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9-12
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,744
 

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5802 E Dove Valley
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

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(480) 575-2400
(480) 488-6701
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September 19, 2014
The staff at this school are extremely rude and unaccommodating. The curriculum is basic for the classes my child is enrolled in and I honestly don't see how this school prepares students for college. One year is enough at this school and I'm glad my child will not be attending there next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
Honestly, this school is a perfect example of when they use the A grade rating to boost their reputation and all of the sudden when your invested in it, it's a huge lie. I've been a student at the school since freshmen year and I felt this school is a lifeless prison of a mediocre list of teachers and unreliable programs that struggles to prepare students for college. The students are horrible at this school specially the student body and stuco, they are disrespectful to their peers and new students from other schools. Overall, this school is horrible in education and everything, if you looking for a strong education that really preps your child for college, consider Pinnacle or Chaparral.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2014
Cactus Shadows is a very fine institution. I'm not going to lie and say that all of their teachers are the best in the state but they aren't the worst. I transferred to Horizon because I moved and anyone who thinks there is a drug or bullying problem should go to Horizon and see how lucky they are. No one pushes drugs on you and no one gets bullied at school. Online is another story. If you are getting bullied online just close your browser! Cactus Shadows has great events and really creative students. I am proud to say I attended Cactus Shadows and will be returning in the fall for my senior year.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2014
The school and its administration is a joke. They spend thousands to put a helicopter in the air to take a video of the students on the field for their "year end video" but can't spend a dime to provide special education needs for its students who are struggling. Unbelievable!!!! DON'T send your kids here!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
The school is impersonal and the individual students are just parts in a machine. Administration considers the 'machine' acceptable and will use the "1700 students" as a reason to ignore individual needs. Administration are also thick as thieves and are unwilling to take responsibility when they make mistakes. As far as teachers are concerned, I don't think they can get a fair rating because of the regime they report to. My oldest child, a graduate of CSHS and a Dean's list student in college says, "I'm ashamed to be an alum of that school.". The worst thing about this school and the district is that they are always grubbing for money, then they cut classroom budget, and spend, spend, spend on facilities and "image". They boast their "A" rating to the point of being sickening, especially when you know what day to day is really like..

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2011
This school, as any in the US, has drugs but they are not forced upon students not interested. Drug use is not accepted in the school and every effort is made to eliminate the problems. There are great teachers, good teachers and this year a few less poor teachers. Any grass being planted surely was not paid for by the firing of teachers!!!???? The principal is concerned and willing to aid in the communication of families and teachers. My 4th child is going through this district right now.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I am a student at cactus shaddows. If you are looking to put your kids in a school I am telling you now that this school is definatley not a good idea. There Is a HUGE and when i say huge im not joking, HUGE drug and alcohol problem. There is no way you can avoid it at this school. The School officer is a really nice guy but cant seem to crack down on these problems. I dont know if the school system is completely trying to ignore this but its extremely obvious. They try to keep us in the school as if its a prison. Literally. Locked gates throughout the school. Also as far as learning goes, in every class the teacher doesnt get any respect from the kids. The average in my english class is 32% the teacher cant controll the room.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2009
The new principal is absolutely wonderful. Organized, Approachable, Friendly, Caring, the school is running better than ever. The last coment Dated September was obviously from someone who doesn't spend a lot of time at the school. you gave the new adminstration a week to form your opinion wow how long did your boss give you to be perfect at your job....., do you homework on the grass before making rediculous comments. Be part of the solution not the problem. Not Happy? take your kid somewhere else like horrible scottsdale school district or worse Deer Valley, paradise valley.

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September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 10, 2009
My child has a lot of problems inside of this school due to the environment set by the administration of pure unorganized chaos. They are slow of getting out information to parents and quick to fire fine educators to buy new grass. Not the worst school my children have ever attended but definately not one I pride having my kids go to.

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August 25, 2009
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August 04, 2009
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June 25, 2009
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June 01, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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February 14, 2009
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November 19, 2008
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August 06, 2008
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August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
My child usually doesn't understand the materials that are being taught. When we moved to the district, my son has been fully understanding what he's being taught. The teachers have been providing extra help for my child. He has made it on the Honor Roll for the first time in his life. I would highly suggest this excelling school over the old school he went to in Northern California. The staff is also great. They are all very friendly and are glad to help out.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
I am currently a student at Cactus Shadows and I know from personal experience that this school has drug and alcohol problems. There are too many students and nobody respects or listens to the teacher. Its very hard to learn in an enviroment where nobody cares if they have a 4.0 or a 0.5 gpa. Its funny because they all assume they will make it to college with such lousy grades.

