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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 special education 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 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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  • AzMERIT to Replace AIMS Exams for 2017 Graduates
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    The State Board of Education has adopted a new assessment to replace the AIMS Reading, Writing and Mathematics exams. AzMERIT, Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching, will be administered statewide in the spring of 2015 for the first time. The tests will measure proficiency of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in the areas of Math and English Language Arts in grades 9, 10 and 11.

    Currently, students will not be required to pass the end-of-course tests for graduation, but must still earn the minimum number of English and Mathematics credits in order to graduate. The actual test dates have not been determined yet, but will be across multiple days in April.

    High school students graduating after December 31, 2016 will no longer be required to pass the AIMS tests to graduate high school. AIMS Science will still be administered, tied to school accountability, but not graduation.

    Parent Letter (English)

    For more information visit  www.azed.gov/AzMERIT

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  • TUTORING AVAILABLE FOR ALL PUHSD STUDENTS
    Supplemental Educational Services are free tutoring services for all students of Phoenix Union High School District schools. Visit www.PhoenixUnion.org/SES for more information and to apply.
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  • Connect2Compete
     
    Cox Communications is offering high speed internet for $9.95 per month for qualifying Phoenix Union Families. To see if you qualify, visit www.connect2compete.org/cox.
     
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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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