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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Tempe Union High School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Tempe, AZ. It has 13,653 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.
Address
500 W Guadalupe Rd
Tempe, AZ 85283
Telephone
(480) 839-0292

Tempe Union High School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1200
1,597 responses
Average ACT
26
572 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
13,653
Free or Reduced Lunch
1.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,343
Teachers in First/Second Year
21.5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$104,320,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,456/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    53%
  • Support Services
    44%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$51,829
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,056
National
$949
Median Home Value
$237,200
National
$184,700

Tempe Union High School District Reviews

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I attend Desert Vista High School, esteemed for our prestigious academics and high standards. Though my school has faced controversy for a scandal surrounding irresponsible young women in 2016, we have overcome criticism from the public and demonstrated resilience. Tempe Union offers students every possible opportunity to ensure we are prepared for higher education, or whatever the next step of life may be. Every single teacher strives to assist their pupils to the best of their ability, despite being strained for time and energy after going above and beyond to grade papers and spend one on one time with us. Staff consistently encourages the student body to represent the community in our actions through community service and involvement, responsibility, and acceptance. My presence in the Tempe Union district has been challenging but ultimately, I am extremely lucky to have had such amazing support systems and experience.
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I went to high school in the tempe district all four years. During my time in high school, I got the opportunity to meet really amazing people and learn from really educated minds. I appreciate the curricular that were offered at school. I think it gave everyone the opportunity to find out what the like to do, and to be surrounded by people who also enjoy doing the same thing as you. A few things I would change would be some of the curriculum we are taught, especially seniors. I think they should educate more on adult life experiences and teach you about credit cards and taxes and making a living for yourself financially. I would also have administration check their priorities because, dress code isn't as important as the mental health and stability of students.
While there are definitely things I would like to change with the district, I have had a decent experience so far. Each student is given plenty of opportunities to join sports, clubs, volunteer, and learn. There is definitely I wide variety of classes for everyone to take, some you would never have thought about. However, we are missing out on some amazing classes that used to be apart of every high school and while the teachers are paid more than others, they are definitely not appreciated enough and the superintendents office definitely needs some tweaking.