School Details

Gila Ridge High School

7150 E. 24th Street, Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 502-4600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1836 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
  • Yuma Union High School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Gila Ridge High School is a public high school in Yuma. The principal of Gila Ridge High School is James Sheldahl. 1,836 students go to Gila Ridge High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 12% of the Gila Ridge High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 1,836 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Gila Ridge High School is 22:1. Cibola High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 50% 80%
White, non-Hispanic 44% 16%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Multiracial 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 81%
Limited English proficiency 12% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My son transferred to Gila Ridge High School from another local school his junior year and had incredible success! I only wish we had started him at GR his freshman year. His teachers were above average and he easily made friends. He was able to participate in dual enrollment at GR and AWC his senior year completing a semester of college and graduating from high school. The teachers were accessible and responsive and the staff was always polite and helpful. Excellent school!

  • (2 years ago)

    I was thoroughly disappointed as I watched two of my children attend this school. I'm a VErY involved parent so I volunteer and remain nearby to be easily accessible if the need arises. The counselors seemed to not care on sharing information (SAT/ACT dates Scholar Dual Enr avail ) so DO YOUR OWN HMWRK. Nonchalant sports program The principle showed little involvement in the school situations or w/the kids Too many Chiefs running around like chickens with their heads off accomplishing nothing. SAD. Too many hoops for teachers to get their job done & poor teachers stick around because no one has time for the paperwork. Great neighborhood though (K1-College Degree all on the same road -mile)

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved from Orange County CA & were concerned about the quality of the high school's in Yuma. The academics is a little behind CA but regardless GRHS is a wonderful school. Our concerns in any school are academics activities opportunities... GRHS is to us an excellent environment for our child. The teachers thus far are above average; it is apparent the teachers care about the student's education and welfare. Our child is excelling. We have no doubt she will be able to perform well in OC school when we return to CA. Thank you to the teachers and staff of this well rounded school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been pleased with this school. It is a very nice. Registration was easy and quick. I can talk to the teachers without a problem.The only problem I found was the theft issue. My daughters friend had her wallet stolen out of her back pack and nothing was done about it. So I understand what the person below felt with the theft issue. I know it happens at all schools but I would've expected GR to be a step up from that.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my first experience in having a child in HS overall it had good teachers and good amount of homework as fundraiser activities this year she was on fashion design and the fashion show they had at the end of the year was extraordinary. I think this is a good school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Coming from another state has been tough but this school has made it easy for my son to continue his studies without much interruption. Other then the funding issues I think G.R is a good school.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's a brand new school. The only beef I have is that when items get stolen the officials have a hands off policy. They say they can't do a thing about it. To me that means go ahead and steal because no one is stopping you. All the schools in Yuma have this policy and they have really dropped the ball on educating our children on criminal behavior.

  • (6 years ago)

    awesome school love to go there

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a little concerned being this was the first year the school was open but my son loves it here and is doing better in school than he ever the football program is excellent Coach Ocampo is doing great things for our kids...

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