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9-12
Public
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,159

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8828 N. 31st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051

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(623) 435-6000
(623) 915-8244
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August 05, 2014
I've been a teacher here for over 15 years. They have the best staff and students. Did you know, Cortez is the only school in the Glendale district without a security guard? Our kids are so well behaved, we don't need one. Cortez takes students from C ranked middle schools and raises them to an A ranked high school. Very few other high school achieve this.

- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2014
As a graduate of Cortez High School and a teacher on this campus for over 10 years I cannot say enough about the hardworking staff and levels of student achievement. Due to the small size students can participate in multiple clubs and sports with increased attention from the staff and administration. Students are not just a number in a crowd but individually greeted by a team of teachers that can work collectively to meet their educational needs. Honors students are able to work within a close-knit group that share many courses and struggling students are provided with the intervention and extra instructional time that is needed.

- submitted by a teacher
July 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
Awesome school! Great teachers! Friendly Environment, I strongly suggest you send your kids here!

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
October 07, 2008
I could not have asked to have graduated from a better high school in the Phoenix area. After graduating in 2007, I have realized what a great education I had received by comparing my education to other students in my University. The teachers are not just there to teach. They are there because they care about their students and want them to have the highest education possible.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2008
My son is a senior at Cortez. Sending him to Cortez has been the best decision of his education so far. Cortez is a school where a student can thrive and provides an environment to be all they wish to be. I can say that the experience has been awesome. The admin staff, the teachers and the students make this an exceptional school!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2008
The best school on this side of the Mississippi, as Mr. Hernandez our old principal would say. It's an amazing school, many friendly people, more than safe enviroment, and staff that are willing to run the extra mile to push teir students to succeed. I'm proud to be a cortesian =D

- submitted by a student
no rating August 28, 2008
Thiz is my first year at cortez h.S.And so far it been awesome all my teachers are great help...They will make your future easier and faster...Im a freshman and im really excieted to be in this h.S im proud of cortez... Go colts!!!!....Woo hoo=]

- submitted by a student
no rating July 18, 2008
I love Cortez! I'm am so glad that I had the opportunity to transfer when I did. My teachers are amazing and make me think they are there for me individually. I'm in all accellerated classes and have a great gpa. I owe all that I have accomplished through my high school career to Cortez and its outstanding staff!

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February 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
I'm very happy that my daughter attends Cortez. I had a feeling before she started that it was a ghetto school and I have found an undeserved reputation. I will proudly send my elementary age son to Cortez.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 03, 2006
My child has been a student at cortez high school for three years. In that time, I have seen a great decline in the overall feel of the school. I find the staff to be very harsh. Particularly principal hernandez.Parents, if you have a child at this school, please become involved. Know what is going on at the campus! If you are contemplating having your child attend, my best advice is don't.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
In defense of the administration, I work for another school in the dist. The admin at Cortez is doing right for our kids. The admin not into parental approval for their performance paychecks like other schools. They are into what is right for the kids....discipline, morals,learning & values...things parents should be teaching their kids, but aren't so the admin has to do it. Be glad you have an admin that is more concerned about the education, safety and morality of your child than reaching the 90% parental approval for their perfomance paycheck twice a year! I chose Cortez for my kids and will continue to choose Cortez for my younger kids in elem. As long as Hernandez is prinicpal...he has their best interest at heart. I have seen what other schools are concerned about...be glad your child is at Cortez.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
My son is a Cortez freshman this year and has achieved straight A's for the first time in his life! This is due to caring and encouragement from administration, faculty, and staff. The learning center is a big plus and students can get academic help if they need it. The campus is clean and safe; the kids are well groomed and well behaved because they know the expectations. My son is also involved in extracurricular activities, which has made his whole Cortez experience better. I am impressed with the Principal and his philosophy of promising the kids success in life if during their time at Cortez they are on time, involved, prepared, and respectful. What a great school with a tremendous leader! I picked Cortez for my son rather than Centennial or Peoria High, where we live. The students and their success is a priority for everyone involved at Cortez.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
Students are expected to work when they come to school. Although Cortez is an inner city school they are tuff on discipline and have very strict rules for the students to follow.

