Phoenix Union High School District will hold its second annual Experience Phoenix Union: High School Expo, a student recruiting and school marketing fair, Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phoenix College.
The Expo will showcase the many opportunities available to thousands of future high school students. Every school will have its own interactive booth, as well as specialty programs such as Career and Technical Education, Magnets, the arts, athletics, and JROTC.
There will be non-stop student entertainment on stage, mascots, giveaways, prize drawings, and food. Parents and students can learn about transitioning to high school at two Experience Phoenix Union break-out sessions with student panelists.
Online enrollment stations will be available for those students and parents who want to apply to a Phoenix Union school that day.
The event is targeted at 6-8th graders and their parents deciding on high school, or those individuals who are looking for another high school. The first 1,500 6-8th graders will receive a free drawstring backpack.
The Expo takes place during recruiting season, when Phoenix Union schools enroll students for the fall. While most incoming ninth-graders come from the 13 partner elementary districts that operate within the 220-square mile high school district, many students take advantage of open enrollment. Over 4,000 current students attend Phoenix Union schools from non-partner district schools.
Phoenix Union has 16 high schools and this year’s enrollment of 27,242 students is the highest in 37 years.
“School choice means choosing a school that is best for that student and his/her family. In Arizona, 85 percent of families still choose traditional district public schools,” Superintendent Kent Scribner said.
“At Phoenix Union, we have so many choices and so many opportunities, we want to make sure our community can explore those options,” Scribner said.
“Besides our outstanding teachers, wonderful facilities and strong academics, we offer affordable athletics, performing arts, specialized small schools and alternative schools, magnet programs, career and technical education, student support services, college scholarship opportunities, and more,” Scribner said.
The Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is sponsored by sponsors Cox Communications Connect2Compete low-cost internet program for students, Piper Jaffray, Stifel Financial Corp., SRP; Phoenix College and the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education.
For more information, please contact Craig Pletenik at Phoenix Union High School District at (602) 764-1530.