Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the Census Bureau, the population of the town is 10,817. The town is located adjacent the southeast terminus of Chino Valley, about 9 mi north at Paulden. The smaller north-trending Little Chino Valley lies just east of the townsite. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.4 square miles (164 sq km), all of it land.
Chino Valley is the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona. The capital moved to Prescott, 15 miles away, in 1864. U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple, while traveling through the area in 1854, gave the community its name. "Chino" is the Spanish name for the abundant curly grama grass growing in the area.
The Chino Valley School District presently operates four school facilities in the Town of Chino Valley. Del Rio Elementary and Territorial Elementary house the District's 1,200 Pre-K through Fifth Grade students, equally divided between the schools. Heritage Middle School educates sixth through eighth graders in the district. Two County Teachers of the Year and Two Channel 3 Silver Apple Teacher award winners are on the HMS faculty. Chino Valley High School partners with Yavapai College Campus for Agribusiness, Science & Technology, located in Chino Valley, where seniors may jointly enroll in CVHS and Yavapai for advanced study.
The school's Aquaculture & Biotech Lab, Greenhouse and Livestock Facilities support the FFA program. CVHS houses five computer lab environments for students plus programs in music and art, and an FBLA program, along with the full component of extracurricular activities and sports programs. The District operates under the supervision of a five member Governing Board and one District Superintendent. The District presently employs 7 administrators and 6 directors on a full-time basis, 158 certified teachers and 190 full and part-time classified employees. Chino Valley has two charter schools that operate in the town. Mingus Springs is a kindergarten - 8th grade school that services over 180 students. Excel Education Centers is a 6th grade - 12th grade school that services over 50 students. Chino Valley also has a campus of Yavapai College. It is the home of The X Factor USA contestant Drew Ryniewicz.