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Dysart to Begin Open Enrollment Dec. 3
The Dysart Unified School District is proud to offer our community a choice in school enrollment. Dysart will begin accepting open enrollment applications for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  Parents or guardians who would like their child to attend a school outside of their residential attendance boundary for the 2020-2021 school year, must apply for open enrollment online at
Parents whose students are currently open enrolled at the school of their choice will not need to reapply. However, open enrollment status is evaluated annually based on capacity and the student’s grades, discipline, and attendance.
Open enrollment allows parents the opportunity to request that their children attend a Dysart school outside of their residential boundary area. This includes all 20 Dysart elementary schools, including the new Freedom Traditional Academy, and four high schools. Information on K-8 signature programs and academies may be found by visiting Details about high school focuses and Career and Technical Education programs offered are available at
Open enrollment applications are due on or before January 5, 2020.  After this priority period, submitted applications will continue to be accepted and will be reviewed on a monthly basis as capacity becomes available.
Parents needing access to a computer to complete the open enrollment application may visit any district school or the front lobby of the Dysart District Office, located at 15802 N Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.
15802 North Parkview Place • Surprise, Arizona 85374
Public Relations
phone: 623.876.7000 • web:
Posted : 11/12 | Direct Link
November 5 Election Results
The Dysart Unified School District is extremely fortunate to have dedicated parents, staff, and community members who have worked hard to inform the community about the educational needs of our Dysart schools. Unfortunately, both the bond and override measures on the ballot were not approved. 

The override measure would have secured continued funding for many programs already in place. The funding would have ensured that Dysart can continue to recruit and retain highly qualified staff to maintain manageable class sizes; continue to offer a free full-day Kindergarten; maintain our arts, athletics and physical education programs; and provide math and reading support to students.

The override funding currently in place for these programs from a 2015 override election is still in place at 100% through the 2020-2021 school year. If funding is not approved prior to the 2021-2022 school year, the override funding will begin phasing out, and cuts will need to be made to balance the budget.  

The bond funding would have helped ensure the safety and security of our schools, and provided much-needed school and site improvements. We will continue to maintain our fleet of busses, but will not be able to replace our oldest vehicles at this time. Despite anticipated growth, we must delay the construction of two new elementary schools and will not yet be able to purchase land for a high school. 

We will not be dissuaded by the low voter turnout, and believe that there is more support for the bond and override than the vote reflects. We will be back next year to again seek community support for these much needed funds.

We appreciate our community and will continue to provide extraordinary opportunities at each of our schools.
15802 North Parkview Place • Surprise, Arizona 85374
Public Relations
phone: 623.876.7000 • web:
Posted : 11/6 | Direct Link
Holiday Food Drive
The friends of Rachel Club is hosting a Holiday Food Drive!

Please bring in non - perishable food items to help those in our community who are in need this time of year!

We are accepting canned and boxed food that is NOT expired!

Food items will be collected from November 4th through November 22nd

The homeroom that collects the most items will win a treat party! 
Posted : 10/29 | Direct Link
DUSD to host College 101 Parent Night
The Dysart Unified School District will host a College 101 Parent Night for parents of 7th through 12th grade students interested in learning about the college acceptance and financial aid process for their children on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona.  Participating parents will have the opportunity to learn about FAFSA, ACT/SAT testing, AP vs Dual Enrollment classes, scholarship opportunities, academic eligibility, CTE pathways, visit with college reps and learn how their children can use their high school experience to successfully bridge to higher education.

“This event is a great way for our families to learn about preparing for college, including learning about planning for the college enrollment process,” said Assistant Superintendent for Education Services Dr. Stephen Poling.

The evening will be broken up into sections where parents will attend specified sessions lasting 20 minutes with specific topics personalized to family interests.  Additionally, representatives from Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University, and many others will be available for questions.
Posted : 10/28 | Direct Link
Dysart to Host Veterans Appreciation Kickoff Celebration
The Dysart Unified School District invites all veterans and the community to a Veterans Appreciation Kickoff Celebration on Monday, November 4 at 4:00 pm at Kingswood Elementary School’s outdoor amphitheater at 15150 W. Mondell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85374. The event will feature Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis, Mayor Skip Hall, Kingswood teacher and retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Boyd R. Bryant, Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard, and Kingswood Elementary and Valley Vista High School students. We will be honoring all veterans in attendance.

The Dysart Unified School District is proud to honor our veterans and will be paying tribute to veterans throughout the week of Veterans Day at various events around the district. The Dysart Education Foundation’s Dysart Dash launches our Veterans Appreciation events on November 2, followed by the El Mirage Salute to Veterans Celebration.  Schools are holding assemblies, breakfasts, and events for their communities. Students are working on special projects to learn about and commemorate the day such as essays, artwork and memorial chains. The culmination of the week will be at the Surprise Veterans Day Parade, where many of our schools and groups will be participating.
15802 North Parkview Place • Surprise, Arizona 85374
Public Relations
phone: 623.876.7000 • web:
Posted : 10/21 | Direct Link
Free and Reduced Lunches

The grace period for free and reduced meal eligibility for the prior school year has passed.  If you have not yet turned in an application for the current school year, we encourage parents to apply online at or complete a paper application, available in your school's front office.  If you have already completed an application and received approval for the 2019-2020 school year thank you for being proactive and already helping us through this process. 

