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    Honors and Advanced Placement (AP)
    Pinnacle High School is proud to offer a wide variety of Honors and Advanced Placement courses for students. Honors classes offer students a more rigorous educational experience and work to prepare them for Advanced Placement instruction. Through Advanced Placement courses students have the ability to earn college credit by taking the Advanced Placement (AP) College Board Exam for the course at the end of the school year. Placement in these classes is by teacher approval upon registration. Refer to the Paradise Valley High School Course Catalog for course offerings.

    Career Technical Education (CTE) Program
    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a premiere educational delivery system, incorporating academic rigor and technical standards along with critical thinking and essential workplace skills. Problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and leadership are all core components of our CTE programs. To ensure college and career success for its students, CTE reflects the modern workplace. CTE partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs. The program offerings are aligned to current, emerging, and projected labor market needs. Students also can earn industry recognized certifications and college credits while still in high school. CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to the National Career Clusters Framework. This framework encompasses 16 career clusters, which then branch out to 81 career pathways and hundreds of different career opportunities along these pathways.

    We offer a wide variety of Career Technical Education (CTE) classes on our campus. Students have the opportunity to gain technology skills through Digital Photography, Graphic Design, and Video Production classes. For opportunities to develop business skills we offer Introduction to Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and Advanced Marketing. Additionally, students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program will have the opportunity to work in our new kitchen which features a state of the art interactive media system and commercial grade equipment. Refer to the PV Schools Career Technical Education page for more information.

    Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    All Visual Art classes provide students with a hands-on educational experience resulting in creative, tangible products that express ideas, thoughts and emotions that cannot be expressed in words. All painting, drawing, ceramic, and photography programs include comprehensive background in the history, methodology, and practical application of specific art media. Students in Visual Arts classes will apply skills and knowledge as a means to use art to express themselves in a deep, meaningful, and authentic manner. Major activities include classroom projects, experimentation in techniques and uses of media, in-class and public art displays, local art contests, district art shows, and in-depth analysis of the creative process.

    Visual Arts programs include: Introduction to Art, Advanced Placement Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Photography, and Studio Art.

    Performing Arts programs include: Choral Groups and Ensembles, Band, Strings, Dance, and Drama.

    Refer to the PV Schools Fine Arts page for more information.

    High Functioning Autism Program
    This program is designed to meet individual needs of identified autistic students. The curriculum focus includes communication, socialization, and sensory integration. Students’ cognitive, academic, and adaptive needs are addressed and managed by the special education team. Instruction for this program includes a variety of research-based strategies.

    pvONLINE
    pvONLINE offers students a choice in the delivery of their education. All curriculum is fully aligned with state standards and promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. pvONLINE offers a self-paced learning environment in which students may access anytime and anywhere. Students may take online courses on-campus or off-campus. pvONLINE teachers are highly qualified and interact with students to provide personalized, rich, digital resources.  Students and teachers work in a collaborative environment that promotes 21st century skills. Online learning can meet the needs of diverse learners. All students are able to maximize their learning time through enriching, technological educational tools. Honors and AP students are able to work at a pace that encourages their progress. Credit Recovery students may re-take classes to make up credits and strengthen past instruction. Refer to the pvONLINE website for detailed information.

    Information Technology Center (ITC) - Library
    The Information Technology Center (ITC) is open from 6:30am to 3:00pm daily. Students have access to computers, printing, and a wide variety of library materials. A certified teacher is available to help students with their technology and research needs. See the Information Technology Center website for more information.
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