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Southside Community School

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Posted July 12, 2013

Hi! I went to this school in 8th grade and I just wanna say my experience was pretty great. The teachers are all nice, helpful, and overall, very well educated. They all went to college, earned their bachelors, and even still attend teaching classes. I learned a lot over a short period of time being there. I actually learned more in one year at Southside than I did in two years at Utterback. The teachers actually want you to succeed and they do their very best in making it happen. The whole staff is great - from the elementary school teachers to the middle school teachers to the counselor, the principle and assistant principle, the librarian, even the lunch ladies and janitors. The food is not only free, but also very healthy and nutritious - unlike many other big-name schools. There's even a pomegranate tree in the back of the school which the students are allowed to eat from! Overall, very very great school. It's where I had my best memories, experiences, and grades. Don't underestimate it because of its size. Send your kid there!


Posted March 5, 2011

It seems odd to me that most of these entries read like they are written by staff members. In fact, the most recent entry prior to this one is identified as written by a teacher, and yet the grammar is appalling. I'm certain I don't want my students to attend a school where even the teachers seem to be lacking in literacy skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

we are actually a pre-k through 9th grade charter school now. we offer a free pre-k program to prepare students for kindergarten, free breakfast before school, and a free after-school program with snacks until 5:30 PM. we really care about our students and want to offer them all the resources they need to succeed. because we provide so many free services at our own expense, $20,000 would really help us in our endeavors to continue providing important resources for parents and students. thank you for your consideration!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 3, 2010

I went to SCS in 7th & 8th grade. Before that I lived in Mexico. When 7th grade was over I noticed that my english language progressed a lot! In 8th grade I was able to write anything in english & translate long spanish poems into english & also perform them!. SCS has such great teachers, counselor, & just all the staff members are awesome. Southside gave me a lot of opportunities & my days there were never boring; it has many, many clubs where everyone can participate & enjoy them. I am sure that no kid would regret attending Southside Community School.


Posted April 30, 2010

SCS offers many free programs for parents such as after-school care and mariachi lessons. The school is in the process of opening up a free preschool. We are also working to develop a parent-teacher association.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2009

This is a great school. There are few schools that enhance student achievement in such a profound way. Teachers are sincerely interested in students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

My kids loved the middle school summer program. They went on three trips, to a cave, a water recycle place and bowling. They all went to summer school even though it was not required because they love science. The science teacher here is a little strange, but they like him the best and he has really turned them on to science! The math teacher for summer school was great. There regular math teacher not so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

My boy in ninthe grade wishes he could go back to this school. My other boy is in 5th grade, he has one of the best teachers in Tucson and is looking forward to middle school at southside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

This School is da Bomb! #1 You should of had added more grades from K-12. I love southside community school and K3v!n too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

the teachers are very committed, and helpful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

Overall i think this school is great. Two of my children go there and enjoy it. The teachers are very talented and have good teaching degrees. The after-school activities are great and the tutoring is helpful for those who need it. The teachers, principal and Superintendant are very involved in everything and everyone knows everyone. Not a lot of parents are involved but I am, some use the after-school programs as daycare which I don't my children want to learn new things which I like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

While no shcool is perfect, parents and kids are very happy at the school, and there is a waiting list in four of the elementary grades grades. The staff is very committed to providing a safe and excellent learnign environment.


Posted September 16, 2007

Since starting at this school last year my kids love school, a first! They especially love the Science and new Art teacher. They have a great after school program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

A good school trying its best in a tough environment. School has sports and clubs for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

There are immense challenges facing the staff and community of this particular school. The high #s of English language learners attending this school and the overall socio economic factors in the overall mix, present large barriers to the success of the students in the hurdles they face on a daily basis. This school was founded to provide much needed attention to an area of Tucson where many of the kids were summarily rejected by other schools due to ethnicity, and cultural differences. Consider the underlying factors that a quick browse of this website does not reveal! Many in our community do not have computers. I ask the other 3oo parents to make comments on this website- The majority of comments will be very positive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

There is no parental involvement at this school. Seems more like a free babysitting location than a real school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

This school is not a place to send your student is you want the best education for them. If you want high moral standards, a clean friendly environment with teachers and staff who care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2007

I am a mddle school student and this is a great learning environment. The bully level is low and the teachers do the best to teach us. I am happy to be here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2007

Parents, don't send you kids here if you truly want a safe and caring learning environment. This is a school full of bullys.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 20, 2007

I have 2 children at Southside Community School. They are receiving a good background for middle school and high school. They just started a tutoring program at the school that gives so many of the students the individual attention that they need. The staff truly cares about the students, and The school has a lot of extra things for the kids. They have a great computer program, art program, they have guitar classes, extra curricular sports, well balanced disciplinary practices, and my kids are doing very well there. My wife and I are very pleased with the clean and well kept facilities, and the individual attention our kids receive. Keep up the good work Southside!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
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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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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 97% 43%
Black 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 98%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2701 S. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85713
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