Students are College and Career Ready in Casa Grande Union High School District

by Dr. Steve Bebee, Superintendent, Casa Grande Union High School District

Founded in 1920, the Casa Grande Union High School District (CGUHSD), presently encompasses 1,250 square miles. Currently, approximately 3,650 students are enrolled in the district.

CGUHSD has two comprehensive high schools with a third campus serving as a credit recovery program for both campuses. CGUHSD receives students from:

  • Casa Grande Elementary School District
  • Stanfield Elementary School District
  • Toltec Elementary School District
  • St. Anthony of Padua
  • Sacaton Public Schools

As a district, we are very proud of the rich traditions established at both of our schools and the opportunities living in a small-town community provide to all students. In CGUHSD, we are focused on preparing our students for both college and career as they graduate high school and move on into our community, our state and our nation.

CGUHSD has a variety of academic offerings to prepare our students for whatever path they choose beyond their time with us. In the core classes of math, English, science and social studies we also offer honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment courses to provide the appropriate level of rigor for career preparation beyond high school. We offer a variety of elective classes including career and technical education, fine arts, JROTC, physical education and world languages providing a well-rounded education.

We are also very proud of the partnership we have with Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT). This partnership offers opportunities for our students to both receive and become certified in industry level standards and skills in a variety of courses, providing students real world experiences.

In CGUHSD, we understand the importance of the information age and 21st century skills for our students. We are a 1:1 district and all students are issued a laptop device for their personal use for the school year. We also understand the importance of educating the whole child, and we encourage students to plug in and find a way to get more involved in their school.

Our schools offer a variety of both athletic and extracurricular opportunities for student interests and desires. Both schools are members of the Arizona Athletic Association in the 4A Division and members of the Kino Region. These extracurricular opportunities complete the high school experience for our students and become lifetime memories.

In CGUHSD, we strive to inspire excellence by providing globally competitive educational and career opportunities for all students. Our teaching staff meets regularly in Professional Learning Communities to ensure that all learning needs are being met. We focus on:

  • increased student engagement through highly effective instructional strategies
  • integrated technology in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning
  • workforce development by advancing the workforce of tomorrow

As a district we encourage personal learning because we know every student is unique and deserves the power to shape his or her personal path toward success.