Paradise Valley Unified School District

Paradise Valley Unified School District #69 (PVSchools) is a school district serving northeast Phoenix, Arizona, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The district serves students in kindergarten through grade 12 with 30 elementary schools (free, full-day kindergarten through grade six), one K-8 school, seven middle schools (grades seven and eight), five high schools (grades nine through 12), two alternative schools and a K-12 online school, PVOnline.[1] The district offers a variety of education choice programs, including K-12 International Baccalaureate, AVID, Core Knowledge, S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), CREST (Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology), Digital Learning Center, fine arts, The North Valley Arts Academies, career & technical education, Advanced Placement, before- after-school programs, sports and extracurricular activities for all ages. The district also provides gifted and special education programs.

Paradise Valley Unified School District
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(District office) 15002 N 32nd Street
, Arizona
United States
District information
MottoA Journey of Excellence
Established1913 (Unified 1976)
SuperintendentDr. Troy Bales
Students and staff
Other information
WebsiteOfficial website

The district is located in 98-square miles of northeast Phoenix and a portion of north Scottsdale. This area extends from 7th Avenue to Pima Road and is generally bordered on the south by Northern Avenue and the north by Jomax Road. With 32,000 students,[2] it is the seventh-largest school district in Arizona.


In 1913, local residents opened Sunnyside School on Cactus Road east of 32nd Street. The one-room schoolhouse, which served 21 girls and 13 boys its first year, was the predecessor to the Paradise Valley School District. In 1918, the school moved to a barn located at 32nd Street and Greenway. The building had a wood-burning stove and no indoor plumbing but had an outdoor facility. Due to failure to secure irrigation rights, many families left the area in the 1920s, , resulting in no record of school from 1920 to 1923. In 1930, Edwin Nesbet donated land for a new campus for Sunnyside. Sunnyside continued to be the solo school for the district until the late 1940s, when electricity was made available in the area. Paradise Valley High School was constructed in 1957, which eliminated the need for 10th grade students to attend the Phoenix Union High School. That same year, Paradise Valley High School District was formed. To prepare for growth, the district constructed four new schools in the 1960s, thirteen in the 1970s, eleven in the 1980s, ten in the 1990s and nine more since 2000 as of 2020. In July 1976, the separate high school and elementary school districts combined to form the Paradise Valley Unified School District.[3] In 1991, the 1930s Sunnyside campus, which had been expanded in the 1950s, was replaced with Greenway Middle School.

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K-12 Online schoolEdit

Former schoolsEdit

  • Aire Libre Elementary Est. 1979 (closed 2019)
  • Arrowhead Elementary Est. 1975 (closed 2019)
  • Foothills Elementary Est. 1989 (closed 2014)[4]
  • Gold Dust Elementary (closed 2005) reopened as Cholla Complex
  • Village Vista Elementary Est. 1980 (closed 2013)

District siteEdit


  1. ^ "Overview / Overview". Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  2. ^ "2015 FY Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Paradise Valley Unified School District" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Overview / History of PVSchools". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  4. ^ "Foothills Elementary School (Closed 2014) Profile (2021) | Phoenix, AZ". Public School Review. Retrieved 2021-05-27.