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17901 W Lundberg St
Surprise, AZ 85374

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(623) 523-8097
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September 26, 2013
Our son graduated from Willow Canyon May 2013. He is currently attending Hofstra University in New York. He feels that he was sufficiently prepared for college. He played sports and developed a great relationship with his coaches.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Willow has a great athletic program It is one of the best schools in the Surprise area

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2013
WCHS is committed to students' learning and to their success in the real world. Teachers are tailoring their instruction to the students' needs and talents. It is amazing to experience the culture of learning and cooperation among teachers, students, and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
March 03, 2012
I had an eldest son graduate from WCHS last year, a daughter in Honors classes ready to go into IB next year and an eighth grader. This school has a diverse student population but appears to get along quite well. The economy has hit families in this community very hard in recent years. With the challenges that would negatively impact a lesser high school this one continues to flourish. I find the teachers, staff and administration very caring and dedicated. Honors, AP and IB programs have given my children a quality education. I can always talk to a teacher, staff members or administration in a timely manner. The principal and other administrators can be found in classrooms, plays and sporting events. The band, drama, dance, student council and sports programs give student many options which my kids have taken advantage of while at WCHS. Before enrolling my kids I heard this school was the place to be. It has not disappointed in any way. I'm a big supporter of WCHS and have seen many positive changes in academics, extracurricular programs and school spirit. in my four year association. I strongly recommend this school and the work it does to prepare my kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
Willow Canyon is a mixture of good and bad and someone talking about the school, looking from the outside in, wouldnt understand. I went to Willow Canyon for two years and yes, there are unecessary fights, illegal substance use, and kids who really dont care. But, Ive also seen some of the most hard-working students and some of the most caring teachers in my experience there. The school is interesting and I dont know how anyone can put a rating on a school based on school spirit. Its a fun place to be with a welcoming presence. As terrible as it seems some days, overall those two years were the best years of my life and I wish I could go back to them. Anyone going to this school should appreciate it as should the parents.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2011
I was all in favor of Willow Canyon High School for all but the last 2 weeks of my daughters high school experience. My daughter was in band for 3.5 years, giving up Friday nights for football games, being dismissed at 11:30 only to have to be back on campus at 5:30AM for a festival. She poured her heart and soul into that band for over 3 years. She participated in marching band for all 4 years. The last semester of her senior she decided to take FEA as she wants to become a teacher. Little did she or we know that by doing so, that meant that Julie Trent, the band director, would essentially ostracize our daughter from band. She was not allowed be a part of the senior slide show at the end of the year, she was not allowed be recognized as a band member during graduation and she is now being told she is not a band alum and cannot play in the homecoming game. It has become very apparent that WCHS is only concerned in how you can help their school, not in your academic future. Miss Trent is sending the message that her band is more important the academic future of her students and shows no loyalty to her students what so ever. And the leadership of this school supports her.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2010
Recently, I attended the DECA WRLC in Washington, D.C. Kids from Willow Canyon were also in attendance. The kids were disrespectful, running around the hotel loudly and at all hours of the day & night, slamming doors, they even brought an XBOX to the conference (did they really attend the workshops?), and we only once-the night before the students checked out- saw an adult who seemed to be responsible for these students. As an educator, I take my supervision of students very seriously and actively. I also believe it's my responsibility to help students learn proper hotel etiquette, courtesy for other guests, as well as being good representatives of their family, their school, their community, & DECA. Willow Canyon students & supervisors did NOT represent well, at all!

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no rating September 24, 2010
Education is questionable, but best in district. Plenty of activities and school spirit is very high. Many elective courses are offered and their focus on college is stressed highly.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2010
i dont agree much with these comments. i am a sophmore at WCHS and the teachers are great, they are friendly but strict enough to let you know what life is going to expect from you. i like the dress code also, i feel free to express my self as much as i can. they allow peirceings, hair colored, tight jeans, bright outrageous colors, ect. The only thing that i find bad about this school is the students. i have alot of friends that do drugs and really stupid stuff, and they have tryed to get me into it. now im not an anti-drug protester kind of person, but the first week of my freshman year i have seen gang fights, food fights, discrimination, and i've even been offered drugs. over all though i feel welcomed into this school

