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This Is Your Life - Your Future
More than a Charter School -
This
is Marana!
 
    

Inspiring students to learn today and lead tomorrow.



Welcome! Marana Unified School District provides a diverse educational experience for the 21st century by incorporating student Chromebooks, flexible learning environments, and collaborative comfortable configurable furniture, into comprehensive, relevant and rigorous instruction. Offering the first two Computer Science Immersion Elementary Schools in the State, MUSD has shown its continued commitment to providing a diverse educational experience through highly qualified and nationally certified educators who are committed to teaching the concepts and skills students need to be successful in college, career, and life. Students benefit from free full-day kindergarten, before/after school carecomputer based and technological programs, on-site athletic programs, extracurricular activities, and more that are only offered through the Marana district. 

...where students are inspired
When enrolling in the Marana district, students are provided the highest quality education in safe, nurturing, and award-winning learning environments. Library_Tech_Bubble.png

By incorporating 21st century technology and modern furniture into the classroom, Marana Unified School District deepens the learning experience through higher levels of engagement and rigor. Students are challenged, relationships are built, and teaching is focused on individual student achievement. In Marana schools, the core focus is not simply to ensure that students are taught, but to ensure that they learn. 

Instruction is comprehensive, relevant, and rigorous where students are encouraged to explore, question, create, and learn. Teachers are committed to engaging students through relevant learning opportunities to teach necessary skills for success in an ever-changing 21st society.  

From academics, to athletics, to the arts MUSD continues to prepare leaders for tomorrow!

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With a graduation rate higher than state average, the District provides educational opportunities for students at 18 schools as well as online distance learning, a parent-partnered home schooling program, summer school, alternative settings, and Career and Technical programs.

Students are offered a variety of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses designed to engage students at all academic levels.

Career academy choices allow high school students to select areas of academic interest that motivate learning and encourage exploration.


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The Marana district has enjoyed a rich tradition of excellence in education for many years.

Located in beautiful Northwest Tucson, approximately 16 miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the District takes pride in knowing it’s one of the reasons families choose to live in the community.

Built on a history of high expectations and high performance, education in the Marana community dates back to the early 1920’s. Today, a staff of 1,800 employees serve over 12,300 students in 18 schools....Read MUSD History.

Enroll your child today and be part of an award-winning school district. We are confident we have a very special and educationally enriching experience to offer. 

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...points of pride
  • Small class size promoting EXCEPTIONAL student achievement.   
    • Kids_Chromebook_Bubble.png2016-2017 Average Class Size                    
      • K:  20        
      • 1st:  22
      • 2nd:  22           
      • 3rd:  25                                
      • 4th: 25            
      • 5th: 23
      • 6th: 25
  • Student AIMS scores HIGHER than State average. View Student Achievement Information.  
  • Graduation rate HIGHER than State average.  
  • Attendance rate HIGHER than State average.  
  • Student ACT scores HIGHER than State and National average. Learn More.  
  • State A+, National Blue Ribbon and Excelling schools.   
  • Highly qualified, State, and nationally recognized teachers, Rodel Exemplary Principals.            
  • Learning facilities with high speed and wireless infrastructure.  
  • State of the art professionally staffed library media centers at every school.
  • Flinn and National Merit Scholars. View recognitions & awards.   
  • Service Academy Appointments          

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Award winning Career and Technical Education programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and career skills needed to compete successfully in the job market. Career and Technical Education programs offer a sequence of courses to students in grades 9-12. Through the District’s Career and Technical Education programs and a partnership with the Pima County Joint Technical Education District, students are offered instruction in Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Automotive Technology, Engineering, Marketing, Sports Medicine, Welding Technology, Biotechnology, Dental Assisting, Software and Game Design, and many more career fields.  Football_Field_Bubble.png

Early learning
Students exposed to preschool and full day kindergarten have greater success in learning essential early academic skills. Aligned with Arizona academic standards, the District provides a free full day kindergarten program at all elementary schools. The program is developmentally and individually appropriate in addressing cognitive, social, emotional, and physical areas of development. The District also provides licensed preschool learning facilities at several elementary schools.

Gifted and Special Education
A wide continuum of services covering all areas of exceptionality, within the least restrictive environment, is available for students in grades K-12. Students receiving special education are supported by a team of professionals who develop individual education program goals and provide related services such as psychological testing, speech pathology, and occupational and physical therapy aligned to individualized need. The District also provides an enriching preschool program for ages 3-5 years. Students who qualify for the Gifted Program receive differentiated general education instruction to meet unique needs and a one day/week pull out service. All instruction is aligned with state standards.

