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Sonoran Science Academy - Davis-Monthan

Charter | 6-12 | 210 students

STEM Education, College Prep
 
 

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 20, 2014

We are proud parent of 7th grader daughter. She did really great job academically. Uhe teachers are well trained and work hard for the students. They are very dedicated to the success of the students. The work is challenging but not impossible. They are given many opportunities to be successful in their academics. There are also very many clubs and activities to get involved in the school as well. Unfortunately we move out from Tucson this year. If we have a chance to return to Tucson, definitely we will put her in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

My stepson is an 8th grader SSA Davis Monthon. The mathematics curriculum and the enrichment mathematics club offer opportunities that are better than anything in any other Tucson school. I have been a full time time Mathematics teacher at Pima Community College for 30 years. But as a Parent-helper in SSA 's Math A+ program, I have seen better problems and more valuable individual instruction than any school anywhere else In last month's Southern Arizona Mathematics competition, Sonoran Science Academy's three Tucson schools took the TOP THREE best performing places among the 14 schools (which (including some Basis Charter Schools). William B. Martin
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

This is a great school. My son switched to SSA-DM in 6th grade because he was not challenged enough (or interested enough) by his old school. He's in 8th grade now and plans to stay for high school. The teachers work really hard, and that motivates the students to work hard, as well. The A+ math club has been absolutely fantastic, and so is the science class this year. The emphasis on the use of technology feels modern and rational, not faddish or gimmicky. When problems arise, the teachers and the administration are always willing to listen to the kids and the parents and find a way to resolve them. We're lucky to have found this school. And no, you don't have to be military to go here. Anyone can become a student. It just takes a few days to get DM base passes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

Being a proud parent of a 8th grader at this school, I need to thank all the teachers and the administration for their great dedication towards the STEM education he gets there. Curriculum he gets is rigorous compared to other AZ schools and as a result, School leads in more science and math competitions not only in AZ, but nationally. the education kids get here is well balanced and most of studentss are ready and accepted for reputed colleges by the time when they finish high school. I must mention about the extracurricular clubs like, A+ math, Science Olympiad, and also sports like soccer, volleyball etc. So, I recommend this middle \High school as a great choice for any parent looking for excellent schools for their talented and challenged kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

I am very saddened to see what could be a great school take a downward turn. For a "STEM" focused school, I have found the science program to be focused only on science fair projects and the math instruction (at least this year) to be sub-par. Sadly, it is probably just a round of bad staffing in the 8th grade, as many of the other math and science teachers are excellent, and history and language arts are amazing. But two less than optimal teachers can make for a really bad experience for kids, and parents. Additionally, the dean of academics seems unmotivated to make any changes. Very glad this will be our last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

Bullying is incredibly common and ignored by the staff would give zero stars if possible


Posted October 2, 2013

The teachers are friendly and want to see your child excel in learning. I have not been disappointed with SSA-DM and my son is happy here. He learns a lot, they offer free tutoring after school and have many extracurricular activities for the children to choose from. They do an awesome job at communicating with parents through weekly newsletters that are emailed to parents, teachers email or call you with any concerns about your child, and you can log into a secure website to actually view your child's day by day grades, assignments, tardies, etc. Also, for military families it's very convenient, my son feels more at home around other military children and he is relieved that he doesn't have to endure long bus routes on a daily basis. However, there are some negatives...the students do not have lockers for books, athletic facilities or showers for use after PE. They also receive a lot of homework nightly. They charge a one time $120 book fee which would be better served by an E-book especially at a STEM school. Still, all in all SSA-DM makes my son feel at home, he learns a lot and feels challenged, benefits from his tutoring, and really enjoys his after school club.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

SSA-DM is a great school. It helps student achieve success in the future. Teachers and staff are helpful and friendly. Students are well behave and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Awesome! I have never been to a school that ced so much about the students students individual success. They are setting them up to succeed in life truly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

SSA-DM is a great school. My daughter loves it! My daughter was attending another local high school but it didn't give her a sense of belonging or a challenge. I heard about SSA-DM from a co- worker and checked it out on the Internet and went up there. The Staff is pleasant, the curriculum is better than I expected and my daughter feels like she's been there for years. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Very solid STEM teaching, a lot of opportunities for after school tutoring and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

A charter school in Tucson that is awesome!Great academic standards. a great option for military families with middle school and high school aged students who are looking for a challenging alternative to the TUSD. Teachers are great. STEM learning is priority here. You get the best of both worlds- great educational opportunity and security of the military installation. Also open to students outside of the base population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

The worst middle school we have ever experienced!! I would not recommend this school to any parent for their middle school child/ren.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

This is our 1st year at SSA-DM and we absolutely love it! My child is in the 6th grade class. The teachers are well trained and work hard for the students. They are very dedicated to the success of the students. The work is challenging but not impossible. They are given many opportunities to be successful in their academics. There are also very many clubs and activities to get involved in the school as well. I have nothing but great things to say about the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

Excellent teachers, Strong leadership team, Challenging academic curriculum, Focused on Science Technology Engineering and Math, College Prep.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 31, 2012

A really good asset to D-M AFB. Lots of after school clubs and rich curriculum.


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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 63% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
67%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
91%

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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

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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100%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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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 Plus".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2008-2009.

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 55% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Black 15% 5%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A47%
Female 42%N/A49%
Male 58%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Russian
Spanish
Turkish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Math League Perfect Score (2013)
  • Southern AZ Mathcounts 1st (2014)
  • Destination Imagination 1st in Arizona (2014)

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Turkish and Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Peggy Fontenot
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 207-7698

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
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
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • University of Arizona
  • Raytheon
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Turkish and Spanish
  • Game club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Pride: campus beautification
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Science Fair
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our school is a learning community where teachers, staff, and parents actively partner for student success and diversity is embraced. Students are appropriately challenged, through skill-level assessment and placement, and individualized attention. Data-driven instruction is focused on individual student growth, while a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum and holistic approach to intellectual growth meshes challenging academics with extra-curricular enrichment and social responsibility.
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5741 E. Ironwood St
Tucson, AZ 85708
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