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1230 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85745

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(520) 792-3255
(520) 792-3245
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May 07, 2015
Barely 1 star for this school. My child has been going to this school for a few years now and things have been progressively getting worse each year. I am not sure we will be returning next year based on what I have seen so far this year. He loves a few of the teachers there but those teachers are stunted by the administration at this school. The superintendent of this school has said some very negative things to my child about my skills and choices as a parent. When the adults are more immature than the children and spread rumors and gossip more than the children we will never be able to create a positive learning environment. As a working parent I cannot attend every school function and I am not able to send my child on overseas vacations. The superintendent has voiced to my child that I should send him on all trips and I should attend all events. This is not an option for all parents and instead of making our children think or feel that we are not doing enough for them the "adults" at the school should be supportive of working parents and assure the children that their parents are working to provide the things that the child needs.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2015
Do not send your students to any of these schools. If you as a parent want your child to succeed, and they are not doing so in a public school setting, find somewhere else to send them! There are multiple grades taught at one time, as a former teacher at TIA this is not ideal for students or teachers. It is nearly impossible to prepare a high school senior for college or a career if the teacher has to also teach freshman, sophomores and juniors as well. There are many schools that you as a parent can choose to send your children to, make sure you make the right choice, this is not it!

- submitted by a community member

September 02, 2014
So this the place I used to go to school at is one that I thought wasn't too bad. Well, Now I'm at a self paced school where teachers help you advance, and teach you all that is necessary to pass this years A.I.M.S. I visited their home page and remembered the stop in learning curriculum. I think this new school would work out better and I hope that they really do change for the future of their students. The math portion will consist of geometry and some algebra II. They need more than one math and english teacher there, so that groups can focus on going from algebra I for 9th and 10th to geometry, and the 11th and 12th graders can focus on Algebra II and trig. Because the test's they are using are for middle school A.I.M.S, the student's won't get the information they need. This school is behind. I've already got my 1/2 credit for the first half of the school year, and even I've come to a stop.

- submitted by a community member

August 17, 2013
We enrolled 2 of our children at the Midvale Campus for the 2013/14 school year and after just mere days of school, we are ready to pull our children from this horrible atmosphere. The classrooms were cramped and well over their stated 1:20 ratio. For my oldest, it was sink or swim from day one. After falling behind in trying to complete the ridiculous amount of work she was given, she asked her teacher for help and was berated. The entire class was then "talked to" about homework complaints and parents calling the school. She was left feeling stupid and afraid and had a total breakdown after a few days in this atmosphere. After trying to talk to the principal, things just got worse. She told me maybe a school setting wasn't appropriate for my daughter (although she maintained good grades at her previous school in another state). I feel this school wants to push my daughter out because they are afraid she might bring down their test scores and they were not willing to offer her any help or options to catch up. The principal seems be to grossly inadequate to handle any kind of situation or complaint and would often backtrack and change her story during conversations.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2013
We have had great success at this school! I love the Spanish and Chinese programs. The school has lots of events, almost every month. We appreciate the individualized attention. We give this school an A+

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2013
TIA offers great educational and extracurricular activities that my children have become involved in! I am thrilled that my children are doing really well academically (AIMS!) and personally! I like knowing that my children are safe, learning, and with caring adults!

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2013
Warning to parents and teachers: This organization is in major decline. It is purely a business operation lacking any compassion or concern for students parents or its employees. Students are seen as simply numbers to be maintained to get state funding. Parents are seen as irrelevant. Teachers are treated unprofessionally, not respected, and told what to do when by a controlling administration. The superintendant regularly goes through the school yelling at and demeaning students, parents and teachers. Students are shown no concern for their educational needs. They are fed a stagnant generic curriculum irrelevant to their future. TIA claims they are college prep but look at their test scores and the grade given by the state. They can claim only one graduate in the last ten years who attends community college (attends only). They claim an international focus and promise foreign travel to students parents and employees, but trips are cancelled without explanation. They claim they are a technology school but classrooms have no computers to do Internet based research or make use of Internet based innovative educational trends. So what is left is an irrelevant education.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2013
TIA fell apart at the end of this year. Everything at TIA is about how things look on the outside. There is no real conviction except for making a profit and keeping the state money coming in, and staying in business. Teachers are not respected and treated unprofessionally. A very high turnover rate at all campuses reflects how they are treated in a cold uncaring corporate atmosphere. Teachers are expected to follow all orders, do what they are told, with no room for input, innovation or suggestions. When TIA can not pay its bills and can not pay for substitute teachers due to poor business decisions all sick days are cancelled and you are fired if you call in sick. You are forbidden from working second jobs due to poor pay and you are forbidden to speak to some former employees or you will be fired. A very controlling, cold, compassionless work environment.There are many caring compassionate professionals coming through TIA, but they leave as soon as they can (often in mid-year) as reflected in high turnover rates. Those that are innovative, creative and compassionate do not fit in to the cold corporate model and leave are let go or are fired.

- submitted by a teacher

May 13, 2013
Poor quality teachers. Combined to many grades and forget the kids that need extra help. Principal and staff will not expell a student even after he has exposed him self in school cause as it was stated to me they lose money. Bathrooms r always broken. Building so small and they want more kids there. They do not prepare for college or even the next grade. These school are very bad!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2013
T.I.A EAST - The teaching at this school is o.k. but too many grades combined. Youll have to pack your kids lunch though because they serve them small portions so they can send the rest home with one of the parents.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2012
Our kids have been successful, safe, and happy at TIA! Our family believes TIA to be a quality school! Our kids have learned much more and have had a much better experience at TIA than at their previous school.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2012
My kids love Tucson International Academy! They feel safe and that their teachers care about them. They have been going here for years and don't want to be anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012
These schools are in decline. Teacher quality has dramatically declined from three years ago. They are a for profit corporation and it shows.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2012
Our kids were lumped into a room with children as much as 4 years older than they are. It reminded me of how the one room schools from the 1800's must have been run. It seems to be a good school for children who are permanently expelled from the public schools, but it isn't a place for children to learn or grow. Parent involvement is all that keeps this school running.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2011
Our children did not return. They did not like the teachers, or the environment. We felt communications were poor.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2011
I LOVE TIA MIdvale! I have been going to midvale for 3 years and theres nowhere else Id rather go! The teachers are very helpful and they make sure all the students are getting a great education. I really enjoy being in a small school and small class. My teacher is able to pay attention to me and help me when I need it. I love TIA!!!!!

- submitted by a community member

October 19, 2010
TIA is a small, caring, community of learners with dedicated staff and students. We are really pleased with TIA. Our children are receiving a quality education in a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2010
This school is a joke, especially the midvale campus! Small, dirty and the teachers are not qualified! The test scores were enough to send me RUNNING from this school! If you want your child(ren) to succeed, pick a different school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 01, 2010
This is not a review of this school but a clarification. This school is not the International School of Tucson (where my children attend) and the two schools are very very different.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2010
I was very disappointed with this school and the lack of organization at the East side TIA. My kids attended for almost 2 years and that time was a complete waste. The teachers are only concerned with how your child looks on paper, not what they actually learn (which for my kids was not very much) They state that they teach Spanish and Chinese, but neither of my children learned either language. The school is dirty and the teachers do not seem to care about the welfare of most of the students, who are basically kick-outs from public schools. The teachers do not allow bullying and the superintendent does not return calls. My kids are now attending a private school and the difference is night and day. They can speak beginning Spanish after only a few months at this new school. I would never recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2010
In my experience as I student I've learned to love and accept the ideas of teaching at The Broadway Campus passing downtown. There is no problem whatsoever with any teachers being fired at my campus, in fact we have had the same teachers for nearly five years which is almost as long as the time the school has been in business. The parent that posted that comment about how the whole school is not stable because of the quality of teachers that they have should highly reconsider what they just posted. There are 4 overall T.I.A campuses in Tucson. He or she was mostly likely talking about the west campus located near Pima West. We have no problems like that at my campus. I repeat, we have no problems like that whatsoever at my campus. Our teachers here at the 'MAIN BROADWAY CAMPUS' are not going anywhere

