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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 603

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5801 N Sabino Canyon Rd
Tucson, AZ 85750

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(520) 209-7500
(520) 577-5334
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February 19, 2015
It used to be a good school, but due to overcrowding and bullying, things are going downhill fast.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2014
I'm a new student at Esperero Canyon Middle School. I've been since the first day. I liked the school at first it was fun and there's a variety of people to meet. After awhile I started getting unhappy about my school and I didn't like a few things. First of all we have to be there by 7:30 and I have to wake up at 6:00 in the morning. That's way too early and whenever I go to my first period class I'm about to fall asleep! I get enough sleep but it's just too early to start learning. Also some of the teachers are rude and not helping, some teachers are though. I don't like our principal she's so rude and mean, she doesn't care about her students, just herself. If you're a shy person like me it's hard doing school projects like presentations because we like do one every week it seems like in each academic class. It's so annoying and stressful. Overall it's an okay school but it doesn't make me happy. I met se nice people but this school is just stressful. I would like if the school would let school start at 8:30. Thanks- student

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2014
My granddaughter seems very happy at Esperero and is doing much better with school work.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
I am a former student at ECMS. Gladly. The teachers are inattentive and get extremely infuriated if you sigh in a way they don't find pleasing. I was always being knocked around by my bigger peers, my books would fall then they'd kick them around...(etc) The teachers did not teach well in ANY way, shape or form. Which makes the entire experience feel like you're just 'getting by'. As if you aren't truly learning anything, but you get to say, "Hey guess what? I technically passed middle school!" Without having the slightest of a happy, educational and inspiring experience. Which is what school was meant for; to enlighten our youth. But schools are losing sight of that. So when some of my peers enter the workforce, they wont be able to function properly: no cooperating. no teamwork. no positivity. no motivation. THX ECMS, for letting me know what a depressing and sad attempt at an 'education system' looks like. I mean the least they can do is teach kids what "there/their/they're" to use. I mean, I learned homophones at ORE, another horrid school...

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2014
This school is over crowded. The teachers do not get back to you in a timely manner. They run their classrooms (in general) like farm, herding kids in and out with very little education and guidance. The lockers are disgusting and peers are very mean and not welcoming to new students.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
I'm Nadine walker and I love esperero canyon middle school they teach you many things like to be kind and helpful. While you learn you will have so much fun with your teachers. You should know basics. I love the teachers and staff. My school could improve to be a little more brighter in ideas in dances and fun things!

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2014
Esperero Canyon has been an incredible experience for our boys. They have not only excelled academically, but these incredible teachers have taught them invaluable tools to progress independently to the next level and become self sufficient. They also have encouraged growth on personal and emotional levels. It is no wonder that the teacher of the year usually comes from ECMS. We built in District 16 so as not to be forced into 'private' schools to attain academic and developmental excellence, and they have not disappointed. The Principal, staff, and the parents' tremendous involvement, support, and concern for the overall well being of the students sets this school apart from the rest.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
This school is a great place for kids to learn. I am so pleased at all of the programs offered. The school has great science and math classes, more nationally board certified teachers than any other school in the district, the best of instruction in the arts that a middle schooler could ever receive. The special education teachers are awesome and the principal understands both high achieving students and special education students, a rare find. The administration cares about my kids and knows them by name. We are so happy with this school. Cannot say enough good things about my children's experiences!!! It is getting better all of the time. They have tutoring and help for students!!!! A beautiful place where kids get a great education. PE is also awesome!!! My kid had a print out of his fitness statistics at age 12!!!!! Also so many computers and people who know how to teach using technology!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
An overcrowded promotion ceremony sends a mixed message about who in the community is valued. Last night, May 20, 2013, there were so many seats reserved for "parents who volunteer", I had to stand. It was bizarre. The teachers did not have seats and stood along the walls of the gym . I felt bad for them, but I was trapped too. If students are the stars of the night, in my opinion, the family membersof those students need to be shown respect.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
I think the huge number of Open Enrollment students, particularly from the neighboring, Fruchtlender Elem., is encouraging a negative environment at ECMS, both socially and academically. Math classes, in particular, are being remediated because these TUSD kids cannot keep up. Socially, there is a very different vibe coming from the TUSD kids (ie: Fruchtlender) than what CFSD families promote. CFSD is a school district with families who value high achievement in ACADEMICS; not social climbing (laughable). Fruchtlender families need to go to Townsend where they belong. Superintendent Kamerzell has created this unhealthy learning environment with her emphasis on open enrollment. Fire Kamerzell first.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
This school is way too overcrowded at this point. The number of open enrollment students allowed in is overwhelming. Not only is the school too crowded from sheer numbers, but now there is a different sense of community being promoted from those children coming from TUSD schools, primarily Fruchtlender. I do not believe this overcrowding of the classroom or the "crowding out" of people who live in CFSD is in the best interest of the community or Esperero Canyon Middle School. I am profoundly disappointed with the overall quality of education compared to that of my two older children, who both attended CFSD middle schools pre-2007. Crowded classrooms is not the way to a good education and ECMS kids are suffering because of it. AIMS scores keep declining. What else is going on in this school?

