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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Not alot of gangs, small campus with alot of extra attention paid to kids with ""CARING"" teachers. Parents earn money to reward seniors in form of scholarships to as many as possible with money earned. Alot of seniors receive ALOT of different scholarships.
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