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K-8
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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 326
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6880 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710

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October 15, 2014
I am a student that here I love ssa-b it challenges us to the limit it teaches us respect other and it is very carefully there is no place in this school were it accept bulling or harshening we kid feel so safe here best school!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2014
This school is ran more like a business than it is a school. Seems like there is always a request for more money. Also, I understand diversity and kids learning a different language, but turkish culture is being forced into each student. There has been numerous teachers and students that have left the school due to numerous complaints of the staff. I think this school has a different agenda than just teaching students to the best of their ability. Im sure you can figure out what the agenda is with a brief search on google. Alot of the teachers in the elementary are great teachers, but once you get into middle school...very different story. The teachers speak very broken english and the students have a hard time understanding the teachers. The teachers yell and discipline the students alot more than they should as well. No matter the grade level, kids have about 3 to 6 hours worth of homework a night. Are the parents doing the teaching, or should teachers be doing their job instead of running a business and disciplining our children? STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL.... BEST CHOICE WE MADE WAS TO LEAVE IT!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
I love that this school pushes not only math and science but also language arts. If the kids fall behind they have the resources to help them get up to their level, an example is Saturday School and extra at home practice. The ladies that run this program Ms. Hart and Ms. Merson are wonderful. I am also very excited that the school now has a girls volleyball team and Coach R plans to have a boys and a girls basketball teams. She is by far the best coach this school has had. She truly has brought back the school spirit at SSAB. I love this school and feel safe leaving my kids here. Any visitors need to be buzzed in and there is a key in entry for aftercare parents. Safe, caring, family oriented atmosphere and proud to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2014
SSA Broadway is a God send to my family. My son is special needs & is thriving here. We've been to 8 schools prior to last year but we've found our home. We couldn't be happier with them. It's a small school and I know some of the staff and parents drive over 50 miles a day due to their dedication to this school. Ms. Tracy is an amazing support to our son. Mrs. Jakdeo and Mr. Kochak are fantastic leaders to their staff. While there is one very loud middle school teacher, she's just very loud. All of my children love Mrs. H, Ms. Tess, Mrs. McFarland and Ms. Patricia like family. We're glad that the front desk staff makes sure that they are aware of the happenings in and around school keeping it safe. Thankfully, they make it their business to know who's around and why. When we leave our children at school we know that those four ladies will take care of them and love them. Even on the most chaotic days we enjoy the professional, funny, welcoming environment. The parent involvement is outstanding. Communication is better than ever this year. Mrs, Jakdeo, Mrs. Morley and Ms. Nix mix great teaching, disciplined classrooms & challenging curriculum. This is why our kids love school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2014
I am so happy that my both kids are attending a school that teaches respect and understanding of different cultures. So proud to be part of SSA-B. Best school in Arizona! (A parent posted on school's Facebook)

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2014
This is about the community I choose for my child. Who do I want to expose my precious baby to? SSA-B is an academically challenging, culturally stimulating, socially inviting, emotionally satisfying, loving, and sometimes delightfully loud environment. There is always welcoming laughter, familial interaction, intellectual stimulation and friendliness. Is it perfect? Very close. From the moment you park your car until the moment you drive away, you're treated like an important member of the community. When I enter, I'm always greeted by my name and a big welcoming smile. They all know my name and the name of my child. They smile and cajole when we see them. They recognize us at the grocery store. We are invited to wonderful extracurricular activities and after school clubs. The childcare staff rocks. When picture day came and I had forgotten my check book, one of the ladies up front paid for my son's pictures without knowing if I'd pay her back. It isn't just a school, but a safe, stimulating, thought provoking and beautiful community that my wife, child and I feel grateful to belong to. For anyone who has a complaint, look inward. SSA-B is a rare gem.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
I completely agree that Teachers at this school act completely overwhelmed and uncaring regarding the children with needs. If your child has any special needs STAY AWAY from this school. I visited the school on several occasions for my kid and the way teachers talk to kids disgusts me, they are not nice or understanding at all They just yell at kids at the top of their lungs when they do something wrong it was shocking the way the talk to kids, yes i understand they should be punished when something they do is wrong but the way they talk to them is plain out rude and shows how little patience they have for kids. It's a good school curriculum wise but the teachers are rude, the office ladies are plain out rude and very nosy, i just don't understand how some of the people here have jobs when they talk down to kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
this is a great school at school and they're always trying to improve teachers are awesome

