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Congratulations to Catalina Foothills High School for once again being named in the top 4% of the nation's high schools, according to the 2017 US News & World Report Best High School rankings.

View the rankings here.




Catalina Foothills School District is leading the news.



Ranger in front of Grand Canyon

Diane Koningsor gives some final encouragement to her 5-year-old daughter, Sofia, before she begins first grade on the first day of school at Manzanita Elementary School in the Catalina Foothills School District. The district kicked off its school year on Thursday, August 10.

See more back-to-school photos at tucson.com/gallery





Foothills grad Perri Spreiser describes how she chose to be a park ranger: “I give a lot of credit to my first-grade teacher (Charlotte Ackerman), who noticed that I wasn’t the average kid. Instead of trying to mold me to be like everyone else, she embraced my differences—like how I had a full entomology lab set up in my bedroom. Then, in (Foothills) high school, I took a field studies course with river rafting, rock climbing, hydrology, ecosystems. That was the first time I realized I could do something like this forever. When I realized a park ranger was a real thing, it was the only thing I ever wanted to do and be.”

Read the Outside magazine story here.


Catalina Foothills High School won the 2017 AZ State Chess Team Championship, held April 22-23 in Flagstaff.

CFHS senior Emma Wing (pictured in front) was named the 2017 U.S. Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions representative for Arizona.

Read the Arizona Daily Star story here.

The Foothills Philharmonic

When (the Foothills Philharmonic) was formed through Catalina Foothills Community Schools, the goal was to provide an orchestral experience for students and adults while promoting better understanding and goodwill among the young and old in the community.


Read the Arizona Daily Star story here.

George Jiang hitting tennis ball

Foothills tennis player George Jiang won the the Division II boys singles state final.


Read the Arizona Republic story here.

Girl holding up tattoed hand

Fourth annual Chinese Spring Festival is a smashing success at Sunrise Drive.

Read the Tucson Local Media story here.

Spelling Bee winner

Esperero Canyon student wins Pima County Spelling Bee.

Read the Arizona Daily Star story here.

CFSD Facilities and Transportation Director

CFSD gets a new app to track school buses.

View the KVOA story here.

CFHS Basketball players

Excitement builds as Foothills boys basketball competes in the state semifinals.

Read the Arizona Daily Star story here.

CFHS Marching Band

Catalina Foothills High School Falcon Band wins
the Paul Grimes Music Award in the 82nd annual Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Parade.

View their performance on Tucson News Now here.

CFSD Xanadu performers

Catalina Foothills High School's Theatre Department is putting on the stage musical adaptation of "Xanadu" March 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11-12 at 2:00 p.m.

View their performance on Morning Blend here.

High School Student

Foothills teen's path of public service leads to Harvard.

Read the Arizona Daily Star story here.

Foothills senior holding sign: "Why I make the world a better place."

How does this CFHS senior's passion for storytelling influence her volunteerism?

Read the Arizona Daily Star story here.

Lego League coach and students

Robotics + Research + Fun = Creative Force at CFSD.

Click here to read the story on the ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering website.

Niche Award certificate

In their 2017 report, Niche named CFSD the #1 school district in Arizona.

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Student standing by Yale Bulldogs banner

Falcon student-athletes commit to college.

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Brian Bindschadler teaching in his classroom at Orange Grove Middle School.

Many of Tucson's top teachers work in Catalina Foothills School District.

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Lucy Lin speaking Mandarin with a kindergarten student.

CFSD Chinese immersion program aims to give students cultural, academic and job advantages.

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Manzanita staff wearing sun costumes

Manzanita coworkers make colleague's dream come true.

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Foothills Boys golf team holding state championship banner.

Foothills boys golf wins 2016 state team and individual championships.

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Three theatre arts students sitting for an interview on a morning news show.

CFHS Theatre Arts students discuss their latest production on KGUN's Morning Blend.

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Teacher instructing student

CFSD reports great success with certified teacher interns.

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Two high school speech and debate students seated at desks.

