Welcome to North Canyon High School, home of the Rattlers! At North Canyon our teachers create a challenging and rewarding learning environment for all students. Our teachers, support staff and administration are dedicated to student success and growth. This is evident each and every day in classrooms and in the casual interactions between students and staff in the hallways and at school events.

We are a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) school. Our "Rattler Pride" expectations, developed by students, are: be respectful, be accountable, be responsible and take initiative. Our mission is "to empower students to care, learn, and succeed, ensuring college and career readiness;" and we work extremely hard to focus on each part of the mission. North Canyon is a welcoming school.

Besides our signature (IB, AVID, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services) and academic programs, we have wonderful fine arts and career/technical education electives so that students have the opportunity to pursue their interests. Participation in sports and clubs offers other opportunities to make high school memorable.

Come join the North Canyon family!

Get to Know Principal Melissa Molzhon

Dear North Canyon Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that I serve as your principal at North Canyon High School. I am extremely excited about being a part of the North Canyon team! I enjoy spending time learning about the school community and the incredible staff and students that make North Canyon such an amazing learning environment.

I would also like to provide you with some background about me. Originally from Iowa, I moved to Arizona in 1986. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Arizona State University and I completed my Masters in Administration at Northern Arizona University.

The Paradise Valley School District has been my professional home since 2003, when I began my teaching career. Prior to North Canyon High School, I was honored to serve the Boulder Creek Elementary Community as their principal. I feel fortunate to be working in a district known for making such a difference in the lives of our youth.

On a personal note, I have three children in their twenties who attended Cactus View Elementary, Vista Verde Junior High and graduated from North Canyon High School.  My husband and I reside in the community and have for more than 25 years. We love spending time with our children, traveling and enjoy many outdoor activities.

I am eager to begin working with you in order to continue the many amazing programs and education that North Canyon is known for. I believe that collaboration, communication and teamwork are the essential keys in building a positive environment where students gain the necessary experiences they need to become college and career ready and ultimately, contributing adults. I consider it an honor and privilege to be working with such an outstanding group of students, staff and stakeholders. I look forward to getting to know you! Go Rattlers!


Melissa L. Molzhon

Meet Our Staff

Learn more about our teachers and staff members on our NCHS Administration Directory.