Peoria Unified School District

Every Student, Every Day, Prepared to Shape Tomorrow

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  •  Cactus High School is A Rated!

    Cactus High School Reclassified as an "A" School

    Cactus High School has received an “A” Label! We are thrilled to share the State Board of Education accepted and approved an appeal of our schools’ letter grade and Cactus High School has been reclassified as an “A” school!

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  •  Superintendent Search Update

    Welcome Our New Superintendent

    On November 29, the Peoria Unified Governing Board voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Kenneth Christopher (KC) Somers to serve as the district’s next superintendent, pending the result of successful contract negotiations and background check. The Board is expected to officially approve him as superintendent at a future meeting

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  •  Liberty High School Open Division State Champions

    Peoria Unified Celebrates an Open Division State Champion & State Runners-Up

    Congratulations to Liberty High School, the varsity football 2023 Open Division State Champions & Centennial High School, the State Runners Up. The west side represented at the state & national level & we could not be more proud!

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  •  Blurred image of SRO in hallway with HS students. Text: Safety in Peoria Unified

    We Never Stop Thinking About Safety

    Whether you are enrolling a new kindergartener or you’ve been a part of our Peoria Unified family for a while, we want you to know the number one thing we are focused on is school safety. Safe and Welcoming Schools is a key focus in our Strategic Plan and as a dedicated member of this community, you should know exactly what that means to us. We understand that the thought of a school crisis is scary, but we want to give you peace of mind should the unthinkable happen.

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    Start Strong With Peoria Unified!

    Our experienced educators are committed to providing your child with a safe, welcoming environment and giving them the tools they need to thrive. We offer a full, free day of kindergarten so your student can experience a day in the life at one of our top ranked schools! Invest your child's educational success by securing their kindergarten spot.

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  •  Female Sunrise Mountain graduate smiles at the camera

    Peoria Unified Grads Break Records

    The Peoria Unified School District is proudly celebrating the class of 2023 for securing nearly $78 million in scholarships to post-secondary institutions, increasing last year’s record scholarships by $4.97 million.

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  •  Female student works with clay on a pottery wheel

    70 Peoria Unified Students Earn Arizona State Art Proficiency Seal

    The Peoria Unified Arts Education Department is proud to announce that 70 students have earned the prestigious Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency in the 2022-23 school year. 

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  •  37 Schools Labeled A or B Graphic

    Peoria Unified Schools Show Growth With Latest Letter Grades

    The Arizona State Board of Education recently released A-F letter grades and 37 of our schools received an “A” or “B” label, showing excellent growth with 10 schools moving up one letter grade. See the full list of letter grades on our website at

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  •  Graphic of bee on a microphone with text: 2023 Peoria Unified District Spelling Bee.

    2023 District Spelling Bee

    The 2023 Peoria Unified School District Spelling Bee is on Friday, January 27 at 9 a.m. Watch live or on-demand as the best spellers from each of our elementary schools compete to become the 2023 champion.

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  •  City of Peoria Mayor poses for a photograph with Peoria Unified students

    Peoria Unified Students recognized by City of Peoria Mayor and Council Young Artists Program

    The City of Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and City Council recently celebrated 26 young artists from the Peoria Unified School District, spanning kindergarten to eighth grade, who participated in the 12th exhibition of the Mayor and Council’s Young Artists Program.

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  •  Peoria Unified Leadership poses for a photograph

    Preschool Program Earns First-Place Award in Golden Bell Promise Program

    Peoria Unified’s partnership with Glendale Community College (GCC), offering a Preschool program as a part of their Early Childhood Education (ECE) Lab received a first-place award in the collaboration category for the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) Golden Bell Promise Program. The preschool team was recognized at the 64th Annual Arizona School Boards Association – Arizona School Administrator Annual Conference on December 16, 2021 for this prestigious award.

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        FY2022/2023 Average Salary: $56,511
        Percentage Increase Between FY2021-22 and FY2022-23: 7.5%
        FY2023/2024 Average Salary: $60,493
        Percentage Increase Between FY2022-23 and FY2023-24: 7.0%

      Peoria Unified - Your District of Choice

      • Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.” #PeoriaUnifiedPride