School Details

Ironwood High School

6051 W. Sweetwater Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304
(623) 486-6400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1980 students 20 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
  • Peoria Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ironwood High School is a public high school in Glendale. 1,980 children attend Ironwood High School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Ironwood High School students have "limited English proficiency." 34% of the 1,980 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ironwood High School is 20:1. West-Mec - Ironwood 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


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 59%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian 5% 3%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 28% 29%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 38%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter has just started grade 9 and so far she has been very happy but if you are patriotic and you want your child to say the pledge every morning best you go to Cactus high school. Ironwood has taken the pledge away. Very disappointing for many pupils and parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ironwood is an awesome school. Most of the things people here are complaining about can be easily avoided. If you do not like your teachers you have the opportunity to switch. I have never had any problems with contacting administration and most of the time their replies are in a timely manner. You are locked out of your classrooms if you are late AND unexcused. If your tardiness is excused they should allow you to go back into class. If you are having trouble making friends there are hundreds of clubs and programs that you can attend to meet people with common interests. The only complaint I have is that I believe the school spends a bit too much time and effort on sports when they could be improving the academics. I am currently going through the pre-I.B. program and have enjoyed every day of it.

  • (1 year ago)

    They have a great autistic program my son's Autistic and he didn't know how to color he would just scatch all over the paper now he is tracing and coloring in the line and they have alot of patient for him. I really appreciate everything there doing with him..

  • (1 year ago)

    Ironwood is a good school but it has it flaws so many kids worrying about other peoples life and not theirs they don't know how to pay attention to what is going on around them they have to be in other peoples business and the teachers play favoritism and they are more worried about what the student is like not what he/she is capable of

  • (2 years ago)

    Good luck finding a math teacher who knows math an English teacher who does not play favorites or an administrator that is willing to use e-mail. I'm not saying ALL employees are incompetent - just good luck getting the right schedule for your child. Ironwood USED to be an excellent school but not with the current "leadership". Parents seem to do most of the work for the staff.

  • (2 years ago)

    i do not believe in the students being late and not being able to attend a class. no one is perfect yet seems some get behind because of this

  • (3 years ago)

    Some of the teachers are good but the focus on IB has destroyed other great programs. An emphasis on a small number of students leaves a lot lacking for the non-IB kids. The IB classes do not seem to give an edge to those students when applying for colleges either.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love this school. i have nothing but good memories and fun. Very nice school Iron Wood pride baby ITs all about the Eagel

  • (5 years ago)

    We love this school because *high-achieving *soccer team *parent involvment *teacher involvement *multitude of activities to involve the students *theater program *counselor caring & much more!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is so large and impersonal that unless your child is in the honors program no one seems to care. They lock the kids out of classrooms if they're even one minute late - depriving them of an entire day's worth of class. So much for academics. The whole staff could use customer service training!

  • (6 years ago)

    This a great school if your child is gifted or interested in the Pre-IB program or is in the IB program.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently a student at Ironwood and have to say that it does an excellent job at meeting my academic needs. I am an IB candidate and love the academic challenges presented to me at Ironwood. This school creates an environment that is welcoming to students of all levels and does not segregate the honor students from the 'average' students. The guidance office is always willing to help and the cousellors are able to offer advice and programs catered to any student's' wants and needs. Rules are strictly enforced but easy to abide by. It doesn't matter who you are or what social group you are typically in you will be accepted by a multitude of people on this campus. Ironwood seems highly competitive especially among the honor students but still manages to keep an exciting and accepting environment.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very good school to attend. There is no drama and everybody is really nice. Students here have different goals and things thats on their mind like school work and inportant things instead of gossip and rumors. Thanks Ironwood!

  • (6 years ago)

    Ironwood is a school that does not rest on its laurels - the admin and staff always strive to improve. The culture emphasizes that it is good to be smart. Athletics are also well supported. The teachers really care about their students. There is a strong club Student Council and service organization structure that makes this a good environment for the students. The principal works well with students staff and parents to create a safe school. The reasons I did not rate Ironwood as 5 stars have to do with the funding provided by the District. Teachers are struggling to get funds for the Arts and Music. Students are being asked to buy books in English classes and share books in Science because the District has not provided enough for all the students. The IB program conflicts with AP class offerings; some students can't take AP Physics for example.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student of IHS. High school is all about what you make of it- I had a fantastic experience (and it wasn't that long ago). Almost all my teachers were wonderful intelligent and understanding. I was on the honors track taking challenging courses and will always be thankful to the wonderful teachers who pushed me to exceed. The sports programs and clubs programs are also good. They may not be the best (I don't really know anymore) but they have great heart.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student of Ironwood. I would absolutly say that Ironwood is an amazing school. I have heard that some have dislike for the teachers and the gap between the levels of classes. To this I would say that high school is only as good as how much you put into it. Teacher and other staff members are more than happy to help students to succeede. Some students as I have witnessed refuse to seek help. Ironwood helped me to get a scholorship into a university and helped to lay the foundation for a successful life. This school should be recognized as one of the leading high schools in the state reguardless of public or privet!

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are great - they really care about their students. The district never has enough money for all the programs they want to try so parents have to come up with a lot of funding or see the programs do without. The Band program is a good example of this. I think they do a great job with what they are given. I would like to see more motivation to excel in the arts. And more pressure on 'average' students to take more challenging classes. This is a safe school. If your child is motivated to succeed and works hard Ironwood will give him/her the best opportunities it can. The CTE program in computer science is the best I have seen.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a current student of IHS just about to graduate and as I get ready to begin college I know i'm ready to face the difficulites that the new curriculum and envirnment will provide. Ive loved all of my teachers they've been wonderful kind and compassionate. The security is always alert (not always a great thing) but they keep us safe nonetheless. There are a ton of cliques clubs and social groups so you'll always find a friend and learn where your niche' is on the social scale. I love IHS its been awesome.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son currently attends Ironwood and we both love it! The teachers are wonderful and take time to help their students. I couldnt have asked for a better place for my son to be at during the very rough years of schooling.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school does not focus enough on the individual needs of each student. I am very dissapointed in this school.

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