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2014
Great school. Parent/ teacher communication. High standards/ expectations for kids. Small classes. A mini community.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
This school is great. My daughter is thriving here. After 3 schools and 6 teachers, we have finally found a good match for her.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
This is a great school. They care about their kids and challenging their talents! We are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Do you want that 'village' that everyone speaks of? Try this school. My son's teacher, those 2 ladies up front, Mrs. Hart, Mr. Millette and Mrs. Jagdeo make this school amazing. They're the best thing that's ever happened to my grandson. After years of mediocre, we have arrived in Shangri La. This is where the seeds of education are planted.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2014
We joined this school last year. Things were pretty chaotic with a new principal but this year is much better. The staff as a whole is amazing. I do see a couple of glaring issues, though. First is the assistant principal of marks. Not only did she decline a meeting each time my wife and I asked (4), she is very cold, empirical and impersonal. Each time I asked her a question she replied that she would have to see. We shouldn't have to beg to see her or get an answer. I wonder if she has 'seen' yet. We are still waiting. Secondly, this is not a safe campus or at the very least, it doesn't appear to be. I do see the head principal trying to make improvements but the property is just horrible. That terrible parking lot cannot be disguised as a playground, it doesn't matter where you're from. What keeps us at the school follows. The main principal and the principal of discipline. He's a creative leader and very moral. She is firm, fair and unbiased. The world needs more like her. The secretaries in front- we trust them and feel like they're our family. At times we didn't like new rules, but they always brought us around. Two of your best assets. Keep up the good work but be safer.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
I love this school! The teaching staff is caring, considerate, and encouraging to the children that attend. The educational aspects are outstanding and well ahead of the standard curriculum taught in the other schools around the Tucson area.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I am so happy to have my child here. It is the right place for her, and the school community is very friendly.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
This school used to be fabulous. Now it has become overcrowded and less than satisfactory. In my opinion, rather than hire qualified teachers and staff, they're hiring anyone with the proper credentials to fill open spots. My daughter did so well last year, but this year she has a teacher who I believe probably wouldn't have been hired by any of the school districts. Unfortunately this will be out last year at this school. They could be doing way better...or at least move to a bigger building!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
My son has been attending SSA-B since he was in Kindergarten. The first impression of the school is incredible. It has a strong curriculum, a strong core value for education and a great reputation. We have for the most part been enjoying our sons time at the school. As he has grown and needed the assistance of the special education department is where we feel that is one of the areas in which the school can improve. In the 5 years that we have been at the school they have had 4 different teachers and they all have seemed completely overwhelmed and uncaring regarding the children with needs. There are a few teachers at the school that are incredible, Ms. Houston, Ms. Abbott, Ms. Miriam and Ms. Morley, have gone above and beyond for our son and are the reasons that we have stayed at the school. The principal is more interested in test scores then the actual students and the upper administration only cares about the Sunset campus. The school has potential and if they would follow through as they have been saying for 5 years and move the middle school to a seperate campus it would be even better.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Our son just started kindergarten and we wanted him to be at a school that challenged him. So far this school has exceeded our standards.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
I love this school! My granddaughter is so academically advanced and it's because of the hard work and dedication of the school and teachers there. I feel she is getting the best possible education at this school. The school is also safe and enjoyable for family as well as students.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2013
Great school. Small class sizes. Great teachers and supporting staff. My children love this school. So far the best school my children have attended.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
GREAT TEACHERS, GREAT SCHOOL!!! I have been with this school since it first year on Broadway. I had two kids in TUSD for two years and became very frustrated with the way it was being handled. My son was slugged in the face and nothing was being done. When we started at SSAB we were welcomed with open arms and encouraged to speak our minds. We were listened to, which is something TUSD didn't do. Now I have five kids going to SSAB next year. We loce the closeness of thw people. The teachers and parents go out of their way to make school a better experience for the students. My kids love going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
Overall I am quite pleased with this school. So far all of the teachers that I have dealt with seem dedicated to the kids and a good education. There doesn't seem to be a mission of the dreaded "political correctness" that is ruining other schools. The parents that are disappointed in the academics probably need to be more involved in their child's day to day assignments and not just expect the school to do all of the heavy lifting. There is an American flag in the lobby and the pledge of allegiance is available to those that want to participate. This school consistently places well above average in academic competitions. That is not an accident or luck. Spend some time in the lobby and you will see that the ladies at the front desk are equally as dedicated. We intend to send our child to SSA High School at Davis Monthan when the time comes. I have no problem in signing my name to this posting. Don Lovitt

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
Currently this school is a work in progress. Elementary school has a much stronger program that the middle school. The new principal that started last year (2012) is in the process of polishing up this diamond in the rough and good things seems to be happening to make this so. Good teachers are helping support this effort in the elementary portion. Still working on the middle school portion to find the right teachers which are hard to find for this age group already. They do seem to be spending the money to upgrade resources for the students. Just taking a long while to make things happen, which in this economy is par for the course.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
My ire is with the staff of the school. They are very disorganized, taking over a week to admit new students (when through experience other schools will take 24 hours), and the two women up front were plain rude. Life is stressful, that I understand, but there was no reason for the school to remain unorganized for the semester my children were there.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
Our family has been to a few elementary schools and we are happy to now be at SSA-B. The teachers are dedicated to their students and their school. Our daughter is in a class where she is challenged in her best subject. She has also received tremendous help in her struggling subject. Her teachers understood that a curriculum is not "one size fits all" and they went out of their way to find what it was that my daughter needed to succeed. I am so proud of my daughter's growth this year and we adore her teachers !