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2008
Administration is very professional. Our child is getting an exceptional education. Teachers are very dedicated. Very pleased with the school

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
I am an Honors/AP student who playes 3 Varsity sports, I have been able to enjoy the best of both worlds here at the school.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2008
I have found it common that teachers are not qualified to be teaching to courses that they are. It is clearly obvious administration is having and exceptionally hard time dealing with population growth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2007
My daughter Fernanda, a brazilian 16 years old girl, is attending this school now, and it's been a great experience for her and for us, here in Fortaleza, Cear Braszil, knowing about her good results up to now. Congratulatiions for both, her and the school

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2007
My daughter is attending this school right now, and i believe they have an awesome facility and fairly good teachers. It has progressed sufficiently over the years. My daughter loves Cactus Shadows and i do to. Its an over all good school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
worst administration I've ever come in contact with. Anywhere but here...

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July 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 03, 2007
With the addition of the IB Diploma program, this school has become greater than ever before. CSHS has exceeded standards time and time again and will continue to do so. They are proving themselves as the excelling high school they are; not only through acedemics but through extracoricular activies. Although there are a few teachers on campus who do not seem to realize that the school is changing and that they need to make adjustments themselves.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2007
Cactus Shadows is a great school. The new principal, Sid Bailey, is doing a terrific job. My son graduated last year and I have a daughter who is currently attending. The school is fairly small, offers many opportunities for involvement in sports, and the PTO is a great way to get involved as a parent.

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January 14, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
December 11, 2006
This is a horrible school.

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October 02, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 27, 2006
This school is the worst school my children have ever attended ( we moved 6 times). The teachers in this school, make the school to easy for my children whom are taking all honor and ap classes. The sports offered in this school is another thing to laugh about.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2006
I have taken my children out of Cactus Shadows. The class average in my daughters math class was a 67%. I would have thought that the administration would see this as a red flag and find out why the kids are not getting the material. The administration is dealing poorly with the huge growth in the area and the kids are getting lost in the process. There is a lot of teachers being let go due to a change in District administration and I think the poor morale is impacting the quality of teaching that is being provided to the students.

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April 22, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2005
Overall, I would rate this as a good school, however it could be great with a few needed changes, particularly in administration. They do not fully understand, first hand, the quality of teachers they may lose because of this. Sometimes change is good. Now I think it is time for a change.

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August 23, 2005
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July 30, 2005
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June 02, 2005
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May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2005
Great programs and a very safe and orderly school. My son is graduating and is sorry to leave. His classes have been 'top notch.'

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April 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My daughter attended the Scottsdale school district from K-7 and received a much better overall education than she has at the Cave Creek district. Some teachers at Cactus Shadows are horrible and there isn't any focus on the arts, just sports. The classes are overcrowded and the school grounds need alot of improvement. There aren't enough tables or protected areas where the kids can eat lunch. The kids are pushed hard for the first three years and then as seniors, they are totally let loose and not many of the students take their last year seriously - no structure or guidence.

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March 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
In our experience, Cactus Shadows has been inconsistent in their academic standards. There have been multiple instances of moving teachers to fill staff requirements, causing less qualified teachers to instruct some honors classes. Students are promoted regardless of their level of performance which has been very disheartening for students who work hard to achieve success. There are many opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular (particulary sports) activities. In the course of our 9 year history in this school,it is evident that those students who are athletically gifted are recognized over those students who are more academically inclined.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
Great school. My son love it there. We came from the Georgia school system and this is a far step above.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2004
Mixed feelings overall. There are some great teachers (math and spanish in my experience), and some really poor ones (english dept. specifically) Communication from the school is great, and if you are willing to get involved it makes a differnece.

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March 24, 2004
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September 11, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
Great group of teachers!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2003
Cactus Shadows is a rapidly growing college prep school. The teachers are excellent, although turnover seems to be a problem. Discipline is the real issue: dress code not enforced, consequences not the same for all students, attendance issues (tardies) continue to be a problem. The current principal is trying hard to unify a school that has had frequent changes in administration.

- submitted by a teacher
July 25, 2003
School has grown way to fast. Good educators have left the school at an alarming rate.The current princpal lacks leadership and discipline is not commensurate to the problems that have occurred.Superintendant is strong on words and very light on action! Matters greatly who you are.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2003
The quality of this school depends on if your student is a 'jock', excels in academics or requires special needs. I speak from the Special Education perspective. The former principal at this school was involved '0' with Special Education staff. Did not work with Special Education director. And it was clear that the Special Education director did not support staff - huge turnover. Not conducive to providing consistent service with a population that needs it most.

- submitted by a community member
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Cactus Shadows High School
5802 E Dove Valley, Scottsdale, AZ  85266
(480) 575-2400
Last modified Cactus Shadows High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cactus Shadows High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top