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About This School

Cactus Canyon Junior High School is a public middle school in Apache Junction. The principal of Cactus Canyon Junior High School is Mr. Larry LaPrise. 774 children attend Cactus Canyon Junior High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Cactus Canyon Junior High School students have "limited English proficiency." 56% of the 774 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cactus Canyon Junior High School is 21:1. Vista Grove Preparatory Academy Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 72%
Hispanic 27% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 41%
Limited English proficiency 5% 5%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    In my opinion If you dont know what elective to take i think the best one would be Mr. Davis. Hes like the best teacher with the funnest personally!

  • (11 months ago)

    In my opinion the best elective to take is any elective that Mr. Davis. He's a great teacher and makes learning fun for the students. I haven't met a single person who doesn't like his classes.

  • (11 months ago)

    Cactus Canyon is a great school! We have many electives such as journalism which I have been taking for two years. It is an amazing class. Students from Journalism Two write for the school blog. See our school blog at http //cougarnewsblog.com/ Comment please!

  • (3 years ago)

    This year I was nervous about starting a new school but overall this school has made me feel very comfortable. It is the 4th day of school and I feel like I fit right in. As far as "innappropriate behavoir" there are a couple people of course but this a very controled school. The principle is excellent. If you are thinkin of not sending you child here you should have them come here. CCJH is the only school so far in the country that uses laptops instead of text books! Also the phisical fitness is very pushed at this school! And also the food is great and they are based off th the governments "my plate" it isa balanced food plate! The teachers sre great and so are all of the extra curricular activities@ Every year you have the option to go to catilina island or sea world at a reasonable cost! BEST SCHOOL EVER!

  • (3 years ago)

    I'll admit we were nervous about the two schools merging but it's turned out to be a easy transition. My daughter loves all her teachers and enjoys her classes very much. She's increased her GPA since attending CCJH and I feel the teachers all really care about their students achievement. The principal is highly involved and stays very active throughout the day. I make it a priority to visit the office and when I do I'm always greeted nicely. The AIMS and benchmark scores will all show scores of some major improvements for 2011 once posted.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am really concerned about the AIMS scores with this school - they are below what other schools are - especially the math. My daughter is supposed to attend this school - but I have her in another due to what I am seeing with the schools test scores. I would like her to be in her own district - but not at the risk of a lower education. Can the Cactus Canyon staff look into this?

  • (3 years ago)

    This was the first year that CCJH was open and we are thrilled that the school met or exceeded our expectations in many areas. The principal is a top-notch leader and expects excellence from academics to athletics. He is persoanlly involved in all areas with the students and teachers and they respond well to him. There are challenging classes available including high school level courses. There is a competitive sports program with knowledgable coaches. Technology is a priority and students entering 7th grade receive notebook computers instead of textbooks. The principal and staff care about the students and go out of their way to teach them that character matters and to help them succeed!

  • (3 years ago)

    my cougar life class was so awsome only i only have it half the year

  • (3 years ago)

    I have 1 child that went to this school and is now in high school and another currently attending CCJH. Both have really enjoyed their time there. The teachers care about their students and really want them to learn and succeed. Not only in the classroom but also in life. I am very happy with the education my children are receiving.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school and she really liked Mr. Davis. She was only there for a short time but he has made a very positive impact on her life. She loves to write now whereas the year before she hated writing and did not know the six traits until Mr. Davis made it fun and understandable. Mr. Davis is the best.

  • (4 years ago)

    So as I am new to Arizona I am not sure yet what I should be expecting from a school district. My son is a 7th grader at this school and is an honor roll A-B student. We are getting ready to pull him from this school for many reasons. First he is concerned about the drug and tobacco problem at the school. Second there is a tremendous amount of violence and foul lanuage on a daily basis. Third the sports programs are horrible. There is no parental or community support. To make matters worse the levy did not pass and now they are cutting more sports and combining both middle schools for next year. This will equal more violence more drugs and even less sports. We are getting out while the getting is good.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two children in this school at the moment the children can be involved a little or alot depending on what they want. The teachers hold them accountable for their actions which I like very much even if it is only a pencil or a piece of paper they are trying to teach them to be responsible.

  • (4 years ago)

    They have been so helpful with both of my kids learning disabilities. Going above and beyound to assure that my kids receive the best education.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to a school a few years back and I enjoyed everything about the school from the teachers to the students in generally all the staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school for all three years and loved every year of it. The teachers here are amazing and care very much for the students. The school is open to all new ideas as long as you speak up and the teachers as well as students are willing to help others if you just ask for it. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son was a straight A student.He is overwhelmed at this school but is still receiving good grades.

  • (7 years ago)

    Desert Shadows Middle School is highly focused on helping every student achieve essential and vital skills. This school holds every student to high standards no matter what group they are classified in (ELL sped gifted etc). Teachers differentiate instruction to meet all student levels and gifts. I would recommend this school for parents and students that have a strong desire to reach for full potential and knowledge gain. Desert Shadows is not for every child.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is much to focused on whether a child has remembered his pencil for the day (or other unimportant concerns) than actually teaching. They put 6th graders in classes like high school kids. It is way to much for the children. Also any contact with the school takes days or is forgotten....The children have to attend an extra hour each day if one of the schools rules is broken. (this includes forgetting a pencil paper ect.)

  • (10 years ago)

    some of the teachers here really care about the children while others are focused on testing. my child complains about all the computer testing and no real instruction. my child also complains about how the school posts their grades to humiliate other children into doing better. the sports program doesn't have a lot of support. this school is a real negative place to be for kids.

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