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Moon Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 1483 students

 

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16 reviews of this school


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Posted April 23, 2013

This school has the best teachers that go the extra mile to help the students achieve!!!! I love this school and I am so glad both my children have attended this school. It is an amazing school with a caring staff!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

Great school! Lots of spirit and school involvement as well as great teachers who care about their students and are always available for help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

The staff of teachers are great! You can really tell that everyone who is working here puts a lot of effort into the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Great students, great teachers, great administrators!


Posted November 29, 2008

I'm a freshman football player and so far i love mvhs, noproblem here
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2008

I am an alumni from here and well all the teachers are great they encourage you to work hard and are there for you if you need help.


Posted August 22, 2008

i WAS a junior at MVHS, mostly all of the teachers are great, and encourage you to go before and after school for help. Although, the assistant principals and what not, are WAYY to concerned about rules and our overly strict. Also, the girl cliques here are aweful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2008

i on the other hand find the Moon Valley theatre to be an excellent program for the students. it has got them involved and helped them achieve their highest goals in life. Confidence, Loyalty, Friendship, and Devotion. My daughter has been involved for only 2 years and it has changed her life in a positive way. those who believe this theatre is a distraction or problem on the campus should reconsider going to a different school...MV theatre is one of the best things thats happened to Moon Valley. It started a Pam McCentire Scholarship and isnt even allowed to participate with it. its won best Club on Campus and brings out the school spirit even more than the StuCo.. i guess im just one of the few people who sees the great things MV theatre brings..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

Moon Valley is an excellent High School compared to many others in the area. The one area that I can find fault with it the Theatre program. It is very difficult to get into theatre and when recently a musical play was presented only one person from chorus was 'allowed' to take part. Everyone who wishes to tryout should be allowed to and not just the honored few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

MVHS is an excellent school. The faculty strives to provide high quality education for all students and truly believes in the school motto, 'Success, every student, every day.' MVHS is a school in which the education and welfare of students is of the highest priority.


Posted November 2, 2005

I wasn't given the option of choosing a different high school. I was stuck going here & I disliked the theatre program so much (it was vastly inferior to my previous HS in CA) that I stopped doing theatre until college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 10, 2005

I dont like Moon Valley.My daughter is a senior there and she has had a few good teachers but many are not good instructors, they get caught up in the politics of whose who, especially if your child wants to be in sports. If your kid is 'popular' no problem, but if they are not popular and especially if they are a minority, dont go to moon valley if you have a choice. I feel sorry for the few teachers and coaches who really care about all kids, but they are being undermined by those who are not there for all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2004

I had wonderful teachers that went the extra mile for me. I was not into sports so I didn't get any special treatment there, I just did my school work and attended classes everyday and I graduated with an advanced diploma!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 1, 2003

If they don't teach, coach or clean, get rid of them. The school system lacks male leadership from the principle on down. The school system is too top heavy.


Posted September 9, 2003

THis school is a great school to go to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2003

I am not a parent, but I am a senior at this school. The graduation rate is only low not because of stupidity, but because I have had multipul friends drop out only to go get jobs to help their family. This is a good school, but too focused on things such as football and not enough to help programs like fire science and NJROTC.


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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.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
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 "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 51% 42%
Hispanic 35% 42%
Black 6% 5%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 6%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

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
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (623) 915-8070

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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3625 W Cactus Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85029
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Phone: (623) 915-8000

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