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Academy of Tucson High School

Charter | 9-12 | 175 students


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Posted June 27, 2014

Backpack should be allowed for all the stuff you have to carry around. Some of the teachers are a little too old and don't really teach much except about their life. There should be a real cafeteria that serves food and there should be a real room for kids to eat not just outside with a ramada tarp over there heads. This place is not very collage prep either. There are not many electives for a student to pick from. The dress code is stupid which tons of kids get away with. I am proud to say that I left this school and I am getting a way better education. And teachers at AOTHS pick favorites and they do not care about the rest.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 22, 2014

My son has grown so much this year. The teachers have really helped him grow and become more confident in himself. This warms my heart a great deal! High School
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 4, 2014

As a vendor working with the Academy of Tucson I can't say enough about management and the faculty. They absolutely care about their students and the impact on Tucson Education. - CS Design Studios

Posted February 23, 2014

This school has an excellent student to teacher ratio -- class sizes are small, averaging from 10-20. That makes all the difference. Teachers know their students as people, not just as bodies filling seats. Teachers are held accountable, as are students. My son attended AOT from 6th to 12th grade, and it was a great thing to know who his teachers were, how he was doing in class, and who his friends were.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 13, 2013

My youngest daughter recently graduated (May '13) from the AoTHS and I have to say I am very happy with her experience at this school. The special ed teacher who worked with her along with her other core class teachers all communicated effectively one with the other, making her experience there very positive. The fact that the communication between the teachers, my daughter, along with the principal and other school officials, created an environment where, since they were all on the "same page" with regards to her education and emotional needs, was nothing short of the highest of excellent marks. When I had a question of any of the staff, they all responded in a timely manner and we all worked together, there were no sudden surprises. Thank you Academy personnel for everything! you all know who you are and I will be forever thankful for your guidance and patience and for working so well together and with me!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2013

From a student who doesnt really care about the staff or has no favorites. This school is hard for students who are not to good at math, in all classes they hold you to an expectation that only few can hold. The electives are very few but they claim they offer just as much as a public school which is true to a point, the school offers art, choir, adv womens choir, guitar, and musical theory, these are the actual in class ones with teachers, the rest are offered through the online class by byu independent study but still those are limited and not that great. Now the teachers they pick favorites, when it comes to discipline their reall is nothing they do they just give you a 30 min lunch detentiion DONT SEND YOUR CHILD HEAR
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 22, 2012

Contrary to the previous comment, the principal of the high school motivated and gave my daughter a sense of direction which changed her view of school and today she is successfully working her way through college. The fine work of the principal and faculty at the Academy of Tucson changes lives for the better. I am truly blessed to have found such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 15, 2012

The teachers are good.......the principal needs to be replaced. He speaks down to students, is rude to select students and does not encourage them to do well as much as puts them down if they struggle.

Posted May 7, 2012

I have one child that attended the middle school and did pretty well so we sent them to the high school. This school is a huge contradiction! Some kids are held to different standards than others. Some kids can wear inappropriate clothing right in front of staff and not get in trouble. Some kids can display affection in front of staff and also not get in trouble. Very unprofessional!!! Rumors spread so easily through staff and kids. My child feels so unwelcome at this school. Be very careful about sending your child to this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2012

I have two boys going to AOT and both of them came from another charter school that was a very poor school. Both of them have been struggling and AOT High school has been helping them out. My oldest is in !!the grade and he has improved but needs a little more help and they are helping him a lot. My youngest is in (the grade and he is still struggling and we made an appointment to meet with the teachers. We found out where he is struggling and they are helping him a lot. I have nothing bad to say about this school. I have looked at other charters school and nothing compares with AOT. This is the best decision we have made for our two boys. I do know that I will never put them in public schools again. Thank you AOT.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2011

My older son is graduating this year. This has been one of the best high schools for him to attend. I am well pleased with the education he has received. My middle son is going there next year as a sophomore. My regret is that he did not start his freshman year at AOT. If he had, he would've been on track with the classes taken at AOT compared to the other charter high school he's going to.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2009

Academy of Tucson is an Excellent school!! The staff and administration really care about the students. This is a high school that really prepares it's student for college. My daughter feels very comfortble going to the teachers for any help she needs. The teachers are available before and after school to tutor or help students. I am so glad we found thas school to send my daughter to!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2009

My children will not be returning to this school. In the last couple of years the 'college prep' of this school has taken a 180 degree turn. My older children received a much better education in a much better learning environment than my younger ones did. My younger children came up through the AOT middle school were not prepared for high school and struggled. Then the high school moved a couple of those middle school teachers up so they received more of the same. Teacher turn over is very high at AOT. One teacher was outright hostile to my child. The rules of the school are not enforced for all children. Certain children are allowed to break the rules and dress codes. It is a shame that it is not what it once was as I had planned on all my children going there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2009

The Academy of Tucson High School truly has the interest of every student at the top of their list. As a parent of a student who was struggling to graduate, they made every extra effort to make sure my child graduated with his class. The dedication of the teachers and staff was wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2009

I am an alumnus of Academy of Tucson high school, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The teachers are professional and knowledgeable; I received a great education and have gone on to do good things with my life. I in particular am grateful for the presence of Maura Wahl, who has helped me through many a tough time, and on top of being a fantastic teacher has also been a great mentor. I have no bad things to say about the Academy of Tucson.

Posted May 22, 2009

My child has been at the Academy of Tucson High School now for 4 years. He has recieved an outstanding education. He has enjoyed the small campus size and we as parents are kept very abreast of the happenings on the campus. I would highly reccomend this school to any parent of high school students. The teachers and administration are outstanding and very professional and highly qualified.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2009

Parents/students/staff need to understand that this highschool fills a niche in the for students to have small classroom sizes, the opportunity for individual instruction and the opportunity to participate in sports while having little or no skills, and a 'rigorous' college prep curriculum. If you are looking for a school with a gymnasium with a retractable dome, classes with 30 students, and/or more of a social situation, then the school probably isn't the best choice for you or your child. Sure the school may not be the most visually appealing, but it has a great cohort of teachers and a fascinating student body, which can't be said about most schools around here.

Posted April 16, 2009

this is not a good school for students they are not getting a good enough education and the school does nothing to resolve violence, sex, or drugs. They turn a blind eye on everything and the kids get away with everything and that isn't right.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2009

I would have given this school five stars, because it was a wonderful institution for the years my kid went there, but they really do pile on the homework and it leads to student burn out. Some of the other disciplinary measures are too punitive as well, such as automatic detention for poor grades. My kid received detention for a grade that was erroneously recorded, but the brass was inflexible. That said, the school really does prepare the student for success in academics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2009

i love the academy of tucson! this is my second year there and im enjoying it alot. i love all my teachers and if im ever struggeling they are willing to stay after school and help out. the one thing im not so crazy about is the after school detention. i realize how it may work out but it takes time away from students and from teachers. the electives are limited but its still a good school. my opinion is the school size is great and compared to like rincon or any other tusd schools is its small and exciting. i never feel out of place there and i have many friends who feel the same way as i do. sure the school could use more sports.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

45 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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 70% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A47%
Female 55%N/A49%
Male 45%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10720 East 22nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85748
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