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2010
i agree with the senior that posted that comment about students not caring and the teachers focusing on what you wear rather than to help you exceed in your learnings. i am about to be a senior and ive been there throughout my whole high school experience. To be honest, parents arent involved at all and teachers arent so nice. There are people who have 4.0 and higher grades and you wont beleive how many drugs they do. There is nothing to dooooo in surprise!!! so what do you think their going to do??drugs. But no matter where you go, there will aways be drugs on campass or people selling it. Parents think they know their kids. In my opinion, i wish i attended a Peoria District High School for a more fun experience.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2010
Being new to the valley, I wasn't sure about my choices for my children. I hear many good things about WC from friends and neighbors. There has been many positive changes in the last several years with new leadership and teachers. I could not be more pleased with my kid's experiences. There is a high level of academic expectations, teachers are caring and school spirit is very high. The teachers, staff and administration have always been helpful. Although not perfect there has been vast improvement in the last several years. I must say that I am very disappointed with parent involvement to this point. The school does a lot to encourage parents to participate, but it's the same small group that turn out for every thing, I will get more involved in the future.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
Willow Canyon is an alright school. There is nothing special about it, and depending on what teacher you get your school experience could be alot of fun or just alot of work that is kind of unnecessary.

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January 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
Willow canyon is an amazing school. People do care and the students do their work. You cannot judge everything on what some people do with themselves. the senior here is just over exaggerating. Its only your first year here and well your practically done with high school. Calm down kid. You don't even know what goes on in the school so don't criticize it. Willow Canyon is the place to be, if you have problems why don't you go somewhere else?

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
I am a senior at Willow Canyon High School and it's my first year attending here. I came from a small town and a small school where things were very different. The kids at this school just don't care. Many are very disrespectful to teachers, don't care about their grades, and aren't involved in extra-curicular activites. In result, much of the staff(especially in the office) is very rude to students who don't really deserve it. It also seems like because teachers have so many students in one day that they lose track of helping each individual - I came from block schedualing and I know Willow used to do block schedualing and I believe it provides a more effective learning environment. Also, it seems like the administration is more worried about dress code than improving test scores or strengthening school spirit(because we honestly have none).

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October 21, 2009
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October 07, 2009
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October 07, 2009
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June 22, 2009
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June 21, 2009
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January 28, 2009
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no rating January 13, 2009
I applaud those that are honest and abhor those that are not. I feel that many parents and students use this message board as an opportunity to criticize when they should consider point the finger in another direction. I have a son at the school and he loves it. He has made friends quickly and he feels that the teachers are the best. Understand, he was not motivated to learn but has found a 'new lease on life.' Additionally, he is active in athletics (football and wrestling). Both programs have gone through their ups and downs. He is most pleased with wrestling now that things have seemed to level out. He loves the coach as he continually stresses the importance of making the right reflection and impression. This school deserves the highest marks.

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December 09, 2008
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December 02, 2008
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October 28, 2008
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no rating October 04, 2008
This school abounds in stupidty. The assistant principal is more concerned about his being accepted as the principal for the new High School He along with most of the teachers are arrogant. As a concerned parent, I was informed that one my child's teachers didn't feel that she had to inform me of how my son was doing since as a sophomore, he was nearing adulthood. Negating responsibility is a common practice among the educators here. This school concerns itself with lying to parents and students and focuses mainly on football and baseball as the goal children should strive to be part of .

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September 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
I graduated from four years at WCHS, and my experience was fantastic. But not because of the school. The entire time I attended, I had no voice; I suffered for even trying to raise issues. The Arts program is absolutely amazing; I would not be who I am without it. And the IB programme, although off to a harsh start (as my year learned) is a good program, and while the director worked hard to get the program instilled, she never represented the truth and realities of the program to the students at any point. The athletics, which are good, are far too celebrated, by both staff and student council, which is the only school organization on campus recognized by the administration as serious. Rather than recognize a theatre club that has won state competitions or DECA students who competed nationally, a team that competed at regionals is celebrated.

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July 30, 2008
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July 15, 2008
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no rating July 13, 2008
There is a huge drug problem in this school, and teachers/admin pay more attention on the dress code and football team than they do academics. The only people who have school spirit are in sports, everybody else hates the school.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2008
I attened this school my freshman year and i absolutly loved this school. the people are amazing and the teachers are the best. the school had so much school spirit it was awsome, i hope its still that spirited.

