School Details

Barry Goldwater High School

2820 W Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027
(623) 445-5000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1874 students 22 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
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About this school

Barry Goldwater High School is a public high school in Phoenix. The principal of Barry Goldwater High School is Dr. Mike Andersen, who can be contacted at 1,874 children attend Barry Goldwater High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 5% of the Barry Goldwater High School students have "limited English proficiency." 31% of the 1,874 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Barry Goldwater High School is 22:1. West-Mec - Barry Goldwater High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 72%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% 4%
Hispanic 27% 18%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 21%
Limited English proficiency 5% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    My son started attending Barry Goldwater High School in 2014. We have been impressed with the leadership of the school and the teachers we have met involving the classes he is taking. The teachers are well qualified motivating and sincerely interested in developing each student! I have been impressed by the positive attitude of all I have come in contact with at the school from the first day my son and I toured. My son has expressed the classes are both educational and Fun! He has expressed the students treat there fellow classmates with respect and he has developed many friendships since School started in August. I am confident he will get a quality education and be part of a progressive High School that cares about each student and will assist in developing each student to there fullest potential. He participated in a fall sport and will do the same in the spring. The coaches were Great and Positive throughout the seasons ups and downs! This School is certain to Excel going forward with the Positive Leadership Teachers and Support Staff! The Sports Programs are secondary to the education but should continue to Improve under current coaches!

  • (8 months ago)

    Barry Goldwater High School is a great and sophisticated school the standards at Barry are amazing. They give each student the care and dedication they need. All of my experiences with Barry have been better than any other High school. No other school beats Barry. My daughter has been expelling in classes ever since she started going to Barry.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am a former student (graduated 2011) and i have to say this school is rather good. I attended there for 4 years and was pleased with it academically. I was one of the quiet kids that wasn't unpopular but wasn't popular either. The teachers taught the material well enough that despite me sleeping most of my high school years (I was night owl what can I say) I still knew the material quite well. I wasn't into arts or sports and the only subjects I really cared for were computers and languages. So I only gave it 4 stars as the computer classes only focused on IT (microsoft office suite and Adobe suit primarily) and the only languages available were French and Spanish. It is an excellent school though for students looking to excel academically. The AP classes the IB program and the A+ School of excellence award show that they place academics in high regard. The staff is friendly and the principal is highly involved. Overall I enjoyed it as much as any teenager enjoys school. The students are generally very accepting as well. Very rarely saw any bullying. I would definitely suggest it to anyone looking for a school for their child.

  • (1 year ago)

    I did not enjoy my years as a student at Barry Goldwater High School. The education system is ridiculous and the staffs are helpless unless you are those popular kids that are always talkative and in sports. When I took APUSH all the teacher did was test us on existing test packets that you can find online so students just memorized answers to pass that class. When I took AP Gov't the teacher didn't even finish half of the remaining chapters and gave us an open book final exam. When I took AP English the teacher did not teach any concepts relating to english composition and just chat with talkative students and made us read essays and write essays and grades in a bias manner. When I emailed my counselor about financial aid concerns for college she never replied. I did not know how to file the fafsa and search youtube videos on how to do it because the counselors didn't care. Barry Goldwater is a biased school that only favorites middle class outgoing talkative students. And most students only come to the this school to socialize make friends or such. This school also waster tons of money for pointless remodeling when it can use it to give scholarships or improve the staffs.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has a bad grading system and ridiculous standards that they grade by. Only about half of the teachers actually do their job. I am EXTREMELY disappointed.

  • (1 year ago)

    barry goldwater staff is unprofessional and condescending. my overall experience with this school is poor at best.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love BGHS! So happy to have 2 students there this year! We chose BGHS instead of our home school. If a student/parent shows initiative and asks for help it's always available. The only thing that prevents me from giving them 5 stars is the grading system. They are now doing standards based grades and while it makes sense there is very little consistency among teachers and the online gradebook doesn't always reflect what is actually the students status.

  • (2 years ago)

    AuH2O Go Bulldogs! ............... I am proud to say I went here because this school is a very great school and is excellent for your kid.

