Tempe High Schools and the Tempe High School District
The Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) serves approximately 14,000 students in grades 9-12. The District encompases 162 square miles within the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving the City of Tempe, Town of Guadalupe, the Gila River indian community, the Ahwatukee Foothills in Phoenix, and parts of the City of Chandler. Six high schools, one non-traditional high school, and one academy for gifted students make up the Tempe High School District schools. Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, and Mountain Pointe are the three conventional high schools serving those families that reside within the City of Chandler. Tempe High School District has received an "A" label for achievement, and Mountain Pointe was recognized as an "A+ School of Excellence" in 2010, followed by Desert Vista in 2011.
Students in the Tempe High School District score well above the state and national averages on standardized tests and college entrance exams. The District is home to 49 National Merit finalists, and the most recent Class of 2013 included five of Arizona's 20 Flinn Scholars, receiving scholarships exceeding $73 million. More than 61% of the teachers in the Tempe High School District have master's degrees or higher, with 53% have 10 or more years of teaching experience. All teachers are certified by the Arizona State Department of Education. Tempe Union High School District employees have been recognized both locally and nationally for their expertise and experience.