Our School

Selecting the right school for your child is a big decision. At Young Public School, we are dedicated to your child’s success. Our highly qualified teachers work with students in small class settings that allow them to personalize their teaching strategies to meet the individual needs of each student. We also offer a full range of support services and programs to enhance student learning.

Our History

Thanks to the generosity and support of our community, we are proud to operate classes for preschool through twelfth grade students from one debt-free, multi-building campus. As a small school in rural Arizona, YPS runs four days-a-week and employs an enriched general-studies curriculum to prepare students for a successful life after high school. 

Established in 1883, Young Public School is built upon a foundation of academic excellence and community support. 

Located on Hwy 288 within Pleasant Valley, YPS sits within the largest national forest in Arizona. Tonto National Forest encompasses over 2.8 million acres and offers many outdoor-based recreational opportunities for visitors and locals alike.

With a rich agricultural community of ranches and wineries and a storied history, Young is the most remote community in Arizona to boast a school, community center, public library, medical center, convenience shopping with gas pumps, and several restaurants. Our “claim to fame,” the Pleasant Valley War, was a ten-year range war in 1882 that started near Young and involved two feuding families, the Grahams and the Tewksburys. It is considered the largest family feud in the history of the United States and at one time threatened Arizona’s bid for statehood. 

Safe Schools

The safety of our students, staff, and visitors is of the utmost importance to Young Public School. We do not tolerate acts of violence or intimidation on school property or during school functions. To maintain a safe school, we videotape all activities on school property. We expect all students, staff members, parents, and community members to refrain from abusive language, aggressive gestures, threats, or displays of physical force to help us maintain a positive learning environment and atmosphere of physical and emotional well-being.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Young Public School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation in any of the district’s activities and programs, including our Career and Technical education classes. 

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 540 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.