Deer Valley Academy: The little school that could

PHOENIX – The Deer Valley Academy Class of 2018 came from many places with stories that would melt your heart.   The academy is a small charter high school that operates after school and evening hours in the greater Deer Valley community.

Since its beginning in 2001, Deer Valley Academy (DVA) has attracted students who seek a smaller learning environment and they often find success after having attempted traditional or online high school programs.

Education, like many things in life is a matter of finding the right fit, and DVA is perfect for students with unique situations. Most often students have fallen behind on credits due to life situations, or in some cases they have dropped out of school only to realize that was the wrong choice.

DVA’s unique schedule allows students to have a job during the day and attend afternoon/evening classes Monday through Thursday, similar to a college schedule. Rather than taking six classes at a time, students take two and rotate classes frequently through the year.

One of DVA’s graduates found out when her family moved that she was not on track to graduate on time because she was behind in school credits, and she was turned down by a neighboring school district. She enrolled at DVA and was able to graduate, which made the graduation celebration even more meaningful knowing she had almost given up on earning a diploma.

With renewed confidence and a sense of accomplishment, she plans to continue her education and pursue her interest in archaeology.

“I am so proud to be part of the family of DVA students, parents and staff. Working together, we make a difference!” Principal Barbara Dalicandro said.

This is the school of second chances that keeps pushing students forward with the belief, just like the Little Engine That Could, we know you can!

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