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Tortolita Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 980 students

 

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Posted November 6, 2014

Tortolita Middle School is a huge jump of professionalism, friendliness, understanding the kids, and parent -staff communication from the Vail School District where we just transferred from. The principals are more than willing to work with the parents for kids that are doing great to the kids that are struggling. Children are motivated to exceed at their best, yet no child is forgotten and dismissed for not meeting their potential or being what would be considered a difficult child. I am very pleased with the organization, openness, and curriculum for both academic success and social/behavioral success this school offers. I am a parent of 4 from ages 17 to 5 and this middle school age is one of the most difficult; yet the teachers and staff make it appear effortless to assist every child succeed, they truly love being middle school teachers and mentors and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

Very pleased with this school's understanding of what middle school kids need. The admin is fantastic and sensitive to the unique needs of this age group. The teachers seem to truly LIKE their students (tough to find in a middle school IMO). Parent involvement is still encouraged and respected at an appropriate level for this age group. I never felt my input or involvement was unwanted or underestimated. One negative is that as a spouse of an educator in the High School this school feeds into, is that students are too easily promoted, without all the tools and preparation necessary for high school. As a parent, I also was surprised how little homework my student had. I don't believe he was challenged to meet his academic potential enough, or held accountable for his slip-ups in his school work. All in all, I feel confident in this school and would send my kids there again, without hesitation. I have always felt that any serious problem I had would be heard and dealt with effectively, which is very reassuring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

I have had two students so far go through Tortolita Middle School. My children enjoyed TMS and so did I. I think it is wonderful how they have the teams set-up so that a parent may meet with every one of the teachers at the same time. Ms. Johnson in the front office is wonderful! She always has a smile and greeting no matter how busy it is in the front. She is a wiz at remembering names, so it is a personalized greeting! My children's teachers and the staff at TMS are so caring and work together with the parent to address any issues. Wonderful school...I have one more student who will be attending and she can't wait.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

I am a student and i am a straight A student. There are only a couple of DECENT teachers and the rest are horrible and dont even care. They are un organized and lose homework often. There is too much bullying and they make the bully apoligize to their "victim" right infront of eachother in a room. They dont offer a lot of activites or sports. They dont spend money well on the school. They spend it on like doors and gates. They only offer math that is two years ahead of what is normal in MUSD. The GEM program is very bad to. It is just Enriched Language Arts and that teacher is HORRIBLE. I dont want to say too much, but dont send your kid to this school!


Posted November 16, 2011

If your a bully then welcome home to tortolita, cause they will not punish you at all and you can find out whos telling on you cause they'll sit you guys in same room for the apolagies to be said. My child was bullied at Ironwood Elementary and then here, different kids even. I will not trust another MUSD with my children. Bullies need be locked up and kept from our schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

I agree bullying is a big problem at this school, they made my daughter have to sit in same room with the kid who was bulling her, and made the bully apolagize, then of course she became bullied way more after.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

Bullying is a big problem at this school. I am looking for another school for my child. Music program is great though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

this is an amazing school. they are always on task and always is calm cool and collective. i love this schol and will recomend this to all of the parents who are fueding about which school their child should go to. go tortolita COUGARS!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I love this school because it feels homey and it is a comfortable enviroment to learn
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

All around I was never impressed with Tortolita. The principal is decent, however only a few of the teachers here are decent. About a third of the teachers being new seems to be the norm per year. Many have the 'I don't care' type of attitude, or are at least too busy for basic communication between students and parents about progress. There are few extra activies, usually two or three sports per quarter, not much else. The school is a bit rowdy at times, but so are all middle schools of its size.


Posted April 9, 2006

Good school; excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 4, 2005

Academic programs seem to meet the requirements of Arizona. There is not an art program and sports and extracurricular activities are limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

Both of my daughters have went to this school.I think it is a good school, I was never worried about their safety.As far as being informed about grades, violations, etc, this to was top notch. My only complaint is that I feel they don't offer much for extra school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2004

Tortolita is a good school. I feel most of the teachers are good educators. I do not agree with there approach on discipline and behavior issues. The school seems a little out of control.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

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71%

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68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

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89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%
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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 42%
Hispanic 37% 43%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 42%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics

Language learning

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  • Spanish
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  • Cross country

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4101 W. Hardy Rd
Tucson, AZ 85742
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