High school speech and debate team members discuss presidential debates.

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CFSD Top High School







Catalina Foothills High School is named one of America's Top High Schools by Newsweek Magazine.

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Kindergarteners holding a red paper dragon for the spring festival

Students learn Chinese language and culture.

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Pre School Students and Construction Workers

Valley View is expanded and ready for new students.

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Teacher smiling at a student and a father who are working on a robot.


How does CFSD create strong parent partnerships?

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From The Super: How Are Arizona's Public Schools Financed?
The DesertLeaf, September, 2017

District 16 Report Card: Foothills Schools Start Year with More Students but Unfilled Teaching Positions
The DesertLeaf, September, 2017

District 16 Report Card: Foothills High School to Offer Honors Diploma
The DesertLeaf, July/August, 2017

District 16 Report Card: New Math and Spanish Courses for CFSD Middle Schools
The DesertLeaf, Jun, 2017

From The Super: No Shortcuts to Strategic Planning
The DesertLeaf, May, 2017

District 16 Report Card: More Music, Pay Raises, Athletics Funding: All in CFSD's Budget Plans
The DesertLeaf, May, 2017

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Wastes Little Time Hiring School Principals for Next Year
The DesertLeaf, April, 2017

March 12 Celebration Will Honor CFSD Teachers of the Year
The DesertLeaf, March, 2017

District 16 Report Card: New Courses Planned for Foothills High School
The DesertLeaf, February, 2017

From The Super: CTIs Help Make the Incredible, Commonplace
The DesertLeaf, January, 2017

District 16 Report Card: Outstanding CFSD Students
The DesertLeaf, January, 2017

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Enrollment Tops 5,000 for the First Time in 12 Years
The DesertLeaf, December, 2016

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Students Outperform Others in Pima County on AzMERIT
The DesertLeaf, November, 2016

From The Super: Learning in the 21st Century
The DesertLeaf, September, 2016

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Starts Year with 5,000+ Students and All Teacher Positions Filled
The DesertLeaf, September, 2016

Curriculum Technology Integrator: Creating kids with superpowers
P21 Blogazine, August 30, 2016

Students Learn Chinese Language & Culture
Bear Essentials News, August 2016

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, Cox Communications award STEM Grants to out-of-school programs
The Daily Courier, August 31, 2016

Moving Up: Catalina Foothills Announces New Hires
Arizona Daily Star, August 27, 2016

Arizona Commit Rhett Rodriguez Shoulders Falcons' High Expectations
Arizona Daily Star, August 31, 2016

Few Penalties for Teachers who Break Contracts
Arizona Daily Star, August 10, 2016

Exemplary Project of the Month: How a playground project became a tool for learning
AZ Ed News, July 15, 2016

Lessons From a Month of Play
P21 Blogazine, June 2, 2016

Under Construction: How can play-based learning be inspired by authentic contexts?
P21 Blogazine, May 31, 2016

District 16 Report Card: Hunt Goes on to Fill Open Teacher Positions in CFSD
The DesertLeaf, July/August, 2016

District 16 Report Card: Despite Pay Uncertainty, CFSD Teachers Sign Their Contracts
The DesertLeaf, June, 2016

These Gloves Offer A Modern Twist on Sign Language featuring Thomas Pryor, CFHS Class of 2014, winner of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
NPR, May 17, 2016

Future Comes Fast to Driverless SUVs, Students Who Learn How To Program Them
Arizona Daily Star, May 14, 2016

For Stevenses, State Championships a Family Affair
Arizona Daily Star, May 16, 2016

Catalina Foothills High School Wins State Title in Softball
KVOA, May 10, 2016

High School Tennis: Boys win state, girls fall short
Arizona Daily Star, May 9, 2016

School District Swears in New Board Member
Foothills News, May 4, 2016

Field Research Alive in the Sonoran Desert
P21 Blogazine, April 2016

Best High Schools in Arizona
US News & World Report, April 19, 2016

Tucson Area Schools Ranked Among Best in the Nation
Arizona Daily Star, April 19, 2016

