District #15

Tuba City Unified School District

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TCUSDWhere is Tuba City?

Tuba City is located on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, U.S.A. The Hopi Village of Mungapi is located one mile south of Tuba City. Mungapi is a major gateway to the Hopi Indian Reservation. Located about 75 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, Tuba City’s elevation is about 5,000 feet. Summers are warm and sunny, winters are relatively mild with a small amount of snow each year. Area scenic attractions include the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon Dam/Lake Powell, Navajo National Monument, and the world famous Monument Valley. All scenic attractions are an average distance of 80 miles from Tuba City.

If you are contemplating joining an exceptional futuristic school district advancing education to new heights, uniquely positioned to break out of historic educational barriers, consider us carefully. The relationship between you and our school district could be a sign of good things to come for the children in our community. We welcome you to meet with us and we look forward to meeting with you.

Tuba City Unified School District Educational Gateways for:


1. Dine’ Philosophy of Learning & The Hopi Lavayi Project

The Center for the Advancement of Indigenous Cultural Studies (CAICS), specifically the Dine’ and Hopi Language and Cultural Studies revamp, is fundamentally a culture-friendly learning redesign to:

  • embrace and incorporate community cultural values and wisdom;
  • use our Indigenous languages and cultural knowledge to empower and promote harmonious concordant personal, social, and educational growth.
  • engage and stimulate the minds with traditional Native Cultural knowledge and wisdom.

We place the Dine’ Philosophy of Learning (DPL) and Hopilavayi Project (HP) at the center of our district educational programs to advance the education of all people. No other educational program is given priority over our indigenous ontological and epistemological philosophies of learning. All other cultures and teachings are built around these core indigenous canons of teaching and learning.

Our students will be exposed to a rich and varied series of hands-on, real world Native cultural experiences to illuminate the significance of DPL and HP in one’s life and in the American education system although fundamentally we believe that this form of intimate relationship with language acquisition begins within our own family and lives. Our students will actively engage in authentic, orally rich and expressive home and family learning environment, and for the upper grades to read widely, access a rich variety of print and non-print sources such as artifacts and material cultural objects, including photographs and original documents. Our students will visit and tour historic places, think deeply about their experiences, talk, write and create cultural artifacts and products. Our objectives are to actively engage and stimulate our minds with oral traditions and teachings possessed by our elderly as well as those with expertise and/or specialists. (Read More…)

2. Beyond Textbooks (BT)

What is Beyond Textbooks all about? Partnership with the very best organization is the one sure pathway to success. Tuba City Unified School District is a member of the 70 school district consortia working together with Vail Unified School District to significantly improve the educational outcomes of our school children and students in the district. (Read More…)

3. The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)-Stanford University

EPGY is a continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-online and blended learning courses. Combining technical and instructional expertise, EPGY provides K-12 school children and students of all ages with an individualized educational experience, optimized in both pace and content. Through EPGY, students have access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate. Since its inception over 50,000 students from 35 countries have taken courses from EPGY. (Read More…)

4. Stanford University – Hillsdale Ten Features of Good Small Schools

Hillsdale has received national recognition as an exemplary school that has built teacher capacity and dramatically increased college-going rates for its students. Hillsdale is a long term partner of the Stanford University School Redesign Network (SRN), a SCOPE-sponsored center. Hillsdale is featured in study tours because of its very effective implementation of structures and instructional strategies that model the SRN framework of 10 Features of Good, Small SchoolsEach study visit is customized for teams to identify their own needs and goals and frame their own school context within the visit. (Read More…)

5. Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education (SPICE)

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-14 schools by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes. As a program of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, SPICE reflects the scholarship of Stanford University in its curricula and professional development seminars for teachers. The curricula and seminars focus on contemporary issues in the context of their cultural and historical underpinnings. (Read More…)

6. Cultivating Diverse Talent In STEM

The Cultivating Diverse Talent in STEM partnership is developing the next generation of “STEM innovators” by increasing the number and diversity of exceptionally talented students who have access to interventions that accelerate their learning.  (Read More…)

7. International Baccalaureate – Tuba City Junior High School

Tuba City Junior High School is in the first phase of becoming an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme School.  The IB schools are recognized in many countries as exceptional K12 schools distinguished by its graduates serving globally diverse cultures and communities around the world, providing extraordinary and distinguished contribution to the advancement of education for a better world.  Students entering and enrolled at TCJHS have the opportunity to participate in an enriching and inspiring IB Middle Years Programme education in development augmented by the highly coveted personalized blended online learning from Stanford University EPGY Pre-collegiate Studies.  Through these educational gateways our students are provided exclusive opportunities for a globally enriched challenging education, a K-12 education programme recognized as distinguished institutions by many countries and the world’s leading universities.

Quality education for a better world

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers four high quality international education programmes to more than one million students in 146 countries. (read more…)

Tuba City Unified School District. P.O. Box 67 67 Fir Street Tuba City, Az. 86045

Ph: (928) 283-1001 FX: (928) 283-1201

Tuba City Unified School District #15 is an Equal Opportunity Employer and

has adopted Indian Preference in Employment.