Our Affiliated Project: Page High School

in Page, Arizona

facts about page high school:

  • Grades served: Ninth through Twelfth grades
  • Average enrollment: 1,100 students
  • Facility description: The facility is a remodeled structure comprising a cafeteria, two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, an auditorium, and a welding and culinary arts facility. Outside, there are several athletic fields.
  • Education: The curriculum adheres to Arizona public school standards. Core academic subjects are taught, as well as Navajo history, culture, and language.
  • Faculty and staff: Faculty and staff include an administrative staff, 68 classroom teachers (22 of whom hold advanced degrees), four guidance counselors, and six teachers’ aides.
  • Transportation: Many students at Page High live far away from the school. Buses provide transportation each day. Travel time for some students can be an hour or more each way.
  • Academic Schedule: The school year typically starts in early August and ends in late May. Traditional national holidays are observed. The school is on an “A/B” block schedule.
  • Special Education services: Students with disabilities are provided for in Page High’s comprehensive disabilities program. Appropriate class placement is determined by students’ needs and aptitude.
  • Activities: Apart from academic studies, the students enjoy regular activities like band, drama, and a variety of sports such as cheerleading, football, baseball, volleyball, and wrestling.
  • Nutrition: Breakfast and lunch are provided each day. About fifty-three percent of the students at Page High are enrolled in the Federal Free/Reduced-Price Meal program.

The town of Page is located amid the stark mesas, wild terrain, and incredible desert beauty of north central Arizona, only a few miles from the Utah border. One of the youngest communities in the United States, Page actually began in 1957 as a housing camp for workers building the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Today, the majority of its residents are Navajo; the town lies just off the western fringes of the Reservation, which comprises more than 27,000 square miles, extending into both Utah and New Mexico.

Despite an ancient history and revered culture, Page’s economy is weak, and high unemployment and social problems fuel a cycle of poverty that has existed here for many years. For this reason, Page High School serves as a beacon of hope to its surrounding community, providing quality education – the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so that students may rise above the difficult economic circumstances from which they come.