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3950 E Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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(602) 449-7000
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July 25, 2015
Great area, good football, nice location to attract a great staff. Go Paradise Valley Trojans!

- submitted by a community member

May 13, 2015
A pretty poor school as a whole. Getting told by students to commit suicide and being called a plethora of other obscenities is not what I'd call ideal, to say the least. The principal refused to do anything about the harassment, claiming shows like "Family Guy" were the reason for their behavior. Evidently, this justifies her not intervening at all. I finished many classes with an A without having learned a thing, as the teachers apparently decided making everyone pass the class was far easier than actually doing their jobs. The staff simply doesn't care about the well-being of students, with my former Biotech teacher being a prime example. She refused to talk to me or my parents on the phone about my mental state at the time, (severe depression) saying she was "too busy." Overall, I would find a different school if possible. No one deserves this kind of education.

- submitted by a student

October 06, 2014
I love this school. My son is a sophomore and has had amazing teachers, who are very responsive and involved overall. The principal Ion Deonise is on his 2nd year and doing an outstanding job overseeing the school. With the CREST program on The Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) is a specialty program offered at Paradise Valley High School that provides students with the opportunity to study one of three specialized disciplines: biotechnology, computer science, or engineering the school is attracting great academic talent from across Arizona.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2014
I have thoroughly enjoyed substitute teaching at this awesome school. The student body gets along well with one another and are respectful of their teachers. I accomplished a lot of academics when I subbed there. I especially love the block scheduling and teaching upper level Spanish classes. There seems to be a community atmosphere at pv high school.

- submitted by a teacher

February 02, 2012
I LOVE this this high school and the block scheduling! It affords so many more opportunities for students to explore electives while still getting everything they need academically. I have two honors students there and they receive excellent instruction. Their teachers care, and there are many, many after school opportunities. The administration is great and very responsive. Every concern I have ever had has been addressed immediately and to my complete satisfaction. I like that the CTE and Crest programs are there so there is something for every student. The opportunities for academic and life skill exploration are boundless! High School is where kids should be trying on different academic and skill hats to see what fits and PV offers and encourages that. Great job PVHS!

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2009
Paradise Valley High School is under new leadership with a great new principal that is very involved in all aspects of the school. I wish that my student would have had all four years with her, she is student and parent friendly. My son graduated with honors, academic scholarships and was a full time student-athlete.

- submitted by a parent
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November 08, 2008
^^^^^^^ lies the admins. is very nice,and helpful. and if you hate them then something is wrong with you because my daughter was a teacher aide and they only treated her with the most,utterly respect anyone could be

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2008
My son has had a very successful academic career @ PV. He has played sports and has been involved with the many activities that the high school has to offer. If anyone has a negative comment about the school it is because they are a student that does not put their best interest forward or someone from another school trying to better their school by defining our school by its boundary lines. Nothing could make me happier than to see the real world represented at PV. Young men and women trying to make a great high school experience by having a great education with many veteran teachers that care about the progress of their students.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2008
Our daughter just completed her freshman year. I found the teachers she had to be above average and very helpful. I like the block scheduling as it is better preparation for college and life application. Her involvment in the Band was the best thing for her as a freshman because of the family aspect. The upper classmen adopted the freshman so that by the time school started, the freshman weren't left out on a line to face the new challenges of HS. Parental involvement is also a key to classes and organizations. I even loved hanging and working with the band - great bunch of kids and parents. I guess my only complaint would be in communications. I believe if the school is going to have web sites for the teachers that they should be required to use them. They are great way of communicating with the parents if used right.T

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2008
My son is getting exactly what he needs at PV. The band and robotics programs are outstanding. Academics in regular classrooms are not strong enough, so he will be taking AP and honors classes next year, which I hear are excellent. Block scheduling makes both academic and extra curricular classes work much better. Students are held accountable for their work, so this may not be the right school to improve a student with discipline problems because they probably just flunk out. It is not clear to me that the school administration would be able to help. My son is attending this school out of district for the band program and excellent availability of vo-tech classes. Robotics is a plus (and they won state in 2008).

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 13, 2008
Pv has a terrible admin. great teachers. but a horrible administration, which is the backbone of a school. With a bad backbone you will always fail.

