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Maryvale High School

Public | 9-12 | 2802 students


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Posted March 20, 2014

The staff are okay. The Principal who has been there for 10 years, does not speak English correctly. We felt that he has mistreated some of my daughters best teachers. Two actually transfered. We stopped attending open houses after her first year. The Principal is a tyrant. Our daughters friends were going to the school so we let her go aswell. The athletic program is horrible. We tried to help and the AD was helpful but the Principal kept speaking at us. My husband is Hispanic and he is disgusted with the principal even when he speaks Spanish to us. We moved back from out of state and we have not seen any changes in the school. It is the same old story about improving but not showing gains. My daughters three friends dropped out of Glendale C.C. because they weren't prepared. They had 3.5 GPA and some awards. Fortunately, our daughter joined the Navy. We will not send our son to Maryvale.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 4, 2011

The athletic and academics of Maryvale is sad. The athletic director has hired her own personal friends to coach and the coaches do not care if the teams win or lose(and the lose a lot) The students are not pushed for higher education and the teachers do not seem to care if the kids do well or not. I talked with the administration about my child's future in basket ball and I was told to pay for a club team , because that was the real way to be seen. I have had no support for my child from the teachers or the counselors. I am looking for someway to move to save my child's education. This school is a joke and should be shut down or totally re-staffed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 27, 2010

Maryvale has an amazing network: from the prinicipal who supports all activities and teachers, to teachers and staff who love their jobs and their students, to the administration and support network who help SO MANY kids. I am proud to have association with Maryvale, and only urge the community and families to become more involved and support the school and kids! I am proud to be a PUHSD grad and have worked with so many talented professionals at this school!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 9, 2010

I am right now in MHS, I have to say that is a good school it has improved a lot
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 21, 2008

I am a student from the 05 class! I have to say that Maryvale HS is one great school in every aspect! Teachers are wonderfulm, they really push you to do your best. The counselors are awesome- especially Mr. Kelleher! Maryvale has a great variety of programs you can join and great elective classes! Go panthers!!!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 24, 2007

this school is fantastic. the academic achievment is astonishing!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 30, 2007

I am A student at Maryvale and it's great I believe that the Music program is the best around Band, choir and Guitar all have the most supporting teachers, the administration also helps the music program a lot, we are not the wealthiest but that doesn't matter we still perform great at all Competitions. I would never give maryvale up to go to a 'better performing' school because I know we are not the known for the best. But the good thing about us is that we in the music program put 500% dedication no matter what our reputation is.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 30, 2007

I am a student at Maryvale, and I have to agree that it has the best band program in state. The extracurricular activities here are great, dance, choir, band, guitar, and art classes are fantastic! It is a wonderful school, We might have a bad reputation, but it's sure has improved. Go panthers!
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 10, 2006

The athletics program at Maryvale has got to be the worst in the state in terms of support from the administration.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 22, 2006

lack of parental involvement hurts. good sports program though.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2005

Well as a parent I am pleased with Maryvale High School. I feel they really try to help the students. There are many classes that the kids can take. There is a great dance class. I like that they are a stay on campus for lunch hour. Plus they have a good security team. They are friendly but strict especially Vinny he is great with all the students. The football teams are great it keeps many kids out of trouble and gives somthing to do plus it keeps there grades up just as all the other sports. I feeel it is just a better school and I would rather have my child there than at Trevor Browne High. Go Maryvale Go. Almost all my family gonig back alomost 30 yrs has grduated from this school so lets keep the tradition!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2005

My step-son graduated from Maryvale. Even though his father and I are educators, he could not get through high school. He was enrolled in a charter school until I visited Maryvale High School. I walked the halls, sat in on classes, talked to the teachers and students and became convinced there was learning going on and there was discipline in the school. While we were in the counselor's office a poster for the ROTC program caught my son's eye. The ROTC program gave him the discipline and confidence to study and pass his academic classes. He became a platoon leader and after graduation joined the army. The army gave him financial aid to go to a tech school when he was discharged. He now has a good paying job. Some of the teachers took a personal interest in his success along with the army personnel. We are very grateful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2005

This review is for all bilingual students. Bilingual classes in Maryvale are not the best, they basically used more spanish than english, and at the end of the school year, you are still not speaking English. As far as I know they do not have advanced classes of math, such as calculus, and they need better teacher for regular English classes. On the other hand, Maryvale High School has a good availability of art, music and sports. As far as parents involments with the school, it is up to the parents themselves, if they push and get in touch on a regular basis, they can unsure the success of ther kids.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 1, 2005

Maryvale High School's academic program needs more work in the science part. For instance, the maximun level of Math does not goes to calculus, which in other high schools does go to calculus. The same for physics. The classes for bilingual students is not the best, it needs more English than Spanish. Teachers end up giving Spanish only classes and forget about the English. Sometimes at the end of hte school year, students can not speak English. The High School's availability of music and art is very extensive, the same for sports. The parents can easily get involve by starting to talk to the adviser and then their kid's teachers.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 17, 2005

Has best band program in the state.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 9, 2004

Maryvale is a school teachers are on top of their students and take the time to work indivisually with other students on or off school time. They take it personally when a student fails.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 14, 2003

My child is returning to Maryvale. The only thing I want to comment on is the parent who states that there are 'no bad children, only bad parenting' I have raised 4 children. They have all received the best care, love, guidance, discipline that any single mom could give. One of them has been in and out of jail since he was a youngster...I have had no problems with the other 3. They were all brought up the same; I take offense at a comment that would appear to put all blame on parents, who for the most part, do the best that they can. Before you make generalized comments like that, please take into consideration that mental illness and/trauma also have alot to do with a child's behavior. I do agree on one comment you have made. There are no bad children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2003

I have two children who are alumni and one that is a current sophomre who is in the National Honor Society at Maryvale. I am very pleased with the staff, teachers and other personnel at Maryvale. The JROTC staff have been an important part of the education process, teaching strong values and self discipline. I believe that the state overlooks many of the positive aspects of this fine school.

Posted March 17, 2003

Not only am I a parent of two students at Maryvale I am also an alumni and a current employee. This school has come a long way since I was a student.If we could get more parent and community support for these students the potential of these wonderful kids could be shown more. Remember there are no bad children just bad parenting! we have a wonderful choir,drama department that gets no recognition. It is sad that these children get no real support. Maryvale Community come out and support the future of our country!

Posted October 15, 2002

I have two children at Maryvale. I was scared to send my children there but My son is a junior and I am very proud of the schoool and teachers. I was upset about the failing grade of the school but I feel the state needs to look at the positive things at maryvale. The most omportant is the caring staff and the positive students there. I hope their are other parents at Maryvale who write and let others know about are great teachers and staff but mostly are great children that attend Maryvale.

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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.

706 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

720 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

698 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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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 91% 43%
Black 4% 5%
White 4% 42%
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 83%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • Phillip Verdugo
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 271-2597


Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
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3415 N. 59th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85033
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Phone: (602) 764-2009


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