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Schools Overview in Catalina Foothills, Tucson, AZ

Catalina Foothills is served by three public school districts: Amphitheater Public Schools, Catalina Foothills School District and Tucson Unified School District. Catalina Foothills offers a number of high-ranked public, private and charted schools. Check out my tour to discover some of the best ones.

Jacob C Fruchthendler Elementary School (PK-5)

Tucson's Fruchthendler Elementary School (public) serves 424 students, grades PK-5. It has a 8/10 GreatSchools rating.

Fruchthendler Elementary School is a recognized name in the neighborhood, the school has been praised over the years for an excellent curriculum, professional teachers and a safe environment.

Source: http://edweb.tusd1.org/fruchthendler/about/index.html
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Sky Islands High School (9-12)

Tucson's Sky Islands High School is a charter school serving 60 students, grades 9-12. It is coed, independent study and nonprofit. It has a 6/10 GreatSchools rating.

Sky Islands High School promotes individualized teaching and attention to each student's needs. The school has a proven record of helping students who were previously lost in the crowds. The school offers students a core-curriculum along with a focus on the regional ecosystem, local history, culture, natural environment, etc.

Source: http://skyislands.org/
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Canyon View Elementary School (K-5)

Tucson's Canyon View Elementary School (public) serves 452 students, grades K-5. It is coed. It has a 10/10 GreatSchools rating.

Canyon View Elementary School's philosophy is that staff and teachers must work together with students and parents for the best results. The main focus is on the academic and intellectual development of students, without neglecting the emotional, physical and social aspects.

http://www.cfsd16.org/schools/canyonview

Esperero Canyon Middle School (6-8)

Tucson's Esperero Canyon Middle School (public) serves 604 students, grades 6-8. It has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Esperero Canyon Middle School focuses on the needs of their students and stimulates them to achieve their personal and academic best, become mature and responsible citizens with a desire for further academic education.
The school offers such extracurricular activities as: chess, jazz band, programming, musical theater, newspaper.

Source: http://www.cfsd16.org/schools/espererocanyon/
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Ventana Vista Elementary School (K-5)

Tucson's Ventana Vista Elementary School (public) serves 458 students, grades K-5. It has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Ventana Vista Elementary School offers students a comprehensive educational program. Focused on the whole child and providing a continuum of services designed to help each child achieve his or her own personal and academic best.

Source: http://www.cfsd16.org/schools/ventanavista/
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Sunrise Drive Elementary School (K-5)

Tucson's Sunrise Drive Elementary School (public) serves 516 students, grades K-5. It has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Sunrise Drive Elementary School's beautiful campus is located at the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The school has been opened since 1967 and has provided a solid core-curriculum education to students over the decades.

Source: http://www.cfsd16.org/schools/sunrisedrive/
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Catalina Foothills High School (9-12)

Catalina Foothills High School (Catalina Foothills, Foothills, or CFHS) is a public high school, located in the upscale suburban community of Catalina Foothills, just north of Tucson, Arizona, USA. Catalina Foothills is the only high school in the Catalina Foothills School District, located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Founded in 1992, Foothills now serves approximately 1,650 students in grades nine through twelve. The school mascot is the peregrine falcon, and the school colors are blue and silver. Based on the percentage of students passing or exceeding the AIMS, Catalina Foothills is one of the best high schools in the state. In 2006, Catalina Foothills had the state's second highest percentage of students exceeding math, the third highest percentage of students exceeding reading standards, and the ninth highest percentage of student exceeding writing standards. Catalina Foothills has been ranked in the top 1.7% of high schools in the U.S. Annually, Catalina Foothills averages about 12 National Merit Finalists

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalina_Foothills_High_School
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Manzanita Elementary School (K-5)

Tucson's Manzanita School (public) serves 637 students, grades K-5. It has a 10/10 GreatSchools rating.

Manzanita School is a top rated school in Tucson, it is considered to be well above the standards of a regular public school. The school's mission is to help each student develop academically and socially by offering the necessary environment, guidance and curriculum.

Source: http://www.cfsd16.org/schools/manzanita/
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Orange Grove Middle School (6-8)

Tucson's Orange Grove Middle School (public) serves 600 students, grades 6-8. It has a 10/10 GreatSchools rating.

The school's mission is to guarantee students become life long learners and responsible citizens. The school's staff nurtures students and helps them develop academically and socially.

Source: http://www.cfsd16.org/schools/orangegrove/
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Khalsa Montessori School (K-8)

Tucson's Khalsa Montessori School is a charter school serving 256 students, grades K-8. It has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Khalsa Montessori School offers a nurturing environment where students are able to develop socially, be creative and achieve academic excellence. The school has a personalized approach based on the Montessori model, an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

Source: http://www.khalsamontessorischool.com/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education
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Fenster School (9-12)

Tucson's Fenster School (private) serves students, grades 9-12. It is coed and Nonsectarian affiliated. The school belongs to the following associations: NAIS, NCACS.

