#39 High School in AZ and #28 in Maricopa County

Cactus Shadows High School

5802 E Dove Valley Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

How Good is Cactus Shadows High School?

Report Card

A Academic Results
C- Learning Enviroment
A School Safety
A- Overall Grade

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.

Source: AZ Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A
Test Performance Excellent
AP/IB Participation Very Good
SAT/ACT Participation Poor

Learning Enviroment

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-.

Students : Teacher
AZ Avg. 23
Uncertified Teachers
AZ Avg. 5%
New Teachers
AZ Avg. 17%
Learning Enviroment Grade C-
Student–Teacher Ratio Poor
Student Absenteeism Fair
Teacher Absenteeism Poor
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Excellent


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.

Safety Grade A
In-School Suspensions N/A
Out-of-School Suspensions Good
Physical Altercations Excellent


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.

Students w/ Disablities
AZ Avg. 11%
Free Lunch
AZ Avg. 40%
Econ. Disadvantaged
AZ Avg. 51%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 1,775
Minority Students 206
Diversity Index 13
Students with Disablities 182
Economically Disadvantaged 8%
Limited English Proficiency 0%
Gifted Students 8%

Compare Nearby Schools

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
1 Foothills Academy B+ B+ B N/A
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-

Cactus Shadows High School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students are enrolled at Cactus Shadows High School? The school reported 1775 enrolled students to the U.S Dept of Education.
  • Is Cactus Shadows High School a good school? The school received an overall grade of A-, which means it is above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Cactus Shadows High School in? The school is located in Maricopa County.
  • How can I contact Cactus Shadows High School? The school's number is (480) 575-2000. You can visit their website at http://www.ccusd93.org.
  • Where is Cactus Shadows High School? 5802 E Dove Valley Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85266

How we rate schools?

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.

Nearby Schools
Foothills Academy
7191 East Ashler Hills Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Pinnacle High School
3535 E Mayo Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85050
Aaec - Paradise Valley
17811 North 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85032
Paradise Valley High School
3950 E Bell Road Phoenix, AZ 85032
North Canyon High School
1700 E Union Hills Phoenix, AZ 85024