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
I am in complete shock! The "Geology Rocks" performance that the 3rd grade classes put on was a FIRST CLASS production. I have seen many SSA Broadway "performances" , but none of them were even close to this caliber! My child had fun auditioning and then performing. This was a great experience for these kids and a lot of them were taken out of their comfort zones, so we could see their hidden talents.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
I love this school! It offers a rigorous education while at the same time it feels like family. The school culture is super! I'm so glad we found this school when we moved to Tucson. My kids LOVE going to school and consider Ms. Patrice and Ms. Lori to be family. It's so nice to know that such loving and dedicated ladies and my kids' teachers are looking after my children. In a world that can be at times frightening, my children feel safe and cared for at SSA-B.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
It's very confusing situation. This was my daughter's first year here and the consistent complaint from parents when I first started as well as now that we are finishing is that their communication needs a total revamp. There is a lot of gossip from the staff and what appears like a lack of follow thru on supervising the students. Some teachers have their morning routine down and are outside greeting children as they come to school. The 1st and 2nd grade however had many occasions when they were running to pick up their kids from outside. It's just appeared that they were unprepared for the day. Which if you ask me if they want the kids to come prepared everyday to learn with appropriate supplies, etc. Well then they should be the example. There is not an appropriate playground for the kids when they are at recess and therefore every child ends up joining the scratched up knee club. They play out in the parking lot when all classes are out. Other than that I am pleased with my daughter's growth in reading, writing and math. My daughter is on an IEP though. No school will be perfect but academically I believe they have the foundation they just need to follow through.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
Amazing dedication by teachers. Many opportunities for parental involvement. Wonderful multicultural population. Always feel like I can stop in, get information, volunteer, etc. Lots of communication and school-wide activities. I was nervous about the larger kindergarten class, but the two teachers are AMAZING, kind, and give children the respect they deserve and need to learn. My child always comes home with a smile!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
I agree with the last comment about Teachers dedication. I know how my kids feel about them and how they perform. They gained lots in Math, Science, Language arts, Social studies. one more thing to tell, If a student cannot take what is taught correctly, that's their problem, not teachers.Parents should be behind them in their studies all the time. Bottom line is this school is a excelling school for us.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
I have never seen more dedicated teachers in any other school. Teachers at this school don't hesitate to take their personal time to educate students. You can see staff working hard after school hours, weekends and holidays. It would be foolish not to appreciate this dedication.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2011
This school showed promise at first but went down hill fast after the original admin. and teachers of grades 6-8 left. Their teacher turn over in these grades is too high for something not to be going wrong. When rating this school one needs to differentiate between the elementary and middle school grades because the elementary teachers are great but after that take you kids elsewhere for success. As a teacher who follows their children s education very closely, take it from me. The Middle school teachers at Sonoran Science Academy Broadway operate well below expectation or to that of other positive reviews herein. Just look at the trend of their AIMS test results over the last 4 years fot grades 6-8.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
Great school on paper only. Horrible experience with staff and teachers for several years. This school is a joke. My child was behind not ahead of children at other schools while attending SSA. My child had to work very hard at the new school to catch up after being taught at SSA for several years.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
I have two children who attend SSAB since it opened and they both love it. It has been a blessing to have a school that challenges them and at the same time helps to strengthen any weaknesses. The teachers I have had interaction with have been great, they cared so much for my children and went out of their way to make my kids feel that way. I have heard the rumblings about foreign teachers and administration but have never experienced that problem myself .

