It is very fortunate that Sabino Mountain is located minutes from Canyon View Elementary and Esperero Middle School, and it is only a 15 minute drive to Catalina Foothills High School. Catalina Foothills-District 16 Schools rate as the best in the state and they have the highest test scores in Tucson. These schools are fairly new, have smaller class sizes than the norm and are located in spectacular Foothills settings. Until last year, the children at Sabino Mountain were forced to attend the Tucson United School District Schools and open enrollment was not an option. I believe the change in policy allowing for the open- enrollment to Catalina Foothills Schools has increased the attractiveness of our community, and therefore, has increased the number of sales in Sabino Mountain.
Catalina Foothills – District 16 administrators have made it clear it wants more students open-enrolled to increase its tax funding. Since many Sabino Mountain parents now open-enroll their children in Catalina Foothills schools, it is likely that it is easy to form car pools since Catalina Foothills Schools do not offer busing to our neighborhood. Additionally to serve working parents and to keep active kids busy, Catalina Foothills after-school programs are inexpensive and excellent.
No longer does Sabino Mountain have to take a back – seat to other Catalina Foothills neighborhoods due to it being districted for TUSD. This is great for all of us; the home values increased the day open-enrollment became possible a little over a year ago. It is no longer a secret; the word is out and most real estate agents that are well-versed pass this information on to their clients that have school-aged children.