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301 C Street/LeeTan Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85365-9498
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
The local schools for Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) are James D. Price Elementary (grades K-5), Ron Watson Middle School (grades 6-8), and Gila Ridge High School (9-12).
The local schools for Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) are James D. Price Elementary School (Grades K-5), Ron Watson Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Gila Ridge High School (Grades 9-12).
Yuma County presently has two separate public elementary/middle school districts and one public school high school district. Each district website provides links to each of their schools where you can find their mission, programs, student handbook, exceptional student services information, contact information, calendar, news and much more.
Yuma Elementary School District One (home district for YPG)
https://www.craneschools.org/ Crane Elementary School District
https://www.yumaunion.org/ Yuma Union High School District
Transportation – Students 6th-12th grade are bussed to/from their schools.
Report cards, test scores, school characteristics, student enrollment and other applicable statistics can be found here by school and/or school district. https://azreportcards.azed.gov/
Yuma Elementary School District One Programs
Migrant Preschool Programs- Migrant Preschool programs are located on the campuses of Pecan Grove. The program will place students in a program when they reach three, four, or five years of age. There is no September 1 deadline. The program will place students based on space availability. Families must meet migrant eligibility requirements. For more information about these programs, please contact the Migrant Office.
*Note: James D. Price does not offer a hot lunch program. Students may take a sack lunch.
School Breakfast & Lunch
James D. Price Not Hot Lunch
Ron Watson free breakfast/$1.50 lunch
Gila Ridge free breakfast & lunch
**COVID information: during COVID, all school listed above receive all meals free of cost.
Physical Education & Athletics- The physical education program promotes lifelong activity. Staffed by school-based physical education specialists and an adaptive physical education teacher, we provide a comprehensive program that fosters the development of fine and gross motor skills, individual and cooperative sports, human anatomy, and the development of healthy, active lifestyles. We combine and apply these developmental skills by helping students learn to function positively in a physically active environment. Our athletics goal is to encourage a high degree of student participation; however, the competitive nature of the programs means that all students may not experience equal participation. We guarantee students who qualify for a team playing time during practice games. While we encourage participation during regular season games, we leave this to the discretion of the coaches. We expect all players and coaches to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Coaches take responsibility for instilling the concepts of teamwork, physical and mental fitness, self-discipline, emotional maturity, respecting the rights of others, as well as promoting the development of motor and intellectual skills.
Art & Music- At Yuma School District #1, we recognize the importance of the arts in education. Every school has at least one certified, endorsed art specialist, and the curriculum matches the Arizona State Standards. We provide students with experiences that include guest artists in residence, art history, critical art, special art events, literacy in the arts, and studio/hands-on projects. We display student artwork at individual schools as well as in the district offices, resource offices, the county fair, and public buildings in the community. Throughout the year, every school has the opportunity to participate in the monthly displays which grace the district board room. Music is an integral part of the curriculum and plays a major role in the educational program of every student. We offer a diverse and balanced array of learning experiences focused on the study of the elements common to all music rather than on the study of a small body of specific content. Our music curriculum aligns to Arizona State Standards and utilizes a diverse repertoire including folk, popular, ethnic, and electronic music forms from various cultures and historical periods. In addition to the required curriculum studies, our music department offers a wide variety of musical opportunities. We require general music for all students in Kindergarten through sixth grade, and we offer music as an elective in our middle schools. Band classes begin in the fifth grade and orchestra begins in the fourth grade. We offer special classes at selected sites including choir, recorder, piano lab, guitar, Suzuki violin, Orff Ensemble, and musical theater.
AVID- Preparing students for college and career to ensure rigorous, relevant and engaging classrooms. . For more information about these programs, please call the AVID office located at 450 W. 6th Street, Yuma, AZ 85365.
