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High School Academic Pathways

The Dysart Unified School District offers a variety of High School Academic Pathways to meet individual student needs and aspirations.  The following is a list of pathways available.

 
Student working on graphing calculatorCambridge International
(High School)

The Cambridge program encourages student-centered learning and hands-on application of skills. Clearly defined learner outcomes and content ensure high expectations for all. Students who complete the lower division, 9th-10th grade, Cambridge curriculum are set for success in a dual enrollment, advanced placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway for college and career advancements. By passing the Cambridge Board Examinations, students are eligible for the Grand Canyon Diploma, a diploma that allows them early entry into college courses. 

Location: Willow Canyon High School and Dysart High School
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students discussingDual Enrollment
Dual Enrollment opportunities are available to students in Dysart High Schools. Students have the ability to take courses in which they may receive credit in the high school as well as earning college credit. Dual enrollment courses are available through Estrella Mountain, Glendale and Rio Salado Community Colleges. Dual Enrollment classes may be available to students in the following content areas: Career and Technical Education classes, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Location: All High School Campuses
Additional Resources: Video
 
AP student workingAdvanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of college-level courses and examinations governed by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who attain acceptable scores on the exams may qualify for college credits, advanced placement or exemption from certain courses. Advanced Placement classes are available in 10, 11, and 12th grade years in the follow courses (*Courses will vary by school): Calculus, Statistics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, US History, Government, Economics, Psychology, Studio Art, and Music Theory.

Location: All High School Campuses
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Honors student writingHonors
Honors courses are designed to provide a more challenging course of study that fosters academic performance leading to successful completion of Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and/ or International Baccalaureate Programs. To fulfill this purpose, these courses demand a more challenging engagement by students in building upon and extending the standard requirements of study. Criteria for placement in an Honors Course includes, but is not limited to: proven academic performance, placement assessment, study habits, work ethic and literacy skills.

Location: All High School Campuses
Additional Resources: Video
 
CTE fire science students spraying a hoseCareer & Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete successfully in the job market. CTE courses typically include competency-based learning.  

Location: Various programs at all high schools
Additional Resources: Videos
 
Teacher explaining a math problemAdvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID, an international program to increase student performance, is a four-year program for students who are capable of completing the most rigorous curriculum but are falling short of achieving their academic potential. AVID students are required to be enrolled in the schools toughest classes such as Advanced Placement as well as enrolled in the AVID elective throughout their high school career. The AVID elective provides academic instruction and support to prepare students for eligibility and success at a four-year college or university. AVID topics include note-taking, study skills, test taking, time management, college exam preparation, critical reading skills, inquiry and collaboration. The AVID program is only offered to those students who meet specific criteria and who are selected through an application and interview process.

Location: Dysart High School and Valley Vista High School
Additional Resources: Video
 
IB student working on chemistry labInternational Baccalaureate Program
International Baccalaureate (IB), offered at Willow Canyon High School, challenges academically talented students to reach high levels of achievement in a broad range of subjects and allows two different participation tracks: IB diploma and IB certificate. The core subjects of the IB program are arranged into six curricula: English, social studies, experimental sciences, foreign language, mathematics and electives. The diploma candidate is required to test in one subject from each curriculum. The certificate track allows students to self-select into areas of their academic strengths, leading to IB subject-area tests in only selected areas.

Location: Willow Canyon High School
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