This school is great. My daughter is thriving here. After 3 schools and 6 teachers, we have finally found a good match for her.
This is a great school. They care about their kids and challenging their talents! We are very happy.
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.
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.
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.
I am so happy to have my child here. It is the right place for her, and the school community is very friendly.
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!
Fourth year parent and I have to say I am happy. My kids love their teachers, TA's and all staff. They have grown so much over the years. I like the curriculum and homework amount is just right! The school is very culturally diverse which has also made my kids aware and interested in many other cultures...this is something you don't get in other schools. Too many great after school clubs its hard to decide which one to pick. I do wish the campus had more playground and shade.
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.
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.
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.
Great school. Small class sizes. Great teachers and supporting staff. My children love this school. So far the best school my children have attended.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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