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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 725
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2325 W Sunset Rd
Tucson, AZ 85741

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(520) 665-3400
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May 14, 2014
I'm disappointed in the direction that this school has taken. The school had done very well with state testing in previous years and then changed its curriculum despite the fact that the previous curriculum had served the students well. The school's over-eagerness to jump on the Common Core bandwagon has made me realize that the school wasn't wedded to its previous curriculum and thus doesn't appear to have a core identity when it comes to pedagogy (ironically).The school has gone overboard with the Spalding phonics instruction (as though learning how Romalda Spalding pronounced "gy" is an important end in and of itself rather than sensibly using phonics as a tool to read, not an end). The math worksheets this year were tedious. I'm not convinced that the school is a good setting to inspire learning and curiosity. The quality of teaching is spotty, but probably better than your average Tucson public school. There are several nice academically-oriented clubs. Overall, the parents and students are nice.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
I'm a senior at Sonoran Science Academy, a supposed 9/10" school. This is far from the truth. The school lacks an adequate field or cafeteria. The teacher quality is slowly declining as SSA pushes the good teachers out by implementing salary cuts. Several decent teachers this year will not be returning and will likely be replaced by people that should not even be called "teachers." All of the replacements thus far, in my 6 years here, have been horrid. Aside from the Spanish replacement (who is also leaving this year), the other ones have been incapable of teaching, either having erratic changes in plans, personality disorders, or they simply have no idea how to teach. I have to admit that through my high schools I have learned next to nothing in English or computers. There has yet to be a computer science teacher that comes into the class knowing about the subject beforehand. All of them have learned WITH US; that is not how a class should be run. The English department thus far has two decent teachers, though one may leave. The teachers who know their subjects are okay at teaching and willing to help students who need help, which is why I gave two rather than one star.

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2014
My son loves the high level classes available and the helpful, caring teachers. The school has many diverse extracurricular clubs, as well as a great robotics team. Some teachers aren't too great, however the educational options at this school far exceed most of the available courses at many other public schools. Overall, it's a good school that challenges and motivates its students, it has good extracurriculars, and despite some downfalls in their administration and certain teachers, the overall education is still very good.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
This school is great, nice environment and teachers dedicated to teach. The school is interested about not only teaching but a complete personal development.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
My child is receiving college a preparatory education. The administration supports the students in their creativity as well as academic accomplishments. Some of the instructors are difficult to understand due to a language barrier.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
My son has been a student at SSA for 8 years, since elementary school. The teachers have always been readily accessible to both students and parents, and have always encouraged him to learn. I like that the student will receive the education they need: whether it is more advanced work, or remedial assistance if they were having issues. The school is continuing to grow; I would love to see more extra curricular activities someday. He is happy here, and has asked to finish out high school with SSA and his friends there.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
I love this school. Great communication with parents and ambitious teachers. Excellent character education, and STEM focus.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
We love Sonoran Science Academy. It is really great school. It is very challenging academically and they are offering a lot of after school activities. My son is going first grade and he is in the chess club and they won first place. Teachers are very caring to students.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
This school was incredibly disappointing for me and my gifted sixth grade son. The teachers often did not take any responsibility for student learning and had ridiculous, draconian homework requirements. Some teachers don't even follow their own policies consistently. Even worse, the administration does not abide by the law in multiple ways. For one thing, it implies that it has preferential admissions, which is not legal for a publicly funded school. It also doesn't include parents in educational placement decisions, which violates Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Remember, too, because this is a charter school, teachers can and will be overworked, and they will go along with it to keep their jobs. These teachers also do not have to be certified, which sometimes means they don't have the first clue how to actually teach. My son's English teacher had no experience teaching American students whatsoever, was horribly inconsistent, and didn't even tell students what she wanted them to do. She didn't grade most of their work and quit partway through the school year, leaving a series of substitute teachers to try to clean up her mess. Don't send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
The Sonoran Science Acadamy is an exceptional school. The staff is patient, hard working, and dedicated to the scholastic success of their students. They make learning fun but also expect a high level of performance from every child. Our child is in the first grade and she is already reading at a 2nd grade level and is beginning to learn the basics of algebra. And while the school teaches at a fast pace, it is very manageble for the child to maintain that pace. My daughter had made great friends, loves her teachers and likes to go to school every day. I am more than impressed with this school and I look forward to my daughter continuing to get a top level education.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
This school is absolutely one of the best things I have done for my kids. The faculty have struck a really good balance in terms of academic rigor and scaffolding the kids' learning with a warm and comfortable environment. I do think that the school administration are constantly seeking to improve the school. They could rest on the laurels of their previous good ratings, but instead they really show conscientious effort toward the determining their teaching focuses and practices every year in accordance with state and national requirements. Although every parent has their own preferences and not all parents can be pleased at once, I think the fact that the administration are always on their feet thinking about these demands says a lot about the quality of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This is our first year at SSA. We are delighted with the change in our child. He is happy, engaged, and finally enjoying learning. I feel the teachers really know each child and that they are genuinely interested in helping each child succeed. They use a lot of positive reinforcement so that my child wants to do his best. There is a LOT of homework and my child is a fairly slow worker, so that has been challenging. (He's in 5th grade) But none of the homework is "busy work", it's all good practice. If your child completes the homework, they will do well on the tests, as the homework is designed to help them study the material. I have had no complaints from my child about the homework, only that he is "tired" because he is working so hard. But then, he's never HAD to work hard in school before so this is a new experience for him. He's discovering that working hard gets him good grades and he is enjoying the material as well. Because he is interested and not bored he is much more focused in this school than in our previous school. We are so glad we decided to give SSA a try.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
We love SSA Tucson!! They are like an extended family and really care about their students. They are great at getting families involved in doing activities together. The teachers and staff always go the extra mile. I know my children are in good hands when I drop them off. We wouldn't o anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This is our first year at SSA and I am so amazed at how quickly my children fell in love with the campus and teachers. They were so nervous to attend such a prestigious school, even though they are very bright and came from a very good school, but they found the children, and especially the teachers, to be very welcoming and supportive than ever imaginable. I feel the teachers are genuinely interested in each child, and communicate as often as needed with us as parents. They use a lot of positive reinforcement, but they also are very clear of the high standards they expect. There is a lot of homework, but I think it's good to get them used to working hard, studying, preparing for the future hard work to come, etc...I applaud the school for maintaining the prestige and academic excellence it is known for, and I feel honored that my children are lucky enough to attend SSA!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
I have to start by saying, I am absolutely in love with this school! I was worried that with such a strong focus on academics, the level of nurturing my 2nd and 3rd grader would receive might be sacrificed, but that is the farthest thing from the truth. The teachers are amazing and communicate constantly with us, but they also push them to excel and teach in a way they always understand. My husband and I have kids in SSA Elementary, Middle, and High School, and I don't have a single complaint with any of them. It might be a large workload for some kids and parents, but they are setting our children up for excellence! I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
We have 5 kids in this school and I like it better and better every year we are there. At first I was a little skeptical...their curriculum is more advanced than most schools in Tucson...would my kids be behind? They cater lunch and you have to order it the month prior, they don't have lockers and have tons of books, they have quite a few foreign teachers...would my kids be able to understand them??? But I have been more than pleased! If your child isn't hard working, or just wants to go to school for social hour, or wants to get a sports scholarship, this is not the school for you. It is a college prep school, so even from Kindergarten they are prepping the kids for collegiate success. They teach cultural diversity, and gangs/violence, drinking and drugs are pretty much non-existent there...sadly you can't say that about many schools here in Tucson.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
This school can provide a great math education from grades 4 and up if you child excells in math.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
This is our first year. 4 kids in grades k, 2, 4 & 6. Extremely impressed with all teachers and staff. The curriculum is outstanding across all subjects. 4th week of school & ALL kids are happy & excited daily. Clubs are fun. Teachers have visited our home & this makes a good, lasting impression on the kids. Have raised 3 older children (now adults) while we traveled the world in the Navy and feel the cultural diversity among teachers/staff and students here at SSA helps my children develop a better and richer understanding of the differences we all have and how we all work together for excellence in education. I believe SSA is an asset to our family in that we are both committed to the education and happiness of our children. I can attest that my kindergartener is much farther along in her academic studies right now than the 3 older kids were (in comparison to the public school they attended for kindergarten). This is the first year in 3 years where my academically advanced 6th grader is coming home happy with school and friends. All of my 4 children are academically advanced and SSA is the right choice for their education and happiness.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Great charter school! Begins at preschool and goes up to 12th grade. Strong focus on Science and Math, but the children are also challenged in Language Arts and Spanish or Turkish. Teachers are well educated and caring and have great leadership and direction from the principal. Students receive positive points for good acts and behavior which is refreshing instead of focusing on negative acts and behaviors although those are dealt with as well. Parental involvement is high at this small community charter school. My husband and I have all four of our childen here.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
I love SonoranScience Academy because the teachers are willing to work extra for our kids sometimes without been paid. Besides most of the kids are amazing and work very hard.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
This charter school has the most dedicated group of teachers I have ever heard of at any school, including private schools. Teachers offer free after-school tutoring, and some teachers even offer free tutoring on weekends. At any given school event you will likely find 90% or more of the teachers and administrators in attendance to support the students. I have had children at this school since 2004 and am extremely pleased with the quality of education my children receive.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
SSA has some incredible teachers who have a passion for their subject and excel at teaching. But others aren't teaching their field of expertise, seem to dislike kids and can't effectively teach students. There aren't issues with drugs or gangs. The student body is diverse and has a high level of acceptance. There aren't lockers and most teachers require dedicated notebooks, folders and sometimes binders. Add lunch, a waterbottle, PE clothes and you have a huge, heavy backpack. My child's back aches. The school board sets rules with no parental input. SSA likes to brag about the awards students have won, but more than once they've stretched the truth. This is the fifth year my child has been in MS/HS. The first year I was amazed by staff. They hosted get-togethers and kids were encouraged to hang out before and after school. It wasn't just a school-it was a community and a true partnership. That's long gone. Each year brings more rules and SSA is no longer welcoming or interested in fostering a community. Students are not allowed in the buildings until five minutes before school starts, and must leave as soon as school lets out, unless they are in a club or tutoring.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I have 2 children that attend the elementary school. We have been extremely pleased with the extracurricular activities offered and with the academics. The teachers and staff have been wonderful to work with and put our children first. Highly recommend!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
As a graduate and 5 year student of Sonoran Science Academy, I feel as though I am fairly knowledgeable when it comes to this school. Every school has its quirks and SSA is no different. There are ups, there are downs. Overall, the staff (With a few exceptions, of course!) is genuinely interested in providing a quality education for their students. They are helpful, friendly, and tutoring is usually provided for nearly every class. I have had some difficulty with some teachers and extreme favoritism, but I suppose that happens everywhere. I was not a part of either, but the robotics and math programs are outstanding! Art and Turkish were what I enjoyed most while I was a student there and I was given wonderful opportunities in both to participate in some pretty awesome competitions. It seems as though there is less pressure to "fit in", as SSA is very diverse and full of all sorts of people. My high school experience was not the most fun for issues that were going on at home, but I strongly believe being at SSA instead of a public school prevented me from getting into trouble. Oh! Also, the staff is usually willing to help with college plans, which is nice!

