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1545 East Copper Street
Tucson, AZ 85719

(520) 547-5904
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September 12, 2014
Salpointe Catholic High School purports to enhance the moral development of the students who attend; however, in reality the administrative team that runs the school cares more about outward appearances and athletic competition rather than the intellectual as well as social development of our youth. The actions taken by school officials and certain educators do not uphold the Christian values of other like minded institutions. Over the years the school culture has become one where favoritism and unscrupulous activity abound. At one point in time, I would have sent my children there without reservation. I can no longer say the same.

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2014
Salpointe has proven to be a great choice for our family. Our child selected Salpointe as her 1st choice and she has flourished there. She has experienced a challenging curriculum, a variety of dynamic teachers, a supportive administrative team and great extracurricular opportunities. The sense of giving back to your community is engrained in the students lives and as parents we know that the kids are looked after as best as anyone can watch over teens. Is it perfect? no, but after researching every private and public school that fit college preparatory criteria for our family in Tucson, Salpointe has more to offer than any when one looks at supporting a Whole Child experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
I attended this school for one year, transferring in when my family relocated to Tucson. Personally, it was not a good school for me and I was not happy there. I would follow the advice of parents who say to ask yourself why you are considering sending your child to Salpointe. If you think your child will be 100% surrounded by nice, moral kids, save your money. Money can't buy kindness or Christian values- teenagers are teenagers and this school is no different from any other in that respect. Some of the kids are definitely great, but I met an equal number of unsavory young people. If you are sending your child for the Catholic experience but your family doesn't have a lot of money, you may also want to consider how your economic status will likely be a detriment to your child socially. Fitting in economically makes a big difference here. If, however, you are looking for Catholic studies and academic challenge, your family's economic status matches that of the majority of the students, and you have realistic expectations of the maturity of the student body, then this school may be a good choice for you.

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2012
Well, my son attended a wrestling match at this school. The school principle allowed open recruiting for the marines during the wrestling match. Having attended Catholic School (in another city ) for 12 years, I was appalled. I sent a letter to the school principal and I was ignored. No response. It is clear that this Catholic School is not en par with the better, jesuit run schools around the country!

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2010
We are just finishing our 12th year in a row at Salpointe with four children attending SCHS. It has been an overall fabulous experience. It has been safe, challenging academically, and a positive experience with a variety of outside activities. The community experience is to be unmatched. In addition to sound academics I have ultimately enjoyed who my children are. High school is a tough time for teenagers. I believe Salpointe helps transition our children into young adults with a skill set that facilitates long term decision making and enduring life's challenges.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
Best school in the entire world! Honetly! It challenges every single aspect of what it means to be a human. It prepares you for college and for the real world better than anything I have ever heard about! You will make friends that will last you a life time! One comes to learn what really is important in life at Salpointe, one comes to understand the true worth of life at Salpointe.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2010
I just graduated from Salpointe this past year. Coming from a public school the transition was tough my freshman year, however I grew to love the school more and more each year. There is just such a deep bond between students as well as faculty and it is evident that the faculty is making an effort to see students succeed. With about 275 people in my graduating class I felt comfortable with all of them and truly believe that the school has shaped me into what I am today. I may not have loved some of the policies at the time but reflecting I realize why they were implemented and I am thankful.

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January 24, 2010
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no rating January 08, 2010
I am a past parent. My older kids had an incredible experience at teh school. But I'd say that the school has completely fallen apart over the past nine years or so. For one thing, they adopted a leadership style that never works. You cannot run a school with a board of 8 people. That is ridiculous. Secondly, Salpointe needs to oeverhaul its entire administration. everyone there has been there way too long. They do not care about the school and it is time for them to move on.

