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Shadow Mountain High School

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Posted yesterday

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


Posted June 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2006

High level of academic skills. Athletics are improving with the change of new coaches and administration. Parent involvement is to intense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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


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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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
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 67% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 27%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (602) 867-5317

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(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)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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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
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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