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Chaparral High School

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Posted April 9, 2013

CHS is overrated. Middle of the road students are the least educated. The focus is at the extremes of the spectrum. Teachers at these ends can be talented but arrogant, while the majority of students are herded into large classes with mediocre teachers. Not the best place for students who need or want inspired examples, passion, attention and direction.


Posted April 9, 2013

The school doesn't score that well on math and science standardized tests considering its ranking overall. Guidance is pretty limited and there's a feeling of preferential treatment for the more advanced students. A lot of teachers don't give any feedback or return work and tests. Overall, not so great compared to other schools in other states especially.


Posted October 25, 2012

CHS is a great learning environment. My older daughter has just begun her freshman year in an out of state college and CHS prepared her extremely well with honors classes and AP courses. We are pleased and hopeful that the level of academics remains high there for our next child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

Surprisingly good. We moved from very good public school system on E. coast Two kids - one a high achiever and one with learning issues. The teacher quality has been very good - in general - with notable exceptions where kids go to extremes to avoid specific teachers (on-line courses) but that concern is not endemic or an issue only for Chaparral. One of our kids went to elite private school in E with similar issues. Support for our child with learning disabilities has been quite good; most private schools can't compete in that area. AP courses have been very good and accessible. Resultant SAT scores very good. In general kids are great and of high quality. Parent involvement is high and sports programs are outstanding for boys and girls. THIS QUESTIONAIR NEEDS A MEANS TO NOT RESPOND ABOUT PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP - IF ONE IS NOT IN A POSITION TO EVALUATE. I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO EVALUATE SOMETHING THAT I HAVE NOT BEEN INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS? THAT REQUIREMENT PROBABLY DAMPENS INTEREST IN COMPLETING SUCH QUESTIONAIRES BECAUSE OF SECURITY ISSUES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

This school is amazing! Yes, it can be a bit cliquey but there are few people who unwilling to talk to new students just because they are new. Chaparral iis THE most spirited school in the state. Our team are back to back state champions, our boys basketball team has been state runner ups for the past two years, our cheer team are back to back national champions and Arizona State champions, our Pom Squad placed top 5 at Nationals in florida, our girls basketball team has made it to the playoffs the past two years, the wrestling team has had 3 2nd place winners at the state championships, our swim team won state last year, our badmiton team won state this past year and we have several other excelling sports. Not are the sports amazing but the academics are great as well. There has been a student from Chaparral accepted to almost every school in the country (that were applied to) including Princeton and Oberlin. Our Arts programs are also amazing! We have had 4 plays this year with more coming. We have several students who are part of the National Thespian Society as well as several students who have been recongnized throughout the state for their art. Overall this school is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2011

Amazing School! Great for academics, sports and the arts! The Principals and Security Officers really work hard to make sure that the children are safe 100% of the time. The teachers are great and very helpful and understanding of children who may have problems in their class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

We started at Chaparral because of the great Lacrosse reputation and overall athletic high standards. They did not let us down. This school has some of the best coaches in the country. There are many other great things I hear about this school academically. My kids love it. Parenting isn't over yet. This school is real life that they should be preparing for and learning about. Stay close to them and know who their friends are then you shouldn't have any trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2010

The Life Skills program at Chaparral is outstanding. The teachers and administration are caring and committed to providing the best for the life skills students. The students of Chaparral are supportive and include the special needs students in campus activities. Chaparral is the best place for special needs students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Chaparral has great Life Skills teachers! The kids are very unique, so are the teachers. Chaparral has a great football and badminton team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This school allows it's children to grow into adults ready for the world outside it's walls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

this is by far the best school in Arizona!!! hands down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

I have been going to Chaparral and I can say that I am not disappointeed. The best is the academics and the teachers, the teachers are great. I do not know about regular clases but the honors calsses at Chaparral are difficult. The English, Science and Math is difficult and is very useful. I have seen the IB program and its classes, I personally believe that the cirriculum and teachers at Chaparral are more difficult and more entertaining to listen to. Great Schol, altough there are bad influences of drugs which people need to stay away from. Well, its there in almost very public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

I'm very pleased with Chaparral and glad my son is there. They have great, experienced teachers (most have over 25 years under their belt,) excellent sports, and Chaparral is a very safe campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

Chaparral is an excellent high school. The teachers are top notch. The honors classes are challenging. This is a great school and offers a wonderful foundation for any college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2008

Unchallenging and uninteresting school. If you want to go to a school with the brattiest wealthiest people in Arizona go here. Serious drug problems and violence among the students. Strong clique mentality and at one point we were considered the next likely Colombine. I failed almost every class, my friends bought drugs off the security guards, and I still went on to get a Ph.D. from an Ivy league school without their help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2008

My daughter transfered from Notre Dame Prep to Chaparral and I had no problem with it. Chaparral truly is better in all aspects, the kids are happier, the education is the same but Chaparral's teachers are more experienced, and the campus is more welcoming (classrooms, etc.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

This school's awesome and has a wonderful environment to be in! I love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2007

this is a great school if you are looking for sports, clubs, and some challenging academic classes. although remember that just like in any high school there will be drama, popularity problems, and that the main student body is well to do. if your child cannot compete with this, it is not the school for him/her. although remember everyone has to learn the world isn't painted with roses
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 8, 2007

Coming from Cochise & Cocopah, we expected this school to be as poorly run and academically unchallenging as they were. Fortunately, we found the honors and AP programs are wonderful. There are some great teachers there that really inspire your students with a few teachers who become the bane of your existence and you just pray for the end of the school year. Overall, the academics are challenging and excellent. In looking at colleges throughout the nation, it is gratifying to note that they are very aware of Chaparral and its excellent reputation. There is every kind of club to be involved in as well as sports. It is also an excellent school if you have problems with your student. One of our children was very sick for a long while and they went out of their way to help us in every way possible. It is a GREAT school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

Everything is at Chaparral - academics, sports, clubs, counseling; however, know your child. If they are not motivated or competitive, this is not the place for them. Of my three, one was lost and no one made a difference (much as my husband and I tried); I felt he fell between the cracks there. Two jumped in and took advantage of all that is offered-honors classes, clubs, sports. Parent involvement is expected and makes a difference. Of course, problems exist as in any large public school, but security/adm. handle it quickly and effectively from my perspective. I have never felt my children are unsafe. A few other positives: excellent special ed department; love that it is a closed campus.
—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.

579 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

570 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


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 "Excelling".
  • 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 84% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 6% 43%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 5%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Lou Muccino
Fax number
  • (480) 484-6501

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(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
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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6935 Gold Dust Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
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Phone: (480) 484-6100

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