Top-Notch High Schools, Community Colleges and Universities Abundant in Flagstaff

By Michaela Jackson on April 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young

There are a lot more than 100 high schools in America.

That’s why it is such an honor for Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff to be ranked No. 56 this year on U.S. News and World Report’s top 100 list of Gold Medal schools, their highest distinction.

The small school for seventh through 12th graders trains students for college in a rigorous academic environment. Northland offers benefits unique for a public school, such as a low student teacher ratio of 11-to-1 and a highly selective honors program for top-achieving students.

Northland is one of 10 charter schools in Flagstaff, which among them serve the entire K-12 spectrum. The schools offer specialties, ranging from specific learning styles to arts-based curricula.

One of the great strengths of the Flagstaff education community is its ability to keep students in the area after they graduate from quality high schools like Northland.

Northern Arizona University’s main campus is in Flagstaff, where the majority of the 21,000-strong student body is enrolled.

In classes averaging just 25, students can pursue more than 90 undergraduate degrees, more than 45 graduate degrees and eight doctorates. NAU’s academic programs are extremely diverse, ranging from jewelry/metalsmithing to Native American studies to environmental engineering.

The university is also home to the 200,000-square-foot Cline Library, which boasts more than 1.4 million volumes, including nearly 25,000 journals and newspapers. Hundreds of student organizations enrich campus life, from the gymnastics club to the Russian cultural organization, and everything in between.

Students who are seeking a transition between high school and university life, or working adults who want to return to school part-time, often enroll at Coconino Community College, which operates campuses in seven Northern Arizona cities, including Flagstaff. More than 4,300 students are enrolled at CCC, studying in nearly 33 associate degree programs and 29 certificate programs.

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