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4300 E Sunrise Dr
Tucson, AZ 85718

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(520) 577-5094
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December 18, 2014
"All things considered," Tucson is overall just a pathetic place to have to be educated.The town is a socio-economically depressed, run-down, politically corrupt place with little growth potential for the future.Getting a good education in such a community is a gamble. CFHS is overcrowded. It's full of too many new teachers with too few mentors. There's too much emphasis on fads like "language immersion." A few years from now, will any of these kids really know how to speak MANDARIN CHINESE?! Everyone knows the answer is "no." But, for now, in a community whose greatest concern is its college sports team, getting a serious education will not be had at CFHS or anywhere else in Tucson. It's time for all the CFSD schools to take down their "Blue Ribbon School" and "A+ School" banners from the 90s and get real. As for the AP stats cited in the last review: I wonder where you got that info.Many parents talk about how their kids take AP classes and then fail the exams.Far too many CFHS graduates are placing into remedial math in college.The only thing CFHS is preparing its students for is how to make imovies about WIldcat Football games.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
All things considered, Catalina Foothills is a pretty good school. Sports/extracurriculars are pretty good such as the Speech and Debate team, Science Olympiad, etc. Academics are average, however. Some departments are better than others and of course, quality of teachers vary. The math department is ok, with the Calculus BC teacher being outstanding (99.9999% of students that took the AP test have scored a 4 or higher, only one student has ever gotten a 3). Although the administration isn't the best, overall, CFHS is a pretty good school considering it is public and has no entrance requirements.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2014
This school has gotten progressively worse since my freshman year. The security has increased by tenfold this year even though it's completely unnecessary. A fence now surrounds the school. Former students and parents are no longer allowed to visit teachers. It is a completely closed off campus. Security is constantly patrolling and monitoring students. Everyone must have their ID with them at all times in order to enter campus. If you forget it, you have to pay $5 to get a new one for the day (no exceptions). The school uses an absurd rubric to grade homework that is complicated and confusing (4.0-A+, 3.0-B, 2.5-C etc) instead of the standard, straightforward letter grades. Most people go to an in-state school (a number of them get scholarships). Only a handful go to private colleges (a few even go to top-tier schools). The only reason that more students from this school go onto prestigious schools is because the people who live in this district are wealthy. The teachers are okay and the academics are not especially exemplary. The administration is power-hungry and it's gotten so strict under the current principal. Thankfully, I'm a senior and will be graduating this year.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2014
This latest poster is so uninformed. Most of the students from CFHS do not go to in state schools. There is a high % of the class of 2014 going out of state to some of the most outstanding universities in the country including ivy leagues.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
Catalina Foothills is a school that claims outstanding academics but bury themselves with appearance and money. Foothills is more focused on dealing with security forces than improving academic programs. The education you get is pretty average it is just in an upscale community. Extra curricular activities and specific departments such as math are weak but the district does not care to recognize that. Everyone seems to enjoy lying to themselves and blaming the state for lack of funding. They would rather hire more security staff with a student body that is 70 percent White....Catalina Foothills gets more credit than it deserves because of the lack of education standards in the state of Arizona. Go outside of Arizona, and this school is quite average. That is why 70% of kids end up at a state college because it is essentially a free ride. Arizona state colleges are required to admit just about anyone and everyone a resident of Arizona. I see these problems transferring from a stronger school system out of state. This is the best public high school in Tucson because you don't have a lot of choices. Do not expect amazing support here. This school is descending quite quickly.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2013
We just spent the last ten years at CFHS as our three children went through the school. The teachers were top notch and the curriculum challenging and relevant. The depth and the breadth of classes, programs, and activities are unrivaled in Tucson. The entire staff and administration care about the students, and parents are very involved in supporting the school. Students are engaged in learning as well as the numerous extra-curricular activities and events. The campus and the views of the surrounding area are beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
The school has excellent students and teachers, particularly in Math and English. The quality of Science teachers have declined markedly- the best ones have moved on. Some of the best teachers have been reallocated against their wishes- from subjects they taught extremely well to assignments they are unhappy about these remaining quality teachers will inevitably leave and add to this continuing decline. The Board needs to step in.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
The school has excellent students and teachers in Math and English. The quality of Science teachers has declined markedly- the best ones have moved on- as shown by declining test scores. The academic focus over the last year or two in particular has markedly diminished, with the departure of quality teachers. Some of the remaining excellent teachers have been reallocated apparently against their wishes- from subjects they taught extremely well to assignments they are unsuited to and are clearly unhappy about these remaining few first-rate teachers will inevitably leave and add to this continuing slide. Standards are clearly slipping and there appears to be a lack of leadership- the Board needs to step in and fix the rot. My son has just graduated this year and I will watch for positive developments in the immediate future, but am not optimistic- we may be forced to send our younger child to a different school in the future. The District Board needs to step in.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
Changing demographic of student population due to increase in open enrollment has made this school feel less safe and friendly--fights, kids with piercings, crowded classrooms. Lots of teacher turnover in Math and Science. Some excellent teachers and beautiful campus. This school seems to be trending downward and will probably soon become average. Too bad--was once a great school and a nice community.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
Most beautiful campus in Tucson, as well as a challenging and diverse education. Without saying, Foothills has the most beautiful campus in Tucson. The curriculum here is without doubt the best in Tucson as far as public education goes. You also have a wide variety of choices when it comes to picking classes (6 english courses are available per grade). The teachers are very engaging in class and are always willing to assist with anything from academics to personal issues. The administration is also very experienced and credible, and keep the school together. The only negative about the school is that most students do unfortunately act the typical Foothills stereotype. Most people are white and rich, but they are mostly friendly and very nice. Foothills also has the most expansive, credible, and highest achieving fine arts program when compared to any other high school in town. The band is the largest in Arizona, and has traveled the world; traveling to Disneyland, the Beijing Olympics, Australia, Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Prescott, and more. The theatre program is very well known in Tucson as well.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2012
Not the best, not the worst. This school is constantly crying poverty while its administrators spend loads on "educational trips"

