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Willow Canyon High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2030 students


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Posted 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

Posted August 2, 2013

Willow has a great athletic program It is one of the best schools in the Surprise area

Posted August 1, 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

Posted March 3, 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

Posted 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

Posted September 7, 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

Posted 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!

Posted 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.

Posted August 8, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted February 4, 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.
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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

Posted 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).
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 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 .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 23% 43%
Black 10% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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17901 W Lundberg St
Surprise, AZ 85374
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