Utterback Middle School

Brito FamilyDear Utterback Family, 

It is with sadness that I tell you about a loss to our school community. On Saturday, February 18, 2024 around noon, 8th grade student, Jazmin Tanco Brito, along with her sister Liliana and parents Yesenia and Jose were killed in a car accident while traveling to their family ranch in Agua Prieta Mexico. 

Utterback's administrative team has been working with TUSD Leadership and the Coordinator of TUSD Counseling to ensure that we provide every means of support and assistance to all the students, along with our staff. Our counselors are available to help staff and any student who is struggling with death or other issues that may surface.

Taranika Sanders

Grief Counseling Services 

Tu Nidito
National Alliance for Grieving Children

Upcoming Events

Our Calendar & District Calendars

Last Day for Students
Last Day for Teachers
Memorial Day
Language Learning Symposium
Juneteenth (Observed)
Independence Day Holiday
New Teacher and Principal Induction
First Day for Teachers and Planning
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School Schedule

School Hours:

  • 8:50 am - 3:50 pm – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • 8:50 am - 2:50 pm – Wed (Early Dismissal)
  • Bell Schedule

If absent, please call 520-225-3500 to alert our attendance clerk. Arizona State Law requires that you report all student absences.

Fax: 520-225-3501

School Information
School Photos - AVID Demonstration School
Utterback Middle School has been named an AVID Demonstration School! Hosting the AVID team for a tour to share the exciting news highlights the hard work and passion that Utterback has invested in creating a supportive and college-bound environment. With only three AVID Demonstration schools in the entire state of Arizona, Utterback's accomplishment speaks volumes about the school's commitment to empowering students and preparing them for success in both college and future careers through the transformative AVID program.
Utterback's principal leads the AVID team on a school tour
Students write on the whiteboard
Utterback teachers gather around a light up AVID sign and a banner reading AVID National Demonstration School
Two teachers smile in a blue frame with balloons saying AVID DEMO next to them
An Utterback staff member in a shirt that says They Never Saw Us Coming sits facing the principal
What Makes Us Special!
Thank you for considering Utterback as your middle school. We are a proud 6-8 grade campus with so much to offer your student.

Your student will have a seven period schedule every day. This will include the four main content courses along with three electives. Our teachers build relationships with their students and encourage them to do their best. We want the students to have a safe and positive day while at school and still be pushed in their academics. We have a bell to bell teaching model that maximizes your students' time in their classes. We offer rigorous, relevant, and engaging lessons, and all of our teachers believe that every single student can succeed.  

Some things that set us apart from other schools; we have nine different electives for your students to choose from, plus two intervention classes.  Our electives range from dance and drama to lego tech and computers. One of our electives is AVID, which is a college and career readiness program. This is our sixth year of having AVID on our campus and we are the first and only AVID site of distinction in TUSD. We are also the only OMA Middle School, where we incorporate the arts into our content classes. We truly believe there is something for everyone here at Utterback.

If you would like a tour of the campus, please feel free to call or just stop in. We cannot wait to meet you!

Dr. Trujillo's Visit – Oct 2023
Tucson Unified Superintendent Dr. Trujillo visited Utterback on October 19, 2023.
  • Highlights: Talks with students and staff and Principal Sanders, presents awards
  • Awards: 
    • Heather Commerford, 6th Grade ELA Teacher – Legendary Teacher Nominee and Superintendent's Certificate of Excellence
    • Fabian, Student – Superintendent's Certificate of Excellence
  • Featured Student Programs: AVID, OMA and Verizon Innovative Learning Lab
AVID School Site of Distinction, Recognized for excellence in Instruction and College and career readiness