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Paradise Honors High School

Charter | 9-12 | 469 students

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Posted March 30, 2013

Best school ever. I've been to over five different schools over the last three years. This one is amazing. The staff and teachers are so friendly and attentive. I feel super safe here. You can actually have a conversation with the administrators. It's a family like environment with serious education. You're expected to give your very best. They push you and keep pushing you to become better and better. Words cannot explain the level and quality of education here. It's the best school I've ever attended. It's challenging but the vast resources make it achievable to grow and prosper. Parents know how I'm doing. The school uniquely makes sure the parents are up to date on everything. No bullying, friend mature students. Love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2012

This school is superior. The quality of education is astronomical. The teachers and administration are dedicated to education. I always feel safe here. I love everybody here! It's a great environment without all of the chaos of Willow or Valley..etc. I'm so thankful I go here! The counselor is beyond words. He will help you with anything, life problems, school problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2011

If you spend anytime at this school, you will understand why it has received the Excelling rating 2 years in a row. There is such a sense of community between the students and staff. Before PHHS was open, my older child was at a district high school and another charter high school, and there is no comparison. My youngest has small class sizes, gets individual attention when needed, and a great new campus. I am so thankful for the leadership and teachers at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

awesome school. There is NOTHING else like it in Arizona! :) :) PHHS will rock your socks off!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2011

AMAZING EXCELLING SCHOOL. There is NOTHING like it out there! :) The academic programs are challenging, the teachers are always willing to help, the classes are rather small, the buildings/campus is/are new, etc.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2011

PHHS has high expectations from the students in all areas. However they give the students the means to be successful with academic support if necessary. The low student to teacher ratio ensures your student will get the attention they need. The staff seems to be respectful to the students and treat them fairly. I have had my child there for three years and I am very pleased with the education she has received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

The whole 9-12 grade thing above and the 46 students is false. We only go up to juniors this year and we have almost 100 teenagers. The teaching is great and the staff cares for the students. There is way to much homework though and the school is to strict but overall i would say that the school has improved since its first year when me and my peers were freshmans and i cant wait to be the first graduating class.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2008-2009.

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A47%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Dysart District High Schools
Image Prep
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Japanese
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelling (2011)
  • Excelling (2010)
  • Only "A" rated high school in Surprise, AZ (2014)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Counseling sponsored events
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael Sears, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 975-4380

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Dual enrollment for credit
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Counseling sponsored events
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Paradise Honors High School is an "A" rated high school that offers students the opportunity to have top tier academics along with a full sports program. Students can earn dual enrollment credits while taking classes on our campus. Our high expectations for behavior and academics along with our culture of caring for each student sets us apart from other schools.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Dysart District High Schools
Image Prep

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Counseling sponsored events
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12775 N. 175th Avenue
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Phone: (623) 455-7400

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