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Posted February 15, 2014

Funny how this school uses the "perception" scapegoat when issues are raised. "Oh it's all in your head, it's your perception." There are no perceptions in facts. Audits look good on paper and auditors will not know, but when you hire your family and friends with non teaching jobs giving double the salary of a struggling teacher with 30+ struggling kids, you are doing a disservice to the community. When there is no library, that is not perception. Don't get hurt confused with truth. I don't feel anger, i am sad for all the kids who get poor education in exchange for lining ones pockets. I pulled my children out when they started getting mouthy and violent. I learned they learned it from this school because I did not teach them that. As for the flood, do something about it instead of using it as a crutch for poor education. I'm pretty sure insurance payed out very well. Another local charter school was compensated millions for a kitchen fire that burned half of the school, that school looks amazing. Or is it funding the admins fancy car lot in the poorest part of tucson. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Generally I do not respond to anonymous anything. I am sure it s purpose is to give opportunity to validate genuine concern especially if one does not feel safe expressing the need forthright. However, anonymous also gives opportunity for the writer to express anger and personal hurt rather than truth or fact. I can personally vouch for the Administration, who for the past 3 years, have given one week-end a month to working on school improvement along with countless summer hours devoted to helping Southgate reach its goals and taken wage cuts while navigating the school through major devastation due to the flood that destroyed 92% of our 94,000 sq ft building (Along with everything in it.) Southgate is audited every year. It is a State requirement, and SGA supports the mandate. It holds charters accountable & in compliance. Students do not run the school- another perception, not truth. (See YouTube Southgate Academy Perception Video done by our HS- it s great!) Every child deserves a fair opportunity for their voice to be heard, innocent and accused. Our Intervention Specialist is one of the best. It is awesome to have his 20+ yrs experience from TPD on discipline.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 3, 2013

This school needs to be audited for monetary allocation. To have the lack of resources and material for the children, yet other schools similar in size are functioning with resources to succeed. It is apparent this place is set up for financial prosperity for the owners, not the education of the children. The kids run the place and the discipline is minimal to keep attendance up which brings in the cash flow. Poor performance is scapegoated to demographics and population when in actuality, the lack of resources and support is what destroys achievement. Just look at other public schools with similar demographics, they are succeeding at a higher level. This place needs to be seriously looked at..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Over stuffed classrooms, unqualified teachers, no resources, mean classmates, my daughter was bullied on the playground, and the bully was right back the next day. She told teacher, nothing happened. Seems adults do nothing when it comes to behavior. Most teachers are good, but overwhelmed. My daughter says lot of the day is fixing behavior, not actual teaching..sad...there are better options near by
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

I am a parent and have had an awful experience with this school. My sons were at Southgate for three years. The teaching staff was good, knowledgeable and caring but the leadership in the school is terrible. They let the kids get away with anything and everything! It seems as if the school lets the kids run it instead of the adults. They also have been promising that the school would be fixed up and that our kids would be in nice classrooms in the building instead of portables. I pulled my kids after it seemed that Southgate can't keep its word.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Parents please keep your children out of this school. We have had many horrible experiences with the staff. They are number ONE in misleading and have no business practices. The leaders need follow-up from the State.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

Well, aside from the easy to aquire drugs, the uncleaned facilites, the lack of a safe environment and proper school supplies... It's a horrible school, I've had teachers tell me to leave, in my honest opinion this is the worst school ever.


Posted August 27, 2012

I'll keep it simple: this school is awful. I truly feel sorry for the kids who go here. They are not getting any sort of decent education. There is no communication, no follow-through, and the school is basically run by the kids. There are unqualified staff/faculty, and kids barely older than high schoolers make up the support staff.


