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Latest News
Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to Stan Gillman and Larry Brown! Read more >>>

World Champions On and Off the Field

Congratulations to Jorge Bojorquez (CMS), Cesar Martinez (CMS) and Aaron Solis (CtMS) on their tremendous win over Puerto Rico to become Santa Cruz County’s first Little League World Champions.  Read more >>>

Is Your Child’s Snack Healthy?

Use the new “Smart Snacks” calculator. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation created an important new tool to assist you in determining whether a snack is “healthy.”  Read more >>>

SCVUSD No. 35 Proposes Reduction to Overall Tax Rate for 2014-15

At the July 8 special meeting, the SCVUSD No. 35 Governing Board adopted a $20.1 million budget for 2014-15. Read more >>>

Welcome to Santa Cruz Valley

Welcome to the online home of Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District! Nestled among the beautiful San Cayetano Mountains in southern Arizona, we are a high performing school district serving six rural communities. We boast small class sizes, excellent faculty and staff members, and a commitment to providing the best in education for students from preschool through 12th grade.

Please take some time to browse our website to learn more about our district. If you’re new to the area, we encourage you to visit our Welcome Center page, where you’ll find forms and information to help you get started in the enrollment process.

Safe Schools Hotline – (520) 375-8293


Please contact Gracie Romero at 520-375-8287 if your family lives in any of the following situations: (a) in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground; (b) on the street; (c) in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations; (d) doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing. Read more here>>>

Si su familia vive bajo una de las siguientes condiciones: (a) en un albergue, motel, vehículo, o parque para acampar; (b) en la calle o al aire libre; (c) en un edificio abandonado, remolque-residencia (trailer) u otro alojamiento inadecuado; (d) comparatiendo una vivienda con otra familia o algún pariente a causa de no poder encontrar alojamiento o por falta de recursos económicos.   Para mas informacion comuniquese con Gracie Romero al 520-375-8287 y ver el volante.

A Message from our Superintendent

Dear Parents and Community Members:

The recent AZLearns letter grades for SCVUSD No 35, issued by the Arizona Department of Education, confirm that our foundation for curriculum and instruction are solid. San Cayetano Elementary was rated an "A" while both Coatimundi and Calabasas Middle Schools missed the "A" rating by only one point. With three out of our six schools achieving this level of recognition, our commitment to a curriculum that is aligned to state standards while monitoring specific instructional strategies that meet our students’ language needs appears justified. 

District 35 has been converting our curriculum to the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards over the past two years. This work is now completed, meaning that teachers are able to move forward with confidence that they are providing their students with the information they need to be successful on state assessments. In other words, our curriculum is "aligned" with the state assessment. 

For over ten years, District 35 has remained steadfast in our commitment to help our second language learners be equally successful on those same assessments. Long ago we combined research with frequent discussions and analysis and identified the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) as the best means for delivering instruction in a manner that our students could understand. These same teaching strategies have proven beneficial for all students and so we continue to support our teachers, from the first-year novice to the 20-year veteran, on their effective implementation of these strategies. 

While not all of our schools have yet to receive an "A" rating from the Arizona Department of Education, that singular achievement remains our primary goal. With the foundations we have in place, and the recently-released school ratings, we feel we are on solid ground and half way there. 

Thank you for your support.


David Y. Verdugo

David Y. Verdugo
SCVUSD No. 35 Superintendent

Stephen Schadler

Stephen Schadler
Assistant Superintendent