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Gateways are May 22-25, 2018. Schedule your student’s Gateway today!

A Sophomore does a Demonstration of Mastery during his Gateway presentation.

Gateways are coming!

At the end of every school year, City High School students create a Gateway presentation to demonstrate their progress on the academic standards and their personal development as it pertains to the school’s mission and our Habits of Heart and Mind. Each grade level has a different critical question that guides their performance, and a successful Gateway is required to move on to the next grade level.

Students in grades 9-11 will be presenting their Gateways Tues. May 22-Fri. 25. Parents or guardians are required to attend their student’s Gateway presentation. To register for a specific time, please visit the link below, click on the name of your student’s Advisor, and schedule a time that works for your family. Note: Gateways are scheduled by Advisor, so you only need to make one reservation with your student’s Advisor. Angela’s Advisory, please select Sean.

Extended family are also welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you all here to learn about your student’s growth and learning over the past school year!

City High to Reopen Fri. May 4; Gratitude Reception for Parents 4-5 p.m.

City High School will reopen for classes tomorrow, Fri. May 4. We are excited to see everyone!

To our families: We are so grateful for your support, patience, and sacrifice during recent days. Please join us tomorrow afternoon, Fri. May 4,  for a reception from 4-5 p.m. for all of our families, hosted by the staffs and school boards of our 3 schools, as well as the members of our CITY nonprofit board.


Gratitude Reception for Parents

  • Date: Fri., May 4, 4-5 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Campus, 37 47 E. Pennington St., in the outdoor alley between the buildings
  • Who: For all of our families, parents, and caregivers at the two PFFS middle schools and City High School
  • Hosted by: Our staff, our school boards, and the CITY nonprofit board
  • Refreshments served.

We realize this is very last-minute notice; stop by if you can and please accept our gratitude here if we can’t share it in person.

Senior YPAR Symposium Thurs. Apr. 26

This Thursday evening, Apr. 26, seniors will be sharing their yearlong action research work with families and members of the Tucson community. Come and hear about the following issues, how they impact youth, and what can be done to make improvements:

  • extracurricular activities and academic achievement
  • solar energy and low-income neighborhoods
  • arts integration in the classroom
  • physical fitness and mental well-being
  • ways that schools can better support trans and queer youth
  • drug addiction and mental health

…and many more.

The event will be in our new Collaborative Learning Center at 37 E. Pennington, right next door to CHS, and will go from 5:30-7:00 p.m..

We look forward to seeing everyone at this first-of-its-kind Senior Research Symposium!

If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact either Eve Rifkin or Krista Gypton.

NOTE: The research symposium will occur regardless of the instructional closure scheduled for 4/26.

Cultural Community Day Weds. Apr. 25

We are preparing for a Cultural Community Day this Weds. Apr. 25! Students will get to visit one of the following arts or cultural organizations:

Many of the groups will be walking to their destination, with the exception of the groups visiting the Mini Time Machine Museum, the Islamic Center, the UA Art Museum, and the Poetry Center. The group traveling to the DeGrazia Gallery will be riding in our new Activity Bus.

Students met with their Community Day groups during Advisory on Monday to learn a little about where they’ll be going on Wednesday. Community Day Dress is required for Weds. Students also should wear comfortable walking shoes! Students will be back by our normal Weds. dismissal time of 12:40 p.m.

Parent & Teen Night at City High Thurs. April 19

City High School is excited to host a Parent & Teen Night facilitated by Child and Family Resources Thurs., April 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! This bilingual family workshop is free and open to the public as well as all CITY Center for Collaborative Learning students ages 13-19 and their parents. You’ll learn how to create open and honest family dialogue about sex and sexuality; tips for making responsible, healthy decisions about sex; and how to prevent pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections. Dinner is provided! Register online here or call (520) 326-8186 to RSVP.


