SOUTHGATE ACADEMY

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850 W VALENCIA RD
TUCSON, AZ 85706
Phone: 520-741-7900
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 2
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: Southgate Community Development Corp.
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 61.5
  • Number Students: 800
  • Number Teachers: 90
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 2291
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 30
  • Principal: Mr Frank Gilvin
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (35 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (29 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-07
    "First off, I will not deny that Southgate has many challenges just many other schools out there. However, the staff and the Southgate community are actively making improvements. The children have a new playground complete with a basketball court. They have also put in a practice field with a small track. Every student gets free breakfast and lunch as well as two snacks. There is a sports program with football, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Our football team took second place in the state championships. The school is also providing good curriculum with solid instruction from caring teachers and staff. We have several families who are now attending Southgate, stating that our curriculum is harder than at their previous TUSD or Sunnyside schools. Yes, there is always room for improvement, just like any school. Southgate is the only school for my family. Next year, I will again, be the proud Mom of another Southgate Academy High School graduate. Go Gators!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-15
    "Funny how this school uses the "perception" scapegoat when issues are raised. "Oh it's all in your head, it's your perception." There are no perceptions in facts. Audits look good on paper and auditors will not know, but when you hire your family and friends with non teaching jobs giving double the salary of a struggling teacher with 30+ struggling kids, you are doing a disservice to the community. When there is no library, that is not perception. Don't get hurt confused with truth. I don't feel anger, i am sad for all the kids who get poor education in exchange for lining ones pockets. I pulled my children out when they started getting mouthy and violent. I learned they learned it from this school because I did not teach them that. As for the flood, do something about it instead of using it as a crutch for poor education. I'm pretty sure insurance payed out very well. Another local charter school was compensated millions for a kitchen fire that burned half of the school, that school looks amazing. Or is it funding the admins fancy car lot in the poorest part of tucson. ."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-05
    "Generally I do not respond to anonymous anything. I am sure it s purpose is to give opportunity to validate genuine concern especially if one does not feel safe expressing the need forthright. However, anonymous also gives opportunity for the writer to express anger and personal hurt rather than truth or fact. I can personally vouch for the Administration, who for the past 3 years, have given one week-end a month to working on school improvement along with countless summer hours devoted to helping Southgate reach its goals and taken wage cuts while navigating the school through major devastation due to the flood that destroyed 92% of our 94,000 sq ft building (Along with everything in it.) Southgate is audited every year. It is a State requirement, and SGA supports the mandate. It holds charters accountable & in compliance. Students do not run the school- another perception, not truth. (See YouTube Southgate Academy Perception Video done by our HS- it s great!) Every child deserves a fair opportunity for their voice to be heard, innocent and accused. Our Intervention Specialist is one of the best. It is awesome to have his 20+ yrs experience from TPD on discipline."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-03
    "This school needs to be audited for monetary allocation. To have the lack of resources and material for the children, yet other schools similar in size are functioning with resources to succeed. It is apparent this place is set up for financial prosperity for the owners, not the education of the children. The kids run the place and the discipline is minimal to keep attendance up which brings in the cash flow. Poor performance is scapegoated to demographics and population when in actuality, the lack of resources and support is what destroys achievement. Just look at other public schools with similar demographics, they are succeeding at a higher level. This place needs to be seriously looked at.."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-03
    "Over stuffed classrooms, unqualified teachers, no resources, mean classmates, my daughter was bullied on the playground, and the bully was right back the next day. She told teacher, nothing happened. Seems adults do nothing when it comes to behavior. Most teachers are good, but overwhelmed. My daughter says lot of the day is fixing behavior, not actual teaching..sad...there are better options near by"
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