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Sahuarita High School

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Posted June 23, 2014

There seems to be a lack of leadership, communication, and overall follow through with administrators and staff at this school. There are teachers who have no business "teaching" our children. I have even wondered if these select educators are in fact even educators. I do not see where I as the parent, should be doing the job of the teacher. I have prepared my child for school, given them the tools they need, the teacher must pick up somewhere and do their job. There is a level of protection for those teachers, as well as the teachers who are bullies. The student is not the priority, their attendance is, as that is where the school makes their money. I truly wish the education of the student was the priority, and changes would be made to make that a true statement. So far, this is miles away from what I have seen. I can only hope there is a change so future students can have a better chance at success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2014

I have to be honest SHS has a weak academic and athletic program. I have two children that have attended. One was bored out of his mind, never had homework, STRAIGHT A'S 2 YEARS TRANSFERRED TO SAL POINT FOR COLLEGE PREPARATION. I just feel that the school is overly concerned with performance hence it has dumbed down the curriculum to boost its numbers, Its a shame. The Athletic program is a joke!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2013

I have two daughters graduated from SHS. Both of them won national awards and are doing great in college. Our son is still a sophomore there. All there also have a lot of opportunities to get involved in club activities at school that are open to all students. For those who complain about this school, try harder to get involved. To succeed you need to put some work and commit to it. You have to put some effort to gain the benefit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 2013

Worst school I have ever been to. Horrible disciplinary actions, they treat every student as if they were a prisoner. Would not recommend to anybody.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 23, 2012

By far the worst school I have ever been to. The school wastes so much money on things they do not need, such as monitors, cameras, and other useless gadgets that they say are helping to make the campus a "better place." The school should be concentrating on supplying books for the classes. Every classroom I have been into had worn and out-of-date books. The majority of students who graduate from this school will be unprepared for college. Besides the AP and honors course teachers, it seems as if the staff could care less about their students' education. Try to avoid going to this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 27, 2011

My sons have had an amazing experience at Sahuarita High School. My oldest son is graduating and is off to Purdue. By the way Purdue only accepts 1 in 6 applicants ( who prepared my son for this challenge if not for Sahuarita teachers and staff). My younger son is in ROTC and doing very well although we have run in to two teachers this year that think grades are not that important and my son does since he wants to attend the Air Force Academy. Overall I think Sahuarita is much better than the schools my sons attended prior. Thank you Sahuarita High and let us continue to reach for excellence!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2011

I have had nothing but problems with this school. I have been in the military for nearly 19 years and have done a lot of moving. My daughters have attended 8 different school districts (to include DODDS) and have always excelled. I have NEVER had to deal with a school like this one. Like other parents, I find that the school doesn't return calls/emails. I have to walk into that office if I want ANYTHING done. I get the "roll of the eyes", but I only speak to the principal or vice now about everything. Teachers enter grades into the automated system "at their leisure" and don't necessarily grade assignments until weeks after they're turned in/due! My daughter is choosing to go live with family members in another state to get away from this horrible school and I can't blame her. Thank you SHS for putting my family through so much stress and heart-ache. Thankfully, I will retire before my other daughter gets to high-school. Parents- You are the ONLY ones who can advocate for your children. The staff will not hear anything your student has to say. Be prepared to battle (give them about 3 chances before going to the superintendent, that's when they'll hear YOU). Avoid if possible!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 17, 2011

This school basically fails on a scale of one to ten. i have been going to this school for 2 years and it hasnt gotten better.last year i tried to get ahead with summer school and my principal said NO. Wat kind of person doesnt want a student to get ahead in studies?! The "monitors" are a waste, and overall i have just had a bad experience there. our football team is 0-10! so if you are looking to excell in that area. you wont. but if you like easy work, pointless rules, and staff that really dont care i encourage you to go to sahuarita high school. Oh and this is why the kids are bad. cuz the school is horrible!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 9, 2010

This school is really good, allthough it might not be the best one. I moved to this school from Puerto Rico knowing very little English. I learned English in two years and even though I still make mistakes I gotten a lot better. Also people has to be grateful, in Puerto Rico the school should get a -10 out of 10 (exept for the school of rich people); some of the public school had pests, absent teachers for months, the English horrible, no opportunities, very little electives (most schols 4-6), , no buses for transportationonly 1 option for food, and there was no clubs and only basketball and volleyball teams. I believe people is not grateful enought to realize what you have until you lose it. I present this by own experience. Before judging your school compare it to some place where people are not as lucky as you.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 13, 2010

police and principal dawgs people in hallways. Also, staff up front should be fired .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2010

JUDGMENT! I moved here thinkin sahuarita schools were diffrent than outhers but i was wrong. Sahuarita judges based on looks because i went there trying to change my life and they judged me by my files and by the way i dressed and because me and anouther student were argueing because he had a problem i wasnt able to go to that school and i want to just graduate and become someone and this district would not allow me becuase they judged me if you were to see my file i am a pro amature boxer and i wus jus trying to make my parents proud!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 26, 2010

My Grandson Has had Learning Disabilities since second grade. Sahuarita HS decided to 'Main Stream' him his Freshman year....he has gotten so far behind that he is now failing every class. My Daughter has been on them for months to retest him...she finally reminded them by law they have 60 days after her request to have him evaluated...they just don't care enough for their students.

Posted February 5, 2010

Staff does not care about students, constant interruptions, raising taxes and spending it on fences and cameras, and lack of leadership
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 20, 2010

Staff is rude to both parents and students. The curriculum is marginal at best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2009

If there any possible was one could home school or have your child attend a different school please do so. The teachers do not care. I am a very involved parent, i contacted every adminitrator in the district and got no where! no one returned my phone calls and emails regarding my daughter until the last week of school! their suggestion.....Summer school at $350 a summer, when if they could have answered me in december perhaps she would not have failed the last half of the school year! no! no! run!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2009

Let me begin by saying this school is beyond overcrowded. That being said, the school administration can't control what is happening on campus. Had it not been for my daughters honesty, I would have never known of all the awful things that happen on that campus. The assistant principals pretend to take an interest in any issues that arise, but quickly forget once the parent leaves. Academically the classes are to large, that the children aren't getting the proper instruction, and inappropriate behaviors are happening within the classrooms! For these reasons I made the decision to transfer my daughter to a different school. The best decision I've ever made!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2009

i was a student and im bumd that i switch out it was the best school ever!!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 13, 2009

My daughter requeted to be removed from this school. She didnt like what she heard and saw on the school grounds or the way she was treated by other students. also had problems with one of the teachers taking the time to note a 'A' student now failing. The teacher claimed he/she didnt have the time to review all of the students. This school needs to focus more on the students
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2009

I would rate SHS as average. The curriculum is very weak. My child is enrolled mostly in honors courses has a 3.9 GPA, but is not being challenged, and has very little homework. A large percentage of parents and students in this community don't understand the importance of a good education. In the prior reviews, parents and students blame everything on the teachers and administration. The problem is the parents. Your child's education begins at home. Try directing some of your constructive criticism at yourselves.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2008

Im a senior at this school, and i have been enrolled in this district since 8th grade. The school office staffs ignores everyone, the school principal staffs don't listen to both sides of the story. They always use 'Im the adult, im right you're wrong, im smart, you're dumb.' If you argue you get punished. As you can see my english skills aren't that good due to English teachers here. They're are lacking in EVERTHING. I want to transfer out of this school ASAP!
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

202 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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

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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 50% 43%
White 43% 42%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 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 26%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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350 W Sahuarita Rd
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
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Phone: (520) 625-3502


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