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San Xavier Mission School

Private | K-8 | 135 students

The first Catholic school in the State of Arizona

 

Living in Tucson

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $79,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $910.

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4 stars

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School Official Point of View

Posted April 29, 2014

You are invited to join San Xavier Mission School! San Xavier Mission School is a private Catholic school located on the Tohono O odham Indian Reservation. We offer all basic academic classes, as well as, classes in Religion and sacramental preparation, Art, PE, Computers, and Tohono O odham language. We are a K-8 school. Our class sizes are small. We average about 16 in a class. K-1 enrolls 20 students and 2-8 enrolls 22 students. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to be involved. Each family has 50 hours of volunteering each year. The volunteering can be done at special events (bake sales, dinners, carnival, etc.) or in the school (classrooms, office, library, lunch monitor, etc.) Presently enrolled students or siblings of current students are registered first and new families fill in the open slots or are put on a waiting list if the class is full. Our tuition and actual cost per student is $5,300.00 a year. The majority of the tuition is paid through grants and scholarships. The Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO) through the Diocese of Tucson is very important in helping the school maintain an affordable tuition for the families. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to send their Arizona tax money to CTSO in San Xavier Mission School s name. If you would like a tour or you have any other questions, please contact Shirley Kalinowski, Principal. We are now registering students for the 2014-2015 school year. Sincerely, Shirley Kalinowski Principal, San Xavier Mission School

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Posted April 30, 2014

San Xavier Mission School is a community oriented school with friendly and helpful staff. They welcome parents and people from the community to participate in their activities. They keep their students engaged with school work and with community service. San Xavier Mission school has a safe environment and is pretty good at knowing which students ride the bus, walk and get picked up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

San Xavier Mission School has a strong level of commitment to education. The principal is very understanding and works hard for the health and success of each student. The teachers and support staff are intelligent and hard working. The school has a great deal of moral support from the sisters, brothers and priests of St. Francis and well as good parent support this year I would highly recommend this school if you are looking for a wholesome education for your child.


Posted July 27, 2009

No matter where you enroll your child into school, it's up to you as a parent to get involved with your child's school, to show your interested in what they do. It will matter to them in the long run!! San Xavier Mission School is life a family, you get to know one another as parent and get introduce by your child to their new found friends and you end up being friends for life and sometimes until you leave the school. Regardless you remember each other and are able to ask 'how are you doing' and 'how's your child doing', etc. You are no longer strangers......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

I've been with San Xavier for more than nine years and my oldest children graduated from there and was accepted to San Miguel High School, which is also a catholic school with great academics. I strongly encourage a child to be enrolled at SX Mission school. You received the individual attention on your child's needs and learn better. My youngest has problem with reading and was observed and found out, she needed glass. Little things like this makes a big difference because the teachers are willing to remedy the problem to help the child. He or she is never left behind!! As for the parent involvment, it's true there's not a lot of particpation,but it's up to each parent to decide how they would like to be there for their child (i.e taking part, socializing with other parents, take interest), so the child will know you care. Over-all it's an excellant school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

Everything is greant academics, activities, and sports.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 1, 2006

The academic grades of this school are below average in this school. The parent involvement is really not good these parents don't care about the childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
American Indian/Alaska Native 89% 5%
Hispanic 8% 43%
White 3% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Tohono O'odham
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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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Speech and language impairments
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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Tohono O'odham
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tohono O'odham

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Shirley Kalinowski
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (520) 294-3465

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Tohono O'odham
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tohono O'odham
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Radio club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PAC
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
148
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
San Xavier Headstart
Challenger Middle
Santa Clara Elementary

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$1000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
San Miguel High School
Salpointe Catholic High School
Sunnyside High School
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1980 West San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746
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Phone: (520) 294-0628

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