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6-8
Public district
Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 701
 

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8300 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710

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(520) 225-6060
(520) 731-5001
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May 03, 2015
The principal at Magee lacks commitment and vision for the school. His frequent absences and lack of commitment to improving the school is obvious and the students and staff suffer for it. Thankfully, the assistant principal is excellent as well as most of the teachers. However, until Magee has a principal that wants to make a difference in the lives of students, Magee will remain an average school.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2015
Magee continues to thrive and maintain enrollment, despite the budget cuts and lack of staffing from the State of Arizona. The staff goes above and beyond the call of duty to help, when you ask for help. The school administration is visible and listens to concerns and works to rectify them as quickly as possible. I can only imagine the great things Magee could do if the state of Arizona actually funded public education and not charter schools.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2015
I have desperately wanted my daughter out of this school for the last 6 months. I was looking for other options and I came across a couple of charter schools but they were full and had waiting lists. After some thoughts, I really didn t want my daughter at a charter school and I wanted to support the traditional public school system. My daughter had come from Collier and it was an excellent learning experience for her. When she went to Magee she became miserable and she just was not excelling to her capacity. I have an older son who attended Magee and did extremely well and he is now a Sr. at Sabino . I think the main problem is the leadership at Magee. The principal just does not care about the students and their education. He looks angry all the time. The front office is often rude and looks miserable too. Magee needs to replace the administration to be successful again. I am happy to say my daughter will attending the new Sabino JR high next year for 7th with a real leader Mr. Munger. Sorry Magee is not a current quality school.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2015
Magee Middle School is run more like a JV detention center rather than an school. If you want to prepare your child for such a future, then by all means register them at Magee. They implement their school policies like criminal statutes rather than to promote learning. They finally did away with the punitive "Pride" program after so many complaints but the mentality still persists. Recently they had a session to punish the whole 7th grade. God only knows for what. If you voice your concerns expect your child to be targeted and staff to become adversarial. Thank goodness for the community Sabino High School recently opened up a Jr. High program in the area. Its a "blue ribbon" "A" rated school.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2015
The principal and teachers care about the students and care about their learning. Magee is a good middle school.

- submitted by a teacher

February 24, 2015
They have a great staff and strong leadership. The facility could use some upgrades, which is common in TUSD. For Tucson middle schools, Magee is one of the best.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2015
The principal asked parents to submit reviews at a recent school function so that is why there are so many current reviews. I disagree with the previous reviewer's negative perception of the school. Most of the teachers have been there for many years. I feel that the majority of the teachers are caring and want the best for their students. I have found that teachers email me with concerns or quickly respond to emails. Due to TUSD cutbacks, the front office is primarily run by students as an elective choice with adult supervision. The electives that are offered are Spanish, technology, drama, PE, band, and orchestra. I'd like to see art brought back. The vice principal heads up the disciplinary actions, is tough on bullying, and is fair but firm. I truly feel that Magee is above average compared to other TUSD schools.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2015
Magee Middle school has been on a spiral downfall the last few years. They cannot seem to keep the same teachers. They have been losing their teachers to other districts or just better schools in general. The few teachers that have remained teaching at Magee are great teachers but they seem overwhelmed with the over pour of students. This school used to teach anti bullying, however there front office administration and principal have targeted students and parents that are not with in there circle like a childish click. They have proven to stick their nose where it does not belong instead of trying to improve students education. The lack of ethical leadership in this school the last few years has not provided students with direction, structure, or responsibility. Check out other districts, charters, or other TUSD options. This school is currently rated a 4 out of 10 on great schools. They are a "C" letter grade school with objectives not met on Arizona report cards. Do the research and see there numbers have dropped. The previous 5 star ratings were probably all an act of trickery all done by the same person/people because this school is losing enrollment to high performing charters

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2015
My son attended Magee for 7th and 8th grade (twice). Thank goodness for teachers that cared and communicated and suggested that he say and repeat 8th grade. He is now a senior at Sahuaro and taking AP classes. He still loves school and is planning on furthering his education after graduation. I attribute much of this to the teachers that intervened and helped him to succeed. He also participated in Magee's fabulous music program. They continually get Superior ratings at their ABODA festivals. Thank you for all that you have done for my child!

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2015
We open enrolled at Magee after trying several charter schools. We were frustrated with the lack of rigor and discipline as well as the extremely limited or non-existent extra curricular activities. For those that believe that charter schools are better without exception, I can tell you this was not our experience. One program we enrolled in was short-lived and closed their doors. The other had a revolving door of teachers and very limited resources. Once we toured Magee, the difference was obvious. You walk the halls and it is clean, students are busily working, teachers are caring and the curriculum is challenging. I have been particularly impressed with the Science department. At our children's previous school, kids rarely did any kind of hands-on lab type activities (partially I sure due to the lack of discipline and concerns over safety). Here they are a regular occurrence. These have really got my kids excited about careers in science. The Odyssey of the Mind program is a great addition and allows them to further explore both their science and creative sides at the same time. If you are on the fence, I recommend that you ask for a tour. You will be impressed!

