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AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is a program for Grades 5 through 12 that prepares students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record of closing the achievement gap. AVID targets B, C, and D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. AVID puts these students on the college track with acceleration instead of remediation.  
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CREST - Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology

CREST is a small, specialty school located on the campus of Paradise Valley High School, providing students with three specialized programs: biotechnology, sustainability and engineering The specialized courses in the program are focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and are designed to encourage and prepare students to follow their interests into college and the workforce.
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FLITE - Foreign Language Immersion and Teaching Experience

Learning a second language at an early age can have long-term educational benefits for students. Moreover, research has shown that immersion is the most effective way to learn a language. At Sandpiper Elementary School students participate in a partial immersion program (FLITE) where English-speaking students spend half of the instructional school day learning subjects in Spanish and the other half learning in English.
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International Baccalaureate Programs

The International Baccalaureate offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The three programs for students help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 560,000 IB students at 2,107 schools in 125 countries. Visit www.ibo.org for more information from the parent organization.

The Paradise Valley Unfied School District offers this acclaimed program at three schools, spanning primary, middle and hIgh school levels. Learn more about our programs.

High School Signature Programs
The Signature Program, consisting of specialized and highly focused areas of study, provides a unique opportunity for our high school students to pursue academic excellence through a thematic emphasis. By offering courses which would be cost-prohibitive at each individual campus and locating all students who have interest in a theme at one site, we are able to expand our curriculum significantlly. After careful analysis of student and parent interest, these program themes were selected by the staffs at each high school. For additional information: View High School Course Catalog.
Horizon High School
Law-Related Education
Project Lead The Way

North Canyon High School
International Baccalaureate Program 

Paradise Valley High School
Center for Research in Science, Engineering and Technology (CREST)
Pinnacle High School
Community Outreach
Shadow Mountain High School
Design/Industrial Technology Program
Air Force JROTC
Star Tech

Star Tech Professional Center provides advanced state-of-the-art classes and training that develops college and career readiness skills. Star Tech is located on the campus of Paradise Valley High School. Programs offered:

Agriscience                                                           
Automotive Technology
Culinary Arts
Early Childhood Education
Entrepreneurship/Marketing
Fashion Design/Merchandising
Forensics/Public Safety
Graphic Design
Information Technology
Metals Manufacturing
Multimedia Film & TV Production
Nursing
Photography (Digital)
Sound Engineering
Welding
Woodworking

Star Tech instructors have industry-standard training on new technologies, and attend conferences and workshops to update their skills. Star Tech students participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations, and state and national competitions that provide leadership training and experience. Work-based and intern/externship experiences are part of all programs. Star Tech is part of the Western Maricopa Education Center district (West-MEC).

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STEM at Whispering Wind Academy

Whispering Wind Academy offers students opportunities to function in teams to develop critical thinking skills and expand their learning through hands-on activities. Our STEM focus is complemented by rigorous foundational programs in reading, writing and mathematics to allow students to experience three-dimensional, creative, real-world applications of newly gained knowledge.. Whispering Wind Academy students also have the opportunity to learn a foreign language – Mandarin Chinese — to help develop a global perspective.

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