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January 08, 2010
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October 06, 2009
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July 23, 2009
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June 23, 2009
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May 14, 2009
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March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
What ever you do - know what you are getting yourself into if this is your number one school choice. Check to see who the administration is accountable to. What are the college graduation rates. Is the school biased toward race, color, or religious affiliation. Also, do they give preferential treatment to children of families who have a lot to donate. 4 years with this school and it was the worst decision of our lives. By the way our children are honors students who have never given anyone a problem. Just make sure you really know what you are getting into. We did not and the next person should know the reality. Be aware and check out the real facts and not just what is being told to you. Just one of those things in life that looks good on the outside. Would not recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
Salpointe is a great school people who say otherwise are making excuses for the lack of their child's success

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March 12, 2009
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March 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
Wow, what can I say. Our daughter is a Junior at Salpointe and has never been happier. As she has said many times, everyone fits in at Salpointe. She has been extremely prepared for her future, college, and living a morally centered life. What more can you ask for than an extension of your family life, a sense of community, and a loving team to support your child. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to help us raise our children in today's scary times.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2008
Do your research. It's not worth the money or the aggravation. Morals and ethics have become so degraded we'd have to say - don't be persuaded about higher achieving students than the rest of the schools in town. Find a school that will 'challenge' your student and treat your child and family with respect. This one would be your worst choice !!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
I am a Salpointe graduate, and I got to say that I love this school. The teachers were tough but fair, and the new policy's will keep kids away from drugs and alcohol. Thanks to Salpointe I was able to attended an Ivy League university! The sports programs are just as good as the academics. It is a common misconception that all Salpointe kids come from rich families. This is simply not true. The school worked with my parents and were able to provide the financial aid needed for me to attend. When I have children they will defiantly be attending Salpointe Catholic.

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2008
Worst school experience ever! Leaders who fail to see the need to make improvements in any area. Make sure you find several families who have sent their children to this school in the last 8 years or you will be sadly disappointed. Paying for education brings a set of standard expectations. One being children are truly cared about and challenged. Two, the educated adults around your children actually have a desire to watch every child learn and grow into moral adults. We will never recommend this school to anyone and have already made sure we have warned others about our experiences. Message is - find out the truth before you committ.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
I think that Salpointe is an amazing school. I sent my daughter to Salpointe in January her sophomore year to get her out of a 'bad crowd' at public school. She is now a Senior at Salpointe and loves every second of it! She has made a 180 degree turn about since 10th grade. We could not be more happy. The teachers are fantastic, the curriculum is challenging, the extra 'c's' are very diverse and more than you can count. Sports program is great, the art program is great, needs a little work on the music program, but over all, this school is a '15'. My other daughter will attend Salpointe. We wouldn't be here without the financial aid. Thank you!

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no rating November 04, 2008
I like that all my sons friends have to do extra school work at home. It helps that they all are in the same boat w/ higher expectations

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October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
Worst school environment. The curriculum does not prepare any student any better than any public school education if your child is willing to learn. This school has really gone down hill. Finding out the truth about what this school is like is what you are looking for. Don't listen to the fluff - it is not the truth!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2008
I am currently a Salpointe Sophomore, and I love Salpointe. You get to be challenged, but also have a good time. Plus, because of smaller class sizes, I have met so many great people, and teachers. I read some other bad reviews, and I can't understand why they say those things; there is definitely parent involvement, because of open house, letters, emails sent home every day in the daily announcements, and meetings and the annual SPA-getthi hosted by the parents association. It's really a great school, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I would give it 6 stars if I could. Oh, and to all those out there with questions, no you don't have to be Catholic, or white or rich, or whatever other misconceptions there are. I have friends who have financial aid and everything, so the thought of this as only a rich school is laughable.

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August 29, 2008
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August 23, 2008
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no rating August 13, 2008
I'm a parent and former student and my parents are also Salpointe alums. While my child is indeed getting a great education in a safe environment, I'm frustrated by the exceptionally high tuition that costs more that the University of Arizona! There is also an elitist attitude on the behalf of the administration that really gets under my skin. It's been a real struggle to make ends meet but in the end it's the best thing I can offer my children.

