Hugh Lorch

Saguaro High School5

Scottsdale, AZ | Maricopa County

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February 24, 2015


Teachers care enough but the administration cares only about appearance. If you require any extra help as a result of ADHD, anxiety, ect. the admin won't even make an attempt to hide their agenda; running you out of the school.

Submitted by a student

February 24, 2015


My daughter currently attends this school as a freshman. If you look around town, you find choices, and as an "educational shopper" I've tried a few. She attended Veritas in middle school, and I'm pleased we did. Her study skills are focused, her classes were advanced, and she fit in well with the honors curriculum she chose here. Saguaro offers a large expanse of honors math and science classes, as well as the largest selection of foreign language classes in district. We came back to a public school for choices. Now keep in mind that some students in a public school aren't interested in being there, which classes they take, or if they pass. Projects given out in a class and only 4-5 students turn them in reflect poorly on the PARENTS . This isn't the responsibility of the school, but the families who send their kids there. A school cannot force a child to learn or do their homework. This school offers plenty of opportunities to succeed like honors and AP classes, and some of the finest teachers available. I shopped.. now it's my kid's turn to step up. She really enjoys the extracurriculars as well. Check out this little school, take a tour and give it a chance.

Submitted by a parent

September 5, 2013


I am a student at this school. I find that the teachers at Saguaro really do try to help students learn, but the students are being discouraged by the new "security" measures in place at this school. Over the summer the school added 37 new cameras to the campus, adding on to the 50+ already in place. They have also hired a full time monitor to watch the cameras. This angers kids at the school but what are they going to do about it. Another major problem with the school is the new testing system created by the district. Students are now graded 84% by tests, which undermines teachers teaching students the way they think is best.

December 19, 2008


Teachers really do care if your student wants to learn! I agree with the statement of the front office women. Very rude and enjoy 'talking down' to students and even parents. They should be lucky they have jobs! My daughter has been there since 2007 and she's doing extremely well. Teachers care and will do what it takes to help your student but you have to help also at home.

Submitted by a parent

December 18, 2008


My child has been attenting Saguaro since the beginning of the 2008 Fall semester. So far I am not that impressed. I do really love the choir program. However, like many high schools, all the emphasis seems to be placed on sports. Namely the football team. Ho-hum. I too think that the front office staff is extremely rude and arrogant. Which is funny actually. I don't know why they act so superior. I think more parents need to complain about their attitudes.

Submitted by a parent

January 2, 2008


Saguaro is the 'real deal'! Saguaro is a terrific school and offers all students challenging & stimulating academic opportunities in a 'real world' diverse social setting. We wanted a great school that wasn't Scottsdale 'plastic' or shielded from reality for our daughter to be successfully prepared and transition to any college. Also, the administration is extremely supportive and has does an amazing job despite all the unfortunate events that were thrown their way. Most of the Saguaro teachers work hard and are fabulous - our daughter recently took the Arizona AIMS and exceeded all three of her AIMS tests! Last but not least, the athletic programs especially football are second to none and one of the best that the State has to offer. In life, it is all what you of make it and Saguaro can offer the tools to make your child's education a positive and rewarding life experience.

Submitted by a parent

September 14, 2007


Despite their unfair reputation, and uncontrolable events that may have happened in the past year, I believe saguaro is an amazing school. So far, my wife, three of our children, and myself, have all graduated in the top 10% on the SAT's. One of my daugters decided to choose to attend her freshman year at Chapparal Highschool, and completely regrets making that decision. She is now a junior at Saguaro, and I don't believe I have seen her this happy in a long time. I am more than confident that my children are getting the education they deserve, and I will, without a doubt, be sending my next three children there in the future.

Submitted by a parent

August 10, 2007


I've had two children graduate from Saguaro. One tested in the top 3% on his SAT's. He went on to graduate from an honors college. When we moved to a nearby community during their HS years they chose to commute 45 minutes each way to stay at Saguaro. They participated in band, drama, choir, chess club, and numerous other activities. We travelled to NY to see the choir perform at Carnegie Hall (the choir and director were outstanding). The Saguaro community is diverse and the parent involvment that I saw was terrific.

Submitted by a parent

June 29, 2007


i currently attend and i find it to be a socially overdriven school. even from viewing the yearbook you can tell the school is quite superficially focused. i personally cannot wait to leave and have enrolled in east valley institute classes in order to get away. a majority of the staff is rude and the principal is not interested in helping the students individually.

Submitted by a student

April 20, 2006


My daughter attended Saguaro for 4 years. She found a sufficient offering of honors and AP classes to be able to graduate with enough credits to start off as a midyear Sophomore in college. The voice program is well known.

Submitted by a parent

August 13, 2005


The school seems to cater to the students needs on an individual basis.

Submitted by a parent

July 25, 2005


The academic programs at SHS are good. They have Honors and AP classes. There is great availability of music, art and sports. There is a huge vocal and music department. There are 5 choirs at SHS, one of which was asked to sing at Carnagy Hall in New York this summer. There is great parent involvemnet.

Submitted by a student

July 17, 2005


We are very happy with the quality of education at Saguaro High School. Teachers are focused on student learning. Our student has had a very positive experience at Saguaro. Some teachers have more challenging schedules due to extra curricular actives. Consequently, their availability to provide remedial help to students at the end of the day competes with those obligations. After our student was exposed to harassment we requested the school take appropriate action. The school removed the offending student from our student s class. No further problems against our student have occurred.

Submitted by a parent

July 11, 2005


The school has many academic opportunities available to the kids but also allows time for the extra activities that make school interesting. Sports programs are excellant and the drama and speech programs have helped my kids to excel in other phases of life by building confidence and comfort in speaking publicly. The school makes sure they include a variety of special interest classes and clubs so that all kids can get involved.

Submitted by a former student

February 25, 2005


There are opportunities for students of all academic abilities, the student must, however,be pro-active in selecting their course. The counceling for students is limited,the counselers seem overloaded. A motivated student and their families can find a comfortable place here. The site, now dismal and outdated, I'm happy to hear will receive a 'face-lift' soon. My general feeling is that the school is under-funded but has gets by. More can be done to generate funds so the class size could be smaller. The area to the north is growing so rapidly, when more schools in that area are built, it will greatly relieve this school. Like many other areas, extracurricular arts & music are effected by a starved budget. Extracurricular sports, however, seem to be well funded- they may receive private funding. Generally, good quality in the school but too many students for limited staff & resources.

Submitted by a parent

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