High School Information

  • Academic Planning Guide
    The handbook of classes for high schools students.

    Advanced Placement
    Advanced Placement is a program designed to award college credit to students who take college level course work during high school and who can demonstrate proficiency on a nationally administered test through The College Board

    AzM2 and AIMS Science Grade Enhancement

    Students are eligible to positively impact their semester grades in courses aligned to the  high school AzM2 ELA or Math Assessments if they earn a Proficient or Highly Proficient on the test.  They can also positively impact their Biology or Biology Honors course grade if they earn a Meets the Standard or Exceeds the Standard on the high school AIMS Science assessment. 

    Career and Technical Education
    CTE provides students with academic subject matter taught with relevance to real world applications and career pathways that link secondary and post-secondary education.
    Information about PSAT, ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, and other tests that high school students may take for college admissions or college credits.
    Course Loads
    Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 must be enrolled in six DVUSD credit-bearing courses each semester which may include on campus, off-site CTE program, WestMEC, Deer Valley Online Learning Program, and DVUSD Pathways courses.
    Beginning with the class of 2022, 12th grade students must be enrolled in a minimum of four DVUSD or WestMEC courses during both semesters their senior year.

    Crisis Intervention
    This section contains links and phone numbers to Crisis Intervention websites and services.

    Dual Enrollment
    Dual Enrollment courses are offered at all five high schools and taught by high school teachers with community college certification. Students earn both high school credit and college credit.

    DV Online Learning Program
    Welcome to the gateway to online classes offered by eSchool.dvusd.org in the Deer Valley Unified School District. Tuition is $175 per course plus a book deposit.

    ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
    Enacted in 1965, the ESEA has been known as the Improving Americas' Schools Act (IASA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is currently due for reauthorization by Congress. Arizona is one of more than 20 states that has requested a waiver related to the existing accountability requirements until the reauthorization is approved.

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    International Baccalaureate
    (IB) at Barry Goldwater High School is a DVUSD signature program addressing the academic needs of the highly motivated student. BGHS is one of eleven high schools in Arizona offering the IB program. Within the IB Program, students can choose one of two programs - IB Diploma or one or more IB Certificates. The IB Diploma Program curriculum presents students with many opportunities to demonstrate and build on their positive qualities. The curriculum provides a comprehensive and balanced course of study including IB preparatory classes for grades 9-10 and IB diploma or certificate programs for grades 11-12.

    The Air Force JROTC program is offered at Deer Valley and Sandra Day O’Connor High Schools. JROTC is designed to educate and train high school students in citizenship; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline; and provide instruction in aerospace science fundamentals.

    Prevention Services
    The Deer Valley Unified School District offers prevention programs to address potential student alcohol and drug use and abuse, low self-esteem and self-destructive behaviors.

    SEI Program
    The Stuctured English Immersion (SEI ) program consists of daily instruction in English language development involving listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

    Special Education
    Deer Valley offers special education programs for preschool through age 21 in several areas.

    Title I
    The Title I program in the Deer Valley Unified School District provides funding for supplemental reading and math assistance to students at eligible schools.