Paradise Valley Unified School District

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Paradise Valley Unified School District #69 (PVSchools) is a school district serving northeast Phoenix, Arizona and Scottsdale, Arizona. The district serves students in kindergarten through grade 12 with 29 elementary schools (free, full-day kindergarten through grade six), one K-8 school, seven middle schools (grades seven and eight), five high schools (grades nine through 12), two alternative schools and a K-12 online school, PVOnline.[1] The district offers a variety of education choice programs, including K-12 International Baccalaureate, AVID, Core Knowledge, S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), CREST (Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology), Digital Learning Center, fine arts, The North Valley Arts Academies, career & technical education, Advanced Placement, before- after-school programs, sports and extracurricular activities for all ages. The district also provides gifted and special education programs.

The district is located in 98-square miles of northeast Phoenix and a portion of north Scottsdale. This area extends from 7th Avenue to Pima Road and is generally bordered on the south by Northern Avenue and the north by Jomax Road. With 32,000 students,[2] it is the seventh-largest school district in Arizona.


In 1913 local residents opened a one-room schoolhouse on Cactus Road East of 32nd Street. Sunnyside School as it was called served 21 girls and 13 boys its first year. Sunnyside became the predecessor to the Paradise Valley School District. In 1918 the school moved to a barn located at 32nd Street and Greenway. The building had a wood-burning stove and no indoor plumbing but boasted an outdoor facility. In the 1920s due to failure to secure irrigation rights many families left the area resulting in no record of school from 1920 to 1923. In 1930 Edwin Nesbet donated land for a new campus for Sunnyside. Sunnyside continued to be the solo school for the district until the late 1940s when electricity was made available in the area. Paradise Valley High School was constructed in 1957, prior to that year students had to attend 10th grade on at Phoenix Union High School. That same year the Paradise Valley High School District was formed. To prepare for growth District constructed 4 new schools in the 1960s, 13 in the 1970s, 11 in the 1980s, 10 in the 1990s and 9 since 2000. In July 1976 the separate High School and Elementary School Districts combined to form the Paradise Valley Unified School District.[3] In 1991 the 1930s Sunnyside campus which had been expanded in the 1950s was replaced with the current Greenway Middle School.

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  1. ^ "Overview / Overview". Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  2. ^ "2015 FY Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Paradise Valley Unified School District" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Overview / History of PVSchools". Retrieved 2018-08-28.