BIG CITY, SMALL SCHOOLS
Phoenix Union High School District is not a typical big city school district. It is a portfolio of schools that can accommodate every student in a choice-rich educational environment. One size does not fit everyone. Of the 20 schools in the District, six are considered small, specialty schools, including two micro-schools that are part of a larger high school campus. These small schools range from 75 to 400 students. Phoenix Union is renowned for its menu of unique small schools that specialize in economy-driven areas such as biotechnology, coding or public safety, or differentiated learning for gifted students or college preparatory. Explore our small schools and see which one might be just the right size for you.
Phoenix Union’s Small Schools have no attendance boundaries, but first priority is given to students residing within the District boundaries. Because of their popularity, size and specialized curriculum, the enrollment process is a bit different at each school. Enroll early to avoid a waiting list.
Franklin Police and Fire High School, Enrollment: 312, 9th-12th grade
Franklin Police & Fire High is not only a unique small specialty school focused on public safety careers, but it is nationally recognized for its academic performance. Named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014, it is annually ranked as one of the best high schools in the country, as reported by US News and World Report. Franklin provides a full college prep high school curriculum. Students also prepare for careers in law enforcement or firefighting, taught by public safety professionals, with the opportunity to earn dual credit for community college.
Phoenix Coding Academy, Enrollment: 273, 9th-11th grade currently
This innovative small, specialty school, focused on computer coding and multiple technology pathways through an inquiry-based instructional design, is one of the first public high schools of its kind. Opened in 2016, students receive a full high school curriculum of core academic classes and electives, as well as Career and Technical Education areas such as software development, web design, networking, information security, engineering and entrepreneurship to meet the workforce demands of the booming technology sector.
Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, Enrollment: 379, 9th-12th grade
Bioscience High School is routinely ranked as one of the top high schools in Arizona. Opened in 2007 in Phoenix's downtown Biotechnology Center, its emphasis is on an integrated rigorous curriculum incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students can choose career pathway courses such as biomedical and engineering. Senior capstone projects and internships result in hundreds of scholarship offers for Bioscience graduates.
Phoenix Union-Wilson College Prep, Enrollment: 136, 9th-10th currently
Wilson College Prep, opened in 2017 is the first high school in the world to offer the highly successful AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) College Readiness System to every student for four years. AVID prepares students who are in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, access to rigorous curriculum and preparation for entrance into a four-year university.
Camelback Montessori College Prep, Enrollment 119, 9th-12 grade
Camelback Montessori is the first and only public Montessori High School program in Arizona. Montessori education is structured around the individual needs of the student, utilizing self-directed activity, hands-on engagement, collaborative work and practices that encourage the development of the whole person. Students take core classes in math, social studies, science and English, but take elective classes and participate in extracurricular activities with the larger Camelback community.
Gifted and Talented Academy, Enrollment: 85, 9th-10th grade currently
Opened in 2017, the Gifted and Talented Academy calls the Maryvale campus home, providing an alternative learning model for students. Accelerated course work, including opportunities for Advanced Placement, dual enrollment and technology-based classes, project-based learning and personalized instruction allow students to excel academically and grow holistically. Students also take advantage of courses such as drama, art, music, dance, JROTC and a host of extracurricular activities on the larger Maryvale campus.