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
I am a student at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Last year, when I was in 6th grade I loved Esperero and I felt very welcome. This year, as a 7th grader, I haven't been as happy going to school everyday. Overall it is a good school and has taught me many things however, sometimes I feel the teachers are unfair. I feel I am getting a good education but I do not like the arts program. At Esperero I am taught things that I know will help me succeed in life but if I were principal I would change a few things. I do recommend Esperero.

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2012
Esperero has aspects that are positive and negative. I believe the location is wonderful, where kids would be able to take short field trips to Sabino Canyon if the Principal would arrange that. Some teachers are supportive and effective. However other teachers are unable to teach kids. My child when she finished 5th grade had a 6 on her Writing AIMS however in 6th grade it dropped to a 5 and now after 7th grade it has dropped to a 4, barely meeting the standards. This makes my child distraught because she strives to exceeds and realizes that despite her effort, her level of writing has decreased greatly. Moving on to the administrators. I find that the new Principal did not meet my standards. She is artificial and does not care about the students or parents. The Principal has brought unrest to Esperero, and it is difficult to explain the things that she has done that I find uncomprehendable. I wish that she was not in charge of the school, however my child enjoys the classes for the most part, and the atmosphere is far better than other options for middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
My child is attending this school for the first time. I am very impressed with the teachers as well as the curriculum. My child loves it.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2011
Esperero has had a huge drop in AIMS test scores (as much as 18% in 2011), and recently got a B score from the Arizona Dept of Ed. Class sizes can be as large as 30.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 07, 2009
We recently moved out of CFSD and we loved Esperero. Any student will be lucky and privledged to go there. Awesome teachers and great education

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
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December 05, 2008
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August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 09, 2008
I love Esperero! The teachers,counselors, and principal are extremely dedicated and caring. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the teachers' workloads have increased, but they continue to give their best efforts. The curriculum is definitely challenging. I feel that Esperero is comparable to many private schools. My younger son graduates from Esperero this year, and I am going to be sad to say goodbye to this amazing school! I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2008
My daughter goes to ECMS and the truth is that there are some amazing teachers there but then again there are some that don't want to help my daughter succeed. She is very academically driven and sometimes the stress can drive her crazy. She still has amazing friends at this place you call school.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
this school is terrible despte what the 'friendly staff' say and make you think the teachers are very unsupportive and unmotivatiol as well the dicsipline policy is ridiculous at esperero your son or daughter may get in trouble for the smallest slip-ups although its a very bad school they have a few good teachers and good encore classes otherwise bad.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
Im am a student at esperero canyon middle school. I've had some good and bad experiences there. There is one teacherwho has stood out to me, and his name is Mr. Grobe. He is one of the best teachers I've ever had. I sometimes feel that the teachers here are unfair. And you dont always feel like you fit in. Over all this is an okay school. I would love to see some improvements.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2007
Great Principal, Great Teachers, all very dedicated to the students. High parental involvement. Fantastic music, arts and sports programs. A bit too much emphasis on homework and Student Lead Conferences (most parents would prefer to meet directly with the teachers), but overall a 5 Star school with all the attributes you'd want.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2006
Esperero was a great place to work - the staff are helpful and supportive to the kids' needs!

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2006
Wonderful school with teachers that work together. Music/band teacher is great. Sports programs are fair. Extracurricular activities outstanding. Very safe campus with an active anti bully policy. Open enrollment now, the student population is shrinking as the local apartments are going condo. We are staying in the area until our child is ready for HS, then we will move into a different district. This has to be the best middle school in Tucson.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2006
My children just started at ECMS and every day they are very excited to go to school. The teachers are well educated and the students are all nice to each other. One thing we are concerned about is the amount of homework our children receive. Sometimes our children are given a lot of homework which takes them the whole evening to complete. We believe that overall it was a great choice to move our children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
My daughter has recently promoted from Esperero, and I am amazed at the quality of this school. Many schools challenge a student in math or science, but at Esperero she was greeted with high expectations in music, spanish, and writing as well. I can not imagine a better, more motivated staff - or a better place for my child to get a middle school education.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My Daughter just graduated from Esperero, we were really satisfied with the quality of academic programs. It was a great experience for our daughter, gave her the stepping stones for High school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
Esperero Canyon Middle School provides an exceptional educational experience for all children. The school has a student centered outlook. For example, last year the site council and several student representatives helped to facilitate the development of a student created code of honor. The administrtaion and staff are also dedicated to providing an environment where all students can acheive academically as well as develop strong personal skills of organization, time management, problem solving, and self-directed work habits. The teachers all stress the use of Habits of Mind that encourage the students to monitor their own progress and teach them to be self-directed learners. The staff also works hard to plan learning opportunities that are both interesting and aligned with state standards. My daughter is always challenged and enjoys the time she spends at school.For example, this year she participated in a mock trial where parents came in to be the judges.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
This is an awesome school. The teachers and staff are very supportive of the students. The extracurricular activities are outstanding, offering crafts classes and sports teams. The parent involvement is incredible as well... The parents and teachers aloso come up with the best field trips, socials, etc! This is an INCREDIBLE school!

- submitted by a former student
November 23, 2003
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Esperero Canyon Middle School
5801 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, AZ  85750
(520) 209-7500
Last modified Esperero Canyon Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Esperero Canyon Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top