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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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  • ParentVue / StudentVue Notice

    ParentVue and StudentVue access is currently unavailable due to technical difficulties. We are working with the vendor to get the systems operational as quickly as possible. This is a high priority for us and we will update you when the systems are accessible again.

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  • Summer School
    FREE Summer School is offered for continuing in-district students who are entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades, or current 12th graders lacking credit for graduation.
    May 31 - June 30, Mon.-Thurs., AM Session: 8-11:45 a.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. / PM Session: 12:15-4:00 p.m. at Trevor Browne, Camelback, Central, Carl Hayden, Cesar Chavez, Betty H. Fairfax, Maryvale, Metro Tech, North, South Mountain
    May 31 - June 24, Mon. - Fri., AM Session: 8-11:45 a.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. / PM Session: 12:15-4:00 p.m. at: Alhambra
    May 23 - June 23, Mon. - Fri., AM Session: 8-11:45 a.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. / PM Session: 12:15-4:00 p.m. at: Bostrom
    See your counselor to register and for course recommendations. Visit www.PhoenixUnion.org/SummerSchool for more information. Deadline to register is May 13, but classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign up early. For more information, call (602) 764-1399.
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  • Freshman Academy
    Learn skills for high school success - 93% of student who attended Freshman Academy pass their math or English course in the Fall semester!
    May 31 - June 30, Mon.-Thurs., Class: 8-11:45 a.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. at Trevor Browne, Camelback, Central, Cesar Chavez, Betty Fairfax, Franklin, Carl Hayden, Maryvale, Metro Tech, North, Phoenix Coding and South Mountain.
    May 31 - June 24, Mon.-Fri., Class: 8-11:45 a.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.. at Alhambra
    June 6 - June 23, Mon.-Thurs., Class: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.. at Bioscience
    For more information, call 602-764-1349.
     
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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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