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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

58 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE education by Gremlyn Bradley- Waddell T he sun- drenched and sprawling campus of Arizona State University in Tempe consistently ranks as one of the largest educational institutions in the country. After all, a staggering total 67,082 students enrolled last fall. But it's not just the palm tree-studded main campus that attracts students of all ages. ASU's three smaller campuses — ASU West in northwest Phoenix, ASU Polytechnic in Mesa and the new Downtown Phoenix campus, the headquarters for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation, University College and the College of Public Programs — draw thousands every day as well. Expansion continues Like the main site, most of these satellites have a number of ongoing expansion projects sure to bolster ASU's growth and students' interest. And perhaps the most thrilling changes are happening in the capital city. " In August, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Commu-nication opened downtown, adding an estimated 1,400 students to the campus," said ASU spokesperson Julie Newberg. KAET- TV Channel 8, the local PBS affili-ate, will share the state- of- the- art building with the Cronkite School. Other ASU schools and colleges that have expanded to the campus include the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Barrett, The Honors College and the College of Teacher Education and Leadership. New student housing in Taylor Place also opened downtown this year with students moving into the first tower, which can accommodate 744 beds. A second tower will open this year with an additional 550 beds. Students who live and learn downtown are in an environment that offers numerous opportunities to become involved with the community. Student journalists are minutes away from major media outlets where they can get hands- on experience through internships. Nursing students, who will also benefit from a second nursing building currently under construction, are close to a variety of hospitals. God medicine What's more, the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, in partnership with Arizona State University, is located downtown and is continuing to grow. The first class of 24 students began classes in August 2007 and there are now 48 more student who began courses in August 2008. " The students have already become involved in the community and are well on their way to helping address the shortage of physicians in Arizona," said Al Bravo, the new medical school's spokesman. The medical school is part of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which include ASU's Department of Biomedical Informatics ( and part of the School of Computing and Informatics in the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education • 602- 258- 2435 • www. azhighered. org Arizona State University • www. asu. edu • Tempe: 480- 965- 9011 • Polytechnic- Mesa: 480- 727- 3278 • West Campus- NW Phoenix: 602- 543- 5500 • Downtown Phoenix Campus: 602- 496- 4636 Grand Canyon University • 877- 860- 3951 • www. gcu. edu Maricopa Community Colleges • 480- 731- 8333 • www. maricopa. edu Northern Arizona University • 928- 523- 5511 • www. nau. edu Midwestern University • 623- 572- 3215 • www. midwestern. edu/ glendale Rio Salado College • 480- 517- 8000 • www. riosalado. edu Thunderbird– The Garvin School of International Management • 602- 978- 7000 • www. thunderbird. edu University of Arizona • 520- 621- 2211 • www. arizona. edu University of Phoenix • 866- 766- 0766 • www. phoenix. edu COLLEGE RESOURCE GUIDE Higher Education Arizona State University leads the way with new curriculum, campuses photo: The arizona republic