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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Verrado High School is an above average, public school located in Buckeye, AZ. It has 1,902 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.

Verrado High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1160
147 responses
Average ACT
23
355 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$65,932
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,205
National
$949
Median Home Value
$196,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.56 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.56 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 171 responses
Report
  • Dodgeball Tournament, Homecoming and Prom
    22%
  • Sports Events
    20%
  • Pep assemblies!
    18%
  • Marching Band Storming the Halls!
    12%
  • DJ Music during lunch
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,902
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.58 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.58 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.58 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$40,055
Teachers in First/Second Year
10%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.85 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.85 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.85 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,843/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.83 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.83 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.83 responses
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The VHS teachers and staff are very nice and professional. They are engaged and responsive with students and demonstrate a genuine interest in their students' education and well being.
There is a super nice weight room and sports locker room that was recently upgraded with better/newer equipment and is clean and organized. A new sports med building with all new equipment was added to the campus. Their are two gyms, a black box theater, stage/auditorium, and good size dance room.
Cafeteria food has a few challenges. I'd like to see better quality Chicken Caesar salad as the chicken tastes funny and the lettuce lacks freshness. Frequently, the popular foods are typically sold out by the 3rd lunch period and food selection is limited. On a positive note, the Chick-Fil-A and taco salad is amazing! On occasion, I've observed students on subsidized lunch go without food because the lunch staff denied them food when parents had not updated the students registration.
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I struggled throughout high school with a lack of communication between administration and students. This was especially concerning when it came to the fast-approaching college journey. As juniors, we were supposed to receive information about scholarships, financial aide, and similar components. However, we received little information and only as seniors, by which too much time had passed for some, did we start receiving some information. Due to this, I think my school failed us in a way. I was one of the lucky few to have parents in the college educational system, but not everyone is so fortunate. Had it not been for the guidance of my parents, I would have little knowledge about paying for college, applying to schools, debt, and all of the other detrimental pieces in planning a future.
Verrado High School is the epitome of an average high school. Although its test scores consistently rank higher than other local schools, the education frankly is not great. There aren't great options for students who seek higher education, due to a lack of AP courses. In addition, many of these AP courses require arbitrary prerequisite courses. However, out of the local area, Verrado High is still one of the best places to send your kids education-wise.

The culture around the school is generally good and operates much like any other high school with its cliques and groups.

However, the main problem at Verrado is probably overcrowding. Although the student population is only around 2,000, the main walking areas connecting all the wings are much too small. During passing periods, there are points where students can barely move through the crowds. Also, when trying to exit the student parking lot, the line becomes so long that some students wait for 15-20 minutes.