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Apache Junction High School

2525 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 474-3980

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1400 students 24 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Apache Junction Unified District average
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About this school

Apache Junction High School is a public high school in Apache Junction. The principal of Apache Junction High School is Larry LaPrise and can be contacted at 1,400 children attend Apache Junction High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 2% of the Apache Junction High School students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 1,400 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Apache Junction High School is 24:1. Imagine Prep Superstition is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 70% 68%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 25% 27%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 56%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    In my opinion this school is one of the best 10 schools in the US

  • (1 year ago)

    We have had some good and some bad experiences with AJHS. We like the music program and ROTC for example but the school is focused on teachers only and there's not much discipline or attempt to really teach the students. Performance academically is poor and most kids don't get any help - they are ignored. This school is overrated as an 8; more like a 4 and continuing in decline. They have a lot of teen pregnancies it is known and they don't do anything about it - their "solution" is to have classes where girls carry toy babies around and I find this APPALING. The teachers make no attempt to keep students up to date or to assist them when they need help so there is no "teaching" as we would define it. This school as lost the battle; they have a teacher's union that's all about the teachers and they've abandoned the students almost completely. AJHS adds up to four wasted years for many students due to neglect of academics; a failure to deliver teaching on basic skills everyone needs to survive when they graduate.

  • (2 years ago)

    I like this's cool enough to go to.there a lot of different ethnical groups here.

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible horrible place. Constant cuts teachers leaving bad instruction. Don't send your kids here. They lie about benefits to new teachers this is certainly not a happy place to educate students.

  • (3 years ago)

    AJHS is the best i went there couldnt finish my highschool there but i went there 9th and 10th grade and i have learned alot there yes it has some problems like all schools do but there u will have the time of your life ) great teachers too.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to AJHS for all 4 years I'm not saying that in any way the school was perfect because its far from it most of my teachers were great but there are always the bad ones. The student community is very seperated and everyone had their own little group of friends just like any other school and not all of them got along. Through the years the violence and "illegal activity" dramaticaly decreased. The budget cuts are killing the school many teachers and classes have been cut to make up the loss in funding. BUT student and staff are very helpful to new students and parents finding classes and creating a schedule was always easy and painless. I was not an A student in any means and barely graduated due to my own choices but I learned more then just the academics I learned a lot of life lessons due to the choices and consiquences of others. No matter how popular or outcasted your child is they will have no problem making friends here. AJHS has a very negative reputation from people WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED FOR MORE THEN A YEAR sorry if the enviroment is a little too real for them but I would not have a problem enrolling my child in this school because it is what you make of it.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is in need of more competent teachers who exhibit knowledge of subject matter and possess the ability to teach it in a professional manner. There are a few teachers who have shared personal information regarding their dissatisfaction with pay and fear of losing their jobs. Why do students need to hear teacher's complaints? This is not to say that A.J.H.S. does not have competent teachers. They do! The principal is a leader.

  • (4 years ago)

    Absolutely terrible school. My experience there was tremendously bad. Most of the kids at the school excluded others and tormented kids who were different than them. Violence drugs and gangs infest this disease ridden school and I for one couldn't stand it. I went for about a year and then switched schools. Now I know that most kids are immature and haven't really a sense of the world around them yet but seriously... they could be a tad bit more competent. This school has some of the worst students in the entire state of Arizona. The teachers were decent but some were just completely ignorant of the subject of "teaching". If you are considering sending your child to this school I would rethink and possibly look at alternatives unless your child wants to come home every day feeling empty and worthless due to harassment from other students. I know I did...

  • (5 years ago)

    it alright the buget cuts are killing them the teachers are great. there is no principle involement.the coaches are great too. they should have more activeties to intergrade the students(kind of like bonding)

  • (5 years ago)

    it is a great high school for kids to learn...

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a student in the AJUSD from 1st grade until the beginning of junior year at AJHS. I recently moved but I'll always think of myself as a Prospector and when people ask me where I came from I'm proud to say AJ.

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated from AJ last May and I absolutley loved going to AJ! The teachers were some of the best around! I am proud to say I went to AJHS and loved every minute of it!

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended AJHS and graduated in the early seventies and it was an ecceptable shool then. My fourth child I withdrew and changed schools because the special education system was a complete joke. We are invovled parents and went to every scheduled meeting about our sons progress. Very few of his teachers were able to make the meetings. The school psychologist had never met my child. His achievement scores decreased over the year of attendence. sShe was several years behind in reading and her scores decreased. Sinse leaving AJHS She has a 2.9 average up from her failing grades at AJHS and her reading has improved several grade. I hate to write this report as a lifetime resident but when I stated my issues to the school I was dismissed.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child goes to this school and I think it is a really good school and the teachers and stuff are really respectful and caring! I would tell anyone about this school!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently proud to be a prospector! Yes our school has had its problems and yes we aren't perfect but that doesn't mean the school is bad! We have a very diverse group of extra curricular activties and most of the students are amazing kids. Don't knock AJ! It is an awesome school to those that care enough to show up and get involved.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am glad my son is done with AJHS. I never had a problem with any of the kids but saw a great lack of wisdom in the counselors and teachers. When my husband and I tried to be a part of solutions we were treated as if our opinion was too stupid to be considered. I think there is still too much of an attitude towards the students that since they are from AJ they cannot accomplish much Weird Ive lived here for 20 years and have never felt like we were 'less than' until this high school experience. It is as if the majority of adults expect to have trouble and poor grades so the kids fulfill their expectations. A student who is confident and knows themself will do okay someone with low self confidence will not do well.

  • (8 years ago)

    If your child is even remotely motavated and gets involved with some extra activity these will be be the best four years of their life. Getting really involved with things is a great way for them to meet new people that are interested in the same things and are also motivated not only in that activity but it school as well. Choir drama Speech band ROTC and sports are all wonderful. I'm proud to say I went to AJ and am not attended ASU!

  • (9 years ago)

    I was not given the information needed to get my child into the programs she wanted. The calendar did not include these items to warn incoming new students of important schedules and tryouts. I was told by many that this school was getting better. My first impression was not good. Showed no interest in my child as a person.

  • (9 years ago)

    Apache Junction High School is getting better. It seems that finally there is an effort to change the image of this school. The athletic programs this year are proof of that effort. A state championship golf team final four in basketball first playoff game in 21 years for football and a perennial power in wrestling; AJ is no longer the laughing stock of the state. Academically test scores are touted as being better than other area high schools although everyday student achievement is possibly lower than it should be. Administratively there is a new Superintendent which hopefully will do away with the decades old 'good ole boys' system of doing things. Overall things are improving in AJ. What needs to happen though is a dedicated effort to accomodate the larger population and reduce the discipline and behavior problems which have been rampant recently.

  • (9 years ago)

    I find that the academic programs are of the highest quality the teachers really work with the students to help them do well. The extracurricular activities seem to good. My child has been in Drama Club and exells in music thanks to the quitar class at Apache Junction High. The parents seem to be very involved and committed

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