CREST Program Overview

CREST Red Logo - Established 2010 At Paradise Valley High School

3 CREST Students At Work In The Classroom

CREST, The Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology 

CREST is a four-year Career and Technical Education STEM program offered at Paradise Valley High School that provides students with the opportunity to study one of three specialized disciplines:

  • Bioscience

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

Students enrolled in the CREST program are PVHS students. 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 a 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
  • The ability and willingness to work in diverse collaborative groups

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

Visit the PVHS CREST YouTube Channel

Students who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers are invited to apply for the CREST Program.

The first CREST Information Meeting was held Monday, October 5, 2020.

If you missed the CREST Information Meeting, please see below for all the links for the presentations.

Applications to CREST for the 2021-2022 school year are now being accepted.

Please visit the Apply to CREST page to view instructions and links to apply to CREST. There is no deadline to apply to CREST, but strands start to fill up in January.

For a detailed look at what we do, open up the informational presentation below:

CREST Presentation View the Introduction to CREST Presentation (PDF).

To view teacher narrated presentations for each strand, please go to the Areas of Study webpage.

For more information regarding the CREST Program, please email Phil Howardell, CREST Program Coordinator, or call (602) 449-2102.

CREST Featured Video

CREST Events Calendar

The following calendar will help you keep up with all CREST important dates and events. You may view it in Week, Month, or Agenda format, and you can look at current, past and future events.