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Letter from the Principal: A-F Accountability

Brett Goble

Dear City High School Families and Community,

On Monday, October 9, the Arizona State Board of Education released A-F letter grades for all schools in Arizona. The letter grades are calculated based on a formula that includes proficiency and growth rates on AzMERIT tests as well as graduation rate and college and career readiness indicators.

The A-F grading system provides us with useful information we can use to make adjustments in our instruction and support structures in order to help our students reach higher levels of achievement. The grade and the data that comes with it also affirms what we are doing well so that we can build on those strengths and acknowledge the efforts of our teachers, students, and community partners.

City High School received a “B” under the new accountability system. The State Board of Education considers schools that scored a ‘B’ to be Highly Performing. While we would like more of our students to demonstrate proficiency in Math and English on the AzMERIT tests, students showed significant growth in Math. Our graduation rate and college and career readiness indicators were among our strongest scores.

While we have much to learn from in the data as we continue efforts to improve, we also recognize there are other factors that contribute to the overall quality of our educational program. We regularly engage in projects that ask students apply the subjects they learn to real-world situations and issues. Through our Advisory program and in Student-led Roundtable Conferences and Gateways, we ensure that every student is known well, feels supported, and is appreciated for their unique abilities and passions.

Your own perceptions and the experience of students as they grow academically, socially and emotionally are perhaps the best indicators of our success as a school. Thank you for your ongoing support for City High School as we continue our mission to engage all minds in relevant and meaningful learning.

If you have any questions about the A-F accountability system please visit the State Board of Education’s webpage or contact me.


Brett Goble, Principal

Best Wishes to Our Colleague Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman

One of our longest serving staff members, Jeff Hartman, will be leaving City High School at the end of June to begin his “semi-retirement.” Jeff has been with City High School since 2005, our second year as a school. In those early years, Jeff was the 9th grade math and science teacher. He then moved into several school leadership roles over the past seven years.

Jeff has been instrumental in building many long-standing community partnerships and helped coordinate numerous field experiences for City High School students. We would not be the school we are without Jeff’s care, contributions and positive energy. We all wish our friend and colleague, Jeff Hartman, the best of wishes for all of his future endeavors after City High School.


Link to Annual Parent Survey

Help us achieve 100% return rate on this important annual survey for parents and guardians. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide us with essential feedback on our educational program.

Parents, please follow this LINK to the survey.



Eve Rifkin Earns a Doctoral Degree from Vanderbilt University

There’s a doctor in the house! City High School just got a whole lot smarter as, last weekend, City High School co-founder, Eve Rifkin graduated with a doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Eve successfully completed the three-year EdD program at Vanderbilt while serving full-time as the school’s Director of College Access. As one of the top scholars in her program, Eve was awarded the Arville Wheeler prize. The Wheeler prize honors a graduate who works in K-12 education and is the only prize awarded by Peabody’s EdD program. Congratulations Dr. Rifkin on this incredible achievement! We are so proud!

Demo Day this Saturday, May 6 — Watch It Live!

Students in Krista Gypton‘s Social Entrepreneurship class will pitch their innovative business ideas on solutions to social and environmental problems to a panel of judges in Phoenix this Saturday, May 6 at the Seed Spot Next Demo Day. Each team in class has three minutes to deliver their pitch!

Oliver Dewey and Angelique Montano will compete in the final round at the National Demo Day beginning at 6:30 p.m. ! Watch them live from here!  Password: HSNEXT

Krista Gypton Receives UA Wildcat Writers Award

Congratulations to City High School English Teacher, Krista Gypton, who will be honored with a Wildcat Writers‘ Service Learning Award. Krista will receive the award at the University of Arizona Writing Program’s annual awards ceremony on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the Arizona History MuseumThe Wildcat Writers’ program connects high school and college writing teachers and students, engaging them in service learning projects within their communities.

This year, Krista was selected to be part of the Wildcat Writers cohort of high school teachers. Krista facilitated exchanges between her students and writing students at the U of A, one of which involved the students surveying their community to identify problems in need of solutions. She also organized the event Big Change, Little City, hosted at the U of A, which brought together a panel of community leaders and activists who seek to ignite and adapt to change in their professional work. The event provided City High School and U of A students an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and share ideas about how we navigate change in our lives.

2017-2018 School Calendar Approved

At their meeting on April 6, the City High School board approved the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. A copy of the calendar, as well as other important school documents, can be found on the Inside City High page.

Get Your Tickets Now for Demo Day: April 21 at the Pennington St. Showcase

One of the featured events at the upcoming Pennington Street Showcase on April 21 is Demo Day. Students in Krista Gypton‘s Social Entrepreneurship class will pitch their innovative business ideas on solutions to social and environmental problems to a panel of judges. Each team in class has three minutes to deliver their pitch!

The winning team will have the chance to compete in Phoenix at the Seed Spot Next Demo Day in front of 3,000 people. The pitches will take place during the Pennington Street Showcase at our partner, Startup Tucson‘s, location next door at the Co-Lab Workspace from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Entry to Demo Day is free; however, seating for this special event is limited. Please secure your spot in the audience with your registration.

2016 Tax Credits Accepted Until April 18

If you haven’t already done so, make your 2016 tax credit contribution today to City High School before filing your taxes on April 18. Thank you to all of you who have already made your 2016 tax credit contributions. We appreciate your support in helping us reach our goal.

Arizona law allows taxpayers to contribute to schools ($200 for an individual and $400 for married couples) and receive a tax credit for the donation.  A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the taxes one owes to the state.

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. Thank you for your ongoing support for City High School!


AzMERIT Testing Continues in April

The next phase of AzMERIT continues this week with Reading tests for all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. AzMERIT Math tests will be administered next week. The online calendar located on the school website has all testing days noted.

AzMERIT, the statewide test required of all public schools, is an important indicator of student performance on state standards for reading, writing and math. The tests for high school students are designed as end-of-course tests. The best way for students to prepare for the tests is to be actively engaged in their humanities, English, and math classes throughout the year.

Student scores on AzMERIT are one important indicator of student achievement. City High School also values other assessments, such as performances, exhibitions, and projects to provide a complete picture of what a student knows. This week, for example, City High School students will be showcasing their learning to a public audience at the Pennington Street Showcase on April 21. 

Read more about the AzMERIT at the Arizona Department of Education AzMERIT portal.  For any specific questions regarding testing at City High School, contact Brett Goble.