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Empire High School

Public | 9-12 | 818 students


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Posted October 8, 2013

Just to think that I had serious reservations about sending my kid to this school without TextBooks! His GPA is now number 3 out of 193. He was never that high achieving before. Mr. Baker, the superintendent, and the entire Vail Team is to be highly commended for their work. I remain one happy and proud parent. Thank you one and all.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2012

All I have to say about EHS, is it is fantastic. I am a sophomore and I have learned so much at this school. I have great bonds with all of my teachers. The academics is challenged but it really helps. All of the teachers and staff are really great and we as students are very fortunate to have as many great teachers as we do. Also our principal is awesome, he interacts and listens to what the students and teachers have to say. GO RAVENS!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 14, 2011

I love this school, i Am a freshmen at empire high school, I thought it was going to be packed full of students but it's not, And they have so many options to choose from and the mac's are really good to. Half of my friends choose Cienega, Even though i wanted to be with my friends i choice this school because they have great standers and the teachers are really good at teaching and they have tutoring options after school before school and during lunch and they have Zero hour which you can go to finish work or go to your teachers and get helped out! I LOVE EMPIRE AND EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 6, 2011

I am a freshmen at Empire and I absolutely love EVERYTHING about this school! Many of my friends chose Cienega, but I still chose Empire because I do think this school is better. I like having all my classes everyday instead of a block schedule, and no advisory instead of an hour long waste of tiime advisory. I love using a laptop for my work, it is so much easier than textbooks because instead of one resource (the textbook), you can find info on many websites, plus you can do all of your homework on the laptop and turn everything in on the Internet. I also love how the class sizes are smaller, and we have more one-on-one time with teachers, and all my teachers knew my name within the first few days. We also have a lot of fun in our classes rather than just being taught something and then given an assignment. Overall this school is GREAT and I am really sad that I am moving soon, because I would like to graduate from such an awesome school. :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 9, 2009

Empire Hight School is a very impressive young High School. The physical and psychological stature of this institution is conducive to learning personal responsibility and cultivating intelligent The technological forum of laptop learning encourages students to explore a dynamic media that will open future worlds and insure academic excellence. We, as parents of two students here, are very pleased with the academic and physical education curriculum that is offered to our sons. The teacher/student ratio is also impressive and coveted by other districts.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 16, 2008

Great school in a great school distict! Vail provides choices for all students to excell. Parents have the choice of which school they want their kid to attend.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2008

If a parent has an issue with a teacher and thinks the teacher is just giving tests and 'watching' the kids fail, I would have to disagree. If the student is a freshmen most homework is graded on effort not ability since most of the freshmen teachers provide so much help on the homework the next day. Instead of writing a review about a teacher the parent should talk to the teacher and find out how the grading works.

Posted October 8, 2008

I am a student here, and I have to say, its been a great experience so far. I'm currently in my junior year and I've been having a blast. This school is not too big, not too small, and like Stacy said empire is a close family. When one of our students died in a shooting (off-campus) the whole school was devastated, and we poured our hearts out to the family and friends of this girl. Laptops are a great and very efficient way to teach. The tech department is very experienced, and can handle our computer problems whenever they happen. We have great sport programs here (Football team is 6-0, undefeated) and we even have a paintball team. This is definitely an A+ school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 4, 2008

Empire is not about giving tests and allowing students to fail. I am a junior there as of right now and I was failing because I chose not to do my homework but since I have started doing it and have kept it going I have been passing. I am bad when it comes to taking tests because that is just how it is. If your child is failing when it comes to tests either he/she is bad at taking them, does not study, chooses to not pay attention or they dont understand what is being taught and dont ask for help. It is not the schools issues that is in your childs problem alone.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 1, 2008

I think that Empire High School should teach more then just giving out test and then letting the students fail. I have a student who goes there and she can get all A's on all her work but when it come to giving a test she fails it. I think that she should teach more then just give out test. that is what i think they should do. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2008

I am currently a senior at Empire, and I have practically loved every single year of high school. I started there the first year it opened and I've watched the school grow as the years have passed by. This is a great school for any parent to consider, it allow for students to learn in a challanging enviroment with other like minded students, bullying has never been a problem, a majority of students take honors or AP classes, and slowly yet surely the extracurricular activities are becoming better and better. This is the kind of school you can go to without worrying whether or not you should hang out with the jock kids or the nerdy drama kids, or whatever, we all get along like one big happy family. When I graduate this year I'll be proud to say I went to Empire High School. GO RAVENS - Stacy
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 6, 2008

I go here and i love it so much easier than carrying heavy text books, its all simply on my laptop! i would definatly recommend this school. Go ravens!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 26, 2007

Empire has been a wonderful experience for my son. They have taken a novel idea (a school with no textbooks) and made learning a new and exciting prospect for their students.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.









The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.







The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.








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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
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 14%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way
Tucson, AZ 85602
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