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Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District 840 Info

Our Mission


The students of Santa Cruz Valley Union High School will be prepared academically to be responsible citizens, able to prosper, now and in the future.

About Santa Cruz High School


Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District #840 is located in Eloy, Arizona in the southwest section of Pinal County. It comprises 583 square miles, which is roughly bisected by Interstate 10. SCVUHS is the sole school in the District and has three feeder schools that belong to separate elementary districts.

In 1997, a bond issue provided funding for renovations and additions to the facilities. Classrooms have been enlarged and computers with multi-media technology have been incorporated. New locker rooms were build and a training and weight room added. Modifications were made to make all classrooms and restrooms accessible to the physically impaired.

These additions and modifications to the facilities are enhancing the delivery of instruction offered to the student body. Santa Cruz has an enrollment of approximately 550 students in grades 9 through12. A five member governing board, a Superintendent, Principal, Business Manager, Librarian, Nurse, School Resource Officer, Probation Officer, Counselor, 33 full time teachers, and 42 classified employees serve the student population.

SCVUHS is a member of the North Central Association. The school is a member of the 3A Athletic Conference and is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Alliance. It is a member in good standing of the Small Rural Schools Association.

As a comprehensive secondary school, Santa Cruz offers over 75 courses in the following departments: English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Academies and Special Education. The school offers Vocational Education programs which encompass Auto Repair, Fire Science, Commercial Art, Electronics, Culinary Arts, Health Careers, Nursing Assistant, and Information Technology. These programs offer work-place skills and experience to prepare students for entry level occupations and for higher education in these areas. The school offers a comprehensive school-to-work program for students in the Health Services career pathway. The program, Health Careers 2000, offers students opportunities to participate in a job shadowing, work-based internship, Central Arizona College articulated course enrollment, and school-based community enterprises. This program was awarded the 1998 Arizona School-To-Work Outstanding Practice Award for High School and Post-Secondary Partnership Development, as well as, the 1998 Pinal County Harrah's Constellation Award for Workforce Development.

Additionally, the District offers an alternative high school on the Santa Cruz campus. The Academy serves students with a self-paced, individualized program of instruction.

The school's mascot is the Dust Devil and its colors are red and gray. Santa Cruz has developed a strong tradition of excellence, especially in the athletic arena. Several state championships have been garnered over the past few years in softball, track, and wrestling. The music program is consistently a favorite with the entire community and has established its own tradition of excellence. The performances of the marching band, stage band, mariachi group, and choir rival those of much larger schools.

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School aspires every day to be a place for quality education in a safe, caring environment. In striving toward educational excellence, the school has adopted all state standards across the curriculum. Faculty, parents, students, administrators and board members have worked together to develop a strategic plan with the following goals:

Goal 1: To improve the academic performance of students

Goal 2: To improve staff unity and staff cohesion

Goal 3: To create an attractive learning environment

Goal 4: To improve the financial capacity of the district

Goal 5: To help students demonstrate behavior consistant with responsible citizenship

Goal 6: To bring new technology to enhance learning

Goal 7: To meet and exceed federal and state standards

Goal 8: To ensure no child is left behind.



Santa Cruz High School Visions
Professional Growth


Learning! That’s what we are about at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. Learning – it is our legacy - for our students, staff, and community. Learning is found in the classroom as students hone their skills. Learning can be found in the form of staff development, an important component for our students’ success as we continue to build a standards-based education system. Learning is available for parents and community members in the form of parenting and adult education classes. Learning is an ongoing process at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. Staff at SCVUHS would like to thank the members of our community for helping our students - which will allow us to provide quality, learning opportunities for some years to come.

At SCVUHS, we are fortunate to have an outstanding Board of Education, a committed, dedicated, professional staff comprised of education support professionals, teachers, support staff and administrators, as well as a caring community. The combined efforts of these individuals create a great learning environment for our students. We believe that great schools equal a great community and thanks to each of you, we have that here in Eloy.

We are proud to serve Santa Cruz and to be a part of this learning community.

As educators, we have embraced the practice of continuous improvement as a belief that learning about our work is never finished - professional development is dynamic. Each of us must continue to refine the skills and artistry in our teaching, inquire and reflect on our practices, and construct and deepen our work with peers. Educational research in the last 15 years has exploded! There is much more for us to learn and apply concerning instruction, learning, and leadership as we strive to be caring and effective educators with the children and families we serve in ELoy.

The mission of our district serves as the focus for all efforts to benefit SCVUHS students:

We believe that:

All students shall experience success in:

Developing a positive self-concept

Becoming a self-directed, life-long learner

Developing respect for others and the environment

Acquiring, comprehending and applying knowledge

Demonstrating higher-level thinking skills in the areas of problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking

Communicating effectively, and Understanding and appreciating diversity.


Professional growth is centered around curriculum, standards, technology, assessment, literacy development, and instruction. Professional growth opportunities are available for all teachers across the district!

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District 840 is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 496
No. of Schools: 1

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