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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 637

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2400 North Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

(520) 232-6900
(520) 232-6901
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December 15, 2014
I am a parent of an eighth grader in Doolen GATE. If your child tests into GATE, visit some classes at Doolen. I think you will like what you see, and your child will likely enjoy their middle school experience. The GATE program is the best option within TUSD.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2014
First of all, I have one child in the GATE program at the school, and have no experience with special education or general ed students or classes there. The GATE program is fantastic and is exactly what we felt our child needed for middle school. In 6th grade, the students had block scheduling, with 2 hours at a time for instruction. This made for a much easier transition year and students got to delve into project-based learning in depth. The 7th/8th grade GATE math and science teachers are academically rigorous and pushed students to be ready for UHS. The counselor is simply superb and most school communications come from her. There's been a lot of turnover of some teachers, due to retirements and changes in principals (which is kind of frequent for a middle school). We've been in TUSD magnet and gen ed schools in the past, and firmly believe the GATE program is the only way to go for middle school.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2014
Sorry I meant to put 1star or not any I am the parent who just posted about my autistic child . They should be ashamed about they behavior . Do not sen your child there if they are in a SPEC . ED class

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2014
I don't have a lot of great things to say about this school. I admit my daughter can be dramatic and strange but she gets picked on by the students enough, the teachers don't have to join in. We have gone to the school on 3 separate occasions to meet with staff and they never are available or follow up. My daughter does have a few teachers she really likes and some really good friends but if we have any options she will not be returning for 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
I have problems with this school and they way the handle my child and not in a good way :( !

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2012
I have not really been impressed with the 7th or 8th gate teachers. The really do not seem to care about the students. They do not keep up on grades, the lose students work that has been turned in. They are either over worked, unorganized or they just don't care. Which is sad, because they have bright students that work hard. The 6th grade gate teachers that my child had were so much better, but they have since left the school. As for the rest of the administration, there are not much better. There is bullying going on all the time and nothing seems to be taken care of. Students get their personal belongings stolen and the school does nothing about it. We haven't moved our child out of the school because we haven't heard anything better about other schools in the district. So we have had our child study martial arts in order to protect themselves.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2012
I have issue with this school and how they handle bullying. My child is bullied almost daily yet no one really deals with it. Even when there is physical bullying no one gets in trouble or suspended like district policy says they should. I am currently looking at removing my child before the next school year because I dont want her tortured any longer by horrible kids and a staff that just doesnt care.

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2012
I've been going in the Doolen GATE program for 7-8 and i wouldnt want to get anywhere else!! there is interaction between non-gate and GATE if you want to. it's really fun and most of the teachers are good. the enviorment's really easy to understand aswell. Some say its ghetto but school's only fun if you want it to be! So far, best school years ever!!

- submitted by a community member

August 10, 2011
Being a student at Doolen MS was 3 of the greatest years I have had. That school has amazing teachers, and amazing people. I met some of my best friends there. <3 I actuallt just got promoted from there this year (2011). That school is amazing, regardless of what anyone says. The people are great, the teachers are nice, and they really try to push us into learning. You would be a very smart parent to send your child here to Doolen Middle School. :)

- submitted by a community member

April 26, 2011
Great school but when I went to the open house a lot of the kids were getting into fights as in punching each other. I mean I like that it has cool extra curricular activities like Track and Field, Soccer and baseball. It just brings the smartness down!!!!

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2009
As a former student, I attended 6th and 7th grade and currently in 8th grade at a different school, I was glad to leave. Doolen needs alot of work. This year they have french, cap (civil air patrol) and other nice things, but it is still the same school. There is fights almost everyday, there is alot of marajuana there, the kids are not nice. The academic standards are not high. At Doolen you get 'easy A's' and you don't have to really work hard. The extra-cirricular activities are good. They have wright flight, cap, orchastra and band. I was bullied many times, but I got through it. I would rate this a 1 out of ten school. Although, there is some teachers like mr. Deeb and ms. Deeb and ms. Bartz, who are the coolest teachers ever. So decide for yourself.

- submitted by a student

June 19, 2009
This school is a lot safer than when my sister went here but still needs to work on this issue. My daughter went here for 3 years and did good. There is not a lot of communication between the school and parents.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2009
I can't really give this school too much credit. As a student at this school currently I feel ashamed. We have no proper education and it is so easy for me. I excel and Doolen is really bringing my smarty-ness down!!!! We think were all cool when were so cool that we can't even pass our benchmark testing or our Arizona's statewide test the AIMS. Please don't send your child here!!!

- submitted by a student

May 05, 2006
great school, very proud of the work that the kids put in

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2006
Our son attended for 3 years and was challenged academically and took part in the orchestra. He was admitted into University High School and adjusted there beautifully.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2005
Doolen Middle School is a combined special education middle school with a focus on preventing drop out. The program also provides for the gifted. The combination of the two make for a completely split student body. The gifted children are sepperated from the mainstream. We found that do be a very problematic set up. The kids not only have no interaction, but the school itself celebrates all of the accomplishments of the gifted and rarely if ever recongnises the disadvantaged except with the presents of the police dept. The achedemic for the gifted as my child took part of was not only long and never ending, but taught my child for the first time how to 'copy cat' learn just to get through the massive amouts of material. There is no parent involvement! We found the staff to be hostile to the presents of patents. Not the best experience.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2005
My child is in the all day GATE program. They expect alot from the children. But, they have excellent teachers for this program. I am not commenting about the rest of the school as there is little interaction between the GATE classes and the rest of the kids.

- submitted by a parent

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Doolen Middle School
2400 North Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ  85716
(520) 232-6900
Last modified Doolen Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Doolen Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top