Continue to visit this page for updated information as plans and details are finalized for our new Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School.
Enrollment: Enroll now no matter where you live! Open Enrollment is open to students who reside outside of school boundaries. View map of school boundaries to see if your residence resides within the Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School boundaries. For registration and open enrollment information, please call (520) 682-4757. The new Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School, scheduled to open fall 2019, is built for a capacity of 888 students with the ability to expand in the future to meet growth.
Transportation: Students who live within the new Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School attendance boundaries will receive transportation to the new school if they live outside of the one mile walking radius. *Some exceptions may apply as plans are finalized regarding streets, crosswalks, traffic, etc. Information will continue to be provided.
Boundaries of new school: On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the Governing Board of the Marana Unified School District voted to change current attendance boundaries for DeGrazia Elementary, Ironwood Elementary, and Tortolita Middle School to implement attendance boundaries associated with the opening of the new K-8 CSTEM School and for future housing development. An Informational Public Meeting regarding proposed attendance boundaries for the Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School was conducted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:00pm at Mountain View High School, 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85742. For details on boundaries, please see our School Boundaries Approved page. This school, scheduled to open August 2019, is made possible through the voter supported Capital Improvement School Bond.
Start/Dismissal times: The school day will have a common start time for all grades (K-8) to accommodate transportation and travel needs. The school's dismissal time will be different for K-5 grades and 6-8 grades to ensure compliance with the state required number of instructional minutes.
K-5: Monday - Thursday 8:15am-2:35pm and Friday 8:15am-12:55pm.
6-8: Monday-Thursday 8:15am-3:20pm and Friday 8:15am-1:40pm.
Athletics: Students in grades 7-8 will have the opportunity to participate in boys and girls volleyball, soccer, basketball and co-ed flag football. Students 6-8 grade can also participate in track and cross country. Activity buses will be provided. Baseball, softball, wrestling, and tackle football are not offered. Although we will not be offering formal baseball and softball programming, we have initiated conversations with a local little league organization about organizing school teams to play in their league. Intermural sports may be provided for 6 grade boys and girls soccer and 6 grade boys and girls basketball.
Programs: Programs and services include full day FREE kindergarten, preschool, gifted education, special education, fine arts, before and after school care (LEAP), full-time Master level school counselor, health services, music, physical education, media room, athletics and more!
Campus Layout: Students are clustered by grade levels. Grades are grouped by wings on either the first or second floor (younger grades, first floor; upper grades, second floor). Students will not have lockers. The facility is designed and built with the safest, most engaging learning spaces where each wing has double sets of doors and secured automated lock-down points of entry as well as safe evacuation routes. The exterior of the campus hosts multiple student learning areas, several play and athletic areas and shade structures. The site layout incorporates separate traffic areas for parking, parent drop-off and bus delivery areas. These separate traffic areas accommodate safe pedestrian flow to and from the school building or to student outdoor spaces. Learn more about this optimal learning environment.
Traffic at the intersection of Moore Rd. and Dove Mountain Blvd.: The Marana district has completed traffic impact studies as required by the Town of Marana in order to obtain proper permits. The town currently does not require a light at this intersection based upon the traffic study. The new Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School will warrant a traffic signal when it reaches the thresholds described in the Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) developed by a qualified Traffic Engineer according to the Town of Marana Procedures for Preparation of Transportation Impact Studies and approved by the Marana Traffic Engineer, who is also qualified to review and approve the TIA. The current plan is to build the school facilities with an enrollment below the threshold which requires a signal. All queries regarding traffic, not on the school campus, should be directed to the town of Marana.
School Crossing: A crossing with crossing guard will be located at Moore Road at the Tortolita Drive/Owl Head Canyon Road intersection.
Pedestrian Path: A pedestrian path will be provided on the north side of Moore Road from the school to Dove Mountain Blvd. The path will be similar to those currently in the community.
Neighborhood Traffic Flow: The District intends to route District transportation on Dove Mountain Blvd. and Moore Rd. The school will encourage parents to use this route versus through neighborhoods. This school has been designed to provide safe traffic flow while on the school site.
About MUSD Busses: The Marana district has one of the newest fleets in Arizona as a result of the voter supported bond and several grants. The fleet consists of clean diesel emission busses and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas/Near zero emission) busses. The District is continuing their efforts to convert the fleet to cleaner emission vehicles.
Environmentally Sensitive Approach: The Marana district takes pride in working to preserve our natural desert environment. The District is working with Native Resources International and Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society/Cactus Rescue Program. All salvageable trees, saguaros, barrel cactus are being hand dug and relocated for future placement around the new Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School or for use elsewhere through Native Resources International. This is an ongoing preservation and salvation project aligned with all required permitting through Arizona Department of Agriculture Environmental Services Division. Please visit the photo gallery for additional images of the natural vegetation transplant and relocation process.
More about development of property: The Northeastern portion of the new school will remain an undisturbed native desert scape to serve as a natural desert buffer between the school property and the adjacent neighbors, as well as an area for outdoor student learning/nature trail. This area is close to 4 acres in size. South of the new school is state trust land.
Land: The Marana district had land near the NE corner of Camino de Oeste and Tangerine Road; however the parcel was not large enough for a K-8 and did not have access to necessary water. The property in Dove Mountain is a larger better able to develop parcel of land with water rights to support a school.