PROFICIENCY 37% 4% higher than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
45%Deer Valley Unified District

Sandra Day O'connor High School is a school servicing grades 9 to 12 and is located in the district of "Deer Valley Unified District" in Phoenix, AZ. There are a total of 2,481 students and 109 teachers at Sandra Day O'connor High School, for a student to teacher ratio of 23 to 1. There are a total of 195 free lunch students and 64 reduced lunch students.

Sandra Day O'connor High School has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 37.0%, which is 4% higher than the Arizona average.


Student/Teacher ratio23:1
Free lunch195
Reduced lunch64


Advanced Placement
AP enrollment663
Taking some courses349
Taking some courses (not tests)318
Passing some courses199
Passing no courses148

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first year university courses. If the students were successful in the AP programs, they could potentially receive advanced placement, credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At Sandra Day O'connor High School, there are a total of 663 students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with 349 taking some courses.

Proficiency in mathematics comparison

Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High School36%

Proficiency in languages by grade

High School38%

The proficiency in math and languages tables represent the percentage of students that scored at or above the proficiency level on their standardized state assessment tests. Although these tests are standardized within each state, the tests may vary from state to state. Comparing the results of one state to another may not always be an accurate or fair comparison.

Sandra Day O'connor High School race/ethnicity breakdown

White 73.9% 71.3% 40.8% 51.1%
Black 3.0% 2.9% 5.1% 15.9%
Asian 5.1% 3.4% 2.8% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 14.3% 18.1% 43.8% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 0.7% 1.0% 4.9% 1.2%
Hawaiian 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Multiracial 2.6% 2.9% 2.2% 3.1%

Phoenix demographics profile

Population density (sq mi)2,8536591
Median age40.737.137.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)68%53%55%
Speak English92%73%79%
Speak Spanish4%20%13%

Education level achieved in Phoenix

Completed 8th grade95.4%83.7%84.3%
Completed high school95.4%82.2%83.0%
Completed some college82.4%62.0%59.4%
Completed associate degree55.0%36.5%38.5%
Completed bachelors45.4%28.0%30.3%
Completed masters14.2%10.4%11.5%
Completed professional degree2.3%2.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.8%1.2%1.3%
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Private school level education with all the perks of a public school

As a senior who has attended Sandra Day O'Connor High School (SDOHS) for all four years, I've been able to pursue a unique academic path, take part in a plethora of extracurriculars, and engage in the best music programs in the state. SDOHS’ offerings in academics, sports, and clubs are unrivaled within the Deer Valley Unified School District and on a competitive level with the top public and private high schools in the entire state. O’Connor stands out because of its exclusive, award-winning academic programs. It hosts exceptional sports medicine, architecture/interior design, and AFJROTC programs. The campus even has its own on-site daycare for our child development courses. Our journalism-run school newspaper, The Talon, recently won #1 print and #1 online paper in the state from the AIPA. The Academy of American Studies program, exclusive to SDOHS, is a history-focused, four-year academic program which offers a full honors/Advanced Placement course load to incoming freshman. It is comparable to the education many private schools provide. Each graduating class from this program receives millions of dollars in scholarships towards their post-secondary education. One doesn’t have to be a part of this program to engage in the school’s multitude of rigorous, high-level course offerings. Besides many dual-enrollment courses, O’Connor features 20 Advanced Placement classes, across a variety of disciplines. Most classes not offered on-campus are available through online courses and WEST-MEC. The only areas that SDOHS falls short academically are its complete lack of IB courses and unusually weak representation of Computer Science based curriculum although there are plans to improve upon the latter.In sports and the arts, SDOHS is well above average. Many programs are consistently successful in the district, state, and regional levels. For example, the badminton, baseball, volleyball, beach volleyball, and tennis teams have won district and state titles over the past few years. In the arts, the choir and band regularly score Superior with Distinction in festivals and have many students that perform in regional, state, and national ensembles. The award-winning Eagle Pride Marching Band performed during the halftime show during Super Bowl XLIX, and also placed first in State in Division 1 in 2014, with top three showings in later years. The vast majority of teachers at O’Connor, at least through my experience, are what I would consider good or even exceptional at their job. It is likely that any student who graduates from SDOHS, no matter their chosen academic track, will come across at least one such instructor whom he/she will view as a role model and remember for years to come. However, there are also some that students will never forget for negative reasons. Thankfully, these are the exceptions, but they can still mar a student’s high school experience because of the added stress of coping with these teachers’ classes.There is little to complain about with the campus’ administration. They have a unique and comparatively rare quality: as a whole; they seem to understand what they must do for the school’s success and aren’t set in their ways when the time comes to introduce change. They take the students’ opinions into account and are quick to resolve issues. In addition, there aren’t any school rules that would seem unnecessary or unjust. It’s clear they care for the students.The facilities of the SDOHS campus are exceptional. It is relatively modern, constructed in 2003, with all the amenities one would expect and more. It is a tech-rich school, with many computer labs and SMART Boards in every classroom. It is also an Apple Distinguished School, which allows each student an iPad to use for their studies throughout the school year. The majority of the power that the campus uses come from its own solar panels, which makes the school incredibly energy efficient. The only downsides to the campus and facilities are its small size compared to other high schools in the district and its tendency to flood during the strong monsoon rains.Overall, Sandra Day O’Connor High School is a great high school to attend despite some minor flaws, thanks to its private school level academic offerings, award-winning programs in sports and the arts, knowledgeable administration, and modern, tech-rich campus.
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Source: The Sandra Day O'connor High School data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.