After the Civil War, the westward trend accelerated. Wagon trains were formed, bringing pioneers west to homestead the unsettled lands. Some of these families chose to settle in the Salt River Valley and filed homesteads west of the new little town of Phoenix, in the Arizona Territory. The need for a school became apparent and in 1884, Tom Brockman donated two acres of land at Maricopa Road and Lateral 18, which is now 59 th Avenue and Thomas Road. R. J. Cartwright and Jim Marlar solicited funds and a one-room frame school was built to house fourteen students and one teacher. By 1895, the pupil count had reached sixty-two, so a large tent was erected and another teacher was hired. In 1897, the old frame building was moved and a one-room brick school with a basement was built. Two rooms were added in 1904. The Cartwright School District was formed in 1921. In 1924, a new Cartwright School consisting of six classrooms, office, auditorium and inside restrooms replaced the brick building. This building remains a part of Cartwright School today. Cartwright remained the only school for 72 years, when tremendous growth in the community made it necessary to build additional schools. New schools were added in 1958, and 1960 through 1963. In 1968, our first two middle schools were built. We continued to build schools as needed until 1979-80, when Tomahawk and Barry Elementary schools opened. The District renovated existing facilities to keep up with growth until 1998, when school #20, Davidson Elementary School opened. Atkinson Middle School opened in 2000, Tarver Elementary School opened in 2001 and Peņa Elementary opened in August of 2003.
Cartwright School District is a Pre-K-8 th grade urban district located in west Phoenix. We currently serve over 20,000 students with slow, steady growth annually.
* 16 elementary schools (K-5)
* 1 Traditional Magnet School (Palm Lane)
* 1 Fine Arts Magnet School (Justine Spitalny)
* 4 sixth grade centers
* 4 middle schools (7-8)
* Specialized Education programs located on all campuses
* Over 1,000 teachers, with approximately 100 new teachers hired each year
* We offer art, music, physical education and enrichment programs, as well as programs to meet the needs of at-risk students
Cartwright School District is a Other organization
No. of Schools: 25
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