Parent Engagement

Updated: September 22, 2022

grandmother putting graduation hat on elementary school student.

Success in school starts at home. Sunnyside USD recognizes the importance of effective partnerships between the school and families and strives to welcome, inform and engage parents with the understanding that parental engagement is critical to students’ academic achievement.
Research continues to support that parental expectations have the greatest impact on student achievement. Therefore regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education

Parent Communication

Sunnyside USD is committed to enhancing and maintaining effective communication with families via phone, email and text message. In order to ensure successful communication, we must have accurate contact information on file for your child. This will ensure you receive emergency notifications and other important messages from the District, your child's school and most importantly - your child's teacher(s). Contact the front office at your child's school to report any updates to your contact information. Please click here for a list of schools.


Parents and Legal Guardians are encouraged to set up their PowerSchool Parent Portal for immediate account access to their child’s attendance, homework and grades. In order to set up your account you must have an ACCESS ID and PASSWORD for each of your students. Please contact the front office at your child's school to obtain this information.

Please click here for instructions on how to set up your account.


Family Support Services

The Los Ranchitos Administration Annex (2054 E Ginter Rd, Tucson, AZ 85706) is home to several district programs such as Native American Education, AWARE, Exceptional Education, McKinney Vento and the Opportunity Center which offers resources such as; food pantry, shoe and clothing bank. In addition, community partners offer various services throughout the month including: UA mobile clinic.

Parent Education

Sunnyside Unified School District and the University of Arizona's College Aacademy for Parents LogoCollege Academy for Parents (CAP) College Academy for Parents is a unique program exclusively available for FREE to SUSD families. It is offered during the spring in partnership with the University of Arizona’s Office of Early Academic Outreach. CAP provides a series of workshops for parents of elementary students on study skills, college preparation and financial aid. Parents attend weekly workshops led by university staff and professors while students attend College Camp, led by UA students. Workshops are offered in English and Spanish with childcare available for children ages 2-4. For more information please visit The University of Arizona's Early Academic Outreach College Academy for Parentspage.


Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Parents as Teachers Logo Parents as Teachers is an award-winning program for expectant parents and parents with children birth to 5 years of age. PAT’s goals: Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and parenting practices. Provide early detection of development delays and health issues. Increase children’s school readiness and school success. For more information, please visit

English and GED classes for parents

The Valencia Public Library is an excellent community resource that offers FREE adult educational programs including English classes and GED tutoring. For more information on specific classes currently being offered, please visit the events calendar on the Valencia library website.