The 2013-2014 A-F letter grades have been released by the Arizona Department of Education. The Tempe Union High School District again received the letter grade “A” and for the first time, so did all six of its comprehensive high schools:


“A” Rated


  • Tempe Union High School District (4th year)
  • Corona del Sol High School (4th year)
  • Desert Vista High School (4th year)
  • McClintock High School (4th year)
  • Mountain Pointe High School (2nd year)
  • Tempe High School (2nd year)
  • Marcos de Niza High School (1st year)


This is the fourth year of the state letter grades, which are one measure of a school’s achievement and indicate the Tempe Union High School District and its schools demonstrated an “excellent” level of performance.

Each TUHSD school showed higher academic growth than the state median. This is the first time Marcos de Niza has received the “A” rating. Improvement in AIMS scores and overall growth were factors.

“We are proud of the work our schools have done to either maintain their “A” grade or improve their grade to an “A” without compromising the rigor of our instructional program. We will continue to grow and improve in our mission of excellence in teaching and learning,” said Tempe Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca.

Compadre Academy, Tempe Union’s only alternative school, received a letter grade of “C-Alt” and was evaluated using the alternative school accountability model.

Education First hosts “Spotlight on the Candidates,” a televised governing board candidate forum for local school district elections

When:  Monday, October 1, beginning at 5:30 PM (Tempe Union candidates),  6:15 PM (Tempe District 3 candidates) and 7:00 PM (Kyrene Elementary District candidates)
Where:  Tempe City Council Chambers
Who:  All candidates are invited from the Tempe Union, Tempe Elementary 3 and Kyrene Elementary School Districts

For Immediate Release:

Education First, a Tempe non-profit committee devoted to promoting voter awareness of local school board elections, has announced that it will host a forum for each of the three school district governing boards having elections this November serving the families and children of Tempe, Guadalupe, Ahwatukee/Foothills and parts of the Gila Indian Reservation and other East Valley cities and towns.  The Forum will take place on Monday evening, October 1st, beginning at 5:30 PM in the Tempe City Council Chambers and will be broadcast live on Tempe Channel 11. The Forum will also stream multiple times via on line link until the election on November 6th.  Please check Tempe Channel 11 for viewing.

Tempe City Council Member and former Tempe Union High School District Governing board member Robin Arredondo-Savage and Dick Foreman, also a former Tempe Union Governing Board member and current Tempe Preparatory Academy Board member are co-founders of Education First.

“As a former governing board member I know first hand how difficult it is to reach out to voters.  Dick and I are proud to offer this opportunity for all candidates and the public to join us in discussing key issues affecting our schools and what they, the candidates, will offer to us voters on behalf of Tempe families,” said Arredondo-Savage.

“Councilmember Arredondo Savage and I have had a great response from the candidates and look forward to a thoughtful discussion on education issues that affect our local schools.  We are both excited to offer this opportunity to voters throughout these three great school districts to learn first hand about the candidates.”

Candidates for the Tempe Union High School District will appear at 5:30, followed by candidates for the Tempe Elementary District 3 at 6:15 and then conclude with the Kyrene Elementary School District at 7:00 PM.

For more information contact:  Hon. Robin Arredondo Savage (602) 885-6445 or Dick Foreman (602) 499-2437

Welcome to the Tempe Union High School District

TUHSD Fact Sheet

A note from Superintendent Kenneth Baca:

November 2011
Many words can be used to describe Tempe Union High School District. The words excellent,excelling, and exceptional come to mind when describing the academic achievement of our students. Teachers, administrators and staff are caringcompassionate, and committed; and parents, as well as the extended Tempe community, have a strong tradition of beingpartners in education by proactively advocating for all of our children and by beingpassionate about our schools!
Kenneth BacaTempe Union high schools offer rigorous instructional programs that are balanced with extended learning opportunities, the fine arts, and athletics. This mix allows us to graduate well-rounded adolescents who are prepared to compete at national and global levels. We offer comprehensive learning experiences because we know that success in college and beyond is linked with the ability to excel academically, to communicate broadly, and to work flexibly and creatively. Our expectation is that students will not only excel in the classroom but that they will also excel in our community by participating in projects that serve those in need.
Strength lies in diversity. Tempe Union is diverse, and students bring with them many gifts and talents that we nurture each day in our classrooms. We are proud to serve a culturally rich community and meet the needs of our diverse student population through traditional and non-traditional programs. Our schools provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for all who walk through our doors.
There is something for everyone in Tempe Union. We invite you to experience Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Kenneth R. Baca, Superintendent