High School Curriculum

high school

Our high school curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into a college or a university, continued vocational training, and productive citizenship.

All students complete four units of English, four units of mathematics, three units of science, three units of social studies, one unit of physical education, one unit of career and technical or fine arts and six units of elective courses (seven units for PV High students).

Each high school offers at least one signature program consisting of specialized and focused areas of study. These programs provide a unique opportunity for our high school students to pursue academic excellence in areas that focus on the individual student's strengths.

Horizon High School
Law related education
Project Lead the Way

North Canyon High School
International Baccalaureate

Paradise Valley High School
CREST - Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology
Home of our Career Technical Education program, with classes available at all high schools.

Pinnacle High School
Community outreach

Shadow Mountain High School
North Valley Arts Academy
Design / Industrial Technology Program
Air Force JROTC

For more information on courses available, see our High School Course Catalog.

See the High School Curriculum


PVOnline offers rigorous academic online classes and electives for all students K-12. Students anywhere in Arizona may attend PVOnline and study at their own pace. Attend full-time or take online classes part-time while attending your home school.

Sweetwater Community School

Sweetwater Community School is an alternative high school. Sweetwater offers a focused selection of courses that will enable enrolled students to earn a high school diploma. 

To make it possible for students who may be unable to attend classes during regular hours, Sweetwater also offers night classes. Students may graduate from Sweetwater with 22 total credits if all graduation requirements, including passing the AIMS exam, have been satisfactorily completed. Students must be recommended by an administrator from the student’s home school.