus police officer that has really straightened out many of our students. The faculty is lively and fun and very understanding. we have some absolutely amazing teachers that really have made a difference in every students' life. Our test scores are great, our sports are phenomenal (even football is improving), our student council wins several top ranked awards every year, and clubs continue to pop up all the time. If there are any problems that i would agree with in previous statements, dress code can be sketchy at times (but isn't that mainly the parent's fault?), drug levels have dropped drastically, and the amount of partiers is equal to any other high school in the area. The honors program is great and I know without it I wouldn t be getting the amazing grades that I am currently getting in college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2011

Brought my daughter here after moving to west side. She struggled, ever the "social butterfly." Lots of drug issues at this school, like everywhere else, but the students at this school have MONEY. Sorry, not into keeping up with the joneses. Staff is indifferent to rules, from the principal on down. They don't dress code (so the girls mostly look like your favorite drunk celeb) and they don't insist that students follow a proper decorum (excessive making out in hallways, etc. staff does nothing). Some teachers are keepers; most are unsympathetic to student personal issues. GLAD my daughter's graduated, but Sunrise did its share of damage...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Hi, I am one of the students of the largest graduating class of 2009! I can't say enough how much I will miss my teachers and even some of my classes. Although there didn't seem to be much school spirit among the majority of students most of the time, there were always a group of fellow students dressed up in our school colors cheering our school on. One thing I didn't much like during my years at sunrise was how our choice of buying soda was taken away yet they left the many unhealthy salty food choices on the menu which seemed kind of hypocritical. I would have much rather had less unhealthy food and kept the soda to help keep me awake during class even if it is not really healthy. Also I didn't like how the school prohibited leaving campus for lunch for Seniors. Overall, best memories!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

I just graduated from Sunrise and the teachers are great and I made some really great friends
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2007

I'm really happy with the education my son is getting. Of course, it all comes back to parental expectations, support and involvement. Too many parents expect to drop their kids off and pick them up 4 years later. BTW we do have a hockey team/club for two seasons now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

I am a recent graduate of Sunrise Mountain High School and i think it is an awesome school! They have been so helpful and the teachers are the most caring i have every known. The only thing that I did not like was the lack of school spirit. But i can not say the the staff and student council didn't try. I liked attending Sunrise so much that I am hoping to go back as a history teacher. All in all I would send my children to Sunrise in the future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 6, 2007

Sunrise Mountain is a terrific school I have two seniors who are about to graduate. One of my son's has a small learning disability and they really worked with me to create an IEP(individual education plan)that worked for him and look he's graduating this year and he's more confidant of him self because of this.I have two older girls who went to this school also and they loved it too. The teachers are great! Keep up the good work Sunrise I have three more coming up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2007

Probobaly the worst school in the distric of peoria. Most likely the worst in the state of Arizona
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2006

I believe this school has many issues one and most important is the teachers lack of support when a student is struggling they don't seem to make an effort to help the students succeed .. I also belive the school has a safety issue. I don't think the students feel that they are safe and they also feel unsupported by the staff. It appears that the school is focused to Highly on sports and AIMS testing and everything else falls to the side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2006

I am saddened to hear that some are disappointed with the administration because they have been extremely supportive and worked hard to insure the students' safety. From attending the school for four years I have noticed how many students are angry at the extra precautions the administration has taken as well as the extra security that has been hired. Extracurricular activities are also plentiful and though certain clubs may not be existent, if the students can find a sponsor, they can have a club. Students who want to be involved have many opportunities if they try. I've had the privilege of leading 5 and being involved in 7. The teachers are also amazing and have continually looked after the students. Though not all perfect, many have been State, District, and Nationally recognized. Sports are a high priority and the athletes work extremely hard in fundraising to support the Athletic
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 23, 2006

Sunrise Mountain High, is a great school, but they do lack greatly appreciative teachers, and the school makes it hard for students to create clubs, they also have a minimal amount of clubs and activities,......but they have a great range in sports. I feel they could use a hockey team, because for many years students have tried to create one, and the school just turns it all down. So that is why I give Sunrise Mountain an overall 3 on the rating scale.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2006

My daughter attended this school for one year, then we moved, but then was the best school out of the 5 she attended before. We love the teacher and the invlovement with the parents, teacher, and staff. The safety of the students is amazing. The extra curricular activities is great. I wish there was a SMHS up here is Prescott Valley with all of her friends and the same teachers and everything. She really misses it a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2006

This year will be my daughter's 2nd year attending SMHS. I love this school & I am very proud to say that my daughter attends this school! - I am impressed by the support of the parents and teachers. Go Mustangs! Have a great new year students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

I believe this school has a safety issue. I don't think the students feel that they are safe and feel unsupported by the staff. It appears that the school is focused on sports and AIMS testing and everything else falls to the side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

I give this school a grade of C-. I have been extremely disappointed with poor safety practices and a lack of action on the administrators part. They appear to turn a deaf ear on real issues, but focus on the issues that make them stand out i.e sports or the label of Excelling school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

'Both my children have gone to DTE since they were 5 years old. DTE is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you DTE for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world! '
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

Sunrise Mountain HS is a big disappointment. I am not happy with the administration and their relaxed methods regarding safety for the students. Things that you would not expect in this location. The teachers are better, but the administrators are the decision makers unfortunately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

Good school but cost of other educations like mustang academy is not used for education but for football.
—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.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
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 75% 42%
Hispanic 15% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Choir / Chorus

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  • Basketball
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  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

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21200 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382
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