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Schools Overview in Oro Valley, Tucson, AZ

Oro Valley is a suburban town and is served by several elementary and middle schools, and three main high schools (Canyon del Oro High School, Ironwood Ridge High School and BASIS Oro Valley). All these three high schools made Newsweek Magazine's top 5% of public schools in the country; BASIS making the top 10 list three years in a row. Discover these schools and some other splendid public and private schools on this tour.

Mesa Verde Elementary School (PK-5)

Tucson's Mesa Verde Elementary School (public) serves 365 students in grades PK-5. The school has a 8/10 GreatSchools rating.

Mesa Verde Elementary School provides a cooperative and nurturing environment, where students are challenged and encouraged to learn and achieve their full academic, physical and social potential.

Source: https://www.amphi.com/schools/mesa-verde/mission-statement.aspx

Ironwood Elementary School (K-6)

Tucson's Ironwood Elementary School (public) serves 765 students in grades K-6. The school has a 8/10 GreatSchools rating.

Ironwood Elementary School's administration and teachers strongly believe in success through cooperation between school, student and parent. The school offers a wide variety of options for parents to keep in touch with the school and keep an eye on their child's progress.
Ironwood offers students a positive learning environment and challenges each and every student to achieve their full potential, academically and socially.

Source: http://www.maranausd.org/index.aspx?NID=960
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Mountain View High School (9-12)

Tucson's Mountain View High School (public) serves 1863 students in grades 9-12. The school has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Mountain View is an award winning school, it has won awards for academic achievements, sport achievements, and even then architects that designed the school won an award for the campus design. The school was designated an A+ School by the Arizona Educational Foundation in 2000 and has received the Excelling School label in the state of Arizona for the the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years.

Mountain View offers a variety of extracurricular activities like: Boys Soccer, Boys Football, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Track & Field (twice), and Boys Track & Field.

Source: http://www.maranausd.org/index.aspx?nid=2003

Tortolita Middle School (7-8)

Tucson's Tortolita Middle School (public) serves 920 students in grades 7-8. The school has a 7/10 GreatSchools rating.

Tortolita Middle School focuses on student achievement through a rigorous academic curriculum and individualized programs. The school also offers students the ability to develop foreign languages, sports, arts, technology, music, and human ecology. The school is highly versed in after-hours and extracurricular activities.

Source: http://www.maranausd.org/index.aspx?NID=1067
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Quail Run Elementary School (K-6)

Tucson's Quail Run Elementary School (public) serves 574 students in grades K-6. The school has a 8/10 GreatSchools rating.

Quail Run Elementary School believes a well functioning collaboration between the staff, teachers, students, and parents yields the best environment and helps students reach new academic and social heights.

Source: http://www.maranausd.org/index.aspx?nid=970
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Degrazia Elementary School (K-6)

Tucson's Degrazia Elementary School (public) serves 600 students in grades K-6. The school has a 7/10 GreatSchools rating.

Degrazia Elementary School offers students a cooperative and supportive environment. The school employs 24 teachers and 60 staff members, offering a good adult to student ratio. Degrazia is home to a very diverse student body, students of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences are brought together in the pursuit of knowledge.

Source: http://www.maranausd.org/index.aspx?NID=2854
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Canyon Del Oro High School (9-12)

Oro Valley's Canyon Del Oro High School (public) serves 1457 students in grades 9-12. The school has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

CDO is primarily known for its academic program and the notable number of Major League Baseball players the school has produced in recent decades. CDO is statistically one of the highest achieving schools in Arizona, both academically and athletically. In 2007, 2010, and again in 2011, Newsweek Magazine rated CDO in the top 5% of public schools in the U.S., one of a handful of schools in Arizona included on the list. In 2011, Newsweek ranked CDO number 408 on its list of the best public schools in the U.S. (top 1.5% nationally). From 2005 to the present, CDO has consistently been academically classified as Excelling by the Arizona Department of Education (top 10 percent in Arizona). Between 2000 and 2010, CDO has graduated 42 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. CDO is also home to the 2011 Arizona Academic Decathlon State Champions, with the team finishing 5th in the National Academic Decathlon competition. The team placed as State Champion in 2009, finishing 4th in the National Academic Decathlon, State Runner-Up in 2007, 2008, and 2010, and was State Champion in 2006, finishing 5th in the National Academic Decathlon.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyon_del_Oro_High_School
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Ironwood Ridge High School (9-12)

Ironwood Ridge High School is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona. Ironwood Ridge is one of three high schools in the Amphitheater Public School District and serves grades 9-12. The school mascot is the nighthawk, and the school colors are navy blue and silver. Ironwood Ridge opened in 2001 and has a student enrollment of 1,942. The school's name originates from the abundance of desert ironwood trees in the area (the campus is also near Ironwood Forest National Monument) and the school's location in the rugged foothills of the Tortolita Mountains.

In 2007, Newsweek magazine rated Ironwood Ridge in the top 5% of public schools in the U.S., one of 12 schools in Arizona included on the list.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironwood_Ridge_High_School
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BASIS Oro Valley (5-12)

Oro Valley's BASIS Oro Valley is a charter school serving 640 students in grades 5-12. It is coed. The school has a 10/10 GreatSchools rating.

