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9-12
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,874

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2820 W Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027

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November 02, 2014
My son started attending Barry Goldwater High School in 2014. We have been impressed with the leadership of the school, and the teachers we have met, involving the classes he is taking. The teachers are well qualified, motivating, and sincerely interested in developing each student! I have been impressed by the positive attitude of all I have come in contact with at the school from the first day my son and I toured. My son has expressed the classes are both educational and Fun! He has expressed the students treat there fellow classmates with respect, and he has developed many friendships since School started in August. I am confident he will get a quality education, and be part of a progressive High School that cares about each student, and will assist in developing each student to there fullest potential. He participated in a fall sport and will do the same in the spring. The coaches were Great and Positive throughout the seasons ups and downs! This School is certain to Excel going forward, with the Positive Leadership, Teachers, and Support Staff! The Sports Programs are secondary to the education, but should continue to Improve under current coaches!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Barry Goldwater High School is a great and sophisticated school, the standards at Barry are amazing. They give each student the care and dedication they need. All of my experiences with Barry have been better than any other High school. No other school beats Barry. My daughter has been expelling in classes ever since she started going to Barry.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
I am a former student (graduated 2011) and i have to say this school is rather good. I attended there for 4 years and was pleased with it academically. I was one of the quiet kids that wasn't unpopular, but wasn't popular either. The teachers taught the material well enough that despite me sleeping most of my high school years (I was night owl, what can I say) I still knew the material quite well. I wasn't into arts or sports, and the only subjects I really cared for were computers and languages. So I only gave it 4 stars as the computer classes only focused on IT (microsoft office suite, and Adobe suit primarily) and the only languages available were French and Spanish. It is an excellent school though for students looking to excel academically. The AP classes, the IB program, and the A+ School of excellence award show that they place academics in high regard. The staff is friendly, and the principal is highly involved. Overall I enjoyed it as much as any teenager enjoys school. The students are generally very accepting as well. Very rarely saw any bullying. I would definitely suggest it to anyone looking for a school for their child.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2014
I did not enjoy my years as a student at Barry Goldwater High School. The education system is ridiculous and the staffs are helpless unless you are those popular kids that are always talkative and in sports. When I took APUSH, all the teacher did was test us on existing test packets that you can find online, so students just memorized answers to pass that class. When I took AP Gov't, the teacher didn't even finish half of the remaining chapters and gave us an open book final exam. When I took AP English, the teacher did not teach any concepts relating to english composition and just chat with talkative students and made us read essays and write essays and grades in a bias manner. When I emailed my counselor about financial aid concerns for college she never replied. I did not know how to file the fafsa and search youtube videos on how to do it because the counselors didn't care. Barry Goldwater is a biased school that only favorites middle class outgoing talkative students. And most students only come to the this school to socialize, make friends, or such. This school also waster tons of money for pointless remodeling when it can use it to give scholarships or improve the staffs.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2013
This school has a bad grading system and ridiculous standards that they grade by. Only about half of the teachers actually do their job. I am EXTREMELY disappointed.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
barry goldwater staff is unprofessional and condescending. my overall experience with this school is poor at best.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
We love BGHS! So happy to have 2 students there this year! We chose BGHS instead of our home school. If a student/parent shows initiative and asks for help, it's always available. The only thing that prevents me from giving them 5 stars is the grading system. They are now doing standards based grades and while it makes sense, there is very little consistency among teachers and the online gradebook doesn't always reflect what is actually the students status.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
AuH2O Go Bulldogs! ............... I am proud to say I went here because this school is a very great school and is excellent for your kid.

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2011
The information stated in a review regarding a BGHS security monitor is completely untrue. Those types of allegations are reckless, irresponsbile and inappropriate. The Phoenix police investigation yielded absolutely no evidence to suggest anything but an unfortunate and terrible accident. As a community we want to focus our efforts and thoughts to a complete and speedy recovery. The school remains a safe and caring place for learning.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2011
I am a proud Bulldog parent with a senior and freshman sons in this school. I am very proud that the school has finally earned the A+ School of Excellence . The principal, teachers, counselors,staff members and students really worked hard in achieving this rating. I owe it to this school why my senior son is so focused and inspired to be successful. I am glad that they not only nurtured his intelligence, I acknowledge that they have helped him to be a good and responsible citizen as well through their various clubs, sports and activities, His teachers did not only focused in teaching their syllabus, they were also caring and inspiring . I look forward to another 4 years with BGHS.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
I attended Goldwater all 4 years of high school. I never personally cared to attend any of the school events (e.g. homecoming, prom, sports games, etc.) but they were always widely encouraged, and always available. The principal is proud to be a part of the school, and he often goes around the campus and supervises things such as lunch, occasional classroom visits, and the likes. The teachers are great, and in almost all cases they treat the students with respect. So long as the students do the same. The teachers make sure they remain appropriate in the classrooms, but they still understand that their students aren't grade school children. They know that the kids learn better in a fun, but stern environment. My favorite teachers (also the ones i learned best from) were the ones that weren't afraid to joke around, and have fun. They still taught plenty, but they didn't just teach from the textbook, and they didn't maintain an air of absolute seriousness at all times. The schools got a lot of great teachers, wonderful curricula, and a wide range of options for students to pursue. I may not have attended a lot of events, but i'm proud to have been a Goldwater Bulldog.

