District Measures of Success

  • Glendale Union High School District 
    Evidence of Excellence

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

    • 70 percent of GUHSD graduates enroll in postsecondary education options. (Class of 2020)
    • Class of 2021 earned more than $114 million in scholarships.
    • GUHSD has a graduation rate of 91%. (Class of 2019)
    • Students earned approximately 9,831 college credits through dual enrollment programs. 

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

    Low Dropout Rate: GUHSD’s dropout rate of 1.66% is among the lowest in the state and nation. The state dropout rate is 3.3%

    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: Improvements to existing schools, new furniture, buses and technology for campuses and renovations to support facilities were completed with the passage of a $130 million bond authorization approved by voters in 2020.

    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 90%. (2018-2019 school year)

    National and State Recognition:

    • Nine “A” Rated Schools AZ Dept. of Education, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • Eight "A" Rated Schools AZ Dept. of Education, 2017
    • Seven “A” Rated Schools AZ Dept. of Education, 2019, 2020, 2021
    • 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, 2008-2022
    • Blue Ribbon School, Greenway High School, 1994-1996

    Additional Achievements and Accolades:

    • Silver Apple Award, 2021
    • Outstanding Educator Award, 2021
    • Exceptional Educator Award, 2021
    • National Coach of the Year, 2021
    • Gatorade Arizona Softball Player of the Year, 2021
    • AIA's Coach of the Year Award, 2021
    • Arizona Republic's 2021 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, 2021
    • Veterans of Foreign War, Arizona District 3, Teacher of the Year Competition, 2021
    • Glendale Community College Sports Hall of Fame, 2020
    • Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) Advisor of the Year, 2020
    • USA Track and Field President's Award, 2019
    • Arizona Family and Consumer Science Educators Association Teacher of the Year Award, 2019
    • Musical Award Honoree, 2019
    • Arizona Family and Consumer Science Education Teacher of the Year Award, 2019 
    • Arizona State Thespian Festival Administrator of the Year, 2019
    • DECA Administrator of the Year, 2019
    • Arizona Association of Student Council Administrator of the Year, 2019
    • O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award by the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA), 2019
    • National Federation of State High School Associations Sectional Coach of the Year, 2019
    • Phoenix Fire Department Paramedic of the Year, 2018
    • Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame Induction , 2018
    • Certified Master Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, 2018
    • Glendale Rotart Matt O. Hanhila Educator of the Year, 2018
    •  NRAEF ProStart National Educator of Excellence Recipient, 2018
    •  Future Business Leaders of America New Adviser of the Year, 2018
    •  The Kathy Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year, 2018
    •  Arizona DECA Arizona Marketing Teacher of the Year, 2018
    •  Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Arizona Citation Award, 2017
    •  School Nurses Organization of Arizona, School Nurse Administrator of the Year, 2017
    • 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, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
    • 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