Interim Education Superintendent
2800 West Pinnacle Peak Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85027
Telephone: (623) 582-1180 | Fax: (623) 582-0591

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A.R.S. 41-2831 requires the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) to establish a state education system for committed youth. Under this authority, ADJC operates a secure care Public Education Agency (PEA) or school district in Arizona. The ADJC state education system for committed youth, Adobe Mountain School, and is subject to federal laws and state laws governing the operation of a secure care public education agency.


All new students complete a half-credit Reception, Assessment, and Classification (RAC) education course prior to enrolling in traditional classes. Course objectives include career exploration, OSHA health and safety guidelines, Education and Career Action Plans (ECAP), and orientation to education at Adobe Mountain School. During the 23 day RAC period, students also complete an academic assessment and a review of educational records for proper academic placement.


Adobe Mountain School is accredited through AdvancED (formerly known as the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement) and offers the standard high school curriculum. All youth committed to secure care, who do not have a high school diploma, are enrolled in the high school program, leading to a high school diploma. As part of the high school program, youth are assigned classes based upon their readiness for that grade-level work and their credit needs. Classes include academic education, Career Technical Education (CTE), and credit recovery.

Academic School Year and Educational Model - The academic school year has 200 instructional / school days divided into seven (7), six (6) week terms, separated by a one (1) week break. Each term offers two (2) courses, each a half credit, allowing youth to earn one (1) credit per term. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, youth attend both courses. The first period class runs from 7:45 to 10:20 a.m. and the second period class runs from 12:45 to 3:20 p.m. On Wednesdays, only the first period course is offered from 7:45 to 10:20 a.m. On Thursdays, only the second period course if offered from 7:45 a.m. to 10:20 am. In addition, youth take a one (1) credit life skills course that runs concurrently with their confinement, making them eligible for up to eight (8) credits per year. Youth can also earn additional expedited credit through credit recovery or by participating in an after-school distance learning program operated in the secure care facility by a charter school.

Class Offerings - To meet the Arizona High School Diploma graduation requirement of 22 credits, ADJC offers core academic and CTE courses, including:
  • Academic: 14 Credits - English (4 credits), Mathematics (4 credits), Science (3 credits), World History (1 credit), US/Arizona History/Civics (1 credit), Arizona Government (.5 credit), Economics (.5 credit)
  • CTE: 1 Credit - Current vocational programs include Automotive, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD), Fire Science and School to Work. Students must complete an application and be approved before entering vocational classes. Students are able to obtain entry level job skills and earn elective credits
  • Electives: 7 Credits: Can be any combination of academic or CTE classes
Special Education - Each student is screened and assessed and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is created or updated for qualifying students. Special education students are placed in classes designed to meet their needs.

Instructional Delivery - Youth receive instruction through several modalities. Direct instruction lays the foundation of courses, which are all aligned to state academic standards. Student engagement and conceptual understanding are enhanced through collaborative classroom activities and discussions. Some students participate in online learning through the use of A+ courseware. Technology is integrated into each classroom through the use of interactive monitors and laptop computers. Class sizes range from 14/15 for academic classes and from 7/8 for CTE. Each class has one primary content teacher, one special education teacher (if and when needed), and one or two security staff (Youth Corrections Officers) depending on class size and staff availability.

Additional Services - Youth also receive tutoring as needed, career exploration services, and education transition services for youth moving from secure care to community corrections.


ADJC is a designated GED test site. Parent/guardian permission must be on file before a student can begin this program. Students 16 and older who successfully pass a pre-GED assessment will be permitted to sign up for the official GED. This process allows students to seek tutoring in areas of need prior to attempting the official test. Both pre-GED and official GED testing are held weekly. The GED is administered through computer based testing. Students who earn their GED continue to work towards their high school diploma.


ADJC promotes healthy nutritional and physical standards to all youth adjudicated to ADJC. The attached links are available to provide valuable information pertaining to the physical health and well being of your child once the child has been returned to the community.