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District Paradise Valley Unified District

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5601 E Greenway Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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4 stars
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April 19, 2014
My daughter is a Senior this year, we started out at PVHS that was plauged with gangs,drugs that were rampent, and kids being bullied and or assalted almost daily.....we moved to Horizon High and honestly it was best thing we could have done. Daughter loves school now and is going to continue on with her education. NO school is perfect ,but Horizon comes close. Only wish everything was not ala-carte....

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Not happy! Wish I would have listened to my child and not forced him to go here. I don't find the work challenging and I have only seen a handful of teachers that really care. I am not impressed at all. My younger son will not be attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Although this high school seems to have high academic standards for the college-bound student, it is greatly lacking in high expectations for it special education young adults. I was extremely disappointed when my high functioning autistic daughter had ninth grade teachers that refused to follow her I.E.P. or made a big deal of asking her if she wanted to go to the testing center in front of the whole class. I am a former teacher in the state, and I would not treat a special needs student in this manner no matter what his/her age may be. It appeared to me that most of the teachers did not want to invest the extra time to make my daughter feel welcomed to Horizon High School during her freshman year. The Special Education Department needs to address implementation of I.E.P.s and speak directly to the teachers that refusing to invest the extra effort, attention, and fortitude for the uniquely gifted population at Horizon High School. Our society cannot afford for teachers to give up on students needing extra accommodations to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
We home schooled for four years. It was time to choose a regular school. From the start Doris is awesome her voice just makes me smile hearing it! Darlene and the rest of that staff cares they just do not ask why they say hope your child feels better. Dr. Mobley whom has gone above and beyond his job to help my family, Mr. Cady whom also goes above and beyond, Mr. O'Connor whom is a honorable man whom always does and says the right thing to make a bad situation good, his calming me during a bad day was amazing (all of the staff I have delt with has this in there voice and heart) Spencer and Dr. Downing made my child feel so special it was so nice to see two people whom love life and share that with everything they do, there impact on my child changed our lives forever!Last years front office woman whom now works for the Asst. Principal was amazing which is why she is where she is now. The Asst. Principal attending one of my childs iep meetings and smiled and never once made a comment like your not a teacher. Seriously, this school staff is amazing go meet them tell them I sent you. They know who I am even without you saying my name. Thank you Horizon, you changed us!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
As a parent with two kids in this school, I could not have asked for a better choice. The admin staff is awesome, the teachers are fair, and teach what these students need to succeed. There are many programs, sports and clubs to help the kids have a great experience. Kudos to the principal Dr. Courson for helping to make this school one that is top rated in the district, and the state! *my kids agree!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I love Horizon. The person who stated that Horizon has an " secret Achilles heel a serious racial problem plaguing its core" is, in my opinion, having a unique experience that is surely not found within the vast majority of the school. Being a current freshman, I have been able to identify with a variety of people and am proud to say that Horizon definitely feels like home. After being at Horizon for only a few months, I can easily say that all of my teachers are very well prepared. I am a firm believer that it is the student who makes the grade and not the teacher (partially, but that's not the point). Kids who are failing classes here at Horizon are in their position because of them, not their teachers. All of my teachers really get the class to be independent thinkers they really push my class to think beyond what they are telling us and think for ourselves. I have also been able to find a place where I can balance my love for singing and art with my love for learning with Horizon's awesome music program! Never have I found more dedicated fine arts teachers. I feel that at Horizon I can succeed academically and artistically. The athletic program is also amazing! GO HUSKIES!

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2011
We are new to Horizon High School this year and having nothing but great things to say. The teachers websites are informative. The school website is easy to navigate and find answers. My students' teachers have loads of experience and he is enjoying them. I can't wait to see what these next 4 years bring!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
Of all the high schools in the district, Horizon has to be the best. The curriculum is challenging, as it pushes students to perform at their best, all the time. The choir program is definitely the best in the state, with their advanced ensembles placing first in all categories at a recent out-of-state competition. There are many opportunities for students to become involved, whether it is student government, arts programs, or sports programs. Contrary to previous reviews, there are no drug, racial, or bullying issues that is superfluous to what you may find at any other high school. Overall, Horizon is a wonderful school that allows students to be well-rounded in a safe and friendly environment.

