World-Class Education In Your Own Backyard

  • Cortez High School believes all students can be successful and ensures all students will be prepared for life after high school, whether their future is to continue studying at a college or university, enroll in other postsecondary programs, enlist in the military, or pursue another career path. An academically challenging curriculum, combined with the district's high standards and an emphasis on high levels of support, allows students to develop their talents, discover their potential, and prepare for their future. 

    Nationally & Internationally Recognized Academics 

    Cortez students receive an exceptional, comprehensive academic experience. Students participate in rigorous academic programs that help them be successful daily while preparing them for continued success beyond high school. While attending Cortez High School, students can earn college credits that are recognized and accepted by colleges and universities throughout the country. Students interested in pursuing university studies outside of the U.S. have an opportunity to earn the Advanced Placement International Diploma, a globally recognized achievement.

    Championship Athletics & Extracurricular Activities 

    Cortez is home to numerous regional and state titles. On average, 80 percent of students are involved in athletics or belong to one of more than 40 clubs and organizations offered at our school.

    Award-Winning Fine & Performing Arts 

    Cortez is proud to promote and showcase the immense contribution arts education makes within our school. Disciplines including dance, music, choir, theatre, media arts, and visual arts are essential elements of a GUHSD education.

    Cutting-Edge STEM Offerings 

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is vital for students' college readiness. Cortez offers high-level STEM courses, including Advanced Placement Physics; technology-related classes such as Coding and Advanced Placement Computer Sciences; engineering-related courses, including Robotics and Advanced Engineering Sciences; and rigorous math courses, including Advanced Placement Calculus AB and Advanced Placement Calculus BC.

    Outstanding Career & Technical Education Options 

    Cortez High School focuses on preparing students for success after high school, whether they choose to pursue postsecondary education or to begin a career immediately after graduation. In addition to STEM courses, our school offers numerous Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses as well as a partnership with West-MEC, including coding & computer science, nursing, film & TV, home health education, welding technology, and more. Our CTE programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and technical skills needed to compete successfully in the job market.

    State-Of-The-Art Online Learning Opportunities 

    The Glendale Union High School District Online Learning Academy is accredited by Cognia and offers excellent options for students to choose from in an environment that fits their needs. Whether a student wants to attend full-time or work from home, the GUHSD Online Learning Academy is an outstanding and flexible program tailored for student success.