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
There are many good things that I can say about the campus and safety precautions for the children. I wish I could say the same for the level of communication between the front office staff and myself. The politics of SSA have become self-evident this year. It seems that a student that shows a higher aptitude academically is encouraged whereas an average child is weeded out rather than worked with. SSA markets itself really well using this tactic. When I identified problems with my six year olds negative vocalization about her classroom I intervened on my child s behalf. My communication fell on deaf ears, and the situation escalated. Not ideal for kindergarten. In contrast, my eldest had a great experience and improved her reading skills. SSA has an onsite childcare facility which is extremely convenient for working parents but I ve been paying enormous fees a mortgage payment. The childcare facility is good and I trust the staff but when the dilemma is do I pay my mortgage or theirs I have trepidation's. I feel that there has been preoccupation with money at this school. I m not sure they re more academically prepared. I'm declining on weather my kids are returning.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I attended SSA for all my three years of middle school until I moved to another state. SSA is probably the best school I have ever been to. I will be honest and say no it is not for everyone but no school is. Some kids fit into different schools differently. They have many clubs to attend. I was in three robotics teams over the three years. Some teachers aren't perfect but no teacher is. I was never great at math but my teachers always had FREE tutoring and were always there to help. One of my teacher helped me and my friends raise are math grade dramatically. He took time out of his free time to tutor students. He never charged us anything and could not have been nicer about helping us. The school offers trips every so ofter to different cities to countries. They offer these trips at great prices too. Yes every year teachers do generally change due to the fact many teachers are here on work visas. Many people complain about this but and that the school has no teacher to replace them but its not the schools fault. You try and fine teachers as devoted as these in one month I bet you can't. Unlike most schools it is very Multicultural and excepting. I wish I could have stayed.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2013
I have been going to this school for 5 years now, and it has gotten worse and worse with every passing year. The school focuses entirely on students interested in math and science and completely ignores those of us with other interests, like English or Drama. We have had a permanent substitute for drama all year since the other one moved to China. First, the AP English classes, which I am taking, got a psycho teacher that did everything but teach, including scream at me in front of the entire class for doing something she ASKED me to do. Then we had over 13 different substitute teachers through first semester and none of us feel prepared to take the AP test. My sister, a freshman, had the same situation with Algebra 2. She would ask for help and the teacher would just keep on teaching. Because of this, my parents now have to come up with $200 to send her to summer school elsewhere because the summer school SSA offers is taught by the same person. Overall, I would NOT recommend SSA to anyone, and this is coming from someone who has been there since 7th grade.

- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2013
I left Sonoran last year and I keep thinking about this school every time my child struggles with a subject at his and her new school. My 4th grader did only two chapters of science all school year and only 70 out of 120 lessons of math. He is in 5th grade now and he has no science foundation and all concepts are new to him which should have been taught in 4th grade. I feel like I did a great injustice to him leaving him their last year. His class did AIMS prep from January to April and stopped any curriculum. That is one way to get your AIMS score high. He always got As in all subjects and it made it very hard to justify changing school, but giving As is just a good way to think your child is doing great when he is not actually learning anything. I loved this school and I am so disappointed at what is has become.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
I spent 7 years at SSA, and attribute a lot of my college success to the wonderful teachers and staff there who helped me along the way. I am now in my third year at the UA, double majoring in Plant Science and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, focusing on plant and insect interactions. I work as a web developer for the college of agriculture, a job which I qualified for thanks to programming, web, and Photoshop courses during high school. SSA also sent me to numerous competitions and helped me to win many awards and experience unique situations- they even sent me to Turkey for an international competition in which students from 110 countries compete, an event that made a lasting impact on my view of the world as a young high school student. I would recommend this school to any students who are genuinely interested in learning and participating in academic competitions.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2013
We came to SSA 5 yrs ago. My daughter had only attended private school since kindergarten. I was looking for a school that had high standards in academics, as I no longer could afford the high tuition rates at our private school. I have to say in all honesty and good conscience that SSA has been the Best school I could have brought my daughter to. The staff and teachers are the most dedicated people I have ever met. Every concern or problem I ever had was addressed promptly and to my satisfaction. The friendliness of the staff,teachers,office, and principals has been very heartwarming. I also found the other students friendly and bully free. My daughter had friends by the end of the first day. In a few months after 5 yrs,my daughter will be graduating and then on to college. I will miss the SSA campus every time I drive by and remember the pick up and drop off''s, the drama plays,everything. I want to thank everyone at SSA for educating my daughter in the high standards I expected and received.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2012
I am a highly academic and creative student at SSA. The school is not as challenging as I hoped it would be with tons of substitute teachers and grading mishaps. For English, my class had to make life-size sculptures!!! What does that have to do with English? My mother is very unpleased as well. The school has definitely gone downhill. I do not wish to attend next year.

- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2012
SSA is disappointing. The teachers are oblivious to different learning styles. The playground monitors reprimand kids for silly, normal kid things. The kids do not get enough exercise. The after school program is disorganized but relatively expensive in comparison to other programs out there. This school claims to teach, but like most charter schools, their "success" comes from weeding out kids rather than really teaching. Our child's best friend has a minor disability and the school was not accommodating. The teacher was rather cold and made no effort to work with the family, so they found another school. This is a learning by work sheets school. If you cherish creativity, think twice before selecting SSA. If your child has a disability, do not choose this school. Be prepared for class rank and GPA starting in kindergarten as if Harvard cares what a child's elementary class rank is! Our child is doing well here b/c our kid is smart and has no disabilities, not because of teaching. The lack of creativity at SSA is bothersome.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
As parent, I have very good experience with SSA. All my suggestions, concerns and requests were heard, understood and worked out. All my daughter's specific advanced academic needs were accomodated. My husband never participated in my daughter's academic life, so I (woman) did all the communication and negociations work, and always felt welcomed and cheered up by SSA staff, teachers and administrators. They changed the reporting software this year, so, I imagine, some bugs could occure, but the administration was always very eager to work out every concern. For example, I could ask to see the transcript before it's sent out, to have explanations, if needed. My daughter was with SSA since 6th grade until graduation this year, and we would not wish better high school for her.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
This school is very disorganized. No return phone calls, incorrect official transcripts going out, and if you are a woman without a husband to deal with this administration, well you might as well go elsewhere. They appear to disregard a woman's attempt to be involved with their daughter's progress. Their 4th in the state/144th in the nation shows the teachers may be qualified, but it certainly appears all this school is interested in is their ranking, not the individual students making up that ranking! It's gone downhill!

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2012
Our family loves this school !!! Our daughter will be starting ninth grade next year. It will be our third year. Last year we had a very difficult year with sickness and a death . The staff at SSA were amazing. Everyone worked together like a family to support my daughter, my husband and myself. We are so thankful for all the staff at SSA. We recommend this school to everyone. We always comment on how we wish we could have gone to a school like this.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
I have to say I am really diappointed and disturbed at how SSA tucson has changed over the years. I have been involved with SSA for 4 years. I have 2 kids attending. Just recently my 6year old was suppose to be in an afterschool club and was relesed without anyone from the school administration knowing where he was. He was returned to me by a parent that had no auhorization to bring him home. I am glad he made it home safe but it is worrying to know there is no control over how and who comes in and take the kids. The campus is open for anyone to just come in and walk away with a student. I thought I should make parents aware that your child could go missing while in the care or SSA Administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
This School is amazing, they are doing great at science , last 3 years they are best in Tucson , they have been selected 27th Best High School in U.S. by Washington Post. I am happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
To the person who wrote the below coment I highly disagree. The children do not have to purchase the food afterschool. The clubs are run by the teachers ontop of everything they do and if you would like a new club start one your self!

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2011
I have attended this school for six years now. At first it was a good school and had good teacers, fundraisers, field trips, and a lot of extracaricullar activities. Now it is terrible. I only had ONE field trip in the last 3 years. We dont have a lot of PE equipment and we dotn have a track field. There arent many afterschool clubs. Half the teachers are Turkish. The two languages we can choose to learn are Turkish and Spanish. Why would anyone need to know Turkish in Arizona?! Why would anyone in the US need to know Turkish?! We dont have a cafeteria. For Drama, we dont even have a stage. We have these little tables we stand on or we just do the play on the ground. We have the same fundraiser every year and its not even a good one. This school rips u off. You have to pay $13.00 for one polo uniform shirt. After school the teachers sell snacks that rip the kids off. Little packs of gummi bears for $0.50, little bag of chips for $0.50, canned soda for $1.00. That is to much for those little snacks. We get way to much homweork. Some teachers punish students for nothing and make them stand in a corner or wait outside for the whole class.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2011
I always thought there was a strange feeling about this school. Like not everything was on the up and up. So I went online and did some research. I don't understand how a school can threaten to fire teachers and cut programs while always begging for donations then to find out they tried to get a school in Hawaii and even put in 4 mil bid on another school. Also claiming not being able to find teachers who are qualified is not true. About 10% of public schools have closed in Az. There is nothing honest about this school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2011
I feel excited and blessed to have SAA in Tucson for my son. I agree with some of the negative reviews. There is a few hours of home work every night! Its called working for an education. Yes there are teachers from other countries with costumes on! Its called diversity and cultural understanding. We are in a global economy from engineering to wallstreet.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
This school is horrible. I have been going for 2 years and hate it! Some teachers are cool but a lot of them have some "custumes" in their country of origin that we don't know about and they discipline on those custumes. They give way too much homework for little things. I get soo much homework that I only get 2 hours a day to do other thing besides homework. I wouldn't really recommend it as the first choice of a school.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2011
A great school for academically minded students. The school also offers many extracurricular activities and afterschool clubs.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
Exellent school for advanced kids in math and science. Excellent teachers as well. Come to see fit for your self.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
Sonoran Science Academy is, by far, the best school in Tucson! ALL of the curriculum is outstanding- not just the science and math. The teachers and staff make it abundantly clear that they care about each student and family, and work tirelessly to enable each student to reach their fullest potential. The clubs, contests and other extracurricular activities are superb. This school welcomes parental involvement with enthusiasm. We have a son in the middle school and couldn't be more pleased. This school is uniquely adept at meeting the needs of the gifted/highly performing students. We also love the diverse cultures that are represented at this school, which have enlarged and enriched our son's world view and overall education. Communication between parents and staff is also excellent. We are so grateful to have this school in Tucson! THANK YOU, SSA!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
I have been attending this school for more than five years and have really enjoyed the challenging curriculum, but I find the extra curricular activities more enticing. I am on the school's math and robotics teams and I love how the teachers are so dedicated and are willing to spend after-school time and Saturdays to help.

- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2010
SSA provides a multifude of opportunities for students to be successful in their future.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
This is our first year at Sonoran Science Academy and we have been extremely pleased with the school so far. The curriculum is challenging, the teachers are dedicated, the staff is wonderful and the student body as a whole is respectful and bright. This is the first year that our son has actually enjoyed school, and it is considerably harder than the public school that we moved him from. Even with the harder curriculum our son is doing better than in the past and his grades have improved. We have had several of the teachers in our home to answer any questions we may have and ALL the teachers have been very available to us. The sense of community at this school is just unbelievable. They offer free tutoring and a lot of excellent clubs and sports to give the kids a well rounded education. Moving our son to Sonoran Science is by far one of the best decisions that we have made.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
I love Sonoran Science Academy because they offer an excellent education to all of their students regardless of what each student is interested in. Two of my children are really into math and science but they are encouraged to excell at language arts, history, and and music. My oldest is a writer and excells in the drama/musical theatre program at SSA but she does very well in math and science because of the teachers and administration at SSA. When something needs to get done at SSA the parent association is there to help no matter what. There is no question that SSA is where my 3 children belong.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2010
Sonoran Science Academy has an excellent academic program that encourages the entire family to be a part of it's success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2010
The education my daughter is getting is exceptional. The teachers really care about the kids not just a paycheck

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
because my 3 grandchildren go there and they love it

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2010
In the elementary division, the staff, teachers, and monitors are very professional and ethical. They are always in the drop off area welcoming your child every day, non-stop. That is how dedicate the school to enforce love, family values, and oneness. I salute the school and I hope more more school in Arizona are like this school--Quality education, highly professional and ethical teachers, and responsive leaders/principals both Elem and MS/HS

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
They have an experienced teachers and my sons are happy.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
Professionally run, the school creates as atmosphere of commraderie, co-operation, and the challenge to always do your best. There are many opportunities to succeed. Two of my three children attended SSA and both excelled and were supported, nutured, and challenged. They were on the math team, basketball team, drama productions, and robotics team. It is a safe and culturally diverse enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
because everybody working for SSA is committed to teaching and education from heart

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
SSA is a great school all around, especially taking into consideration Arizona school funding is nearly the worst in the US.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
My nieces and nephew attend and they love the school!

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2010
My child was a student for a number of years, but will not be returning. I chose this school for the academics and my child was happy until last year. I am now incredibly disappointed in the lack of organization, preparation and, certainly, the mishandling of multiple, escalating and serious incidents of bullying perpetrated against my child. The administration's failure to act created a hostile learning environment for my child. The school failed to follow their own discipline matrix and failed to protect my child. The last incident involved the local authorities and at that point I discovered that this school has no anti-bullying program, albeit current law does not require they participate in this. I have previously made a number of recommendations to parents to enroll their child in this school, however now I would caution any parent considering this school in particular to re-think their priorities.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
This is a good school but not a good fit for my daughter. She was in a gifted program before she joined this school and was placed in a higher grade Math and Language Arts. But the teachers could not handle her needs and she became bored and this effected her organization skills and became worse towards the end of the school year. I don't think teachers in her home grade as well as extended took any notice or care to improve that. On the contrary, the teacher started blaming my daughter for her degraded performance. They assume kids to be self motivated and have their goals well defined. The teachers were of no positive influence on my daughter. Needless to say she's not going back.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
I think this school does an awesome job in educating the students. Kindergarteners are able to do things that 3rd graders at other schools can't do. The have a great choice of clubs led by teachers. They offer tutoring. Teachers work hard to help the students not only meet their goals but understand the value of meeting them. The teachers find innovative ways of educating the students. They are always striving to do better and better.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I personally believe that the school does a marvelous job at educating the students. As a trained instructor for the U.S. Navy I learned that students reach their capacity in learning at about 50-55 minuets and then need a little break. Also I believe that all students should be treated the same, this includes the staff and teachers. Respect should go both ways. I feel that the extra curricular activities are very good and beneficial to the students and their families.

- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2010
The Sonoran Science Academy is academically very good, but the extracurricular activities like P.E, Arts, Music are not upto the standard and also the staff kids doesn't have the same rules like others kids. Like they can use microwave to heat their lunch and in the morning they do not have to wait outside till the bell rings. Hope they will correct these things in future.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
I am really lucky to go to this school because all aspects of this school are really good. The teachers are good, the environment, education, everything is good about it! 9th grade SSA Student, class of 2012 or 2013, depending.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2010
I am very gratefull to Sonoran Science Academy for their outstanding dedication to their students. The Math program in Middle school is the best in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
When my child first started attending this school she was excelling academically. Kindergarten and first grade teachers encourage the children to excel and communicate well with parents. After that they expect the children to function as adults. The teachers give so much homework and put a lot of the grade on things that the parent not the child is doing, like how papers are typed. My child is getting burned out and loosing interest in school. When I look at my friends kids that go to public schools they are learning the same information but with out the homework. I think that the teachers are not focusing on the child as a whole. I am hoping my child can finish the school year with out to much more damage being done to her spirit.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
Very Academic oriented School and also they have variety of extracurricular activities after school

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2009
They have a great Math program. they keep getting the first place awards at MATHCOUNTS for several years at the state level. This school has been serving the best MATH education in all ARIZONA. There is no school can beat them at the math competitions. They are MATH monsters...

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2009
Despite small glitches along the way, this school really tries hard and cares about doing the best for every kid. My kids are happy and flourishing in this environment. I feel confident that they will benefit throughout life from attending this school. The extras this school offers are unique and as individual as this school is. The teachers are dedicated and it shows in the success of the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
We love this school! We had a very bad experience with another charter school so I was apprehensive in sending the kids to another one. We have been pleasantly surprised at SSA. The kids are challenged and love the after school clubs. My older daughter is in volleyball and they won the championship this year! The school has a wonderful atmosphere where the students, parents and staff are polite and respectful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The Teachers are available for tutoring and this is extremely helpful for my child. Thank you all for you dedication to the students learning experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
This is our first year at the Sonoran Science Academy and we are delighted with the commitment to excellence this wonderfull learning community has. Our son's teachers are experts in their fields, encourage creative thought, offer extra help after school if needed and are dedicated to student success.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
SSA provides students with a well rounded education in the core academics and in the fine arts. The administration is supportive and receptive to new ideas. Our school is a 'family'. We care about each other and especially our students so they are successful in their academics, and extra-curriculars in preparation for their future. We provide a safe learning environment which enables students to grow and excel in a well rounded educational setting, knowing their teachers care. SSA students are brilliant, creative and respectful.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 31, 2009
I love Sonoran Science Academy because this school is very successful and the teachers are like the best that you can every get!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 31, 2009
Amazing school, values Education, Great Teachers, Great tutoring Programs, and wants whats best for our Children. Would send all my children there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
It is the best school in southern Az. Teachers will go above and beyond to help students learn. Very dedicated and well educated teachers that specialized in the subjects that they teach. Overall, very satisfied parent and happy to have kids in this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
has highly intelligent teachers

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
The teachers seem to love what they are doing instead of just doing a job. Kids are here for education not to party etc. so everyone has goals for the future. Good staff, good teachers, good parents, good kids, makes for a happy face.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
Exceptional math and science program. High academic expectations. Love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
They challenge our son to work harder and learn more than any public school could. He will be better prepared for college and beyond with the skills he develops at Sonoran Science Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Because the teachers really care about our education and the classes are really challenging. For me, I love how everyone knows everyone else and there's really no cliques here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
This school has the ability to focus on each student's individual needs and works hard for us to be the best we can be.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
Strong academically, and caring faculty and administration. We love SSA.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
because they teach the kids what they need to know and they give homework to the kids every day they also do a home visit to have better communications with the parents my daugthers also love the after school programs that they offer to the students , they have a very excelling program and very good teachers. This is the best school in Arizona!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy has excellent teachers who not only provide exceptional instruction, but model politeness, respect, kindness and diplomacy. It is a wonderful learning environment where students receive individualized attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
All the teachers and administration care about the kids and how they're doing and willing to help in any way they can. They believe that kids are smart and capable of learning in middle school that is more than I can say about the last school my child was at.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
This school is so awesome, I cant express how i love this school just by words. Even though it's my first year in here, this is the best school I've enrolled in so far

