Award Year: 2020

Phoenix Union Bioscience High School

512 E. Pierce Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-2056

(602) 764-5600

Dr. Holly Batsell, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Phoenix Union High School District

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To provide a rigorous, collaborative, and relevant academic program emphasizing an innovative, problem-based curriculum that develops student literacy in the sciences, mathematics, and the arts.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 12%
  • Hispanic: 75%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Biomedical Pathway students conduct a genetics lab

Biomedical Pathway students conduct a genetics lab

We may be a STEM school, offering Engineering and Biomedical pathways, but we are also a leadership-humanities-social-emotional learning school. Before we teach students to build things, we take time to build a strong learning community where students and staff develop positive relationships and learn about themselves. Restorative Practices help us address and resolve conflict. Our grade level model allows teachers to truly know their students well and to work together to support them. We value learning through mistakes, perseverance, and the ability to grapple with complex problems.

Our staff and students learn side-by-side in real world projects, community partnerships, and personalized learning. Each year, students complete a 7-step design process addressing a personally interesting challenge in their school or community. Projects have included reduction of food waste, improving parking options around campus, mentoring feeder school robotics programs, and increasing physical activity. Students frame a challenge statement, reach out to stakeholders, use a decision matrix to determine an intervention, implement an intervention, evaluate their results, and present their findings to a panel of stakeholders.

We are a public school in the urban Phoenix Union High School District. Our students come from across our district and take public transportation to attend our school in the heart of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Our students are strivers and dreamers, overcoming many obstacles in hopes of making our world a better place.