DYSART SCHOOLS - The 2018-2019 school year comes to a close today for the Dysart Unified School District’s 24 schools and more than 24,000 students. It was a great year with many highlights across the district.
On May 16, more than 1,800 seniors graduated from our four high schools and earned nearly $30 million in college scholarships. Seniors are planning to attend schools all over the country, including Stanford, Dartmouth, New York University, Boston University, John Hopkins, Cal State Long Beach, Baylor, University of California Santa Clara and San Diego, Embry Riddle, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.
This year, Dysart had its first high schools, Shadow Ridge and Valley Vista High School, named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Rancho Gabriela Elementary School also holds this prestigious title from their award in 2018. In addition, Mountain View School was named a STEM Certified School by AdvancED, and Christopher Raso, a teacher at Canyon Ridge School, was named Arizona History Teacher of the Year.
Arts remain a strong focus for Dysart as we hosted our first Dysart Festival of the Arts for the community. The event boasted more than 50 performances on seven stages, 2D and 3D artwork displays, a chalk exhibit, arts and craft vendors, and an instrument drive. The event was well attended, and guests are already anticipating next year’s festival.
Athletically Dysart had a successful year with nine regional champions, numerous state playoff qualifiers, and several state champions (wrestling, pole vault, discus, pom). Additionally, many of our student athletes have received college athletic scholarships from schools across the country. Not surprisingly, many of our coaches were named region coaches of the year, and Rachel Matakas was named the Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Our Community Education department has expanded its offerings this year. The Den Club before and after school program will now be on 18 campuses, and over the summer, Growing Minds Preschool will be opening for the community. Driver’s Education for our high schoolers will be available next school year. And for the broader community, Dysart Delivers has begun to host quarterly interactive workshops where the community can learn more about the district. In addition, we are working to open some of our elementary fields to the community when school is not in session.
Dysart is also growing with the community by opening two new schools next year - Asante Preparatory Academy in the Asante community and Freedom Traditional Academy for those that prefer a more structured, traditional approach to education. In addition, our schools are preparing to launch Signature Programs unique to each school next year.
The Dysart Unified School District is proud of all the accomplishments our students and staff achieved over the year, and we are looking forward to what the next school year will bring. The 2019-2020 school year begins on Tuesday, August 6. Students that need to register may do so online at Dysart.org/Enrollment throughout the summer.