Measures of Success

Glendale Union High School District
Evidence of Excellence 2016-2017

Academic Achievement: All students in our comprehensive high schools are held to the same high standards. 87% of GUHSD graduates enroll in post-secondary education options.

College Entrance Exams: GUHSD students consistently score above state and national averages in standardized testing for college entrance (ACT, SAT).

Low Dropout Rate: GUHSD’s dropout rate of 1.2% is among the lowest in the state and nation. The state drop-out rate is 3.5%.

Academic Emphasis: High academic achievement is a top priority.

  • Students have the opportunity to earn the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID), which is a globally recognized award for students interested in pursuing university study outside of their native country.
  • More than 3,801 Advanced Placement (AP) tests were taken for college credit in 2016 by GUHSD students.

Environment for Learning: Facilities upgrades at all campuses, new classroom rebuilds at Greenway and Thunderbird high schools and further technological advancements were completed with the passage of an $80 million bond authorization approved by voters in 2011.

Parent and Community Involvement: Community input is valued through school councils and citizens committees, which are comprised of parents, students, community members, staff and administration. GUHSD annual parent satisfaction rate, which is measured through a third-party research firm, is 93%.

National and State Recognition:

  1. National Advanced Placement District of the Year, 2013
  2. Top “A” Rated District AZ Dept. of Education, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  3. Nine “A” Rated Schools AZ Dept. of Education, 2014, 2015, 2016
  4. America’s Best High Schools U.S. News & World Report, 2008-2017
  5. Beat the Odds Gold Schools, 2014
  6. A+ School Washington High School, 2014

Additional Achievements and Accolades:

  1. Arizona Teacher of the Year, Arizona Education Foundation, 1986, 2011
  2. WESTMARC Best of the WEST award, 1995, 1997, 2004
  3. RJR Nabisco Next Century Schools award, 1992-1995, 2004,
  4. Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 1993-2015
  5. ASPRA Superintendent of the Year, 2003
  6. Arizona Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year, 2004, 2017
  7. Bernard Distinguished Service Awarded to Superintendent, 2004
  8. Arizona Assistant Principal of the Year, 2005
  9. Arizona Career and Technical Teacher of the Year, 2005
  10. Outstanding Administrator of the Year for the Continuing Support of School Nurses, 2009
  11. Arizona Spotlight Award Winner, Expect More Arizona 2013
  12. Advanced Placement Honor Roll District, 2013, 2015
  13. Regional Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year, 2014
  14. Arizona Ambassador Teacher of Excellence, Arizona Education Foundation, 2014
  15. GUHSD Parent Satisfaction was at 93% for the 2016-2017 school year.
  16. Post-secondary education rates for GUHSD are 87%.
  17. Extracurricular participation in GUHSD was at 81% in 2016-2017.
  18. GUHSD had a graduation rate of 87.9% during a four year period and 95.3% over five years.
  19. Class of 2017 earned more than $90.7 million in scholarships.
  20. 2017 CTE Director of the Year


Glendale Union High School District #205
7650 North 43rd Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85301
Phone: 623-435-6000