Catalina Foothills Unified School District

The Catalina Foothills Unified School District #16 (often referred to as the Catalina Foothills School District, CFSD or District 16) is the PreK-12 school district for the Catalina Foothills area of Tucson, Arizona. Established in 1931, it has eight schools: one high school (9-12), two middle schools (6-8), four elementary schools (K-5) and one early learning center (PreK). The district educates over 5000 students who live throughout the greater Tucson metro area. Mary Kamerzell, Ph.D., has served as superintendent since 1996.

The student plaza at Catalina Foothills High School was inspired by the work of Michelangelo.
The student plaza at Catalina Foothills High School was inspired by Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio.

In 2014, CFSD released its strategic plan,[1] outlining its ongoing commitment to prepare students well for a 21st-century life that is increasingly complex and global. In the plan, the district outlines how it creates a learning environment in which each student achieves academic and personal excellence.

According to the Arizona Auditor General's report for fiscal year 2016, CFSD has a district-wide attendance rate of 95% and a high school graduation rate of 94% (2017). Ninety-four percent of all Catalina Foothills High School graduates go on to college. There are, on average, 18 students per teacher and CFSD teacher experience averages 11.3 years, higher than the state average. The district scores highly in fiscal responsibility with 60.5 cents of every dollar spent on instruction or instructional support.[2] The students per teacher ratio is 17.8 and the average number of years of teacher experience is 11.3.[3]

Testing and test scores edit

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) designated the Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) as a top performing "A" school district for the sixth straight year in 2016.[4] Prior to that, the district was ranked as an "Excelling" district for eight consecutive years.[5]

The ADE ranked CFSD as #1 for the AP Excellence Index (percent of all 9th-12th grade students who earned a 3 or higher on any AP exam) based on data from the College Board, 2010.[6]

Of all school districts statewide, CFSD had the highest AzMERIT scores in both English Language Arts and Math.

Awards and recognition edit

Catalina Foothills School District is a nationally recognized Exemplar District, selected by P21.[7]

In 2017 and 2018, CFSD was named No. 1 Public School District in Arizona, scoring an A+ in Academics, an A in Educational Outcomes, and an A− in Teachers, according to the 2017 and 2018 Niche rankings.[8]

Orange Grove Middle School and Esperero Canyon Middle School were named among the top in Arizona by Niche.[9]

Ventana Vista, Canyon View, Manzanita and Sunrise Drive were named among the Top Elementary Schools in Arizona.[10]

Valley View Early Learning Center won Governor's Award in the Personal Learning Spaces Category.[11]

Manzanita Elementary School was honored as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.[12]

From 2015 to 2017, Catalina Foothills High School was identified as Arizona's #1 non-selective high school by U.S. News & World Report.[13]

Catalina Foothills High School was named the #2 non-selective district public high school in Arizona by the Washington Post.[14]

From 2013 to 2016, Catalina Foothills High School was recognized as a top U.S. high school in Newsweek.[15]

State championships edit

Boys Golf, Girls Softball, Chess (also National Champions), FIRST LEGO League (also won Mentor and Research Awards at Worlds and second place at North American Open), Speech and Debate, Science Olympiad, Girls Swim & Dive, Boys Swim & Dive, Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Boys Tennis, Girls Track, Marching Band (multiple awards) and Math (American Mathematics and, Football (runners-up.)

Other student academic awards edit

National Merit Scholars, AP Scholars, Pima County Spelling Bee Champion, CIAU Chinese Immersion student trophies, Young Author's Competition, Southern AZ Thespian Festival, Model UN, Southern Arizona Research Science & Engineering Foundation (SARSEF), State History Day, Future Farmers of America (FFA), FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics and VEX Robotics.

Schools edit

Early Learning Center edit

During the 2015-16 expansion of Valley View, students participated in several "construction day activities" led by professional contractors.

Valley View Early Learning Center

All Valley View Early Learning Center teachers are certified teachers, which is unique for a preschool. The school fosters an inquiry-based approach to learning, with developmental areas include dramatic play, sensory activities, art, literacy, science, math, socio-emotional activities, and systems thinking. VVELC offers a PreK Spanish and Mandarin immersion program. Beginning in 2016–2017, VVELC will add one Chinese Immersion classroom. There is a summer program for children ages 2 1⁄2 - 5.

Elementary schools edit

At Manzanita Elementary School, fifth grade students designed a playground for kindergarteners.

All CFSD elementary schools offer music, visual arts, Spanish (K-5), and physical education taught by highly qualified, certified teachers. Every classroom is a technology-enhanced classroom, with access to laptops (2:1 ratio), iPads, iPods, digital cameras, student response systems, Gmail, and Google academic accounts. Each school has specialists in gifted education, counseling and special education. Extended math and reading services are available for all grades. From grades 2–5, all students participate in robotics classes as part of their educational program. There is a before and after school CARE program at each campus, along with dozens of extracurricular offerings through CFSD Community Schools.

