• Welcome to PXU

    Phoenix Union High School District

    Students WalkingPhoenix Union High School District (PXU) is one of the largest and most progressive high school districts in the United States. With 23 schools, over 28,000 students, and nearly 4,000 employees, PXU covers 220-square miles of Arizona's capital city. If the K-8 students in its 13 elementary partner school districts were included, it would be among the 25 largest unified school districts in the country, with over 110,000 students.

    PXU is a portfolio district with 11 comprehensive high schools, four small specialty schools, three micro schools, three support schools, and a digital academy. Several programs make Phoenix Union unique. Among those are:

  • Magnet Programs

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • International Baccalaureate

  • Bioscience High School

  • Franklin Police and Fire High School

  • Phoenix Coding Academy

  • ACT exams

  • AVID

  • Linda Abril Educational Academy

  • First Montessori High School

  • Phoenix Union Wilson College Prep

  • Maryvale Gifted and Talented Academy

  • Phoenix Digital Academy

  • Advanced Readiness at Chavez High (ARCH)

  • PXU City and Phoenix Educator Preparatory High School

  • Students at lunch

    Academically, there are over 500 courses to choose from. The District offers more Honors, AP, and high-level courses than ever before. Students can earn college credit and accelerate their academics through community college dual enrollment. 

    PXU belies the notion that large urban school districts struggle academically. Phoenix Union has drastically improved graduation rates, reduced dropout rates, and continues to close the "Achievement Gap" so often cited between high minority, low-income districts, and national averages. PXU's four-year graduation rate surpasses the state average, and its dropout rate is lower than the state average.

    Diversity is a hallmark at Phoenix Union with a high minority population - including 81% Latino, a large refugee population, and students who speak over 100 languages. More than half of the students come from a home where English is not the primary language spoken.

    Student support is essential at PXU. Every comprehensive high school has a nurse, social worker, psychologist, security staff, student and community liaisons, interventionists, and a team of academic counselors with the best counselor-to-student ratio in Arizona.The Exceptional Student Services Department in PXU is a model for school districts, offering a robust and inclusive continuum of services to students who are Gifted, who are eligible under section 504 and/or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and who are supported based upon their individual needs with a plethora of specialized supports that helps students acquire skills to reach their post-high school goals. The English Language Learner (ELL) program is as comprehensive as any in the state, from placement to testing to reclassification. 

    PXU schools offer a full array of activities and opportunities for students—Student Government, Yearbook and Newspaper, Academic Decathlon, Speech and Debate, DECA, National Honor Society, and more. There are 11 Army Junior ROTC programs with over 2,000 student cadets. Performing and visual arts are a staple in PXU.  Bands, ensembles, choirs, dance troupes, and theatre offer extracurricular opportunities for all students. There are 21 interscholastic sports available, and over 6,000 boys and girls participate. Almost 700 clubs, with 50 or more on most campuses, cover everything from robotics to recycling, step teams to chess teams.

    Students at graduation

    Partnerships with government, colleges, universities, nonprofits, and businesses abound, affording innovative programming, grants, student internships, and scholarships to students across the valley. The Maricopa Community Colleges and Grand Canyon University offer dual enrollment courses. The District has several programs with Arizona State University. The Science Foundation Arizona gave its largest school grant ever to Metro Tech to integrate sustainability into its curriculum and project learning. Helios Foundation has funded free ACT tests. A cross-sector of business, education, and nonprofits formed a collective action initiative called Thriving Together, focusing on student success from birth to career within the PXU boundaries.  In 2020, in partnership with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, ElevateEd was launched to provide internship and workforce opportunities for students.

    Unlike many urban school districts, PXU is fiscally sound and attracts highly qualified teachers whose experience, educational attainment, and compensation are well above the state average. PXU's facilities are spacious, modern, technologically advanced, well-maintained, and safe, thanks to the community supporting two bond elections for over $400 million for construction, renovation, and maintenance since 2003. The most recent wave of construction included two new small schools and major campus renovation at others. Phoenix Union's voters also approved a Budget Override in 2013, and a District Additional Assistance override in 2015.

    Phoenix Union is a District with a glorious past, a prosperous present, and a promising future as it prepares Every Student for Success in College, Career, and Life.   

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