Paradise Valley Unified School District
School DescriptionDISTRICT PROFILE
Four high schools in Paradise Valley Unified School District are currently welcoming international students. All of the district’s high schools offer AP and honors courses. Many of the Paradise Valley high schools have exceptional academic programs, like the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Some of the district’s facilities include recently remodeled 1,000-seat auditorium and large capacity artificial turf football stadium. Because Phoenix has great weather year round, all campuses feature outdoor terraces with lunch tables and benches for students to enjoy the sunshine between classes.
SPORTS AND ARTS
The district offers competitive athletics including traditional U.S. sports such as American football and baseball as well as less traditional sports such as badminton. Students in grades 9-11 can participate in sports.
Paradise Valley’s arts program is particularly impressive, featuring unique courses such as culinary arts, architectural drafting, and photojournalism.
Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona and is ranked one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. With a distinct artistic culture and vibe, Phoenix is very welcoming to international students, who will find various sports, arts, destinations, and dining.
Visit School Site: Paradise Valley Unified School District
Visit City Site: Phoenix, Arizona
- 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
Diploma Year Offered?Yes
Student PopulationCoEd - School for both genders
English as Second Language (ESL) Support AvailableNo
Speciality ProgramsIB available at North Canyon High School.
Accepting Students in GradesNo
TOEFL Junior RequiredN/A
Other - Eligibility Requirements?I-20s are provided after May 30th. Admission process will begin in January.
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