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56 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE education and schools. Throughout their education, students are tested in writing, reading, math and science, and must pass the first three portions to graduate. Arizona's Department of Education also has a program in more than 600 of its schools focused on character educa-tion. The program was formed to help students develop positive character traits as part of their education. The goal is to have the program in all Arizona schools by 2010. " We teach the universal values of trust, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizen-ship," Horne said. " It is taught explicitly and across the curriculum. When kids focus on the elements of character and respect, it has a lot of good benefits." Meeting expectations For Heather Browning, a move in March from Florida to Scottsdale had her anxious about Arizona's schools. She previously enrolled her son, Avery, into private schools and was weary about shifting the 12 year old into the state's educational system. But Browning said she felt relieved after learning more about her son's future school, Ingleside Middle School in the Scottsdale Unified School District. The school is a top- performing school and she said students there looked genuinely happy. " The fact that I'm moving my son into a public school is amazing," Browning said. " I feel very positive about the academics." " We teach the universal values of trust, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship." — Tom Horne, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Seniors at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix gather one last time.

2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 57 education Agua Fria Union High School District Millennium High School Buckeye Union High School District Estrella Foothills High School Cave Creek Unified School District Cactus Shadows High School Chandler Unified District Basha High School Chandler High School Hamilton High School Perry High School Deer Valley Unified District Boulder Creek High School Mountain Ridge High School Sandra Day O'Connor High School Fountain Hills Unified School District Fountain Hills High School Gilbert Unified District Desert Ridge High School Gilbert High School Highland High School Mesquite High School Glendale Union High School District Apollo High School Cortez High School Greenway High School Moon Valley High School Sunnyslope High School Thunderbird High School Washington High School Higley Unified School District Higley High School Mesa Unified District Dobson High School Mesa High School Mountain View High School Red Mountain High School Paradise Valley Unified School District Horizon High School Pinnacle High School Shadow Mountain High School Peoria Unified School District Cactus High School Centennial High School Ironwood High School Liberty High School Sunrise Mountain High School Phoenix Union High School District Phoenix Union Bioscience High School Scottsdale Unified School District Arcadia High School Chaparral High School Desert Mountain High School Saguaro High School Tempe Union High School District Corona Del Sol High School Desert Vista High School McClintock High School Mountain Pointe High School Charter High Schools Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. ( Red Mountain) Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. ( Paradise Valley) Arizona School for the Arts BASIS School ( Scottsdale) Great Hearts Academies – Chandler Prep Great Hearts Academies – Veritas Prep Foothills Academy Heritage Academy Horizon Community Learning Center Leading Edge Academy High School New School for the Arts Tempe Preparatory Academy — Kelly Carr Best Perfo rming Valley High Schools Each year as part of Arizona's AZ Learns program, schools receive a label ranging from excelling to failing to meet standards. Schools that are excelling have exceeded the state's academic standards. All Valley high schools listed below received an excelling label for the 2007- 2008 school year. photoS: The arizona republic Happy Chandler High School graduates. QualityLiberalArts Programming forAdults ProgramsforWorkingAdults Evenings, Weekends orOnline Formoreinformation, contact: OfficeofAdmissions UniversityoftheIncarnateWord Goodyear, Arizona Phone:( 623) 523- 1721 Website: www. arizona. uiw. edu E- mail: swatzell@ uiwtx. edu