What is High School like at PDSD?
Course offerings cover the mandated requirements by the State of Arizona for a high school diploma. Students access their education directly from certified teachers of the Deaf. Portfolios are used extensively throughout a student’s educational experience to preserve and showcase achievements and progress.
PDSD is a North Central Accredited school, which means colleges and universities throughout the country accept a transcript from PDSD. North Central Accreditation also enables PDSD to be a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), competing state wide with other AIA sanctioned schools. The following sports are offered to ALL high school students: football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball. PDSD athletes have the unique opportunity to compete annually in two outstanding deaf tournaments, such as the Clerc Tournament, the Western States Basketball classic (WSBC), National Deaf Wrestling Championship, the Annual Spike-Out and the Hoy Baseball Tournament. Additionally, the high school at PDSD has fielded an Academic Team since 1997. Competition is hosted by Gallaudet University, and the students have the opportunity to meet deaf and hard of hearing students across America.
Another unique educational opportunity available to PDSD students is a vocational placement at either Metro Tech or East Valley Institute of Technology. These institutes offer vocational training in forty different career opportunities, which prepare and certify students for wonderful job placement, as well as offering advanced courses, which can be transferable credit toward a college degree. Also available to qualified high school students are employment prospects and work internships to experience possible career options.