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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 554

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5051 W. Overton Road
Tucson, AZ 85742

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(520) 579-4800
(520) 579-4840
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September 16, 2014
Oh, where to begin? My children have been in attendance since my eldest entered kindergarten. Each year the school goes further and further down hill. Over the past 5 years there have been two changes in administration, the latest of which has been a complete joke. The current principal has no follow through with issues parents bring to his attention and blows off major concerns. Look around the campus and you will see that 90% of the teachers and staff look completely annoyed and unapproachable. The school secretary comes across as very rude and snarky, and talks down to parents. For the most part the teachers look disinterested and are down right mean to students when they think parents are not watching. I could understand this level of attitude in a high school environment when you are dealing with teenagers and their own self-serving attitudes, but at an elementary school? Only at big events when lots of parents are in attendance do they slap on a fake smile and make nice. Walk around the campus a few minutes before or after and you will see the true attitude at the school, and the students are picking up on it and starting to emulate what they see. It's so very sad.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2014
Degrazia Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in Tucson. I have had my kids in each the Tucson Unified District and Marana, and Marana School District is amazing. The kids are all so hard working, the teachers are eager to help and welcome you into the class any time. Not to mention the surrounding neighborhood. It is a very safe community and tons of kids, my children love the neighborhood!

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2013
This school has the potential to have a great community of involved & supportive parents, but they don't seem to welcome it. Every new rule created seems to push parents further and further away, which baffles me, because research clearly shows that involved parents leads to a better overall educational experience for children. Teach in any impoverished school, and see just how negative the effects of lack of involvement really are. They take it for granted here and often show disdain for it. That being said, the teachers are fantastic and do their absolute best with what they have. They can't do anything about admin or the overstuffed classrooms. From the parent and student perspective, this school was better 3 years ago before new admin, and with the change of admin again this year, it can only get better. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I'd still have sent my kids here. But I would do so with realistic expectations about the way they run things. I know it could be much worse. I just shouldn't have to work so hard to support my kids. There are still some VERY positive things going on at Degrazia, including music & PE twice a week. I know both are rare these days!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
We've got the best teachers and staff ever. The families love to participate!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2009
We have spent two years at DeGrazia and our daughter has had a fantastic experience. Someone asked her recently what she didn't like about school and she couldn't think of anything! That says it all to me. She has had fantastic teachers, from the classroom to music, PE and the GEM program. The principal is kind yet firm and the kids all love him. We give DeGrazia two thumbs way up; it is a great school and we are very happy with the education our child is receiving there!

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2009
My daughter has attended from kindergarten to 6th grade. We have had a great experience at this school. The staff caring and the education has been excellent.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2008
The last three school yrs. I have seen such positive improvements at Degrazia. Being at events, you can see the parent involvement and support growing each and every year. The staff if greatly encouraging and supportive. At one time I had fears about my children attending there, those fears have been put to rest. Mr. Poling and the staff at Degrazia are really doing a wonderful job and it shows!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 15, 2008
We have been at DeGrazia for three years now and love the staff, teachers and Mr. Poling. We could not be happier!

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July 24, 2008
My sister and I were fortunate enough to complete all 7 of our elementary yrs. at Degrazia. The teachers and aides treated us with respect and gave us every opportunity available (within the district's financial restraints). We both attribute our degrees to our strong academic beginnings. Thanks to all the staff members that gave us 100%.

- submitted by a student

April 22, 2008
We've been at DeGrazia for 2 years now with 2 children there. The staff, support, and academics have been nothing short of excellent. We have had fabulous teachers who challenge our kids and make them eager to learn. Love the leadership and the atmosphere of standards as well as encouragement. I'm surrprised by the few sub-standard reviews here. But, as we all know, satisfied people are less likely to post their opinions! Here's one for excellence!!

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2006
My family and I just moved here from FL and I am extremely impressed with the school and staff. My 6 year old has been loving school and I am looking forward to our other 2 children attending. The staff has been very understanding with the ADHD stuff and ever so willing to help.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2006
I have two children in this school. Admittedly they had problems in 2004.those problems were recitfied immediately, the parents were invited to voice their concerns. The Superintendant listened and worked out a plan that was truely benifical for all involved. The academic quality of the school is wonderful. This school in my opinion is constantly striving to exceed all state standards. I do wish they would add a separate art class. There a number of programs they do have that are not seen in other schools. They reading program is terrific. They attend music and phys ed weekly. The parents are always welcomed to partake either in classroom invovement, feild trips, or to voice concerns. We are all part of the school. They make school a wonderful place for children to love learning

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2006
This school has no art program which really kind of ticks me off. They decided to do away with it due to funding. If teachers want to add it to their curriculum, they can but are not required to. We moved to this part of Tucson because of the schools but I am not hugely impressed.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2005
This school does not offer a variety of art and music classes. What is available is very limited. Recently there has been some question to whether the staff is properly trained in emergency situations, (students safety at home or school)should the situation arise.

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October 30, 2005
This school is fine for a middle of the road child. Any child needing a higher curiculum or one to fit there needs is not made readily available. The GEM program is a joke. Any child wanting to apply is giving two days to do so at the beggining of school. The testing is outdated and hardly any new children are admitted. The turn over rate of principals is a huge red flag, they have had 5 in the past 4 years. The current principal has a high school mentality, choosing a hard approach to your 12 year old and under student. The school counselor, although excellent and genuine, is under utelized, and over worked. Setting up a 504 behavior plan or an IEP is cumbersome; having the plan followed by school staff is a joke.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2005
Great student/teacher ratio's. Outstanding academics. Lots of parent/teacher interaction. Highly recommended

- submitted by a parent

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Degrazia Elementary School
5051 W. Overton Road, Tucson, AZ  85742
(520) 579-4800
Last modified Degrazia Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Degrazia Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top