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2011
This is obviously a good nice school. The facilities are and building are great, the kids are smart, the teachers seem very engaging. On the downside, language programs have been cut. For example, you can take Chinese but not French for entering freshmen. But Chinese is too difficult for most students to do well in. The sports program (for girls at least) seem to be in need of cash all the time. Finally, there is of course the appeal to snobbery. One of the "selling" points of the school is that the students generally come from privileged homes... so they have better material to work with ... something a teacher told me. This implies that we live in a pure meritocracy and that people who are poor are so because they lake certain mental gifts. I think that attitude is prevalent but misguided at CFHS. Try to get beyond the snobbery and send your child here anyway... it will be a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
Academically, CFHS is an excellent school. I have taken both standard and honors level classes, and in every subject except for Math, I have had amazing teachers who have provided me a plethora of information and useful skills. Unfortunately due to budget cuts and retiring teachers, the extracurriculars has taken the worst blow. If your student is art driven, do not enroll them at CFHS. AP Art has been cut, Ceramics is always packed, and CFHS fails to offer orchestra. However we do have one of the best band programs in the nation. In terms of other extracurriculars, there are few PE classes offered. If you have a child who struggles in such courses, do not enroll them at CFHS. Socially, I find CFHS to be much like a small community. It is true, most of us students have known each other since kindergarten, and it's sometimes difficult to merge into such a place. However, there is a spot for everyone and anyone, and most people are open and friendly. In terms of drugs, yes, there is a problem especially with weed and prescription drug abuse. However, the only way for someone to stay out of trouble is simply to practice self control. Drugs are a problem everywhere, not just at CFHS.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2011
Catalina Foothills High School is a great school for all students. There are courses offered to challenge every student. There are AP classes, Honors classes and Standard classes. Each student can choose how much they want to challenge themselves. This school is non-selective, yet competes with schools that choose their students by their academic ability. This school and the district are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
This place is good. No drugs, everyone helps. Good classes, nice principle, nice parents. I think it is a great place to students.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2010
This was once a great school, unfortunately the changes made by the principal who took over in 2007/08 school year, it has progressively gone downhill. The ego of the community, due to a higher income level, believe it is still a good school. The good teachers have all left. My older child graduated in 2006 when the school deserved its high rating, my youngest child who will graduate this year-2011, left for another district high school and is receiving an excellent senior year! We are grateful to be out of this ego inflated district.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
In a recent post, a person claimed that CFHS has a drug problem. As a senior of this school, i will say that this is absolutly not the case. Like any area, drugs are available to those who seek them out. Due to my upbringing and the attitudes of my freinds, i have never been in a situation where drugs are present. I have had several parents and new students ask me about my experiences at this school, i tell them all the same thing, who you hang out with and what you do will determine how good your high school career is. On a seperate note, the class sizes are getting larger due to some teacher layoffs (budget cuts), but the numbers remain average and the teachers are generally very good at what they do. The school district also has excellent special needs services (7th grade younger sister).