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 11, 2010
I have 3 children who attend one of these schools, am very dissappointed in the overall experience, there is no stability there, they fire teachers every few months and the children aren't learning at the level they should be at, because instead of focusing on teaching, they waste time on hiring 'substitutes' There is no structure and when you finally think there is going to be a fit, with the teacher, the school lets them go, due to their high standard that the teacher doesn't comply to. It doesn't make any sense, and it feels it was just a big waste of my children's education, and they will not be back!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 20, 2009
I now have all 3 of my children attending Tucson International Academy and they are all students at the top of their class. The only thing I have concerns about is the school doesn't have a bus. I like the atmosphere and the level of learning.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2009
My daughter had a very positive experience learning about Chinese and especially about tea ceremonies. We loved the personal attention and saw a lot of growth academically.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2009
This school is so cool yyou learn alot!i thought i was realy bad at math but i actualy pade attention and i get math now!

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 27, 2008
My kids love TIA. The kids get a lot of individual attention. They were performing poorly in their other school but are doing much better now. I appreciate the staff. They are very caring and always willing to speak with me about my children's progress.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2008
this schhol under staffed, luches are poor, the rec area is horrible and 60% teachers do not atend to their students needs. Better off at a regular school.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2007
I really like TIA. My sons have been going there a little over a year and they are being pushed greatly. The school isn't the most organized on some fronts, but teachers are great. My kids are learning at a fast rate and getting all the help they need. Thank you TIA!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2007
TIA is a great school. TIA has made our son, Juan interested in learning on his own. He is always talking about how great his teacher Mr. Varner. Juan is knowledgeable in topics that his friends attending others schools shy of. His goals in life are much broader. His conversations are about traveling to China, and how he is learning Chinese to be able to comunicate with people in China.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2007
This school is a huge disappointment. They offer Chinese and Spanish, however neither of my children have learned any Spanish in the three years that they have attended this school. They had a high quality Chinese teacher but she left last year. This will be our last year at this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2007
I worked at this school and I really think that it needs a major overhaul. The curriculum & staff need to move into this century.

- submitted by a teacher

May 07, 2006
Tucson International Academy is making a huge difference in the education of my child. They offer Spanish AND Chinese! Our daughter even went on a school trip to China where she practices speaking Chinese in the real cultural setting of China. TIA has Music weekly for every class and is terrific about offering field trips that are pertinent to academic learning. TIA students also have computer lab EVERY DAY- not once a week like many other students. My daughter LOVES TIA, and as parents, we support the school by volunteering, raising money, attending special events and field trips, as well as by honoring the teachers for all their personal dedication to my child's education. Tucson International Academy has been a huge benefit for our family!

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2005
TIA has the potential of becoming a very good school. The language program is an excellent way to have well rounded kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2005
This school is the best thing that has ever go on in my childs life. She is able to go to school with a smile on her face and come home to tell me all that she did. That is enough to make a life change!

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2005
I enjoyed this school very much. The kids are really great! I will miss it alot but im ready to start off somewhere else. Beacuse now I have the skills I need to go anywere!

- submitted by a student

September 16, 2004
Strengths: spanish and chinese programs are organized, creative, and challenging. The school is also great when it comes to teaching cultural lessons and providing the kids with diverse cultural activities. Weaknesses: too little emphasis on math and science. The math program is a joke, and the kids learn very little advanced math.

- submitted by a parent

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Tucson International Academy
1230 East Broadway, Tucson, AZ  85745
(520) 792-3255
Last modified Tucson International Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tucson International Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top