Curriculum- Yuma School District One is building upon a foundation of academic excellence. We believe every child has the ability to succeed, and we have committed ourselves to providing quality programs in a safe environment that will encourage our students to believe in themselves and strive for personal excellence. AzM2 is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test based on the new standards for reading, writing, and mathematics. Using this standardized test will help teachers, students, and parents know if students are on track to becoming college and career ready once they graduate from high school. Read through the information we have available and become familiar with Arizona’s achievement test. Eureka Math is hosted on the New York education site "Engage New York."
Gifted Services- Yuma Elementary School District provides gifted services through individualized gifted education plan, gifted cluster classrooms in elementary schools, and advanced classes at middle schools. The mission is to promote the optimum development of gifted students. Our mission is to promote the optimum development of each student's intellectual, emotional, and social abilities while honoring diversity among gifted students. We believe gifted students are gifted all day every day. They deserve services that meet their needs throughout the school day.
Cluster Model: 3-10 gifted students grouped in the same classroom with grade-level peers.
Language Acquisition- The primary objective of the Yuma Elementary District One Structured English Immersion Program is to provide the necessary instruction for our English Language Learners to become proficient in oral language development.
This program includes the following:
We assess and place students who require Structured English Immersion. We implement best practices throughout the instruction and duration of the program.
Supplemental Programs- In addition to the regular programs prescribed by the state, the school district receives federal monies through the “No Child Left Behind Law” to provide additional supplemental services to District One students above and beyond the regular services provided in the classroom.
For more information on the "No Child Left Behind Law," please visit the Arizona Department of Education website.
Right at School- After school, before school, and daytime childcare- with Distance Learning Support- open on-site in some schools.
iTeams- Media and technology standards are infused throughout the Common Core State Standards 9CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts-Literacy, and are central to implementing the Common Core effectively. Technology is no longer an optional add-on, but provides essential tools to enable teachers and students to address the deeper learning goals of the CCSS and demonstrate the essential skills needed for success in college and career. The District’s technology ambassador program provides opportunities for students and teachers to address the ISTE Standards for Students by making strategic use of available technology for creation, investigation, research, collaboration, publishing, video and photo production and sharing, and more. This program encourages teachers to learn how the appropriate technologies address the CSS and technology standards, and to integrate them into their classroom instruction. For more information, please call (928) 502-4394.
Yuma Lutheran School Southwestern Christian School
2555 S. Engler Ave, Yuma, AZ 85365 3261 S. Avenue 6E, Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 726-8410 (928) 726-3086
(Grades PK-8) (Grades K-8)
Yuma Christian Academy St. Francis of Assisi School
101 W 26th Street, Yuma, AZ 85364 700 West 18 Street, Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 726-2113 (928) 782-1539
(Grades 1-12) (Grades K-8)
Yuma Adventist Christian School Immaculate Conception Elementary School
PO Box 6499, Yuma, AZ 85366 501 S. Avenue B., Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 783-0457 (928) 783-5225
(Grades 1-6) (Grades K-8)
Hands In-Hand Christian Preschool Freedom Baptist Academy
150 W 28th Street, Yuma, AZ 85364 11750 S. Mesa Dr., Yuma, AZ 85367
(929) 254-1730 (928) 344-2519
(Kindergarten Program) (Grades K-12)
South Campus North Campus
2098 S 3rd Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364 1220 S 4th Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 329-1100 (928) 919-7203
(Grades K-8) (Grades K-8)
Desert View Academy
3777 W 16th Street, Yuma, AZ 85365
Please see Education - First Things First Preschool section.
Please see Preschool Programs and Exceptional Student Services Program categories.
Migrant Preschool programs are located on the campuses of Pecan Grove. The program will place students in a program when they reach three, four, or five years of age. There is no September 1 deadline. The program will place students based on space availability. Families must meet migrant eligibility requirements. For more information about these programs, please contact the Migrant Office.
Please see Education, First Things First Preschool category.
Please contact the District Office, 928-502-4412/4414.