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2010
School is overcrowded - this means classes are not always available [my daughter had to repeat a class she got an 'a' in because nothing else was avail] and they are large - with 30 in a class not unusual. The administration is stressed as well as the teachers. The overcrowding has diluted a once great school. Don't rely on this schools' past reputation. Things have changed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2009
i have mixed feelings about CFHS. On one hand, they truly do have a good academic system and the band program is amazing. However, drugs(mainly marijuana) are everywhere. But a lot of high schools have that. Still. Also, everybody, and i mean 90 percent of the population, have grown up together since they were in elementary school. Very clique-y so its hard. Overall though, academically its good. Just the students need to be more accepting

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
This schoool does not have an orchestra or support for students of string instruments.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
As a student here I can say that this school is amazing. Its open aired campus and high-quality teachers makes it feel more like a college than a campus.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
Fantastic for academics. Catfoot is a little clique-y but everyone can find their own clique. Campus is large, and Definitely not a place to wear heels above an inch, girls. Lunch is fair, but they have a snack bar where you can get brand name things like Arizona Ice tea and Chex mix. School is personal computer friendly, and you can get on the internet if a teacher logs you in. Drugs are generally low, but people do get into Marijuana, but you are not going to find a school anywhere that doesn't have that problem on some sort of scale. You can sign your students up for random drug tests. A lot of the teachers are understanding, but students will stuffer if teachers don't demand respect, or the kids are disrespectful. Catfoot is good for extra-curricular activities, but a lot of things don't have in-school funding.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 26, 2009
Our son is a graduate of CFHS and just completed medical school. He thought CFHS was one of the best experiences of his life. The music program is incredible as are athletics. He was supported and received excellent school counseling. It is an incredible public high school

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2009
I went to this school as a freshman 2006-2007 i loved this school so much everyone is very excepting and great. ya a lot of people smoke weed but thats not bad at least i think it doesnt effect them in a negative way they can still get outstanding greads and have fun doing it. I no longer to to the school but i visit once in a while the teachers are okay but they really teach you and help you but you have to make an effort to. but over all the kids are awesome and you get a great education while having fun.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2009
The lunch program at this school isn't the best, but it can keep inmates alive as well as students. The new principal enjoys keeping the school quiet and lacking in excitement. Due to recent budget cuts, class sizes may increase to around 40 students per class. The school has a great drama department along with science, though the physics department is lacking in good teachers. The students are great people, and rarely are their fights or gang related issues. The school has great extracurricular clubs and activities, including sports. The school has a National Honors Society which provides a place where students may receive peer-to-peer tutoring. The school also offers AP classes along with Honors and Standards courses.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 02, 2009
CFHS is a very accomplished school, their academics are the best in town. They are ahead in science along with their languages being excellent.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2009
I love CFHS. The campus is amazing, the students are academically driven, and there is always a place for you to fit in. I graduated from CFHS; and I can say that I was fully prepared for my college work- load... I attend princeton.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2008
I love this school, and i dont think the drug problem gets in the way of a good high school experience. The councilors are not very helpful, but i got around that. Some of the classes don't teach you anything, and you have to learn some things yourself before a test. But the reason i love this school so much is because of the arts program. Mr. Jackson is an incredible conductor and he is also extremely cool and understanding. He brought our choirs to a level of excellence that surpassed my expectations. If you are in the area i would encourage you to go to the choir concert on monday october sixth. The concert chorale is amazing and the jazz choir is very talented. the lowest choir is kind of awful but the woman's choir is very accomplished and they have a great tone. The campus is beautiful too.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 06, 2008
I'm a graduate of Catalina Foothills and I can truly say I loved my highschool experience. Just like any other school in Tucson, there are problems and someone is always going to disagree with something, but I was truly prepared for college. All throughout my first year at my university I heard people talking about how difficult the transition was, but my highschool friends and I didn't feel the same way. Foothills prepares students for the future. It's a fantastic place for both academics and extracurricular activities. An absolutely incredible school.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 24, 2008
amazing! best school ever! except the science teachers...they need a little help...except mr.thompson

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
great school. the math and science dept isn't as good as the history and writing dept but is still good

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2008
This school is not all about what people think (drugs and money as the previous writer said). It is an amazing school with great education programs. Many people may have money but not everybody does. There are a lot o. The sports are also excellent and it is a great learning envoiroment. You dont have to be intodrugs and stuff toenjoy your time at CFHSf people that are there to be educated

