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Flagstaff is the home of Northern Arizona University’s main campus, which has a rich history of delivering a top-quality education. Today, that mission is enhanced by cutting-edge research and graduate programs, distance education and service to many Arizona communities.

Much of the university’s research is centered on climate, the environment and biosciences. The 100,000-square-foot Applied Research and Development (ARD) is one of the greenest buildings in the world and is home to NAU's Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, a research facility focused on understanding the evolution, ecology and epidemiology of a number of disease-causing bacteria.

NAU’s 730-acre Flagstaff campus features several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also home to several galleries and auditoriums for art shows and performances by students, faculty and nationally-known professionals. The university hosts an exciting array of speakers during the year from inside and outside academia.

Intercollegiate athletics provide a sense of pride and a great rallying point for NAU students, faculty and staff, as well as the Flagstaff community. NAU, a member of the Big Sky Conference, sponsors 15 NCAA Division 1 athletic programs and boasts success both on and off the field. Student athletes recently recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.16, their highest in more than a decade and higher than the general student population.

Coconino Community College (CCC) is a smart start for high school students, single parents, retirees and individuals retooling for new careers or just sharpening their skills for their current occupations. CCC serves Flagstaff, along with the Grand Canyon, Page/Lake Powell, the Navajo Nation, Williams and Fredonia, and has more than 10,000 students total on its campuses or through distance-learning programs. The college offers university transfer, career/technical programs and continuing education and community interest non-credit courses.

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The Flagstaff Lone Tree Campus sits on 40 acres nestled among the ponderosa pines. The Fourth Street Campus and Technology Center houses CCC's premier career and technical programs, including business, fire science, allied health, construction technology, certified nursing assistant, office information systems, CISCO network academy, emergency medical services, computer information systems, culinary arts and emergency medical technician.

Flagstaff Unified School District is proud to provide an exceptional, well-rounded education to more than 10,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 10 elementary, two middle and two high schools.

Since the district was founded in a log cabin in 1883, it has taken great pride in public education. FUSD students consistently score above the state and national average on standardized achievement tests and the school dropout rate is far lower than the state average.

The district offers numerous magnet programs focusing on topics as diverse as technology, leadership and languages.

Students from the career and technical education program have been particularly successful in recent state and national competitions. Our partnership and dual enrollment with Coconino Community College is very popular with our high school students and a good “head start” for them by providing college-level courses and credit while attending high school.

For parents searching for other educational options, Flagstaff has a number of charter, religious and private schools from which to choose. Some have open enrollment and are free, while others require applications and tuition. There are also a variety of accredited preschools and childcare programs for younger children.

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