Former Falcon Sets Unique Running Record
Foothills News, April 13, 2016

High School Students Start Own Theater
Arizona Daily Star, April 10, 2016

Authentic Science Through High School Astronomy
P21 Blogazine, April 2016, republished by the Arizona Education News Service

Beyond the Acronym
P21 Blogazine, March 2016

District 16 Report Card: April Celebration Honors CFSD Teachers of the Year
The DesertLeaf, April 2016

Catalina Foothills High School challenging students with AP Capstone program
Foothills News, March 16, 2016

District 16 Report Card: Foothills High School to Launch AP Capstone Program
The DesertLeaf, March, 2016

Robotics Program Finds Success in Catalina Foothills Schools
Foothills News, February 3, 2016

District Rated as One of the Five Best in Arizona
Foothills News, February 3, 2016

Manzanita Elementary Opening New Pathways at Community Kindness Event
Foothills News, February 3, 2016

District 16 Report Card: Innovative Design Used in Expanded Valley View Early Learning Center
The DesertLeaf, February, 2016

Catalina Foothills Ranks Number 4 in State School Districts
Arizona Daily Star, January 6, 2016

School Shows Pre-K Students What A Construction Site Is All About
Tucson Local Media, January 6, 2016

Students Give Back in Time for Christmas
Tucson Local Media, January 5, 2016

Building A Community of Young Learners
Full Circle, Engineering News for ASU Alumni & Friends, December 22, 2015

Foothills Chess Team Positioned for Success
Arizona Public Media, December 24, 2015

Esperero Canyon: Miracle on the Court
KVOA, December 22, 2015

Catalina Foothills Robotics Teams Win Several Awards
Arizona Daily Star, December 21, 2015

From The Super: Ideally, Open Enrollment Is a Win-Win
The DesertLeaf, January, 2016

District 16 Report Card: CFSD's AzMERIT Scores: Tops Among Tucson-Area Districts
The DesertLeaf, January, 2016

Catalina Foothills Tennis Rolls to its 10th Title
Arizona Daily Star, December 18, 2015

Canyon View Elementary School Adopts 18 Families For the Holidays
Tucson News Now, December 15, 2015

CFSD President Named to All-Arizona School Board
Arizona Daily Star, December 16, 2015

2015 Boys Swimmer of the Year: Brooks Fail
Arizona Daily Star, December 12, 2015

Kookie ready to forge own path as Catalina Foothills' coach
Arizona Daily Star, December 11, 2015

Valley View Early Learning Center Construction Day Photo Gallery
Arizona Daily Star, December 8, 2015

Catalina Foothills Schools Nationally Recognized for Innovative Learning
Arizona Daily Star, December 1, 2015

CFSD Has Highest AzMERIT Scores of Tucson-Area K-12 School Districts
Arizona Daily Star, November 30, 2015

Catalina Foothills Senior Publishes Geography Book
Tucson.com, November 28, 2015

CFHS Only Tucson-Area School to Top AZ College Readiness Report Card
Tucson.com, November 26, 2015

30 U.S. School Districts Worth Visiting: CFSD
Getting Smart, November 16, 2015

Teacher Excellence Award Presented to Carol Schaedler of Orange Grove Middle School
Tucson Values Teachers, November, 2015

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Enrollment Down Slightly; Open Enrollment Now 39% of Total
The DesertLeaf, December, 2015

Longtime Football Coaches Winning Against the Odds
The Arizona Republic, November 6, 2015

Catalina Foothills, Flowing Wells Winners In Election
Arizona Daily Star, November 4, 2015

CTE programs paying off at Catalina Foothills
Foothills News, November 4, 2015

Catalina Foothills QB Leaving His Mark (Video)
KVOA, October 14, 2015

District16 Report Card: Attracting and Keeping Teachers a CFSD Priority
The DesertLeaf, November, 2015

KOLD News Story: CFSD & UA Sleep Study Partnership
Tucson News Now, October, 2015

