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La Joya Community High School
Tolleson Union High School District
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Welcome to the home of the Fighting Lobos!

Dear La Joya parents/guardians: for information regarding transcript requests, enrollments, or withdrawals, please contact our school registrar, Brenda Castaneda. Thank you. 

For notification letters regarding meal benefits, please contact Kimberly Luvisi.

Front view of La Joya Community SchoolWelcome to the La Joya Community High School! We are located in Avondale, Arizona, and are part of the Tolleson Union High School District. We serve over 2300 students each day with academic, extra-curricular, and athletic programs for all students. We are proud of our strong tradition of success, which attribute to the collaborative work of students, staff, parents, and community.  

Please take some time to browse through our website. We are happy to share all the wonderful things about our school, and we want our site to be a helpful resource for students, parents, and the community. Enjoy your visit to our site.

A Message from Superintendent Nora Gutierrez

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

It was with great expectation and excitement that we welcomed students back to in-person learning on March 22. We welcomed freshman students first, followed by all other classes on March 23. I cannot tell you how good it felt to see our students in person for the first time in a year. Our students have been great about wearing their masks and doing their absolute best to follow all of the COVID mitigation protocols. Parents deserve a huge thank you for making sure that your children know how important it is for them to wear masks, socially distance, wash their hands, and so on. It is evident that you have taught your children well, and we truly appreciate your support to keep everyone safe! I also want to thank our excellent teachers, administrators, and staff who have been working hard and supporting our students throughout this entire process. It was a challenge to welcome our students under such conditions, but we have been planning for the return of in-person learning for almost a year to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families. 

So, what will the month of April bring? Well, of course we have the warmer weather and the longer days of sunlight to look forward to. But we are also in the home stretch as we only have a few more months of school before we finish the 2020–2021 school year. We do expect all students to continue to follow the CDC guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and use of sanitizer, which our schools have conveniently placed throughout our campuses and classrooms. We realize this is not business as usual, but we know that our incredible students are extremely resilient. They are adaptable to the situation and the environment, as we all are. 

Each and every one of our schools is busily preparing for the 2021 summer school session. Our Success Academy is open to incoming and current Tolleson Union High School District ninth through twelfth grade students who thrive in a structured class with face-to-face and teacher-guided instruction. Students can earn half a credit in each class they successfully complete. Students may attend morning and afternoon sessions. There will be two summer school sessions offered. They will run Monday through Friday, with morning sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • First Session: June 1–15
  • Second Session: June 16–30

Our Blended Option Academy provides incoming and current TUHSD ninth through twelfth grade students the opportunity to obtain high school credit through a blended learning model using the TUHSD Edgenuity platform. The Blended Option Academy will follow the same schedule and dates listed above. 

One thing that I can say is that even during the pandemic, our student successes have not diminished. We still have students doing amazing things and they are the hidden gems in our community. For instance, we are happy to report that West-MEC has accepted 171 of our students! West-MEC allocated these seats to our students for the 2021–2022 school year in Central Programs. This is quite an achievement, and our CTE department couldn’t be prouder of our students. Great job, students!

This is an exciting time of year as seniors are deciding their futures after graduation. Here are just a few examples of our senior class accomplishments:

  • Alexander Fenlon, a senior at University High School, is the latest winner of the AZEdNews Scholarship sponsored by The Brand Agency. Alexander is planning on going to Arizona State University next year to study conservation biology and ecology. Congratulations, Alexander!
  • Amaru Bond, a senior at Tolleson Union High School, has made the decision to attend Tuskegee University on a full-ride scholarship paying $40,750 a year toward his tuition! Amaru also received several other scholarships before making his decision on his college of choice.

Remember to mark your calendars for the following important dates:

  • Friday, April 2 - Cesar Chavez Holiday Observed (No School)
  • Monday, April 5 - Spring Recess Day (No School)

As always, check our district website often for the most updated information. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news!

Be safe and stay Tolleson strong!

      Nora Gutierrez

      Nora Gutierrez
      Superintendent