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3233 S. Pinal Vista
Tucson, AZ 85713

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April 03, 2015
This school is horrendous. The beginning ELD is 8 students; they take 2 different 2 hour classes together. These kids have been in the USA an entire academic year and they literally know NO English.. I asked them "Where are you from?" and got "I of am Sonora". They couldn't repeat "I...am..from.. Sonora"--even after several attempts. I covered a math class; the other math teacher and I both had first period planning, so I asked her how to do a problem. She could not; I figured it out faster than she did-- and I have no background in math! It's a fine arts magnet school but they have had endless dance teachers come and go--there's not one at all at the moment. They can't get substitute teachers-- hall monitors literally congratulated me for making it through two whole days!-- and yet they don't take care of subs. They don't give substitute teachers room keys or bathroom keys (perhaps they aren't willing to trust anyone that isn't known there with keys, because the neighborhood is incredibly dangerous). I didn't have an id badge or a bell schedule and in one math section the work required calculators but no one could tell me where they were.

- submitted by a community member

March 14, 2015
I am so impressed with the way this school has been cleaned up. The campus is now a great environment for kids to learn. The students here seem so inspired. Great job!

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2014
So far I rate quarterback 2 due to the fact that my son was stabbed with a pencil by another student and was told oh,your a boy you'll be fine here's a bandaid.didn't get sent to a nurse or anything!! Then when he was getting bullied he defends himself finally and he gets suspended for nine days,without even an investigation!!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2014
This is a horrible school! Most of the staff are bullies they don't care about the students. They are quick to blame the kids for anything but take no responsibility for their actions. They don't have many permanent teachers. And they don't even have a GATE program.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2013
my school is a graet place peeeps my say its horrible place but its better than some others i can name

- submitted by a community member

September 04, 2013
I really love Utterback & the performing arts and dance is awesome and the academics are pretty good! Something I would definitely improve is the principal. She is hardly ever spending time getting to know students at all. The vice principal is more involved and seems like she is more of a principal. My daughter started there and she barely met the principal a month after she began. The principal also is very unprofessional when it comes to appearance. She dresses way too causal as if she was going to run errands during a weekend. The school is great but that principal needs to go.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
Unfortunately, the 8th grade class this year, will not be ready for high school. Poor leadership, and lack of effective teaching greatly contributed to Utterbacks D rating. The performing arts program is adequate, but the academics fall far below what is expected from any middle school. The school needs much improvement. The district really needs to change the principal if they have any hope of helping the incoming students.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2012
Utterback has some fantastic teachers but the new principal needs some serious help! The previous principal retired after 29 years at Utterback and the school has gone down hill. This is my child's second year at Utterback and so far has had to deal with bullying by not only the students but the teachers as well. Academic wise..yes, they are struggling but i do believe that the teachers really stress the importance of learning in a group setting instead of individual learning. The amount of math omework given is outrageous probably due to the fact that they are failing in the Math scores. I am not sure if will send my child back for 8th grade due to the strong fact that he does not feel safe at Utterback. The school is in a very bad neighborhood infested with known gang crime and the neighborhood kids go to that school. That said, if a "clean up" were to take place, Utterback would be thriving and vibrant once again but alot of work needs to done and i hope it is!!

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2011
I completed my student teaching at Utterback. I was thoroughly impressed by the collaboration between teachers and the high caliber of projects students were producing. I enjoyed the diversity. The project based learning helped the students develop problem solving skills, learn to work together in a team, and use their creativity. There is a lot of emphasis on multiple intelligences, so each student is able to learn in the way that works best for them. The band program is amazing!

- submitted by a community member

March 03, 2011
Utterback Is A Wonderful School ! Yeahh Every School Has Mean Teachers And Mean Principals Its Just The Life Of School There Isnt One Pefect And Nice School,, But Utterback Is Really Dope ! Like It Is A Fun And Interesting School , I Can Count On This School Because Its The Bombest School Ever ! Dont Ever Say That Utterbacks Dumb Or Utterback Is This Or That Because Literaly Every School Is The Same Yeahh Utterback Can Be Annoying By The Teachers And Stuff But Their Just Doing There Jobb ! And No One Can Judge A School By How They Act ! Its Just School And Your Gonna Have A Tougher Life And School As You Get Older So Yupp Thankss ! :D

- submitted by a community member

December 10, 2009
Utterback is a really bad school. Every thing good they say about the school is a lie! They don't care about our education(students) they only care about making the school look like it's wonderful and all the kids are happy and that all the teachers and the principals are nice. But that's not at all true, teachers don't even have respect for the students and they give up on them eaisly. Also the principals are very rude and they don't let the students defend themselfs because to them they are always right and your very wrong! I've been at Utterback for 3 years 6-8 and the school has gotten worse. I really think that the school should get new principals because the current ones are very bad leaders. If any parent is thinking about sending their kid to Utterback i suggest you think again because your child will not be happy!

