Top High Schools in the Phoenix, AZ Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 17 high schools in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. District
Students at the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center charter schools can earn college credit and participate in unique science and agriculture experiences while in high school. Depending on the campus, student can focus on robotics, engineering, agriculture business, and medical science. All members of the highly-qualified teaching staff hold at least a Master's in their field of instruction.
Starting freshman year, students take their first college class, followed by several in their sophomore year. By junior year and senior years, the students are fully immersed in college classes (which are tuition free!) at either Maricopa Community Colleges or Yavapai Community College. Over 30 percent of the students graduate with an Associates of Arts degree and an average of 48 college credits, which saves around $40K in college tuition.
To provide a unique agriculture experience, each campus has horses and active equine program. Students interested in obtaining their Vet Tech certificate or attending Vet school can participate in a Vet Science program with an on campus Vet. All students must participate in intensive science projects and several campuses have advanced microscopes for students to learn on.
“By stimulating our students to think, act, and perform on a community college level while in high school, it causes them to be success on college level when they get to college,” Dr. William Conley, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.
Two of the AAEC schools made the Education.com list of top ranked schools – Paradise Valley and Red Mountain.
Students at the Paradise Valley campus work with the Arizona Game and Fish and Arizona Zoo on an extended project involving DNA sequencing for an endangered frog. Students have become experts on the topic and have even had the opportunity to present their work at international conferences. In addition to academic projects, students can participate in extracurricular activities, such as National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America. The campus is also newly renovated and has impressive labs and classrooms.
Due to its proximity to high-tech colleges, students at the Red Mountain Campus engage in specialized engineering programs. Students have opportunities in robotics, engineering, math, and science, in addition to exposure to a host of activities, such as prom, interest clubs, and a student newspaper.
Arizona School for the Arts School District
Arizona School for the Arts provides a challenging curriculum in an expressive and creative environment. Admission to the charter school is through a lottery and there is no selection criteria for acceptance.
A typical day includes studying core academic subjects in the morning, followed by two arts courses in the afternoon. At the end of their sophomore year, students select a major in music, dance, or drama. The school provides students with connections to the arts community through partnerships with Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Theatre, and students have access to an on campus music conservatory.
In core subjects, students focus on writing and critical thinking. While the academics are challenging, many project-based activities are incorporated into the curriculum. The school focuses on college preparation and 94 percent of students head to a post secondary school after graduating. Students explore other interests through activities such as Mock Trial, NHS, and traditional high school events, such as homecoming and prom.
“As an art school, people think that we simply focus on the arts, but our kids have a dual focus and are very well prepared for any and all possibilities after high school,” said Principal Leah Fregulia-Roberts.
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