CATALINA FOOTHILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

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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 schoolhouse 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. There are many options for students in PreK through 12th grade. A variety of comprehensive educational programs are offered at all CFSD schools.

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.


#1 School District in Arizona. Niche 2017 rankings.


District Attendance Rate:  99% Graduation  Rate:  97.5%  College Attendance Rate:  94%
District Attendance Rate 99%. Graduation Rate 97.5%. College Attendance Rate 90%.
Fiscal Responsibility: 71 cents of every dollar goes to direct services for our students


 Elementary Robotics Curriculum at Grades K-5. First LEGO League teams at K-8.  VEX Robotics at High School.
High Expectations. Dedicated, highly qualified teachers have high expectations for students and themselves.
Vsual & Performing Arts and  Physical Education & Health at Grades K-12. Taught by highly qualifed specialists.
 P21 - Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar District  National Recognition Achieved by Few Districts
Arizona"s #1 Comprensive High School. U.S. News and World Report.


Twenty-two Advanced Placement (AP) Course Offerings, includiTwenty-two Advanced Placement (AP) Course Offerings, including AP Capstone


Over Twelve Interscholastic Athletic Programs


Technology Enhanced Classrooms with Bring Your Own Device Option




Innovative Professional Learning Programs  Great Beginnings: Systems for Success - Years 1-3  Professional Pathways: Continuum of Leadership and Learning - Years 4+
Spanish and Chinese Immersion Option at PreK and Grades K-5  Spanish at Grades K-8  Spanish and/or Chinese at Grades 9-12.
Four-year Project Lead the Way Engineering Program with   Dual Enrollment at the University of Arizona.


Gifted Education Program and Services  Extended Reading and Extended Math at Grades K-5.


Title I/Read Strong Support for Grades K-3.


Certified School Counselors at all Schools


 K-5 Confucius Institute Classroom, University of Arizona & Hanban  High School Confucius Institute Classroom, Asia Society.


HS Spanish Immersion Study Abroad in Costa Rica  HS Chinese Study Abroad in China.


Extended Day Classes and Full Summer Programming  Dozens of Extracurricular Offerings  Before and After School CARE Program.

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