- submitted by a student

September 13, 2009
Utterback is a wonderful school. They incorporate aspects of art and creativity in all of their courses. Students are challenged to 'think outside the box'. We move frequently, so my son has changed schools almost every year. He has been enrolled at some wonderful schools. However, this is the only school he ever said he liked. The music and visual arts programs are extraordinary. The academics are on the weak side, but motivated students can get a very solid education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 13, 2009
Utterback is a great school. It is the only school I would ever want to go for middle school, the academics are great. But the performing arts is amazing. I am in dance and drama and I just love them. This school teaches you that not only academics are important, but that performing arts is important as well.

- submitted by a student

September 05, 2009
Utterback has a beautiful campus. It also has a wonderful magnet program in fine arts. My best years have come from that school, because of all the different types of students. The Staff and administration are very friendly and start to become family. I will never regret going to Utterback. I never got homework and that was a problem for me because once I hit high school I was not prepared for the homework, test, and notes. Give this school a chance I loved it.

- submitted by a student

May 13, 2009
This school has wonderful teachers that dedicated there lives to the education of the students. The Performing Arts teachers are one of the best ive ever seen. This school teaches students things that the wouldnt learn untill high school. There are some flaws in the system but this school is safe. They have round the clock school security and they have cameras. If anything ever happened they would know what to do. The colorfulness of the walls in the school is excelent children who want to succeed in Arts can learn how to do it before there evn ready

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2009
I am a student at utterback it is so awesome even the education its a great school u get to play all kinds of sports after school and meet new people. There band is awesome to and i was scared that i was not going to meet any people.Some people say that utterback is a bad school but its not.If i could go any were i would go to utterback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 03, 2008
Utterback is a great place for kids and is working to get better! The arts programs are excellent and the academics are getting there. If you would like your child to learn how to think and problem-solve beyond what is on a multiple choice test then this is the place to be.

- submitted by a teacher

January 30, 2008
My child is in the 6th grade, what a huge mistake we made, when we selected Utterback! We are going to let him finish the school year, but he will not be going back. Teachers are absent on a regular basis and do they do not have substitutes to cover for them. They just put the kids in other classes which are already to full. Think long and hard before you alllow your child to attend Utterback Middle School.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2007
My son currently attends Utterback Middle School. I was initially very impressed when I toured the school, but am extremely disappointed in the experiences I've had with this school thus far. Huge safety and discipline issues at this school! Also, overall there is very poor communication! No PTA and none of the core staff is willing to participate in Site Council meetings. No interest in parent involvement at this school. Band and some of the other encore (elective) classes seem good, but Utterback is lacking academically. This school had the highest expulsion rate last year in TUSD (500 kids!) and is currently an underperforming school. Definitely wouldn't recommend and am looking for another school to move my son to.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2007
This School is a discrace to T.U.S.D it is a very unsafe school. Its Location is bad and the principles are very rude and do not listen to parents or students. This school is not good on acdemics and teachers dont take the time to speak to the students and make sure they understand everything! I Took my child out of this HORRIBLE School after first quarter and i strongly reccomend sending your child to a different school

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2007
Academics are not the greatest here, but it's a performing and creative arts school. The Bands are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2007
i love this school because it lets me express my feelings in dance or in other ways for other kids!!!!!!

- submitted by a student

April 24, 2007
This school is horrible in all levels. There is no communication among parents and the principal. I would never recommend this school. Just horrible! I do not feel my son is safe in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 28, 2006
Great Availability of music, art.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 14, 2006
I went to a dance performance here the other night and I was highly impressed. The hallways are beautifully decorated with student's artwork and bright colors. I'm seriously considering sending my daughter to this school. Carol Lee Sausa

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2005
Both of my kids loved attending this school. Great fine arts school, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2003
Most of the teachers are excellent and work hard to help the students learn. Staff is willing to work with the parents to help parents place their kids where they perform at their best. School has excellent resources to help special needs students and teachers willing to help them. Teachers set goals above the minimum so that students have every opportunity to excel later in life.

- submitted by a community member

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Utterback Middle School
3233 S. Pinal Vista, Tucson, AZ  85713
(520) 225-3500
Last modified Utterback Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Utterback Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top