  • Canyon View Elementary
  • Manzanita Elementary
    With a team from the University of Arizona, students learned how to program an autonomous car.
Sunrise Drive students celebrating the Spring Festival with a parade of dragons they created in class.
  • Sunrise Drive Elementary (The CFSD Chinese Immersion program is located at this campus.)
  • Ventana Vista Elementary (The CFSD Spanish Immersion program is located at this campus.)

Middle schools edit

Esperero Canyon Middle School has a vibrant visual and performing arts program.

The CFSD middle school curriculum includes English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health & PE, World Languages learning (Spanish), performing arts, and visual arts. Each school has specialists in gifted education, counseling and special education. Every classroom is a technology-enhanced classroom, with access to laptops (2:1 ratio), iPads, iPods, digital cameras, student response systems, Gmail, and Google academic accounts. Math classes are offered at grade level and above grade level to serve differentiated student needs.

  • Esperero Canyon Middle School
    At Orange Grove Middle School, social studies students participate in a mock trial.
  • Orange Grove Middle School

High school edit

Every year Catalina Foothills High School students hold a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

At Catalina Foothills High School (also known as Foothills), students are encouraged to take the highest-level courses that are appropriate for them. The high school offers 18 AP courses and an extensive array of honors classes. Career and Technical Education is composed of eight program areas: Agri-science, Audio Visual Technology, Bioscience, Engineering, Entrepreneurship Business and Marketing, Graphic Communications, Journalism and Technical Theatre-Theater Productions. Language offerings include Spanish and Chinese. Through a four-year program in engineering, Project Lead the Way, students can earn college credit at the University of Arizona. With about 250 members, the school boasts the largest high school marching band in Arizona.[16]

History edit

The Catalina Foothills School District opened its doors in 1931 with nine students and a teacher, who met in a garage. In 1939, developer John Murphey sold 2.2 acres on River Road to CFSD for the sum of ten dollars, with the stipulation that the land be used for a public school. That summer, a two-room country schoolhouse was designed by Joseph T. Joesler and built by the Works Progress Administration. Originally known as the River Road School, the building is now the Murphey Administration Center.

In 1993, the district went before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that it did not have to provide an American Sign Language interpreter to a deaf student who transferred to a private, parochial school Salpointe Catholic High School. The district argued that, while the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would normally require such services if the student attended public school, providing it for religious instruction would be unconstitutional. In Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District, the court found "that the Establishment Clause does not bar the school district from providing the requested interpreter." but also did not rule that the district is required to provide an interpreter.[17]

Notable alumni edit

District boundaries edit

The boundaries of CFSD are: East side of First Avenue from Ina Road south to 5600 block (westward extension of Sunrise Drive); 5600 block east to a northern extension of Campbell Avenue from the intersection of Campbell Avenue and River Road; south to River Road; River Road (1900 block) east to the east edge of John W. Murphey Administration Center (2101 East River); north to 4800 block (westward extension of Snyder Road); east to 8700 block (northern extension of Camino Seco); north to Coronado National Forest; west along the south boundary of the forest; north along the west boundary of the forest to Ina Road extended east.[18]

References edit

  1. ^ Envision21: Deep Learning Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Arizona Auditor General's Report FY 2016" (PDF). 2017.
  3. ^ "School Districts | Office of the Auditor General". Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "CFSD Report Card". Arizona Department of Education. 2014.
  5. ^ "Arizona Department of Education: Assessments". Arizona Department of Education School Report Cards. Arizona Department of Education. 2015.
  6. ^ "Arizona Department of Education Participation and Performance Report Advanced Placement (AP) Programs". Participation and Performance Report. Arizona Department of Education. 2010. Archived from the original on May 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Larson, Tony. "Catalina Foothills Unified School District - P21". Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Catalina Foothills Unified School District". Niche K-12 Rankings. Niche.
  9. ^ "Niche Rankings: Best Middle Schools". Niche Rankings. Niche. 2015.
  10. ^ "Best Public Elementary Schools in Arizona". School Rankings. Niche. 2015.
  11. ^ "Governor's Award for Personal Learning Spaces" (PDF). Governor's Awards. Arizona School Facilities Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Manzanita Elementary Named Blue Ribbon School". Arizona Daily Star. September 16, 2012.
  13. ^ "U.S. News & World Report High School Rankings: Catalina Foothills High School". Best High Schools: Arizona. U.S. News & World Report. 2015.
  14. ^ "Catalina Foothills High School". Most Challenging High Schools. The Washington Post. 2015.
  15. ^ "Catalina Foothills honored by Newsweek magazine". Foothills News. Tucson Local Media. September 1, 2015.
  16. ^ "Catalina Foothills High School Marching Band". Friday Football Fever. KVOA. September 18, 2015.
  17. ^ Rehnquist, William (June 18, 1993). "LARRY ZOBREST, et ux., et al., PETITIONERS v. CATALINA FOOTHILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT". Legal Information Institute. Cornell Law School. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  18. ^ "District Boundaries". Catalina Foothills School District. Archived from the original on December 28, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

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