We encourage all parents to use to track your student's purchases, set low balance reminders, make deposits to cafeteria accounts, or place restrictions on cafeteria accounts.  This service is free of charge.  The free app may be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play Store. 
Please refer to the Dysart Nutrition Services webpage for more information. 

Thank you! 
Posted : 10/13 | Direct Link
Dysart Dash - Nov 2nd
As the weather cools down, we're all longing to get outside! Apply today for Dysart Dash and let's you get some exercise for a great cause.

The 5K is sponsored by the Dysart Education Foundation and benefits students and teachers in the district.

They've also partnered with the City of El Mirage on their Salute to Veterans Celebration, which is a free event celebrating veterans in our community. 

Use the discount code LUKE to receive $5 off your registration and enter our school into a drawing for one of three $100 prizes!

Register TODAY.  Prices will increase after October 15.

Salute to Veterans Celebration!
Gateway Park 8am to 12 noon

Celebrate out Veterans at this FREE event!
Food, Music, Vendors, Displays, 5K Run, Kid's Zone, Face Painting, Pancake Breakfast
Giant FREE Kid's Zone

For questions please call 623.876.2742 or email [email protected]
Posted : 10/10 | Direct Link
Career and College Expo Set for October 24
Plan and explore your student’s future at the Dysart Unified School District Career and College Expo on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:30-8pm at the Dysart District Office, located at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise. 

The expo will feature Dysart's Career and Technical Education programs, local colleges, businesses, and West-MEC. This is a great opportunity for 6th through 12th grade students and their parents to get hands-on with all of the career pathway classes and programs offered through the district. This is a free event and all are invited to attend.

For more information, please visit:
Posted : 10/8 | Direct Link
Dysart Schools Tout New Signature Programs
The Dysart Unified School District unveiled new Signature Programs at each of its elementary schools this year. High schools identified a school-wide focus to connect each of their existing Signature Programs to the campus-wide culture. 

"Dysart's Signature Programs will provide unique learning experiences for students, create additional opportunities to apply academic learning in a real-world context, and build a shared sense of community and school ownership in each neighborhood," said Dr. Michelle Benham, Director of Innovation.

The Signature Programs were developed in partnership with the community, after receiving input on the learning experiences that would be of interest and value to their students. A list of Signature Programs is below. More information and details about each program can be found at

Elementary Schools
Accelerated Learning - Asante Preparatory Academy
Active Mind & Body - Sonoran Heights Elementary School
Arts - Sunset Hills Elementary School
Arts Academy - West Point Elementary School
Civic Duty & Service Leadership - Luke Elementary School
Civic-Minded Leadership - Riverview Elementary School
Coding & Robotics - Kingswood Elementary School
College & Career Exploration Academy - Rancho Gabriela Elementary School
Community Leadership - Dysart Elementary School
Design - Ashton Ranch Elementary School
Health & Wellness Academy - El Mirage Elementary School
Innovation - Western Peaks Elementary School
Mass Communications - Countryside Elementary School
Science & Technology - Surprise Elementary School
S.T.E.A.M. - Mountain View School and Thompson Ranch Elementary School
STEM - Canyon Ridge School
Sustainable Engineering - Cimarron Springs Elementary School
Traditional - Freedom Traditional School
Young Entrepreneurs - Marley Park Elementary School

High Schools
Future-Focused - Dysart High School
H.O.M.E. - Shadow Ridge High School
Winning Culture - Willow Canyon High School
Your Place. Your Purpose. - Valley Vista High School
15802 North Parkview Place • Surprise, Arizona 85374
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phone: 623.876.7000 • web:
Posted : 9/23 | Direct Link
DEF announces 5K Run - Revision
The Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) in partnership with the City of El Mirage will host the Dysart Dash 5K Salute to Veterans Celebration on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The 5K race will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by a kids fun dash for ages 8 and under. Registration for the race in El Mirage, Arizona, is now available.  The fundraising event helps support students and teachers in the Dysart Unified School District through the foundation’s ongoing contributions. 

Participants will receive an event t-shirt, participation medal, custom race bib and access to real time results.  Medals will be available for the top three finishers in various age groups and top three overall. Discounts are available for early registration with additional discounts for veterans, group registration, and for all DUSD students and staff. Interested participants can register online at  Prices will increase after October 15 and November 1.

Stay after the race for the City of El Mirage Salute to Veterans Celebration. This free event features a giant kid’s zone with inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, military displays and other attractions. The El Mirage Salute to Veterans Celebration is from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

DEF is composed of volunteers who are passionate about supporting education in our community. The foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to raising funds for the purpose of enriching student learning in the Dysart Unified School District and supporting continued education for high school graduates. More information about DEF is available at

Media inquiries may be directed to Kara Poling at [email protected]
Posted : 9/13 | Direct Link
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