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CAPE provides educational services for youth held in the Detention Center. These services are provided by CAPE to fulfill the state requirements. County juvenile courts work in cooperation with their county school superintendent to establish an educational program for youth held in juvenile detention facilities. CAPE is operated by the Pima Accommodation School District #00 and the first nationally accredited school held in a Detention Center. If you have questions or concerns regarding CAPE, please call (520) 724-4544.


CAPE’s mission is to create a challenging and rewarding curriculum for all students transiting through the Juvenile Court Detention facility. The mission encompasses fostering positive choices, problem solving, critical thinking skills, accountability, respectful boundaries, communication, socialization, and personal growth in a safe, secure environment.

CAPE encourages ideas and opportunities for personal growth, as well as assisting students in achieving success in the world of school and work. CAPE is dedicated to providing an education for all of their students so they will have a strong foundation for success.


CAPE requires core subjects be taught on a daily basis. Instructors are an integral part of curriculum development, and materials are aligned with all state standards. Some of the curriculum is based on twelve individual weeks where Life Skills are taught. Each week begins with a pre-test and ends with a post-test. Students have the opportunity to earn certificates at the end of each week and gain a quarter-credit. Physical Education is also a part of the daily curriculum and ensures every student is receiving adequate and meaningful exercise.

CAPE classes are conducted within the Detention Center. The school programs are individually focused. All students are assessed academically and placed in individualized education curriculum tailored to meet their needs and ensure the continuation of their educational services with minimum interruption. CAPE is in compliance with state correctional assessment procedures.

CAPE offers a low student-to-staff ratio to ensure every student receives individualized assistance. Due to the constantly changing population of the Detention Center, CAPE is an open entry/open exit program. As a local education agency, CAPE complies with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state requirements for special education. This includes Child Find, Psycho-Ed evaluations, Individualized Education Program development, and other related services such as speech/language therapy, sign language interpretation, and counseling.


For those students who qualify, General Education Degree (GED) preparation and testing is available. To qualify, a student must have parental and Court permission to take the GED exam. With an authorized GED examiner on staff, CAPE administers a Pre-GED examination to determine eligibility and offers preparation for the exam.

For other students, High School Credit and Credit recovery are also available. For further questions regarding High School Credit or our GED program, district superintendent for CAPE can be contacted at (520) 724-4544.

Suzette Williams

Director of Detention Services

(520) 724-2929

Juvenile Detention
2225 East Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

Map and Directions

Detention 24-Hours:

(520) 724-2150

Intake 24-Hours:

(520) 724-2003

CAPE School:

(520) 724-4544


(520) 724-5093