The Tempe Elementary School District is located in the heart of the “Valley of the Sun.” It encompasses an area of approximately 36 square miles including not only Tempe but also parts of Phoenix and the Town of Guadalupe. Arizona State University, the fifth largest campus in the nation (with more than 67,000 students) is within the district’s boundaries providing professional and educational opportunities.
The 21 schools in the Tempe Elementary School District consist of 14 elementary schools grades kindergarten through five, a developmental special needs school, four middle schools grades six through eight, a K-8 school, and a K-8 traditional school. On the campus of Connolly Middle School is the ASPIRE Academy, designed for gifted students in grades six through eight. The district’s middle school concept addresses the unique needs of early adolescent students. This middle school structure establishes a nurturing environment as students experience the elementary to high school transition.
The student population of Tempe Elementary School District No. 3 consists of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic groups. Its proximity to ASU promotes our rich diversity. There are approximately 12,000 students in the district.
In 1874, Tempe School District No. 3 became the third school district in Maricopa County. While earlier accounts refer to children attending a two-story school on Eighth Street in the vicinity of McAllister Avenue, the district came into official existence by June 1874.
Judge John Alsap reported to Governor Safford that there were 47 children in District No. 3 compared to only 20 in Phoenix District No. 1 and 41 in Riverside District No. 2. By May 1875, Judge Alsap recorded a total of $188.94 in the account of Tempe School District No. 3.
The list of teachers and their accomplishments has since grown throughout the years. While many children have passed through our classrooms and playgrounds for more than 100 years, we continue to focus our attention on the education of every child.
We hope you find the information on our district helpful and interesting. Should you have questions, please contact our Community Affairs and Marketing department at (480) 730-7195.
Number of Schools: 21
Grades Served: Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight
Cities/Municipalities Served: Tempe, Town of Guadalupe and portions of South Phoenix
Enrollment: (info. revised 5/17/2016)
Scales Technology Academy: 444
Fees College Preparatory: 914
Tempe Academy of International Studies: 281
Ward Traditional Academy: 457
Total Number of District Employees: 1,630 (info. revised 5/18/2016)
Teachers: 773 (classroom, specialized, librarians, etc.)
Specialists: 31 (speech therapists, etc.)
Social Workers: 4
Student Ethnicity Report: (info. revised 5/17/2016)
African American: 10.56%
Native American: 6.86%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.74%
Did You Know?
In 1878, Tempe schools was a one room adobe building on Mill and 8th street (University).
In 1891, the two adobe buildings that made up Tempe schools were replaced with a two-story brick building with three rooms on each floor.
In 1902, a volunteer fire department was organized by Carl Hayden, son of Tempe's founder.
In September 1977, the school Board was informed that student enrollment was at 13,010.