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The District provides a variety of resources and programs to support the academic needs of eligible Title I, English Language Learner, Migrant, and Native American students. Supplemental programs consist of instructional services which assist in achieving the Arizona academic standards.

Student Services
Marana students are offered a K-12 comprehensive competency based school counseling program promoting academic achievement, personal/social development, and career and college readiness. Fulltime Master level school counselors are located at all schools. Family Resource Centers enhance student and family support through the delivery of case management and referrals, crisis response, community and volunteer outreach, prevention, and intervention services.

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The District offers a secure, supervised, learning and playing experience which enhances the quality of the time a child spends away from home. Enrichment Centers are available at all elementary schools and at designated schools during school breaks. Children work in small groups on age appropriate activities designed to provide academic support, and social growth and development.

Marana Governing Board
A five-member Governing Board represents the community is exercising local control of public education. Members meet on a semimonthly basis to support the District's commitment to excellence in academics and students' personal achievements.

Marana Schools' 2340 Foundation
Committed to ensuring that every student is prepared for future success and has a vision for life, the 2340 Foundation provides resources to ensure equity and excellence are supported with the Marana district.
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Financial Facts
  • Arizona consistently ranks at the very bottom in per-student spending nationwide, according to the U.S. Census, Education Week and other sources. According to the March 2014 National Education Association report, Arizona was the lowest in the nation at $6,949 per-student in contrast to the national average of $10,938 and Vermont's $19,752 per-student state allocation.
  • In fiscal year 2013, MUSD spent 54.5% of every dollar in the classroom – HIGHER than the AVERAGE in Arizona. The state average is 52% and charter schools only dedicate 45% to the classroom.   View Auditor General Report 
  • MUSD Administrative costs are only 8.3% district-wide – LOWER than the state average of 10% for districts and 21% for charter schools. MUSD $576 per student versus $1147 national.
  • Since 2007, MUSD's budget has been impacted $20.35 million.   View Budget Information   
  • MUSD has implemented multiple cost saving measures to offset the $20.35 million impact including; reduction in district administration, district and school support positions; furlough days for administration and support; salary freeze; reduction in operating costs and district budgets; implemented energy savings program; increased class size average by 1 student.        
  • Over a four-year period, state legislators cut more than $1 billion from K-12 funding:
    • Eliminated building renewal funds
    • Eliminated excess utilities funding
    • Eliminated full-day kindergarten funding
    • Reduced capital funding 
  • Although there was a budget surplus (school year 2012-2013), legislators rejected the Governor's request to invest $295 million in K-12 education, choosing instead to fund $89 million.

  • MUSD is geographically one of the LARGEST school districts in the State. School buses travel approximately 11,000 miles a DAY transporting 6,500 students over 550 sq. miles. The District worked diligently to secure a fixed cost fuel contract saving $750,000 in the first year- one of the only districts in the State to accomplish this.


Tax Information  
  • MUSD has successfully reduced the Secondary Property Tax Rate the past 6 years; a 19.8% tax-web.jpgreduction for tax payers as compared to 2007. Learn More. 
  • The Secondary Tax Rate encompasses all voter approved initiatives, such as general obligation bonds and overrides. A school district has some ability in controlling this tax rate. 
  • MUSD has limited or no control over the Primary Tax Rate. This rate is determined by multiplying the State of Arizona's Qualifying Tax Rate (QTR) by the primary assessed value of the school district.
  • Overrides and Bonds are funded by the levy of taxes on the secondary assessed value of property located within the District. View Override Facts. View Bond Facts.
           
Non Discrimination
Marana Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities in access to them, in treatment of individuals or in any aspect of their operations. Marana Unified School District Career and Technical Education department does not discriminate in enrollment or access to any of the programs available:

Accounting and Related Services, Agriculture, Allied Health Services, Audio/Visual Technologies, Automotive Technologies, Cisco, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, , Design and Merchandising, Drafting and Design Technology, Early Childhood Education, Education Professions, Engineering Professions, Graphic Communications, Information Technology, Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship, Nursing Professions, Performing Arts, TV Productions, Welding. The Marana Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of !975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s).  Carolyn Dumler, Assistant Superintendent, 11290 W Grier Road, Suite 127, Tucson, AZ  85653.  Telephone: (520) 682-4757.