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
I like Sonoran Science because it has a much better academic environment and also, it keeps me motivated to just keep on learning, unlike other schools. I especially like the math and science departments because unlike other schools, they really do an excelling job on keeping up with math and science.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
A Small school with big goals. They have some motivated students their and an amazing new volunteer college consular. There is also a new science class, Advanced Research Methods that has students working with college professors to demonstrate deep understanding of a topic through the execution of a challenging project. Overall it is a nice developing school.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
This is such an amazing school compared to the public school I used to go to. This school is the only one that teaches Turkish! I feel as though the public school I went to before did not do a good job teaching and just taught the bare minimum. This one prepares students for college in a spectacular way.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
SSA has so many awesome teachers and a great education system. All the students are just as cool. It's small enough that everyone knows each other, but big enough to have some great activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
This school is great. The teachers stay focused on preparing us for college and try their best to make us through school and there are many extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
My school is absolutely the best school ever because there are so many awesome teachers and the atmosphere is purely epic.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
This school is one of the top rated school in the US. Newsweek, US News and World Report, and Arizona Department of Education rated this school as an excelling public charter school. Personally, I am impressed with their extracurricular programs and college prep focus. They already have their students accepted to the top universities in the nation such as Yale!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Just big enough to get an awesome education, but not too many students. Great academic program and love the tutoring it offers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
This is our 3rd year at SSA we came because my girl needed to be challanged & motivated & SSA offers amazing programs for smart & gifted students. They are placed at the level they can best perform, but still be challanged. She has the opportunity to be involved in different clubs and after school programs. Anywhere from Math Counts,computer programing, basketball, Junior Honor Society, etc. It's a very well rounded education! My boy on the other hand needs extra help and SSA has offer more than I could ever hope for. Staff is absolutely caring and they care for each child individually. The administrators & staff are very involved and work very close with parents, they even do home visits if you would like!!! They have always been available for us. It's a very family oriented, academics oriented, and this year they are woking harder on 21st Century skills. I'm very impressed with SSA it's the best choice I've made for my kid's education!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy is a truly awesome school! The teachers are dedicated and caring, devoting countless hours to their students. The Robotics Club has infused my son with such an unexpected excitement for engineering. I am sincerely thankful to all of the hardworking, wonderful teachers and staff who make this school possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy is a wonderful school for children who do well in a highly academic environment. Gifted/talented kids will excell at this school. Many of the teachers are of an unusually high caliber, and educational level themselves, that is hard to find at a non-private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
My child is thriving at Sonoran Science Academy! The staff truly are dedicated to educating students and helping them realize their potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy is an exceptional school! It is committed to giving students outstanding academics and quality experiences. We have the nicest kids and the hardest working staff in Tucson!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Meh school is the terrificest because they have fabulous art and drama programs. Just a shame they are so uptight about math...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
It is sort of good it is a little boring. But we get an awesome education. They dont have the sport i want to play. It would be better if they had tackle football here.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
It's pretty awesome, especially the drama program. Yep.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
It is an amyazing school. We have horrible uniforms however it is worth being here. Great School.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
Its really good and I'm getting a really good education! Everybody should go here!!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
I love this school because of it's teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
They offer a great education in a safe and friendly environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I am impressed with the teachers and there dedication to the students. They make themselves available to the students - to help on current assignments or by providing extra ciricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
The teachers are very dedicated and spend many hours after school and on weekends running clubs, preparing students for tests and competitions. The teachers take their own personal time to chaperone field trips and special trips, including class trips, educational seminars, and trips to Europe, South America, and Turkey. In addition Sonoran Science Academy is a college prepratory school with high academic standards and free tutoring and extracurricular opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy has great teachers that challenge our students and strive to make them believe in themselves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Wonderful and devoted teachers. Focus on academics.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
SSA is an outstanding school that provides an excellent education for the motivated student. The work is hard and a lot is expected from the students... but welcome to the real world. It is a wonderful environment for almost any student willing to put in the time and effort to become the best that they can be. Most of the teachers are caring and compassionate and willing to take the extra time with a student if needed. The teachers at SSA are engaging, dynamic and they encourage the students to take the lead role in their own lives. It is a student s job to be organized, involved and takes an active role in their education. We, as parents back their efforts and work with our students to help them succeed. The kids are able to participate in after school activities without a problem. SSA provides many after school opportunities designed for every type of student. This school is also focused on success in college life and the real world afterwards. Kudos to the staff and faculty of SSA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
What I love about SOnoran Science Academy is that while the school maintains a rigorous academic curriculum and high standards in academic and behavior, there is also an emphasis on the whole child- with extracurricular activities and community building. We are welcome and involved in our children's education. On any given afternoon, there is tutor, sports, arts and many other things going on around campus side by side.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
SSA is explicit in its communications, both written and verbal, with students and parents. Speaking as a parent, albeit not part of the PTA, etc., I would describe their message as follows: We welcome you to our family. We will bend over backwards to help you succeed. We will support you in any and every way possible. All we ask in return is that you, parents, work with us and support us; and that you, students, take advantage of the opportunities we are giving you. It is equally clear to me that this same message is delivered to SSA s faculty, perhaps in different words. How else could one explain the fact that faculty are there several times per week, after hours, offering free tutoring? If I may offer just one example, my eldest son and only daughter have been hosted and chaperoned by their teachers on trips to Boston (to visit MIT, Harvard and Tufts), on trips to California (to visit USC, CalTech and even Sea World), and on several trips to Turkey (where my children stayed with the families and friends of their teachers, at no charge). Add to this the innumerable times that SSA faculty have hosted overnight parties at the school gym replete with pizzas paid for out of their own pockets and you will get a sense of their devotion to their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
We may not win this award since we are a small charter school in Tucson, Arizona, but we SHOULD! SSA bends over backwards to help us, inside and outside the classroom. ALL of my teachers have been world-class both in their knowledge of their particular subject(s) and in their ability to motivate us to learn more--much more--about the subjects. I will be forever grateful to you, SSA!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 28, 2009
SSA offers a varied and challenging curriculum with an equal attention to the arts. Every student can find a home here. The teachers and staff are eager to work with students and parents to encourage the best learning environment. Teachers are involved out of the classroom as well as in the classroom sponsoring clubs and all manner of extra-curricular activities. Our school has a community atmosphere that makes me proud to invite friends to events held there or recommend our school to anyone to is not satisfied with school their child is attending. My daughter has been fortunate to have had the outstanding gift of truly amazing teachers who I know she will remember and be thankful for for the rest of her life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
This school cares about education and helps our students strive to be their best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Dedicated and committed to excelling education for our 21st Century students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Our school has the mosr devoted teachers. they are dedicated to the students offering free tutoring, sponsoring clubs, and taking the kids on field trips. the school is small enough to have a great sense of community. We love Sonoran.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
I am extremely pleased with Sonoran Science Academy-Tucson. They have dedicated, caring teachers, a strong focus on acedemics and multiple after school activities. Tonights drama/musical theater Cabaret was excellent! They encourage and support students in participating in a variety of competitions. SSA students have won honors in math, science, Turkish, public speaking , robotics and others. Overall SSA Tucson is providing our son with an excellent, well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Best instructors. This school will get kids ready for college. My oldest son now goes to University of Arizona. My second son just started high school and is now taking pre-cal. He is only in 9th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy has the most dedicated teaching staff I have ever encountered. My daughter is absolutely flourishing in the wonderful school environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Sonoran Science Academy inspires its students. There is an atmosphere of mutual respect, and the teachers are experts in the subjects they are teaching. There is no 'dumbing down.' Individuality and hard work are both encouraged and rewarded. Both kids and teachers LOVE the school where they are spending most of their time. An atmosphere of cultural tolerance prevails. The instructors are dynamic in the classroom, and are genuinely personable outside the classroom. Our son went to Montessori school, public school, and was also homeschooled, and he says he feels like he is now enrolled at Hogwarts! The other children seem to feel good about being there, and as a consequence are their best selves in their interactions with one another. I am convinced that SSA is providing an outstanding and well-balanced educational experience for our child, and therefore giving our whole family a positive and adventurous ride through these important years.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2009
On the plus side: a very strong math program, some awesome teachers and some amazing students. But in my opinion it is troubling that all administrators have always been Turkish with no exceptions. I have seen a few teachers that I consider unqualified kept on even though I know of many, many parents who have told the administration they are harmful. Most of the teachers are good. My observation is that the Parents Association is totally under the thumb of the administration and they want it that way. So, maybe it s for your child, but make sure you re informed.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
My child was in the first 3rd grade class when the school introduce it 6 years ago. He is now in the 8th grade and being promoted to high school. He said he couldn't wait to start high school next August.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
My kids really enjoy SSA. As a family who spends alot of time together, the homework load is much more doable than the load the kids got at BASIS. They are being challenged academically, at a good, pace, without being overwhelmed. There are plenty of clubs and the teachers have been very good about answering my questions and keeping us in the loop. I'm very happy we decided on SSA.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
This school is great they collected so many medals in different competitions. They have dedicated teachers and they really like their job. Thank you sonoran

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
This school is great because the safety is very important for the administration,the school's acadmeic expectations are high, the teachers are caring and highly trained, and there are a lot of after school activities to choose from , and the teachers and students are from diverse backgrounds, and students are engaged and happy to be there. Most importantly the school send students to good colleges like YALE e.t.c I am very happy to at SSA

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October 14, 2008
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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 26, 2008
Our child just started kindergarten and enjoys attending school at SSA. Like all, our child is learning: to make friends, routines, rules, to make choices, that there are consequences and that his/her teacher is caring and instructive. Having lived in the city and home school our child, we were looking for an accelerated class room environment and a school that partnered with 21st Century Skills. SSA kindergartens will begin first grade math moving through the program at a slower pace to ensure they understand the material. Their pace depends on how well the class is doing. Depending on the concepts, the pace may move slower of faster. For the language arts, they will be using kindergarten and first grade programs. The first half of the year will focus on phonics and letters. The second half of the year, they hope to start the first grade curriculum. More info: art, music, p.e....

