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Ready for Independence, just need the diploma!

In Balance Transitional Living has developed a high school component for those young men who are ready for independence, life skills, and to live like a college student but because of drugs/alcohol or life circumstance still have some credits to finish before they achieve their diplomas. Instead of going to a local high school where the temptations and negative influences are abundant, we have our own high school facility that has an academic director, tutors, quiet study rooms, and a classroom. The young men will be living like independent young adults but will be working towards their diplomas Monday-Thursday from 9am-2:30pm.

The program is titled San Pedro Academy-Tucson. San Pedro Valley Academy-Tucson Campus, has been providing the high school program for Transitional Living students since June 2013. Using curriculum from San Pedro Valley Academy, and other independent study programs, each student is enrolled in the courses he needs to complete the requirements for a high school diploma from an accredited school.

With the help of qualified tutors, who are available to teach new concepts, and answer questions, the students are encouraged to complete their courses before they graduate from Transitional Living.  Maintaining a 3:1-student: teacher ratio is a key element to the success of this program.

The average student is able to complete his courses in less than six months. Most of the graduates are attending the University of Arizona, and Pima Community College, but some are attending universities in their home states of California, Texas, Georgia, and Massachusetts etc.

San Pedro Valley Academy-Tucson High School

  • Dedicated Academic Director-Denise King

  • 3:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Our own classroom to avoid "high school temptations"

  • Class Monday-Thursday 9am-2:30pm allowing time to do recovery, life skills, and everything else a young adult wants/needs to do throughout the week

Denise King |  Academic Director

Denise King began providing the academic program for the high school students in Transitional Living in 2012. Before that she spent 15 years as the Assistant Director of a private school for grades 7-12, in Tucson, which provided individualized education and supplemental programs for students with processing difficulties, dyslexia, and ADD/ADHD.

Denise was raised in Tucson and is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Secondary Education. She and her husband are very dedicated to their faith community, and enjoy spending time on the beaches of Puerto Peñasco, and Southern California, as well as camping, kayaking, and rock climbing. 

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