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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Thunderbird High School is a highly rated, public school located in Phoenix, AZ. It has 1,616 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.

Thunderbird High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1130
175 responses
Average ACT
25
98 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$54,765
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$999
National
$949
Median Home Value
$217,400
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.46 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.46 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 120 responses
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  • Assemblies
    24%
  • Going to the Homecoming game
    17%
  • The dances are really fun
    12%
  • THS Dance Show
    12%
  • Mr. Thunderbird
    11%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Talent Show
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,616
Free or Reduced Lunch
47%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.49 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,490
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.8%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,758/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 responses
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I thorough enjoyed my time at thunderbird high school. Overall I believe that most teachers and faculty have the best interest in mind for their students. They care about their students success in regards to school and life outside of school. There are many ways to get involved at Thunderbird that enhances the high school experience. With many different clubs and extracurricular activities to choose ranging from poetry to anime, hiking to speech and debate, and so many more it’s easy to get involved and make connections! I personally found that Thunderbird truly stood out when it came to nurturing their students by working with them to find the perfect path of their high school career. There isn’t much to say about the downsides of thunderbird other than what any other high school has to deal with, other than the occasional suspension of students and girl drama as always. An amazing campus filled with a diverse student body is the perfect fit for anyone with the desire to learn.
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I've attended Thunderbird high school for the past 3 years onto my fourth! Thunderbird is a great school everyone there wants to see you move on from high school to something better in life. Something I would like to see change at my high school the schools opportunities. By that I mean more dual enrollment, more invested school consolers, and more money being shared throughout all sports not just football and soccer.
Thunderbird High School is a great school. The teacher there are all helpful and strive to help everyone to become successful. At Thunderbird, I feel safe and everyone is always positive. When I am in class, I am always learning in a amazing environment due to the teachers and the kind students around me. I would recommend this school to any incoming freshman because this school has truly helped me become a better person!