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female graduate holding her diplomaThe following information provides an overview of the requirements and opportunities for incoming freshmen, as well as general information for current high school students on academic opportunities available. If you are interested in a program not offered at your home school, you must complete the online open enrollment application. Open enrollment is available at dysart.org/oe.  If you attend another high school other than your home school, you will likely need to provide your own transportation to and from school.  Limited transportation may be available. Applications for bus passes will be available after successful completion of enrollment. 

Below is a list of quick link references that will help you in the process of registration/course selection.
Information for Incoming Freshmen

Graduation Requirements 

Dysart School District
English  4 credits
Math  4 credits
Science  3 credits
Social Studies  3 credits
P.E./Health  1 credit
Fine Arts/CTE  1 credit
Electives  6 credits  
Total Credits  22 credits 
 
Arizona Universities  
English 4 Credits
Math 4 Credits
Lab Science 3 Credits
Social Studies 2 Credits
Foreign Language 2 Credits
Fine Arts 1 Credit
 
* Arizona Universities also require AIMS Proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

Freshmen Course Selection
  • Core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) Core classes will be assigned based on the results of your placement tests & teacher recommendation. (i.e. Honors Placement)
  • Electives: Please choose 2 electives and 2 alternate electives. Write in the course number and course name on your course selection sheet.

Freshmen Placement
Placement into English 1-2 (H), Algebra 1-2 (H), Geometry 1-2 and Geometry 1-2 (H) will be based on:
  • Proficiency on benchmark assessments
  • Proficiency on Algebra placement assessment
  • Teacher recommendation

* Please take your benchmark and placement assessments seriously.

Course Selection Reminders...
  • Thoroughly read your Course Selection Guide.
  • Review and discuss information with your parents/guardians.
  • If you are planning to attend a university, please refer to the pages in the Course Selection Guide for advanced college preparation information.
  • Carefully choose your electives, indicating them from 1-4. Write in the course # and name.
  • Return signed Course Selection Form to your elementary teacher before DATE.
  • Course Selection Guide: Review carefully for graduation requirements, course descriptions, and prerequisites.
  • Course selection forms are according to boundaries.

Your Schedule
Every effort will be made to schedule your elective choices by your order of listed preference using the 1-4 system. Scheduling changes will ONLY be made for academic reasons. Elective choices will not be changed. High school schedules are built on elective choices.

*Course selection sheets with parent signature are DUE to your 8th grade teacher.

Academic Opportunities Available at all Dysart High Schools

Honors
Honors courses are designed to provide a more challenging course of study that fosters academic performance leading to successful completion of Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and/ or International Baccalaureate Programs. To fulfill this purpose, these courses demand a more challenging engagement by students in building upon and extending the standard requirements of study. The curriculum has been specifically designed with an emphasis on academic literacy as demonstrated by interpretation, analysis, constructive criticism and creation of knowledge that is more rigorous, sophisticated and/ or accelerated than a standard course. Guided and independent research is required and a higher standard of performance is evidenced in the quality of work demanded not just the quantity of work provided. Criteria for placement in an Honors Course includes, but is not limited to: proven academic performance, placement assessment, study habits, work ethic and literacy skills.

Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of college-level courses and examinations governed by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who attain acceptable scores on the exams may qualify for college credits, advanced placement or exemption from certain courses. Advanced Placement classes are available in 10, 11, and 12th grade years in the follow courses (*Courses will vary by school):
 
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Government
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History

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 Estrella Mountain, Glendale and Rio Salado Community Colleges. Dual Enrollment classes may be available to students in the following content areas:
 
  • Career and Technical Education classes
  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Getting Involved
   

Academic Opportunities by High School

Note: Programs designated as "Signature" are only available at that high school site. Those designated with a CTE label are part of the Career and Techical Education Program. More information on CTE can be found at www.dysart.org/cte.

Dysart High School

Automotive Technology (CTE, Signature)
The Transportation Technologies program is designed to prepare individuals for jobs as technicians in the automotive or aerospace fields. (Each course is a year long divided into two semesters.)

Automotive Technology Video

Advancement Via Individual Determination (Signature)
AVID, 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. AVID topics include note-taking, study skills, test taking, time management, college exam preparation, critical reading skills, inquiry and collaboration. The AVID program is only offered to those students who meet specific criteria and who are selected through an application and interview process.

Cambridge International (Signature)
Cambridge courses are offered in over 100 countries and recognized by higher education institutions worldwide. The Cambridge program encourages student-centered learning and hands-on application of skills. Clearly defined learner outcomes and content ensure high expectations for all. Cambridge students are confident in working with information and ideas their own and those of others; responsible for themselves; responsive to and respectful of others; innovative and equipped for new and future challenges; engaged intellectually and socially; and ready to make a difference. Students who complete the lower division, 9th-10th grade, Cambridge curriculum are set for success in a dual enrollment, advanced placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway for college and career advancements. By passing the Cambridge Board Examinations, students are eligible for the Grand Canyon Diploma, a diploma that allows them early entry into college courses. This program is offered at Willow Canyon and Dysart High Schools.
 
