New Developments for 2011-12
- Magnet Elementary Schools
- Freshman Academy
- Grad Nation/America's Promise Alliance Partnership
- Free Internet Access for Sunnyside Families
- Partnership with National Academic Educational Partners
Sunnyside Unified 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 is new in 2010-11, 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.
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