Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology

Our signature program, CREST (Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology), is a specialty program that offers three strands of STEM education.

Students may choose from Biotechnology, Computer Science or Engineering. Learn more about the CREST Program.

Career and Technical Education

Paradise Valley High School offers a unique variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, including Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Nursing Services, and Welding. View the CTE program offerings (PDF). Explore Career and Technical Education at PVHS.

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP)

Paradise Valley 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.

AP Capstone Diploma

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program based on two year-long AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses are designed to complement other AP courses that the AP Capstone student may take.

Instead of teaching specific subject knowledge, AP Seminar and AP Research use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills students need for college-level work.

The College Board developed the AP Capstone Diploma program at the request of higher education professionals, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering these skills before college. Visit the college board website for more information

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. Students should contact their academic counselor for more information.

Infographic of Path to AP Capstone Diploma

Dual Enrollment (Offered Through PVHS and Rio Salado Community College)

This program provides opportunities for students to take college level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree while still in high school. 

Earn College Credit

Paradise Valley High School offers a variety of dual enrollment courses which are completed on our high school campus. After the student completes the necessary criteria to enroll in the dual enrollment course, they will receive both high school credit and college credit for the same course once the student completes the course. For example, a student who takes AP Calculus AB at PVHS and completes all the necessary dual enrollment criteria will receive high school math credit and 4 college credits for MAT221 for the same course.

For more details and registration information, contact the PVHS Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Nicole Hansen [ or (602) 449-7015].  

Accuplacer testing is provided in the spring. Please contact the coordinator if you are interested.

Payment Information

A 3-credit class at a state university costs $2,222 plus books.

A 3-credit dual enrollment class costs $270 with no cost for books. This is a significant savings!

Payment is made to Rio Salado and is due at the time of registration.

Placement Testing

Nearly all Dual Enrollment classes with Rio Salado require either a placement test score, a high school AZMerit score of proficient, or a prerequisite course (NEWGPAs accepted for some math classes).