We are a public school located in Piñon, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. With a local population of just over 2,000 people, we enjoy a small, community atmosphere. At Piñon Unified School District, we offer educational services to our local residents and the surrounding communities of Hard Rock, Forrest Lake, Whippoorwill, Blue Gap, Cottonwood, Low Mountain, and Black Mesa.


We opened our doors to 400 students at Piñon Elementary School In 1984. Initially, Cedar Public School District No. 25. provided our services. Only two years later, we branched out on our own and formed Piñon Unified School District #4. Since then, we have grown from schooling only the primary grades to educating students in preschool through grade 12 at three campuses. For nearly 30 years we have dedicated our resources to providing the best education available to the children of our community.


Because we believe that all students can and will learn and that all teachers can and will teach, we envision an educational setting which encompasses the following characteristics:

A Learning Community

  • Knowledge- Application Work – Organization
  • Persistent innovation
  • Continuous improvement
  • Challenging opportunities
  • Living and learning productively within their traditions, our heritage, and the mainstream culture
  • Integration of academic and community life


  • Teaching causes learning
  • All students attain curriculum mastery
  • Fixed accountability for results by student, teachers, and principals
  • Teachers are leaders of students
  • Principals are leaders of teachers
  • Teachers and principals ensure students have opportunities for success

Personal Values:

  • Life-long learning, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving
  • Identifying and discovering how personal values are reflected in the values of their culture and mainstream society
  • Interpersonal skills: cooperating, collaborating, serving, leading, and negotiating
  • Responsibility, self-esteem, self-management, sociability, and integrity
  • Community service