BASIS Schools, Inc. is an Arizona charter school operator. It operates a total of twelve charter schools, including ten in Arizona.
BASIS Schools have been noted for performing favorably on standardized tests such as AP, IGCSE Exams, and the AIMS. Students are required to take at least six AP classes throughout high school, beginning in 8th grade.
BASIS consistently ranks highly in national high school ranking systems that focus on student performance on standardized tests. Newsweek has ranked BASIS one of America's top ten schools every year since 2006. In 2013 as well as 2014, U.S. News & World Report rated both BASIS Tucson and BASIS Scottsdale (the only two BASIS schools open long enough to be eligible for rankings) as two of the top five schools in the nation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIS_Schools
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Richard B. Wilson School (PK-8)

Tucson's Richard B Wilson Jr School (public) serves 1116 students in grades PK-8. The school has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Richard B Wilson Jr School offers a rigorous academic curriculum which includes - academics, music, fine arts, physical fitness, and technology. The school employs over 150 staff and teachers, offering a good teacher to student ratio and individual attention to student's needs or problems.

Source: http://www.amphi.com/schools/wilson-k-8-school.aspx
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Copper Creek Elementary School (PK-5)

Tucson's Copper Creek Elementary School (public) serves 628 students in grades PK-5. The school has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Copper Creek Elementary is part of the Amphitheater Public Schools, also known as Amphi or District 10, the third largest public school district in Tucson. The school's mission is to provide a learning environment that stimulates students to achieve their full potential both academically and socially.

Source: http://www.amphi.com/schools/copper-creek.aspx
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Painted Sky Elementary School (PK-5)

Tucson's Painted Sky Elementary School (public) serves 702 students in grades PK-5. The school has a 9/10 GreatSchools rating.

Painted Sky offers a safe environment to students and full cooperation to parents. The students at Painted Sky are challenged and stimulated to reach their full potential academically and socially.

Source: http://www.amphi.com/schools/painted-sky.aspx
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Coronado School (K-8)

Tucson's Coronado K-8 School (public) serves 1025 students in grades K-8. The school has a 7/10 GreatSchools rating.

Coronado K-8 is part of the Amphitheater Public Schools, also known as Amphi or District 10, the third largest public school district in Tucson. The school offers a curriculum which includes core disciplines such as math, language, arts, science, etc. Extracurricular activities include band, orchestra and choir.

Source: http://www.yellowpages.com/tucson-az/mip/coronado-k-8-school-2319332
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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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St Andrews Preschool (PK-K)

St Andrew's Preschool & Kindergarten serves students ages 2 through kindergarten, it enrolls 280 students. The school is coed and religious, Presbyterian affiliated.

St Andrew's Preschool & Kindergarten offers a stimulating and nurturing environment, promoting developmentally appropriate learning programs. The school follows a curriculum which is in line with the Arizona Early Learning Standards, plus a spiritual education.

Source: http://www.standrewspres.com
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Ascension Lutheran Church and School (PK-6)

Tucson's Ascension Lutheran School (private) serves students in grades PK-6. It is coed, religious and Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) affiliated.

Ascension Lutheran School serves the northwest Tucson community in the best Christian traditions. The school's mission is to provide a safe environment and nurture the academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of students.

Source: http://www.ascensionschooltucson.org
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St Mark's Early Childhood Center (PK-K)

Tucson's St. Mark's Early Childhood Center (private) serves 120 students, grades PK-K. It is coed. Associations: NAEYC; Methodist.

St Mark's Early Childhood Center has been serving Tucson's northwest community for 40 years. It was started in 1974 by Mrs. Wright, then the wife of the church's pastor. Originally just a preschool program, it has added a childcare program and kindergarten in the years that followed.
The center is licensed by the state of Arizona and offers appropriate educational, social, emotional, and creative programs.

Source: http://www.stmarksecc.com/
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pre-School (PK-8)

Tucson's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School (private) serves students in grades PK-8. It is coed, religious and Roman Catholic affiliated.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School provides a true Catholic environment and a program focused on high academic standards. The school holds to the Common Core Standards as well as the Diocesan Standards. It also offers several accelerated programs, like math and reading.

Source: http://www.school.seastucson.org/node/57
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Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (6-12)

Tucson's Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (private) serves students in grades 6-12. It is coed, religious and Presbyterian affiliated.

Push Ridge Christian Academy offers students the finest Christian education, along with a core-curriculum program, award winning fine arts, athletics, and leadership programs.

Source: http://prca-cca.com/
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Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten (PK-K)

Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten's mission is to offer children a safe and nurturing environment, and to help their intellectual development by creating an exciting and interesting curriculum.
The school offers part time and full time options, as well as extended hours.

Source: http://www.puschridgepreschool.com/about-us/our-preschools/
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Casas Christian School (K-8)

Tucson's Casas Christian School (private) serves 250 students in grades K-8.

Casas Christian School's mission is to glorify God by nurturing and encouraging children to grow both academically and spiritually. The school offers the standard core-curriculum, along with spiritual education and periodic after school activities such as: art classes, MAD Science classes, or sports activities.

Source: http://www.casaschristianschool.com/
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Resurrection Lutheran Child Development Center (PK)

The Resurrection Lutheran Child Development Center offers a loving and safe Christian environment where children receive the best of care in their parents absence. The CDC's mission is to stimulate the intellectual and emotional growth of children, while also exposing them to the love and grace of God.
The center is open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, year around. It offers two-, three-, and five-day a week programs for infants through pre-kindergarten, as well as full-day kindergarten.

Source: http://orovalley.org/kidsyouthfamily/child-development-center.html
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Schools Overview in Oro Valley, Tucson, AZ