Local Business Spotlight: Schools

Modern education in Greater Prescott has come a long way since its first school was built in 1867 on what is now the campus of Prescott Mile High Middle School — a replica of the log cabin is two blocks away on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum.

Today the area has a broad spectrum of educational options for its residents, starting with the public, charter, and private schools for children and teenagers throughout the region. College prep, career-technical and religious instruction operate side by side to provide a multi-dimensional foundation for our youth.

Trade schools, colleges, and universities here offer on-ramps to life within our community and beyond. People learn how to cut hair, build rockets, nurse patients, write poems.

Just as importantly, our local schools bring the community together. Parents and guardians collaborate with each other through PTOs and sports leagues. Students of all ages donate their time to causes large and small, learning about themselves as well as their neighbors and their environment.

Local schools are what make us a locality with an identity and a future and places for lifelong learning we all benefit from.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

With roots dating back to 1926, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace education. Its mission is to teach the science, practice, and business of these fields, preparing students for productive careers and leadership roles in business, government agencies and the military. The Prescott campus offers 25 undergraduate degree programs and three graduate programs. The campus’ 3,000+ students come from 49 states and 45 countries.

Embry-Riddle students benefit from small class sizes and hands-on learning, taught by faculty with real-world experience in industry. US News & World Report has once again ranked its undergraduate Aerospace Engineering program #1 in the nation, and its student flight team are 13-time national champions. Each year, more than 150 companies visit the campus to recruit students.

Free campus tours are offered throughout the year. Call or email to reserve your spot!

Contact Information:
3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott

Northern Arizona University – Prescott Campus & PV Campus

NAU’s campuses in Prescott and Prescott Valley are among NAU’s many statewide locations throughout Arizona. Learn close to home while accessing the same high-quality education, faculty mentorship, and student-centered experience that NAU has cultivated for more than 100 years — and earn the same nationally renowned, fully accredited degree when you graduate.

These campuses are a part of the innovative NAU-Yavapai partnership created between Yavapai College and NAU. With NAU offering baccalaureate degrees in our local communities, it provides everyone with access to a variety of higher education opportunities. The partnership is a cost-effective option that aims to serve students with varied goals and interests.

Contact Information:
Northern Arizona University – Prescott Campus
1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott

Northern Arizona University – Prescott Valley Campus
7351 Skoog Blvd., Prescott Valley

Yavapai College
Yavapai College serves the residents of Yavapai County by providing educational, economic development, and cultural enrichment opportunities and resources at six campuses and centers throughout Yavapai County. YC has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to obtain a degree or certificate, enter the workforce quickly, or transfer to a four-year university, YC offers dozens of degree and certificate options that are both accessible and affordable. State-of-the-art programs are offered in the areas of art and humanities, business and computer systems, social sciences, health and wellness, career and technical education, and science and engineering.

In addition, YC offers robust lifelong learning and community education programs for adult learners. The College also sponsors extensive cultural enrichment opportunities through arts, athletics, and community engagement activities.

Contact Information:
1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott

Prescott Unified School District

Prescott Unified School District is a learning community built on a foundation of excellence that is more than a century old. PUSD provides the skills that every child will need to become a strong citizen, valued employee, entrepreneur, or leader of tomorrow.

PUSD offers standards-based instruction in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health & physical education, foreign language, fine arts, music, and computer literacy. PUSD teachers work hard to align the curriculum to the Arizona Academic Standards and offer effective instruction for each student. Every year, committees of teachers from kindergarten through high school review and update the scope and sequence of a specific subject-area curriculum, verifying that state standards, concepts, and objectives are taught throughout the grade levels. Proud to be a “Kids at Hope” district, they believe that every child, every day, matters.

Contact Information:
300 E. Gurley St.
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 445-5400

BASIS Prescott

BASIS Prescott offers K–12 students a globally competitive education—tuition-free. The accelerated, STEM-infused liberal-arts curriculum drives innovation and prepares students to reach their goals in college and beyond. Hard-working students thrive in a culture of excellence.

Students learn from expert teachers, many with advanced degrees and practical experience in their field. Comprehensive support in the K–4 co-teaching model builds confidence and guides students toward accountability and autonomy. Students learn to think critically and creatively, drawing interdisciplinary connections and inspiring a love for learning.

BASIS Prescott students enjoy a diverse range of extracurricular activities and sports, from drama club, Kenpo, and disc golf to competitive middle school and varsity sports such as mountain biking, volleyball, golf, and cross country.

Did you know? The average scholarship award earned per 2021 BASIS Charter Schools graduate was $114,962 (Naviance, 2021).

Contact Information:
1901 Prescott Lakes Parkway,
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 277 0334

Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy

Northpoint Academy is a school designed for any and all students who want to be fully engaged in their learning. Northpoint uses the Expeditionary Learning framework, which focuses on learning that is relevant, interesting, hands-on, and rigorous. Northpoint is a college preparatory middle school and high school, which means that all graduates will be fully prepared to be successful in college. Students are encouraged to take four years of math, science, language arts, and social studies along with two years of a foreign language and fine arts. All students are required to complete state minimum requirements for graduation. Additionally, many students graduate with college credits and certification. The graduation requirements align with state and national college requirements.

