CREST accepts 150 students each year, 50 students in each of the three strands: Bioscience, Engineering, and Computer Science. We receive a large number of applications in the fall so we encourage applicants to complete applications by November 15, 2023. Applications are evaluated on a rubric and accepted applicants will be notified by early December. We will continue to accept students after that date as space is available and offer a waitlist position to qualified candidates. Since CREST is a four-year program, we only admit incoming 9th-grade students each year.
Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year are Open
To successfully complete your application, please follow these steps:
Application: Complete the online application. The application includes the links for the recommendation forms and the online interview.
Recommendations: Send your recommendation form link in the application to the all of the following:
Your current math or science teacher
Any other teacher
A community leader (coach, scout leader, church official, Community service supervisor, etc.)
Interview: Complete the online interview:
You will receive the link to online interview when you complete the application.
The CREST program interview is an online self-taken interview that consists of several short question responses. If you do not have access to a computer with a webcam, please contact the CREST Program Coordinator, Pamela Fulk, at email@example.com or at 602.449.2102.
PV Schools students do not need to send current grades; we will check your grades.
Students from outside the Paradise Valley School District: Please ask your current school to email your most recent grades to Program Coordinator Pamela Fulk (see email address above). We do not require transcripts, just current grades.
The review team looks at a combination of current grades in English, Science, Math, and Social Studies, recommendations from teachers and community members, and the online interview the student completes. The review team is looking for leadership experience and interest, community service, a willingness to work in collaborative groups, and a growth mindset. See Portrait of a CREST student.
There are no requirements to apply to CREST and students do not need to be currently in honors courses. That being said, honors courses do a good job preparing students for the rigors of a four-year, honors and AP STEM program. Additionally, grades are a large factor in the review as performance in 8th grade is usually a good indicator of success in high school.
CREST is open to all students regardless of residence. You do not need to be a PV Schools student; in fact, about 40 percent of CREST students are from outside the PV Schools District. Transportation is not provided for students who live outside of the PVHS enrollment boundaries.
You may only apply to and be accepted into one strand. Once accepted, you may take courses in other strands if there is room in the course and in your schedule. Many students take other strand courses.
CREST students are PVHS Trojans first, CRESTies second. Students attend all non-CREST classes with other PVHS students. CREST students are athletes, student government leaders, mechanics, welders, club members, dancers, musicians, singers, actors and stage hands. CREST students do all the great things that other high school students choose to do.
Many of the AP courses taught at PVHS are dual enrollment. Some of the CREST courses are also dual enrollment. Please see the CREST Program Strands. PVHS offers Honors, dual enrollment, AP courses, and an AP Diploma as well as the CREST Seal for those students who qualify.
PVHS is the only PVSchools high school with the block schedule. Students attend four classes of 86 minutes each day, earning four credits at the end of each semester. PVHS students can earn eight credits per year for a total of 32 credits by the conclusion of high school.
PVHS is on a block schedule so classes only last one semester. Students may switch strands at the end of the semester, provided there is room in the new strand and the student has worked to accepted standards. Students who find that CREST does not work for them may drop the program and take other courses.
The internship program is an integral part of the CREST program. In order to graduate as a CREST completer, students must complete a 200-hour internship. This is one of the highlights of the program, providing students an opportunity to learn about working, apply their knowledge in the workplace, and make important decisions about their future.
CREST students attend colleges all over the United States. CREST students have attended MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Juilliard, University of Texas, Austin, and many other schools. Students tend to enroll in state universities because that is where they can earn many scholarships. In general, students are accepted to their university of first choice.
CREST students are regularly recognized as National Merit Scholars, Flinn and Baird Scholars, and often earn the ASU and UA Presidential Scholarship, and the NAU Lumberjack Scholarship. Former students also earned prestigious awards at schools outside of Arizona such as the McDermott at the University of Texas, Austin. CREST students have also earned various medals at Career and Technical Student Organization (HOSA and SkillsUSA) National Conferences, served as President of both HOSA and SkillsUSA national organizations, won medals at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, and consistently earn 1st place at the eCybermission state and regional competitions. CREST students have also been National CTE Presidential scholars.