- submitted by a administrator
January 12, 2006
Cortez is an excellent school, it has an undeserved rep as a 'ghetto school'. I almost didn't enroll my child here because of it. Very impressed with the respect & behavior of students (check out other schools!). Due to strict guidelines & high standards expected and enforced by Principal & staff. Great advanced classes, Mrs. Yanez especially. Extra help is available to students, emphasis to succeed. Cortez sports teams are moving up. Cross Country Coach Hutch named 'Coach Of The Year' by Skyline Region.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
We transferred our child to Cortez from a Peoria high school. (The Peoria school was overcrowded, the children were rough, and all this hurt the attitude of our child and the teachers.) At first we were reluctant to transfer to Cortez. It was a more urban environment, and we thought the children would be even rougher and the academic programs would be weaker, but our child had friends there. It turns out that we were completely wrong. The kids were and are great, and the academic environment is actually stronger. I think that the principal is a good leader and has been positive for the school (and for teaching the children basic decency and morality). If he's not perfect to some parents, I've yet to know a principal who is. For our own youngster, the racial diversity of Cortez has replaced fear with understanding and entusiasm. Whatever they're doing, it works.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
October 2005 I have my 3rd child at Cortez with 1 more to go. We choose Cortez, which is not our 'assigned' school for a variety of reasons. The staff is receptive and welcoming to parents, especially the Principal. The students are treated as individuals and receive as much help as needed to succeed. It is like a small community environment where people support each other and try to help. My oldest earned an academic scholarship to ASU, which to a large part is due to the gentle pushing by her teachers at Cortez. The academic programs have improved even more, as has the parental and community involvement. Availability of extracurricular activities and sports is good and encouraged. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
Relocated here from out of state ,very pleased with school teachers ,my child is doing well here.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
My oldest son just graduated from Cortez. My other son, a senior is about to graduate and is well off academically and is involved in sports. He speaks highly of Mrs. Yanez. Its teachers like her that keep students interested in learning. I've spoken to the principal and have not been impressed with his attitude towards what a parent has to say, to say the parents have a lack of involvement, need only to look at the principle and ask why...

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Cortez is ok academically, with a few shining star teachers. Extra curricular is fair, with some weaknesses in music, theater and some sports. Special needs/disabilities - run away fast. Principal wants no input from parents. In general, the school is not much worse than those around it. It's definitely not better.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Fair school. The dance teacher gives a great review, huh? There are some really good teachers here. There are some really poor teachers here. Not much different than most schools. Dance program is very strong, but other art areas are pretty weak compared to other schools in the community. Some of the clubs are pretty good. I will agree with other reviews about administration, particularly the principal. He is definitely does everything he can to suppress parental involvement that does not in any way agree with him. They've had some parent meetings to discuss closed campus, uniforms, etc, but pay no attention to the input. Parents are not welcome in this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2005
Cortez is a highly preforming school in both academic and extra curricular activities. Advance Sophomore English class passed with a 79% excell rate. The dance program is appaulded and looked up to y all other dance programs. Sports, although this is not what Cortez most exceeds in are working their way up the polls. In the 2004-2005 school year they took thier school to state. Tom Hernandez is an excellent principal who takes pride in both his school and students make sure both exceed.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2005
Overall Cortez is a excellent school. The music, sports, and art programs are good. Academic program is ok there is some bad teachers but every school as them. Parent invovement is poor.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2003
On numerous occasions, I saw student, parent and faculty efforts to better the school thwarted by the principal. I have numerous children who have gone to this school, but my next two will be sent to one of the other district schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2003
Cortez High has a very small population but, that doesn't stop them from doing things larger school would never try to accomplish. I love the environment at Cortez when it comes to the student body. The teachers are new and old and have there own uniquie ways of teaching some better then others but, all trying to get the point acorss. That is why i gave the students a higher rating then the faculty and administration because they both could use some improvement

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2003
I'm not sure who writes the info on the state report cards. Every school I've associated with in AZ has given false info. Cortez does have a large special ed program. Just don't equate large with good - they've given up on academics at this point. You have to be firm to get academic or even elective type classes. The regular ed is ok. Some good teachers, some not as good. Some exceptional english and calculus teachers. The Biology teacher is beyond exceptional. The administration is the challenge at Cortez. The principal has absolutely no interest in what parents think or want (unless it is to raise money through the PAC). He refuses to comply with the state law mandating a site council, and gets visibly angry if you mention it. Made the mistake of talking with another school in the district about how their programs are funded - they called him and he got very upset. It is a small school, and that is used as an excuse for every weakness that comes up. All in all, considering the other schools in the area, it's not any worse.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
Small school, academics stressed, extra help always available, strong parent group (PAC), clean campus, pride is visible in students behavior, a lot of special ed kids here and students treat them as equals and will help without question and many scholarships are awarded to seniors from many different sources. My only problem - the attendance office needs to learn some 'nice' social skills and treat parents/students as real people.

- submitted by a parent
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Cortez High School
8828 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85051
(623) 435-6000
Last modified Cortez High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cortez High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top