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Santa Rita High School

Public | 8-12 | 1094 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2013

Its too bad they dont allow you to rank NO stars. This is the absolute worst school. Way to many fights, drugs and gang related stuff happens on campus. Worst of all the srltaff doesnt care, an if your a student an you call 911 they try to suspend you!! They need to get someone in who knows how to manage a building full of teenage drama.


Posted July 15, 2013

Santa Rita moved up in rank thanks to the new administration. New teachers got hired and all the bad ones are gone. Both of my kids went there. They have new programs to offer. They have a variety of sports to offer.Make sure your kids get into one. The security is in constant watch to make sure students are safe. The new principle and his assistants do care for the school and students. Now this school can compete for the best high schools in Tucson. The only thing I saw that parents at high school level don't get too much involvement they think kids are old enough to solve their problems. Please parents get more involve with you kids' teachers to make them succeed and make this one of the best schools in Tucson. If you provide your e-mail they will always keep in contact with you and you'll be always informed of anything that goes on on the school. Events sports ,etc. because of parents I did not gave them 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

I believe that as time passes, with the new principle. Changing the school from a low rated school, to a high rating school takes time. Being a graduate from there I was happy that he has taken over a poor excelling school to work with the educators to make it an excelling school. I know when I was a student he, as well as the educators pushed us to do our very best. I believed he made it a much safer school with the difficulties he was left with after the principle left from before him. I think that the teachers have learned new ways in having more teacher student interaction, with tutoring. I cannot wait to see what it is like when I get my educational degree, and become a teacher there.


Posted May 17, 2012

This school has no parent teacher communication. My child ditched a lot and I was never called by anyone, just a machine. Its like the kids just get lost in the system and no one cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2011

i love this school. everything is great about it. no complaints. love love love love love love love love.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

I have been here since 2003, and I love it. The school has been through a lot of changes, and many of the former comments were under former leadership - prior to our Small Learning Communities Grant. We now have 3 academic academies based on student interests in Science & Engineering, Business & Entrepreneurship, and Fine Arts & Media. There are also 2 academies designed to meet the needs of Freshmen and Sophomores. Students choose their academy based on their interests and elective course choices. The faculty is incredibly resilient and resourceful, and has learned to accept change. Over 90 minutes of tutoring is built into the schedule every week, and teachers teach in a modified block that prepares students for the post-secondary schedules of college and the work place. 3 of the faculty members are former alumni, and several teachers have brought their own children to Santa Rita High School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

It's not the prettiest school in town. It's not the richest or fanciest school in town, but the staff and faculty really care about the kids. I graduated from there in 1979 and now my youngest child is a senior there and will be graduating in May. We are a proud Santa Rita legacy :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

I am currently a student at Santa Rita High School, and I find my school to be one of te best schools out there. Yes, I do agree with some of the other reviews about a lot of ditching going on here, but there's ditching at a lot of schools, not just S.R. The teachers do care if their students are failing or falling behind in their studies. They offer tutoring after school and during lunch time. It is true we are not allowed to go inside the buildings at lunch, but we are allowed to go in to see teachers or to get something from our lockers. The teachers do allow you to use the restroom when you need to go, but if you go everyday in their class...they most likely won't let you go during their class any more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2009

Some of the staff at the school do not care what happens to the students, there are a mulitple number of fights there and it is a all around unfriendly school. You are not allowed in the building at lunch and if you need to go to the bathroom during class most of the teachers do not let you go
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

Don't willingly move to an area where your child would have to go to this school. As a former student, I have found this to be one of the worst schools I have ever attended. A lot of ditching went on, it was too easy to get lost in the shuffle of kids, the teacher's don't have time for the one's that need it the most, if you find yourself failing it takes a long time for them to notice or care that you need help. The teacher's could care less about the student's that fail to show up or even fail the class. My experience with this school has been extremely negative and would never recommend this school. They have school monitors all around, but that has never deterred student's from jumping the fence to ditch, or to go smoke around the bulidings. The solution for 'trouble' kids is weak.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

Wonderful School! Teachers, Staff, Coaches, and students are just wonderful! My three Children graduated with AP class history, with a 4 year scholarship to U of A. My children loved this school so much they want to work there in three years! Im very happy and overall satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

Some excellent teachers, more average teachers. Coaching is average with one or two standouts. Students very average. Can't learn much in classes unless you take AP or honors and those are sparse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2005

Terrific school. It is challenging enough and the curriculum employed allows for creative and fresh teaching in all subjects. My kids love the extra-curricular activities and wish to go no where else for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

Being that this was the school I attended for 4 years, I was excited to have my children go there. Only to be let down many, many times. Three calls to the counselor went unanswered for months, many e-mails went unanswered and most of teachers (not all!) are just there for the 'good' students and athletes and paychecks. If your child looks 'different' they are often overlooked and ignored. There are many reasons why my children will now be attending a charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

Academic programs are a seven out of ten, there are many extracurricular activities (DECA, agriculture, sports, great drama program). I see a sufficient amount of parent involvement, but it's not outstanding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2005

This is a wonderful high school. I should say the best kept secret in tucson. The leadership at this school is great and so are the teachers. They offer a lot of different classes and it is a safe campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2004

Experienced knowledgeable teachers with a equally knowledgeable and supportive administation (i.e. principle, school board. etc).
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 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

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

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40%

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39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

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76%

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78%

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76%

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76%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

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19%

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29%

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31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

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55%

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59%

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62%

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60%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Plus".

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 42%
Hispanic 40% 43%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 43%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
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School basics

Fax number
  • (520) 731-7501

Programs

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  • Core knowledge
Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
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Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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  • Attend parent nights
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3951 S. Pantano Rd
Tucson, AZ 85730
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