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  • Every Saturday is a SMART Saturday here at SMHS!  

    The library is open from 8am - 12pm on Saturdays for tutoring or for you to catch up on work.  We are here to serve you, hope to see you there!

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About South

Experience High School @ South Mountain

South Mountain High School is the first and oldest high school in the South Mountain community, educating students since 1954.  It is also home to five magnet programs—Aviation and Aerospace Education; Law Studies; Performing Arts (dance, music and theatre); Visual Arts and Communication Arts.  We have our own art gallery, court room, radio station and simulated Air Traffic Control tower, as well as one of the largest and well-equipped auditoriums in the state.  We also have a full academic curriculum - including Advanced Placement, Honors and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes, as well as evening school.  The well-rounded learning is evident in the success the South Mountain Academic Decathlon has achieved, qualifying for the State Championships in 20 of the past 21 years. South Mountain is proud to be named an AVID certified school site.  In synthesis with the Phoenix Union High School District mission, the AVID mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.      

Congratulations to the State Champion South Mountain Girls Basketball team.  The Jaguars, who last won a title in 2008, finish with a 24-8 record under Coach Kisha GwynThe title is the third championship for South Mountain within the last year.  Two weeks ago, the Boys Soccer team won a State Championship, and last spring, the Girls Track and Field team won State.


Congratulations to the South Mountain Boys Soccer team for capturing the Division II State Titlewith a 2-0 victory over Sunnyslope in the Championship match at Campo Verde High School. It was the first AIA soccer title for a Phoenix Union school Angel Jimenez broke a scoreless tie 13 minutes into the second half with a 30-yard blast, and Bryan Medina added penalty kick goal in the final minutes of the game to seal the victory. The Jaguars went 17-3 this year under second year coach Jose Diaz, including playoff wins over Canyon del Oro, second-seeded Tucson and Yuma Cibola to advance to the title contest.

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  • Expo Flyer

    The fourth annual Experience Phoenix Union High School Expo will be held Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phoenix College. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and parents are invited to explore all that Phoenix Union has to offer at the Expo. Attendees can visit all Phoenix Union schools in one location, meet students and staff, learn about the many programs, clubs and services offered, and take advantage of the first day to apply to a PUHSD school. There will be live performances by high school students, giveaways and interactive activities and all 8th graders will receive a free drawstring backpack.
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  • Volunteers Needed for Academic Decathlon 
    Academic Decathlon is looking for volunteers to judge the events. Click here to register or to find out more information.
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  • First Annual DDD Expo

    It is the First Annual Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) of 2016-2017 school year. All exhibitors have services that range from Employment, Training Programs, Adult Independet Living and Support, and many continuing Learning Opportunities for during and after high school services are completed. These Valuable agencies and companies are here to provide resources and support to you and your student.


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    The Phoenix Union High School District is hiring Bus Drivers! Drivers work six-hour shifts but receive full-time benefits, and start at $14.38 an hour.  For more information, contact the PUHSD Talent Division at 602-764-1100, or


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  • OPEN ENROLLMENT is Available! Our high schools have it all – more classes, more specialized programs, more support and more opportunities than any other school district.  Make new friends and hang with your old friends; create memories; EXPAND your horizons; EXPLORE your future; EXPRESS yourself and EXCEED your expectations.  This is an exciting time for you.  Our job is to prepare every student for success in college, career and life.  Your job is to take advantage of all Phoenix Union has to offer.  ENROLL with us and you’ll have the EXPERIENCE of a Lifetime.To apply online or download the form, please visit Apply Today!
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5401 S. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040 
602.764.5012 Attendance Hotline
Principal: Brian Guliford &
                    Kate McDonald
Mascot: Jaguars
School Colors: Columbia Blue & Red
Year School Opened: 1954

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