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Carl Hayden High School

Public | 9-12 | 2209 students


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Posted August 22, 2014

This is an excellent school with great programs, including the national champions robotics team, marine biology, sports ect.. A safe and creative learning environment. My kids love going here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 3, 2014

Students that attend Carl Hayden say the school is "ghetto" but it really isn't I'm currently a student attending Carl Hayden the teachers and staff care so much about our education that they make all kids that have an F in a class attend the Star program witch helps students that have bad grades and the students aren't all that bad at all but I know we have more pros than cons about this school .

Posted July 27, 2010

I am an a former student c/o 2010! I attended C.H.H.S. since sophomore year. Wehn i first entered that school , i was nervous because of the history it had, but during my three years attending it, i learned that it was all talk. Carl Hayden was a very nice experience. My teachers were always very nice and excellent at their job. I strongly reccomend for any new attending students to join in on any of its after school programs to make their high school more memorable. Big hello to my former teachers and my councelors :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 22, 2009

this school deserves a 5 for having such determined student and fun learning programs such as robotics and band
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 12, 2009

I am a ex student and the school was a very good school and the teachers really care

Posted April 11, 2007

Students behave well. Teachers are very dedicated, even though they are strected too thin. There are more elective classes now offered.Counselors are helpful.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 12, 2005

The xtracarricular activities at this school are a bit weak, due to no student participation. teachers are streched a bit thin. parents seem to not want to get involved.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 17, 2005

The magnet programs are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2004

I am a parent of two falcons and they are very aware of the reputation that their school holds however this not stop them from put all their energy and hearts into this school. No the AIMS or the STANDFORD 9 scores may not be the highest but lets look at the good for once. Carl Hayden has two of the best programs in the US (Computer Science & Marine Biology). The robotics team went to nationals two years in a row. The basketball team made it to playoffs. The student council of the school is very involved and dedicated. They recently won an award of distinction at this years AASC state convention. So come people lets look at the school and be proud it is something we can all make it better instead of making it worse and reflecting on the positive and stop sulking on the negative.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 12, 2003

Carl Hayden Had a robotics team that placed 4th out of 58 in the Southern Regional First Robotics Competition and that took then to them to the First Robotics National Competition in Texas. They were one of a half dozen schools in the state to do this and they were the only Phoenix Union High School Dist. school to do this! All with private sponsored funding! This is a great accomlishment!
—Submitted by a teacher

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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.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

494 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 "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 94% 43%
White 3% 42%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

  • Robotics club

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Ricardo Cordova
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 229-8387


Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish


Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Phoenix, AZ 85009
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