Opinion: One size does not fit all when comes to a child’s education

The Scottsdale Unified School District recognizes when it comes to educating and meeting your child’s needs, one size does not fit all and yet we welcome all.

Dr. David Peterson

Dr. David Peterson

SUSD teachers and administrators pride themselves on providing a well-rounded education with the appropriate rigor and supports for its diverse student population.

Our staff collaborate to offer students opportunities to expand their intellect and challenge themselves as they work to prepare for college and the global marketplace.
SUSD schools offer a wide range of rigorous core and elective courses, five world language offerings including Mandarin and Japanese, programs for students identified as gifted, STEM programs, technology-rich classrooms, an elementary Spanish immersion school, exceptional extracurricular opportunities and comprehensive K-12 fine arts programs including band and strings for students as young as fourth grade.

High school students have an opportunity to choose from Advance Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Program, Dual Enrollment Courses as well as award-winning Career and Technical Education. CTE builds a path for students to gain experience and knowledge in multiple industries including engineering, Biotechnology, computer programming, multimedia production, graphic design and computer repair.

The rigorous nature of AP, IB and Dual Enrollment courses are widely recognized by many colleges and universities and afford SUSD students opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.

Additionally, SUSD offers eLearning programs, an online high school and Coronado High School offers an early college-career program. The district has a 90 percent graduation rate, 99 percent of SUSD teachers are highly qualified and appropriately certified, and the class of 2015 earned $57.3 million in scholarships.

SUSD applauds those students interested in the arts and offers a variety of programs from choir, dance, theatre, orchestra and band, graphic arts and sculpture to fashion. Last year, the Desert Mountain High School band and orchestra students were invited to perform in England and France. This year, the Desert Mountain High School band will perform in the Thanksgiving Day Disneyland Parade and the Saguaro band will perform in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.

Additionally, during 2015, SUSD students were recognized for numerous art and theatre awards and participated in events throughout the United States.
Athletes have an array of choices within SUSD as well. All SUSD middle schools offer sports programs. Additionally, last year, approximately 60 SUSD high-school athletes were offered scholarships to various universities across the United States affording them the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level.

The wide variety of courses and extracurricular opportunities available to all SUSD students lead to success from prekindergarten to high school and beyond. We invite all families interested in learning more about SUSD schools to schedule school tours or attend our upcoming programs.

School tour requests are available online and are submitted directly to individual schools. Upcoming programs include a Strategic Languages for Career Success event and International Baccalaureate Information night on Nov. 3rd and a Selective College Admissions Panel hosted by SUSD alumni college interviewers on Nov. 19th. Information for the events can be found on our website: www.susd.org.

Families interested in open-enrolling their students at SUSD schools are invited to apply for open enrollment at http://openenrollment.susd.org. The priority period for SUSD Open Enrollment begins Nov. 2 and will continue until Dec. 15.

A strong public education system is the backbone of our community. At SUSD we recognize that students have a variety of learning styles, extracurricular interests and career aspirations. Our success rests squarely upon our outstanding students, dedicated staff and you. We thank you for your support and encourage you to visit our schools.

Editor’s note: Dr. Peterson is the superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District

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