Sierra Vista Unified School District consists of one high school, one middle school and six elementary schools.
Buena High School offers its students a high quality and meaningful education experience, reflected in its 2012 graduation rate (the most recent data available) of 89%, compared to 77% in Arizona and 80% nationally. In 2012 Buena joined the Cochise Joint Technical Education District, resulting in additional state funding to expand Career and Technical Education programs such as marketing, culinary arts, sports medicine, automotive technology and engineering science. With other CTE programs in the pipeline, Buena’s graduates are increasingly well prepared to join the local workforce.
Thanks to local partnerships between industry, higher education and k–12 schools, the transition into college and then into the workforce is nearly seamless. Much of that is due to expanded Career and Technical Education (cte) offerings at Buena High School, which recently added nursing, criminal justice, financial services, and digital photography to its nearly 20 cte programs. The school has achieved several firsts in technical training by having students receive newly-offered state certifications in automotive technology and hvac repair. Buena’s band regularly earns statewide and even national recognition, having traveled to Florida in December, 2014, to perform in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Buena Performing Arts Center, at the high school, offers a world-class stage for school productions and many community events including performances by the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra and the annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering. From kindergarten through high school, Sierra Vista’s schools exceed county and state averages in every state assessed testing category. Pueblo del Sol Elementary School received recognition as one of the best schools in the nation in 2010, when it was named a National Blue Ribbon School. The community is also served by four local charter schools and several private schools, offering families true choice in meeting their children’s educational needs.
Additionally, Fort Huachuca has one middle and two elementary schools, and Sierra Vista is home to three charter schools and several church-run schools, including First Baptist Christian Academy, All Saints Catholic School and Veritas Christian Community School.