Pantano High School is a credit recovery alternative school committed to serving the specialized needs of today’s youth. It is our mission to provide a mutually respectful environment where faculty and staff encourage and celebrate student successes and students develop a genuine sense of value and belonging.


  • Provide a variety of educational delivery method and teacher interaction to facilitate student achievement in each course.
  • All courses, self-paced or traditionally presented, are aligned to Arizona State Standards and the Vail Unified School District’s Essential Standards.
  • Create an individual graduation plan for each student and monitor their progress toward that plan.
  • Provide life/job skills training for all students and school to work credit opportunities.
  • Students master the concepts they learn. To do this, students must pass each quiz and test with at least a 70%.
  • Create a transitional plan and opportunities that will prepare students for life after high school.
  • Seek parent and community involvement in the development and mentorship of the students and the programs.

Pantano Students ROCK Statement                ACT Statement

ROCK Statement                  ACT Statement


In the late nineties, school districts across the country reacted to several high-profile incidents of violence in schools by creating and adopting new policies and procedures in an attempt to creater safer communities. Typically, responses included increased monitoring, stricter rules, and harsher punishments.

In a meeting to consider our community’s response, someone suggested that clarifying our identity as a district was, perhaps, more important than adding rules and procedures. We needed to know and proclaim who we were as a district. As the discussion progressed, another participant suggested that we should let students know how we expected everyone to “act” instead of telling them all of the things that shouldn’t be done. Someone else suggested using “ACT” as an acronym for such a statement and, with surprising ease, such a statement was written and adopted.

The simplicity and appeal of the statement has been powerful. Now, ten years later, a poster of the statement hangs in every classroom and office of the district. It appears throughout school and district publications. Elementary students say it as a pledge. Some classes sing it. High school administrators use it as a guide and counseling tool for difficult disciplinary situations. Adults refer to it when meetings move towards conflict. It is the standard for our civic mission.


REACH Statement

The primary intent of the REACH statement is to provide parents with a clear, understandable statement as to what can be expected to happen in Vail classrooms.

A second intent is to provide teachers with a clear statement regarding expected instructional behaviors in Vail.