  • School-wide (all freshmen)
    • Cambridge English, Math, Biology and Word History 
  • Upon successfully passing Cambridge exams, students are eligible for the Grand Canyon Diploma
  • Students may remain enrolled at DHS and take AP or Dual Enrollment Classes

JROTC (Signature)
The JROTC program helps prepare high school students for various responsible leadership jobs of choice in the civilian workforce, private enterprise or military service. The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. JROTC consists of both classroom and field experience. As a JROTC cadet, students will earn the privilege of participating in Spring Camp and Summer Camp. JROTC is an adventure in learning.

JROTC Video

Photo Imaging (CTE, Signature)
Students will composition, lighting, and camera operation skills using digital cameras as well as explore photography-related careers.

Photo Imaging Video

Digital Communications (CTE)
This career and technical education course will introduce students to the principles used in Graphic Design, Digital Communication and Television/Media Production.

Graphic Arts Production/Yearbook (CTE)
In this course students will be responsible for the production, management and distribution of the schools annual publication (yearbook).

Medical Foundations (CTE)
This is a course for those interested in pursuing medical and biotechnical careers, or who plan to enroll in an allied health career program. Lab theory, hands-on technological and biotechnological work will be performed in addition to human anatomy and physiology, human diseases, disorders and treatment and medical terminology/ abbreviations.

Sports Medicine (CTE)
Sports Medicine is a course designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, and physiology of exercise, biomechanics, and other sports medicine-related fields. Students will practice the concepts of patients rights, quality of care, communication skills, teamwork, decision-making and legal and ethical issues.

Marketing Management & Entrepreneurship (CTE)
The Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship program is designed to prepare students for employment in various sales, customer service, advertising and promotion, and first-line supervisory positions in wholesale, retail, and service establishments. The program enables students to explore, understand, and apply marketing, management, and entrepreneurial principles.
 

Shadow Ridge High School

Architectural Design (CTE, Signature)

The Drafting and Design Technologies program is designed to prepare students to apply technical skills via computer assisted design and drafting to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional engineering designs. It includes instruction in specification interpretation, dimensioning techniques, drafting calculations, material estimation, technical communications, and computer applications. In addition to the occupation related skills, students completing this program will develop advanced critical thinking, applied academics, interpersonal relations, life management, and business, economic, and leadership skills required for the 21st century workplace.

Architectural Design Video

Engineering (CTE, Signature)
Students in this field will explore careers in technology, industry and engineering. Students will explore entry, semiprofessional and professional levels of careers through hands-on projects in the area of engineering (transportation, electrical, mechanical, civil, power and construction).

Engineering Video

Digital Communications (CTE)
This career and technical education course will introduce students to the principles used in Graphic Design, Digital Communication and Television/Media Production.

Graphic Arts Production/Yearbook (CTE)
In this course students will be responsible for the production, management and distribution of the schools annual publication (yearbook).

Medical Foundations (CTE)
This is a course for those interested in pursuing medical and biotechnical careers, or who plan to enroll in an allied health career program. Lab theory, hands-on technological and biotechnological work will be performed in addition to human anatomy and physiology, human diseases, disorders and treatment and medical terminology/ abbreviations.

Sports Medicine (CTE)
Sports Medicine a course designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, and physiology of exercise, biomechanics, and other sports medicine-related fields. Students will practice the concepts of patients rights, quality of care, communication skills, teamwork, decision-making and legal and ethical issues.
 

Valley Vista High School

Culinary Arts (CTE, Signature)
The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills required for food production and service occupations in institutional and commercial food establishments. Skills developed in this program include food identification, selection, and storage; safety and sanitation; personal hygiene; and use of commercial food equipment. Nutrition, special diets, and management of food establishments will also be addressed.

Culinary Arts Video

Fire Science (CTE, Signature)
The Fire Science program prepares students to perform technical services involved with planning, organizing, researching, directing, and controlling functions and processes related to the provision of Fire Science services.

Fire Science Video

Law, Public Safety, and Security (CTE, Signature)
The Law, Public Safety and Security instructional program prepares students to perform technical services involved in planning, organizing, researching, directing and controlling functions and process related to the provision of Law, Public Safety and Security Services.

Law, Public Safety, and Security Video

Digital Communications (CTE)
This career and technical education course will introduce students to the principles used in Graphic Design, Digital Communication and Television/Media Production.

Graphic Arts Production/Yearbook (CTE)
In this course students will be responsible for the production, management and distribution of the schools annual publication (yearbook).

Medical Foundations (CTE)
This is a course for those interested in pursuing medical and biotechnical careers, or who plan to enroll in an allied health career program. Lab theory, hands-on technological and biotechnological work will be performed in addition to human anatomy and physiology, human diseases, disorders and treatment and medical terminology/ abbreviations.

