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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

In response to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 on July 23 and to prioritize the safety of our students, staff, and community, Dysart has extended the remote learning period through the end of the first quarter. In person learning is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 19. Learn More

  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
15802 N Parkview Pl
Surprise, AZ 85374
About Dysart Unified School District...

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Grades
PK, K-12
Total Schools
24
Students
24,383
From Dysart Unified School District

The Dysart Unified School District is an exciting, vibrant, and growing community of nearly 24,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Northwest Phoenix Metropolitan area. The district encompasses 140 square miles, serving parts of El Mirage, Glendale, Surprise, Youngtown, and Maricopa County. The district is home to 20 K-8 schools, four comprehensive high schools, a preschool, and one alternative program.

Ensuring students are equipped with the skills necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities in a 21st Century society are at the heart of the mission and vision. Dysart schools offers one of the largest selections of academic pathways in the state, allowing students a personalized learning experience while meeting Arizona Academic Standards. Opportunities include full day kindergarten, Career and Technical Education, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, signature programs, and gifted and special education programs.

Dysart Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1100
692 responses
Average ACT
23
488 responses

K-12 iSchool

iSchool opened in 2012 in the Dysart School District, providing innovative, engaging, and flexible online learning opportunities. Since then, it has grown to more than 5,000 students enrolled in a course each semester, with students taking classes to get ahead, catch up, or add flexibility to their schedule. Additionally, more than 60 students are enrolled full time in iSchool.

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
24,383
Free or Reduced Lunch
49.8%

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    21:1
    National
    17:1
    Average Teacher Salary
    $54,871
    Teachers in First/Second Year
    16.5%

    Finances

    Expenses Per Student
    $7,689/ student
    National
    $12,239
    Education Expenses
    • Instruction
      56%
    • Support Services
      39%
    • Other
      6%
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      C+
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      B-
    Median Household Income
    $65,160
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,289
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $225,200
    National
    $184,700

    Dysart Unified School District Reviews

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    Overall, I had a wonderful experience at Willow Canyon. There were plenty of clubs and activities available to students. I was able to participate in multiple sports and clubs. Clubs also participated in state and national activities. Teachers were available after school for tutoring and test retakes. The coursework was appropriate with taking regular, honors, and IB classes. There were opportunities for parent involvement such as booster club. Music, art and dance were available and highlighted throughout the year; I was able to participate in the Canyon Fusion Dance Company which was a great learning experience and opportunity to an emotional outlet. Administration was present and acted when necessary. Food for the school was average but they did offer food trucks on occasion for some variety. The overall facility was nice. Classrooms were well cared for and the campus had the appropriate fields and space for the sports and activities.
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    I have had an overall decent experience with the district, and the performing arts programs are absolutely wonderful! I simply had some difficulties with administration and counselors not working with me or helping me plan.
    If I could rate the district somewhere between average and very good I would. Each high school has a different specialized curriculum so you have a choice. The academics are nice but I would recommend honors classes; regular classes are very slowed paced. They do not really prepare you for college or the testing you will need, SAT or ACT. They tell you about college mainly senior year of high school and do not make it known you should be preparing junior year. The school experience overall is only fun if you get involved. I also experienced some discrimination during high school. The schools are predominantly white with about 20% of minorities this includes the staff. The elementary schools are somewhat slower. They seem to be slow paced as well. It is really hard to not graduate or get bad grades. You would have to do nothing to fail the classes.