Phoenix Union High School District


Phoenix Union High School District


Phoenix Union High School District is one of the largest high school districts in the country, with 20 schools, over 27,000 students, and nearly 3,000 employees. Phoenix Union covers 220-square miles of Arizona’s capital city. If the K-8 students in its 13 elementary partner school districts were included, it would be among the 25 largest school districts in the United States, with over 110,000 students. Phoenix Union is a portfolio district, with 11 comprehensive high schools, four specialty small schools, two micro schools and three alternative schools. There are a number of programs that make Phoenix Union unique. Among those, are: - 10 magnet programs at six schools, and a magnet high school, Metro Tech. Students from throughout the District can enroll in magnets such as Aviation/Aerospace, Computer Studies, Marine Science, Medical and Health Studies, Multimedia Communications, Law Studies, Visual and Performing Arts - Over 30 Career and Technical Education areas of study that 7,500 students are enrolled in at any one time, and a school, Metro Tech, that houses 25 programs for half-day vocational blocks. - Two schools, North and Betty Fairfax, with the International Baccalaureate Program - Bioscience High School, a small specialty school ranked among the top schools in Arizona, with rigorous science and math-focused curriculum, career pathways, internships and 100 percent college placement - Franklin Police and Fire High School, a National Blue Ribbon School specializing in public safety careers such as law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical services - Phoenix Coding Academy, opened in 2016, focusing on computer coding and technological skills - A full battery of ACT exams for free. Over 5,000 juniors took the ACT College Entrance Exam in 2016. - AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college preparatory electives at 11 schools - Linda Abril Educational Academy, a small alternative school with accelerated, personalized classes that turns students at risk of dropping into high school graduates. - The first Montessori High School program in Arizona at Camelback - Evening School at several sites and free Summer School for continuing students, as well as incoming 9th graders Academically, there are over 500 courses to choose from. Rigor continues to be the emphasis, as the District offers more Honors, AP and other high level courses than ever before, and student enrollment in those classes is the highest ever. Students are earning college credit and accelerating their academics through community college dual enrollment. In 2017, seniors earned a record $93 million in merit scholarships and millions more in grants and financial aid. Phoenix Union belies the notion that large urban school districts struggle academically. Phoenix Union has drastically improved graduation rates, reduced dropout rates, and continue to close the “Achievement Gap” so often cited between high minority, low income districts and national averages. Its four-year graduation rate surpasses the state average, and its dropout rate is lower than the state average. In the last Arizona Accountability Letter Grades, Eight of the 14 Phoenix Union schools measured, recorded an A or B and no school scored below a C. Diversity is a hallmark at The Phoenix Union--95% of its students are minority, including 81% Latino, and the students, including a large refugee population, represent over 70 languages. More than half of the students come from a home where English is not the primary language spoken. Student support is important at Phoenix Union. Every comprehensive high school has a nurse, social worker, psychologist, security staff, School Resource Officer, student and community liaisons, student prevention interventionist and a team of academic counselors with the best counselor-to-student ratio in Arizona.

Mission Statement

Preparing every student for success in college, career, and life. Increase student achievement Use human and fiscal resources effectively and responsibly PUHSD Core Values Be Compassionate: We are humble,ethical, and treat others with respect. Be Collaborative: We are better and smarter together, thrive in a culture Be Committed: We choose Phoenix Union, our communities, and our students knowing both the challenges and the opportunities that exist in urban education. Be Courageous: We are bold in our convictions and make difficult decisions to better the lives of our staff, students, and community. Be Creative: We are entrepreneurial, innovative, and flexible. Be Conscious: We exist within a highly complex, political environment, and we make decisions that take into consideration the personal, professional, and political implications for all stakeholders.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Phoenix Union High School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or immigration status. Click here to read the entire policy

Phoenix Union High School District

4502 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012