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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.

Message from Our Superintendent

July 2022 Superintendent Message:

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

Congratulations to our summer school graduates! We had 105 dedicated students graduate on June 30. We are so very proud of these seniors that did iT with Pride and stayed focused to complete their high school education. Thank you to their parents/guardians, teachers, staff, as well as friends and family that supported them along the way. They are now ready to move on to the next chapter of their lives of college, career, and life. We wish them everything good in life and much success!

I trust that you are enjoying your summer and taking time to relax and be with family and friends. Please have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. We look forward to welcoming back all of our students for the 2022–2023 school year that starts on Monday, August 1 for all freshmen and on Tuesday, August 2 for all other students.

We are proud of students that chose to keep busy and attend programs that we offered this summer. Summer school had around 3,000 students in attendance who successfully earned credit hours in many diverse courses offered. We also provided a wonderful selection of fun and engaging summer camps for incoming freshmen at all of our campuses. 

Meanwhile, it is all hands on deck as we are busy planning and preparing to welcome our students back for the 2022–2023 school year. Administrators, teachers, and staff are getting ready for students to have a challenging, rigorous, and successful school year. TUHSD staff have been learning throughout the summer by attending conferences and in-district staff development trainings that prepare them to support our students academically, socially, and emotionally when they return in August.

The good news keeps on coming and never slows down, even in the summer.

Celebrations and Hidden Gems

The Better Business Bureau, serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) and Salt River Project (SRP), honored ten Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) students and their programs as part of BBB’s Ethical Cadet Scholarship Program. Three JROTC students from University High and Westview High School each won a $1,000 scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship for their school's JROTC program. Recipient cadets receive awards for their leadership, character, commitment to service, and actions that go beyond the call of duty.

BBB Ethical Cadet Scholarship Winners for 2021–2022 School Year are:

  • Ryan Novoa from University High School in Tolleson
  • Ryan Tran from University High School in Tolleson
  • Ramiro Felix from Westview High School in Avondale

Congratulations Cadets!

In 1999, the Dorrance Family established a scholarship program with a relatively small gift supporting ten high school graduates. Copper Canyon High School celebrated their very first Dorrance Scholar this year. Marisol Marquez Perez, who spoke at Copper Canyon’s graduation, was also celebrated at Copper Canyon’s Senior Honors and Awards night. Copper Canyon is very proud of her!

University High School student, Ryan Novoa, was prominently featured on the front page of the West Valley View. The editor of the West Valley View was so impressed with the information provided on Ryan for the Graduation section of the newspaper in late May that they decided they wanted to do a feature on him. Ryan will attend Harvard University, concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, under the pre-med track. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, Ryan plans on attending medical school with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Thanks to Ryan and all the other TUHSD students that are proudly Doing iT with pride!

Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, July 4 – District Offices Closed
  • Monday, August 1 – First Day of School for Freshmen
  • Tuesday, August 2 – First Day of School for All Students
  • Thursday, August 18 – TUHSD Parent Night at all campuses

Just a reminder to check our district website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed for the latest TUHSD information. 


    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez