• Richard. B. Wilson Jr. K-8 School is centrally located in the town of Oro Valley in Pima county just 3 miles northwest of Tucson proper and is considered to be part of the greater Tucson metropolitan area. The town of Oro Valley is a quiet suburban community of 41,000 that is nestled between the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges. The school is located in the northern part of the Amphitheater Public School district.

     

    Cultural and Demographic Data:

    • Enrollment: K-8 - 1303 (K-5 - 637, 6-8 - 665)
    • Open Enrollment: K-8 - 432, (179 out of district 253 in district) 27 of these students have come to us from schools other than their home schools
    • ELL Population: K-5 - 2.7%, 6-8 - 0.5%
    • 16% of our students K-8 qualify for Free and Reduced meals
    • Average Daily Attendance Rate: K-8 – 95%
    • Gifted/REACH: K-5 – 19.5%, 6-8 – 19%
    • Special Educations: K-5 – 20.7%, 6-8 – 12.6% this consist of Resource services K-8, 3 Cross-Categorical classrooms 1 primary, 1 intermediate and 1 middle school and 2 EDP classrooms 1 elementary and 1 middle school
    • Mobility Rate: K-5 – 11.2%, 6-8 – 17.1%
    • Ethnicity: K-5 - Asian 3.3%, Black 2.7%, Hispanic 20.4%, Native American 0.8%, White 70.9%, Multi-Racial 1.9%     6-8 - Asian 3.3%, Black 4.1%, Hispanic 16.2%. Native American 1.1%. White 74.2%, Multi-Racial 1.1%

    Instructional Programs:

    • REACH Program (Realizing Excellence through Academic and Creative Help) for gifted and talented students
    • Special Education Services
    • Advanced Language Arts for grades 7 and 8
    • Advanced Math Placement for grades 5 through 8 including Algebra and Geometry for High School credit
    • Inquiry-based Science including Science electives such as Forensics, Engineering, and Robotics
    • Intervention Courses K-8 including Math Lab, Study Skills, Reading/Writing Lab. RTI
    • Odyssey of the Mind
    • Physical Education K-8
    • Performing and Visual Arts K-8
    • Middle School Conversational Spanish and Spanish 1 for High School credit
    • Middle School Electives: Teen Court, Leadership, Drama, Musical Theater, Choir, Show Choir, Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, 2D and 3D art, Coding, Weight Training and Conditioning, Careers, Video Production, and Keyboarding

     

    Extra-Curricular Activities:

    • Athletics
    • Student Council
    • Yearbook and Journalism Club
    • Odyssey of the Mind
    • Robotics Teams
    • Art Club
    • Science Club
    • National Junior Honor Society
    • Drama Club
    • Geography Bee, History Bee, Spelling Bee
    • Math Counts Competition
    • Science Fair
    • Craft Fair
    • Recycling Club

    To enrich the educational environment and provide for many diverse student interests, a wide variety of special events/activities are provided for Wilson students and families.

    • Parent Information Night/ Open House
    • Walk-through Registration
    • Fall Festival / Chili cook-off
    • Spring Festival
    • Volunteer Tea
    • Field trips K-8
    • Honor Roll Recognition
    • Ben’s Bells Kind Kids School
    • Drama Performances
    • Choir, Orchestra and Band performances
    • Fine Arts Festival
    • Decades Day
    • PBIS School
    • Special Persons Week
    • After School Tutoring
    • TASK (Tuesday After School Katch-up)
    • Middle and Elementary Intervention Teams
    • Reading Room Volunteers
    • Student Tutors
    • Student of the Quarter
    • Coffee with the Principal