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
We tried our child in TUSD in 1st grade for a week - no discipline, no homework. We are so glad to have SSA-Broadway near us and that we got a spot. The school has high expectations, and we do 60 to 90 minutes of HW a night. The administrators are constantly having fundraisers and activities to raise money for the school. Everyone works hard here - teachers, students, parents and administrators to make it work. We are very happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
SSAB is the only school that cares enough about kids to expect more of themselves yet still takes the extra time to help those who are behind and accelerate those who are gifted.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
The teachers are committed to quality education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
We have been there since it opened 3 yrs ago and it is the Best school ever!!!! We are like a big happy family and work together for what ever is needed. My daughter loves her school and whiches school was all yr. 5 star school best school ever!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
This a wonderful school. At the beginning of the school year I was scared my daughter won't like it because she came from a private school, but so far my daughter loves this school and is always looking forward to going everyday. She is far advance in math and science plus all other aspects of the curriculum in this school compared to her friend who goes to a private school. I never regret transferring her to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
Moving to a state that ranks relatively low in the nation for education was something my husband and I were very concerned about. After a challenging experience last year, we moved our son to Sonoran Science Academy this school year. I have nothing but positive things to say about the experience. My son is thriving in this environment and is challenged in ways that even the gifted programs at his old school did not provide. There are little disruptions, caring teachers and an administration that truly does care about the kids and takes the time to know them. I have found the parent community to be very open and receiving as well. The only drawback i see is the fact that some activities and events at the school are not well communicated to parents, but these are things the administration is committed to working on. Overall, I'm thrilled with the choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
This school is great! Wonderful education, dedicated staff, children are taught to respect each other - can't say enought good. 'Posted December 8th' is all wrong!!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
This school is a joke. The administration is uninterested and unwilling to resolve situations when they arise and there seems to be a cultural and language barrier. There are few good teachers, many don't even hold teaching certificates and have such significant accents it's hard for the kids to understand. Admin is unprofessional and aren't willing and/or able to deal with kids who don't fit their expectations. They would rather have you walk away than work it out. Students of middle eastern descent greatly favored, especially boys.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
This is a great school! Any parent who want their child to excel in education will be impressed with their advanced grade learning. I have a kinder and 2nd grade at SSA-Broadway and I also have a 1st grader at a TUSD school - my kinder is much more advanced in all areas than the 1st grader!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
I am a private school parent that made a switch. With the economy and high tuition I had to look for an alternative. Did my research and talked to other parents who were very happy here. Almost fourth month, my son and me are glad with sonoran. Thank you for all you do.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
this is an excellent school. I go here and I am happy with where I am

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August 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2009
I am so shocked! I logged on today to share my experience and am so shocked to see such high rating of this school by the parents. I am wondering if these comments were really written by partents or is this an attempt by the administration to save the failing reputation of a once great school. I have no doubt that the older campus is one of the best schools in Tucson. However, this new location has been an embarrassment. My husband and I have made numerous attempts to stay involved and have had trouble doing so. I never see the work my kids are doing....am always confused when the progress report come home. How are suppose to help our kids at home if we have no idea what they are having trouble with? This school strips you of your right and duty to be responsible for your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2009
This was my daughters first year at SSA Broadway and the progress she has made is phenomenal. She has improved between 80 to 100 percent on all subjects. It is amazing, the attention and personal care the staff and teachers give each student not to mention the online progress you have access to daily. These guys are great and my thanks go out to each and everyone of them for a first year of total success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2009
We have had our son in a private school, two different public schools and another charter school. This school year, we enrolled our son into Sonoran Science Academy Broadway. In our opinion, this is the best school in the world. Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway by far out-performs all of the other schools our son has attended. The teachers go beyond what is expected of the average teacher engaging our child in the classroom. It is apparent that they really care that he learns! We can track his progress and behavior daily on their website. The teachers will call us directly if they have any concerns and when our son needs to turn in and make-up missing assignments. Most of all, our son likes his teachers; he works really hard to please them. This is an outstanding school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
My daughter has only been at SSA Broadway for 1 week and I can't tell you the difference it has made. I am so impressed with the school, the administration, and the teachers that I am left without adequate words to describe how incredible I believe them all to be. My 12 year old daughter ACTUALLY THANKED ME for making her change from TUSD to SSA...imagine that!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
My children are happy and are being challenged with above grade level work. Wonderful program, would change a thing!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
Great supportive environment to work! Thank you!!!

- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2009
Even though northwest Sonoran school had an envious reputation among schools in Tucson, we were both skeptical and excited about SSA Broadway. All I can say...it was one of the best decisions we have made for our son. I saw it first hand while volunteering and also talking to other parents. Despite the fact it is Broadway's first year, administration and teachers have successfully replicated what they promised - educational excellence. Even not so involved parents tell me how impressed they are with how much their children's curiosity for learning has increased. Amount of time teachers spend on helping students improve academically and as model citizens is remarkable. My son loves enjoying couple of clubs and had no problem making friends. We also like the fact how diverse is the school community and overall family atmosphere. Thank you for the great experience SSA Broadway! Mrs. J

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Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway
6880 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ  85710
(520) 751-2401
Last modified Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top