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Pima Vocational High School

Charter | 9-12 | 120 students

PVHS offers employment training and small class sizes with caring teachers.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $68,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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3 stars

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2013:
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Posted April 14, 2014

Serves a population of struggling students and lacks support from its charter, Pima County. The County advertises a teaching job that is "open continuously" on their website because they cannot keep teachers here (this is DESPITE better than average charter school pay & benefits). Classrooms can kindly be called cozy and are more accurately dangerously crowded when all the students do show up. Computers run ancient software; furniture consists of hand-me-downs from the County. A small staff and some of the teachers are exceptional but overall I'd avoid this place unless you are trying to toughen your kid up before sending them off to boot camp.


Posted October 31, 2013

Fantastic school with great opportunities for the students! PVHS has a sensible, clearly understandable grading and credit system. Small class sizes make it easier to succeed. Students can earn HS credit for work in outside jobs and can learn work skills in internships with businesses that have a relationship with the school. Best of all, the teachers and staff treat their students with respect and expect their students to succeed. This school is a refreshing alternative to public schools who seem eager to pull the rug out from under struggling students and families. I'd recommend PVHS to anyone who is fed up with the public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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13%

2011

 
 
7%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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60%

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10%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

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20%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 70% 43%
White 15% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A47%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Pima Community College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College/Vocational Preperation
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Gloria Proo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 724-9753

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College/Vocational Preperation
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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Parent involvement
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  • Pima Vocational High School gives students a second chance to graduate with a diploma, a sustainable job and a career plan. With small class sizes, dedicated and supportive staff, and counselors at each site, students get the intensive support they need to achieve their goals. Youth Specialists prepare students for life after high school with employment skills classes, internships, FAFSA and college application assistance and career interest inventories.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pima Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College/Vocational Preperation
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97 E Congress, Suite 30
Tucson, AZ 85713
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Phone: (520) 724-9740

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