Catalina High Magnet School

3645 E. Pima, Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 225-6060

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1222 students 16 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
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About this school

Catalina High Magnet School is a public high school in Catalina Foothills. The principal of Catalina High Magnet School is Linda Patterson. 1,222 children attend Catalina High Magnet School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Asian. 16% of the Catalina High Magnet School students have "limited English proficiency." 67% of the 1,222 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Catalina High Magnet School is 16:1. Pcjted - Catalina High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 2%
Hispanic 51% 61%
Asian 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 24%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 60%
Limited English proficiency 16% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has been a failing school under No Child Left Behind for several years and a review of the schools scores shows that the scores are dropping every year. In addition while many of the teachers do a very good job I have found several to be unwilling to communicate with me regarding the curriculum or what teaching methods they are using.

  • (4 years ago)

    Catalina is a great school! It's the largest (size) high school in Arizona the second biggest (1 500 students) and the 2nd oldest (built 1957) high school in Tucson. The school has many great magnet programs such as an Aviation program if you want to be a pilot Allied Health if you want to be a doctor nurse pharmacist etc. (you can be an intern @ UMC senior year) an Air Force/ROTC program Terra Firma Honors Program for Gifted Students FBLA program (Future Business Leaders of America) and the school with the most options for sports (Basketball Volleyball Golf Football Tennis Swimming etc.) Also if you want to get out of P.E you can take Lifeguard Training (which helps if you're in Allied Health)

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Catalina High School from 1994 to 1995. It was terrifying. There are warring factions of gangs here from the Western Hills and Vista 36th St. barrios. When I was a student here I saw brutal fights beatings and there were even two shootings. My mother preferred that I drop out than continue to go to this school. Granted this was a long time ago but it says something that it wasn't a "magnet school" back then and it is a well known fact that the only reason they make a school a magnet school is to attract students that would otherwise not want to go there. They need to kick all of the bad kids out if they are dangerous and have no interest in learning. Why should the good kids suffer?

  • (5 years ago)

    Like every other school Catalina has gone through changes.. In my opinion they are moving in the right direction new Principle is trying to build stronger classrooms family and community partnership. They have great security and are constantly trying to improve their facility maintenance and safety standards. In addition the academic and career related studies offered at Catalina are awesome but need to be profiled more. The diversity of students is amazing especially for as few problems as they have. My issue's with the school is the unbending policy of some Teachers in Core Subjects to fail students no matter how much support that student has or does not have at home many of the teachers fail to use or update Agave or send progress reports home (other than what is required); Additionally the curriculm requirements and academic progression for graduation are confussing...

  • (6 years ago)

    Catalina is a very excellent school. The enviorment is wonderful for a student's learning. No riots excellent security The programs and basically everything else about this school live up to expectations!

  • (6 years ago)

    There is a serious lack of discipline with the students. Written school and district rules are broken regularly. Administrators seem unwilling to stop such behavior due to their overwhelming belief that all students should be given 'second chances'. Teachers who try to enforce a productive learning environment are unable to do so with no administrative support. In such an environment the only students who do well are those who have intrinsic motivation or parents who are paying very close attention.

  • (7 years ago)

    Terrible security. Students pick and choose which classes to attend and which to be truant with little to no consequences. Lecture hall classes provide no individualized attention to students who are not yet ready for college and shouldn't need to be. Too many students not enough resources.

  • (7 years ago)

    Many issues with this school both good and bad. The programs haven't lived up to expectations. The admin is mostly abysmal and in a state of flux. Teachers on both ends of the spectrum good grief! Good Luck! Still have two more years!

  • (9 years ago)

    In my opinion it is a dangerous school and should be avoided. This in no way reflects on the admin or staff.

  • (10 years ago)

    Unique programs at a campus that has seen many revisions.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is a decent high school. It offers a lot of different programs. My daughter decided to go there because she wants to specialize in nursing later on and Catalina has classes there which will be helpful to her later on.

  • (12 years ago)

    A lot of the teachers try hard to reach their students but with lack of strong leadership and lack of caring for students from that leadership it is very difficult for them. There is also a safety issue at this school.

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