Betty H. Fairfax High School is Phoenix Union’s newest comprehensive high school, having opened in 2007, and graduating its first senior class in Spring 2011. Named after a Phoenix educator who inspired and motivated students over a 57-year career, the school has followed in her footsteps, building a foundation of excellence.
Fairfax is committed to facilitating college-level skill development and access to college preparatory courses for all students. In fact, Fairfax was accepted as an International Baccalaureate World School, and will offer IB courses in 2011. This internationally-acclaimed, rigorous program will have a positive impact on almost every student, teacher and course at Fairfax, and enhance its concerted effort to move students into post-secondary education. The school, which has won numerous awards for its functional, efficient and eye-catching design, is also attractive to students who are making full use of all its facilities, from its outstanding library, technology, auditorium, gymnasiums and athletic fields. Extracurricular participation is a hallmark of the school, and the number of actively involved students has given Fairfax a reputation for excellence in several areas, including JROTC, music and athletics. In only its second year of varsity sports, Fairfax won a state championship in boys basketball. A strong character foundation, building a strong relationship with school and being challenged with high academic rigor are cornerstones in the successful tradition building at Betty Fairfax High School.