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About This School

Chaparral High School is a public high school in Scottsdale. The principal of Chaparral High School is Mary Lou Muccino and can be contacted at mmuccino@susd.org. 2,209 students go to Chaparral High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 1% of the Chaparral High School students have "limited English proficiency." 4% of the 2,209 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Chaparral High School is 20:1. Thunderbird Adventist Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 75%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Asian 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 2%
Multiracial 0.09% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 20%
Limited English proficiency 1% 7%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    CHS is overrated. Middle of the road students are the least educated. The focus is at the extremes of the spectrum. Teachers at these ends can be talented but arrogant while the majority of students are herded into large classes with mediocre teachers. Not the best place for students who need or want inspired examples passion attention and direction.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school doesn't score that well on math and science standardized tests considering its ranking overall. Guidance is pretty limited and there's a feeling of preferential treatment for the more advanced students. A lot of teachers don't give any feedback or return work and tests. Overall not so great compared to other schools in other states especially.

  • (1 year ago)

    CHS is a great learning environment. My older daughter has just begun her freshman year in an out of state college and CHS prepared her extremely well with honors classes and AP courses. We are pleased and hopeful that the level of academics remains high there for our next child.

  • (3 years ago)

    Surprisingly good. We moved from very good public school system on E. coast Two kids - one a high achiever and one with learning issues. The teacher quality has been very good - in general - with notable exceptions where kids go to extremes to avoid specific teachers (on-line courses) but that concern is not endemic or an issue only for Chaparral. One of our kids went to elite private school in E with similar issues. Support for our child with learning disabilities has been quite good; most private schools can't compete in that area. AP courses have been very good and accessible. Resultant SAT scores very good. In general kids are great and of high quality. Parent involvement is high and sports programs are outstanding for boys and girls. THIS QUESTIONAIR NEEDS A MEANS TO NOT RESPOND ABOUT PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP - IF ONE IS NOT IN A POSITION TO EVALUATE. I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO EVALUATE SOMETHING THAT I HAVE NOT BEEN INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS? THAT REQUIREMENT PROBABLY DAMPENS INTEREST IN COMPLETING SUCH QUESTIONAIRES BECAUSE OF SECURITY ISSUES.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is amazing! Yes it can be a bit cliquey but there are few people who unwilling to talk to new students just because they are new. Chaparral iis THE most spirited school in the state. Our team are back to back state champions our boys basketball team has been state runner ups for the past two years our cheer team are back to back national champions and Arizona State champions our Pom Squad placed top 5 at Nationals in florida our girls basketball team has made it to the playoffs the past two years the wrestling team has had 3 2nd place winners at the state championships our swim team won state last year our badmiton team won state this past year and we have several other excelling sports. Not are the sports amazing but the academics are great as well. There has been a student from Chaparral accepted to almost every school in the country (that were applied to) including Princeton and Oberlin. Our Arts programs are also amazing! We have had 4 plays this year with more coming. We have several students who are part of the National Thespian Society as well as several students who have been recongnized throughout the state for their art. Overall this school is great!

  • (3 years ago)

    Amazing School! Great for academics sports and the arts! The Principals and Security Officers really work hard to make sure that the children are safe 100% of the time. The teachers are great and very helpful and understanding of children who may have problems in their class.

  • (4 years ago)

    We started at Chaparral because of the great Lacrosse reputation and overall athletic high standards. They did not let us down. This school has some of the best coaches in the country. There are many other great things I hear about this school academically. My kids love it. Parenting isn't over yet. This school is real life that they should be preparing for and learning about. Stay close to them and know who their friends are then you shouldn't have any trouble.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Life Skills program at Chaparral is outstanding. The teachers and administration are caring and committed to providing the best for the life skills students. The students of Chaparral are supportive and include the special needs students in campus activities. Chaparral is the best place for special needs students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Chaparral has great Life Skills teachers! The kids are very unique so are the teachers. Chaparral has a great football and badminton team.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school allows it's children to grow into adults ready for the world outside it's walls.

  • (4 years ago)

    this is by far the best school in Arizona!!! hands down!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been going to Chaparral and I can say that I am not disappointeed. The best is the academics and the teachers the teachers are great. I do not know about regular clases but the honors calsses at Chaparral are difficult. The English Science and Math is difficult and is very useful. I have seen the IB program and its classes I personally believe that the cirriculum and teachers at Chaparral are more difficult and more entertaining to listen to. Great Schol altough there are bad influences of drugs which people need to stay away from. Well its there in almost very public school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm very pleased with Chaparral and glad my son is there. They have great experienced teachers (most have over 25 years under their belt ) excellent sports and Chaparral is a very safe campus.

  • (6 years ago)

    Chaparral is an excellent high school. The teachers are top notch. The honors classes are challenging. This is a great school and offers a wonderful foundation for any college.

  • (6 years ago)

    Unchallenging and uninteresting school. If you want to go to a school with the brattiest wealthiest people in Arizona go here. Serious drug problems and violence among the students. Strong clique mentality and at one point we were considered the next likely Colombine. I failed almost every class my friends bought drugs off the security guards and I still went on to get a Ph.D. from an Ivy league school without their help.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter transfered from Notre Dame Prep to Chaparral and I had no problem with it. Chaparral truly is better in all aspects the kids are happier the education is the same but Chaparral's teachers are more experienced and the campus is more welcoming (classrooms etc.)

  • (6 years ago)

    This school's awesome and has a wonderful environment to be in! I love it!

  • (6 years ago)

    this is a great school if you are looking for sports clubs and some challenging academic classes. although remember that just like in any high school there will be drama popularity problems and that the main student body is well to do. if your child cannot compete with this it is not the school for him/her. although remember everyone has to learn the world isn't painted with roses

  • (7 years ago)

    Coming from Cochise & Cocopah we expected this school to be as poorly run and academically unchallenging as they were. Fortunately we found the honors and AP programs are wonderful. There are some great teachers there that really inspire your students with a few teachers who become the bane of your existence and you just pray for the end of the school year. Overall the academics are challenging and excellent. In looking at colleges throughout the nation it is gratifying to note that they are very aware of Chaparral and its excellent reputation. There is every kind of club to be involved in as well as sports. It is also an excellent school if you have problems with your student. One of our children was very sick for a long while and they went out of their way to help us in every way possible. It is a GREAT school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Everything is at Chaparral - academics sports clubs counseling; however know your child. If they are not motivated or competitive this is not the place for them. Of my three one was lost and no one made a difference (much as my husband and I tried); I felt he fell between the cracks there. Two jumped in and took advantage of all that is offered-honors classes clubs sports. Parent involvement is expected and makes a difference. Of course problems exist as in any large public school but security/adm. handle it quickly and effectively from my perspective. I have never felt my children are unsafe. A few other positives excellent special ed department; love that it is a closed campus.

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