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Sunnyslope High School

Public | 9-12 | 1873 students


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Posted June 13, 2014

A well-rounded student body and very involved & caring teachers. There are top notch scholars that come out of Sunnyslope and the scholarship opportunities are many! Why pay $12K for a private school education when you can get the same opportunities here?! The AP and Honors classes are challenging and well-populated. The student body is highly involved in extra curricular activities and school spirit is very high. The parent group (Viking Parent Club) is very involved and is a great support to students, teachers and parents. So glad this school is in our community!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2013

Sunnyslope has thus far been fantastic for this, my youngest daughter's Freshman year! She is a straight A student as of the end of the first quarter, is in Marching Band and LOVING every hardworking second of it (yes, even during October, affectionately referred to as "hell month" because of the intensity of band competitions as they try to qualify for State, added to daily class, practices, and football games), was encouraged to enroll in Honors English before school ever started and has had her Science teacher point out in front of other teachers and classmates how smart and well-behaved she is and how she should be in Honors Science as well (at next opportunity, she will be enrolling in Honors Science). I am thrilled with the school, the students, the teachers, and the level of parental involvement! AWESOME HIGH SCHOOL, locally and nationally!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2011

Great teachers, awesome school. I am so glad that I chose this school for my daughter to attend.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2011

This is my daughter's senior year class of 2012... yea, go Vikings! I love this school as much as my daughter; we had moved out of the district, but my daughter loves this school so much she takes the city bus to get there...My daughter is active on cheer for the last two years going on 3, swim, tennis, link crew as ambassodor for her school for all freshmen coming in, she is involved in community service; she has been nominated for several leadership programs in DC, Calfornia, and locally prescott UNI-Town and the best Choir ever. SHS has amazing faculty, staff and the principle has amazing leadership. Viking parents club is always involved in student affairs making the best events for SHS... I can't say enough for this excelling school for at least 6 years in a row !!! GO VIKINGS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2010

I had an awesome freshman year! The staff are so very helpful, the school events are the best, it's just an extraordinary school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 21, 2010

..... or as Koffka's saying 'The whole is other than the sum of its parts.' Meaning that SHS in reality as a whole represents the big picture independently, but the students depending on where your coming from experience something different leading to the same goal... an excelling education!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2009

Very diverse school with great academics, great staff and great kids
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 5, 2008

I am a former student. Let us be perfectly honest here. There is a huge disparity of how students are treated by faculty. The wealthy student's of 'slope' fair far better than your students of the lower income bracket....let us say the barrio or hood kids. All the rave reviews sounds like polital correctness-try living on the lower income side before you brag about how well all students are treated...There are well behaved bright students on both sides!!!Let them all be treated consistently fair or your best alternative is step out of G.U.H.S.D and try P.U.H.S.D where the schools consistently treat all students fairly....Just simply my opinion but there are several others who I have heard agree.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 6, 2008

i think the school is a good school i also think the MArching band is great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2007

Sunnyslope high is by far the best school in Phoenix Arizona. The students are wonderful, the classes are great but the faculty could work a little harder on focusing on individuals and their own special needs but other than that it is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2006

I feel having two children to go through Sunnyslope that Sunnyslope High school is the best public high school located in Phoenix Arizona period...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2006

Sunnyslope lives smack dab in the middle of a middle-upper class neighborhood and lower class one. This creates an interesting conglomerate of a school typically divided into cliques. The teachers there are typically very good at what they do and dedicated to the students' learning and progress. I have seen a lot of movement in administration and would love to see more stability as a whole in the district, but have been very happy with my student's experience there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 14, 2005

Outstanding school, and students overall, but the administration could use some adjusting.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 25, 2004

Sunnyslope High is outstanding in the fact that the students are prepared for top tier undergraduate programs when they graduate.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 15, 2004

Sunnyslope appeared to care greatly about the welfare of it's students and took many actions to facilitate a safe learning environment.
—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.

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

514 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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
Hispanic 48% 43%
White 42% 42%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 44%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Steve Ducey
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  • (623) 915-8762


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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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35 West Dunlap
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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