By Superintendent Curtis Finch, Deer Valley Unified School District
Growth brings more opportunities
t’s an exciting time in the Deer Valley Unified School District—growth. With 38 schools covering northern Maricopa County from New River to Bell Road, our 367-square-mile school district boundaries encompass parts of Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Anthem, New River, Cave Creek and unincorporated sections of Maricopa County.
We are one of the largest districts in the state, with almost 35,000 students and 4,000 employees. This area has something developers want—land. As we expand north and west, it will be important for all of our communities to work together to maximize the opportunities for our current and future students.
DVUSD has a 94.8% graduation rate, 94% attendance rate, 1-to-1 high school computer-to-student ratios, and almost the same rate for the K-8 students. KTAR recently rated DVUSD as the No. 2 school district in Arizona, and Forbes just rated DVUSD as one of the top 50 businesses to work for in Arizona. We’re the only school district on that elite list.
With 95% of our schools rated as A or B and over 40% rated as A-Plus School of Excellence Award winners, a long track record of fiscal responsibility, Mandarin Chinese at four schools, International Baccalaureate at two schools, two certified STEM schools, and three flexible learning options (fast track, blended and evening), no wonder the awards keep coming in. That’s not to mention our excellent sports, extracurricular and fine arts options for students.
DVUSD’s five high schools have 27 Advanced Placement courses and 37 dual-enrollment classes with over 2,500 students enrolled working on college credit. There are 22 high school career technical education (CTE) programs on our campuses and 25 more high school programs at the West-MEC campus near the Deer Valley Airport. DVUSD has options.
There is a reason DVUSD continues to surpass our demographer’s enrollment report every year. Parents and students are choosing DVUSD for their educational needs, and why not? Our teachers are actually certified in the subject areas they teach and our academic track performance proves it.
The newest DVUSD elementary, No. 31 from the 2013 bond issue, is constructed to open for the 2020 school year, it’s located behind the USAA complex in the Union Park development and sits between the I-17 and 19th Avenue. This Norterra Canyon area project will house 800 K-8 students, will be at the center of the 2,200 housing and unit complex and feed the Barry Goldwater High School. Elementary No. 31’s name, mascot and program details will all be completed in the next couple of months as we prepare for the next school year.
It’s an exciting time at DVUSD! Come check us out online at dvusd.org and be a part of the exciting growth of DVUSD.