The Academies are geared towards students who are interested in a comprehensive middle school education and desire the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of study. The Honors Academy of Pre-Engineering and the Honors Academy of World Languages are designed for the high achieving students who are serious about learning. The Academy of Visual Arts and the Academy of Music are designed for the musically and artistically talented students of Desert Shadows Middle School.
These programs are new additions to the regular and honors educational opportunities at the school. The curriculum in the Honors Academies follows the Arizona State Standards and the Paradise Valley Unified School District curriculum for the grade level and content area.