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9-12
Public
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,232

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1700 E. Union Hills Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85024

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(602) 449-5000
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August 24, 2014
This is one of the worst schools in the district. This is my 2nd year at North Canyon. Staff is awful and so are the students. All the teachers I have had do not know how to teach their classes. They do not care about anything that happens outside of the classrooms. For example bullying. It's happening all around our campus and none of them do anything to stop it. If they see a fight, they will split it because it's something thats forced for staff. If they had the choice, I'm 99.9% positive they would just walk away. Our students are so rude to one another. I'm sure that this happens at all schools, but staff could do a little better at stopping it. Our sports program is alright. If you're a parent that is reading this, I strongly recommend a different school choice.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2014
North Canyon High School is a terrible school and I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. This is my first year here and I already hate it. The staff in the main office is always rude. The staff can never answer any of my questions, plus I have to talk to a million people. And at the end of the day you still have no answers.

- submitted by a community member
June 20, 2014
I was very pleased with this school, initially. But over the years, I have seen changes in teachers, and course materials, and have not been impressed with those changes. NCHS went from a four or five star to below average. If you live in this area and are academically inclined, I would recommend Basis Phoenix or PV's Crest as much better and even safer choices.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
my school is a great school and i dont wanna never wanna gradute my teachers are the best i love beth zollars she is my favorite teacher

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2014
As a substitute teacher I was treated very disrespectfully by the students. Several students had to be removed from the classroom due to disruptive behaviors and choosing to waste classroom learning time. The office sent the rowdy students back to my classroom and told Me to deal with it. The hallways were dangerously noisy between classes and I was afraid to leave the room to see what was happening.

- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2014
This is by far the worst school in Arizona.. They show no appreciation in their students they wouldn't even let them bring flowers or balloons on valentines day now ain't that going a bit too far? And the teachers just don't care to respond to parents or post grades until the last hour before report cards so you never know your actual grade in the course.. Should have went to paradise valley high.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2013
I am really impressed with the faculty. They are the best I've seen in a long time. The school spirit is fantastic. I have noticed that they expect the kids to be responsible for their actions, which a high school student should be. I have seen quite a few overly involved parents that are annoying when on campus but I guess you see that everywhere. I guess like anything else in life, you get what you put into it.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
North Canyon is certainly not the best school around...but none of them are! I would home school if I were more confident with what kids are learning these days. My daughter is in her third year here and loves some things and doesn't like some others. She started in the IB program and did quite well but her interests were elsewhere when it came to the restrictive classes she would have to take in IB. She quickly found out that she was bored in a regular classroom so has taken several honors classes instead of IB. I think that some teachers need to gain more authority over the students in their classes and others are really great teachers. I think some students (or the quality of some students) are what brings this school down. Some are there to "just hang out" or to cause trouble, not to learn. Those kinds of attitudes can infect an entire community such as a school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
This school lacks the leadership and professionalism to make it an adequate place of learning. Dean of students spreads rumors of how inadequate leadership runs the school. I was not impressed with the academics at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
I'm sorry. But i attended this school all four years of high school and if you are a parent I HIGHLY suggest choosing another school. Almost all of the teachers I had taught us by turning on a video and sitting at their desk the whole day. A lot of us felt like we were screwed out of an education, there was only a couple good teachers are you are lucky if you get them over the four years.

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2012
Worst school around this area! Ruined my son! Between allowing students to bully telling victims to "get over it", allowing students to skip classes over dozens of times with no communication to parents and when we tried to get involved we were told when he was only 16 "we expect them to be responsible for themselves and their actions and not to rely on parents" I should have switched schools! My daughter has just begun her freshman year at another school which was rated americas best school...look into that and take your child there! Rude, disorganized, and horrible test scores why would anyone go to North Canyon?! The police and fire department had to go there this morning the 2nd day of school!! Please post this every parent needs to know, we didnt and our son still struggles!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I graduated from NCHS in 2007. I have never loved anything more. Threre are all kinds of activities to do: Student Government, Mentors, IB/AP, Peer Mediators, AVID, Tutor, Play a sport, join orchestra or band and the list goes on. As long as you get involved and do your homework you will do well at this school. As far as the diversity goes... I feel as if exposure to all the different kinds of people made me the person I am today. A better person. A person who' going to College to be a teacher because of this school. Most of the teachers are amazing, some are not, but that is expected with any school. The administration is decent. They get back to you with your concerns within ample time, but they only focus on the bad kids. But overall I loved going here!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2010
I am currently attending NCHS in the honors/IB/MYP and have never hated attending school this much. The teachers are poor, as they do not explain assignments and expect you to figure it out for yourself. When I read it was a '7', I laughed. The students and staff have a long was to go before they're even a '5'.

