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2902 East Shea Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85028

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(602) 449-3000
(602) 867-5317
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September 08, 2014
I have 2 children that attend(ed) Shadow and feel the school is successful in educating students. I read the reviews of other people and don't agree with what I have read. I have found the teachers to be very helpful and approachable. True, there are some better than others but I have no complaints about the teachers my children have had. If your student is interested in computers then Shadow's GenYes program should be considered. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2014
This school is really a mix. There are some amazing teachers, and some not so amazing teachers. The DAAPS program is fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone, granted they were ready to take on a mild workload. On the other hand, some of the not honors teachers aren't as great, and some don't have any idea what they're talking about. In general, this school is a hit or miss. You could have an amazing experience, or a terrible one. Most students, however, don't care. That's the saddest part. I look around me and about one fifth of the school probably won't graduate. There is multiple students who deal weed on and off campus, and it appears that the security/administration doesn't know or doesn't care. That being said, the administration and guidance counselors have been super helpful. Like I said, this school is a mix of super good, and super bad.

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2014
This school is just god awful, you really start to respect other schools after a visit here. First the school itself is tasteless and dull and over all depressing,The restrooms are vile and gross and after a day here you truly consenplate suicide. I highly recommend you to go to another school. :(

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
My children are currently enrolled or have attended Shadow Mountain High School. I wish I had good things to say about the Administration. Unfortunately at Shadow Mountain High School it has been my experience that the front office Adminstrators are primarily focused on what could be termed "adolescent day care" , and always default to a "take it or leave it attitude" similar to any government agency. The teachers, who are typically overwhelmed by the large class sizes with as many as 35 students in each class. The class rooms I have observed seem less to be an environment for learning and more an excercise in crowd control. For the reasons listed I can not recommend Shadow Mountain High School to another parent, especially my experiences to date with the front office Administration. I plan to tranfer my children to another educational institution or home school them next year, confident that removing them from Shadow Mountain is in their best interests and will improve their High School educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
This is a very good school. My daughter has attended all 4 years and will graduate in a couple of weeks. There is a lot of extra curricular activities. The principal is very involved.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
I graduated from Shadow as class of 2013. I had only attended for my senior year and was very quite displeased with the education I received. Moving from California I felt that helped prepare me a lot, in which I felt my senior year was at the difficulty level of my freshman year. Some of the teachers I had I was frustrated for their lack of not being able to teach and not even knowing how to handle high school students. Granted overall their staff is good but at times felt like they easily baby their students which does not help them with college classes. It all depends on the course and the subject their teaching. I was a lot more involved in extracurricular activities which was a definite bonus.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2013
I graduated from Shadow now my daughter attends Shadow. But like every school it has its flaws. If you don't have money don't expect your kids to play any sports. I think that is frustrating because not all parents can afford $200-400 for each sports. I dont understand why parents have to pay for the extra ciriculum classes and why Shadow Mountain does not offer dance to the students...

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Great Teachers overfunded send your teenagers here many great chances will come to your love one if they go to Shadow.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2013
I have had two students attend this high school. In both cases I have found the Staff and administration to be ineffective. Overall I would strongly recommend to any parent thinking of sending their children to this school to consider another school. Additionally while the staff and administration states that they promote parental involvement, they do everything to prevent it. If this were a private institution they would have went out of business years ago. Much of the problem lies at the feet of the district and its staff and administration.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
We have been very pleased at this high school overall,, though their math program is very poor. The principle is passionate adn dedicted;l the community is embracing and the classes are focused - except for their math program. The quality of teachers in the program vary widely from very good to very, very poor. And the very, very poor teacher teaches the honors classes! I think that this is because these students teach themselves; however, if you child has an apptitude for math, but is not an A+ student, and they end up with this very, very poor teacher - it is a disaster. She is much more interested in being popular than she is in reaching the students that need to be taught by a competant teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Shadow Mountain is one of the worst schools in the history of puplic high school facilities. The staff, faculty, and administration lack in all areas. The students have no drive academically, and lack in work ethic. Those who do not wish to receive and education in a very poor environment would do well to not attend this school. My parents are both high school educators, and they hold the same opinion as I.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2011
I am a student at Shadow Mountain High School, and there are many things that I wish could be done to make this school better. Many parents have complained and had a hard time with the administration office, for the faculty that works at that office are often times unbeleviably rude to parents and students. Also, many things in this school should be taken more seriously, such as grades, school work, sports, student council, school dances (there's only two a year), and dicipline on the kids. It's disturbing in our classes to see that other students will swear at the teachers or other students and there's nothing being done about it. Also, there's many fights and students who start trouble right in the middle of the hallways or class and there's never anything done about it. I really think that this school could really improve in many different criterias, being that the majority of the people I talk to that have attented or are attending this school agree with.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
The school has great teachers that care about the students by working with students after hours, even over the phone and e-mail!! They really go out of their way with teaching.

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August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
There is nothing special about this school. Whatsoever. Myself and my 3 siblings graduated from this school...and none of us was truly prepared for college at the level really necessary. that being siad, I doubt that it is any better or worse than other area valley schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
SMHS is a great school. My daughter's transition to this school from out of state was better than expected. Ms Peroutka in the counselors office made a positive impact along with all her exceptional teachers

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
SMHS is an excellent school for any parent and child who wants to recieve a great education. The teachers are great and the sports programs are outstanding

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2007
I loved Shadow Mountain High School and even though I only went there for 1 1/2 years I fell in love with it. I wish I could go back but I can't because I have already graduated. The ROTC program was the best part of Shadow for me. I love Cheif Master Sargent Gatewood and Lt Col Ribarich. They were like second fathers to me and I love them both.

