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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Tucson Unified School District is a public school district located in Tucson, AZ. It has 45,457 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 31% in reading.

Tucson Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
31%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1210
981 responses
Average ACT
25
696 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
45,457
Free or Reduced Lunch
65.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,145
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$567,894,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,279/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    49%
  • Support Services
    46%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$20,498
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$948
National
$949
Median Home Value
$232,400
National
$184,700

Tucson Unified School District Reviews

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Coming from mainly private and charter schools, when I was introduced into the public education system of Tucson Unified School District, I was immediately overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed with the new life experiences. I met people who were within my racial group and out of my racial group. I learned and met students who had a different lifestyle than I did, something I would've never learned if I continued in a private/charter school education system. TUSD taught me so many new things and had to appreciate the little things in life. The school system, though in need of maintenance, taught me patience and how if I worked hard for something like new books, I could get it! If I could change one thing about TUSD it would be the disciplinary system towards their students and teachers, the classroom atmosphere (books, ceilings, and etc.), and adding more AP classes for those students who thrive for more.
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It's a mixed bag. Classrooms are too large (average 35 students per teacher) and funding is limited (students have to buy their own paper, pens and pay to print homework assignments if they use the school office). Tucson Magnet High School offers some of the best arts programs available in public schools in Southern Arizona through TUSD, but lacks in educational support resources, with counselors having over 600 students each - it's time for TUSD to take a look at ways to improve it's offerings by having smaller class sizes. Honors classes are better since students in those classes care...but the general population of THS is set up to fail or drop out. Sometimes there is not even a seat in the classroom. While there are always some special teachers who work hard to fulfill education under such constraints, it's exhaustive and they are overworked because of administration requirements.
I attended, Tucson Unified School District schools for all of my education. Starting at first grade I tested for a 504 plan and found out I needed an Individual Education Plan. I am so thankful for the educators that were involved in my education throughout my twelve years of school. Because of them, I have a 4.0GPA all four years in high school. I have also been accepted to the University of Arizona for the fall of 2020. I am extremely grateful for our public school system. The teachers, staff and administrators have shown me nothing but compassion and support through my years of receiving my education. When I had a bump in the road in middle school I only had two educators not show there ultimate support, the administrators stepped in and helped me get back on track. Our public schools need more recognition for what they do to keep their students on track and safe.