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Sonoran Science Academy - Tucson

Charter | K-12 | 725 students

Our schools focus on science,technology,engineering, math and college-prep.
 
 

 
 

Living in Tucson

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $121,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $950.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
Based on 21 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 16, 2009

Very Academic oriented School and also they have variety of extracurricular activities after school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted November 3, 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


Posted November 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 31, 2009

has highly intelligent teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 30, 2009

Exceptional math and science program. High academic expectations. Love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


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

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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 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Hispanic 23% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 85% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
Arizona State University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelling Label from AZ Department of Ed. (2013)
  • rom AZ Department of Ed. (2012)
  • rom AZ Department of Ed. (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Bronze Congressional Medal (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Adnan Doyuran
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 665-3420

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Our school is a learning community where teachers, staff, and parents actively partner for student success and diversity is embraced. Students are appropriately challenged, through skill-level assessment and placement, and individualized attention. Data-driven instruction is focused on individual student growth, while a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum and holistic approach to intellectual growth meshes challenging academics with extra-curricular enrichment and social responsibility.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 15%
4 year college - 85%
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2325 W Sunset Rd
Tucson, AZ 85741
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Phone: (520) 665-3400

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