The facility, which was originally built in 1964 and updated in 1996, operated as Balsz Elementary School until 2019 when it reopened as Tillman Middle School. The reimagined campus features a state-of-the-art classroom building to foster learning and collaboration. New classroom wings highlight the school’s specialty pathways, including AVID, an advanced college and career readiness program; STEM; Digital Media Arts; and Kinetics. Relocating the library adjacent to the cafeteria creates a student commons space for socialization and relationship building.
"I’m excited when I visit Tillman Middle School and see the students enjoying their independence, agency, and choice by collaborating both inside the classroom and in the many break-out spaces beyond the classroom walls," said Carmen Wyckoff, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and K-12 Education Leader.
The $16.9-million, 70,000-square-foot project was funded through a voter-approved bond election in November 2018. It is located blocks from Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium where Tillman played collegiate football.