Eighth-grade students across the Peoria Unified School District will venture to high schools to explore the academic and elective areas offered in ninth- through twelfth-grades as part of the district’s annual MyLife Days.
A MyLife Day provides the eighth-grade student an opportunity to take a field trip with their classmates to explore the high school they may be attending next fall. In about three-hours they will learn about the wide variety of academic programs, class electives and types of classes required for specific careers from guidance counselors and career center specialists.
Depending on the home school, students will be released early on either Nov. 20 or Dec. 4 for a MyLife Day.
Schools that will release early on Thursday, Nov. 20 for MyLife Day are: Cactus, Centennial, Liberty and Sunrise Mountain high schools; and elementary schools: Alta Loma, Cheyenne, Copperwood, Cotton Boll, Country Meadows, Desert Palms, Desert Valley, Heritage, Marshall Ranch, Peoria, Sahuaro Ranch, Santa Fe, Sky View and Sun Valley.
Schools that will release early on Thursday, Dec. 4 for MyLife Day are: Ironwood, Peoria and Raymond S. Kellis high schools and the Peoria Transition Center; and elementary schools: Apache, Canyon, Coyote Hills, Desert Harbor, Foothills, Frontier, Ira A. Murphy, Kachina, Lake Pleasant, Oakwood, Oasis, Parkridge, Paseo Verde, Traditional School, Pioneer, Sundance, Sunset Heights, Vistancia and Zuni Hills.
Elementary schools that start at 8 a.m. will release at 11 a.m.; elementary schools that start at 8:40 a.m. will release at 11:40 a.m. and high schools will release at 10:20 a.m.
During a MyLife Day, an eighth-grade student can explore the wide variety of unique programs – from the arts to college-level credit courses – to help prepare them with the 21st Century skills needed to be successful.
In addition, eighth-graders can tour labs and shops of the 23 Career and Technical Education classes offered, such as culinary arts, engineering, fire science, sports medicine and media productions. Students will have more opportunities to learn about each of these CTE programs during informational meetings held at all high school campuses in December and January.
MyLife Days is just one component of the district’s award-winning MyLife program which prepares students for college and careers by exposing them to career pathways as early as elementary school. Most recently, the program received the 2013 Quality of Life Enhancement Best of the West Award from WESTMARC.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.