Orange Grove Middle School Panther Paw Logo

1911 E. Orange Grove Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone 520-209-8200 | Fax 520-209-8275
Attendance Line: 520-209-8290
Anonymous Tip Line: 520-209-8299
School Hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Mark Rubin-Toles

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Orange Grove Middle School

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Mission: To guarantee that students become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

1911 East Orange Grove Road Tucson, Arizona 85718

Phone: 520-209-8200 Attendance Line: 520-209-8290 Fax: 520-209-8275



Mark Rubin-Toles

Dean of Students/Counselor

Erica Gilbert


Caryl Altman

Type of School: Orange Grove Middle School (OGMS) is a public middle school located in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, on the northern edge of Tucson, Arizona. OGMS is committed to fostering academic and personal excellence in its students. At OGMS we strive to create an environment wherein we all act responsibly, respectfully, and are kind to others.

History: Established in 1974.

Campus/facilities: A closed campus with twelve buildings situated on 26.62 acres in a desert setting. A multi-purpose room that includes a sports court for a variety of athletic events and a stage for choral, band, and other student performances. A Panther Den is available for lunchtime opportunities along with a cafeteria that has inside and outside seating areas. Additionally, the campus includes a state-of-the-art library, a media lab where morning announcements are produced, a computer lab, five science labs, two art studios with a kiln, a band facility, a choir facility, a weight room, athletic fields, tennis courts, a running track, and a cross country trail.

Student Demographics: Approximately 668 students (49% female, 51% male)

African American: 2%Students with disabilities: 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8%Limited English Proficient: >1%
Hispanic: 27%Free & Reduced Lunch: 7%
Native American: >1%Migrant Students: 0%
White: 62%

37 classroom teachers, 1 principal, .5 dean, 1.5 counselors, 1 school psychologist, 2 speech pathologist, 1 curriculum technology integrator, 1 library clerk, 1 registered nurse, 4 custodians, 4 support staff, 14 educational assistants.

Instructional Program: Our staff engages students in meaningful curriculum that meets the highest educational and ethical standards within the learning community. We strive to create an environment wherein we all act responsibly, respectfully and are kind to each other. We receive students that have been prepared at the elementary level, and in turn, we prepare our students to transition smoothly to high school. Our students engage in a comprehensive curriculum and we provide the knowledge and skills necessary to be well prepared for high school, college and career pathways and civic life by teaching about the deep learning proficiencies of Citizenship, Creativity & Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Systems Thinking. A strong band, music/choir, and art program round out our work with students having these electives daily along with PE/Health.

Schedule: A quarter system with seven class periods that are 52-minutes. We provide a 24-minute lunch where students can go to the Panther Den for academic support, go to the field for various activities, hang-out in the patio area with friends, or go to the library to read books or play games.

Grading System: OGMS uses a standards-referenced report card. In standards-referenced grading and reporting systems, grades/scores reflect what students know and can do relative to the Catalina Foothills School District curriculum. The purpose of the district’s standards referenced grading system is to measure a student’s performance and product against defined grade-level expectations. Proficient (3.0) means that a student has demonstrated that he or she has learned the required skills and concepts. The report card lists the essential categories/domains for each subject area. We call them measurement topics. Students receive indicators of progress based on a four-point rubric to show how well they are performing in those areas. At middle school, students will also receive an overall score for each subject. Standards-referenced grade/scores help teachers plan their instruction so they can challenge and support all students. They help parents know the academic areas in which a student meets or exceeds the standard, needs challenge, or needs support. For each marking period, the teacher will indicate how well a student is progressing using the following scale: Rubric Score Descriptor 4.0 Highly Proficient (Exceeds Expectations), 3.0 Proficient (Meets Expectations), 2.0 Partially Proficient (Approaching Expectations), 1.0 Minimally Proficient (Below Expectations).

School Labels:

2015-2016 Niche Best Public Middle Schools ranked 2nd in Arizona

2015-2016 P21 Exemplar School

2014-2015 Arizona “A”

2013-2014 Arizona “A”

2012-2013 Arizona “A”

Test Scores:


Grade LevelOGMS % PassingAZ% Passing
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Algebra 198%81%

AIMS Science

Grade LevelOGMS % PassingAZ% Passing
Grade 889%60%


  • Two National Board Certified Teachers
  • Two CFSD Teachers of the Year
  • Two Distinguished Educators
  • One Tucson Values Teachers Award for Excellence in Education winner
  • One State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and this individual was representative for the NCTM Grant Recipient for the International Congress of Mathematics Education 2016
  • Numerous student and school awards for chess, First Lego League, Science Fair, National Geography Bee, Math League, band and athletics

Comprehensive After-School Programming

Athletic Director

Lee Tompkins

Community School’s Director

Catherine Peterson


First QuarterSecond QuarterThird QuarterFourth Quarter
Intramural Flag FootballGirls Interscholastic SoccerGirls Interscholastic Basketball Girls Interscholastic Volleyball
Girls Interscholastic SoftballGirls Intramural SoccerBoys Interscholastic SoccerInterscholastic Track & Field
Interscholastic Cross CountryBoys Intramural BasketballGirls Intramural BasketballInterscholastic Baseball
Interscholastic TennisBoys Interscholastic BasketballWrestling

Community School Classes: Classes vary based on instructor availability and student choice. Classes might include: yearbook, martial arts, jazz band, chess club, study hall and more.

Student Support Structures

Academic Assistance: has been designed into our late start day to provide a direct opportunity for our teachers to meet with struggling students, students who have missing assignments or may need to make-up an exam. During academic assistance, teachers are in their rooms from 8:55- 9:20 and are available to provide extra help that may be needed by a student who can drop in, or may be requested to attend the assistance time by his/her teacher.

Panther Den: is a place where students can go during lunch to get academic support from an adult, a peer tutor or just a friend. It is also a place for students to hang out who want a quieter lunch time environment.

Saturday School: is designed to support students who are not passing prior to end of a quarter. Staff and Peer Tutors come in on a Saturday to help students catch up on missing work or support students who seem to be falling behind.

Student Support Program: a program that helps struggling 6th graders acclimate to the demands of middle school by supporting study habits/a growth mindset/academic support and time management.

Zeros Aren’t Permitted (ZAP): is a program to support and build strong academic and work ethic skills amongst our students. The focus of the program is on-time work completion by all OGMS students. The purpose of ZAP is to prevent students from having zeros and to support practice and mastery of essential academic skills. We will notify parents and students if a student has a zero in any class and needs to come to school at 7:30 on a Wednesday morning. Students will be required to attend ZAP if they have any missing assignments or are failing a class (of course students who have been out due to illness will be provided extra time to complete their assignments prior to having their name submitted to stay after school).

Student Leadership Opportunities

Morning Announcement Reporters: Students report school news and prepare special segments and other public service announcements to keep students and staff informed.

Peer Tutors: A group of 7th and 8th grade students trained to support students who may need help with academics during ZAP, Academic Assistance, and Saturday School.

Student Action Committee: A group of students and parents that come together to support giving back to the larger Tucson Community through various service activities.

Student Council Officers and Class Representatives: Students who work to support school spirit and our code of conduct that supports Panther Pride.

Strong Partnerships with Parents

Family Faculty Organization: Our FFO provides additional funding, time, and service to support OGMS.


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