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September 06, 2007
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July 18, 2007
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June 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
I had the please of attending SMHS this past school year. To tell you the truth, I would'nt trade it for the world! I met some of the best teachers and friends. I learned things that I never thought I would and did things that really made the school year great. Im now a senior at Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama. Its horrible...Im always talking about SMHS to all my friends and telling them how wonderful it is. I wish I could go back and enjoy it for my last year. I hope that if any other student out there gets a chance to go to SMHS, do it! It was my best year!

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June 01, 2006
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May 27, 2006
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May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 12, 2006
High level of academic skills. Athletics are improving with the change of new coaches and administration. Parent involvement is to intense.

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February 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
Shadow Mountain has most things that all high schools have, the basics...no more. Many of the schools sports programs have been cut over the past years. After school clubs and activities are lacking. The thing that bothers me the most is the schools approach in setting the students up to succeed. I, as a parent of four, one in Shadow, two at Shea, one at Desert Cove and a former student of all three schools myself, find myself wondering if my children would do better in a different educational setting.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
Shadow Mounatin High School overall is a great place of education. The only thing that would strike against them would be their principal leaving mid school year and allowing a vice principal who has only been there one year to take over.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2006
I think Shadow's discipline of students leaves a little to be desired. These are teenagers and they still get put in 'timeout'. Also, instead of sending students to 'SWEEP' when they are late to class; instead they should use the 3-strike rule and after three tardy's, give the student detention. From what my son tells me, the students are ruling the class -- not the teacher. Change the disciplinary procedures in this school and you'll see a difference. Additionally, marginal learners at Shadow are apparently being overlooked as well. From what I can tell, the educators don't really care if a student passes or fails.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2006
While sports are important to the well-rounded development of children in school it's my opinion academics should be the number one priority. Most schools are as good as the teachers it has on staff. My child has been in the special resource curriculum for the second year now and is extremely happy. She is learning, albeit at an appropriate level, increasing her self-esteem, feels safe and is enjoying school at SMHS. This I attribute to the school employing excellent teachers for the program.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
I find the teachers at Shadow to be overworked and underpaid. I would like to let them know that we, as parents, are doing everything we can to allieviate this unfortunate circumstance and ask that they try not to allow their circumstance as victims to be projected on to their students who will have more than enough opportunity for this as they enter the real world. May I suggest that this is the very best time to go above and beyond for the sake of our future as a community.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
Overall, Shadow Mountain has a lot to offer, ROTC, a vast sports program and a vocational program. The music program has gone down hill and the quality of the football program leaves a lot to be desired. As a former student, I have seen very little be done to improve these aspects since my tenure (graduating class of '96). However, the swimming, basketball and wrestling programs have produced world class athletes.

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2005
Shadow mtn does not have the student in mind and i believe kids 'slip thru the cracks' at this school. When you have a compaint they seem to address it with you but not take any action on it.

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August 29, 2005
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no rating August 25, 2005
Very well done, very pleased.

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June 29, 2005
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June 16, 2005
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April 01, 2005
This school is very prejudice, there are no extra-curricular activities for kids of minority races. The office staff also looks down upon people of color. There are no teachers or staff members of ethnic origin to at least give student the ease of going to if help is needed. As far as sports are concerned, if you a make a considerable financial contribution your son/daughter will not participate!

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January 24, 2005
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January 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 11, 2004
Shadow Mountain is great for medium- to high-achieving students who can get through the system on their own. Shadow Mountain is not a place for students who have special needs, such as ADHD. Neither administration, counselors, nor teachers are particularly attuned to or interested in assisting such students. Shadow s average class size is 30 40; teachers really can t deal with individual student issues. One counselor told me that my son shouldn't bother with a special learning plan; he should figure out how to cope on his own. Another counselor gave a 'pep talk' about staying at Shadow, as if this was all it would take for him to succeed. The principal happily admitted that Shadow is not for every student, never thinking that the school/she might have responsibility for the success of unconventional students. We found a school with smaller class sizes and a different approach to teaching.

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September 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
Overall I have been happy with the school. My daugher is a freshman and her first year has gone well. The teachers she has had have been great, with the exception of one. Even this was handled in a great way by the department head and the issue was resolved. I do see some opportunities for improvement, especially in the area of administration/parent communication.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2003
After the new principal arrived two years ago, the school starting showing vast improvements. However in the sports dept. I believe the coaching in both boy's basketball and especially football is truly lacking.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2003
My freshman is enrolled in 3 accelerated classes. The English dept. alone has one at every level (that would be 4 total for just English). Social Studies offers 1-2 for 10 12th graders, math and science have at least one at each level. I have been very satisfied with most of my 11th grader's teachers, although some could communicate better with both students and parents. Most instructors seem to love students and their subject and convey that attitude to others. Shadow Mtn. also offers a wide range of activites for students who want to become involved in other ways.

- submitted by a parent
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Shadow Mountain High School
2902 East Shea Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ  85028
(602) 449-3000
Last modified Shadow Mountain 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.
Shadow Mountain High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top