Dysart Unified School District

Collaborative Planning to Improve Outcomes

The Dysart Unified School District in Arizona covers 140 square miles and serves numerous communities, including the cities of Surprise and El Mirage and some unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. At one time the fastest growing school system in Arizona, Dysart has tripled in size since 2000 to just over 24,000 students.

Dysart has demonstrated how school districts can successfully respond to explosive growth in student enrollment by undertaking a collaborative strategic planning process that covered a full spectrum of issues to improve learning.