Schools, Cochise County sierra vista az

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Higher Education

Sierra Vista is a highly educated community with 93% of the population aged 25 and over having attained high school graduation or higher, compared to 85.7% in Arizona and 85.9% nationally. More than 31% hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, compared to 26.7% statewide and 28.6% in the United States. The City is the seat of the University of Arizona, South, offering four-year degrees in conjunction with the two-year programs offered at Cochise College, making a university level education and a highly recognized degree both affordable and accessible. In addition to traditional degree programs in education, computer science, humanities and the social sciences, UA South offers Bachelor of Applied Science programs, Master’s programs in education, and a variety of continuing education programs designed to meet the workforce needs of regional industry.

Cochise College was named one of the top 10 community colleges in the country by the Huffington Post in 2015. Founded at its campus in Douglas, the college is now headquartered in Sierra Vista and is expanding its facilities in the community. After opening a new automotive center in Sierra Vista 2014, the college benefited from the donation of the 93,000 square foot former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center building in 2015. This will enable the college to expand opportunities in many of its high-demand programs, such as culinary arts and nursing. With 2,166 of its 4,482 students enrolled at its Sierra Vista or Fort Huachuca campuses, Cochise College offers an affordable education opportunity for local residents and provides local businesses with skilled employees.

Cochise College and University of Arizona South are far from the only choices for higher education as Sierra Vista is also home to Wayland Baptist University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the headquarters of the, a major branch campus of the University of Arizona.

  • Students: 904
  • Faculty:
    • Full Time: 18
    • Part Time: 53
  • Degree Programs:
    • Bachelor’s: 19
    • Master’s: 2
    • Certificate: 76

#3 Cochise College Ranks as one of the Best Colleges in the Country!

See the Huffington Post Article.


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.

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Bella Vista Elementary SchoolB
Presidio de las SierrasB
Pueblo Del Sol Elementary SchoolA
Village Meadows Elementary SchoolB
Buena High SchoolB
The Berean SchoolsB
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