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Tolleson Union High School

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Posted March 29, 2013

My son went to Tolleson all four years and graduated last year (2012). I thought it was an outstanding school. The principal really cares about the students and the students respect him. The baseball program is outstanding and very competitive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2013

Could be a better school at academics and sports. Sports aren't that competitive at this school like most schools up North in Arizona.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 2, 2012

University High School on the Tolleson campus is taking kids places. My son is a graduate and I would have never sent him anywhere else. Students from this school are going all over the US. Students from University High are being accepted by prestigious schools such as American University, Georgetown, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Dartmouth, USC, and many others. This school is definitely on the right track!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2011

To see my son graduate and get all the help he needs to accomplish it
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2010

Tolleson union high school is a good school. THey have great teacher and great school spirit at games.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 7, 2010

I attened University High School in the Tolleson Union High School campus, and it is an amazing school. Driven on the power of knowledge, perserverence, and challenge, Univerity High pushes each and everyone of their students to strive for success. Our motto is 'Harnessing the Power of Dreams' , because each student is here attendending this acedemy in order to reach their ultimate dream. This program offers so much and is very benificial. I encourage all parents to encourage their student to apply for this school if they see a bright future ahead of them. Yes, the acedemics here are rigorous, but it is all worth it. I do not regret coming to this school. Its amazing!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 5, 2009

they really care about the kids
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

I am so excited about what is happening at Tolleson Union High School. Bringing there AIMS scores up to there highest level ever. That shows great commitment on the part of the teaching staff and all your administors working together to better there school. Congrats on being recognized by the State for bringing your scores up. What an honor to be singled out as the school that all schools in the state should be watching and taking example from. That is an awesome honor. Keep up the GREAT work!

Posted September 15, 2009

My personal opinion about Tolleson is that it's a very good school. I'm a university high student and although it may be difficult at times i still recommend it to others, so that they can push themselves and take risks. Its like a challenge you take for yourself but it is always rewarding at the end. Other then the dress code (which is the most dense rule ever) everything else is pretty good. Overall i like Tolleson a lot.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 13, 2009

I love this school. But it needs work in the staff area. I've had many great teachers like Ms. Bray, Ms.Polcovich, and Mr.Ortiz who have inspired me to work very hard. But the main problem this school year is that the school staff seems to have been more worried on 'dress code' understand why the new dress code rule of not having words on our shirts. It's not professional. But making a big fuss about how a 'teenager' (the rebel years) dresses is not not professional either. Having security guards waste their time chasing students that have the logo 'HOLLISTER' on their shirts is ridiculous, they should be monitoring the school and making sure students are safe. That's why they are called Security Guards, to make sure the school is being 'Secured'.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 31, 2009

i personally do not like the school. The staff there is very 'because i said so' attitude. They have different views about educating the teens. Power does not always solve all the problems. They need training in that area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2008

Man University High is only for those dedicated, it is a very challenging program but the reward upon completion is immense, no lie. And to the Freshmen this year good luck this year you will need it!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 21, 2008

TUHS!!Tolleson! best freaking school ever the teachers are soooo nice and the food is bomb!belive mehh!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 21, 2008

I loved this school it was the best experiance, of learning the teachers are great and there is so much heritage in the small town that make it a truly wonderful place to go to school. They really try very hard to give the student all that they need to make it in this world. :)

Posted September 13, 2008

I attend Tolleson in the University High program and this is my first year. I'm pretty young but i took the University High class for a reason. And that reason was to get higher education (advance placement classes). I am smart for a ninth grader and i KNOW that i could do more. Dr.Dean, the principle of University high is really dedicated to teach me. Everytime he talks, he makes me feel confident. This school is amazing.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 9, 2008

I really enjoy attending Tolleson Union High School. I actually attend the University High Program that is housed in Tolleson,University High is a collage prep progran for the Tolleson HS Disrtict. UH is a real rigorous program, you must be extremly dedicated to attending collage to succeed in the program. We also attend regular Tolleson High electives with regular Tolleosn Students so we do interact with non U High Students. Tolleson also has a great Marching Band Program which I play the trumpet in and we (the band) went to state last year and hopefully will recieve an Superior this year. So really consider attending Tolleson it is a really great school, just the new strict dress code make the studnets mad. Really think about your dedication and talk to people before you enroll in University High.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 10, 2008

I very much enjoy going to Tolleson High School. it is a terrific school. I also attend the University High School (U.H.) progam along with many other sucsessful and talented students. U.H. is a program that is not only difficult but challenging as well. It is full of many surprises but also tprepares us to go on into college more educated on what to expect. Tolleson High School has many great mermories for the students that attend the school. The the teachers are wonderful and push us all to our limits so that we could make something of ourselves. ^-^
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 22, 2008

Well I love Tolleson because I am very active in this school. I actually attend University High Program whch gives students college prep material. While not being totally excluded from the mainstream school, we still are not really known throughout the school. I am on the cheer squad and aon the track team so its a pretty good school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 8, 2008

If you are attending University High, on the Tollesson campus, this is a great place to be. If not, the main school for students not enrolled in advanced classes is just average. University High and Tolleson are run quite differently. Tolleson has crowded classes and very little spirit among students. Teachers are not dedicated to the students or the school and are often rude. Communication is also an issue. It is hard to get anyone to return phone calls.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2008

My daughter has been attending tolleson since her freshman year, and she is a junior now. tolleson has some great teachers, but every year there are at least two teachers that are not that great. I have had to transfer her out of one class of a bad teacher because she was failing, to another teacher that was awesome, and her grades improved. I also have known some teachers to be less than hones. The AP English program needs alot to be desired, and my daughter has learned little in those classes. On the other hand, the teachers that are great have taught her much, and she has been doing well. The other disappointment is the lack of funds the school has. There are no field trips, or extra activities for the students. It is not a bad school, but my second child will not attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests

Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 43%
Black 12% 5%
White 6% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9419 West Van Buren
Tolleson, AZ 85353
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