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By Karly Tinsley | January 31, 2019 at 5:52 PM MST - Updated February 1 at 10:57 AM TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In response to SB 1137, a bill that made CPR Training...
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Sunnyside Soccer Climbing National Rankings
Norma Gonzalez at 520-262-3265 or ngonzalez@tucson.com. Sunnyside High School’s boys soccer team has slowly — and quietly — been working on its game on Tucson’s south side. But the Blue...
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Kindergarten Round-up and Open Enrollment: Feb 11-15
The Sunnyside Unified School District invites families to visit our schools the week of February 11-15th to register for the 2019-20 school year.  Home to nationally board-...
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New SUSD Governing Board Members Inducted
The Sunnyside Unified School District welcomes new Governing Board Member, Ms. Consuelo Hernandez as well as returning Governing Board Member, Ms. Eva...
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Profile of a Graduate
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system...
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BAYER CROP SCIENCE DONATES $10,000 TO SUSD FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT LAUFFER ROBOTICS PROGRAM
Lauffer Middle School hosted a small gathering on January 28th between members of the Sunnyside Foundation and representatives from Bayer Crop Science: Marana Greenhouse—who donated a $10,000...
By Karly Tinsley | January 31, 2019 at 5:52 PM MST - Updated February 1 at 10:57 AM TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In response to SB 1137, a bill that made CPR Training required in the state, students at Sunnyside High School are learning life-saving skills. On Thursday, Sunnyside students learned how to administer CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver; something they can apply outside of the classroom. “Anytime, anywhere, someone could pass out from choking. You could save a life and it’s very simple to learn,” said Paris Benitz, a junior at Sunnyside HS who is already CPR certified. Benitz achieved this while in the Emergency Medical Services class at the high school that is meant to prepare students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Benitz is just one of the many students with certification that helped teach other seniors. It's a method the staff thinks has a greater impact. “Kids are the best teachers of kids. When we can get a kid to help guide the class or guide a student it’s going to be a huge difference,” said Assistant Principal Matthew Craft. And the popular song that often is associated with CPR training - “Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees. It is still the main method in teaching how to perform the proper amount of chest compressions. Another song that works? “Baby Shark.” “We always push to make sure our kids are best prepared for their life after high school. We know they are going out into the community and are going to be active in the community. This stuff may come up and CPR training might be a huge part of it,” said Craft. Craft said the students took the training seriously, even if it was a bit challenging for some. Overall, staff said they are glad they can give their students a skill to take with them when they leave.
Norma Gonzalez at 520-262-3265 or ngonzalez@tucson.com. Sunnyside High School’s boys soccer team has slowly — and quietly — been working on its game on Tucson’s south side. But the Blue Devils’ success isn’t staying quiet anymore. MaxPreps.com lists Sunnyside (18-0-2) as the No. 1 program in the state and third-best team in the nation. The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 82-19 this season. They’ll play at Marana on Thursday at 6 p.m. “We expected to do well,” senior Adrian Virgen said, “but not thiswell.”   Third-year coach Casey O’Brien said the program’s recent success has created a bit of a buzz. It’s also sparked a new question: Could Sunnyside win its first state championship in boys soccer? AzPreps365.com, the AIA’s official website, lists the Blue Devils as the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A behind Phoenix Carl Hayden. Sunnyside was eliminated by Chandler in the quarterfinals of last year’s Class 6A state playoffs. In 2017, Sunnyside fell in the play-in round. While winning state is O’Brien’s goal, that’s not what makes this year’s team notable. “A lot of it doesn’t really have to do with soccer. It’s really just the extra things,” he said. The school’s community is tough, O’Brien said, and sometimes there’s not much family support. O’Brien said he’s noticed negative influences, students not caring about school or thinking about their future. Soccer provides a way to reinforce the values of hard work — and teamwork. “It’s very easy to take a wrong turn here,” said O’Brien, a 31-year-old San Diegan. “There’s a lot of people trying to push you in the wrong direction, a lot of people trying to pull you in the right direction, and you really have to make a concerted effort to stay on the right path.” +2  
