The Amphitheater Public Schools also known as ‘Amphi’ is the third largest public school district in Tucson, Arizona with enrollment of more than 16,000 students. Amphi currently serves portions of North Tucson, Casas Adobes, Catalina Foothills, and the communities of Oro Valley, eastern Tortolita, and Catalina.
In 1848, ranchers and settlers created homesteads in this rural place, northwest of Tucson, along the financial institutions of the Rillito River. Rillito citizens desired a local school district so children would not need to travel to the Congress Street School in downtown Tucson.
These settlers petitioned the Pima County Board of Supervisors to establish a separate school district. On July 3, 1893 Amphitheater Public Schools were established. Amphitheater school began with just 11 students. Utilizing a combination of state and federal (Works Progress Administration) funds, Amphitheater High School was completed in 1939 on East Prince Road.
Starting into the autumn of 1962, the Canyon del Oro School opened at the base of Pusch Ridge of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and was established as a Middle School and then later became a district high school. Population growth continued in the district as additional schools opened.
By 2001, the district opened the Ironwood Ridge High School to reach the growth requirements in Oro Valley and the north side of the district.
Up to date, Amphi has an existing enrollment of over 16,000 students, covering over a 109-square-mile school district. Amphi is a financially diverse district, serving gated communities in North Tucson, and affluent communities in Oro Valley as well as the Catalina Foothills.
Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro made the list of America’s Most Challenging High School 2013.
The Washington Post Challenge requires the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school per annum and divides it by the number of seniors who graduate.
Ironwood Ridge High School provides 32 AP and Pre-AP courses to satisfy the range of student interests, from Calculus, Chemistry and Environmental Science.
Canyon Del Oro High School provides a large range of AP courses, and overseas the only International Baccalaureate World School program in Northwest Tucson.
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