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Tech-savvy students
The Sunnyside District is equipping students with the tools and the skills to succeed in college and in a global economy. Students are using technology to research information, communicate, collaborate and create. By having a computer they can take home, access to technology is being extended to the entire family.

Additionally, the district launched one-to-one computing in 2010 with the assignment of 1,431 netbooks to every fifth-grader in our 13 elementary schools. In just four years, over 9,000 students, grades 4 – 12, have been assigned netbook computers through one-to-one computing.

New Developments for 2014-15

  • Laptops for all students grades 4-12
  • Elementary schools move to a K-6 grade learning environment
  • Middle Schools move to a 7-8 grade learning environment
  • Sierra becomes a 2-8 grade learning environment
  • Ocotillo becomes a pre-K through first grade early childhood learning center

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

Did you know? Sunnyside District graduates have gone on to attend: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, University of Iowa, University of Hawaii, Dartmouth, North Carolina State, Smith College, Boise State, Chatanooga, New Mexico Highland and Western New Mexico.

In the 2013-14 school year we firmly established the District’s national image and our leadership in innovative instructional practices through our one-to-one program and the infusion of technology into every school, every classroom and for every student. Evidence of this was clear when Sunnyside was selected for a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in September 2013.  Arne Duncan came to Sunnyside because he recognizes we are achieving the learning environment he is envisioning for all schools across the country.
In March 2014, we hosted 50 districts in the League of Innovative Schools/Digital Promise. These top technology inspired districts were equally captivated by the comprehensiveness of our technology initiatives and leadership in the District.

It begins in preschool The Sunnyside District’s commitment to college-ready graduates begins in preschool. The high quality, developmentally appropriate Ocotillo Early Learning Center serves children of all abilities in an inclusive, nurturing, stimulating environment. Programs include Title One preschool, early childhood special education, a fee-based preschool and the Parents as Teachers program.

Despite drastic cutbacks to educational funding, the Sunnyside District has maintained FREE, all-day kindergarten at each of its 13 elementary schools.

...and parents too! College Academy for Parents is a program offered by the University of Arizona's Office of Early Academic Outreach for parents of elementary children. CAP is a 12-week program of weekly workshops. While parents attend workshops, presented in English and Spanish, children participate in College Camp.

Our schools offer:

Concurrent and Dual-Enrollment Classes In partnership with Pima Community College, high schools offer several courses on their campuses during the school day in which students receive both high school and college credit.

Dollars for Scholars A scholarship program provided by the Sunnyside School District Alumni Association, affiliated with the national organization, Scholarship America. In 2013-14, over $6 million in scholarships was awarded to SUSD graduates.

Advanced Placement (AP) Students are able to earn college credit by achieving high enough scores on AP exams.

Advancement Via Individual Determination AVID is a program that identifies underserved students in grades 6 through 12 with a 2.0 - 3.5 grade point average who demonstrate high potential and prepares them to enter a four-year college.

Campus Visits Students have multiple opportunities while in elementary, middle and high school to visit college and university campuses throughout Arizona as well as out of state.

College and Career Academies At Sunnyside Unified School District we provide all students at both Sunnyside High School and Desert View High School with an education for the 21st Century through our College and Career Academies. These Academies are built by a team of administrators, CTE teachers and core teachers - all experts in their field. A career academy is a personalized, small learning community of students and teachers, for a two-, three-, or four-year span.

College Clubs College Clubs engage students and families in the college entrance process. Along with one-on-one college advisement, students will be able to attend workshops on the college admissions process, college essay writing, scholarship opportunities, financial aid and more.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement MESA is an intensive college preparation program designed for ethnic minority, low-income, and first-generation college-bound students in targeted school districts throughout the nation. MESA programs are available in the middle and high schools.

National Honor Society Membership for middle and high school students is based on grade point average and community service.