Welcome to Baboquivari

Welcome to the Internet home of Indian Oasis Elementary School Primary. Our community-centered school serves students in beautiful southern Arizona. We are located about 60 miles from Tucson in the Tohono O’odham Nation within Pima County. We are proud to serve our community as we instill a love of learning, community, and culture into our students.

Our new website is our online voice, and we know you will find it helpful and the first place to go for information about our school and your child’s education. Our News page and calendar will keep you up-to-date on important dates and events, while you can find parenting information and study resources on our Web Links page. We hope you find our website helpful and informative!

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Families,

I would like to personally welcome you to our virtual home. As we begin our work together, please understand that our staff is committed to making our school a safe and orderly place for your child. We believe that our goals to increase academic success begin with preparing our learning environment in such a way that we have high expectations for learning for all students, as well as organizing our environment so that students understand what is required of them.

As we work together to support your child, it is important that you know that attending school every day is essential to your child’s academic success. For deep learning to occur, children need to make connections with previous experiences. When a child misses school, he/she cannot easily make those connections to their earlier experiences, therefore making it difficult to advance in their learning. Please help us by ensuring that your child is in school every day.

I understand that you may have some fears about your child attending elementary school. Allow me to assure you that we are aware of the developmental stage of our students, and we will carefully guide them. We believe in educating the whole child. We will also assess your child’s academic level and provide appropriate support and encouragement to allow for academic growth.

Additionally, I am very excited to inform you that we are implementing our AVID program school-wide. AVID is an acronym for Achievement Via Individual Determination. AVID is designed to give the necessary support to students so they can attend college and achieve their fullest potential. AVID serves to support its students by teaching and reinforcing study and organizational skills (Cornell note-taking, 3-ring binder with labeled dividers, etc.), encouraging students to take more rigorous and challenging classes, providing skills necessary to succeed in college (public speaking, team building skills, interaction with professors, etc.), and ultimately preparing them for success at a four-year university/college. Your child will carry a backpack, which will hold their binder. As students become more organized and are taught higher-level thinking skills, they will come to understand that they have the ability to learn at high levels and have the ability to confront any challenge.

I am looking forward to working with each of you to ensure academic success for your child!


Alyssa Covington

Alyssa Covington, Principal

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