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2008
umm the person who wrote 'This school is full ofpeople who think that life is only full of money and drugs. Please do not take your kids here if you want them to sucsseed. They will run with people who do drugs all the time.' has obvious problems..... 1. you probably lack in self awareness and you did drugs 2. Do you even go to the school? I mean thats what most outside of CFHS students would say because they are jealous. and its so biased that you think that EVERYBODY does drugs only maybe 2% does drugs. And are you implying that other schools in Arizona there is no drug use? 3. Probably only you didnt succeed my older sister in fact went to harvard from CFHS and all her friends went to great collages and 85% of the students from CFHS go to collage.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 08, 2008
Amazing school. 9 of my 11 teachers have been above and beyond fantastic as well as always willing to help. My counselor has helped me get every class and helped me work around my busy varsity sport schedule. I went to another local private school for a year and was excited when I was further challenged academically at Foothills. Everyone is accepted into extracurricular activities and everyone very friendly and outgoing. It's not hard to fit in and have a great high school experience here. I feel my experiences at Foothills will help me get into a great school and not only succeed but excel at any college. If you want to see more proof why this school is perfect for a high school experience the credentials are all over wikipedia.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating March 05, 2008
anyways, the prices for food are ridiculous too. 4 bucks for a hamburger a water bottle and chips, daaaang. at sabino high they get the same meal for half the price. sports here are really good too. our soccer is amazing, our baseball is great too, our football is alright, and many others too. there are tons of clubs too, many started and run by students. we have a great marching band. the councilors were helpful but they were rude. o yeah i forgot to mention, the security is quick to point fingers at students so if your kid goes there dont be too quick to punish them. students also have a tutoring center where they can get tons of help on any class. the library is huge which is great for papers and the librarians know a bunch of websites to help you find great info.

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February 10, 2008
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February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
This school is full ofpeople who think that life is only full of money and drugs. Please do not take your kids here if you want them to sucsseed. They will run with people who do drugs all the time. This happened to me

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December 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 15, 2007
my child has had two excellent humanities/writing teachers and two very good math teachers. However, it does not seem that the efforts of the dedicated teachers are much valued. For a school with supposedly strong academics, there is little appreciation of academic excellence, and love of learning, towards the teachers. The principal does not welcome parental input. THe good points: generally good behavior and discipline, high-achieving student and parent population, and beautiful campus. I just wish they would cultivate a real faculty of the good teachers, and value them.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2007
Our freshman struggled in math and upon receiving a poor grade his first semester, the assistant principal assigned him to time in the tutoring room 'the nest' and he raised his grade by two grade levels the next semester. Thanks to the total devotion of Ms. Shane-Boyd, the band director, and the resulting fabulous band, the marching band performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. This is definitely a wonderful school, the teachers are helpful and answer emails immediately. There are also plenty of safeguards in the school system, so that no one falls through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
majority of students are great to hang on, but most of the cases science teachers(Chemistry, Biology and physics) are neither knowledgeable or motivated to teach.So credit for good results should go to parent or studentnot to teachers.

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June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Great school. Lots of teachers truly dedicated to providing the best education possible to their students. The Arts are huge at CFHS, with lots of plays and musicals, art shows every quarter, and one of the largest high school marching bands in the country. Sports are also very big here. In the 05-06 school year, we won the championships in 8 sports. We had plenty of athletic scholarships in the senior class, including one of the only two soccer scholarships in southern arizona. The PTA is very active and does a lot of good for Catalina Foothills.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
Good programs available, for those who want to learn.

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May 14, 2006
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January 22, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 23, 2005
This is one of the two or three best high schools in the state. Test score are always high and the kids have fun. also it has one of the largest marching bands in the state.

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April 23, 2005
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March 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 22, 2005
Teachers are often unresponsive to student and parent requests for help.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
I think this school is the best school out there for academics. I learned more than i have from my former high school. I almost felt dumb coming to this school from my last school. iam really glad I got to move to catalina foothills and get a chance to get a better education.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2004
A great school that provides depth and breadth to meet almost any needs of the student. Numerous AP classes, sports, extra curricular activities. Extensive parent involvement. Teachers are willing to provide extra tutoring. They are also very responsive to e-mail questions for working parents. The principal knows all the children's names and faces! I purchased my home in this district based on the reputation of the schools and I have not been disappointed.

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March 27, 2004
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Catalina Foothills High School
4300 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ  85718
(520) 209-7500
Last modified Catalina Foothills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Catalina Foothills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top