Welcome to the Home of the Tigers

Welcome to the Tartesso Elementary School website. We are located in Buckeye, Arizona and enjoy the benefits of an active and supportive community. As a part of Saddle Mountain USD, we foster a culture of high academic achievement. Our students thrive and excel in a variety of programs carried out in partnership with our caring, collaborative community. Whether you are a student, parent, prospective family, or community member, we have what you are looking for.

A Message from Our Principal

Parents, Guardians, Students, and Alumni:

Welcome to Tartesso Elementary School, home of the Tigers. We are a K-8 school in the Saddle Mountain Unified School District with just under 400 students in Buckeye, Arizona. Our four-day school week is in session Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and we offer free breakfast in the classroom to all students daily. Through our mission statement, “Everyone learns every day,” our teachers and staff will significantly touch the lives of your children. We are a school of strong tradition, values, and excellence. Together with our community members, we reflect on the past and build our future. The future is bright!

Many exciting things are happening this year at Tartesso. We are pleased to announce that we have completed our digital conversion and can now boast a 1:1 student to computer ratio for grades K-8. Students in grades K-3 use Samsung tablets or chrome books during their enrichment hour, 4th and 5th grade classes receive weekly coding classes, and all students in grades 4-8 have a technology class twice a week. Students are becoming more and more familiar with technology, and we are confident that they are acquiring the skills necessary to be prepared to compete in the 21st century. 

We offer a variety of enrichment classes and after school programs again this year, facilitated by teachers, parents, and community members. K-3 students can participate in dance, cooking and crafts, 7-up writing, project based learning, software, gardening, Character Counts, keyboarding, Mad Scientists, drama, reading, and art. Our 4th-8th grade students can participate in the following after school clubs: Surf N’ Chess, science, math tutoring, homework, Kids Connection, yearbook, soccer, art, computer programming, Lego Robotics, and Student Council. In addition, we offer two clubs that have competed at the state level: Odyssey of the Mind and Vex Robotics. Our 6th-8th grade students can also apply to be part of the Tartesso News Network. They write news segments and conduct interviews that are videotaped weekly to broadcast to the entire student body every Tuesday. 

We are excited to announce that we are offering two new leadership programs this year for our 6th-8th grade students: Junior National Honors Society and Youth for Youth. Students applied to be selected for JNHS, while teachers and administration choose students that exhibited strong leadership qualities to participate in the Youth for Youth program. We feel these two programs will enhance our school by setting high standards for all students and educating them about the ways to become a positive role model by leading in the right way.

Tartesso Elementary School continues to offer sports for 5th-8th grade students. We have our own teams for girls volleyball and boys basketball and join with Ruth Fisher, our sister K-8 school in Tonopah, to allow students to participate in tackle football, girls basketball, boys baseball, and girls softball. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters and KONA ICE have partnered with us by providing fundraising opportunities for our school this year. BBBS has a clothing bin in our parking lot in which community members can drop off used items at any time. We receive 10% of the total amount raised. In addition, KONA ICE brings their truck out to Tartesso every Thursday during lunch hours and students may buy frozen treats during recess. We receive 20% of the profits. 
We think it’s extremely important to celebrate successes at Tartesso. We have an incentive program that gives students Tiger Paws for exemplary behavior and perfect attendance. At the end of each month, we select two students from each class to participate in a dodge ball tournament with the principal. We also give certificates and acknowledge the students on our Facebook page. Please check out our page for important reminders and events!

I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. If I can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 


Liz Burton

Liz Burton
(623) 474-5408



Tartesso was designated an A school by the Arizona Department of Education!

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