School Details

Cholla High Magnet School

2001 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 225-6060

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1613 students 16 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used 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. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's 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.
  • This school in 2014
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cholla High Magnet School is a public high school. The principal of Cholla High Magnet School is Marcia Volpe. 1,613 students go to Cholla High Magnet School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Black, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Cholla High Magnet School students have "limited English proficiency." 63% of the 1,613 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cholla High Magnet School is 16:1. Pcjted - Cholla High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 78% 61%
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 24%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 10% 4%
Multiracial 0.9% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 2%
Asian 0.5% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 60%
Limited English proficiency 11% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Cholla High is typical tusd. There are teachers that are illiterate teaching these young people. Staff that make excuses instead of doing their jobs.

  • (10 months ago)

    I have a freshman at Cholla High Magnet School. This was a choice school for us based on the academics sports program and the band. We have been very satisfied with all areas of the school. The administration is always visible. The students are will behaved and seem to take pride in their school. The band program is excellent and the sports programs are improving. My son is doing the IB prep classes in Geometry Biology and Spanish. I like the challenges it has provided to him as he is a former G.A.T.E. student who needs to be challenged to succeed.

  • (1 year ago)

    Cholla is an amazing school. The I.B. program is amazing and so are the after school programs.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my children are in the I.B. program and are also invouled in sports and other clubs. If I have any problems the Principal and his staff are always there to help. There is also a very active Parent team at the school . They are very involved with Cholla students and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has established a high standard of expectations for students teachers staff administration and parents. The students have a safe environment to focus on their studies. There is great interaction and involvment between Administration teachers and parents. The school has strong leadersip. The IB program is a challenging acedemic program and unique to Cholla. Cholla was our choice when searching for high schools and we are glad we made that decision. My student is now entering his Junior Year and participates in HIS school activities with pride.He is planning for college and a career in engineering with the help of his counelors and teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Not at all happy. Don't send your child here if he doesn't do drugs or drink the bullies will beat him up.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cholla is one of the few public schools that offers shop classes in welding and the classes are taught by an enthusiastic master welder.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a student of Cholla myself I would rate this high school as a 9 out of 10. Cholla offers so much to its students but the only bad thing is that very little students or parents know about the offered programs. Some of the teachers don't even know about the programs needless to say commumication is a problem. But other than that Cholla is a very respectable school and should be recognized as such. I love Cholla and would reccommend it to all students and parents also because there are no 'clicks' or popularity groups of any kinds my favorite thing about Cholla is that it is not a school that seggregates in any way. This is especially admirable considering we have the most diversity--race ethnicity gender you name it we've got it. And nobody makes an issue of it.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a former student and now a parent at Cholla High I have to say that Cholla has gone through alot of changes. The much needed construction at Cholla make it look like a battle zone but in the end it will shine like it is meant to do. Cholla offers many opportunities for students to excell but it's up to the students and the parents to get informed so they can take advantage of all the opportunities. Cholla has always had parental involment but has just started an organized PARENT team that already has made a great impact. It's students and staff make it an interesting place to be and I encourage everyone in the community to integrate themselves in the school and share their time and talents with all the great students they will meet.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student at Cholla high school and the teachers need more trianing in the abily to teach students and give one on one. Most student are subjected to failer because teachers fail to give in all their energy and there for student become unintersed and start to treat school as a joke.

  • (7 years ago)

    i love cholla because of everything it given my children but some kids arent as nice as you might think but others were wonderful

  • (8 years ago)

    With the exception of some teachers such as Ayala Candee SantaCruz Pena and Turner the vast majority of teachers let the students down by not challanging them.

  • (8 years ago)

    We all know that cholla's acedemic scores are over all rising They have available after school programs with therefor helps get an teacher's help on the class and the homework okay i know they've always had that oppurtunity to do that but know i've realize how much now the students are taking that oppuntunity to do so The availiable programs are awesome they have the basic of every majoe thing your child migh want to get involed with. Now the level of parent involedment is not as well as a possible charter school but they do welcome parents to get involed but as you know today there's parents who work so we do have a same precenteged.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student I experienced the instructor's and other faculty's continuous ambition to bring newer opportunities to the students. I feel that I was given the chance to participate in many diverse groups and activities that helped connect me with the community and other students.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Cholla is an excellent school. The teachers are involved with the students and help them to the best of their ability. As a student I have achomplished many things that I never thought I would. But as a magnet student Cholla has provided me with an oppurtunity that will allow my future to be a bright one.

  • (8 years ago)

    Tucson schools as a whole are far below the national standard but cholla high is a terrible school in what is rapdly becoming an affluent area of tucson. There is no art program and a limited music program.

  • (11 years ago)

    Cholla High School it is very very cool my brother goes to that school because its very very cool!

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is great! I went there and have many other friends and family members who send their children there. The school could use some repairs but the staff is amazing. I never had a complaint with this school. Cholla has a diversity of students. The kids and staff are really great. I came out prepared for college despite evrything the newspapers or media say. Our test scores do not eflect the type of school that Cholla really is.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school fails to follow the requirements set forth by state law. No text books are issued to students. Home work is done by sending question sheets with multiple answers to select from. No reading requirements. There is no penmanship requirements and comprehension of reading material is not addressed. Students who are not up to a standard are not addressed as needing additional attention but as retarded and passed along without any other concern. It would seem that the teachers at this school are there only for a paycheck and could care less for the education of our youth. Students are not given a reading comprehension test or writing test to determine their needs. How many of these students can fill out a job application is suspect. I fail to under stand how any student can learn without text books to study. Taking dictation in class seems to be the norm for this school. It is such a pity to think that our schools are not able to have text books for our children but are able to pay these teachers and expect them to teach an unbiased view of subjects taught.

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