High School Course Selection Guide
The High School Course Selection Guide is a resource for all students and families in the Dysart Unified School District. This comprehensive guide outlines the policies and procedures at each high school.
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
The SAT and PSAT Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness to college. The PSAT is a preliminary SAT that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. Both tests measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.
Arizona Career Information System (AZCIS) provides information and exploration tools for adults and teens to help identify interests and career possibilities. The Education Career Action Plan (ECAP) is also available at this website.
This interactive webpage provides parents and students with a list of continuously updated and available scholarships that have been provided to the Dysart Unified School District. The comprehensive list can be sorted by name or deadline and provide links to applications and further information.
High School Graduation Requirements
High School Graduation Requirements are courses that need to be completed to earn a high school diploma from the Dysart Unified School District. Also, all students are required to pass the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) in order to graduate from high school.
iSchool is the Dysart Unified School District’s online credit option. Students may take classes to get ahead on credits as wells as courses to recover credits needed to meet graduation requirements. Information and registration can be accessed on the iSchool website.
An ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan) reflects a student’s current plan of coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning opportunities in order to develop the student’s individual academic and career goals. It provides valuable learning experiences in setting and attaining goals.
Guidance and Counseling
School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators and the overall community. School counseling programs should be an importantl part of students' daily educational environment, and school counselors should be partners in student achievement.
Each of Dysart’s four high schools has one or more signature programs that allow students to enroll in a sequence of courses leading to a particular academic or career-related objective. Information about each school’s signature programs can be found in the Course Selection Guide. To apply for any of the four high school signature programs, an application must be completed.
The Dysart Unified School District works with Estrella Mountain Community College to offer the ACE Program. Students accepted into the program may earn up to 24 college credits without paying tuition. Interested students can apply in the Fall semester; applicants are screened and a limited number of students are accepted into the program each year.
The Parent/Student Portal is provided to give the students and parents an opportunity to create an account to access specific information such as grades, assignments, and attendence that pertains to a student who is enrolled in the Dysart Unified School District.
AZTransfer.com is designed for use by students transferring within Arizona's public institutions of higher education—community colleges, tribal colleges, and state universities. It has tools to help you plan for transfer and provides accurate information about how your courses transfer, meet requirements, and apply to a degree program.
Career & Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses allow students to develop knowledge and skills leading to industry certifications and options in post-secondary career paths. Programs include Arts & Communications, Business & Marketing, Engineering and Industry, Medical Occupations, and Human and Social Services.
The Dysart Unified School District believes that there is a connection between Student Dress and Academic Success. As such, any attire that detracts from the learning environment is not acceptable. Click to find out guidelines for appropriate student appearance.
West-MEC is a public high school district dedicated to providing innovative Career and Technical Education programs that prepare students to enter the workforce and pursue continuing education.
College Entrance Requirements
Specific high school classes are required for admission to college. Students who are interested in pursuing a college degree should carefully research the specific requirements and recommendations that are essential for entrance to a college or university.
Students enrolled in dual enrollment courses have the option to earn both high school and college credit. Registration with the college and a minimum grade in the course is required to earn credit.
The following web page will provide you with an opportunity to download current and future school year calendars for the Dysart Unified School District. Additionally, you can view calendars for specific schools and departments in the district.
The Cambridge Academy
The Cambridge Academy is an advanced academic program for middle school students at Marley Park Elementary School. An internationally recognized program sponsored by Cambridge University in England, the academy offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum, preparing students to take a series of comprehensive examinations at the end of their 8th grade year.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Maricopa County Teen Resource Guide provides a list of organizations and contact information for students and their families. This resource can assist those who are struggling emotionally, financially and personally.
Teen Resource Guide [PDF]
This resource website provides information for parents and students on topics such as parenting, safety, and other tips about raising healthy children.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. There are more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities within the NCAA.
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
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