(Published on - 9/30/2021 3:54:20 PM)
A focus on educational success is a top priority in Flagstaff. A variety of schools in the area, from elementary to higher education, public and charter schools, offer many options for youth and families.
Northland Preparatory Academy
Northland Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free, nationally ranked public charter school in Flagstaff. The national ranking is based on the academic success of its students and preparation for college readiness. Academic rigor, delivered through over 12 Advanced Placement courses and seven dual enrollment courses, creates the initial foundational pillar of Northland Preparatory Academy’s academic excellence.
NPA students excel academically, socially, and emotionally, so that NPA Spartans don’t just get admitted to the colleges they covet, but thrive when they get there. The balance of the NPA foundation of success is the vibrant Arts Education programs, which animate the learning community and foster the creativity of our students enabling them to be well rounded.
The final pillar that stabilizes the school’s comprehensive college preparatory program is competitive and comprehensive high school and middle school athletic programs. The values instilled by participating in a competitive sport create the understanding of the need for teamwork, sacrifice and commitment to the greater good.
These three pillars of academics, arts & athletics make Northland Preparatory Academy the premiere choice for post-secondary success.
For more information, visit www.northlandprep.org .
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University, a high research university with a $500 million operating budget, 4,600 faculty and staff, and 31,000 students, maintains a national reputation for thriving in the changing world of higher education and for the high quality educational experience provided to all students. More than 23,000 students attend the Flagstaff campus, with more than 8,000 students enrolled online and at Extended Campus sites statewide.
The university is dedicated to the economic success of our region and our state. The Alliance Bank Economic Policy Institute economic impact study, estimates that NAU contributes more than $2.6 billion to Arizona’s economy each year. NAU’s big economic impact comes from more than 22,000 jobs supported by NAU throughout Arizona. It comes from the growing percentage of Arizona students who choose NAU for the education, and the increasing number of those Lumberjacks who live and work in Arizona after their graduation. NAU graduates are the heart of many Arizona businesses and communities.
NAU’s research remains strategic and focused in critical areas that align with great strengths and statewide needs. Complementing undergraduate and graduate education, research at NAU is integrated into our mission of providing a high quality education and service to the State. Northern Arizona University is recognized as one of the top 100 research universities without a medical school by the National Science Foundation and is ranked as 201 for all universities in the United States.
NAU focuses on building Arizona’s workforce, enhancing academic achievement, and creating new possibilities for students, the university and state. NAU stands on a strong foundation that allows to answer the challenges of a constantly changing landscape.
Because of Northern Arizona University’s rich educational contributions, Flagstaff is recognized as the third-best college town in the nation. The university is also a gateway to world-class attractions, outdoor adventure, Route 66 history and Native American Heritage and culture.
Flagstaff Unified School District
Flagstaff Unified School District has a long history of offering a well-rounded and rigorous educational experience for all students. Home to more than 9,600 students and 15 comprehensive school sites, the school district works to implement the best practices and innovative education techniques to meet the needs of students in Northern Arizona.
Students discover their path at the 15 comprehensive school sites that include three elementary magnet schools, four middle school academies and four high school academies. Students can also take advantage of Advanced Placement, technology and engineering, expeditionary/place based education and modern language while high school students have opportunities to take high school dual-enrollment classes for college credit, career and technical education, music, fine art, drama, foreign language and online courses. Middle school students enjoy a variety of elective classes, clubs, sports and after-school programs, multi-age classroom opportunities, artists in residence as well as intervention and enrichment opportunities for every student.
With high expectations, FUSD employs teachers, counselors, librarians, bus drivers, administrators and support staff to ensure students can focus on their education. FUSD is proud that collaboration has led to students consistently scoring above state and national averages on standardized achievement tests and dropout rates being lower than the state average.
Community support is vital to making education successful across the district every day. FUSD is grateful for the continuing support of Team FUSD, the community partners, families and students. Flagstaff is a special place because of the ongoing community support.
Coconino Community College
Coconino Community College has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County since 1991. The college’s goal is to improve the lives of residents through workforce development and higher education.
Coconino Community Collee provides affordable tuition and offers certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in academic and career fields. The CCC2 university mission eases student transition to any of the three state universities, with the award-winning CCC2 NAU advisors housed on the Coconino campus. The CCC2 work mission focuses on getting students the training and skills they need to step into the current job market. The CCC2 community mission stresses lifelong learning through credit and noncredit courses that enrich the lives of county residents, including summer art workshops, artist demonstrations at the Comet Art Gallery and career camps for children.
High school students in Coconino County are able to receive college credit, degree, and certificates even before graduating high school with CCC’s HS2CCC and concurrent enrollment programs. Additionally, Coconino partners with the Coconino Association for Vacations, Industry and Technology to prepare high school students step out of the classroom and into careers.
Coconino reaches out to the more rural portions of the County and Tribal Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person and Zoom video conferencing classes to meet the needs of students in rural and remote areas. Nearly 20 percent of students are Native American learners.
For more information about Coconino Community college, visit www.coconino.edu.
Opened in 2011 as a public charter school, BASIS Flagstaff provides a rigorous K-12 liberal arts curriculum. BASIS is built on the idea that children can achieve greatly when they are provided an opportunity to meet high expectations with effective and passionate instruction. BASIS has an engaged school community, and a strong academic support program that assists with long-term development of study skills. Students compete with the best educational systems and students from around the globe, and graduate prepared to excel in college and beyond.
U.S. News & World Report ranked BASIS as the No. 5 best public high school in the nation in its 2018 rankings. The classrooms are led by subject-expert teachers who are knowledgeable in their craft and discipline, and who inspire students to come to class every day eager to learn. Although the focus is on academics, BASIS offers a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs to support students in becoming well-rounded individuals. The school competes in the Arizona Interscholastic Association in basketball, chess, cross country, volleyball, golf, soccer, speech and debate, swim, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
For more information, visit www.basised.com/flagtaff.
*Destination Flagstaff @7000ft, a publication from the Flagstaff Chambeer of Commerce, 2019-2020 Official Relocation & Visitor's Guide. www.FlagstaffChamber.com