Catalina Foothills High School

Catalina Foothills High School serves 1,708 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the AZ average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 58%.
Catalina Foothills High School operates within the Catalina Foothills Unified School District.
The school district's 93% graduation rate is higher than the AZ state average of 74%.

Overview

The student population of 1708 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 86 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,708 students
Catalina Foothills High School Total Students (1993-2012)
Gender % 50% Male / 50%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 86 teachers
Catalina Foothills High School Total Classroom Teachers (1993-2012)
Students by Grade Catalina Foothills High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.51 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AZ) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 20:1 18:1
Catalina Foothills High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1993-2012)
American Indian
3%
5%
Catalina Foothills High School American Indian (2006-2012)
Asian
5%
3%
Catalina Foothills High School Asian (1993-2012)
Hispanic
17%
43%
Catalina Foothills High School Hispanic (1993-2012)
Black
2%
5%
Catalina Foothills High School Black (1993-2012)
White
68%
42%
Catalina Foothills High School White (1993-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Catalina Foothills High School Sch Ethnicity Catalina Foothills High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.51 0.64
Catalina Foothills High School Diversity Score (1993-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
6%
36%
Catalina Foothills High School Eligible for Free Lunch (2004-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
1%
11%
Catalina Foothills High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2007-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 4,976 students has grown by 928% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 99% over five years.
School District Name Catalina Foothills Unified School District
Number of Schools
Managed
8
1
Number of Students Managed 4,976 285
Catalina Foothills Unified  School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 93% 74%
Catalina Foothills Unified  School District Graduation Rate (1996-2009)
District Total Revenue $54 MM $2 MM
Catalina Foothills Unified  School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $50 MM $2 MM
Catalina Foothills Unified  School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $111,426 $9,374
Catalina Foothills Unified  School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $103,921 $8,323
Catalina Foothills Unified  School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, AZ Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Catalina Foothills High School is a public high school, located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Catalina Foothills is the only high school in the Catalina Foothills School District, located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Founded in 1992, Foothills now serves students in grades nine through twelve. The school mascot is the falcon, and the school colors are blue and silver.
  • Academics: Approximately 90% of the graduates of Catalina Foothills pursue post-secondary education. Catalina Foothills is accredited by the North Central Association. Catalina Foothills is regarded as one of the highest-performing academic institutions in Arizona. Standardized test scores of Catalina Foothills students typically rank as the highest in the state. In 2005, Catalina Foothills students scored the highest of any comprehensive high school in Arizona on the Terra Nova standardized exam. Catalina Foothills students averaged in the 80th percentile nationally (Arizona Department of Education). It also sucks!
  • The Catalina Foothills Academic Decathlon team usually finishes near the top in the Region, with the greatest competition from University High School and Canyon del Oro High School (which has won the last five region titles).
  • Recently CFHS failed the "No Child Left Behind" assessment due to a dispute between the school district and federal provisions. The district allows special education students to use a calculator on standardized tests as per their IEP's (Individualized Education Plan), which is also federal law. Students with math deficiencies are permitted to use a calculator on any and all math tests, while "no child left behind" provisions state that calculators are not permitted on the tests.
  • Athletics: Catalina Foothills participates in the Kino 4A Division of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The Girls Cross Country team won the 2005 Arizona State Championship Race; as well as individual champion honors.
  • The Chess team won the 2005 High School Chess Nationals.
  • The Girls Soccer team won the 2006 Arizona State Championship 4-0 over Pinnacle High School, which makes 3 state titles in the past 4 years.
  • The Boys Soccer team won the 2006 Arizona State Championships 2-0 over Sabino High School.
  • The Boys Tennis team won the 2006 Arizona State Championships 5-0 over Chaparral High School.
  • The Girls Tennis team won the 2006 Arizona State Championships 5-3 over Chaparral High School, which makes it the 7th consecutive title the Girls team has won.
  • The Boys and Girls Swim Teams have won the 4A state swimming and diving championships, for seven consecutive years.
  • The Boys Volleyball team won the 2006 Arizona State Championships.
  • Catalina Foothills Falcon Band - The band consists of smaller bands, only taking part as a whole during their marching/football season.
  • The smaller bands are: CB – Concert Band; DL – Drumline; WG – Winter Guard*; SD – Steel Drums*; SB – Symphonic Band; CG – Color Guard; Jazz – Jazz Band; WWQ – Woodwind Quintet; WE – Wind Ensemble; PL – Pom Line; Combo – Jazz Combo; FC – Flute Choir; (WG & SD do not participate in marching).
  • Currently, the 2006-2007 Foothills Falcon Band has been invited to participate in the 2006 Macy's Day Parade in New York City. Their show this year consists of songs from The Who.
  • School history: Prior to the establishment of Catalina Foothills, district students attended high school in Tucson Unified School District, and primarily Amphitheater Public Schools. The establishment of Catalina Foothills was postponed several decades due to the ability of district students to attend high school in neighboring school districts.
  • As the population grew in the Catalina Foothills area, a large core of Catalina Foothills students attended Amphitheater High School in North Tucson, as the closer Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley was virtually closed to out-of-district students. The need for a high school in the Catalina Foothills School District became apparent.
  • Construction began in 1991 on a site centrally located in the district. The Catalina Foothills School Board had acquired the site nearly 50 years earlier. The school opened to the ninth grade in 1992 when classes met at a district middle school. In 1993 campus was opened to ninth and tenth graders, and the first graduating class of Foothills High walked in late spring 1996.
  • Located in one of the Tucson area's most affluent communities, Foothills students are regarded as a highly economically privileged population. Parents of Foothills students often locate to the community specifically so their children can attend the school.
  • Awards and recognition: Catalina Foothills received the following state recognition: Named an "Excelling School" by the State Department of Education.
  • Received the inaugural Blue Cup Award for the top 4A-5A school in scholarship, athletics, activities, and character (2004).
  • Awarded the H.A. Hendrickson Overall Excellence Award for the most outstanding activities and athletics program among Arizona 4A schools (2002, 2003, 2004).
  • Awarded the Tony Komadina Award for best women's athletic program (2004).
  • The Excellent Teaching Award went to an Information Technology teacher Hugh Thompson.
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Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Presidio High School (4.1 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Orange Grove Middle School (2.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Sunrise Drive Elementary School (1.2 miles away)
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