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Two students pose in bioscience lab.

The Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) is a decorated "school within a school" at Paradise Valley High School (PVHS).

CREST is a four-year STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and CTE (career and technical education) program that allows students to specialize in one of three disciplines:

  • Bioscience
  • Engineering
  • Software App and Development 

Only 50 highly qualified students are accepted into each of the three CREST disciplines of study every year. Due to the specialization and postsecondary readiness provided in CREST, many students from outside of PVSchools and PVHS boundaries apply to join this exclusive program, in addition to students already slated to attend PVHS.

Beyond the classroom, CREST helps establish real-world experience, as more than 200 hours of internship work are required from each student before graduation.

If you would like to browse student highlights, delve more into the three disciplines, or review the application requirements, please visit the CREST page on the PVHS website.

See CREST in Action

Maricopa County Superintendent Steve Watson takes a first-hand look at the hands-on learning happening and leadership training at CREST every day.