Tucson International School

Rating: 4.5 stars   10 reviews


1730 North First Avenue Tucson AZ 85719 USA


Education for an International Community, Language Immersion, Values for a Global Society


"Confucius Classroom" with the government of China; "Partner School" with the government of Germany; top-performing elementary school in the "Grand Concours" US national French contest; top "Primary" (K - G3) in Southern Arizona Chess

Target demographics:

We serve all of Pima County, expatriates and other temporary residents. We uniquely serve the full socio-economic range - perhaps one-third of our students would qualify for free or reduced-price lunches if they were in a public school.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Approximately 40 students or one-third of the school's population receive some form of financial aid.

Geographic areas served:

Cities of Tucson, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, Green Valley etc - all of Pima County


We are the only school in Arizona offering an international program taught to international standards with immersion Chinese, French, German and Spanish. We are the only school offering such opportunities to Arizona students.

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Reviews for Tucson International School

Rating: 5 stars  

We have been at IST for four years and couldn't be happier. The program is exciting for the children and academically demanding. But they don't notice the demands because they are enjoying what they are doing so much. They are learning another language and they have friends and teachers from all over the world. The teachers are excellent and all three principals are just wonderful. The preschool principal and junior school principal are just wonderful. They know the children and they are always available to parents. IST also has lots of clubs from chess to basketball to science to piano and guitar. We want our children to be happy, and to have fun, and to be academically challenged. IST gives all this and more.

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My children love going to school, and they are better behaved and know more than the children of my friends. But more importantly, they love learning and doing new things and meeting new people. They also have wide interests and can skills and interests which will last their whole lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

IST needs funds for new buildings and to purchase their campus. If I could, I would help them with this. They also need funds to subsidize fees so that they can pay teachers more without annual fee increases.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IST is a great school that provides a unique and quality education to children with limited resources. I think any resources donated would be used very well and really make a difference.

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I am amazed at the quality of the education of my granddaughter. I with this school had been in Tucson when my children were little.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I could give the school the resources it needs. With more resources it could do even more.

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