The Sunnyside Unified School District invites families to visit our schools the week of February 11-15th to register for the 2019-20 school year.  Home to nationally board-certified and award-winning teachers, world-class CTE programs, fine arts and athletics, Sunnyside has been developing human potential since 1921. Our mission: To help students develop a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency to become effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives.  When: February 11-15 Locations:   Craycroft Elementary School (5455 W. Littletown Rd) Family Information Night: Feb. 11th 5:00-6:00 p.m. Registration: 9:00-11:00 a.m. M-F.   Drexel Elementary School (801 E. Drexel Rd.) Kindergarten Roundup, Tuesday, February 12th, 5:00-6:00 p.m.   Elvira Elementary School (250 W. Elvira Rd.) Registration and School Tours: M-F 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Informational meeting and classroom tours: Tuesday, February 12th: 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Elvira Library)    Esperanza Elementary School (2353 E. Bantam Rd.) Kindergarten Registration: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Evening Registration: Feb. 13,  4:00-7:00 P.M. Kindergarten Round-up informational sessions: Feb. 11-15, 8:30 A.M.-10:00.   Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School (6200 S. Hemisphere Pl.) TBA Lauffer Middle School (5385 E. Littletown Rd.)  Kindergarten Round-up/Open Enrollment night: Tue, Feb. 12th: 5:00-6:00 p.m.    ​Liberty Elementary School (5495 S. Liberty Ave) Class Visits: M, Tue, Th., Fri: 8:15-9:00 a.m.  Registration: M, Tue, Th., Fri: Afternoon Registration 3:00-4:00 p.m.   Los Amigos Tech Academy (2200 E. Drexel Rd.) Parent meeting: Feb. 11th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Registration: Mon: 8:30-5:00 p.m.; Tue-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.    Los Niños Elementary School (5445 S. Alvernon Way) Late Afternoon registration: Wednesday, Feb. 13th 3:00-5:00 p.m.   Mission Manor Elementary School (600 W. Santa Rosa St.) Kindergarten Round-up: Tuesday, Feb. 12th: 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Cafeteria)   Ocotillo Early Learning Center (5702 S. Campbell Ave.) Kindergarten Roundup/Literacy Event: February 13th 3:00-5:00 p.m. Rivera Elementary School (5102 S. Cherry Ave.) Open House: Tuesday, Feb. 12th: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Drop-in Registration: Feb 11-15th   Santa Clara Elementary School (6910 S. Santa Clara Ave) "Meet Your Kindergarten Teacher Night": Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Kindergarten registration: Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   Summit View Elementary School (1900 E. Summit St.) Family information night: February 12th: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Sunnyside Unified School District welcomes new Governing Board Member, Ms. Consuelo Hernandez as well as returning Governing Board Member, Ms. Eva Dong. The two members of the Governing Board were officially sworn in at last Tuesday's meeting. For information about upcoming Governing Board meetings, agendas, and livestream, please visit https://www.susd12.org/Admin/governing-board and click on the resources link at the bottom of your web browser or mobile device. 
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    
Lauffer Middle School hosted a small gathering on January 28th between members of the Sunnyside Foundation and representatives from Bayer Crop Science: Marana Greenhouse—who donated a $10,000 gift to the foundation to support the Robotics program at Lauffer. The gift is intended to elevate the school’s existing STEM lineup. Dr. Matt Lingard is the Site Lead for Bayer Crop Science's Marana Greenhouse. He spoke about the role of STEM in public education as a key driver of talent for companies such as Bayer. The 7-acre greenhouse project in Marana is anticipated to employ between 40 and 60 people in positions ranging from HVAC engineers to plant biologists.  The Robotics program at Lauffer Middle School gives students the opportunity to learn coding skills and build autonomous Lego® robots that can be used in community storytelling projects. To that end the school intends on using the funds awarded by Bayer's Monsanto Fund to strengthen the bond between Lauffer Middle School and the local community in an effort to provide robust learning experiences for students in this niche of STEM education. Sunnyside Foundation President, Naomi Proaño listens to a group of students in Justin Powell's Robotics course explain how the software interfaces with a robotic arm. The gift is also aimed at building a seamless pipeline between Craycroft Elementary—who received a similar gift from Amazon this year to jumpstart its school’s robotics program—and to emphasize a path into Desert View High School’s Precision Manufacturing program; considered one of the best in the country, providing students with industry certification in NIMS and SolidWorks. This Early College program, provides dual enrollment and is aligned with Pima Community College and its CNC Certificate and Associate’s degree program. The school plans on acquiring more 3D printers such as this one to produce parts for Future Cities, an adjacent course offered as part of Lauffer's STEM lineup.  Following a brief meet and greet at the school’s Learning Resource Center, members from Bayer’s executive team and members of the Sunnyside Foundation joined the Superintendent and members of the Governing Board as they tour the school’s robotics classroom and learn more about Lauffer’s existing STEM programs.