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
We have started our second year at SSA. We came from Butterfield Elm. Marana school distric my son was not being challenged he was bored and un-interested in school. When we arrived to SSA my son became a happy eagar to learn child. A new world was opened to him. The Energy and enthusiasum theses teachers have is Amazing they all deserve the teacher of the year award, for there outstanding care and interest for our children. Applause!!! To A Great Team...

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
this is a great school as far as quality education goes but i have to admit that the extra curricular activites are horrible... The teachers here are amazing and make an effort to help students actually pass the grade. (Thanks to E.Cuddy,M.Sade,A.Votrobek,Sanchez,M.Calik, Bayraktar,Permen)

- submitted by a student
July 24, 2008
I am a student and I'll be a freshmen at Sonoran Science Academy in the 2008-2009 school year. Last year I moved from Basis Tucson to Sonoran for my eight grade school year. I think that Sonoran is overall a better school than Basis. When I was at Basis, I had trouble with getting help from teachers and it wasn't very personal. But, when I transferred to Sonoran I found that the environment was much more communal. I was often overwhelmed at Basis by the fast pace. We often didn't explore the subjects, and I didn't feel like I was getting the complete learning experience. Whereas, at Sonoran, I feel like I understand everything much easier. Sonoran has almost the same curriculum as Basis, so I didn't have to go down a level in any of my classes. I strongly recommend Sonoran Science Academy to any student or parent.

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2008
If you want a bright future for your children, this is the school you should definitely consider! My son really enjoyed going to this school, and I was very fortunate to see him grow academically and personally! Thank you SSA!

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May 11, 2008
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- submitted by a staff
October 03, 2007
I also have a 3rd grader at SSA and find the teachers excellent. The homework assignments are posted online Sunday night and also printed out for parents to take on the bulletin board outside the classroom. The students copy homework from the board into their planners and when my child comes out of the classroom I check to make sure she has everything she needs, if not then she goes back into her classroom and finds what she needs to do her work. The teachers spend so much of their personal time putting together packets of work so students can master the assignment, not just pass a test. SSA is a tough school, but SSA will work with students and parents to get the best out of our children. It would be great if charter schools received the same support public schools receive, the campus probably would have moved sooner.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
I am a new parent at Sonoran with an 8th grade son who came from private schools. I have been very happy with Sonoran. The offer an excellent curriculum, the teachers are great about communication and the administration has been wonderful. Over all I am very impressed.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
After 5 years in private school, it's our first week in SSA. Teachers are great, very experienced. I appreciated the possibility to meet all of them before the beginning of the school year. Neverless, i have already lived some desappointments. During the open house for MIDDLE school, SSA shown us the Robo class, without tell that there is no Robo class, nor club, nor activities for the middle school. The same is about the stdents/teacher ratio. In all brochures and speaches they speak about the small ratio, without tell that it's not true for the middle school, where classes are 24-27 students. These two facts them-self are really not a big deal. But my concern is about this edge of the true/lying. I need to have the total confidence to the school. From the lot of interesting after-school activities, kids can have only 2.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
My student attened the school for 2 years. The idea and cirriculum couldn't be better but the staff, has much to be desired. My child has gone back to private school where the environment is a kind and loving one.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
We have been at this school several yrs., & will not be returning. The schools curriculum is wonderful. The administration is not much to be desired. It isn't a positive environment all round. My childrens state test scores also lowered each year as they came here. Yet they're in honors classes getting A's?

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
i am attending this school and i love it.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2007
This was our first year at SSA and it was the best decision I have made so far for my children. As the parent of a lower and upper elementary, and middle school student at SSA, I am thrilled to be returning next year. One reason I have is that my 3rd grader, who hated school before attending SSA, now excels in all his subjects. He is excited about learning, as are all my children. I am looking forward to next school year and taking my children to the new SSA school building currently under construction. If you are looking for a higher level of education and great Administrative support, as well as new surrounding than Sonoran Science Academy is for you!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
I have a daughter at Sonoran Science Academy. She loves the school. She is having 5th grade level curriculum at 3rd grade. Teachers and administrators are great at this school. The building was old but they are moving to a brand new facility this coming year. I want my daughter to graduate from Sonoran High School.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
Both of my children have attended Sonoran Science Academy, in grade school, middle school, and high school. I have been very pleased with their academic progress, with the concern of the teachers, and with the help of the administration. I always feel that the school personnel care about my children and their progress, and take the time to offer any extra tutoring or help they need. My children have been challenged academically and have had the guidance they need to rise to the challenge.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
My daughter has been a student for 2 years and will not be returning next year. The teachers are great for the most part but I don't feel that the administration is very good. They need to work on there overall administration and there dealings with parents. There online system is not updated regularly so it is very hard to keep track of your childs progress. One of the reasons we choose this school is because we were told that the online was updated weekly which has not happened.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
Both of my children attended SSA for middle school. My son chose to attend our area high school and my daughter will attend SSA's high school next year. I am very happy with the education my children have received over the past 5 years. When my son moved on to high school he was the only freshman in pre Calc and as a sophomore is in the AP Calculus class all due to the education he received while in middle school. The academic environment is student focused. If a student needs help in a subject or excels in an area they are placed in the appropriate study hall. Teachers are available for tutoring after school or on weekends; they are also very active in the schools extra curricular activities from Robotics team, to soccer, or the latest drama presentation. There is a high level of parent participation too.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
I have 6 grade at SSA. Well, first I would like to say about this school quality just a word which is 'Excellent'. I have been there and I like nice tech science labs. Additionally, the school has Robo group which has great awards in statewide and local. Beside all, administration and teachers are very dedicated and professionals which is I never met before any charter school(I have been 7 so far). Great job SSA ! Thanks a lot!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
The 1st grade classroom was small, dirty & disorganized.Curriculm is touted as 'hard' but I found that reading/writing basics were not up to par.The facilities are old & dirty. No parent involvement or sense of of school community at the lower levels heard h.s. is better though.