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January 16, 2010
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November 06, 2009
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October 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 27, 2009
I sincerely hope no other child or parent is treated as poorly as my daughter and I were as she is a victim of a harrassing bully. It seems the VP is more concerned with protecting the school's image rather than my daughter's safety. I give NCHS a big 'F-'.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 28, 2008
Our family loves North Canyon. We have had 3 students attend IB/AP and are thrilled with the academics, counseling dept., administration and many fantastic teachers. The sports are competitive and coaches have the athletes best interests at heart. North Canyon has given our kids a head start with their future by pushing them academically and supporting them throughout the process. They helped our oldest through the Merit Scholar process and will hopefully do the same for the other two!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2007
My daughter attended NCHS and graduated in 2007, my husband and I both believe that the experience with this school and the teachers were very fruserating. It seemed to us that they were more interested in passing the students rather than teaching them.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I have had three children go to NCHS. My oldest will be graduating this year. As far as parental involvement , it was very cliquish and I was unable to break in. I was impressed with the passion and level of involvement, but disappointed that none of my offers of help were accepted.Most teachers I dealt with were amazing. A few were awful, which is to be expected in any career fields. Overall, my faculty contacts were amazingly positive. Calls and e-mails were returned promptly. The curriculum and extra-curricular activities has something for everyone. Those activities give a very large school a small school feel by allowing most students an opportunity to fit in somewhere in a small group setting. Yes, there were student issues periodically. It is naive to think this occurs only in public schools. More problem students are now being forced into charter schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
Great school,excellent teachers, the academics is of the best in the state. I loved my experiences at NC. The football team rocks!

- submitted by a former student
December 28, 2006
Our kids came from a small prep school and we have been very impressed with the quality of the academic programs as well as the great athletic programs!! The teachers make time for tutoring and the counselors are great!!! The school has a large variety of activities, but as large as the school is, they have made sure to implement programs to welcome and assist all students! We are very glad to be a part of this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
I love North Canyon because of its overwhelming academics. Even though some teachers I do not like, I felt welcome on the first day of school. I am a freshman now and I feel, already, that I belong. Even though I have a long way until college, I have a great feeling I am going to enjoy my 4 years here at North Canyon! Go Rattlers!

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 25, 2006
North Canoyn is absolutely wonderful, the fine arts are huge and the football team is spectacular. There is a club for everything and everyone. The academic programs are the regular classes, honors, AP, and IB classes. Everyone seems to succeeed

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2006
Our daughter is a Junior in the International Baccalaureate program and we can't say enough what a terrific experience it has been for her so far, both academically and socially. There is a lot of support from fellow students and teachers alike. Go Rattlers!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
I attended North Canyon highschool. It seemed very safe and a good learning environment. I took AP classes there and the teachers were excellent. the school did not seem cliquish.

- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2006
I have one graduating this year and one that is a Sophmore. I think its a good school. I would like to see the grades updated more. I think there have been mistakes online. Would like to see that improved. All in all its a good school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
My daughter is a freshman at NCHS. I am very unhappy with the quality of some of her instructors. Namely, her algebra teacher. It seems, that homework is never checked, students aren't required to show their steps when solving algebraic equations and tests are multiple choice! I feel these methods are completely unacceptable for learning algebra. My concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

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March 01, 2006
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February 10, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2006
This school has excellent advanced programs for the gifted/motivated. Not only does it have the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, the Advanced Placement program is supported by high quality teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
November 09, 2005
Since my son has been there I have had nothing but great luck in all ways. I think that it is a Wonderful High School and the staff is included in that to..

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October 04, 2005
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August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2005
I went to this school and was in the IB program. It was incredibly challenging but I loved the school and the diversity.

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2005
North Canyon High School has broadened and I know will continue to expand my horizons. The academic program in which I am involved in has challenged me to strive for excellence. The teacher's are great at providing a superb learning experience. The availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities is superior. The level of parent involvement is satisfactory.

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2005
The academic program in great but if your child plays sport this is not the school to go.

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June 20, 2005
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May 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
this is an awesome school with lots of caring, kind, and well behaved kids.

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January 24, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 30, 2004
North Canyon is really a great school! Their programs are amazing and challenging, which many schools can not provide nowadays. Their extracurricular activities attract many students because they are upbeat. It's a wonderful high school.

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September 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
Public school administrators and teachers do the best with what is given to them which is not much money these days. If I could do it all over again I would have sent my son to private school. Student/teacher ratio is important and the PV district is unable to build the necessary schools quick enough to keep the ratio at a manegable level. As with any other district budget cuts continue to occur each year.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2004
North Canyon is a good school for the diverse cultures. The life lessons needed to succeed in life can all be inquired at North Canyon. I would recommand this school to all of the desert valley parents.

- submitted by a student
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North Canyon High School
1700 E. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85024
(602) 449-5000
Last modified North Canyon High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Canyon High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top