Core Classes
Find out how Sky Islands delivers core curriculum in a vastly different way. This isn’t your average high school. Learn More

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The Arts
Creative expression is crucial, so we offer a variety of art courses like culinary arts, design, pottery, and classical guitar. Learn More

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Environmental Sciences
Ecology and the environmental sciences are a key aspect of learning here at Sky Islands Public High School. Learn More

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a unique Arts and Science Charter school
for unique minds

Welcome to Sky Islands High School! We are more than an arts and science charter school – we are a community focused on inspiring our students to be lifelong learners.

At Sky Islands, a small, passionate group of teachers build deep supportive relationships with students, and students develop deep friendships with one another. We prepare students for their journeys in life not through emphasizing drills and tests, but by teaching them to think, question, discover their own passions and beliefs, and find their true north. Our students leave well-prepared by any academic measure, but – far more importantly – they leave with an understanding of themselves, and the world in which they must make their way. Along the way, they lean in, and support (rather than compete with) one another. Together they discover, debate, and evolve – learning to be inspired by the courage of ideas, ideals, and the people seeking to make the world a better place.



Critical Thinking
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Creativity

At Sky Islands students are encouraged – and expected – to excel. But our definition of excellence is different.We help students to be successful in the traditional subject matter of high school – but we also encourage a broader perspective. Teachers work together, across subjects, to integrate ideas, and apply them to real-world, current problems. Students pursue projects, in groups, working together to find solutions. They learn to think proactively, developing strategies for solving problems: seeing the traditional subjects as a tool kit, and learning to choose and apply those tools thoughtfully. Our goal is to educate students as citizens – participants in creating a better world.

College and Beyond

Sky Islands aims to prepare students for college success.  We realize that getting into a college is only part of the story.  Integrating social and emotional competencies into academic content is equally important to college and career readiness.  Skills in collaboration, problem-solving, and creative thinking are as necessary as skills in literacy and math.

After graduation our students pursue a wide variety of pathways as they build their futures. Some attend prestigious four-year colleges like the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Prescott College, and Oregon State. Others focus on community colleges like Pima Community College and Northwest Florida State College.


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Focused On
conservation

The Sky Islands curriculum delivers excellence in the mainstay subjects – English, Mathematics, Science, History – but our focus goes beyond those confines. We offer courses, and hands-on learning, focused on the core interest and concern of this generation: sustainability. Through our Environmental Science curriculum, we’re proud to provide students with the tools and experience necessary to be prepared to help make substantial change in the world. Students learn how to responsibly farm and engineer supporting infrastructure to improve our environment. Our horticulture program not only teaches students how to produce organic food but to cook it as well. Students’ experience in these areas develops habits of thinking that we consider essential to good citizenship: recognizing inter-dependence, and working together.


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Academics at Sky Islands High School




Core Classes

Our carefully crafted school curriculum integrates skills in collaboration, problem-solving, and creative thinking.

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The Arts

Creativity is a crucial skill, so we offer a variety of art courses in culinary arts, visual/ performing arts, and guitar.

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Environmental Sciences

Students learn to propagate seedlings in the greenhouse, plant vegetables, install irrigation, and even more.

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News & Events

Meet Our Staff

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Veronica Duran
Veronica Duran
Head of School

My name is Veronica Duran, and I am excited to serve as the new Head of School for Sky Islands High School.  It is an honor to lead a school with proactive students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community…

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Kat Richard
Student Support Coordinator

Kat joined the Sky Islands’ team as Student Support Coordinator in 2023. She is originally from Colorado and attended the University of Denver where she received her Bachelor of Arts…

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Mayra
Mayra Garcia
Office Manager/Registrar

Mayra joined the Sky Islands staff in 2023. A native of Nogales, AZ, Mayra worked for Nogales Unified School District #1 for 22 years as an Administrative Assistant… 

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Paul Amegan
Mathematics

Paul Amegan was born in Lomé, Togo in West Africa where he taught high school Mathematics and Physics for more than 5 years before moving to the United States. Paul attended Pima Community College and graduated…

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Drew Chalberg
Culinary Arts/Guitar

Drew, born and raised in Tucson, started learning classical guitar in 2016…

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Philip Dotts
Social Studies/Language Arts

Philip Dotts is a Tucson native and joined Sky Islands in 2022. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a minor in Geoscience…

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Russell Kriete
Russell Kriete
Science/Construction Trades

Russell joined the Sky Islands team in 2023. As an Arizona native, Russell moved to Tucson in 2019. Prior to that, he lived all over Phoenix. Russell has twenty-three years in the construction trades and has worked on numerous…

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Jade LeSure
Jade LeSure
Special Education Coordinator

My name is Jade LeSure (Vann). I am the new Special Education Coordinator here at Sky Islands. I am so excited to be a new addition to such a welcoming community/campus… 

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Jennifer Skinner
Science and Farm/Horticulture Assistant

Jennifer joined the Sky Islands team in 2022 as the assistant to the farm and horticulture program. She hails from the border community of Douglas, AZ..

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Testimonials

Klairisa
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Sky Islands is amazing because the curriculum is unlike anywhere else. It is a community that is always changing, and everyone is friendly. The teachers here are the best teachers I have had in my entire student career. I now look at the world differently than others.
Hannah
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I feel that the school’s messages they communicate to the students are really eye-opening, from the food we eat to the advertisements shaping us, and that we as a community can change this. I’m happy to know I’m graduating as an individual rather than a teenager clone, which would be the case at other schools.
Cortez
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When I first came to Sky Islands, I felt it was kind of weird because I wasn’t used to the whole idea of a school being a community, but more and more I came to the realization that this is how school should be.
Emma
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Community is a huge part of Sky Islands. This school has amazing teachers, they are all fantastic, and they have taught me so much. I used to hate math more than anything because I never understood it. Now it is my favorite subject.
Luciana
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Sky Islands is a great place to be! Everyone is welcoming and everybody knows each other at our school. Throughout the year, we work on projects in and outside the classroom. We also learn about so many interesting topics that you don’t learn about at other public schools.
Sky Islands Parent
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My daughter graduated from Sky Islands in 2020. She studied there for 4 years of High School and it was the best decision we ever made. The curriculum there allowed her to broadened her mind and approach to more greenery and sciences. She started out very shy and and introvert and graduated more outgoing and she really bloomed at High School there. I would always refer my friends to have their students attend high school for the simple fact that they will get the education needed to go to college plus special treatment and care for each and every student.

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