Sports Medicine (CTE)
Sports Medicine is a course designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, and physiology of exercise, biomechanics, and other sports medicine-related fields. Students will practice the concepts of patients rights, quality of care, communication skills, teamwork, decision-making and legal and ethical issues.

Marketing Management & Entrepreneurship (CTE)
The Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship program is designed to prepare students for employment in various sales, customer service, advertising and promotion, and first-line supervisory positions in wholesale, retail, and service establishments. The program enables students to explore, understand, and apply marketing, management, and entrepreneurial principles.

Computer Animation (CTE, Signature)
Computer Animation is an exciting program using state-of-the-art digital animation and visual effects software. This project-based course introduces students to computer animation techniques using 2-D computer images and 3-D computer animation. Areas of study include computer modeling, key framing, story-boarding, scene composition, lighting, and development of textures and objects. Students will utilize cutting-edge software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Bryce, Autodesk Maya and Blender. Students will create 3-D graphics and animations to produce engaging, life-like digital images and animations (characters, landscapes, and objects) with exciting visual effects. Students will also explore career options and opportunities in the digital animation field and have an opportunity to participate in the Computer Animation & Game Design Club.
 

Willow Canyon High School

Cambridge International (Signature)
Cambridge courses are offered in over 100 countries and recognized by higher education institutions worldwide. The Cambridge program encourages student-centered learning and hands-on application of skills. Clearly defined learner outcomes and content ensure high expectations for all. Cambridge students are confident in working with information and ideas their own and those of others; responsible for themselves; responsive to and respectful of others; innovative and equipped for new and future challenges; engaged intellectually and socially; and ready to make a difference. Students who complete the lower division, 9th-10th grade, Cambridge curriculum are set for success in a dual enrollment, advanced placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway for college and career advancements. By passing the Cambridge Board Examinations, students are eligible for the Grand Canyon Diploma, a diploma that allows them early entry into college courses. This program is offered at Willow Canyon and Dysart High Schools.
  • Cambridge 9th grade courses are Honors courses
  • Upon successfully passing Cambridge exams, students are eligible for the Grand Canyon Diploma
  • Students may remain enrolled at WCHS and take AP or IB level classes
  • Cambridge Spanish and Art & Design are available

International Baccalaureate Program (Signature)
International Baccalaureate (IB), offered at Willow Canyon High School, challenges academically talented students to reach high levels of achievement in a broad range of subjects and allows two different participation tracks: IB diploma and IB certificate. The core subjects of the IB program are arranged into six curricula: English, social studies, experimental sciences, foreign language, mathematics and electives. The diploma candidate is required to test in one subject from each curriculum. The certificate track allows students to self-select into areas of their academic strengths, leading to IB subject-area tests in only selected areas.

Education Professions (CTE, Signature)
The Education Professions program is designed to prepare students for employment or post secondary opportunities in the education field. The program provides instruction in education career choices, education structure and systems, theory, pedagogy, developmental stages, learning styles and methodology. The program also provides interactive experiences with students at different age levels, in a variety of content areas in educational environments.

Film and Television (CTE, Signature)
Students will explore courses in filmmaking, television and broadcast production, and animated motion graphics.

Film and Television Video

Digital Communications (CTE)
This career and technical education course will introduce students to the principles used in Graphic Design, Digital Communication and Television/Media Production.

Graphic Arts Production/Yearbook (CTE)
In this course students will be responsible for the production, management and distribution of the schools annual publication (yearbook).

Medical Foundations (CTE)
This is a course for those interested in pursuing medical and biotechnical careers, or who plan to enroll in an allied health career program. Lab theory, hands-on technological and biotechnological work will be performed in addition to human anatomy and physiology, human diseases, disorders and treatment and medical terminology/ abbreviations.

Medical Lab Assistant (CTE, Signature)
In this course, students attain skills in phlebotomy procedures, specimen procurement and sample processing, basic laboratory testing, patient processing, medical terminology, office procedures/skills, and medical laboratory techniques.

Sports Medicine (CTE)
Sports Medicine is a course designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, and physiology of exercise, biomechanics, and other sports medicine-related fields. Students will practice the concepts of patients rights, quality of care, communication skills, teamwork, decision-making and legal and ethical issues.

Marketing Management & Entrepreneurship (CTE)
The Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship program is designed to prepare students for employment in various sales, customer service, advertising and promotion, and first-line supervisory positions in wholesale, retail, and service establishments. The program enables students to explore, understand, and apply marketing, management, and entrepreneurial principles.
 

West-MEC Programs

West-MEC Central Programs are enhanced CTE programs offered at post-secondary institutions, industry facilities, member district high school campuses and facilities operated by West-MEC. These programs do not follow a typical high school schedule. West-MEC Central Programs allow students the ability to earn industry certification, college credit and internship opportunities. West-MEC programs are supported by business and industry, equipping students with relevant skills and working industry knowledge, propelling them in their future careers and higher learning endeavors. For more information visit west-mec.org or see your counselor.
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