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City High School strives to be a community of learners in which all members use their minds well and care about one another. We engage with challenging academics and the unique resources of our city and region in order to become active citizens and responsible stewards of our world.


CITY Center designs, implements, and advances exemplary practices in teaching and learning that transform the lives of young people and their educators. 



City High School News

City High Unveils New Library and Media Center

Reading for pleasure is a strong indicator of future success. Our schools have revitalized our library systems with the primary goal of getting high interest books in the hands of all of our students.  

Our libraries are undergoing a renovation. Actually, PFFSU has already undergone a transformation thanks to the hard work of parent Amron Lehte leading a dedicated team of student and parent volunteers. Under her guidance, we now have an expertly curated collection and a check out process in place.  

Last year we initiated efforts to do a similar re-do at the downtown campus.  We have gone through our collection- culling our books to identify approximately 1000 of the best, high quality, high interest novels-  and we created a new library and media center on the ground floor of 47 Pennington. This space is a multi use media center which promotes reading, collaboration, connection, and creativity for both CHS and PFFSD.  Already our students are connecting, checking out books, and expressing their excitement about their reading habits.  Literacy Integration is a foundational component of our academic framework, and our newly designed libraries are helping even our reluctant readers to connect with great books. 

City High School Earns a B Grade

The Arizona Department of Education released the school letter grades, and once again our three CITY Center schools stand out. 

Paulo Freire Freedom School-University earned an A grade this year.  City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown earned B grades this year.  

Our schools do not teach to a test. We build meaningful relationships with our students so we understand how to personalize their learning experience. Our students are allowed to be themselves, they feel safe to take risks, and their unique inquiry process is supported by teachers who want them to be the best version of themselves they can be. So while some schools rely on compliance and test prep and call that rigor, our schools are authentic learning communities fueled by curiosity, passion, collaboration, and joy.  

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Dec. 6th: Music Mayhem at The Rialto Theatre

Join us at The Rialto Theatre on Wednesday, December 6th, for a night of live music performed by the students of CITY Center’s music workshop program. 

In partnership with The Rialto Theatre, we present to you Music Mayhem.  Come out for a fun night at a historic venue in beautiful downtown Tucson!  In addition to being an evening of making life-long memories for our musicians, Music Mayhem also raises money for the music workshop program, providing musical instruments and instruction to students at all three of our schools.  

We are looking for sponsors for this event.  If you are interested in having your company or organization sponsor Music Mayhem, please contact

Tickets for the show are available at the door.  

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