Video Link: CFHS Students Give A Sneak Preview of New Theatre Arts Production
KGUN, October 19, 2015

Manzanita Elementary 5th Graders Cook Up Playground Projects
Arizona Daily Star, October 18, 2015

CFHS College Visit Series: Rep. Martha McSally Shares Her Academy Story with Students
Tucson Local Media, September 30, 2015

Ben's Bells: CFHS Honored for Chess for Charity Events
Arizona Daily Star, September 28, 2015

District 16 Report Card: FRIENDS Urge Voters to Support Props 432, 433
The DesertLeaf, October, 2015

Catalina Foothills Has Largest Marching Band in Arizona
KVOA, September 18, 2015

8 Foothills Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
AZ Daily Star, September 10, 2015

Catalina Foothills Honored by National Magazine
Tucson Local Media, September 1, 2015

Foothills Students Top AP Scholars
Arizona Daily Star, September 6, 2015

From The Super: CFSD Questions on the November Ballot
The DesertLeaf, September, 2015

District 16 Report Card: Teacher Shortage Hits CFSD, Three Positions Go Unfilled
The DesertLeaf, September, 2015

Arizona Daily Star Editorial: Other districts should take seriously the rigor of Catalina Foothills' (teacher evaluation) approach, and follow it
Arizona Daily Star, August 22, 2015

Newsweek: America's Top High Schools in 2015 (Catalina Foothills High School)
Newsweek, 2015

Website Ranks CFSD No. 2 District in AZ
Arizona Daily Star, June 26, 2015

National Merit Scholarship Winners Announced
Arizona Daily Star, May 27, 2015

Valley View Early Learning Center: Systems Thinking Promoting Critical Thinking
P21, June 11, 2014

Manzanita Teacher Wins Kindness Award
Arizona Daily Star, May 18, 2015

US News & World Report: CFHS In Top 10 AZ High Schools
U.S. News & World Report, 2015

CFHS Named A+ School of Excellence
Arizona Daily Star, March 30, 2015

Catalina Foothills Ranked Among Best in State
Tucson News Now, February 23, 2015

Ventana Vista, Canyon View and Manzanita in Top 10 Elementary School Rankings
NICHE, 2015

Orange Grove & Esperero Canyon Named Top AZ Middle Schools
NICHE, 2015

Niche: CFHS Ranked In Top 10
NICHE, 2015

CFHS Theatre Arts Students on KGUN9
KGUN9, March 9, 2015

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Adds Two Propositions to November Ballot
The DesertLeaf, July/August, 2015

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Offers Its Retirees a Way to Come Back to Work
The DesertLeaf, June, 2015

Arizona FIRST LEGO League champs inspired by international competition
innercircle, May 22, 2015

From the Super: Career-Technical Education Programs in Danger
The DesertLeaf, May, 2015

District 16 Report Card: Foothills High and Five CFSD Teachers Are Honored
The DesertLeaf, May, 2015

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Overhauls Nondiscrimination Policies to Include LGBT
The DesertLeaf, April, 2015

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Civics Requirement Surpasses State Mandate
The DesertLeaf, March, 2015

District 16 Report Card: AzMERIT Test Replaces AIMS in March
The DesertLeaf, February, 2015

From The Super: Four 'Keys' to College- and Career-readiness
The DesertLeaf, January, 2015

District 16 Report Card: CFSD's 'Halftime' Review
The DesertLeaf, January, 2015

District 16 Report Card: What Does Annual Report Card Reveal?
The DesertLeaf, December, 2014

District 16 Report Card: CFSD's Career Ladder Facing Its Possible Demise
The DesertLeaf, November, 2014

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Alumni Rally to the Call for Experts
The DesertLeaf, October, 2014

From The Super: In-depth Planning for the District's Future
The DesertLeaf, September, 2014

District 16 Report Card: CFSD Sets Goals to Stay High Achieving
The DesertLeaf, July/August, 2014

District 16 Report Card: Could c5+s=dlp Be a New CFSD Strategic Initiative?
The DesertLeaf, June, 2014

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