Contact Information:
551 1st St., Prescott

Trinity Christian School

Trinity Christian School is a growing school! In the 19th year of operation, this K-12 classical Christian school expanded this fall with the opening of its new campus in the Deep Well Ranch area on the north end of Prescott. With plans for 7 buildings, the first two buildings are now home to the growing population of 7th-12th grade students.

Trinity’s Christ-centered classical education prepares children for life rather than just preparing them for college or a job. Trinity teaches students how to think rather than merely what to think. We are committed to seeking wisdom, cultivating virtue, and inspiring service in the life of every student. We strive for academic excellence, maintaining biblical standards of mentorship and teaching as we walk alongside parents in the growth and development of their children in a genuine partnership.

Trinity is fully accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International and Cognia.

Contact Information:
1212 Warrior Way,
Prescott, Az 86305

Tri-City College Prep High/Middle School

Tri-City College Prep High/Middle School (TCP) is a school dedicated to keeping standards high and helping students reach them.

To be considered a college preparatory school TCP must meet certain guidelines which means courses require a lot of motivation and therefore are not for everyone. TCP has highly qualified teachers who are prepared to help anyone succeed who has the motivation and ambition to tackle such a challenge.

TCP has earned a reputation of being one of the top schools in Arizona and the nation. TCP graduates have gone on to colleges around the world including Ivy League. Rebekah Francis reported, “The ambitious standards at Tri-City have taught me to be more efficient and have challenged me to work harder than ever before in my academic career.”

TCP offers dual high school/college credit and operates a variety of clubs, six honor societies including HNS and NJHS, seven sports, college classes from Yavapai College, academic competition, award winning music programs and student government.

Contact Information:
5522 Side Road,
Prescott, AZ 86301

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sacred Heart is a true community which has a long history in Prescott. Established in 1878 with the opening of the Little Pioneer School by the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondolet, it later became St. Joseph’s Academy, and finally Sacred Heart Catholic School in 1956. Sacred Heart provides a broad and relevant curriculum that is based on its mission, philosophy and Schoolwide Learning Expectations.

Contact Information:
Sacred Heart Catholic School
131 N. Summit Ave.,
Prescott, AZ 86301

Humboldt Unified School District

The Humboldt Unified School District #22 covers approximately 320 square miles including; Humboldt, Dewey, Prescott Country Club, Rafter Eleven, Prescott Valley, Lynx Lake Estates, Castle Canyon Mesa, Northridge Park, Shadow Mountain Ranch, Coyote Springs, part of Lynx Estates, and Flower Pot Ranch East of Highway 117.

HUSD consists of one high school, two middle schools, one K-8 school, five K-6 schools, and one preschool, serving approximately 5,800 students.

HUSD’s shared purpose is:

  • To educate our students with rigor, dedication, depth, and the application of innovative technology.
  • To involve our students, along with their parents and community, in a cooperative vision of education as a key to responsible and productive citizenship.
  • To prepare our students – to meet the events of their lives with knowledge, insight, and perseverance.
  • To inspire our students – to believe that, with hard work, they can achieve great things in whatever career they choose, and thus help to make a better world.

Contact Information:
6411 N. Robert Road,
Prescott Valley

Yavapai Accommodation School District #99

This school district offers a unique format in which students learn through both online learning and in a traditional classroom setting. The goal is to provide each student with an individualized education that is unique to their current needs and high school completion.

They provide students with a blended-learning approach in the classroom in which students receive a combination of highly qualified teachers and technology-based instruction. Students are provided online content as well as traditional classroom instruction. This student-centered environment gives students the ability to work at their own pace at their own level.

The district’s goal is to take each student’s placement and center their educational plan on their individual needs. Its staff helps students recover credits, get back on an attainable educational track, and meet their goal of obtaining a high school diploma. In addition, they offer speech, behavioral and special education services.

Most importantly, the district is committed to ensuring students know that they are valued.

Contact Information:
2972 Centerpointe E Dr,

Chino Valley Unified School District

The mission of the district is to respond innovatively to the learning needs of students, families, staff, and community. The district focuses on its vision of Innovate, Connect and Educate. As part of that focus, it graduates students who have the knowledge, skills and personal characteristics to become productive United States citizens and conscientious members of our global community.

The beliefs of the district are outlined below.


Each student is unique and we will educate every student in cooperation with parents so as to ensure each student is academically and socially prepared to be a productive citizen in our society.


Teachers with high expectations are the foundation of a strong educational system. As a component of high expectations, teachers will serve as a positive role model and will actively seek parental support.


As the instructional leader the principal creates a positive learning environment and maintains high expectations for students and staff members.

Contact Information:
650 E. Center St.,
Chino Valley

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