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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted August 4, 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

Posted August 1, 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

Posted October 15, 2002

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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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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

262 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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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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 48% 43%
White 29% 42%
Black 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 65%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Phoenix, AZ 85051
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