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About Us

CFSD has proudly served Tucson families for more than 80 years.

Our History
The Catalina Foothills School District opened its doors in 1931 with nine students and a teacher, who met in a garage. In 1939, developer John Murphey sold 2.2 acres on River Road to CFSD for the sum of ten dollars, with the stipulation that the land be used for a public school. That summer, a two-room country school house was designed by Joseph T. Joesler and built by the Work Progress Administration. Originally known as the River Road School, the building is now the Murphey Administration Center.

Today, more than 5,200 students are enrolled in the eight schools that comprise CFSD.

With a reputation for exemplary academic standards, we are helping an ever-expanding group of children experience the tradition of excellence in education that we have established.

Our Mission
Catalina Foothills School District, a caring and collaborative learning community, ensures that each student achieves intellectual and personal excellence, and is well prepared for college and career pathways.

Our Vision
Learning transfers to life beyond the Catalina Foothills School District experience, enabling each student to flourish as a responsible citizen in the global community.

CFSD Fast Facts

Founded in 1931
5,200 Students

8 Schools

• One early learning center (PreK)
• Four Elementary Schools (K-5)
• Two Middle Schools (6-8)
• One High School (9-12)

District-Wide Attendance Rate: 99%

Graduation Rate: 97.5%

College Attendance Rate: 94%

Fiscal Responsibility

71 cents of every dollar are spent in direct services to our students.

Program Highlights

CFSD offers many options for students in PreK through 12th grade. The district provides outstanding
K-12 comprehensive programs at all schools and an exciting variety of educational programming for families.

• Music, visual art, and physical education taught by specialists at grades K-12
• Spanish for grades K-5 (120 minutes a week of language development)
• World Languages learning for grades 6-12 (Spanish and Chinese)
• Spanish and Chinese immersion programs
• Elementary, middle and high school robotics
• Twenty Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings
• Four year Project Lead the Way Engineering program
• Technology-enhanced classrooms with access to laptops (2:1 ratio), iPads, iPods, digital cameras, student response systems, Gmail, and Google academic accounts
• Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) option
• High school summer Spanish immersion in Costa Rica
• Spanish immersion and Chinese immerion at Valley View Early Learning Center
• K-5 Confucius Institute classroom, University of Arizona & Hanban
• High School Confucius Institute classroom, Asia Society
• Gifted education program and services
• Extended math and reading programs for grades K-5
• Full day kindergarten option with fee-based program for half of the day
• Certified school counselors at all schools
• Over twelve interscholastic athletic programs
• Read Strong (reading support for grades K-3)
• Extended day classes and full summer programming at all levels K-12
• Dozens of extracurricular offerings for students of all ages
• Before and after school CARE program
• Community adult non-credit classes


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