PVSchools Open Enrollment - Apply Now!

Begin the Journey of Excellence

There is a different journey of excellence for every student – their potential is as wide open as their possibilities. And, with every journey, there are new and exciting paths waiting to be taken, discoveries to be made, and abilities to be realized.

Open Enrollment is a process allowing parents or guardians to apply for admission to any public school, as long as there is classroom space available. Parents and guardians often choose to open enroll their children in PVSchools for various reasons, including our unique and innovative award-winning programs, teaching philosophy, extracurricular activities, and more. 

In-district families wanting to enroll in their neighborhood school should complete the general enrollment packet instead of going through the Open Enrollment process.

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Preschool

For children 5 years of age and under, begin a formal education through a tuition-based (including Gifted and Montessori) or a non-tuition-based preschool program.

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PVSchools Preschool Offers

  • Nurturing and compassionate learning environments
  • Small class sizes with certified teachers
  • New and innovative education programs

Signature Preschool Programs

  • Gifted Preschool – available at Desert Trails, Fireside, and North Ranch elementary schools
  • Montessori Preschool – available at Desert Shadows and Mercury elementary schools and Whispering Wind Academy
  • Mini Scholars (3-year-olds) – available at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory
  • Little Cubs (infants to 3-year-olds) - available at the James P. Lee Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Little Scholars (4-year-olds) – available at Boulder Creek, Copper Canyon, Desert Springs, Desert Trails, Fireside, Grayhawk, Sandpiper, and Wildfire elementary schools, and Pinnacle Peak Preparatory (K-8)
  • Lil' Pioneers (birth to 3-year-olds) – available at Pinnacle High School
  • Spanish Immersion – available at Sandpiper Elementary
All PVSchools early childhood programs are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Apply for Preschool

Preschool enrollment does not follow the Open Enrollment process as it is managed by the PVSchools Community Education Department. However, some programs do require families to reside within the attendance boundaries of the participating schools. Learn more about and apply for PVSchools Preschool.

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Elementary School

With more than 25 elementary schools serving grades K through 6, there is a wide variety of educational programs and paths in PVSchools that you won't find anywhere else.

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Elementary School Signature Programs

Elementary signature programs in PVSchools include, but are not limited to:
  • Dual Language Immersion – English, Mandarin, or Spanish
  • Suzuki Strings Violin Program
  • North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools (grades 5-12)
  • K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
  • Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)
All schools are open to Open Enrollment based on availability except the following:
  • Special Education

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Middle School

Middle school, a two-year bridge between elementary and high school for grades 7 and 8, features several specialized programs that can provide a seamless transition into secondary education.

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Middle School Signature Programs

Middle school signature programs in PVSchools include, but are not limited to:
  • Spanish Language Immersion
  • K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
  • North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools (grades 5-12)
  • The Academy of Music
  • The Honors Academy of Pre-Engineering and World Languages
  • Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Digital Learning Center (DLC)

Please Note

All schools are open to Open Enrollment based on availability except the following:
  • Special Education
 

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High School

Each PVSchools high school, for grades 9-12, offers at least one signature program consisting of specialized and focused areas of study, offering vocational training and/or college preparation.

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High School Signature Programs

High school signature programs in PVSchools include, but are not limited to:
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
  • Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST)
  • The North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

Please Note

All schools are open to Open Enrollment based on availability except the following: 
  • Special Education
  • CREST BioScience and Engineering programs (CREST Computer Science is available for Open Enrollment)
  • Pinnacle High School grades 10-12
 

Every Student Achieves in PVSchools

The new and exciting paths waiting to be taken, the discoveries yet to be made, and the abilities soon to be realized are some of the things that put the paradise in Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools). Our staff works daily to inspire, guide, challenge, and nurture. PVSchools works hard, in partnership with parents and the community, to help ensure that every student achieves. And, these achievements aren’t just for in-district students. 

Include your child in the incredible opportunities at PVSchools by open enrolling today!

Open Enrollment Window

Open Enrollment enables Arizona students to attend public schools outside their district attendance areas or their district of residence. It is open to all Arizona-based students.

The official K-12 District Open Enrollment period for the 2022-23 school year is September 1, 2021, through January 21, 2022.

  • Early Bird Round – Begins on Sept. 1, 2021, and will end on Dec. 1, 2021. After the early bird applications are processed, parents and guardians are then notified through email before the 2021 winter break (this round is not first-come, first-served as everyone applying during this time has the same opportunity for acceptance).

  • Final Round –  begins Dec. 2, 2021, and ends on Jan. 21, 2022. Applications received during this round will be processed and accepted or denied based on the remaining available space at the requested school (priority is given to in-boundary families and families of current students during this round). Additional closures may occur based on availability. Applicants will be notified via email in February.

  • After Jan. 21, 2022, families choosing to open enroll will need to contact the school of their choice to inquire about space availability for enrollment.

Open enrollment questions should be directed to tsorenson@pvschools.net (K-6 grades) or smachas@pvschools.net (7-12 grades).

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the open enrollment process by clicking below.

Q: How can I apply for open enrollment?

Parents should apply for open enrollment for the next school year by filling out our online open enrollment form.

Open enrollment questions should be directed to tsorenson@pvschools.net (K-6 grades) or smachas@pvschools.net (7-12 grades).

Q: Is there a deadline to apply for the next school year?

Applications are due by the date specified on the application (see the “Open Enrollment Window” section above). After the Open Enrollment period, families choosing to open enroll will need to contact the school of their choice to inquire about space availability for enrollment.

Q: Do all PVSchools schools/programs participate?

Yes, except schools or programs that have reached capacity, as mentioned under each school level mentioned above.

Q: My child is currently attending a PV school under Open Enrollment. Do I need to reapply for the following school year?

Students currently attending through Open Enrollment do not need to reapply for the following school year. This includes students advancing to middle school or high school (as long as that school is in their current school feeder group). Families need to notify their current school (commitment letters should be sent from schools in November) that they wish to continue in their current feeder system. This information can be found in Governing Board Policy revision (5.2.2).

If a school other than the feeder school is desired, parents must complete an Open Enrollment application. Some middle schools feed to more than one high school, so the current school office must know the feeder choice before Dec. 1.

Q: If I have one child already open enrolled in PVSchools, do I need to apply for Open Enrollment for an additional child?

Yes. Applications for siblings of students currently participating in Open Enrollment receive priority status in the Open Enrollment process.

Q: Once I have submitted the application, when will I be notified of my child's status?

Parents will receive a notification by mail or by email. Open Enrollment status is not determined on a first-come, first-served basis. The early bird round is not first-come, first-served as everyone applying during this time has the same opportunity for acceptance. The final round is based on the remaining available space at the requested school (priority is given to in-boundary families and families of current students during this round).

Q: Is bus transportation provided for open enrolled students?

No. Transportation for open enrolled students is the responsibility of the parents.

Q: What is the age cut-off for Kindergarten?

Children who turn five years of age no later than August 31 of the enrolling year can apply for Open Enrollment into PVSchools Kindergarten.

Q: How do I open enroll my child in Kindergarten?

The enrollment process for Kindergarten is the same as for later grades. Submit the online Open Enrollment form on behalf of your out-of-district, soon-to-be Kindergartener to participate.