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Andrada Polytechnic High School

Public | 9-12 | 650 students

We are known for academic pathways and our Freedom with Responsibility model.

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Posted April 24, 2014

Excellent school and staff. Clean and beautiful campus . Staff is caring and goes above and beyond to help students and parents. Great community and amazing school district. I am very lucky to be able to send my son to Andrada .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Our family loves Andrada. The staff is friendly and very helpful. My daughter has thrived here since starting her junior year here. I am so glad she ended up transferring here. She will be ready for college in the fall. The medical assisting has been great and she loves it! We look forward to the next 4 years as her sister starts here this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Our Daughter transferred to Andrada this year as a junior from an out of state high school. She has thrived since arriving. Her teachers have instilled in her a love of learning and a drive to succeed that was not there before. Her chosen pathway is her passion and will give her a firm foundation for her future. We love Andrada
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My son is happy with his High School, as it offers something different, a Rock Band Class. He has really taken to playing the electric guitar, and here he gets to, and learn from a certified teacher for free, along with performing. What a great opportunity in a public school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Freshman teachers are wonderful! The start of our sons Highschool experience has been outstanding and we look forward to many more great years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Andrada Polytechnic High School is a top-notch high school. I was so happy when my daughter decided to transfer over during their first year as a junior and be part of the first graduating class. Their vocational tracks has made the difference in giving my child a vision of what she wants to do with her life and a path to make it happen. The limited amount of students, access to facilities and teachers, and the school design is very conducive for learning and building a self-worth where the student feels like they are the focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

My son loves this school. I love the "freedom with responsibility" philosophy and am hopeful that it pays off when he goes to college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

The philosophy of the school is Freedom with responsibility. The students are learning the meaning of taking responsibility for the homework, their grades, their relationships, their time management. They are rewarded for their success. Administration focuses on the 95% of the students that do well as opposed to the 5% that may not. The campus does not have fences to keep the kids in; they truly want to be there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is an absolutely amazing school! From staff to teachers to students this is a true community. I feel extremely lucky that my child is able to attend Andrada!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

Andrada is the best high school in Arizona! It is not only an A rated school, but more importantly it is a big family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2013

Students at this school choose a Career Track that they study along with the core classes much like a major in college. I have 2 students in the school and both have buy-in that I have not seen at other schools. Both are in different Career Tracks and both are excited and motivated by the things that they are learning. Perhaps, best of all, both will have a skill when they graduate that they can either go to work in or use as leverage for getting into the colleges of their choice. Some of the faculty I am not thrilled about but most are good to excellent, and the staff is very nice and responsive to the needs of parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Andrada Polytechnic High School has been such a wonderful addition to the Vail Arizona community. We chose this school to enroll our daughter in because of the great advancements it has to offer in real life employment options after High School. We have been very impressed with the strides Andrada has made in its short time being in Vail, to include such a positive impact on the community as a whole. The teachers and staff are very helpful and involved and always go the extra mile to help in every situation which arises. We have hugely appreciated the Principals active involvement and constant communication regarding everything going on at the High School and community. She is a person to greatly look up to and other leaders should model themselves after. We are pleased that our daughter was accepted into this school and will continue to supports all Andrada's efforts to better the children and their academic success. We are very thankful we have the opportunity to be partnered with such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

APHS has provided an innovative opportunity to advance education at the HS level, by providing real work opportunities for these kids. The curriculum allows students to gain certifications in various areas of training. Legal,medical and even automotive certification training provides these kids an opportunity to participate in real world work. Thanks Andrada!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

ANDRADA HIGH SCHOOL IS AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL. THEIR STUDENTS ARE GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE CAREER FIELDS THROUGH COURSES OFFERED. THIS OPPORTUNITY WILL ALLOW THEM TO GET A GOOD JOB RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN THEIR FIELD OF STUDY, AS THEY CONTINUE ON IN COLLEGE WORKING TOWARDS THEIR DEGREE IN THIS FIELD. MY DAUGHTER LOVES SCHOOL, IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE CAREER FIELD SHE HAS CHOSEN AND IS GETTING A HEADSTART ON HER FUTURE CAREER BEFORE SHE LEAVES HIGHS SCHOOL!! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANDRADA HIGH SCHOOL IN TUCSON ARIZONA!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

Andrada is a special place. It is not your "normal" high school it inspires new and exciting things. It provides a safe environment that gives students freedom while learning responsibility. A++++
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 17, 2013

My daughter has been attending Andrada for junior and senior years in HS. It has been an amazing place for her to grow! We love the small school atmosphere with the big school education. Keep up the excellent work Andrada.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

Andrada is a fantastic school with a great curriculum, a brand new amazing building and the best teachers. The career tracts offer an amazing program that was not offered when I went to High School. My daughter loves the school, her teachers and the ability to choose a career track that she enjoys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

Andrada is a new school in the Tucson area. The staff is beyond stellar. They are very involved with the students. The students them self have pride in the school, they don't deface it which says a lot for teens today. The money would really help this new school in much needed supplies for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

This is a very unique school. From the staff to the academic foundation you will find nothing short of spectacular. I wish they had a school like this when I was in school. They truly care about each and every student on campus. I have never seen such a caring school. I feel all other high schools should be modeled after APHS. APHS has something for every student no matter what they may be interested in. If you ever have the chance to visit you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Great brand new school. Campus is gorgeous and modern. Staff is incredibly caring. My daughter has Ms. Link for healthcare classes and is getting prepared for her future healthcare career. AMAZING teacher! Their career pathway classes have definitely helped to mature my daughter & make her think about her future! Love, love, love, this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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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.

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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Cienega High School
Empire High School
Vail Middle Schools
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: hip hop
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Darcy Mentone
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Medical
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Medical and Bioscience

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: hip hop
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
177
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
200
Students typically come from these schools
Cienega High School
Empire High School
Vail Middle Schools

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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Tucson, AZ 85747
Phone: (520) 879-3304

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