Education


PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

Arizona has a high regard for local control in public education, which has resulted in separate administration of elementary and high school districts. Other educational alternatives include public charter schools and a variety of private and parochial schools, or parents may home school their children in accordance with state law. For more information, contact the Yuma County School Superintendent at (928) 373-1006.

Yuma and south county

Students from the Yuma metro area school districts, Crane Elementary School District and Yuma School District One, and south county students from Somerton Elementary School District and Gadsden Elementary School District all attend Yuma Union High School District schools after eighth grade.

  • CRANE SCHOOL DISTRICT (928-373-3400) was established in 1899 as Yuma's first school district and continues the pioneering spirit of its motto, "Crane Schools, Leaders in Learning." Crane is a K-8 school district serving more than 6,300 students through the combined efforts of more than 600 employees. Crane's goal is that at least 90 percent of its students meet or exceed state standards in reading, writing and math.

  • YUMA SCHOOL DISTRICT ONE (928-502-4300) One Community Pursuing Excellence is the compelling vision of its 13 elementary schools and five middle schools. District One's mission is to ensure a comprehensive education for our students through relevant, rigorous curriculum and instructional excellence.

  • GADSDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT #32 (San Luis), 928-627-6540, includes six elementary schools, a middle school and a junior high that aims to go "from the Wild West to the nation's best." The Gadsden Elementary School District Marching Band is known throughout the region - and even the world. 

  • SOMERTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT #11, (Somerton), 928-341-6000, is a K-8 school district in the southwest corner of Arizona that includes three elementary schools, one early childhood learning center and one middle school.

  • YUMA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 70 (928-502-4600) serves a total student population of 11,000. It covers western Yuma County from the Gila Mountains to California and south to the international border. Schools include Cibola High School, Gila Ridge High School, Kofa High School, San Luis High School, Vista Alternative High School and Yuma High School.

East county schools

The Antelope Union High School District covers the remainder of Yuma County, from the Gila Mountains east to the county line. Students from the Hyder, Mohawk Valley and Wellton elementary school districts attend Antelope High School after eighth grade.

Higher Education

Yuma offers a variety of opportunities for higher education within the local community, including a public two-year community college, a university branch campus and other programs.

ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE
(928) 317-6000 or 888-293-0392

Arizona Western College shares a campus and other resources with Northern Arizona University-Yuma in the peaceful setting of the Gila Valley. With 391 full-time faculty and staff guiding an enrollment of 12,000, AWC is a public two-year community college accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. AWC offers course work for 29 transfer programs, 32 occupational degree programs, one general studies degree (11 areas), three Arizona general education curriculum certificates, 57 occupational certificates, and a variety of life-long learning opportunities. Beginning in 2015, AWC is partnering with Arizona State University to offer several new degree programs in Yuma.
      
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY YUMA
(928) 317-6400

The NAU Yuma Branch Campus, in partnership with AWC, serves the third largest metropolitan area in Arizona. Located on AWC, NAU Yuma is a thriving center for education with a 26-year history in the Yuma community.  NAU Yuma provides an affordable, quality college education offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including 54 bachelors, 33 masters, and 21 certificate programs. There are 106 fully online and ten traditional classroom undergrad/graduate programs offered to students in Yuma. Its branch campus designation permits Yuma campus administration and faculty to create additional degree programs to meet the needs of the local community as well as the growing demands of the regional job market.  NAU Yuma Branch Campus is a Hispanic Serving Institution.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA-YUMA
(928) 271-9590

The University Of Arizona also has a presence here through a cooperative program with AWC and NAU, offering several degrees in agricultural sciences and engineering.

UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX YUMA
(928) 341-0133Higher educational opportunities also are available through enrollment at the Yuma campus of the University Of Phoenix. Its innovative programs make it possible to earn bachelor's or master's degrees with schedules designed to fit student needs, learning from instructors who work in the fields they teach.


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