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1 Darn Cool School

Support Programs

School is an essential part of your child’s normal routine. It is important to keep up this routine when your child is in the hospital. 1 Darn Cool School support is here at Phoenix Children's. Continuing your child’s schooling while in the hospital will help lower anxiety levels. They will feel better, both physically and mentally. We all know a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. While in the hospital school, your child will learn in a positive and encouraging atmosphere. 

The school program is available to all children who are currently enrolled in Kindergarten – 12th grade or special education 5 to 21 years. If your child is expected to be hospitalized more than 5 days, please connect with the school team to assist with your child’s educational needs.

In addition to holding a current Arizona teaching certificate, all teachers have earned a master’s degree in education. 

Currently the school program is 100% philanthropically supported. Many thanks to our supporters, Desert Financial Credit Union and the Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation, for their continued support.

VISION: To promote educational success throughout the healing process.

MISSION: To provide educational and academic services for children and families at Phoenix Children’s.


  • Provide year-round academic support for patients in grades K-12
  • Serve as a bridge between the hospital and patient’s home school
  • Provide Re-Entry support and guidance
  • Provide 504 & IEP support
  • Provide information on alternative programs or academic placement as needed.
  • Offer parent advocacy resources and support.
  • Provide an incentive program to encourage patients to keep up with academic work during extended hospitalizations

Contact :  For more information, please call the classroom at 602-933-1706 or email the school at


The program was originally started by volunteers in the hospital in 1985. The first in-house classroom was founded in 1987 and was called the PCH Genius Club. It represented one of the first hospital schools in the nation.

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