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OVERVIEW

At Shadow Ridge High School students are provided outstanding experiences in a variety of classrooms that meet their needs and interests. The school is recognized as an “A” School by the Arizona Department of Education and is listed in US News and World Reports top high schools in Arizona. Furthermore, Shadow Ridge was named an A+ School of Excellence by the AZ Educational Foundation and is accredited by Cognia. In addition to the general curriculum, Shadow Ridge offers Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment programs in order to push students to meet the demands of college all while attending high school.



Graduation Requirements


English - 4 credits
(English 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Math - 4 credits
(Algebra 1-2, Geometry 1-2, Algebra 3-4 and one additional math course)

Science - 3 credits

Social Studies - 3 credits
(World History, U.S./Arizona History 1-2, U.S. & Arizona Government (.5), Economics (.5))

P.E./Health - 1 credit

Fine Arts or CTE - 1 credit

Electives - 6 credits

Total 22 credits

CORE COURSEWORK

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English

Shadow Ridge uses the myPerspectives curriculum by SAVVAS for the instruction of English. The school requires four credits of English for students to graduate (English 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8). Additional English course offerings can include AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, Dual Enrollment ENG 101 and 102, and such electives as Speech and Debate, Creative Writing, Mythology, and Philosophy.

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Social Studies

Shadow Ridge High School uses the McGraw Hill Networks curriculum for the instruction of Social Studies. The school requires 3 credits of Social Studies for students to graduate (World History, United States History, United States Government .5 credit, and Economics .5 credit). Additional Social Studies course offerings can include AP Courses, and such electives as U.S. Justice System, and Psychology.

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Math

Shadow Ridge High School uses the Illustrative Mathematic curriculum delivered by McGraw Hill for the instruction of Algebra 1-2, Geometry and Algebra 3-4. The school requires four credits of Mathematics to graduate, one of which must be above the Algebra 3-4 level, which could include: Financial Mathematics, College Algebra, Precalculus Honors, AP Statistics or AP Calculus.

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Science

Shadow Ridge High School requires 3 lab science credits for graduation. Course options include; Integrated Science, Conceptual Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Physics 1-2. Biology and Chemistry curriculum is delivered via the HMH platform. Conceptual Physics and Physical Science curriculum is provided by Pearson/Savvas. Environmental Science curriculum utilizes Cengage. Physics 1-2 uses McGraw Hill curriculum. Integrated Science uses both Pearson/Savvas and HMH curriculum resources.

Please note that course offerings are subject to change based on student interest and teacher availability. Please check with your counselor for the most up-to-date offerings available. For a more comprehensive list of potential classes available, please view the Course Selection Guide.

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

Engineering Program

Engineering students in this field will explore careers in technology, industry, and engineering. Students will explore entry, semi-professional, and professional levels of careers through hands-on projects in the area of engineering (transportation, electrical, mechanical, civil, power and construction). They will also participate in class activities and projects and hear speakers in the areas of engineering technology and industrial careers. Courses include: Engineering 1-2, 3-4 and Engineering 5-6, 7-8 Honors, Engineering Internship.

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ADVANCED COURSE LEVELS

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Honors Classes

Honors courses provide an in-depth study and are designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Teacher recommendation, grades and test scores are considered for eligibility in the course. Check with your student’s counselor for placement.

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Advanced Placement Classes

The Advanced Placement Program is offered at all DUSD high schools, offering students college level courses. In Advanced Placement Courses (AP), students can earn college credit by earning qualifying AP exam scores. If your child received a 3 or higher, universities may award college credits. Receiving a 3 or more on the AP exam will also allow student to earn a higher grade in the class.

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Dual 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 Maricopa Community Colleges. Dual Enrollment classes are available to students in a variety of content areas.

CTE PROGRAMS

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Film & TV Production

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Graphic/Web Design

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Computer Animation

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Marketing

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Engineering

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Sports Medicine

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Education Professions

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Software & App Design

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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Spanish

Students will focus on grammar, proper verb forms (i.e., agreement of verb and subject as well as gender), basic everyday expressions, and vocabulary. Students will be introduced to the cultures and geographies of Spanish-speaking countries.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Students will learn basic vocabulary, syntax, finger-spelling and grammatical non-manual signals. Students will develop gestural skills as foundation for ASL enhancement and will increase understanding of the Deaf Community

French

Students will focus on grammar, proper verb forms (i.e., agreement of verb and subject as well as gender), basic everyday expressions, and vocabulary Students will be introduced to the cultures and geographies of France.

ACADEMIC RECOGNITIONS

Youth Kindness Award, Be Kind People Project - Savannah Leone
Poetry Out Loud State Finalist - Alysa Horton
DECA Gold Certification for School-Based Enterprises
A+ School of Excellence, AZ Educational Foundation (2019)

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