Cactus Shadows High School is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Serving grades 8-12, the school has 1775 students and a student–teacher ratio of 26 students per teacher.
This school received an overall grade of A-. Compared to other state schools Cactus Shadows High School scores are above average. Of high schools, Cactus Shadows High School ranks 39 in the state and 28 for its county.
For our grading we use data provided by the schools to the U.S. Department of Education. Grades for safety, academics and learning environment are calculated with these data. An overall grade is then calculated based on a weighted combination of those scores. You can read a more detailed description of our grading system on our methodology page.
For high schools, a number of factors, including standardized test scores, SAT participation and AP/IB enrollment are used to calculate a school’s academics score. For academics, Cactus Shadows High School performs above average when compared to other high schools in Arizona and received the grade of A for this measure.
The learning environment at a school is evaluated by comparing many factors including teacher certification rates, student attendance and percentage of novice teachers. Cactus Shadows High School performs slightly below average compared to other Arizona high schools for learning environment. The school's grade for this metric is C-.
Factors such as suspension rate and number of physical altercations at a school are used to determine our safety grade. Cactus Shadows High School performs above average compared to other Arizona high schools for safety. The school's grade for this metric is A.
Information about the student body at Cactus Shadows High School is listed below. A school’s demographics are not a factor when determining its grade.
You can find the closest high schools to Cactus Shadows High School below. Grades for each of these schools are listed in the table. To find a complete list of local schools, visit the Scottsdale, Arizona schools page.
|School||Overall Grade||Academic Results||Learning Enviroment||School Safety|
|2||Pinnacle High School||B||B+||C||A|
|3||Aaec - Paradise Valley||A+||A+||B-||N/A|
|4||Paradise Valley High School||B-||B||C+||A-|
|5||North Canyon High School||C||C||C-||A-|
At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.
We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, and chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.