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
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.
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.
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.
Bullying is incredibly common and ignored by the staff would give zero stars if possible
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.
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.
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!
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
Very solid STEM teaching, a lot of opportunities for after school tutoring and extracurricular activities.
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.
The worst middle school we have ever experienced!! I would not recommend this school to any parent for their middle school child/ren.
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!
Excellent teachers, Strong leadership team, Challenging academic curriculum, Focused on Science Technology Engineering and Math, College Prep.
A really good asset to D-M AFB. Lots of after school clubs and rich curriculum.
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