Welcome to Nogales Unified School District!

NUSD #1 is located about an hour south of Tucson in the beautiful mountains of Southern Arizona. The City of Nogales is a fantastic place to live and work. It is a progressive city that has successfully maintained its small town charm, rich traditions, and vibrant culture. The city is the county seat for Santa Cruz County and shares the international border with Nogales-Sonora, its sister city in Mexico.

Our school district serves approximately 6,200 students in 10 schools which include a preschool program, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Located in the southern part of Santa Cruz County, our students and families bring to our school community a rich cultural background that reflects life on both sides of the border.

Most importantly, Nogales is the type of city where “a kid can be a kid.” Far removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Nogales is a place where parents can feel safe with nurturing schools and caring neighbors. Come join us here at Nogales Unified School District #1. We can’t wait to meet you!

A Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Update April 2016

To the NUSD Team,

I would like to make some clarification in regards to a financial-analysis report we presented on March 29, 2016 at the request of the Governing Board to make sure everyone receives accurate information. (A copy of the presentation-report is available and a public record).

The NUSD Leadership Team has done a complete financial cost analysis regarding the salary steps of all classified-certified district employees going back seven years. The projection outlined the cost to bring all employees to a one-time, step increase (based on years with the district) due to budget constraints in the past seven years that did not allow step increases. ‎The projected cost-impact to the district would be close to $2 million. 

For my complete message, please visit the Superintendent's Message page.



Fernando Parra

A message from President Marcelino Varona, Jr.

On behalf of the Nogales Unified School District Governing Board, I would like to welcome you to this website whether you are an employee, community member, parent, student, or visitor.  The Governing Board consists of five elected officials who serve rotating terms and currently include myself as board president, Clerk Greg Lucero, and members Manuel Ruiz, Barbara Mendoza, and Santiny Orozco.  The board strives diligently to fulfill its duties, which include but are not limited to, overseeing the financial health of the District, approving policies and procedures, and ensuring the hiring of the highest quality of employees possible.  The Board pledges to be a partner with District leadership in establishing a welcoming climate and culture for all.  We are volunteering our time and effort to enhance the educational opportunities for every student and we look forward to working toward this goal with all stakeholders.

President Marcelino Varona, Jr.


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NHS Band
NHS Apaches Marching Band
On behalf of Nogales High School, I would like to take this opportunity to send out a very special thank you to everyone who assisted in getting our Marching Band to Washington D.C.!
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NHS Mariachi
NHS Mariachi earns prestigious grant
The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded the Nogales High School mariachi program its second grant in two years, this time for $40,000.
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