Additional Educational Programs
At Skyline High School
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a junior high through senior high school college readiness system designed to prepare self-determined students, who have demonstrated average achievement for college readiness. The program enrolls students in rigorous courses and provides them intensive support to ensure their success. The major component is a daily AVID elective class that students must attend. During this class, students receive training in effective note taking, organizational skills, and goal-setting strategies. Extensive writing and reading instruction is also provided. AVID students are academically capable students who would typically be the first in their families to attend college. Placement is done through an application process.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available at all high schools. AP courses prepare students to take the National Advanced Placement Examination administered in late spring each school year. Students may be granted advanced placement status and/or college credit based on their performance on these tests. Information regarding AP courses and examinations is available from the student advisement office at each high school. Students enrolled in AP courses will be required to take the appropriate AP examination at the end of the course. There are fees for AP exams. Students seeking fee assistance should speak with their student advisement office or AP teacher. However, students are not required to take and AP course to be eligible to take an AP examination.
Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA)
Students involved in AIA competition programs must pass all classes and maintain a minimum class load of five classes through the end of each grading period (except 7th and 8th semesters). Student athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of five courses during the first six semesters and be on target to graduate in the 7th or 8th semester. Fewer than fives classes are permitted in the 7th and 8th semesters if students remain on track for graduation. Student advisors have details and/or possible changes in registration procedures.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study
The purpose of CTE is to help students acquire technical and academic skills, make informed decisions about occupational program options, and make a seamless transition to post-secondary programs. A full list of CTE Programs of Study can be found here. Mesa Public Schools participates with the Maricopa Community College District in many articulated programs in which students may receive college credit for courses taken in high school. CTE programs include: Agricultural Science, Automotive Technologies, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Computer Technology, Construction Technologies, Culinary Arts, Design and Merchandising, Digital Photography, Digital Publications, Drafting and Design Technologies, Engineering, Education Professions, Financial Services, Manufacturing Technologies, Sales and Marketing, Sports Medicine and Rehab Services, Theater Design and Management, Video Production and Welding.
Cooperative Education and Internship Programs
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Cooperative Education and Internship Programs are the capstone classes to all CTE programs. These programs provide CTE students an opportunity to engage in learning through participation in a structured work experience that involves the application of previously developed CTE knowledge and skills. CTE programs of study include: Agricultural Science, Automotive Technologies, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Computer Technology, Construction Technologies, Culinary Arts, Design and Merchandising, Digital Photography, Digital Publications, Drafting and Design Technologies, Engineering, Education Professions, Financial Services, Manufacturing Technologies, Sales and Marketing, Sports Medicine and Rehab Services, Theater Design and Management, Video Production and Welding.
Credit Recovery Program
Credit Recovery is available at all MPS high schools. Students who need to recover credit from a failed core academic course required for graduation may do so through the afternoon/evening program. Credit Recovery also provides an opportunity for students under the age of 22, who are not enrolled in a full-time program in MPS, to complete required courses for graduation. See a student advisor for more information. NOTE: Colleges and universities may not allow credit recovery courses to be used to meet entrance or NCAA requirements.
Dual Enrollment College Courses
Dual enrollment courses are college courses that are taught on the high school campus through a Dual Enrollment Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with a community college. Dual credit courses require payment of college tuition and successful completion of a college test. Successful completion of a three (3) hour dual credit course is equal to one-half (1/2) high school credit. Consult with your student advisor regarding dual enrollment opportunities at your school.
East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
Mesa Public Schools cooperates with the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). EVIT is a separate school district apart from Mesa Public Schools offering technical training in vocational areas. Completion of a series of courses culminates with a Skill Profile indicating the degree of competencies for entry level job positions. EVIT vocational/technical training can also lead to advanced education in students' chosen fields of study. EVIT students attend vocational/technical courses on-half of each day. The other half is spent at their home high school for academic courses. Shuttle bus transportation is available between home schools and EVIT.
MPS Independent Study
Independent Study provides students opportunities to study areas of content not offered as part of the regular curriculum. Courses offered in the regular curriculum cannot be taken as Independent Study, nor can an Independent Study course be substituted for a specific graduation requirement. Generally, Independent Study courses carry elective, non-weighted credit. Independent Study must be pre-approved by MPS school administration and sponsored, monitored, and graded by an MPS staff member. Students may accrue up to two elective credits of Independent Study to fulfill graduation requirements.
Mesa Distance Learning Program (MDLP)
The Mesa Distance Learning Program (MDLP) is an accredited online program sponsored by Mesa Public Schools that provides courses to students in Mesa and throughout the state of Arizona. Students may enroll on a concurrent or full-time basis, with the option to complete all coursework and earn a high school diploma through MDLP.
MDLP is an open entry/open exit program and offers flexibility by allowing students to complete coursework according to their own schedule. Courses emphasize critical reading and writing, and require independent learning. MDLP courses are written by highly-qualified teachers and are aligned to district curriculum and state standards. Students must complete all assignments and pass a proctored final exam with minimum competency to receive course credit.
MDLP is NCAA accredited for athletes interested in playing Division I or II college sports.
Students attending a Mesa School who would like to take MDLP courses must consult with their students advisor prior to registering.
High school seniors should be aware of earlier deadlines for MDLP course completion to fulfill graduation requirements.
For more information about the Mesa Distance Learning Program, and a comprehensive list of approved MDLP courses, please click here or call 480-472-7285.
MPS Service Learning Honor for Excellence
Students will be eligible for the Honor for Excellence in Service Learning upon completion of approved service learning hours throughout their four years of high school. 150 hours is required through the graduating class of 2018-2019. Beginning with the graduating class of 2019-2020, 200 hours will be required. Students may earn hours from a combination of curriculum based service learning and extracurricular service sponsored by school clubs or community organizations.