CREST Program Overview

  • The CREST Program will start accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year on October 5th.

    8th Grade students and families are invited to the CREST Information Meeting on October 4, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. See information below.

    Students who are interested in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career are invited to apply to admission to the CREST Program.
    The Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) is a specialty program offered at Paradise Valley High School that provides students with the opportunity to study one of three specialized disciplines: biotechnology, computer science, or engineering.

    CREST is a recognized leader in STEM education with instructors who continuously develop innovative and engaging ways to provide students with authentic learning experiences that enhance the curriculum. Small class sizes, academic support, laboratory experience, collaboration with university and industry professionals, and a rich campus life provide many opportunities for academic and personal growth.

    At CREST we are focused on creating an authentic, student-centered, problem-based learning environment. Students are inspired by collaboration with peers, teachers, universities, and industry experts through mentoring, job shadowing and internship programs.

    Emphasizing rigor, relevance and relationships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, CREST students graduate prepared and fully-qualified to pursue STEM-oriented degrees at the postsecondary level.

    Students that have been successful in the CREST program possess the following qualities:

    • Strong math, writing, and communication skills
    • An interest in science, technology, engineering and math
    • Motivation to perform at a high level in a rigorous academic environment
    • Desire to interact with university and industry professionals
    • A creative and enthusiastic approach to problem solving

    Each year, a maximum of 50 students will be accepted into each of the three CREST programs of study. Students who live outside of PVUSD and the Paradise Valley High School attendance boundaries are encouraged to apply.


    For more information regarding the CREST Program, please contact Phil Howardell, CREST Program Coordinator, at or 602.449.2102

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