Tucson International Academy opened their Midvale campus in 2003 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The enrollment on average per year is 45 students. The school is a team-based environment that utilizes technology, encourages high academic achievement, community involvement, and cultural understanding to help prepare their students for college or for joining the workforce.
The school works to instill values in the community such as organization, creativity, team, love, excellence, community, discipline, and responsibility. All the schools in the Tucson International Academy system provide a secure environment, highly qualified teachers, Spanish and Chinese taught in all grades, small class size, and a computer technology center.
Along with core subjects, the school offers debate, yearbook, football, golf, student council, drama, cheerleading, dance, drawing, basketball, physical education classes, science & technology, and newspaper.
There are mixed opinions of the school. Some parents and even substitute teachers are not happy at all with the school stating that teachers are mean and often bully students. The teachers are not as qualified as the administration states. Then on the other side of the fence, there are parents that love the school and state that the teachers are amazing. These parents expressed just how well their children were doing in the school.
If you look at the percentage of students that passed the AIMS series of exams it is very disappointing. Third graders did very well in reading and math with 100% passing the exam, however, there were no results for the writing exam. From here, the percentages drop tremendously. All fourth graders failed the core subject exams. Only 20% of 5th graders passed the reading exam, 40% in writing, and 0% passed the math exam. Sixth graders did not do very well either with only 33% passing the reading exam, 17% in writing, and 0% in math. Seventh graders did better with the percentage of students passing the exams in reading and writing being close to state average but 30% below state average in math. Eighth graders were below average quite a bit being below average in reading by 50%, 40% in science, no information on the writing exam, and 0% passed the math exam. Tenth graders did not do well with only 40% passing the reading exam, 29% passing the science exam, 40% in writing, and 43% in math.
It would be in your best interest to learn more about the school and talk with other parents before enrolling your child. It would also be a good idea to tour the school during the day while students are present to see how the students are treated.
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Tucson International Academy – Midvale
1625 W. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85746