The Fenster School of Southern Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona. Fenster's structure and college-preparatory curriculum offers students an opportunity to take courses for high school as well as towards college credit. Fenster School offers boarding and day student programs.

The Fenster school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenster_School
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Lamb's Gate Christian School (PK-5)

Tucson's Lamb's Gate Christian School (private) serves students, grades PK-5. It is coed and religious.

Lamb's Gate offers students a nurturing environment, promoting spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional development. The school's program is focused around the belief that building a strong Christian character, learning compassion towards others and responsibility are a priority. The school also promotes experiential learning, problem solving and a strong academic instruction.

Source: http://www.lambsgate.org/
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Tucson Hebrew Academy (K-8)

Tucson's Tucson Hebrew Academy (private) serves students in grades K-8. It is coed, religious and Jewish affiliated. The school belongs to the following association: JCDSA.

Tucson Hebrew Academy is a progressive school which offers hands-on, interactive learning. Small classrooms and group projects, where teachers are more like coaches and guides, set this school apart from the pack. The school follows a Judaic curriculum which incorporates both a set of standard core disciplines as well as Jewish courses and values.

Source: http://www.thaaz.org/
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Al Huda Islamic School (PK-6)

Tucson's Al Huda Islamic School (private) serves 85 students, grades PK-6. It is coed, religious and Islamic affiliated. The school belongs to the following association: ISLA.

Al Huda Islamic School focuses on offering students an education in both core curriculum and Islam. The school follows the Arizona State Department of Education C.O.R.E. Curriculum Standards, offering traditional classes such as Math, Science, English, etc. In addition it offers Islamic Studies and Arabic Language courses.

Source: http://www.alhudaaz.org/about-us.html
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Cornerstone Christian Academy (K-6)

Tucson's Cornerstone Christian Academy (private) serves 180 students, grades K-6. It is coed, religious and Presbyterian affiliated.

The Cornerstone Christian Academy was built, and continues under the leadership and guidance of the Catalina Foothills Church, it is also located on the church grounds. The school focuses on traditions and spirituality, it offers a classical academic curriculum along with Christian principles.

Source: http://prca-cca.com/about-us/
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Kino School (PK-12)

Tucson's Kino Learning Center (private) serves 60 students, grades PK-12. It is coed, alternative and Nonsectarian affiliated. The school belongs to the following association NCACS.

Kino Learning Center is an alternative school, established in Tucson in 1976. Kino's curriculum differs in several ways from a traditional one - the school has a very small teacher to student ratio (7 full time teachers and 9 part time for 60 students) and puts a strong emphasis on individualized programs; the school also uses an unusual grading system, where each assignment is analyzed thoroughly and the student receives an individual narrative transcript instead of a grade.

Source: http://www.kinoschool.org/about/
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Immaculate Heart School (PK-8)

Tucson's Immaculate Heart Middle School (private) serves 275 students, grades PK-8.

Immaculate Heart Middle School is part of the Immaculate Heart Campus in Tucson. The school's mission is to offer students a safe and nurturing environment, as well as inspire and motivate students to develop both academically and spiritually. The school's curriculum includes core subjects, as well as religious and extracurricular activities.

Source: http://ihschool.org/
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Immaculate Heart High School (9-12)

Immaculate Heart High School (private) serves students in grades 9-12. It is coed, religious and Roman Catholic affiliated. The school is a member of the following association: NCEA.

Immaculate Heart High School is one of the oldest schools in Tucson, it was established in 1930 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The school's mission is to develop its students in academic, social, personal, and spiritual aspects, and prepare them for future higher education.

Source: http://ihschool.org/highschool/
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Desert Willow Educational Services (7,9,11-12)

Tucson's Desert Willow Educational Services (private) serves students in grades 7, 9, 11-12. It is coed and Nonsectarian affiliated. The school is a member of the following association: CEC.

Desert Willow is a small school that focuses on highly individualized and alternative educational methods. The school's mission is to help students gain a strong interest in academics and achieve their full potential.

http://www.desertwillowholistic.com/education/

Castlehill Country Day School (PK-5)

Tucson's Castlehill Country Day School (private) serves students, grades PK-5. It is coed and Nonsectarian affiliated. The school is a member of the following associations: NAEYC, NAIS.

Castlehill Country Day School's main focus is academic excellence and providing students with a strong educational foundation. The school does also offer a large variety of extra curriculum activities, such as: Art, Computer, Music, Spanish, Physical Development and Science classes during the week.

Source: http://www.castlehillschool.com/
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The Gregory School (5-12)

The Gregory School (private) serves students in grades 5-12. It is coed and Nonsectarian affiliated. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS).

Formerly known as St. Gregory College Preparatory School, the school has a long, 30-year history in Tucson. The school offers students a nurturing and safe environment, and focuses on providing a strong college preparatory program with an engaging faculty, advanced technologies, challenging academics, and outstanding arts education.

Source: https://www.gregoryschool.org/tour-stg.html
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Schools Overview in Catalina Foothills, Tucson, AZ