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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Horizon High School is a highly rated, public school located in Scottsdale, AZ. It has 2,168 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 31% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.
Address
5601 East Greenway Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Telephone
(602) 449-6000

Horizon High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
49%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1220
308 responses
Average ACT
28
130 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$52,080
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$954
National
$949
Median Home Value
$197,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 132 responses
Report
  • Sporting events
    21%
  • Mr. Horizon
    20%
  • Prom
    17%
  • The homecoming dance
    15%
  • Broadway Under the Stars
    12%
  • All of the exciting sporting events.
    6%
  • I love performing in Pep Assemblies
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,168
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,847
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.1%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.65 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.66 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.66 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,997/ year
National
$12,239
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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I cherished every second attending this school! From the phenomenal, personally-invested, and knowledgeable teachers to the countless clubs, teams, and boards students can become leaders and make lifelong friends through, I could not have asked for a better high school experience. Horizon prepared me not only to succeed academically in college, but they also gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to pursue my greatest dreams!
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Horizon High School has been a pretty decent experience. The principals were amazing, as were the staff in the fine art departments. Speaking of fine arts, the Choir program was always impressive, and the Drama program (which I was heavily involved in) productions were always a blast. Some of the main building staff were mediocre and seemed to lack a general desire to help their students, while others were fantastic and very eager to help students learn. For example, math teacher Mrs. Strang went above and beyond to make sure all her students understood the concepts she was teaching, and was more than happy to cater to the needs of the students who needed extra assistance. Also a majority of the students were amazing at showing the pride, courage, and respect the school often advertises. Over all, despite occasional teenage drama and vandalism (which the administration quickly attended to), Horizon was a pretty good school.
The three things I will forever cherish about my high school are the spirit, the attention, and the laughs. We have about as much spirit as is possible, every Friday being a school colors day. Plus, several times a year, we have Spirit Weeks – it's extremely amusing to see a band of Storm Troopers trot through the school on Your Favorite Character Tuesday. That's the power of our students and administrators working the laughs. However, they also make to sure to balance the fun with challenging classes, taught by understandable teachers. No wonder we are usually well above the national distribution of fours and fives on the AP tests!