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Max Ehrmann's Poem "Desiderata" (latin for "desired things") is a prose poem that has an positive message, and was used as the moniker for a unique alternative program that has served Phoenix Union High School District since 1977.

Desiderata Alternative Program serves exceptional students who have needs that are more effectively addressed in a small school environment. Students are referred to Desiderata by their home school campuses. The Desiderata program emphasizes academic achievements and helps to support the social, emotional and behavioral development and growth of students. All students are taught district approved curriculum that meets Arizona Common Core Standards and content specific Arizona Academic Standards. Classroom activities stress student acquisition of literacy and life skills.

Desiderata Alternative Program is housed in a 30,000-square foot facility near 35th Avenue and Thomas and was opened in 2006. The campus is designed to be functional and supportive: there are 11 classrooms, library, fitness center, sports court, cafetorium, group therapy room, instructional kitchen, and assistive technology support.

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  • Expo Flyer

     
    The fourth annual Experience Phoenix Union High School Expo will be held Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phoenix College. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and parents are invited to explore all that Phoenix Union has to offer at the Expo. Attendees can visit all Phoenix Union schools in one location, meet students and staff, learn about the many programs, clubs and services offered, and take advantage of the first day to apply to a PUHSD school. There will be live performances by high school students, giveaways and interactive activities and all 8th graders will receive a free drawstring backpack.
     
    More info: PhoenixUnion.org/Expo  
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  • Volunteers Needed for Academic Decathlon 
    Academic Decathlon is looking for volunteers to judge the events. Click here to register or to find out more information.
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  • First Annual DDD Expo

    It is the First Annual Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) of 2016-2017 school year. All exhibitors have services that range from employment, training programs, adult independent living and support, and many continuing learning opportunities for during and after high school services are completed. These valuable agencies and companies are here to provide resources and support to you and your student.

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  • BUS DRIVERS NEEDED!

    The Phoenix Union High School District is hiring Bus Drivers! Drivers work six-hour shifts but receive full-time benefits, and start at $14.38 an hour.  For more information, contact the PUHSD Talent Division at 602-764-1100, or www.phoenixunion.org/jobs

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  • OPEN ENROLLMENT is Available! Our high schools have it all – more classes, more specialized programs, more support and more opportunities than any other school district.  Make new friends and hang with your old friends; create memories; EXPAND your horizons; EXPLORE your future; EXPRESS yourself and EXCEED your expectations.  This is an exciting time for you.  Our job is to prepare every student for success in college, career and life.  Your job is to take advantage of all Phoenix Union has to offer.  ENROLL with us and you’ll have the EXPERIENCE of a Lifetime.To apply online or download the form, please visit www.PhoenixUnion.org/Enroll. Apply Today!
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2920 N. 34th Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85017 
602.764.0800
602.271.2963  FAX
 
Principal: Manuel Calderon
Mascot: Sharks
School Colors: Purple and Gray
Year School Opened: 1977

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