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Saguaro High School

Public | 9-12 | 1326 students

 

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Posted December 19, 2008

Teachers really do care if your student wants to learn! I agree with the statement of the front office women. Very rude and enjoy 'talking down' to students and even parents. They should be lucky they have jobs! My daughter has been there since 2007 and she's doing extremely well. Teachers care and will do what it takes to help your student but you have to help also at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

My child has been attenting Saguaro since the beginning of the 2008 Fall semester. So far I am not that impressed. I do really love the choir program. However, like many high schools, all the emphasis seems to be placed on sports. Namely the football team. Ho-hum. I too think that the front office staff is extremely rude and arrogant. Which is funny actually. I don't know why they act so superior. I think more parents need to complain about their attitudes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

Saguaro is the 'real deal'! Saguaro is a terrific school and offers all students challenging & stimulating academic opportunities in a 'real world' diverse social setting. We wanted a great school that wasn't Scottsdale 'plastic' or shielded from reality for our daughter to be successfully prepared and transition to any college. Also, the administration is extremely supportive and has does an amazing job despite all the unfortunate events that were thrown their way. Most of the Saguaro teachers work hard and are fabulous - our daughter recently took the Arizona AIMS and exceeded all three of her AIMS tests! Last but not least, the athletic programs especially football are second to none and one of the best that the State has to offer. In life, it is all what you of make it and Saguaro can offer the tools to make your child's education a positive and rewarding life experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Despite their unfair reputation, and uncontrolable events that may have happened in the past year, I believe saguaro is an amazing school. So far, my wife, three of our children, and myself, have all graduated in the top 10% on the SAT's. One of my daugters decided to choose to attend her freshman year at Chapparal Highschool, and completely regrets making that decision. She is now a junior at Saguaro, and I don't believe I have seen her this happy in a long time. I am more than confident that my children are getting the education they deserve, and I will, without a doubt, be sending my next three children there in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

I've had two children graduate from Saguaro. One tested in the top 3% on his SAT's. He went on to graduate from an honors college. When we moved to a nearby community during their HS years they chose to commute 45 minutes each way to stay at Saguaro. They participated in band, drama, choir, chess club, and numerous other activities. We travelled to NY to see the choir perform at Carnegie Hall (the choir and director were outstanding). The Saguaro community is diverse and the parent involvment that I saw was terrific.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

i currently attend and i find it to be a socially overdriven school. even from viewing the yearbook you can tell the school is quite superficially focused. i personally cannot wait to leave and have enrolled in east valley institute classes in order to get away. a majority of the staff is rude and the principal is not interested in helping the students individually.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2006

My daughter attended Saguaro for 4 years. She found a sufficient offering of honors and AP classes to be able to graduate with enough credits to start off as a midyear Sophomore in college. The voice program is well known.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

The school seems to cater to the students needs on an individual basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

The academic programs at SHS are good. They have Honors and AP classes. There is great availability of music, art and sports. There is a huge vocal and music department. There are 5 choirs at SHS, one of which was asked to sing at Carnagy Hall in New York this summer. There is great parent involvemnet.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2005

We are very happy with the quality of education at Saguaro High School. Teachers are focused on student learning. Our student has had a very positive experience at Saguaro. Some teachers have more challenging schedules due to extra curricular actives. Consequently, their availability to provide remedial help to students at the end of the day competes with those obligations. After our student was exposed to harassment we requested the school take appropriate action. The school removed the offending student from our student s class. No further problems against our student have occurred.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2005

The school has many academic opportunities available to the kids but also allows time for the extra activities that make school interesting. Sports programs are excellant and the drama and speech programs have helped my kids to excel in other phases of life by building confidence and comfort in speaking publicly. The school makes sure they include a variety of special interest classes and clubs so that all kids can get involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 25, 2005

There are opportunities for students of all academic abilities, the student must, however,be pro-active in selecting their course. The counceling for students is limited,the counselers seem overloaded. A motivated student and their families can find a comfortable place here. The site, now dismal and outdated, I'm happy to hear will receive a 'face-lift' soon. My general feeling is that the school is under-funded but has gets by. More can be done to generate funds so the class size could be smaller. The area to the north is growing so rapidly, when more schools in that area are built, it will greatly relieve this school. Like many other areas, extracurricular arts & music are effected by a starved budget. Extracurricular sports, however, seem to be well funded- they may receive private funding. Generally, good quality in the school but too many students for limited staff & resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

As a former student of Saguaro..I can say that there are plenty of extra curricular activities and opportunities for involvement. Teachers seemed very committed and spent extra time with students requiring more help. Great environment overall.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 13, 2004

I attended Saguaro from 2000-2004, and I found it to be academically and socially fulfilling. Most of the teachers are experienced and really care about their students. The music programs are top-notch, and the sports teams have also done well in recent years. Saguaro is a place where every student can find their niche. The administration is very unorganized and generally have no idea what they're doing. They often overreact to small problems, and take it out on the students. One major problem is the lack of adequate counselors and other staff (many took the buyout 2 years ago and got early retirement). My junior year there were 5 counselors on staff, and last year they cut it down to 3 (and 2 were part-time!). Don't expect a lot of help from the administration, its a waste of time.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 21, 2004

I was dissappointed with my experience at Saguaro. I found the Administration to be unsupportive of students. The adminstration's, including the teachers', primary concern was having the school look good, including test scores, to the public rather than developing their students. Additionally, the good sense of the administration was severely lacking. Unfortunately, during my time at the school and my siblings' time at Saguaro the administration has been very poor. It is my observation that my classmates, myself included, needed about a year to catch up with everyone else in college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 7, 2004

I was a student at this school from 1994-1997. It was a terrible school then the principle was rude and mean to students she did not like. Some of the teachers were good. I would never send my child there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 20, 2004

This school believes that if you make their ratings fall, you need to be gone from their school. I have yet to meet a teacher that will go the extra mile for a student. The front receptionist is one of the rudest people I have met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

I graduated from Saguaro in 1980 and felt I got a great education there. Schools are what the student makes of them and I feel it's the student's resposibility to get what they can out of it. At that time, I felt the school needed more computers and classes teaching useage. I also felt they needed a better student counciling staff. I got no real direction when I really should have gotten a scholarship considering my GPA and activities. Other than this, I loved going to Saguaro.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 21, 2003

For the past 4 years when both my children attended here. Sauargo was a terrible school!!! The administration was horrendous & very prejudice. However the teachers were good teachers. I have heard that the administration was replaced this year, so maybe things should get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2003

This is a wonderful school. My child is having a lot of fun there.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
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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 "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 76% 42%
Hispanic 16% 42%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (480) 484-7101

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
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6250 N. 82nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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