Schools / Education


Casa Grande Elementary School District 

          The Casa Grande Elementary School District, located in Casa Grande, is very proud of the 8,000 students and staff in our schools. The District has been recognized over the years with various awards and other recognition, including the Arizona Reading Association’s Literacy and Silvaroli Awards, the Council of Administrators of Special Education’s Laura Ganoung Award, the Council of Exceptional Children’s Teacher of the Year Award, the Arizona School Administrators’ Superintendent of the Year Award, The Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Superintendent of the Year Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.  The District has been recognized by the Rodel Foundation for its success in improving academic achievement.  Also, the District’s performance-based employee compensation plan has been recognized in a feature article in the Arizona Republic by the Rodel Foundation.

          In July 2002, a School-Community Task Force recommended the adoption of a new mission for the district. “Success for Every One – The Responsibility is Yours and Mine” guides and focuses all that the District does. This mission, along with a commitment to an eight-step continuous improvement process, has helped to bring about significant gains in academic achievement for students at all performance levels.  The District has significantly increased investments in staff training, curriculum development, and student assessment that have helped to produce significant improvements in student learning as well.         

The schools in the Casa Grande Elementary School District provide instruction in a core curriculum including reading and the language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Other subjects include vocal and instrumental music, visual and performing arts, health and physical education, dance, Spanish, chess, mock trial, and technology.

The District strives to work hand-in-hand with parents to provide high-quality learning experiences and excellence in academic achievement to every student. Each year the District surveys parents to invite them to provide feedback on the schools and to offer recommendations for improvement. Parents are also provided the opportunity to grade their child’s school. In 2004-05, over 95% of parents gave schools a grade of an “A” or “B” ~ the highest ratings ever.

          The Casa Grande Elementary School District operates eight elementary schools (Cottonwood, Desert Willow, Evergreen, Palo Verde, Saguaro, Cholla, Ironwood, Mesquite), two middle schools (Casa Grande Middle School and Cactus Middle School), and one alternative school. In 2007, the District will open Villago Middle School in the Villago Master Planned Community and a new elementary school in McCartney Ranch. For further information about the Casa Grande Elementary School District contact the District office at (520) 836-2111, or visit

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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School

          St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School is a God-inspired, educational community committed to educating the whole child by integrating the Catholic faith with all academic, athletic, artistic, and social activities. The Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, founded the school 55 years ago. In the fall of 2002, the school dedicated the Tracy Dugan Learning Center. It houses a library, tutoring rooms, a conference room and a computer lab.

          The school, with more than 300 students and a staff of over 40, is located at 501 E. Second Street, east of the St. Vincent de Paul building. Classes range from preschool through eighth grade and the school hosts hot lunch and after-school programs. Students graduating from eighth grade meet the student learning expectations of being people of faith, academically prepared students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.

          The school offers a Fine Arts Elective Program to fifth through eighth graders, as well as, band and curriculum enrichment.  Students wear uniforms.

          The school received a six-year accreditation, the longest that is given, from the Western Catholic Education Association. North Central Accreditation also recognizes this rating.

          Priority admission is given to those families with children currently attending the school, next to contributing parishioners, and then to the general public. For more information, call (520) 836-7247 or visit


Casa Grande Union High School

          The Casa Grande Union High School District serves the educational communities of Casa Grande, Arizona City, Stanfield, and Sacaton. The district comprises 1,280 square miles and provides instruction in three programs located at two campuses.

          In the fall of 1997, a new 2,800-student high school opened offering a traditional, comprehensive high-school program developed into smaller learning communities to better serve students as individuals. A wide range of subjects including a college-preparatory program, special and gifted education, college level course, and an award winning career and technical education program are provided for students at the main campus. The school is modern, has over 900 computers for student use and features a unique Learning Tutorial Center for student assistance. The high school is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Association and is ranked in the 5A class and also boasts a comprehensive extra and co-curricular program. Plans to build an additional high school are on the drawing board targeting an opening in the 2009-10 school year. Casa Grande Union High School is a “Performing Plus” school and has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress through NCLB.  For more information, call (520) 316-3332, or visit the CGUHS District website,

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Casa Verde High School

          Beginning in 2001, operating through the Casa Grande Union High School District, Casa Verde High School opened as a charter school with classes held during the day. The school provides a smaller learning environment integrating a block schedule on a trimester format around a career pathway curriculum. Three career pathways are offered: Health and Human Services; Tourism, Recreation and Transportation; and, Law, Global Affairs and Public Service.  Most students culminate their school experience by taking part in an externship program that offers the opportunity to extend classroom learning into the community businesses.  Casa Verde is a “Performing Plus” school and has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress through NCLB.