School Staff

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Ricky
Torres
Principal
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Stephanie
Ponce
Assistant Principal-Freshman Academy
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Schubel
Assistant Principal
Sunnyside High School
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Craft
Assistant Principal
Sunnyside High School
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Del Castillo
Office Manager
Sunnyside High School
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Dewoody
Office Manager
Sunnyside High School
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Daniel
Bartley
Academic Compliance Officer
Sunnyside High School
Myrna
Alvarado
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sean
Anderson
ELA Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Stephanie
Arnold
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Magdalena
Benavidez
Case Manager
Sunnyside High School
Yolanda
Bonillas
Office Assistant - 225
Sunnyside High School
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Denise
Bravo
Parent Student Advocate
Sunnyside High School
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Chadwick
Life Skills- Autism
Sunnyside High School
Chandra
Claw
Native Amer Ed. Program Advisor
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Danehy
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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De Backer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Espitia
Parapro - Special Education
Sunnyside High School
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Estrada-Grijalva
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
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Flanigan
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Gallardo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Gandiboina
Special Education Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Gonzalez
Social Studies Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Haddad
Math Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Heller
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Hui
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Ibarra
Security Monitor
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Jackson
Para Pro
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Johnson
Teacher
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Khambholja
School Counselor
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Latta
Teacher
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Latta
Athletic Trainer
Sunnyside High School
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Leon
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Dominique
Linkous
MIID Teacher / Transition Specialist
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Luna
Infant Center Director
Sunnyside High School
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Monica
Luna
TAPP Specialist/Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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MacDonald
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Nordlund
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Noriega
Administrative Assistant - 240
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Nunez
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Quezada
Counselor
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Quijada
ELD Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Ragan
English/Writing Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Raygoza
Office Assistant - 208
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Roche
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
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Salmeron
Teacher
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Sanchez
Administrative Assistant
Sunnyside High School
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Schmidt
Science Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Siqueiros
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Soto
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Soto
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
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Spencer
Science Teacher - Freshman Academy
Sunnyside High School
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Stewart
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Stoddard
support staff
Sunnyside High School
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Trujillo
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Sunnyside High School
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Turner
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
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Uyeda
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Vigbedorh
Math Teacher
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Weaverling
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Alvarado
Cafeteria Helper
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Coates
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Espinoza
Registrar - 261
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Fraser Mirock
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Hamlett
Head Custodian
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Martin
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Oquita
Cafeteria Helper
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Ortiz
Office Assistant
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Portillo
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Sunnyside High School
1725 East Bilby Road
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-5300
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-5316

Sunnyside High School, opened in 1955, is home to 2,400 students in Tucson, AZ. Sunnyside offers a wide variety of extracurricular programs, advanced placement courses, and specialized career and technical training programs. As a part of the Sunnyside Unifed School District, Sunnyside High School is a celebrated historical pillar of the Tucson community.

Sunnyside is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a comprehensive high school that offers a plethora of rigorous and challenging courses. The foundation of its success is based in its Freshman Academy. This school within a school serves as a foundational environment which prepares incoming 9th graders for their tenure as high school students.

Once students have advanced into the upper grade levels they are invited to join one of three College and Career Academies. Each academy focuses on a career pathway where students can earn college credit, industry certifications and take part in work experiences and internships. This combination of core and elective classes has evolved Sunnyside into a culture of college and career readiness.

Additionally, the use of AVID instructional strategies and ample enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses has propelled graduation rates and record amounts of scholarship offerings. This focus on learning and real world experiences has prepared our students for life after Sunnyside.

 

School Details
Year Opened: 
1955
Grades: 
9-12
Enrollment: 
2314
Mascot: 
Blue Devils
Colors: 
Royal Blue and White
Uniforms: Required
Tops: Uniforms Not Required
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School Activities

Physical activities are a common form of recreation and a source of well-being, and are key to improving physical fitness and physical and mental health. Community activities give students the opportunity to better know themselves, to open up to others and to gain a better sense of belonging to their community. Community activities encourage students to play an active role in society and become responsible citizens and inspirational role models.

  • Freshman Academy
  • Athletics (10+)
  • Honors/AP Courses (15+)
  • AVID
  • MESA
  • Skills USA/Career Tech Student Orgs
  • National Honor Society
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mariachi
  • Folklorico
  • Transition Club
  • College & Career Academies
  • JTED/CTE Programs (10+)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Air Force ROTC
  • DECA
  • Blue Devil News
  • YES Club
  • SWAT (Student Wellness)
  • Yearbook
  • FBLA
  • Award winning Auto CTE/JTED programs
  • Choir