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North Canyon High School

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Posted 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted March 8, 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


Posted 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.


Posted January 26, 2014

I always have trouble with teachers understanding or following the IEP. North Canyon had a couple of glitches that the head of Special Ed worked out. Now my child is learning and happy. She didn't just pass her over but really tried to understand. With great communication, we have success! I do reccomend to everyone that they know their child best and need to communicate to the teachers what he/she needs, not just spec.ed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted 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!!!


Posted 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'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

516 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
78%
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 "Highly 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
White 49% 42%
Hispanic 37% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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1700 E. Union Hills Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85024
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