For additional information call (520) 876-0661 or email:

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Desert Winds High School

This alternative high school evening program is offered by Casa Grande Union High School District and located at the District Office campus.  Desert Winds serves approximately 300 students in an intervention and retention model that assists students with academic or social issues preventing success.  There is a strong parent involvement component to this open enrollment program.  The school has high academic focus, small classes and an individual approach to teaching and learning. We offer transportation to all outlying areas of Sacaton, Stanfield, Maricopa, Toltec, Eloy, Arizona City and Casa Grande. Desert Winds is a “Performing” school.  For additional information, contact the Desert Winds High School office at (520) 316-3361 or visit


Casa Grande 2000: Community Alliance for Education

In 1992, the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, with support of the city, students, parents, educators and business leaders, created a community-wide forum: Casa Grande 2000. Casa Grande 2000: Community Alliance for Education is a volunteer, non-profit, community organization dedicated to promoting and improving the quality of education and life in the greater Casa Grande area by accomplishing established educational goals. The organization's current focus is the reduction of violence and substance abuse and increasing the graduation rate. Two action groups provide volunteers with the opportunity to develop and implement plans that address these concerns. In addition, Casa Grande 2000 serves as an umbrella group providing coordination with a number of other local organizations including the Educational Partners of Casa Grande, the Alliance of Business and Education, and Citizens for Quality Education.  For more information on Casa Grande 2000 contact Frank Davidson, President, at (520) 836-2111.

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Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT)    

          CAVIT is a technology district comprised of the Casa Grande Union High School, Santa Cruz Valley Union High School (Eloy), Coolidge, Florence and Maricopa Unified High School Districts. The goal of CAVIT is to gain efficiency and improve technology education by sharing resources to prepare students for the workforce. For additional information call (520) 423-1944, e-mail: or visit the website at


Pinnacle High School

          This high school serves students ages 14-21 in a learner-centered, self-paced environment. For additional information on Pinnacle High School call (520) 423-2380.

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Central Arizona College

Central Arizona College is the community college of Pinal County and offers more than 50 university transfer programs and nearly 90 occupational and technical degrees and certificates. It was named as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation in 2005.

          Occupational and technical programs are designed to fit the current and future needs of industry. The general education courses required for the university programs will transfer to Arizona’s three state universities without loss of credit.

          The Pinal Community College District was formed in 1961. The district’s first campus, Signal Peak Campus between Coolidge and Casa Grande, opened in 1969. The college has additional campuses near Apache Junction and Winkelman and education centers in Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence, Johnson Ranch and Maricopa. In February 2007, the college is expected to open the Central Arizona Corporate Training Institute, off of I-10 and Florence Boulevard.

          Central was the first Arizona college accepted into the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program, an alternative accreditation process, through the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission.

          Central provides instruction in a variety of learning modalities, including interactive television and the Internet. Free support services include personal and group tutoring, computer labs, workshops, assistance for people with disabilities, career counseling and personal academic advising.

The college offers a variety of community education courses and customized training for area business and industry.

          The two-story, 36,000-square-foot Gloria R. Sheldon University Center provides facilities for universities to offer upper division classes on the Signal Peak Campus. The classes could then be broadcast around the county through Central’s interactive television network. For more information about Central, please call 520-494-5444 or visit

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Learning Adventures, Inc.

Learning Adventures, Inc. provides healthy, uplifting, educational opportunities for children and adults. Adventuring groups (i.e., sailing, camping, hiking, photography) are custom designed. Educational services include educational evaluations, counseling, mentoring, and life coaching. Classes include science and social studies exploration, karate and tai chi. Trainings for school districts, agencies, and businesses are developed by request. For more information call    520-705-6696 or visit

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Sylvan Learning Center

          Whether your child needs help with one subject or in school overall, Sylvan’s expert tutors are here to help. Our highly trained and certified tutors have been giving children individualized help to catch up, keep up or get ahead in school.

            Only Sylvan provides the quality and breadth of tutoring services to inspire confidence in all students, pre-K through 12th grade. Our tutors help children succeed in all levels of math, writing, reading, homework help, study skills, state test preparation, SAT® /ACTTM test preparation and more. For more information, about Casa Grande’s own Sylvan Learning Center, call (520) 836-2700 or email


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Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

575 N. Marshall Street, Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
(520) 836-2125     (800) 916-1515     Fax: (520) 836-6233