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April 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 23, 2008
I'm not very pleased with this school at all. Granted, it is in a good neighborhood, but the teachers are terrible, and there isn't enough staff to enforce the district policies. Many of the teachers have been fired, especially this year, and there have been a lot of nehative activity at the school. I am a freshman at the school, and I hear this is the best high school in the district. I would hate to have to attend the other school if they are worse that WCHS.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2008
this school isn't very good. i moved here from michigan and realize that arizona schools arent the best, but i am not challenged at all and hope this wont bring me down for university. taking AP classes but still not challenging. Also, the teachers arent very experienced.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 15, 2008
i love willow canyon. im a freshman there and i love how this school has lots of spirit, great teachers, and pretty much the whole staff is amazing! i also like how theres after school programs to help me. im glad to be a WCHS student, and ill be glad to graduate from Willow. I totally recommend this school to everyone

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April 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
Great school! My son loves the programs and the teachers are wonderful! They are helpful, respond fast and have a great program!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
I am a friend of a parent whose son goes to WCHS and they have nothing but great things to say. They love the school and the athletics. The teachers are very helpful and care tremendously about the students. They are always available for student and parents needs.

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December 12, 2007
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November 14, 2007
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November 10, 2007
I am a student at Willow Canyon and it is amazing. The teachers are very helpful, the other students are wonderful, the sports teams are very good, and the academic programs are phenominal. I don't understand why peopleare having so many problems with this school because I have loved it ever since I started going to WCHS. This is a great school and it is very diverse so I recomend WCHS to anyone.

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November 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 26, 2007
I have attended Willow Canyon for about a year and a half and have loved it from the start. Although it's a very clique-y school, everyone has their own friends and everyone is comfortable with it. The Honors Program and AP program are really great, the Marching Band and theatre club- In The Spotlight- are phenomenal, the choir fantastic, and the sports really good (on their good years). So far, WCHS has not disappointed me. I look forward to finishing out my four years here and recommend any other open-minded student to do the same. However, Willow does need a better health-food program. I think we all would appreciate it if the cafeteria would serve healthier meals. Also, the activity buses are far too inefficient. I live about six miles away from the school and it takes two hours to get to my house with all of the stops.

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October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2007
Willow Canyon High School is more concernced about ahtletics, the marching band and the parents of those in both. They need to focus more on academics and the children who have acheived honors. The PTO is a joke, again bowing to the will of those who have children in sports.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
We just moved to Surprise and I was concerned about my daughter beginning high school in a new place. We came from a small town and she previously only attended one school. I am more than happy with Willow Canyon so far. My daughter likes her teachers and has already made friends and has a social life. She tells me that most of the other students are very friendly. She likes and respects her teachers. I especially appreciate receiving weekly progress reports via e-mail from her science teacher. She is a honor student and I was very concerned about her receiving a well-rounded education at a new school. As a former teacher and involved parent, I am pleased with Willow Canyon.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
I am a student at willow canyon. Sure the school is very well cleaned and its a beautyful campus. but looks are not everything. Behind the scenes willow is just another waste of your tax dollars. the school spends more on makin there campus look good then they do on makeing sure the students get the education they deserve.

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August 30, 2007
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July 22, 2007
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June 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
I am both a parent and a teacher who has been involved with this school since its opening. Anyone who gripes about WCHS without understanding the incredible growth this community is going through is very short-sighted and probably close-minded. The campus is safe, the students are welcomed every day to class, and the teachers are caring and involved. Opportunities abound for students who care to involve themselves at school in any fashion. My own students give me a 'high five' every time they walk into my classroom, and are upset if I am out. They both experience and learn respect, and know that WCHS welcomes them. Our staff is well-educated and very involved. I am proud to be part of this amazing school community. Stop by any day and see for yourself what it is like. You would be warmly welcomed. (No, I was not paid to write this!)

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April 18, 2007
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March 27, 2007
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March 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 23, 2007
Willow Canyon High School has been the greatest high school ever. The school spirit is tremendously high, the Marching Band is absoloutly phenominal, and the clubs and orginzations are endless. Like every other school, WCHS has its problems, but for a new school, it has exceeded both mine and my parents expectations. I couldn't feel safer either. I highly reccomend Willow Canyon to anybody. Don't be fooled by anything bad. As a student on the inside, I love it.

