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Success in the future starts TODAY!



A school Within A school

A School Within a School

According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, over one - third of all dropouts are lost in ninth grade. With that in mind, the Sunnyside Unified School District has developed strong Freshman Academies to ensure the success if each student entering high school. Students are placed on a learning team with a core group of five teachers who work together to identify the strengths and needs of each student, and provide a safety net for any students in need of extra help. There is a clear focus on providing students with relevant learning opportunities to help them identify college and career pathways. In the Freshman Academy, Success for the Future Starts Today!


While attending a Freshman Academy, each student will...

  • Master all content
  • Come to school prepared and ready to learn all day, every day
  • Take pride in themselves, their classroom and their school
  • Be active participant in academics
  • Make every assignment count, no zeros
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated


A school Within A school

Building Relationships...

Our students don’t just have one teacher they have a whole team of teachers providing individualized support throughout their freshman experience. Support for study and organizational skills include weekly monitoring to help students succeed academically. Our freshman parents have a dedicated parent involvement assistant at the Freshman Academy to keep them engaged.


Academic Success Starts with...

  • Early interventions
  • Online credit recovery
  • Mandatory tutorials
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Weekly monitoring
  • Study Skills
  • Smaller learning teams
  • Extra-curricular involvement

At Sunnyside School District, all Freshman Academy teachers have teamed together to create an environment of high expectations for all students so they will be successful in mastering a rigorous curriculum. Our teachers integrate the curriculum to address national core standards in Mathematics, Science, English, World History and Health/Physical Education. Our freshmen are provided true 21st century learning opportunities through the one-to-one computing programs in the Freshman Academy.



A school Within A school

Success for every freshman student

  • A laptop for every freshman
  • Learning integrated across core subjects
  • Personalized support and peer mentoring
  • Individualized education and career plans
  • College and career readiness preparation
  • Small class sizes 25:1
  • Honors classes
  • Computer-based intervention support


Top 5 reasons to join Sunnyside Academies

  1. Improve attendance and academic achievement.
  2. Support students with integrated learning opportunities linked to core standards.
  3. Allow for relevant learning experiences through community service.
  4. Connect all students to caring adults who guide them and help them plan for their present and future.
  5. Ensure preparation for college and career readiness and incorporate 21st Century Skills.


For more information please contact:

Desert View High School
Principal (520) 545-5701

Sunnyside High School
Principal (520) 545-5501