A Little Bit about AJ...
Students in Mrs. Fraher's 3rd grade class
reenact the story of the Lost Dutchman with
the Superstition Mountain Museum as their set. (2016)
Located about 35 miles east of Phoenix, Apache Junction, AZ embraces the spirit of the Old West, while enjoying a close proximity to the amenities of the big city.
Incorporated in 1978, the City of Apache Junction encompasses 34.2 square miles at an elevation of 1,722 feet. "AJ," as the city is locally known, benefits from an average of 290 sunny days per year. Currently, the city boasts a population of more than 35,000 residents.
Apache Junction and the neighboring unincorporated community of Gold Canyon (also served by AJUSD) sit at the foot of the Superstition Mountains. The legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine continues to draw tourists and amateur prospectors from all over the world and lends its name to events such as the internationally attended Lost Dutchman Marathon and the Lost Dutchman Rodeo.
Driving east of the city, the traveler quickly enters into a mountainous region of the state where recreational opportuities for outdoor activities abound. Hiking, camping, wilderness exploring, as well as hunting and fishing, are all nearby.
To the west, lies the major metropolitan area of Phoenix, AZ, offering residents of Apache Junction the opportunity to attend professional sporting events, major theater and arts presentations, renowned museums, and a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences.
Apache Junction Unified School District reaches from the City of AJ toward the desert horizon, encompassing 217 square miles: from Meridian Rd. (Mesa, AZ) on the west, to the town of Queen Valley on the east, and from the Goldfield Mountains to the north, south into the San Tan Corridor. Communities served include Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Peralta Trail, Queen Valley, and lots of wide open unincorporated land in between.
Apache Junction High School boasts a graduation rate that is higher than the state average. In line with the district mission of "College and Career Readiness for All," AJHS was the first high school in the state to partner with the East Valley Institute of Technology to embed Career & Technical Education classes on campus as well as offering the full line of career training opportunities through the EVIT main campus. Meanwhile, student efforts regularly result in significant scholarships for graduating seniors, and students can earn college credit before leaving AJHS through dual enrollment with the Central Arizona College and/or Advanced Placement courses.
The District Office is located at 1575 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction - on the NW corner of the Apache Junction High School Campus. Call us! 480-982-1110. We'll be happy to show you around!