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"Today, just as in prehistoric times, it is the mountain that attracts people to Flagstaff. Looming to a height of 12,670 feet, the San Fransisco Peaks are the highest point in the state. In the winter the towering summits are newly white and glorious against an Arizona-blue sky. In the summer deep purple wild iris, and later toward fall bright yellow sunflowers, dress the foothills in magnificent color. In autumn the golden aspen leaves flurry in cool mountain breezes that lift the eyes and the spirit to the mountains.

Situated on the Colorado Plateau, shadowed by the Peaks, Flagstaff is home to some 62,000 residents - a fascinating city rooted in the region's history and culture, and surrounded by some of nature's most spectacular treasures. But it will always remain a mountain town; its history, its culture and its spirit intertwined with the mountains that Native Americans still hold sacred, and that its people call home."
- Destination Flagstaff 1997-1998
Flagstaff is a unique city located at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in the Ponderosa Pine forest of northern Arizona. It is home to the famous Lowell Observatory, one of the most well-known observatories in the country.

Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater National Monument, Meteor Crater, the Red Rocks of Oak Creek Canyon and the Wupatki National Monument, are in close proximity to Flagstaff, which is often called "The City of Seven Wonders".
The U.S. Geological Survey's Astrological Branch, which conducted lunar topographical research at both Sunset Crater and Meteor Crater, is located in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff has a temperate, alpine climate with four wonderful seasons. In the summer there is plenty of sunshine and the nights are comfortably cool. Generally, there are only a few days per year when temperatures reach above 90 degrees. During late summer the "monsoons" arrive to cool the air with almost daily mid-afternoon showers.
During the fall, days are sunny and warm and the nights are cool and crisp. The changing color of the leaves makes fall a favored seasons. The average winter snowfall is 80 to 90 inches with nighttime temperatures that can dip below zero but with low humidity, abundant sunshine, and daily winter temperatures in the 40's, Flagstaff's climate is very desirable.
Flagstaff has an active arts community and sponsors a variety of activities and festivals including the Festival of Native American Arts, the Flagstaff Symphony, and the Festival in the Pines. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located in Flagstaff, as are many fine art galleries that showcase the artwork of a wide variety of artists.
The Flagstaff Unified School District education programs for student in kindergarten through high school are widely recognized as among the finest in the Southwest. Since the first log-cabin school-house opened in 1883, Flagstaff schools have been a source of pride for the community and have made an important contribution to the excellent quality of life that makes Flagstaff one of the most desirable cities in the United States to raise a family.    

The Flagstaff school district is one of the largest in the United States geographically. It encompasses 4,450 sq. miles, with boundaries extending from Sedona on the south, nearly to the Grand Canyon on the north, and within ten miles of Winslow in the east.    

The district includes eleven kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school within the city limits, one K-6 elementary school in the Doney Park area of Coconino County five miles north of town, a K-8 elementary facility in Sedona and a K-8 school in Leupp, some 35 miles east of Flagstaff on the Navajo Reservation.

The district also contains three high schools and two junior high schools. Flagstaff High School and Coconino High School are four-year institutions offering a complete range of academic, business, technical, and vocational programs for students in grades 9-12. Sinagua High School opened in 1989 and when fully occupied will be a full-service school also.

The Flagstaff School District offers a full range of instruction from basic education to programs for the gifted and talented. Teacher and educators at all grade levels work constantly to ensure that the curriculum keeps pace with the latest developments in course content and instructional methods.

Newcomers often ask, "Which neighborhood has the best school?" The only correct answer to that question is "All of them" because one of the district's primary goals in curriculum development is maintenance of consistency and uniformity in curricula throughout the district.