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July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 10, 2008
School needs some housekeeping of leadership before it will return to what it should be. It has potential but is not the school environment we thought it was.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2008
Post on April 29th has it on the money. Once was a great school. Our's children's comments are as follows: clique, cater to the big mouth snobs, money talks, lots of cheating, some teachers and counselors only paying attention to brown nosers, and finally the word community does not exist there. I asked them if they would ever send their children there. The answer was never.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
With four children having attended Salpointe over a 17 year period, I was able to see the school evolve from a student-oriented, diverse community, designed to benefit students from all socio-economic groups to one that had pretensions of grandeur, shutting out diversity and focusing on primarily one socio-economic group. While sports were always important, it seems today that sports have become all-important. I also perceived a change in the moral compass of the school to the point where, when my last son was in school I started to wonder if it was truly a Catholic school.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2008
I'm a Salpointe alum and I have no idea what the negative reviews are about...there most definitely is parentla involvement. I now work at an elementary school where parents are overly involved so I believe Salpointe has the appropriate level of parental involvement. Parents have every right to know what is happening with their student's schooling but part of high school is allowing the student's to learn how to be an adult. High school involvement cannot be equal to elementary. Parents...let your children grow up! Salpointe is a great place to do so.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2008
fantastic school..i suspect the same person wrote all three negative reviews... shame..but this is the internet.. Salpointe is a safe, fun, educational, inspirational place for your kids to grow and prepare for life... The academics prepared me so well for the U of A that I found Arizona to be quite a bit less difficult than Salpointe..

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January 22, 2008
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January 17, 2008
Horrible leadership - parents are basically required to stay out of their child's education. so if you want to be involved and know what's happening in your child's school, this is not the place.

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no rating January 17, 2008
The school talks a good story about wanting parental involvement. It's been 3.5 years now and we're still trying to to find the link between school and parent. They talk a great talk, but do not walk the talk.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2007
My husband and I are Salpointe alumni. We are both so grateful for the academic and moral compass that Salpointe provided us. Salpointe is a tight-knit community with an amazing support system. The teachers and parents care about each student. In turn, the students support one another and are a positive influence for one another. Our parents are not wealthy. They worked very hard to send us to Salpointe and we are forever grateful. Salpointe truly changed our lives. Without question, our two young children will attend Salpointe in the future.

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September 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 27, 2007
I graduated from Salpointe a couple of years ago, and ended up going to a college ranked among the top 10 in the nation. It is a well-rounded school, known for its academics and its sports teams. I don't think I would I be where I am today had it not been for Salpointe. However, with that said, there are some flaws. For example, the fine arts program needs more support. I am also not a fan of Father Fred Tillotson.

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2007
Two of my children went to public High Schools, but my last just wasn't satisfied with the preparation for college that she was looking for at the public High School. We took a look at Salpointe and although we are not Catholic, were so very impressed with the full spectrum of High school life. She has loved her time there and has been involved with athletics, academic and extracurricular activities. It is a wonderful community of teachers who care, parents involved and an administration that want involvement.such a special institution that has been very worth the extra money!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
I am so grateful for my experience at Salpointe Catholic. There would have been no other high school in the area that could have given me the excellent academic, extracurricular and spiritual support needed in those crucial teen years. I felt safe, well cared for and made great friends and was truly prepared for my college and post graduate academics. Thank you Salpointe!

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November 29, 2006
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April 28, 2006
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February 27, 2006
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February 06, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2005
Our family recently moved to Tucson and were dissapointed with school choices, until we found Salpointe! This school has a very long history of both academic and athletic excellence that can't be matched by any school in the area. The administration makes a tremendous effort to keep the parents informed/involved. About 80% of the students are Catholic. We are not. The religious element to the school isn't overwhelming and it's interesting. They are turning out well rounded, very morally motivated students. The course selection and the extracuricular activities are the best, bar none. I only wish they offered Latin. Thanks Salpointe!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
We feel that Salpointe meets and exceeds our childs needs academically. We are very impressed with the college-prep standard that, not only the teachers, but the entire faculty displays and holds the students accountable to. The extracurricular activities are too numerous to mention. Not only are the coaches interested in a winning team, they are first and foremost about safety for the kids. The level of parent involvement is such that you would be hard-pressed to find the same in any public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
This school needs more diversity. But I guess that is not truly an aim of the school. They have good athletic programs because of their recruiting.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2005
I am where I am today because of the education that I received at Salpointe. The sense of community and education are the best. I highly recommend this school and will send my children there some day.

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August 25, 2003
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August 19, 2003
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Salpointe Catholic High School
1545 East Copper Street, Tucson, AZ  85719
(520) 547-5904
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