Top Schools in Parker Arizona
The Parker area is home to the Parker Unified School District (PUSD), which is made up of six schools. Through the district’s vision, educators provide comprehensive, success-oriented learning opportunities for its student body. By doing so, pupils not only develop well academically but also grow socially and physically, as well as learn to appreciate other cultures and contribute to their community.
PUSD strives to ensure that all of their students are college and career ready in literacy by adopting the Arizona English Language Arts Standards. From kindergarten to 12th grade, students are immersed in learning exercises that help students speak, write, listen, and use language effectively. These standards are not just requirements for language arts but also span history/social studies, science, and technical courses. By mastering the English language, students gain the leverage they need to become successful employees.
“It is a privilege to be part of a district that is made up of a dedicated staff, a loyal, and stable governing board, and a community that wants the best for their children,” says Superintendent Mr. James Lotts. “The Parker Unified School District is an integral part of the Parker community and we take pride in the fact that our district provides a variety of educational opportunities for the students. The Parker schools serve a culturally diverse population with comprehensive education. It is our mission to provide safe, secure and nurturing environments that facilitate and enhance student achievement and success.”
Helping further prepare scholars for the workforce, Parker High School’s career and technical education (CTE) classes train students for jobs they are interested in well before they don their cap and gown on graduation day. The high school is a partner with the Western Arizona Vocational Education District #50. This joint technology educational district (JTED) supports CTE programs and enables PUSD to provide rigorous coursework, enhanced instructional equipment, advanced materials, and additional supplies to its students. Also offered to pupils are dual credit classes, where students can begin earning college credit before they even graduate high school.
PUSD’s diverse students also have the opportunity to participate in athletics, such as football, track, golf, softball, and more.
For students who choose to attend college after high school instead of directly entering the workforce, they have access to high-quality faculty and programs right here at home at Arizona Western College (AWC) Parker Learning Center and AWC Parker Community Center. The 11,200-square-foot AWC Parker Community Center, which opened in late 2016, features traditional and technical classrooms, a fitness center, and a conference/event space that can accommodate up to 250 guests. This unique feature enables the center to host events large and small.
The AWC Parker Learning Center opened in 2010 and features state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, including Interactive Television Network classrooms so students can connect with faculty and classmates from across the district. By Sarah Lancaster
List of Parker Area Schools
Blake Primary School
Le Pera Elementary
Wallace Junior High
Parker High School
Arizona Western College