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2015
My daughter participated in Magee's Odyssey of the Mind program, and her team made it all the way to the world championships her 7th & 8th grade years. In 6th grade, she went to Washington DC on a very educational trip. Magee has top-rated music programs, and many teachers there deserve recognition for their hard work & dedication to students, especially Mrs. Letson, Ms. Wilson, and the entire language arts department. I highly recommend this school for anyone who wants their son/daughter to receive a top quality education.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2015
My daughter attended Magee 6-8 and is currently enrolled at Sabino as a freshman. At Magee she received an excellent education with so many additional benefits of the fantastic music program Odyssey of the Mind and Dc Washington DC club. Magee is an extraordinary school with a superior dedicated staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2014
How quickly and how far Magee has fallen! My oldest daughter (now a Junior at Sabino) went to Magee and we were pleased with the teachers and the principal. They were strict yet caring and dedicated. In the two years since the change in leadership, we have watched this school tumble. My youngest daughter is about to complete 6th grade at Magee and we have decided she won't be returning. The few teachers that do care (or did care) are leaving. (Yes, the band was amazing, but even that teacher is leaving). The classrooms are crowded, the staff is overwhelmed and simply don't care anymore. Unfortunately, it is the students who are paying the price. The good teachers are moving on. The principal is simply not nice to deal with and I never got the feeling he cared about any of the kids or our concerns as parents (and yes, we have brought them to his attention - many times). I pains me to see a child go from enthusiastic about school to hating it. We will be moving her out of Magee in hopes of rekindling that spark.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2014
Well I Am Kaniyah Ford I attend Magee Middle School I am a 7th grader it is 2014 and all i can say is that this school is amazing and i've never been happy to go to school.

- submitted by a community member

December 06, 2013
This school has gone down hill the last few years. I understand that there has been budget cuts for TUSD, but it is reflecting on these kids education. This school does not provide text books for the children, some teachers provide xerox book pages for students. If a child does not complete classwork they do not have a text book to take home to complete the assignment. Some of the teachers my children have had are extremely helpful and pick up the slack for others. This school has become worse the last couple years probably due to other TUSD schools closing and now the classes are more overcrowded than before. The front office is extremely rude and lacks communication skills with parents. The new principal has yet to show leadership for the school. Check out other districts or charter schools before thinking of registering your child here. Great schools rate Magee at 5. poor rating.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2013
This school is great!, it has its ups and downs but overall it's a great middle school.the teachers are understanding(for the most part) and another are the field trips and clubs. DC club great ODYSSEY of the mind also very great it is a nice school they also have a anti-bulling campaign that's why I give 5 stars

- submitted by a community member

May 20, 2013
Magee used to be a great school. I've attended Magee since the sixth grade. The old principal was great, but he's recently retired. Our new principal is the rudest man I've ever met in my life, quite literally. When I address him with problems, he sends me back to class. He introduced the 'PRIDE' program to Magee last year which has done nothing but harm. I had accumulated these PRIDE hours, and was never told about them. Come the end of this year, I'm now not allowed to walk at graduation, participate in the 8th grade end-of-the-year activities, or get a yearbook that was paid for. The school staff is never helpful and does nothing but harass students. This is the end of my eighth grade year, thank goodness. Do NOT enroll your child at Magee - the school has changed for the worst.

- submitted by a community member

November 07, 2012
We have nothing but great things to say about Magee. Both the principal, assistant principal are doing a wonderful job. Also we have had some of the best teachers ever! We are proud of this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2012
I am so happy to see that I am not the only one having problems at Magee. I am very surprised that more parents aren't saying anything about this. I am having a second meeting with all 6 teachers as well as the principal because my child "doodles" on her papers. If this is the worst behavior going on at this school then they should be very proud indeed! My daughter and I feel that we are being picked on and bullied by the staff. I have never had any positive feedback from any of them and only negative. She also got in "trouble" for reading in class. I don't feel comfortable discouraging my child from reading. I hope more parents will come forward and speak about this unfair treatment of our children. I don't want to pull my daughter out in the middle of the school year...but she will NOT be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2012
For the first time in my daughter's life she came home crying and screaming that she hated school!!!!! Their "Pride" program takes punishment to a whole new level. If they forget anything, a pencil or even a sharpened pencil or a piece of paper they get detention and the parent has to put their job in serious danger to pick up their child from detention daily because they can't ride the bus home. I totally disagree with this program they have gone too far. Very unhappy parent I won't take the chance on losing my business because someone can't lend my daughter a pencil to write with especially when other kids are stealing them from my daughter. And what of the "No Child Left Behind" crock that I now have to pay for a tutor that I can't afford. She dreamed of becoming a surgeon and now wants to drop out of school. Totally disappointed in this school. NO HELP HERE!

