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Barry Goldwater High School

Public | 9-12 | 1804 students

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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted December 2, 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.


Posted September 24, 2013

barry goldwater staff is unprofessional and condescending. my overall experience with this school is poor at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 2, 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


Posted December 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 4, 2009

this school is awesome. the diversity is great and i cant wait to go back
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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 .
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
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59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
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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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

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.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 27% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 31%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school K-8
Middle Schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A+ School of Excellence (2011)
  • Beat the Odds School (2011)
  • Superintendents' School of Excellence (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Mike Andersen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 445-3080

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • badminton

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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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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2820 W Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027
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Phone: (623) 445-5000

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