6-29-2020 – Governor Ducey, Executive Order Update

We have just been told that the Executive Order issued by the Governor today allows schools to open as usual but delays starting in-person classes until August 17th. Distance learning and AOI programs could be provided. We have been told that this will allow districts to pay employees and would allow district calendars to start as scheduled and not require extra days to be added to the calendar.

Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman Announce Extension Of School Closures Through End Of School Year

News Release

March 30, 2020

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020. 

Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement:

“In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities.”

On March 27, Governor Ducey signed legislation to support schools during closures, ensure school letter grades are held harmless, suspend statewide testing requirements, ensure school days are not extended into the summer, require learning opportunities for students to continue, and ensure teachers and staff see no disruption in pay as a result of COVID-19.

That same week, the Governor joined Superintendent Hoffman to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers, which will offer childcare for first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.

Additional information about meals for kids, childcare, special education considerations, learning resources for families and educators and more can be found at

Today’s announcement applies to Arizona public schools, both district and charter. Private schools are required to remain closed in alignment with federal guidance recommending closures through at least April 30, 2020. School leaders have the option of announcing closures through the end of the year, or waiting for additional guidance.


Welcome to the Yavapai Accommodation School District!

Yavapai Accommodation School District #99 serves the students of Yavapai County. We have two fully accredited high schools in our district.  Aspire High School is located in Prescott, and Yavapai County High School is located in Prescott Valley.

We serve a variety of students. Most students who enroll do so because they have fallen behind in their high school credits and wish to get caught up with the hopes of graduating on time.  Some students attend our school because a traditional setting in does not fit their needs.  Some come to us as a result of a lack of thriving in their classes, apprehension of attending larger schools, or simply because they enjoy the small class sizes and/or blended learning model that other schools do not offer. Other students attend our school because of the more individualized instruction and ability to work at their own pace.  Some come because of the 4-day school week and various sessions available.  No matter the reason, we have a team of caring staff that can help your high school student thrive in their quest to obtain a high school diploma.

We are a school utilizing blended learning using both online and traditional learning experiences with highly qualified teachers in the classroom.  Students’ learning and educational paths are tailored to their own needs.  We strive to increase the level of instruction of courses and engage students in more meaningful classroom activities and learning opportunities. We have computer based content and a full range of classes that can enable students to graduate from high school. Our teachers deliver instruction in the classroom for a portion of the time as part of their grade.

We have a 4-day school week, running Monday through Thursday.  Aspire High School students attend from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Yavapai County High School students can choose from two sessions; the first session runs from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and second session runs from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

Contact us today to schedule a tour or simply to find out more information at 1.928.759.8126

Our Vision:

The First Choice for responsive educational services.

Our Mission:

The Yavapai County Education Service Agency provides quality leadership, services, and support in response to identified and anticipated
needs that will ensure the highest quality education for students.

Our Belief Statements:

We Believe:

  • In being responsive to the needs of schools,
  • In the benefits of partnership and collaboration,
  • That organizational and personal excellence depends on continuous improvement,
  • Quality service to education requires the highest level of honesty and integrity,
  • Education is the single most important aspect in which any society can engage.

Yavapai Accommodation School District’s Commitment:

  • Student success is our #1 priority
  • To provide ongoing professional development that supports quality programs and leadership skills
  • To provide every student with an individualized, relevant education through accommodations not available in standard schools
  • To maintain consistent communication with families, community and each other
  • To ensure equal access to tutoring, mentoring and technology
  • To collect and utilize data effectively in decision making

FY 2021 Expenditure Budget

Notice of Public Hearing

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2021 (budget year) $52,933
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 (prior year) $50,329
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year $2,604
Percentage increase 5%
Comments on average salary calculation (Optional): None
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018 $37,415
Total percentage increase in average teacher salary since FY 2018 41%