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2011
I am a current student attending Horizon and I feel insulted by all of these previous reviews, and obviously no new students such as freshmen or sophomores are going to feel comfortable with in the first two years. However, Horizon is the outlier of the other schools in the metropolitan area regarding drugs/alcohol.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2010
With its well-endowed curriculum and activities, prime Arizona location and affluence, it is easy to see why so many families deem this high school to be one of the best available. Unfortunately, this school has a secret Achilles heel a serious racial problem plaguing its core, which everyone pretends does not exist. While the rest of our nation's educational system is working hard to erase prejudice and elitism, through the years Horizon leadership has consistently swept clearly defined instances under the rug particularly in the sports department. Every single child deserves unbiased, even-handed opportunities. It is truly unfortunate this school has missed multiple chances to exemplify the true greatness of America s foundational premise instead of perpetuating and maintaining a Garden of Eden for a select few.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
I love Horizon because it has many programs, the teachers are great, and I feel safe there.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 30, 2009
My positive review is about the HHS teachers who prepare students well for college and AP tests. My student excelled at Horizon for 4 years and is off to college . Thanks to HHS for a tough curriculum which teaches to all types of students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 27, 2009
I have two children that are currently attending Horizon, and we are very happy with the school. We have found that there were many changes implemented since the new principal started 2 years ago that have made a great difference with the school. The adminstration is visible on campus, and most of the teachers have been dedicated and very responsive. It is not a 'rich kid' school at all. Our family is not rich, and neither of my children feel the need to wear designer labels to keep up with the other kids. Overall, we are very, very happy!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
I found this school incompetent and the faculty definitely discriminates students. I found that this school was so ridiculous with all the regulations and the not so amazing curriculum that i happily left.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 07, 2008
I attended all 4 years at Horizon. Security is lack, the children as well as parents are cliquish and snobbery is everywhere. (No, nothing to be proud of, believe me) The teachers are not focused and we even had one who was proud of the fact that she was a playboy playmate! Drugs are everywhere. Keep your kids away!

- submitted by a student
February 25, 2008
I am very happy with Horizon High School. In my opinion, it is the very best high school in the PV district. The teachers really care about the kids. They have a fantastic curriculum. My child has been happy wiht the school as well. It is not 'a rich kid' school full of spoiled children wearing designer clothing, as some have said. My child is not into labels and he is as accepted as the next kid. We have met many of the children and parents - all great people. If you are thinking about enrolling your child here - do not wait. The list for kids trying to get into this school is a very long one - and that in itself says a lot.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
its an awesome school that has great programs for everyone. i go there now and all the rumors about the whole school being rich and there are a lot of fights and this and that are not true. there are a few fights but they get broken up before anything happens. it is a good school the security is awesome for stopping fights but they are so worried about the fights that they get distracted from other things like issues with stealing and students sneaking off to areas that they are not supposed to be in. its a cool school and you learn a lot there.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 29, 2007
The new principal is better than the previous one. He gets the kids more involved and is a visible presence to the students at school, as well as attending school functions. This has made a difference on the school campus!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2007
Horizon High is in an upper middle class area with some affluence, but not the extremes found in other area schools. The teacher turnover is small, which I think is a good sign. My kids have learned and been involved in activities to have a rounded high school experieince. I think Horizon has demonstrated, that when you mess up as a kid, there are consequences and you are held responsible. I think Horizon is far above average as a high school experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 09, 2007
We just moved from CA. I am glad the my child goes to this school. Kids are friendly, teachers are great! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
I moved from NJ to AZ during my freshman year of high school and thought that Horizon was a much better school overall. Students are encouraged to participate in clubs and sports, the teachers seem to challenge the kids, and fights didn't occur as often as on the east coast. The only area where I felt Horizon was weak, was their security.

- submitted by a former student
October 28, 2007
Looking at other responses to this school, the problem parents seem to have is a fear of their child being beat up. While this is a problem, it's also a problem wherever you go. The teachers do a good job of keeping things interesting, and compared to other schools in the area I'd definitely recommend it, there's never really anything to truly be afraid of there. The only real problem is the principal, who is hard to see. I saw him maybe twice at my 3 year stay at Horizon, and both were school events.

- submitted by a former student
October 22, 2007
I have taught here off and on for past 7 yrs. discipline problems galore and students lack respect for authority. This is supposed to be the 'jewel' of the P.V. district, I would look elsewhere.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2007
We picked Horizon (over all the private & other public high schools) because we've known in talking to parents/students over the last 10 years that it maintains an excellent reputation. Teacher turn-over and changes are low, high quality of education (AP & Honors, but also regular classes if you want), outstanding number and quality of extracurricular and electives like very highly ranked Chorus, Yearbook, Newspaper, Drama - this is important as academics! We like all of the friends (and their parents!) we've met - school has a reputation for being more 'welcoming' than others. Families not as 'wealthy' as in 2 nieghboring high schools - a mixture. Didn't want our kids going to a school where kids had Hummers in the parking lot! Over all, student body values are very good there. We haven't experienced any 'snobs' - has been very pleasant. Parent-teacher organization very active. Staff always helpful when approached.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2007
The school has a School Resource Officer and every student who is caught with any form of tobacco is cited into court. The school has taken great steps to insure a healthy climate at Horizon. Fighting is not tolerated. Those students who engage in this activity are disciplined, which includes suspension from school. Oh, and yes you can be disciplined for dress code violations.

