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Arcadia High School

18 reviews
4703 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(480) 484-6100

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It is scary how this school appears so perfect in writing but when you look at that great school ratings score of 5, it is so disappointing. If I were a parent moving here from out of state, the reviews vs the scores would make me confused. Veritas is rated a 10 and its is just a mile away, what could they be offering so different where their teachers make significantly less and the curriculum is of a liberal arts mind. Discipline and the art of actually thinking with content dive? Something is wrong in the Scottsdale school district and while parents are praising the almighty Titan, I think we should collectively figure out the eroding issue. The schools that have the best ratings within this district, are also schools that have active parent participation as well as a financial demographic that exceeds the median income in this state. But what about their schools where the majority is a minority or ESL children? With those variables in consideration this number looks different and this reflects Arcadia high school when one looks at the true scores. Why has this high school not been able to maintain its rating of 9 over the past decade? If a school cannot reach its most challenging demographic, there is something internally corrupting these variables. It is not challenging to educate my child, the upper class caucasian student whose parents are college educated; but what about the child that has no access to tutors, internet, additional support, and in some cases even transportation? So should we cease open enrollment to get the numbers where they should be? It might be warranted so that a true accurate picture could be displayed to the family that erroneously sees this school as an academic powerhouse, but we would not want to eliminate diversity in this school even though this population might be currently used as props. Whatever the opinion, there is something eroding with this great schools score and something that should be fixed sooner than later. Hopefully the new superintendent figures it out.
Posted by a parent on 3/6/2017
Moved here from Texas where my daughter was one of 283 nationwide students admitted to one of the top high schools in America. Culture shock on how far behind we are and how we are failing our children. She was issued books in 9th grade she had received in 5th grade. Arcadia was a clannish run high school with little interest in her well-being. Male students were acknowledged for achievements far less than hers (she received $80K in scholarship money for example). They pretended they were succeeding at bullying because they weren't looking for it and didn't see it. Meaningless signs and gestures don't cure the problem. Even worse? One of her teachers dressed like a professional streetwalker with half her body hanging out of her clothes and constantly bullied and belittled my child with no meaningful criticism. In all academic years she was National Honor Society and is so again in college but this teacher deliberately kept her out of NHS in high school with no academic reason ... it could be because my daughter was a published author in junior high school and this teacher still struggles with any sort of recognition for her work. She suffered from anxiety disorder and the school was well aware of that yet deliberatel chose to suddenly misspell her name on her diploma and mispronounce her name (the only student whose name was mispronounced) and could have cared less how it made her feel and claims they suddenly after years of spelling it right were going by the birth certificate which they were not. Their interpretation of the birth certificate was wrong. When we take egos and politics out of school maybe I will feel less that those who an do and those who can't ... but this school totally failed my child.
Posted by a parent on 2/23/2017
I haven't gone there yet, but both my aunt and uncle go there right now, they love it! They made friends that weren't from their previous school, and isn't complaining about anything, I am currently an 8th grader, and want to go to arcadia, but my parents kind of want me to go to Xavier, bleh, 7 hours of homework every single night!!!
Posted by a community member on 11/14/2016
3 of my kids attend this school. My fourth will in two years. The new leadership by Mr. Slater has transformed the school over the past couple years. My three kids are excelling academically and socially. The assistant principals are very in tune to the students needs. Mr. Moony (the assistant principal) is extremely responsive to any issues that ever arise including bullying or substance abuse. There is a fantastic open communication policy at this school between parents and administration. The campus is very inviting with a large open lawn surrounded by classroom buildings. There are dozens of clubs and activities as well as excellent sport programs. Finally, the school is large enough to not have any cliques dominating the social scene. Kids are either from the immediate neighborhood or open enroll. Most of my kids friends open enroll and are appreciative of this policy as they recognize this as an exclellent educational venue. We live in Arcadia and had several options for high school including two top private schools. Arcadia turned out to be an excellent choice and exceeded my expectations.
Posted by a parent on 1/23/2016
I am the mom of 3 children who attended Arcadia High School; 2 are now in college, one is still there. This is a school that embraces teaching the whole person, and offer students great academics with AP and dual enrollment classes in every academic subject, the opporutunity to participate in clubs and sports including 3 no-cut sports, and access to a wide variety of unique and high caliber CTE and fine arts offerings. My older children both were admitted to their top choice colleges early decision, one with a merit scholarship. All 3 of my children were able to play a varsity sport, take all college prep classes, and even create their own independent study curriculum in art. Every teacher goes beyond classroom teaching to support student growth, and there is an active, devoted parent organization that raises funds to support the classroom and coordinates volunteers all over campus. But you should decide for yourself. Arcadia offers weekly tours to prosepctive students and their parents, and to community members who want to see what a great school looks like. Just call the front office to make your appointment.
Posted by a parent on 4/10/2014

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Phoenix schools - Arcadia High School is located at 4703 East Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85018. Arcadia High School is in the Scottsdale Unified District. Arcadia High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 9-12.

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