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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, whose e-mail is mike.andersen@dvusd.org. 1,879 children attend Barry Goldwater High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 5% of the Barry Goldwater High School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 1,879 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

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Hebrew
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • 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% 77%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian 4% 4%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 26% 15%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 23%
Limited English proficiency 5% 5%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months 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.

  • (9 months 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.

  • (11 months 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.

  • (2 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.

  • (3 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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

  • (6 years ago)

    I see many parents complaining about the school..At what point do we let our kids work for what they need to move on in life..My daughter does very well at BGHS when we push her her teachers have been helpful when treated with respect and not accused of not doing their job .

  • (6 years ago)

    I give top marks for the staff of BGHS. They have been helpful and supportive doing the best they can with what they have. A school is made up of Students Teachers Parents and Administrators. What I find disturbing is the lack of respect and a general bad attitude of a limited population of the student body.

  • (6 years ago)

    My experience with Goldwater last year was awful. The staff is extremely uncooperative and many of the teachers offer little-to-no support. I left my counselor's office crying more than once. I enjoy school very much and have very high ambition for my future but this school brought me very close to the point of giving up on my education altogether. I transferred out of this school after completing my freshman year and am much happier now. This school is extremely unsafe and academically lacking. Definitely not recommended.

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