9801 West Van Buren Street, Tolleson, Arizona 85353    Phone: (623) 478-4000
Welcome to Tolleson Union HS
Message from our Superintendent

March 2016

Dear TUHSD Community,

Thank you to our students, staff, parents, and community members who took the TUHSD strategic planning survey and provided input on the future of our district. I am so happy that over 500 surveys were completed. Your feedback is helping us develop the TUHSD plan for the future.

When asked about the purpose of education in TUHSD, you responded that you believe that TUHSD has a duty to:

  • Support and develop our future workforce.
  • Help students fulfill their potential and have choices in life.
  • Prepare every student for future economic success.
  • Prepare students for college.
  • Meet the academic and social needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Survey takers believe that when students graduate from TUHSD they should have mastered:

  • Communication skills.
  • Basic academic skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to collaborate, work productively with others, and resolve conflicts and challenges.
  • Self-reliance, independence, personal responsibility, ethics, and accountability.

There are many traits that are valued in TUHSD. According to those who took the survey, TUHSD values:

  • Quality teaching.
  • Challenging academic programs.
  • Career and technical education opportunities.
  • Opportunities for all students.
  • Diversity of students and staff.

As TUHSD continues to grow and improve, our community would like us to focus on:

  • Improving the quality of teaching.
  • Increasing academic rigor and raising expectations.
  • Improving students’ basic academic skills.
  • Improving students’ motivation and persistence.
  • Improving the quality of classroom materials.

During the next five years, survey participates believe that TUHSD will have to develop a plan to raise expectations for:

  • Career readiness and employability.
  • College awareness and readiness.
  • Training and supporting quality teachers.
  • Recruiting and retaining quality teachers.
  • Funding schools and programs.

Your input is greatly appreciated. Please check back periodically to see the progress that TUHSD is making on completing the new strategic plan.

Yours in education,

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Dr. Lexi Cunningham

Featured Authors

TUHSD is proud to feature guest author messages.

  • Governing Board
    • This month's guest author is Tolleson Union DO Governing Board Vice President Devin Del Palacio.
  • Teacher
    • Math not your favorite subject? University High School math teacher Michelle Burns offers some encouragement and advice to parents and students.
  • Student
    • Tolleson Union High School senior Brandon Frost outlines the benefits of being in National Honor Society.

Summer Academy 2016

We will accept applications for Summer Academy 2016 beginning on March 28. Information is available on the Summer Academy page.

Summer Academy

District Recognitions

Each month, the district recognizes student athletes and employees of the month. Athlete of the month recognizes student athletes who exhibit exemplary sportsmanship, performance, leadership, and work ethic in the classroom and in a competitive environment. We bestow the employee of the month recognition upon employees who have exemplified the mission, vision, and purpose of the Tolleson Union High School District.

Latest News
Schools Closed to Open Enrollment for 2016-2017 School Year; Now Accepting JROTC Open Enrollments

On February 9 the governing board voted unanimously to close Copper Canyon High School, Tolleson Union/University High School, and Westview High School to open enrollment due to the high number of students currently enrolled or projected to enroll for next year.  

Incoming freshman who have an interest in enrolling in the JROTC program at Westview or Tolleson Union High School may do so by completing an open enrollment packet and submitting to the appropriate school. We will accept a total of 20 students per each school beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Again, open enrollment for Tolleson Union High School or Westview High School is only for incoming freshman students and on a first-come, first-served basis up to 20 enrollments per school. Like any open enrollment, transportation to and from the school is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

You can find open enrollment information and forms by clicking on the registration and immunizations tab under school info.


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Tutor Bus Availability

Is your student attending after school tutoring? Are you aware that bus transportation is available for students following their tutor session? Check out the tutor bus schedules for first and second semesters.

TUHSD on Social Media

Did you know that Tolleson Union has its very own Facebook page and Twitter account? You can see and read about exciting events happening in our district. These outlets are also a great way to receive important information that we want you to know. 

Utility Usage

Our utility usage report has been updated.View the new utility graphs on our Facilities page under the Departments tab.

Facility Rentals Information

Embracing the school/community partnership, TUHSD makes its facilities available to the public on a fee basis. To obtain information on facility rentals, contact Joanna Peterson at (623) 478-4038.