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CREST Program Overview

The application window for students wishing to apply for 2017-18 is open.

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 phowardell@pvschools.net or 602.449.2102


    Paradise Valley Schools STEAM Celebration

    Science, Technology, Engineeirng, Arts, Math

    A community event that celebrates the innovative and engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math learning activities that take place at PVSchools.


    • Maker Faire
    • Science and Engineering Fair
    • Elementary, middle and high school STEAM
    • Rubrik's Cube Competition
    • Demonstrations and interactive displays
    • Business and industry expo
    • Live music, food and fun!

    Questions? Suggestions? Want to help? Contact Phil Howardell at phowardell@pvschools.net

    Arts information - Tamra Duncan tduncan@pvlearners.net 

    Rubrik's Cube Competition - Randi Cutler rcutler@pvlearners.net

    Science and Engineering Fair - Phil Howardell phowardell@pvschools.net

    Maker Faire - Cori Araza caraza@pvlearners.net

     Registration for demonstration events is closed


     PVSTEAM Celebration February 25

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