Flagstaff is a bustling modern community in a serene rural environment. Nestled at the base of the picturesque San Francisco Peaks at an elevation of 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is a cool, four-season oasis only 80 miles from the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Canyon and 150 miles from the perpetual sunshine and urban amenities of Phoenix.
The Painted Desert and the Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater national monuments are within minutes of town. The outdoor pleasures of two million acres of ponderosa pine are to be found in every direction.
The area is sacred to the Navajo people who live immediately north and east of Flagstaff on the largest Native American reservation in the United States and to the Hopi, who have inhabited their nearby mesa villages continuously for more than 1,100 years. The ancient Anasazi and Sinagua people found this the ideal place to settle and build the magnificent and mysterious structures whose ruins are found throughout the region today.
Flagstaff Unified School District students consistently score above state and national averages on standardized achievement tests. The dropout rate is far below the state average.
Graduates of the three FUSD high schools are well-prepared for careers in business, industry, technology and trades. Students who continue their education beyond high school are prepared to succeed at the most academically rigorous colleges and universities.
FUSD graduates have been accepted at Stanford, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Brown and Johns Hopkins universities. FUSD graduates have graduated from Annapolis, West Point and the Air Force Academy. A recent graduate was accepted to all three of the major U.S. military academies. A recent graduate was named to the USA Today All USA Academic First Team, an honor afforded only 20 students a year.
Students from the vocational-technology program have been particularly successful in recent state and national competitions, winning a national gold medal in machine shop and state gold medals in computer-assisted drafting, architectural model building and nursing.
Since the district was founded in a log cabin in 1883, the citizens of Flagstaff have taken great pride in providing high-quality schools for their children. From 1985-89, the district invested $81 million in building three new elementary schools and a new high school as well as renovating all its buildings to provide students modern classrooms, libraries and recreational facilities.
About 11,500 students attend the district's 19 schools. The district includes 12 K-six elementary schools, three traditional high schools, four middle schools and one alternative combination high school and middle school.
A magnet elementary school at South Beaver was started in 1998 with a curriculum focused on enriched academics, character education and technology. Two more magnet elementary schools opened their doors in 2001, one at Marshall Elementary will focus on Arts, Sciences and Citizenship. The other is a BiLingual school housed at Sinagua High School.
The district has two traditional middle schools serving grades seven and eight where team-based instruction and a student-oriented curriculum provide a smooth transition from elementary school to high school. FUSD also offers an enriched curriculum in technology and the fine arts at a magnet middle school called Renaissance Middle School.
The Leupp Public School, located on the Navajo Reservation about 40 miles east of Flagstaff, is the district's only K-eight facility. Students in grades six-eight are taught in a middle-school similar to the other district middle schools.
The district employs around 800 teachers, counselors, librarians and administrators. Of the certified employees, 459 have master's degrees and 17 have doctorates.
Mount Elden Middle School was named an A+ School in 1997. The faculty was commended for the outstanding school climate, progressive use of technology and zero-tolerance discipline policy.
The 1999 National Science Teacher of the Year, David Thompson, teaches physics at Coconino High School. The 1993 Arizona Teacher of the Year also was a member of the CHS staff. Eight Flagstaff Middle School teachers have won the Golden Bell Award, which is the highest commendation granted by the Arizona School Boards Association for innovative instruction.
Three principals have been selected by their peers as the best in the state and Flagstaff High School Principal Beverly Hurley was named the National Principal of the Year in 2000. Two textbooks developed by the founder of the district's peer counseling program are in great demand across the United States.
Flagstaff Unified School DIstrict is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 21
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