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Tucson International Academy

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted May 7, 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


Posted May 7, 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


Posted January 5, 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


Posted January 3, 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 former student


Posted 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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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

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40%

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58%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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18%

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60%

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71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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64%

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80%

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79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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55%

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40%

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86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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33%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

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n/a

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33%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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80%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

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60%

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n/a
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 78% 43%
White 20% 42%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A47%
Female 41%N/A49%
Male 59%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (520) 792-3245

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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1230 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Phone: (520) 792-3255

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