- submitted by a student

February 08, 2008
I love PV and I can't imagine going anywhere else. I have so many opportunities for AP classes and college credits that I couldn't get elsewhere. I love the block scheduling more than anythign though. I really feel that it helps me to learn more and to really comprehend the information. By the time I graduate from PV, i could already be a sophomore in college because of all the college credit opportunities I am receiving.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 19, 2007
Poor when it comes to instruction to student's with learning disabilities (ie dyslexia). High student grades give the illusion that the student comprehends the subject. My student passed without learning at grade level. My student cannot read or write at grade level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 12, 2007
My children have had a great experience at PV. My AP/Honors students have a wide variety of classes to choose from. Caring helpful teachers and staff. Great opportunities for participation in activities.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2007
If the students take part in the AP and honors courses the education is excellent. The environment at PV is very diverse and it helps prepare students for the real world. There aren't as many problems with the students compared to other schools nearby. I wouldn't have my daughter go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2007
My son just graduated from PV high school. I was not impressed with the academics at this school. I agree with someone elses comment here that it's a day care for teenagers. He had several ineffective barely competent teachers.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2006
We currently have two son's @ PV.One son is a senior,and will graduate this year with several option's in r/t (College/Sport Scholorship) opprotunities in both Division I & Community College.Our other son is currently a Junior taking AP classes,as well as,next year.He has also participated in athletic's and was recommened by PVHS staff to represent PVHS as a'Boy's State Representative'.I feel I need to mention we moved our family of '6' to the 'PVHS' from 'DVHS'in Ahwatukee,to seek a school that not only promoted student accountability & responsibility.We wanted a school that had our son's best interest at heart,not their's.I needed a school that was honest in communicating with me as a parent.My husband & I couldnt be more supportive or confident in the abilities as well as the motivation of PVHS Administration & teaching staff in wanting nothing less than the best for our children!

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2005
I feel that this school is only okay. Fees are also outrageous. That's the district's fault, though, I believe. Overall it's an okay school, not great, just okay.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2005
Administration is poor. This is a critical part of the schools system. Mr. Van Buren rules!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2005
This is my son's 3rd yr. at PV. He has jazz at 630am, marching band at 730am and then all his academic classes after. At the end of this yr he will have 26 credits. The extracurricular activities are awesome at PV. The band and football parents are almost over involved. Without the the parents being so involved, the band and football staff would not be able to do the job they are doing so well. There are extracurricular activities before and after school, it's your choice to be involved or not. I can't say the same for ALL the teachers or the administration, unfortunately.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2005
PVHS needs to focus on academics and not waste money on extra curricular activities. It's a good school but it need improvements.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2005
This school was wonderful. Id recommend it to everyone! I loved it and learned so much.

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2005
This school is a day care for teenagers!

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2005
Paradise Valley's use of the block scheduling allows my daughter to academically excel. She's offered high quality academic courses with teachers who fully utilize their teaching abilities to reach students. She's also offered a wide variety of elective options and feels she has to the tools to explore career options for her future. Paradise Valley has outstanding career and academic counseling for students and encourages the use of scholarships, testing such as SAT, ACT and other programs for the college bound student. My daughter will be taking several college classes her senior year, which is an option for her with block scheduling. I believe this puts her in a better position being University bound. I cannot speak highly enough about the education my child is receiving at Paradise Valley and the the staff who is making that possible.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2005
Good academics & activities. Would like the school to require all teachers to post homework & tests on the homework internet site though. Right now only some post the information & this makes it hard for the parents to ensure completion of all assignments & appropriate study time for tests.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2004
The curriculum is well rounded and the teachers care for the students. The technical aspect of this high school provides a needed area of study that is often overlooked by other high schools.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2004
Adminstration is poor and tends to not help students with any issues. If anyone disagrees with Adminstration, watch out. There is no room for opinions here. My children have had great teachers who seem to really care. The teachers have been easy to access for help.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2004
Teachers are not as available for help as they need to be. Extracurricular activities are costly and not time efficient. Many must be taken as a regular class which interferes with core subjects. Chorus, Band, Art, drivers ed could become an afterschool activity. There are also no transportation options for any after school activity. Maintenence and cleaning of thegrounds/ classrooms/ restrooms are poor. Security is good to excellent. My daughter feels safe in the environment.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2003
They use their money in a foolish way. I wonder why my student has a smart board in many of her classes yet, not enough books to be able to take home and study for tests? Even if donated they should sell them so at least my child has a chance at learning something.

- submitted by a community member
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Paradise Valley High School
3950 E Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ  85032
(602) 449-7000
Last modified Paradise Valley 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.
Paradise Valley High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top