Cactus High School

6330 West Greenway, Glendale, AZ 85306
(623) 412-5000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1399 students 20 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.
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About this school

Cactus High School is a public high school in Glendale. 1,399 children attend Cactus High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Cactus High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 33% of the 1,399 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cactus High School is 20:1. West-Mec - Cactus High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 59%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 22% 29%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 1%
Asian 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 38%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I had 3 children go to Cactus High School and graduate from there. Now I have a granddaughter who goes there. It is a good school. The teachers are involved with their students and give them the tools they need in life to move forward and make good citizens and become successful in life. They have a good sports program also.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school has done a moderate job of protecting it's students. my teenage daughter had been threatened and bullied on several accounts and very little was done about them. the district and office continues to have some outrageous ideas about dress code and recently i was told that my daughter (junior) would need a vaccination while my other daughter (senior) would not need one. giving us only a week we got my one daughters vaccination. then a month into school i am verified that my senior daughter will be kept from school until she receives a vaccination. ridiculous! the school needs to get organized. i am not a stay home mom these unexpected requirements are not easy to accomplish.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was bullied and abused by fellow students and the school administration did nothing to help. Class of 79-83.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a previous student class of 2000 I have to say this is probably the best school in the area. Teachers there are/were amazing. They care very much about individual student progress and push them to reach for the stars. If I didn't live 3000 miles away now my kids would definitely go there!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and administration can't even enforce the dress code. That an easy thing to do and they can't even do that. LAZY!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing I love Cactus High School! All the teachers are great and I always have a ton of fun.

  • (5 years ago)

    They have a great music and arts dept. My daughter is becoming and amazing musician from the teachers there and the chorus is professional in my opinion-like a broadway show. The academic programs are super and teachers communicate well by email and take interest in students. Classrooms are not overloaded and I feel the campus is safe and well supervised. There are plenty of choices to introduce kids and prepare them for college or life career choices.

  • (6 years ago)

    this is the best school ever

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student here and i moved from a different school and let me tell you my old school doesnt even compare. the althletic program is one of the best.... ....varsity football 08 4-0........

  • (7 years ago)

    i am a student at Cactus. and it is by far the best school to go to. We have a great athletic program and the teachers really care about the students and what happens to them. The teachers want the students to suceed in life and go for there goal.s

  • (7 years ago)

    As a student at Cactus I believe I have a very worthy point. The main problem at Cactus is that the students and teachers alike seem to only care about the minimum. The teachers don't push their students for excelling grades but for what is expected of them. The curriculum is rushed through and no true knowledge is taken from any of the core classes.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school. I have a daughter that attends. The staff seems very focused on providing a quality education to the students and seem to care about them.

  • (7 years ago)

    I myself have a daughter that goes there and does amazing it is a very good school. my daughter has had so many disadvantages and to be honest you would never know she much out of school I especially like there focus on post graduation they seem to take a lot of intrest in childress with disabilitys they are a great public school

  • (7 years ago)

    This high school is the best so far I have ever seen the teachers respect the students while the students return that repect back. the students work hard in their studies doing their best to uphold the schools excellent reputation. the students and teachers have a special relationship that every parent likes to see.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have nothing but rave reviews for CHS. My daughter has a learning disability in math and from day one everyone has been extremely involved in getting her the help that she needs and has been immediately responsive. I have seen concern and genuine caring from every single one of her teachers and for the first time in her whole academic history my daughter loves going to school. I could not be more pleased than I am with Cactus. We specifically moved into the Cactus district so that my daughter could attend there and it was the best choice that we ever made.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a teacher at this school and I have been continuously disheartened as to the disintegration of the programs staff and quality of education. Fine teachers are leaving; students are not being prepared for the real world. There is little adminstrative support including at the district level to administer discipline attendance policies or to provide proper supplies such as textbooks or trade books. It is a rare classroom that has a set of dictionaries. Students cannot learn if they are not there; they cannot study without books; yet the teachers are held accountable for progress. The principal and assistant principals are weak and treat teachers as if they are replaceable. It is a real shame that a once very vibrant school is now one where teachers are too frustrated to function at their best.

  • (8 years ago)

    Cactus HS (CHS) has had a great reputation in the past for strong academic programs and accessibility to and availability of music arts sports & other activities to participate in. However due to teacher buyouts and early retirement incentives over the last 3 years a huge turnover of teachers and administrators has forced many veteran quality teachers to leave Cactus to teach elsewhere. Some strong educators have stayed and impact the school and kids positively--if your kids seek out these quality teachers and are willing to work hard. Students are not strongly encouraged to pursue higher academic goals; many are content to get the credits they need earn their diplomas and leave. Self-motivated kids who want to achieve more or who have very involved hands-on parents can be successful but often have to take upper-level classes at other PUSD campuses or at the community colleges.

  • (8 years ago)

    Cactus High has been a historically great school that has provided a top notch education to students as far as local public highs schools go. However in recent years it's standard of education has lowered greatly. For parents if your student is remedial or average Cactus High will provide them with the best education possible. However if your child is gifted send them elsewhere. I have seen the major changes that have taken place over the past six years at the school with their gifted programs and how they changed between when my brother attended the school and when I attended and graduated. I find the educational opportunities provided to me at Cactus to fall short of those of many of my college classmates.

  • (9 years ago)

    Cactus High School has always and continues to be a great school for students to gain an education and show what they can do not only in the classroom but in fantastic extra-cirricular programs as well. Many of these students are recognized state wide and nationally for their achievements whether it is in or outside the classroom. The teachers always lend a helping hand to ensure the best result possible for the students. I know that Cactus will continue to be a standout for high schools across the state.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a mom who lives in california because of the great internet system cactus high has I was able to see how my son was doing if he was late and talk to his teachers if there was a problem. I was able to stay on top of my sons grades and see if they were slipping and keep my son on track. The school works with the kids to find what they truly excel in. I can't say enough great things about this school.

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