Yuma School District One Exceptional Student Services provides services for students between the ages of 3 and 14 with special needs. All students with disabilities categorically eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), regardless of severity, may receive services. These include students with impairments in speech and language, hearing, health, and vision; developmental delays; emotional and learning disabilities; intellectual disabilities; autism; traumatic brain injury; multiple disabilities; and other health impairments.
Educational services are available across the continuum from full inclusion in the general education classroom, to off-campus alternative setting, to homebound services. A team of individuals familiar with the student's needs determines the least restrictive environment (LRE) for eligible students. Recognizing the goal to provide an integrated, inclusive learning community, we make best efforts to place students in their home school. If placement in the home school does not meet the needs of the student, we will provide transportation to the service school.
Approximately 50 special education teachers and paraprofessionals provide service to our Exceptional Students. Specialists include our school psychologists and assistants, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. We also provided extended school year services when deemed appropriate.
We offer preschool classes for eligible students from their third birthday to age five (prior to kindergarten). We determine eligibility based on a child's developmental level by measuring for significant speech or language delays, moderate developmental delays, or severe developmental delays.
Technology is important for students with special needs. We utilize iPads and computers to help students develop skills and to access our district's digital content. Additionally, some students utilize highly specialized equipment for communication and literacy acquisition.
We equip some of our classrooms with cooking and laundry facilities to help our students who need to learn basic independent living skills.
For more information, contact the Exceptional Student Services office at (928) 502-7800.
Exceptional Student Service preschool staff adheres to the Child Find Policy and will screen, evaluate, and determine eligibility based on IDEA and Arizona Department of Education regulations. We also coordinates with AzEIP and DDD to ensure easy transitions for children transitioning to preschool services. ESS preschool programs are located at Desert Mesa, Rolle, and Pecan Grove. For more information about these programs or to schedule a screening contact, please call the preschool office located at 601 S. 5th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364.
The First Things First programs are scholarship based and are located at Desert Mesa (4 STAR Program) and Pecan Grove (Quality First 4 STAR Program). Students must be four years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year, live in the district, and meet income requirements. For more information, please call the preschool office located at 601 S. 5th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364.
Yuma School District #1- The Yuma School District program is located at O.C. Johnson (Quality First 4 STAR Program). Students must be four years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year, live in the district, and meet income requirements. For more information, please call the preschool office located at 601 S. 5th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364.
Parents that wish to home school their child, must submit an Affidavit of Intent with the County School Superintendent within 30 days from the time their child begins to attend home school. Information on policies and procedures and/or support groups can be found here https://www.yumasupt.org/home-schooling.html.
The goal of the Yuma Proving Ground’s Army Education Center is to promote a pathway for soldiers, family members and civilians to reach their individual education goals. The education center uses a multimedia approach supporting soldier career progression, the college/testing programs and the investigation of career opportunities.
The YPG multi-use learning facility operates as a student center offering computer stations available Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., for independent study. Dependents must first check in with the visitors’ center for access through Walker Gate.
The YPG Army Education Center is located at 301 C Street, Building 2100, Room 8, Yuma, AZ 85365. Call 928-328-3926. (Installation access is required through the visitors’ center. Enter Walker Gate, first right-hand side parking lot/building.
Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona offers programs in GED preparation (English and Spanish), English as a Second Language, adult basic education, workplace preparation and tutoring. Tuition is based on a sliding scale (household size and income) and ranges from $60-$100 per quarter (10-week sessions). Please contact the office for requirements and to register.
The office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 825 S. Orange Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364. Call928-343-9363 or visit adultliteracyplus.org.
The General Educational Development test series must be taken at a GED Test Center in Yuma, Arizona. It is located at AWC Yuma Campus, College Community Center Building 3C, 2020 S. Ave. 8E, Yuma, AZ 85365. Call 928-344-7641 or visit azwestern.edu.
Higher Education Opportunities:
Arizona Western College
Arizona State University at Yuma
Northern Arizona University-Yuma
The University of Arizona Yuma