Profile for College and University Admission

2019-2020

City High School was founded in 2004 and currently enrolls approximately 185 students per year in grades 9-12. The student population represents a cross-section of the Tucson community, coming from a wide variety of feeder schools, neighborhoods, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity allows students to learn from each other and their community.

We are a small school by design, in order to achieve a high level of personalization. We strive to ensure that teachers and students know one another well and that all students get the support they need – and receive the challenges they are ready for – to achieve at their highest potential.

Habits of Heart and Mind

City High School’s Habits of Heart and Mind are woven throughout the curriculum. They are integral to all that we do and help to reinforce real world application of our learning. These habits are designed to be both intellectual (habits of the “mind”) and affective (habits of the “heart”) and encourage students to develop consistent, rigorous, ethical, and caring ways of approaching the world. The habits are:

        ActionHow do I make things happen?

        EvidenceWhat makes something convincing?

        ExpressionHow do I share what I think, know, and feel?

        InquiryWhat do I want to know?

        PerspectiveWhose viewpoints should I consider?

        ReflectionWhat have I learned?

The School

City High School is similarly diverse as the greater Tucson community. School ethnicity based on Federal reporting: 51% White,

37% Latinx, 4% two or more races, 3% Native American, 3% African American, .05% Asian, .05% Pacific Islander, .05% Unspecified.

Curriculum

The City High School curriculum is grounded in learning from and interacting with the community of Tucson and southern Arizona. Students and teachers regularly embark on learning expeditions that take them into the city’s many cultural institutions, neighborhoods, business, and surrounding desert areas. Members of the community are a welcome, integral part of the classroom.  

Course Options

ENGLISH                        English 9, 10, 11 & 12

American Studies: English

Early American Literature

20th Century American Literature

Culture & Composition

Topics & Themes in Literature

Shakespeare in Contemporary Culture

Writing 101S (With Pima College)

Creative Writing

                

MATHEMATICS        

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I        

Geometry

Algebra II/Trigonometry

Art & Algebra II

Quantitative Reasoning

Precalculus

Pima Community College Math

WORLD LANGUAGES

Spanish        

SCIENCE

Learning in Community: Physics

Biology

Chemistry

Food Science

Desert Youth Gardening (‘19-’20 only)

SOCIAL STUDIES

Learning in Community: Humanities

Amrican Studies: History

Democracy

U.S. Environmental Policy

U.S. Constitution in Action

Economics of the Environment

All the World is Economic

The Importance of Naming

Oral History

ARTS ELECTIVES

Fine Art

Video Production

Drama Production

Dance

Karate

Classical Guitar

Video Game Design

Yearbook Publication

FITNESS ELECTIVES

Bicycling

Fitness @ YMCA

Playformance

Yoga

CITY HIGH REQUIRED

Advisory

Senior Capstone

Internship

OTHER ELECTIVES

Makerspace

Computer Coding

Urban Gardening

Desert Youth Gardening


Restorative Program

Social Entrepreneurship

Health & Wellness

Youth Life Project

Radio DJ


Drug & Alcohol Prevention Awareness

Audio Documentaries

Math Lab, Math Support

Reading Support

Study Skills

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

City High School’s graduation requirements exceed the state minimum requirements for graduation and are aligned with the admission requirements of the three Arizona public universities.

   

                                    ENGLISH                4 credits

                                    MATHEMATICS                4 credits

SOCIAL STUDIES        3 credits

                                    SCIENCE                3 credits

                                    SPANISH                2 credits

                                    ARTS                        1 credits

                                    FITNESS                1 credits    

                                       SENIOR SEMINAR        .5 credit

                                INTERNSHIP                1 credit

                                    ADVISORY                2 credits

                                    ELECTIVES   _                3.5 credits

                                TOTAL                        25 credits

UNIQUE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

City High School has a number of unique graduation requirements, including Senior Capstone, Internship, and Advisory.

SENIOR CAPSTONE

All graduating seniors are required to complete the Senior Capstone course. This course is designed to support seniors during their college application process. As part of the course, students meet with representatives from colleges and universities around the country, visit colleges throughout the state, and complete college and scholarship applications.

INTERNSHIP

All seniors complete a yearlong internship at a local community organization or private institution that connects with the individual student’s interests and career goals.

ADVISORY

All students are members of advisories, which allow for smaller learning communities within the larger school context. Advisories are made up of approximately 11 students, by grade level, and are facilitated by teachers and administrators.

GPA AND GRADING SYSTEM

HONORS 

Students who are interested in pursuing honors credit do so in their regular classes through an additional program facilitated by their teacher, or through an honors seminar class. Successful completion results in an honors distinction (HON) on the transcript.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

City High School does not offer Advanced Placement classes. Students who are interested in pursuing college credit while at City High School may make arrangements to take classes at Pima Community College, provided they have been successful in the course offerings at City High School.

ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

•Certified by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools

•Re-accredited in Spring 2017 by the North Central Accreditation Association

•2010 recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

•2008 National Exhibition Month Demonstration Site

•Member of the Coalition of Essential Schools since 2004

•2004 recipient of High Tech High Learning Network Small Schools Grant

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE (years 2006-2019)

Graduates of City High School have been accepted to the following colleges and universities:

Allegheny College

Antioch College

Arizona State University         

Ashland University

Bard College

Beloit College

Bennington College

Brandeis University        

Cal State Los Angeles

Chicago Art Institute

Coe College

Colorado School of Mines

Drexel University

Evergreen State College        

George Washington University

Hampshire College

Hendrix College

Humboldt State University

Kansas Art Institute

Laguna College of Art and Design

Lake Forest College

Le Cordon Bleu Institute        

Lewis and Clark College

Mills College

Northern Arizona University

Occidental College

Pitzer College

Prescott College

Rochester Institute of Technology

St. Mary’s College

Santa Fe University of Art and design

SUNY Stony Brook

Syracuse University

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of Hawaii Hilo

University of Kansas

University of Montana Western

University of Oregon

University of Puget Sound

University of Rochester

University of Washington

Ursinus College

Warren Wilson College