About DE Programs

  • The vision of the Agua Fria Union High School District is "Creating Choice, Crafting Character, Cultivating Community." This is a lofty vision, but one that Desert Edge High School takes very seriously. 

    Project-Based Learning (PBL) is one of the primary strategies used at Desert Edge to increase levels of engagement, collaborative and cooperative learning, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving.  It does so by providing relevance and real world connections to absorb students within their learning.  Community members are welcome to view students' PBL products during Desert Edge's Night of Excellence, held annually in April.  If interested, please check the calendar for dates and times.

    In addition to classes in the core subject areas, Desert Edge offers classes in Career and Technical Education and the Arts. With "Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships" as our driving force in every Desert Edge program and classroom, students will be academically challenged, engaged by instruction linked to real-world applications, and supported by caring adult advocates.

    Signature Programs:

    The Conservatory of The Arts at Desert Edge will provide students with the opportunity to develop artistically and academically in the areas of theater, music, dance, and visual arts. It is our goal to challenge, nurture, and train students who wish to pursue careers in the visual and performing arts. The program Director is Ryan Williams.

    Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.  It prepares students for more than 300 careers in the agricultural industry, including production, financing, processing, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products.  The program Director is April Scibienski.