Posted February 6, 2012

I will start with the positives. I like the school schedule as well as the opportunity to have the kids go to the after school program. This works out well for working parents. When it comes to the staff as others said it is run by a bunch of young kids. The new portables for the elementary kids has no security. Anyone can walk right in there. I volunteered in my sons class and the other students there are awful. There is no discipline at all. The poor kids for recess play in a gated area on asphalt. It is hot and dangerous in my opinion. When school is released kids are all over the place. There is no organization and kids can get easily lost or hurt. I also am concerned with what kids are allowed to bring in for snacks. At one of the kids parties they received plates filled and even piled with junk food. A few snack is ok but this was ridiculous. This school is in need of quite a bit of improvement. I hope there is changes because the South side really needs a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

I did a lot of research to find a school for my son, being in the education system myself. I understand how having a quality education is important. I was very VERY pleased with my son going to Southgate. My son received a thorough and solid education while being in a caring and supportive environment. The teachers were collaborative, the open door policy was enforced with both openness and security, all needs were met and kept my child enthusiastic to learn. It was fun how they always had events going on for every occasion throughout the year. It is a perfect school for parents who are actually involved in their children's education. The teachers, counselor, principal, and support staff was amazing! So much so that we kept him in that school even after we moved across town in the middle of the year. Thank you Southgate Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

My son hasbeen at this school for almost there entire school year. I absolutely love his third grade teacher, but it's absolutely amazing to me how terrible the after school program Gator Care is. I pay sixty dollars a month for one child and the after school teacher is on the computer playing internet games the majoruty of the time. Not to mention that the room the children reside in has no air conditioning in it. My child and other children feel that they can't even go to their person of authority because all they are doing is bothering them. I am truely saddened that my child as well as other children have had to endure this nonsense. My son has been to many after school programs and this one by far takes the cake as far as lack of professionalism and supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

I believe Southgate Academy has some very good teachers and I like the fact that there is an open door policy. We as parents can walk in any time of the day and see what our children are being taught. Unfortunately, there are alot of things I don't like about Southgate like having students run the front office, many times I have walked in the office only to find several high school students just standin around chit chatting with their classmates who should be answering the phones. I don't like the fact that my backyard is probably larger than the playground. They don't offer students the opportunity to learn to play real instruments, they don't offer to teach them different languages.....the list is too long. Sadly for my child, I will have to move to another school, a 'real' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2010

The school is a great place to work. The students are great and I am really happy to be part of the school. It is wonderful to see students who care about their education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 4, 2010

After much research and concideration and footwork *whew* I discovered Southgate Academy. They have been a dream come true from after school care to bus schedule to teachers and staff. They have been supportive and understanding every step of the way and I am truly impressed with the results. I have watched my son grow academically and emotionally in just a few months. Any student should be so lucky to have people that care and are reaching out to people who need a better education. Thank you Southgate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

This school is ridiculous. my daughter went there for seven years. She had learned almost the things she shouldve learned in 3rd grade she had moved to billy lane lauffer middle school what a difference she told me she hardly knew what the teachers were talking about. One day she went up to the teacher and asked them 'are we suppose to be learning this stuff' the teacher looked at her suprised and said 'well this is your grade level'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

The teachers are here for the students. They treat them as kids of their own. It is amazing to see such a bond and the turn around these children make from day one of walking through that door.


Posted November 13, 2008

Hi I am a student at Southgate Academy. In this school I have found my best friends which I consider my sisters. The teachers here are very respectful and are so caring about their students.When I fist came to this school I honestly thought this school was crap! but then I got to meet the students and staff. When this happened my thoughts on this school changed completly! This school is an eye opener to students that plan on droping out. Iam 17 yrs. old,this year I will have the chance to graduate with all my friends.Before I came to this school I was planning on droping out!!I started to get the papers ready to 'withdrawal' the teachers noticed that this wasn't the case, so they started to talk to me every day untill they finally opened my eyes. Ever since that day I found a new me.I LOVE this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

I love southgate academy is the best school !!! it makes you feel like home!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2008

This place is a sad and riculous excuse for a school. Teachers and staff are constantly disrespected and they get away with it. The kids run the school! This school is dangerous and to say that any learning takes place here would be a blatant lie. If your child goes to this school or are thinking of enrolling your child, please reconsider. There are no resources for the children to learn and they get away with doing absolutely nothing all day and they still get promoted to the next grade level. Do not be fooled by the seemingly 'hard on discipline' administration, it is just an act. This is specifically referring to the middle and high schools. Your child is better off in a public school. This school should be shut down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

i have been going to southgate for seven years now and its very good with first aid and the teachers are great there they are very good with us!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 69% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
15%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
37%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
31%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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 "Underperforming".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 43%
White 10% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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850 W. Valencia Rd.
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