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Sky Islands High School

Charter | 9-12 | 60 students

Small class sizes, environmental focus, and outdoor learning experiences

 
 

Living in Tucson

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $169,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted February 23, 2014

the kid likes the school.. its the only school that she will go to. she says there are no bullies. seems to love everything about it. they are more like a collage with there rules
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

Sky Islands saved my life. This is a quote from my daughter, now 20 years old. She had gotten into trouble at a school in TUSD. We used to drive past Sky Islands on my way to work, so we stopped in to check it out. That was the best decision we made. The school is small enough to give individual attention to kids that get lost in the big school district system. My daughter thrived and everyday she came home with new enthusiasm about learning. She graduated, which she never would have done in TUSD, and is still so happy that we enrolled her there. My son was different. He too, got in trouble in TUSD, but fought me about transferring to Sky Islands. In fact, he fought everyone. The staff had many little run-ins with him, but they stuck by him. It took him almost two years to figure out that he needed to find the desire to graduate within himself. When he did, Sky Islands was right there for him. They saw that he wasn t confident in his reading skills and brought in a special teacher to tutor him. They also hired a math teacher who really helped build his confidence with the math AIMS. He graduated this past year! I m so proud of him and so thankful to everyone at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2012

My son was attending a public high school and getting lost in the multitude of students they had, he was failing and not very interested in what he was learning. My daughter was already a student at Sky Islands, so we enrolled my son there and I never thought the day would come when he would come home and ask questions about things he was learning in class. We went to Nogales, Mexico one day, and while walking around the shops my son asked if he could have some money to buy a carved wooden turtle for one of his teachers, out of couriosity I asked whey, he he replied he was the best teacher ever! He make him think! That says it all! The teachers and staff are the best, and take an interest in the students as individuals, not as just another number.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

Students really like this school. They say that they really like the classes and the teachers are smart and helpful. The administrative staff pays close attention and takes care of problems quickly and fairly. The director started the school herself from years of teaching teachers, and keeps a firm hand on the curriculum and courses. There is a zero tolerance for gangs and drugs. And the students do not organize into cliques.


Posted May 5, 2009

This school is great. The curriculum is focuses on developing the 'whole-person,' preparing the student not only for continuing their education, but to succeed and be happy in the world once they are done with school. Small class sizes present the ability to develop close relationships among the staff and students, which further personalizes the education for the student.
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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 62% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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 69% 42%
Hispanic 22% 42%
Asian 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school TUSD
other charter schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation Pima Community College
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Shari Popen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Environmental studies
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Service learning
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
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Hiking
Girls sports
  • Hiking

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Due to the fact that we have small class sizes and a strong, dedicated faculty, all students receive individual attention. We maintain a strong working relation with parentsand encourage families to participate in school events/trips. We have an "Opt In" Policy and want all students to embrace new experiences and activities and "get their hands dirty". We also have a no electronics policy- all electronics (including cell phones) must be turned in before school and picked up at the end of the day
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Students typically come from these schools
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other charter schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pima Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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6000 E 14th St Tucson, AZ 85711
Tucson, AZ 85715
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Phone: (520) 382-9210

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