Sonoran Desert School is a charter public high school serving grades 7-12 in Gold Canyon, Arizona.  SDS was founded in 1999 by teachers.  SDS features the following:

  • Public high school
  • Free tuition
  • Accredited by AdvancEd (NCA-CASI)
  • Individualized curriculum
  • Certified instructors
  • Accessible technology

What is special about the SDS program?

SDS offers an accelerated curriculum featuring individualized instruction, self-paced study, and the integration of technology.  All instructors at SDS are certified in accordance with the national initiative toward high-quality teachers.  The instructional program at SDS is aligned with the Arizona Academic Standards and mixes individual study with small group activities and large group discussions. Students have daily access to computer applications and information technology, both of which are integrated with required courses.

Who can benefit from SDS?

Because of its flexibility and emphasis on content mastery, the SDS program can particularly benefit students who students who have the ability and desire to complete their high school credits at an accelerated pace.