School Details

Townsend Middle School

2120 N. Beverly, Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 232-7900
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 555 students 14 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

37%
60%
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68%
75%

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 2013
  • Tucson Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
55%
65%
56%
72%
77%

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 2013
  • Tucson Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
55%
63%
64%
73%
79%
22%
47%
56%

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 2013
  • Tucson Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
49%
63%
70%
72%
79%
32%
42%
53%

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 2013
  • Tucson Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
51%
65%
73%
78%
85%
36%
40%
52%

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 2013
  • Tucson Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
44%
58%
53%
63%
72%

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 2013
  • Tucson Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Townsend Middle School is a public middle school in Tucson. The principal of Townsend Middle School is Barbara Kohl. 555 students go to Townsend Middle School and identify mostly as Asian, Hispanic, and Native American or Native Alaskan. 17% of the Townsend Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 73% of the 555 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Townsend Middle School is 14:1. Ida Flood Dodge Traditional Middle Magnet School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Korean
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 5% 3%
Hispanic 49% 55%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% %
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 28% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 60%
Limited English proficiency 17% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Thank God Townsend had a new administrator. I hope he is a leader who cares and believes in treating students with respect. Before he arrived I feared some students were being prepared to enter the criminal justice system.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was a student that attended Townsend 2 years ago when it was only middle school. I attended it for all 3 years. I had no problems making friends in fact I felt like my whole class was some sort of family. We all got along really well and cared for eachother. But the teachers we're okay. If they weren't busy yelling at us they we're busy talking about something other than the subject we were learning. But as far as I'm concerened I still learned all I needed to learn for the next years. People talking down on this school have no idea what it's really like to go there. Ask a kid who stayed there all 3 years as well I bet they would say they enjoyed it as well. Yeah we might have a high trouble maker rate but we're just kids. Get over yourselves. And as far as uniforms go I don't know about others but it sure made my mornings better by already knowing what I had to wear.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son attended this school. Everything at this school is polar. Either amazing or horrible. ie 6th grade teachers - amazing - 8th grade teachers horrible out with all the 8th grade core teachers! English language program - wonderful student uniforms horrible. uniforms are a nice idea but they causes more problems than it is worth. Some of the outstanding things the school has to offer started out great and soon are dwendling due to lack of support. If your child still attends this school maybe it is time you contacted the teachers and see how you can help make it better. The school always has opportunities for parents to volunteer fundraising help with Amazing sports partipate in cultural events or maybe even donate a few supplies. I was sad that I donated so many supplies and it seems like I was the only one. This school needs strong parent leaders to get in there and make sure their kids are being taught right - don't be snowed by the teachers find out for yourself. It is fixable. Korean language and culture classes (NICE) and they also have an exchange program with S. Korea. Needs a leader that will put the hammer down and bad teachers out so the good ones can work.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is not school its military camp! What ever you do DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL! All the staff members are to busy to answer the simple questions but oh god if your child does not have his shirt tucked in he's in TALL(Townsend Alternative Learning Lab)REPEAT DO NOT SEND YOUR KID TO THIS SCHOOL!

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to townsend for all three years of middle school. Personally i hated it i hate it with all my heart. Most of the teachers are bitter and not helpful. The uniforms don't help their look either.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student and I personally like this school because of the freindly staff and environment.I spent my first year as a 6th grader there and of coarse i had a few problems with making freinds and being bullied a bit but everyone does ocasionally...I am now going into 7th grade and am very excited to see all my freinds and teachers from last year!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son hads been in this school since 6th grade and he has been push to do his best. I am sorry to hear that my son won't be able to go next year for 8th because Townsend will be all 6th grade only.

  • (5 years ago)

    Do not send your kids to Townsend. Both administration and teachers are overwhelmed school is understaffed and and challenging curriculum is lacking. Some of their best teachers have disappeared. My daughter lasted one semester and then we were gone on to a better school. Not great dialogue between parents and school leaders busy making careers not kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter entered Townsend as a new 6th grader from out of the area. Principal Ms Barbara Kohl made a special point to be friendly welcoming and quickly recognized and assisted us in getting my daughter into the high-performing 'House' program where my daughter has adjusted and made friends. Unfortuneately TUSD wants to make Townsend all 6th-grade starting the 2010-2011 school year so my daughter Ms Kohl and the House program are getting the rug jerked out from under. I'm told the 7th-8th graders will be sent to Doolen where they do have a GATE program for high-achievers but it's apparently a pretty grim environment. I'm trying to transfer my daughter to Dodge....

  • (6 years ago)

    Townsend Middle School is awesome! My daughter loves her teachers. She made many friends quickly. She looks forward to school everyday. As a parent and a physician I am very impressed with the quality of education she is receiving.

  • (7 years ago)

    Disorganized school teachers overworked administration does not really discipline students. They talk but do nothing about hallway bullies. No real academic challenge. I had my child there less than 2 weeks. So glad to be gone.

  • (8 years ago)

    Townsend has come a long way in the past few years but they still have a lot of work to do. There is a distinct separation of achievers vs. non and I did not feel like there was appropriate energy spent on reaching out to parents. I had to take a very very strong stance to enroll my child in the more challenging classes with no encouragement from staff. I felt like my child (and therefore others like him) was stereotyped and 'mainstreamed'. There is just a feeling of apathy there right now so if you want your child's time there to count you have to be extremely proactive as a parent.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently a student at Townsend Middle School. I personally think that it is not a school to send your child. Over the last two years the students have been somewhat dangerous and the teachers are not teaching my very much. I went to Magee in the 6th grade and everything that I learned there I am just learning now in the 8th grade. The teachers are usually too busy dealing with the bad students that I am not learning anything. Even though these points are true I have had a few teachers that do know what they are doing and have taught me some things. Also mostly all students make freinds. Overall I would not send your child to Townsend because many students are not learning too much.

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