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2011
I am proud to say I have been a part of an A+ School of Excellence. Recently returning to BGHS as an employee (I am alumni) has been an incredible experience. The students are amazing young adults, the staff is caring and professional and the community has accepted me with open arms. It's a great experience to come to Goldwater every day and I look forward to helping th students whenever they walk in my office.

- submitted by a teacher
May 08, 2011
This school is quite amazing. I have gone there since mid-freshman year and I have enjoyed every minute. Just today, I took part in graduating the ACE plus program, offered by GCC through Goldwater, and a couple of our counselors went to it. I wasn't sure, if others school counselors were there, but it shows that the staff is dedicated to our school. Which is awesome. The school was named an A+ School of Excellence and it makes me feel better going there because we can prove that we are a great school. The performing arts is an outstanding area too. We have a reputation of the best in the district. I hear that from students from other high schools in the district. Our sports aren't as good, but they don't let EVER let losing discourage them. They pursue victory with honor. Like our awesome principal told us we should do. :)

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2011
I think that Goldwater is an amazing school, Just today we were named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation! The teachers are great and always wanting to help the students learn. There is a variety of academic programs and clubs availible. Although our sports are currently not the best, they are improving. It is a great environment to work in a nd I would highly recomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2011
What a great school! Over the last year I have seen so much improvement and I am excited to see more. The teachers are wonderful and do a great job with the diversity in the school. I think the overcrowding of some classes is an issue, it would help students more if the classes were smaller, which means more teachers and not less.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
I have always found the teachers to be most cooperative when questions are raised and always respond to e-mails. My overall experience with the school as a parent has been wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
This school has a great sense of pride. The individuality expressed by students is far greater than most schools and the teachers are phenominal. The IB program is defidently a plus to the overall success however the counseling is poor and needs improvement.

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2009
As a graduate of BGHS, I experienced the school first-hand and I can tell you from my experience it is a safe school. I had fun there and felt safe and productive. The only downside is the school and staff doesn't put much emphasis on college. Out of all the alumni in my class, very few went to college, and even fewer graduated college. The school prepares students academically, but I wish they would've put more emphasis on college, and what to do to get into one.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 17, 2009
If Your Child Is Bright Enough to Earn An International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate Or Degree, Barry Goldwater's IB Program Is Academically Outstanding .

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2009
this school is awesome. the diversity is great and i cant wait to go back

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January 29, 2009
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January 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 10, 2008
I see many parents complaining about the school..At what point do we let our kids work for what they need to move on in life..My daughter does very well at BGHS when we push her, her teachers have been helpful when treated with respect and not accused of not doing their job .

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May 15, 2008
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May 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2008
I give top marks for the staff of BGHS. They have been helpful and supportive, doing the best they can with what they have. A school is made up of Students, Teachers, Parents and Administrators. What I find disturbing is the lack of respect and a general bad attitude of a limited population of the student body.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
My experience with Goldwater last year was awful. The staff is extremely uncooperative, and many of the teachers offer little-to-no support. I left my counselor's office crying more than once. I enjoy school very much and have very high ambition for my future, but this school brought me very close to the point of giving up on my education altogether. I transferred out of this school after completing my freshman year, and am much happier now. This school is extremely unsafe and academically lacking. Definitely not recommended.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2007
As a graduate of this school, the teachers were always great and did help out the student that needed and asked for help. The only downfall were the counselers. There are some that really connect with the students and others that really make the students turn the other way. Any student that has the drive will excell in this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2007
So far I have been very impressed with BGHS. As a freshman this year, my son has had the utmost in cooperation from his counselor and all of his teachers with his ADHD and a new 504 plan. Everyone that I have been in communication with has been very friendly, helpful, and encouraging. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
BGHS only offers a quality education to the smart and the rich kids and doesn't care about the average student. What little security they do have looks the other way. Only one teacher in my child's entire freshman year cared, at first, about his grade and used to send e-mails, but even that has stopped. 99% Of the staff members are discourteous and act like they couldn't care less about your questions. This is definitely not a good school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
BGHS has great potential. However, lack of teacher concern puts everything back on the student, especially those in honors classes. Student electives are being cut due to funding, some of which teach life skills. There are bigger issues than funding and if you want to keep enrollment with quality students coming from other parts of the district then they need to have the help and guidance required to get students through the programs (IB and pre-IB). Definitely needs some improvement!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
The staff do not listen,cooperate, etc., etc. with students or parents. They hand out work & expect it done without any real teaching (making sure the kids understand the work, etc.)