AzMERIT Testing Begins This Week

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Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will all be taking the AzMERIT Writing test this week. Freshmen will take the test this Tues., April 3 & Weds., April 4 during their English classes. Sophomores will test Tues., April 3 during Humanities. Juniors will be testing Fri., April 5 during their Culture  & Comp and Democracy classes.

Sophomores will take AIMS Science April 10 & 11. AzMERIT Reading tests will begin the week of April 16, and Math testing will be during the week of April 23. Please see the full AzMERIT testing schedule for specific days and classes.

On testing days, please make sure your student is well-rested, well-fed, and at school on time to begin testing. All AzMERIT and AIMS tests are online. Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones to use for the test, and to leave their cell phones at home on testing days.


Last Chance to Make Your 2017 Tax Credit Donation!

Every year City High School raises significant dollars through our tax credit campaign to support the most hands-on and intensive learning that our students experience: overnight field trips, arts residencies, after school workshops, and the Advisory program are just a few examples. This year, City High School aims to raise $55,000 in tax credit donations, but we can’t reach our goal without your help.

Make your contribution now through our CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website or by mailing in a check. Visit the tax credit page on our school website to learn more. Donate by April 17, 2018 to claim this state tax credit on your 2017 federal tax returns.

The Arizona State School Tax Credit Program is a great opportunity for any Arizona resident to make a financial donation to a public school of their choice and receive a state tax credit. Arizona residents who file individually may donate any amount up to $200, and residents who file jointly may donate up to $400, and receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction on their state taxes.

Your help in sharing our tax credit campaign to encourage your friends and extended family to donate will help us financially support the student learning experiences that engage and inspire.

AzMERIT Testing Begins in April

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April in Arizona means it’s AzMERIT testing time. Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be testing on various days throughout the month. Below is a grade-level breakdown of when students will be testing. AzMERIT tests are course-specific, though, so if your student is in an out-of-cohort class (for example, a Sophomore in Algebra 2), he/she will take the AzMERIT test for the class he/she is currently in. AzMERIT tests are designed to be given during one course meeting time, so testing will typically not interfere with most of your student’s other classes.

On testing days, please make sure your student is well-rested, well-fed, and at school on time to begin testing. All AzMERIT and AIMS tests are online. Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones to use for the test, and to leave their cell phones at home on testing days.


  • Tues. April 3 & Weds. April 4: AzMERIT Writing during English classes.
  • Tues. & Weds., April 17: AzMERIT Reading Part 1 during English classes.
  • Week of April 23: AzMERIT Math Parts 1 & 2. Specific dates/classes TBA.


  • Mon. April 2: AzMERIT Writing during Humanities II: American Studies.
  • Tues. April 10 & Weds. April 11: AIMS Science during Biology and Humanities II: American Studies
  • Thurs. Apr. 19:  AzMERIT Reading Parts 1 & 2 during Humanities II: American Studies.
  • Week of April 23: AzMERIT Math Parts 1 & 2. Specific dates/classes TBA.


  • Fri. April 5: AzMERIT Writing during Culture & Comp and Democracy classes.
  • Mon. April 16: AzMERT Reading Parts 1 & 2 during Culture & Comp and Democracy classes.
  • Mon. April 23 & Tues. April 24: AzMERIT Math Parts 1 & 2 in Chemistry, Algebra II, and Per. 5 electives classes

More information about AzMERIT can be found here:



Freshman Trip Info Night Thurs. Mar. 15

The Freshmen overnight camping trip to Molino Canyon will be April 5-6. Join trip leader Josh Banno to learn more about the plans this Thurs. evening, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in our new space at 37 E. Pennington.

2018-2019 School Calendar is Here!

The City High School Board approved the 2018-2019 school calendar at their last meeting. School starts for students Tues. August 7, 2018. We made a few changes to our typical calendar this year: school starts back for students after Winter Break on Tues. Jan. 8, 2019, and we will have a Spring Holiday on Fri. April 19, 2019. Another big change is that the last day of school and graduation will be Wed, May 29, 2019. We’re excited about next year!

CHS_1819_Calendar board approved