Measures of Success

Glendale Union High School District 
Evidence of Excellence 2017-2018

Academic Achievement: All students in our comprehensive high schools are held to the same high standards.

  • 87 percent of GUHSD graduates enroll in post-secondary education options.
  • Class of 2017 earned more than $90.7 million in scholarships.
  • GUHSD has a graduation rate of 93.5 percent.
  • Extracurricular participation in GUHSD was at 87% in 2016-2017.
  • Students earned 7,763 college credits through dual enrollment programs.
  • Students totaled 83,501 community service hours.

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 1.4% is among the lowest in the state and nation. The state dropout rate is 4.84%. (2016 data) 

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.

  • Nationally and internationally recognized academics
  • Championship athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Exemplary Career & Technical Education options
  • Award-winning fine and performing arts
  • State-of-the-art online learning opportunities

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:

  • Nine “A” Rated Schools AZ Dept. of Education, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Beat the Odds Gold Schools, 2014
  • A+ School, Washington High School, 2014
  • National Advanced Placement District of the Year, 2013
  • Top “A” Rated District AZ Dept. of Education, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • America’s Best High Schools U.S. News & World Report, 2008-2017
  • Blue Ribbon School, Greenway High School, 1994-1996

Additional Achievements and Accolades:

  • Arizona Thespian Administrator of the Year, 2017
  • Special Education Teacher of the Year, 2016
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year, 2016
  • Arizona Business Education Association Administrator of the Year, 2016
  • Follett School Librarian of the Year by the Arizona Library Association, 2016
  • ACE Outstanding New Choral Music Educator of the Year, 2016
  • George C. Wilson Leadership and Service Award by the Arizona Music Educators Association, 2016
  • Outstanding Teacher Leader of the Year for the State of Arizona, 2016
  • Arizona FCCLA Administrator of the Year, 2016-17
  • Arizona Ambassador Teacher of Excellence, Arizona Education Foundation, 2014
  • North Administrator of the Year, Arizona State Thespians Conference, 2014
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship, 2014
  • Regional CTE Administrator of the Year, 2013, 2014
  • Arizona Spotlight Award Winner, Expect More Arizona 2013
  • Advanced Placement Honor Roll District, 2013, 2015
  • Matt O. Hanhila Inspirational Educator Award, 2013
  • Athletics Director Inducted into AIA AAA Hall of Fame, 2010-2011
  • Outstanding Administrator of the Year for the Continuing Support of School Nurses, 2009
  • ASA Distinguished Administrator Award, Superintendents Division, 2009-2010
  • Arizona Assistant Principal of the Year, 2005
  • Arizona CTE Teacher of the Year, 2005
  • Arizona CTE Administrator of the Year, 2004
  • Bernard Distinguished Service Awarded to Superintendent, 2004
  • ASPRA Superintendent of the Year, 2003
  • WESTMARC Best of the WEST award, 1995, 1997, 2004
  • Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 1993-2017
  • RJR Nabisco Next Century Schools award, 1992-1995, 2004
  • Arizona Teacher of the Year, Arizona Education Foundation, 1986, 2011


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