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September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
The school staff is argumentative, and very unhelpful. They need to be more understanding and cooperative.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Very uncooperative faculty and administration.The focus seems to be on teaching to the AIMS test and getting as many students passed as possible.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
We have been very happy with BGHS and the teachers. They are very receptive to helping those students who show interest and concern but these basis must start at home and not left up to the teachers to guide those who make a decision everyday not to care or disrupt the educational process of others. We have been very happy with the scholarship programs that are available and the support given by the teachers and counselors! BGHS has alot to offer to all if the students choose to seek it. All schools have issues and problems with drugs, alcohol etc. but again the bottom line is the school is only responsible for seven hours the rest is lead by example from the parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
Not a very nice school and teachers, football not a good sport, good baseball team.

- submitted by a former student
March 23, 2006
I love the school but the neighboorhood is changing.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
I have sent three students through BGHS. The first two did great and the school seemed to be very positive how ever my youngest is graduating this year and I feel the school has gone downhill. Academicly it holds it own but there is a spirit of defeatism at the school. There is no school spirit by the students or the staff. A visit to the other campuses in the district will show how low the spirit is at the school. Hopefully, they will find away to bring some pride to the school because right now it is sorely lacking from the Principal on down.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2005
Academically I think the school is fine. My main problem is that there is no 'real' security there. By that I mean that the kids seem to be able to walk on or off the campus at atimes without being stopped. I have been told by my student that kids he knows that don't attend school there come and go to the school at various times of the day. They have even attended some classes with him and his classmates. My son, who I recently found out skipped school off and on for several days and I did not receive a phone call about him missing school because he was 'taken off the list' by a friend's mom. How are we suppose to know if our kids are safe and at school when these things can happen there?

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October 03, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Although it receives the lowest funding of the rest of the high schools in the Deer Valley USD, Barry Goldwater offers great opportunities for students who want to take a higher level of classes. It has the AP program, and is the only school in the district that offers the IB program. These programs allow the students to test different subject areas on national and international standards. The school does great at utilizing its resources. The teachers are very qualified for their jobs, and are readily available to work with the students.

- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
The faculty there are very uncooperative and hard to communicate with. My daughter was a straight A student when she started and lost all interest in academics. I took her out of the school as soon as I realized what was going on. She is back to being a great student and even graduating a half year early.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
I have 2 students and the responce from the teachers have always been positive. They love the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
My dauther and her boyfriend goes to BGHS and my Sister went the first year it opened. They all love it and I've never had a problem with the school, teachers or staff. I know recently they had a reputation of being a bad school but Now they have really cleaned it up. I see a marked improvment with rumors of drugs, smoking and fighting on campus and my kids are very happy there. I give the school 3 stars.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
This school is good. My daughter loves it here. The classes are interesting, and she is on her way for a possible scholarship to college for softball. The dress code is reasonable and there is plenty of security so I feel she is safe.

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December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
The school boasts of the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes yet they do not teach the full class requirements. They expect these students to learn the information on their own. If you are going to offer these programs you should offer the teachers to allow the classes to be taught properly.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2004
Barry Goldwater has drugs and alcohol there brought by the students. The teachers tell the students to shut their mouth and the counselers are not polite. I think it is not clean and deserves a one star rating! I do not recomend going there for high school.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2004
My teenager went to Barry Goldwater for her freshman year. She was very enthusiastic about the school. She was in several remedial programs at the start, her teachers have worked closely with her and greatly improved her scores. BGHS has a fantastic music program with exiting travel opportunities for the marching band.

- submitted by a parent
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We are a comprehensive high school offering a variety of elective options. We are also the DVUSD culinary arts signature program. Our culinary graduates go directly into the food industry or on to elite culinary schools. BGHS is focused on 21st century exit outcomes that are measured by the Senior Institute capstone project. BGHS is the only DVUSD high school that has defined exit outcomes of: Communication, Critical Thinking, Habits of Mind, Life Skills. Cutting edge innovation that successfully serves each student ensures a significant edge in post secondary opportunities.

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Barry Goldwater High School
2820 W Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ  85027
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Barry Goldwater High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Barry Goldwater High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top