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May 08, 2006
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April 27, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
March 27, 2006
Hundreds of local students were honored Thursday and Friday night for their work in this week's Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Ten of the youngsters won what could be deemed the fair's highest honor a trip to Indianapolis to observe or participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Two students Christian Suyat and Nicolas Baird of Sonoran Science Academy, will act as observers and guides for local students at the fair. I think this is a very prestigious honor for SSA students and teachers.This year SSA showed the same higher performance not only in Science and also in math and language arts.SSA won MathCounts in Tucson region and Became 3rd in the state.SSA won Spelling Bee in PIMA county and qualified for state Spelling Bee too.I named a few success stories.There is a lot more and these accomplisments show the quality.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
The Kindergarten program is wonderful. My daughter started reading chapter books and is writing full sentences!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Ssa is a wonderful envirenment for my children.They never give up on any student and it is a student centered ,teacher led learning environment.I drive 30 miles every morning to go to this school. They set very high goals for the students. I thank a lot to the administration ,teachers and the founders of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
I am very happy with the school.I have two children at this school. I did not see such a quality school with limited resources compared to established public schools.Seniors get very good scholarships. Their math teams are doing great. They got the 1st place award and the most improved school award this year.The administration and the teachers are very professional and dedicated.I am sure my children are getting well rounded education at ssa

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
The teachers are great but the facilities and administration need improvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
I'm sorry to say that I've been disappointed several times with this school. A positive is it's extremely family oriented with lots of parent involvement. That's huge and fantastic. However I've had problems trying to commit to community hours due to a newborn and have no relief in site. 2ndly; it's a beautiful campus and seems very safe. There are other things about the school that are nice... The negative things I've experienced is that the staff puts up with misbehaving kids which in return makes it not a positive, inspiring environment for those kids willing to learn or children who thrive on structure. Far too many times I've seen teachers lose their patience and take it out on children with their words and expressions. Sadly I feel there are politics going on and with that it seems some children are favored more than others and given special treatment.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2005
Sonoran has a great math and science program. This school is for students who are high achivers and more advance. The school only offers classes that are well above grade level. There are also many after school programs to go to and a good sport program. The school is located behind a walgreens making it not so appealing.

- submitted by a former student
December 14, 2005
The quality of academics is great.Teachers are very much professionals and they care for my child and give him extra help him during the study table,after school and on weekends.They had mandatory tutoring for my son on saturdays so that he will excell in the areas that he likes.I like the administraton's effort to provide all round education to my son.There are atlethic clubs,academic teams and social booster clubs available for students for free of charge.I like to participate PA activities.They had a great Book Fair a few days ago. It was great to see many parents helping to make the fair a success.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
I had a tour of SSA campus today.I am impressed very much about the curriculum and qualified staff.They provide kind of gifted education to all the students.I like the meaningfull communication that all the teachers are having with the parents.Teachers are posting Homework assingments online and I can check my son's academic progress online. I suggest you should visit SSA before you finally decide for you children's schooling.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
My son feels proud about his school. SSA provides well rounded education to my son. there is a focus on academics as well as extra curriculars for all round development of students.The administration is great and they listen to your concerns.It is hard to find such a dedicated team of teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
I like the small size of the school. Teachers care for my two kids and communicate well with me.I changed a few schools before SSA and now we found the school that we were looking for. I want to help SSA grow bigger.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
I enjoyed this school very much!

- submitted by a former student
June 29, 2005
My kid went to SSA. Unfortunately, we had to take him out because new house we bought is too far from school location. Great school, great teachers, there were also some foreigner teachers aid at my sons class. I think he liked her even beter then his teacher. I hope to find school with similar quality in our new location.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
SSA offers quality education, especially math and science. Small classes (faculty student ratio) is noteworthy. It is the second only excelling school in Tucson, AZ. this itself is telling a lot about education in ssa. This school makes particular emphasize to prepare student to national competions (science and technology). it is one of the fewest school that has robotics team in tucson.

- submitted by a administrator
May 26, 2005
I have a Kinder at this school. I love the lower elementary teachers for 2004-05 school year, but both the K, and 1st grade teachers will not be returning next year. As far as the administration, I feel they don't support their teachers, not are they educated in elementary school administration. Therefore, some of their desicions are not the best for the students. Out of 26 K and 1st gradres, only about 7 will be returning to this school next year. I am pulling my daughter and placing her in her home public school for next year. Many other parents feel the same way I do.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
My two sons love SSA because teachers care for them.The administrators are very much approachable and they listen to students and parents' concerns.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
Wow, where do I start. The class sizes are big. I was not impressed when I visited this school so now my child is in another school with class size of 14 kids. The staff need to work more as a team and esp with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
My Grandson has become very independent and such a better reader since he started at this school. The teachers work hard with him and really work to help him do his best. He is very happy at this school and I never thought I would see that until now.

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April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2005
We stopped in recently to check the school out and I wasn't impressed with the physical setup. Nobody offered to really explain anything about the school. I've heard good things about it academically and plan to go to the upcoming open house. Hope it's better than what I've seen so far. (I was at least given a lunch menu and was a little chagrined to see they order out everyday, and it's not healthy stuff at all: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, etc. If we do register there, we will be sending a lunch from home each day, which is not always convenient.)

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
SSA is a place where teachers and administrators care deeply about the students. Students receive personalized attention. Those that are ready to move ahead academically are provided the level of instruction that they need. No one is ever held back! In fact, just the opposite. Students are encouraged and rewarded for excellence in academics, behavior and effort. Teachers at SSA work incredibly hard. They are there at school late in the afternoon, and even set up tutoring sessions during the week and on Saturdays. I have never met such a dedicated group of educators. The school offers great afterschool activities that range from academic groups such as Robotics to Drama to Turkish Club. Parents have online access to their student's grades anytime. It has been a fabulous learning experience for our children.

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March 14, 2005
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February 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2004
Beware of the location in Phoenix, they tried opening in Ahwatukee last year and misled parents. My kids missed almost 2 months of school because the promised they would open and never did. They have changed the name but are still associated with the Tuscon school. Now they seem to be trying a new location with a different name. It seemed like a good idea, but went nowhere and left parents scrambling to find a new charter school at the last minute.

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June 07, 2004
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Sonoran Science Academy - Tucson
2325 W Sunset Rd, Tucson, AZ  85741
(520) 665-3400
Last modified Sonoran Science Academy - Tucson is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sonoran Science Academy - Tucson Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 191 reviews. Top