5. Vail School District

Southeast Tucson continues to experience rapid residential development. The area includes Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The area is considered to be south of Golf Links Road. The suburban community of Rita Ranch houses many of the military families from Davis-Monthan, and is near the southeastern-most expansion of the current city limits. Close by Rita Ranch and also within the city limits lies Civano, a planned development meant to showcase ecologically sound building practices and lifestyles.

The Vail School District, located southeast of Tucson, the town of Vail & Corona de Tucson, opened in 1903 as a one-room schoolhouse. Now, over one hundred years later, the District is widely recognized as a lighthouse district leading in effective instruction and innovation. Vail is recognized as the top-performing school district in Arizona. It has won countless awards and been highlighted across the country. Every school that is eligible for the Arizona Education Foundation’s A+ Distinction has been awarded the prestigious honor.

Over two decades ago, Vail had only two schools. The greater Vail area has experienced tremendous growth in that time as well. The beautifully located little ranching and railroad community has become a highly desirable place for suburban families and a key economic center for the greater Tucson Area.

The District opened its nineteenth school in 2016. Along with its traditional schools, Vail has a blended learning center, Vail Distance Learning, and an online homeschool partnership. And, each of Vail’s high schools offers unique opportunities for students. Over 12,000 students are currently enrolled in grades K-12.

The town of Vail is in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Its is twenty-four miles southeast of Tucson. The population was 10,208 at the 2010 census. The area is known for the nearby Colossal Cave, a large cave system, and the Rincon Mountains District of Saguaro National Park, a top tourism spot within Arizona.

Vail was originally a siding and water stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad. It was located on the last section of flat land before the train tracks followed the old wagon road into the Cienega Creek bed. Vail was named after pioneer ranchers Edward and Walter Vail, who established ranches in the area in the late 19th century. In 2011 the residents of Vail began the process of incorporation to become a town.


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