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May 23, 2007
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February 16, 2007
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February 02, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 16, 2007
Horizon High School is above all a phenomenal school, with excelling students and amazing teachers who care about every student. The sports program is what surprises me the most though. All the athletes are way above average. They also have over 50 clubs and committees. If you happen to be a concerned parent like me, there are many ways to get involved. One way to be a part of Horizon is to join 'PAWS'. You can also join the choir program which is one of the biggest high school choir programs in the state. Overall I would recommend Horizon High School to any student willing to excel!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2006
Academically, this school is incredible. The fine arts program at this school is probably the best in the state. As a former student I really enjoyed the academics and being in varsity choir. If I had not been in choir Horizon's social scene would have been a nightmare. I agree that there is a huge emphasis on 'Christian Values'.

- submitted by a former student
May 06, 2006
The quality of acaemic programs is generally very good. My disappointment is in the atmosphere of the school for the students. If you're student doesn't 'measure up' with their clothing, designer handbags, etc. it can be a tough road. However, my main concern is the amount of racial slurs that go on...a form of bullying which can cause great difficulty for teens who already have to deal with being a teenager. Leadership trys to deal with it, but it continues. When children aren't taught by parents and schools, to be inclusive of asian, latino, african american and others, it is very disappointing. There should be a program to address this issue with the students...maybe that could trigger some change.

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April 04, 2006
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February 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2006
I graduated from HHS, and have a brother there now. From personal experience I found Horizon's staff to be superior to those I've had in the past, though I can agree that some could have used a personality, but honestly how fun can you really make World History and Physics to a teenager. Several parents I know are involved in the booster club that helps sports and there is such a broad range of extracurricular activities to choose from both in music, art, and sports. My brother started here his senior year, a hard transfer, but every one of his teachers have made this year still count for him and whenever I as his guardian have had questions, they have all been quick to respond to any concern. I highly recommend this school to students who like a challenge and don't mind putting forth the effort.

- submitted by a former student
November 22, 2005
Very pleased with Horizon, the arts programs are great, academics are strong.

- submitted by a former student
September 13, 2005
The quality of academics are ok...but the options for students to accelerate in trade schooling is minimal. Horizon is horrible at preparing any of their student for immediate work and real life education. A majority of students are poorly guided on morals and work ethics. Over all, my opinion of the school is a poor rating for culture, values, and exceptence. The hallways are full of racial standards and how much money your family rakes in every year. If your child wants a place of education to be demanding socially, then enroll. but if your child is looking for acceptence along with enjoyable classrooms then try other schools in areas different from Scottsdale. thanks.

- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2005
This is a great school with plenty of opportunities to succeed. It is important for your child to reach out and get involved though, as there are so many students it's easy to get looked over.

- submitted by a former student
September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
Great school, wonderful staff, enjoy being in the district.

- submitted by a former student
July 11, 2005
I have been a student at Horizon for 2 years now, and personally I hate it. The teachers are difficult and some refuse to give extra help. The school cares more about dress code violations then students smoking in the bath rooms and fights.

- submitted by a student
July 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2005
I have had 4 daughters go through Horizon High School. Overall, the school did a good job with providing a safe environment and academic challenges for the students. The area the school could improve is building relationships and a sense of community. There doesn't seem to be a feeling of genuine care and concern for the students as individuals. Maybe this is asking too much from a school that is as large as Horizon.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 20, 2005
Quality of academic programs is good. This school offers an excellent music program as well as an abundance of extracurricular activities. Parent involment in music, Crosscountry and track are very good.

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April 22, 2005
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August 25, 2004
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August 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
Good school for those who like the arts.

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August 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
Parents are not involved. Too many drugs in school.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2004
Horizon is a fantastic school. Great teachers, great environment. Technology is always on the up and up. With the graduation rate compared to the state average, this is a school to send your children to.

- submitted by a former student
March 17, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 16, 2004
We do not live in Horizon's boundaries, but took advantage of open-enrollment due to Horizon's great reputation in the community. We chose the school because of its advanced course offerings, advanced placement courses, highly rated teachers, and community opinion that its a very friendly school. My son is a freshman, advanced student, involved in sports & clubs, and is totally happy with this school. I am pleased with the friends he's met, and the top service I've received anytime I've contacted the school about anything. The education he's received is top quality and he'll be well prepared for college. My son attended a private school prior to this, and I had considered private for high school - but with the service we've received here, I just don't know how it could be better.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
I believe Horizon is a good school, however, the classes are not challenging enough for those student who are not in an accelerated program. I fear that my child will come out of high school unprepared to enter college for this reason. When he transferred in during the middle of his freshman year he went from a challenging program to an average program. I do believe many of his teachers are very good but some are below average. He played football and wrestled this year at the JV level and his coaches could not have been better; their interest in their players is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2003
One of our daughters has graduated and is currently attending college, our second daughter is currently enrolled as a student. We are extremely happy with the teachers and administration.

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August 11, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2003
School administration supports and promotes 'Christian family values' and displays a total lack of respect and understanding for those who are not Christian.

- submitted by a parent
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Horizon High School
5601 E Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(602) 449-6000
Last modified Horizon High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Horizon High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews.