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OVERVIEW

Valley Vista is focused on academics that prepare students for college and career. Valley Vista understands that a holistic approach is needed to meet the diversity of the student population. The master schedule is strategically planned to accommodate students’ interests and academic needs. A variety of challenging Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses are offered to provide students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities are offered through signature programs, partnerships with community colleges, local businesses, CTED/WestMEC and CTSOs (Career and Technical Education Organizations). Furthermore, programs such as AVID are instituted into the culture to promote academic and post-graduation success. At Valley Vista, academics are celebrated on campus.



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

Valley Vista 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 Pre-AP, APLanguage and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, and such electives as Speech and Debate, Creative Writing, Mythology, and Philosophy.

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Social Studies

Valley Vista 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 Psychology.

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Math

Valley Vista 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. Additional Mathematics course offerings include Pre-AP.

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Science

Valley Vista 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

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AVID

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is 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.

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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Pre-AP Program

Valley Vista High School is proud to partner with College Board to offer Pre-AP courses for freshmen and sophomore students. This program was built with the premise that “every student deserves the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.” Pre-AP courses deliver grade-level appropriate instruction through engaging course frameworks, instructional resources, targeted assessments for learning, and collaboration. The designation of Pre-AP signals that students will experience high standards to build and reinforce students' content knowledge and critical thinking skills. Valley Vista will offer Pre-AP courses in mathematics and English during the 2022-2023 school year, with plans to expand into the arts and sciences in the years to come.

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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. Students can also participate in in the AP Capstone Diploma.

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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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Fire Science

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Marketing

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Law & Public Safety

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Sports Medicine

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Culinary Arts

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Computer Maintenance

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Computer Animation

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West-MEC

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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

ACADEMIC RECOGNITIONS

A+ School of Excellence, AZ Educational Foundation
2 ACTEAZ Career Guidance Awards
2 invitees for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

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