  • (3 years ago)

    The information stated in a review regarding a BGHS security monitor is completely untrue. Those types of allegations are reckless irresponsbile and inappropriate. The Phoenix police investigation yielded absolutely no evidence to suggest anything but an unfortunate and terrible accident. As a community we want to focus our efforts and thoughts to a complete and speedy recovery. The school remains a safe and caring place for learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a proud Bulldog parent with a senior and freshman sons in this school. I am very proud that the school has finally earned the A+ School of Excellence . The principal teachers counselors staff members and students really worked hard in achieving this rating. I owe it to this school why my senior son is so focused and inspired to be successful. I am glad that they not only nurtured his intelligence I acknowledge that they have helped him to be a good and responsible citizen as well through their various clubs sports and activities His teachers did not only focused in teaching their syllabus they were also caring and inspiring . I look forward to another 4 years with BGHS.

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended Goldwater all 4 years of high school. I never personally cared to attend any of the school events (e.g. homecoming prom sports games etc.) but they were always widely encouraged and always available. The principal is proud to be a part of the school and he often goes around the campus and supervises things such as lunch occasional classroom visits and the likes. The teachers are great and in almost all cases they treat the students with respect. So long as the students do the same. The teachers make sure they remain appropriate in the classrooms but they still understand that their students aren't grade school children. They know that the kids learn better in a fun but stern environment. My favorite teachers (also the ones i learned best from) were the ones that weren't afraid to joke around and have fun. They still taught plenty but they didn't just teach from the textbook and they didn't maintain an air of absolute seriousness at all times. The schools got a lot of great teachers wonderful curricula and a wide range of options for students to pursue. I may not have attended a lot of events but i'm proud to have been a Goldwater Bulldog.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am proud to say I have been a part of an A+ School of Excellence. Recently returning to BGHS as an employee (I am alumni) has been an incredible experience. The students are amazing young adults the staff is caring and professional and the community has accepted me with open arms. It's a great experience to come to Goldwater every day and I look forward to helping th students whenever they walk in my office.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is quite amazing. I have gone there since mid-freshman year and I have enjoyed every minute. Just today I took part in graduating the ACE plus program offered by GCC through Goldwater and a couple of our counselors went to it. I wasn't sure if others school counselors were there but it shows that the staff is dedicated to our school. Which is awesome. The school was named an A+ School of Excellence and it makes me feel better going there because we can prove that we are a great school. The performing arts is an outstanding area too. We have a reputation of the best in the district. I hear that from students from other high schools in the district. Our sports aren't as good but they don't let EVER let losing discourage them. They pursue victory with honor. Like our awesome principal told us we should do. )

  • (3 years ago)

    I think that Goldwater is an amazing school Just today we were named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation! The teachers are great and always wanting to help the students learn. There is a variety of academic programs and clubs availible. Although our sports are currently not the best they are improving. It is a great environment to work in a nd I would highly recomend this school to anyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    What a great school! Over the last year I have seen so much improvement and I am excited to see more. The teachers are wonderful and do a great job with the diversity in the school. I think the overcrowding of some classes is an issue it would help students more if the classes were smaller which means more teachers and not less.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have always found the teachers to be most cooperative when questions are raised and always respond to e-mails. My overall experience with the school as a parent has been wonderful.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has a great sense of pride. The individuality expressed by students is far greater than most schools and the teachers are phenominal. The IB program is defidently a plus to the overall success however the counseling is poor and needs improvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a graduate of BGHS I experienced the school first-hand and I can tell you from my experience it is a safe school. I had fun there and felt safe and productive. The only downside is the school and staff doesn't put much emphasis on college. Out of all the alumni in my class very few went to college and even fewer graduated college. The school prepares students academically but I wish they would've put more emphasis on college and what to do to get into one.

  • (5 years ago)

    If Your Child Is Bright Enough to Earn An International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate Or Degree Barry Goldwater's IB Program Is Academically Outstanding .

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is awesome. the diversity is great and i cant wait to go back

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