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2011
The teachers are wonderful and nice. They definitely know how to teach the students in a fun and exciting way. The band program there is amazing teaching high school level music in their wind ensemble (advanced band).

- submitted by a community member

August 05, 2010
I had a child at Magee last year. It was a great experience for us. A principal who was quick to help resolve any issue, teachers who really care about the students, the best band/orchestra I have ever seen in a middle school, the D.C. Club which culminates in a trip to D.C. at the end of the year, other great field trips, parent nights, etc. We were so pleased that we made the decision to put our child at Magee. I have to say this was one of the first years with all of my children in school that I haven't had any negative issues. Wow. We, obviously love Magee. A great big thank you to the principal and all of the fantastic staff at Magee.

- submitted by a parent
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November 03, 2009
What an incredible, dedicated staff. They are teachers, friends and proxy-parents.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2009
I do not agree with the parent who posted on April 1. First, the discipline is the best this year that it has been in three years. Second, the cuts are not the school's fault, but the legislature's and they are not even done yet. Third, the hugging issue is not really an issue. Kids still hug (I saw several yesterday), but they are trying to stop couples from getting too romantic at too young an age... I applaud that! Also, the band and orchestra are the best in the entire state, the scores are good though they took a dip last year, and my kids have loved going there over the last five years. Magee is a great place for kids!

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2009
My child goes to this school, and she tells me everything that goes on at this school. This school is very poorly at disciplining. They do not allow hugging. Hugging is something friendly and shouldn't be restircted from a public area. Anything more, I could understand. But this school is cutting off other teachers, and even the good ones. And it needs a lot of our help with the money. Even though this school is not the best. It contains many students. And these students are there to learn and be social. They are already taking one thing away from them, don't let it be the other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 30, 2008
magee is really cool especially ms.wilson!!!

- submitted by a student

March 11, 2008
It is a very genuine school. They teach everything that is required to teach and more. I recomend your child going to this school.

- submitted by a student

October 17, 2007
Extremely poor communication levels from teachers and administration. Lack of administrative oversight and overall poor performance.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2007
My daughter attended this school all three years of middle school and loved it. She was and still is a straight A student. My daughter is now a Jr. at Sahuaro High School and says she learned many many things from the great teachers at Magee Middle School. Especially Mr. Keuter.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2007
Magee is not committed to parental communication, with some teachers not responding to e mail at all, schedule changes without any parental involvement. There appears to be little commitment to brighter students as long as they meet the AIMS that's sufficient. My child has graduated this school rating worse than they did on admission. There is no real discipline with children turning in work if they want. There are a minority of excellent teachers but they certainly are in the minority.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2007
Magee MS suffers from lack of parental communication. From both parents and teachers. Parental involvement in this school is the key to your childs success. You must take the initiative because some of the staff will not. There have been many failed attempts at communication with a few of my sons teachers. Our son was new to the school this year and has had problems with other students and complains about the fighting that goes on undetected. I will not have my child in a school where he feels unsafe....and communication is not an option.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2006
Magee Middle School's Principal Mr Jerry Holmes is an excellent leader and manager. His visions for taking Magee onward in this challenging time for public education is well planned, and will meet the needs of the increasing diverse population of Magee's student body. The academic expectations of Magee's teachers and staff are high. Discipline, safety, and honesty are paramount at this school. Expectations are high for students at Magee, and must be meant by each individual student. Parents must remain engaged and active in their child's education to insure this success. Teachers and administrators cannot insure a child's success without involved parents.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2006
There are quite a few teacher problems at this school. As with most places. Dont let one or two bad apples spoil the whole bunch. Poor judgement and treatment with the children on the teachers part. Over all great Pricipals and Vice Principals. Very strict with discipline.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2006
When I went to Magee two years ago, the teachers knew what they were doing, and some of the staff is alright. The students were difficult to make friends if you didnt know them though.

- submitted by a student

December 06, 2005
Although Magee seems to suffer from overcrowding, I am very impressed with the music program. The band director, Mr. Messing, is a wonderful instructor who helps inspire his students. I am also impressed with my daughter's Language Arts teacher, Mr. Kueter. I believe she will be a better writer when she leaves his class.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2005
Totally agree with the March 2005 comment, very poor academic standards. Double Standards and some sub-standard teachers with nothing from the Principal.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2005
Very poor admin. Was an excellent school. I had two sons one daughter go there. The oldest did very well because of accelerated programs. He is now a senior at Sabino. My younger son did very well grades (6-7) until the admin change and the loss of some of the best teachers anywhere. I took my daughter out after one year due to the sharp drop of the schools safety, honesty, and educational quality.

- submitted by a parent

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Magee Middle School
8300 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ  85710
(520) 225-6060
Last modified Magee Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Magee Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top