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 928.329.2245.
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
SOMERTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT #11, (Somerton), 928.341.6000
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.
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.
ANTELOPE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT #50 (Wellton), 928.785.4041
HYDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT #16 (Dateland), 928.454.2242
MOHAWK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT #17 (Roll), 928.785.4942
WELLTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT #24 (Wellton), 928.785.3311
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 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.
ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE, 928.317.6000 or 888.293.0392, www.azwestern.edu
Students can continue their educations here by transferring to NAU-Yuma, where they can choose from more than 20 baccalaureate degree programs, eight masters' programs, and one doctoral program in educational leadership. NAU-Yuma also offers post-degree certification in elementary and secondary education, bilingual-multicultural education, English as a second language, special education, middle-level learning, foreign language endorsements and administrative certification.
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY-YUMA, 928.317.6400, www.nau.edu/nauyuma
The University Of Arizona also has a presence here through a cooperative program with AWC and NAU, offering a bachelor's in agricultural systems management.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA-YUMA, 928.317.6418
Higher 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.
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX YUMA, 928.341.0133