Welcome to Nogales Unified School District!

NUSD #1 is located about an hour south of Tucson in the beautiful mountains of Southern Arizona. The City of Nogales is a fantastic place to live and work. It is a progressive city that has successfully maintained its small town charm, rich traditions, and vibrant culture. The city is the county seat for Santa Cruz County and shares the international border with Nogales-Sonora, its sister city in Mexico.

Our school district serves approximately 6,200 students in 10 schools which include a preschool program, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Located in the southern part of Santa Cruz County, our students and families bring to our school community a rich cultural background that reflects life on both sides of the border.

Most importantly, Nogales is the type of city where “a kid can be a kid.” Far removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Nogales is a place where parents can feel safe with nurturing schools and caring neighbors. Come join us here at Nogales Unified School District #1. We can’t wait to meet you!


                       Arizona School Board Association Equity Event 2017
        Presentation by Mr. Parra, Ms. Canto, Ms. Mendoza-Jimenez, and Mr. Miranda

Defying the Odds: The Secrets Behind Nogales USD #1's Graduation Rate. The description in the conference handout for our presentation was: 

     How does a district with a 98.6% Hispanic student population and 82% free-and-reduced lunch rate achieve and maintain a 95 percent graduation rate? This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of the strategies implemented to achieve a graduation rate that is far above both the state and national average.

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District Headlines

Angel Canto
NUSD Presented Platinum Award by United Way
10/19/2017
NUSD was presented with a platinum award for its contributions to United Way of Santa Cruz County.
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NUSD Middle Schools hold student-parent forum
10/05/2017
Nogales Unified School District’s two middle schools, Desert Shadows and Wade Carpenter, held a forum recently that brought together seventh-grade students and their parents to educate both groups on today’s substance abuse with a focus on prevention.
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Alison Smitth
Desert Shadows Middle School math teacher Alison Smith honored
09/27/2017
Supt. Fernando Parra praised Smith, not only for the high passage rate of her Algebra 1 students, but also for her “dynamic” work with all students, even those in her intervention classes where math basics are stressed.
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Title I
Title One Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Policy
09/21/2017
NUSD encourages all parents to become actively involved in their children's education by monitoring grades, attending parent-teacher conferences and parent meetings, contacting teachers/administrators with concerns, attending extra-curricular activities, and serving on parent-involvement committees.
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Vanessa Alegria-Rivas
Vanessa Alegria-Rivas honored at Nogales Unified governing board meeting
09/13/2017
Vanessa Alegria-Rivas, the reading specialist at Lincoln Elementary School, was selected as the first educator to be honored at the Nogales Unified School District governing board meeting for this year.
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