Education has a high priority in the Tucson area. The public school system provides general and college-preparatory courses. Pima Community College, serving all county residents, is a two-year college with five campuses. University of Arizona offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in a wide field of study. There are vocational and technical schools along with many private and parochial schools which provide curricula for elementary through high-school students.
To determine a child's school district, call or write Pima County School Superintendent, 130 W. Congress Street, Tucson 85701-1317, 740-8451. Enrolling in any of the local school districts is quite simple and can generally be accomplished in less than half an hour. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate and immunization record. Arizona laws (ARS 15-803, 36-629) require that every pupil must have a signed immunization record for school attendance.
It is also a good idea to bring a copy of your child's school records from their previous school if possible. However, policies on releasing school records vary, and the records can be mailed to your new school after your child has enrolled. Pre-enrollment is not necessary. However, if your child is currently in a special program, especially one which is mandated by a federal law covering certain handicapped and learning disabled children, you should contact the administrative office of your new district.
There are eleven school districts in the greater Tucson area and fifteen in Pima County. The Tucson Unified School District is the oldest school district in Arizona and the second largest. It has about 63,000 students.All of the districts focus on building a solid foundation of basic skills - reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies.
Gifted, honors and advance placement programs help students develop creative thinking and reasoning skills and gain a deeper understanding. English-as-a-Second-Language programs are available throughout the area. Also, computer literacy programs have been implemented.
All districts have special education programs which address the needs of children with moderate to severe disabilities - mental or physical. Extended school year programs and homebound programs are available options.
Vocational and business programs with goals to prepare students for entry into a job or further occupational education thrive. There are ample opportunities to participate in sports, music, theater and arts. Other programs assist students with job placement, provide on-the-job experience combined with education, and provide programs for teenage parents.
Universities & Colleges
Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona which was founded in 1885 and is one of the top twenty research universities in the nation. The 352-acre campus is host to over 37,000 students and the university is the largest employer in Pima County. University of Arizona offers 118 undergraduate, 109 master's and 82 doctoral degree programs, 4 professional and 4 specialist programs. There are 14 colleges and 8 schools.
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