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February 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 01, 2007
Those that rate this school above '3' were probably there in the 1st or maybe 2nd year at most..Now, the school is horrible. I think the school has a lot of potential.. The IB program is a great asset and is greatly appreciated since Arizona school systems fall into the bottom three category. I give the teachers credit, those that actually do try, they are working for a school district that at most has always needed help and at worse needs a complete overhaul.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2007
This school is absolutely horendous! The administration is careless and rarely enforces any rules. And the rules that they do decide to enforce are stupid ones such as dress code. Most of the teachers here don't know what they're doing and they don't even care whether the students understand the material or not before moving on. My child has had a terrible time at this school due to the lack of diversity among the students and carelessness of the teachers. The Children here are not looked at as people, but instead they are looked at as tax dollars. Although, next year will be her senior year, my child will not be finishing it out at this school. WCHS is a big joke! I don't recommend it to anyone!

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January 22, 2007
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December 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Overall, it has been just alright. I know it is hard starting up a new school and I think in several more years it will be a good school I did attend several booster meetings but got sick and tired hearing about football this and football that. Life is about more than football. Also, it seemed like the boy sports and girls sports are so one-sided. I think some teachers hands are tied while others shouldn't be teaching at all! I am completely 100% disappointed in the bus system and driving arrangements for the school. It is called pre-planning people!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
My daughter attended this school last year and I'm very glad that she's not going back. It doesn't appear as any sort of accomodations are made for child that are dependant on the bus for transportation, such as obtaining books for homework assignments and such. I was very dissatisfied at the administrations approach to these issues.

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March 14, 2006
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February 09, 2006
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January 29, 2006
This school is way below average in my book. The teaching and academic standards are very poor. Most of the teachers fail to keep control of their classes and the students are way out of control. I'm ashamed to say that I am a student of this school. My parents say that if they could do it all over again they definitely would not have moved into a place with this bad of a school district! The sports are horrible too!

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2006
Willow Canyon is an excellent school. It has only been open for three years and it is in the fastest growing district in the state. I believe the teachers have done a wonderful job at handeling the great influx of students and the school district has done a tremendous job trying to accomodate everyone. They have a variety of afterschool clubs and an greatly improving athletics department. I believe Dr. Crespo has done an outstanding job at getting this school off to the right start.

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November 06, 2005
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October 09, 2005
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September 26, 2005
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September 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
The academic programs leaves something to be desired, extracurricular seems to be at a premium and the level of parental involvement is non existant.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
Its a great school. the school brings parents and students together.

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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 08, 2005
I removed my child from this school. The problems were never addressed nor corrected. The administrative staff is unprofessional and the lack of consistancy and concern for the students is very apparent.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
Moving in the right direction. Administrative staff is helpful and keeps parents informed.

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June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
Their academic programs are very advance in comparison to other high school. As far as I know their test scores reflects the good teaching techniques given by the instructors. As well as academic programs, this High School also has many opportunities for the students to develop their music, art and sports desire. The level of parent involvement is great, it is easy to get to know the teacher, and it is even better to be able to track the success of your kids.

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May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 26, 2005
This new school is growing quite rapidly and becoming well-known around the area for athletics as well as academics. I am a student at the school who is involved in many aspects of the school and i know that the students work hard and are motivated. Opportunities abound to make new friends and experience new things through clubs, an honor society, volunteer organizations, and other extracurricular activities. The sports programs are doing well. Many members of the track and field and cross country teams went to State. The Girls' Basketball team won at Regionals and went to state. All the athletic programs are growing, they encourage hard work and dedication from there student-athletes. The academic side of school is also doing quite well. The school offers AP, Honors, and concurrent enrollment with Estrella Mountain Community College. They are working on certification for an IB program. Overall, I truly enjoy this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 26, 2005
Willow Canyon is a great school! People are friendly and its not a mess. The sports there are great mainly to the coaches that we have and how much talent the students have. I would go to Willow Canyon over any other school in the state of Arizona

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May 26, 2005
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February 22, 2005
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February 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
Teachers responsive, academics less than challenging.

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November 21, 2004
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November 05, 2004
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November 04, 2004
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October 29, 2004
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July 15, 2004
I was not happy with the quality of the school. I didn't like how the school handled problems with the students.

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Willow Canyon High School
17901 W Lundberg St, Surprise, AZ  85374
(623) 876-7000
Last modified Willow Canyon High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Willow Canyon High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 95 reviews. Top