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Sunnyside Unified School District - a tech-savvy school district


The mission of Sunnyside Unified School District is to ensure that all students achieve academic success and contribute positively to a diversely changing, democratic society.


The Sunnyside Unified School District is a success-oriented organization where students meet high academic standards and are prepared to make positive contributions in a diverse and changing society. In a spirit of equity and in partnership with all members of the community, The District provides a quality education for all students in a safe, disciplined, productive environment.


The School District covers 93.6 square miles in the southern part of the City of Tucson and areas adjacent in Pima County, including the northern two miles of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Established in 1921, it is the second largest district in Pima County, Arizona; its neighbors include Raytheon, Tucson International Airport, Texas Instruments and Intuit.

Sunnyside serves more than 17,000 students preK-12 in 22 schools, including two large high schools. The District operates an early childhood education center that started in the 2010-11 school year, 13 elementary schools (grades K-5), five middle schools (grades 6-8), and three high schools (grades 9-12) including one alternative education school. The district serves families with children from birth to 5 years of age as well as preK-12 students. All SUSD schools have full-time counselors, registered nurses, music teachers, art teachers, physical education teachers and librarians.

The percentage of students who are identified as minority is 94.4%. Specifically, the ethnic make-up of the student body is 87.7% Hispanic, 5.6% Anglo, 4.1% Native American, 2.1% African American, and 0.5% Asian American. Approximately 86% of SUSD students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. About one-third of students are classified as English language learners (ELL). Approximately 14% of the district’s student population receive Special Education services.

There are more than 2,000 District employees. In addition, the District employs approximately 150 substitute teachers and 80 classified substitute employees. The District’s Maintenance & Operations budget for 2012-13 is $85.1 million, a reduction of 10 million from 2009-10.


We believe that –

  • All students can learn, in different ways and at different times, using their own unique skills and talents.
  • The learning process varies from student to student. Schools must ensure that all students develop to their maximum potential.
  • All students are expected to meet or exceed the Arizona Academic Standards. The rate at which students will meet these standards mat vary, but the high expectations for their success will not.
  • The schools and the community work together to promote and provide a caring learning environment to ensure the success of all students.
  • Schools shall empower all students to view themselves as successful learners and worthwhile persons.
  • Learning is maximized when significant, positive relationships exist between all teachers and learners.
  • Students will be most successful when their learning experiences are connected to their life experiences.
  • All professional activities must be research-based and aligned with best practices.

We are a tech-savvy school district.