There are 8
public school districts in greater Tucson that support the academic needs of children. The geographic location of your home determines where your children attend school. Generally, students in kindergarten through eighth grade have some transportation provided for them. Some high school students provide their own transportation. There may also be "Open Enrollment" available in any school/school district.
Amphitheater Public Schools: (520) 292-4200
Serves the north-central part of Tucson.
Catalina Foothills School District:
Serves the upper foothills and north/northeast parts of Tucson.
Marana Unified School District:
Serves the northwest part of Tucson and the community of Marana.
Sunnyside School District:
Serves the south section of Tucson.
Tanque Verde School District:
Serves the northeast and far northeast parts of Tucson including the Tanque Verde Valley.
Tucson Unified School District:
The oldest and largest school district in Tucson, it serves central, some southern, eastern and some northeastern parts of Tucson.
Vail School District: (520) 762-5291
Serves the community of Vail
and the subdivisions of nearby. This district has been
expanding and more schools will be considered.
There are numerous private and charter schools in Tucson.
Every school district is encouraging individual schools to build their own web pages.
Tucson is home to many sources of higher education; however, the two largest are Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.
Pima Community College
Begun in 1970, Pima Community College is a two-year institution that serves residents of Pima and Santa Cruz counties and is the fifth-largest multi-campus community college in the United States. Each year, more than 50,000 credit and noncredit students take classes. Pima has five campuses that offer university transfer programs, occupational and developmental education, and general studies courses in 65 program areas. Classes, workshops, and seminars are held at over 100 off-campus locations in Tucson, Green Valley, and Nogales.
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona was founded in 1885 by an act of the 13th Territorial Legislature. The University was created with an appropriation of $25,000 but no land. The Legislature relied on the residents of the City of Tucson and Pima County to find the University site. Neither the city nor the county cared to provide the land, however, because residents were disappointed that Tucson had not been named the state capital or the site of the state prison or the asylum for the insane.
Just before the $25,000 was to be returned to the Legislature, two gamblers and a saloon-keeper donated 40 acres of land way out east of town, and The University of Arizona was officially born. Classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students and six teachers in two colleges -- Agriculture and Mines -- in one building on the 40-acre campus. That building, Old Main, still stands in the middle of campus.
Today, The University of Arizona is one of the top 20 research universities in the nation, with a student enrollment of
about 45,000 plus faculty and staff, and a 350-acre campus. The U of A is one of the largest employers in Pima County and the fourth largest in Arizona. Tucson has grown around the University, and campus is now located in the western edge of the central area; hardly "way out of town" any longer.
The U of A is famous for its collegiate sports: football, baseball, swimming, golf, softball and of course, the 1997 NCAA Basketball Champions. The Fine Arts complex contains the world famous Center for Creative Photography, Crowder Hall (music), several performing arts theaters, the Joseph Gross Gallery (art), the Lionel Rombach Gallery (art), and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Whether its dance, music, theatre, applied or fine arts, the U of A Arts complex always has something happening. Also on campus is Centennial Hall, a large multi-purpose venue that hosts the "UA
Presents Series", the Arizona State Museum, a natural history and anthropology
treasury. More information about Kitt Peak, a nationally recognized observatory affiliated with the University, may be found