Welcome to Saddle Mountain

Welcome to Saddle Mountain Unified School District. We are located in Tonopah, Arizona, west of the White Tank Mountains. We are a small but growing community, serving students in more than 500 square miles in Tonopah and Buckeye.

Our dedicated staff and faculty members serve about 1,400 students in two elementary schools and one high school. Thanks to our supportive community, all of our school facilities are less than eight years old, including the reconstructed and just reopened Ruth Fisher Elementary School, the Silver Leed Certified Tartesso Elementary School, and the design award-winning Tonopah Valley High School.

We are constantly pursuing the best in education and implementing strategies and curriculum that will provide the best learning environment for our students.

All schools in the Saddle Mountain Unified School District serve free breakfast to all students. Breakfast includes a variety of entrees, fruit, 100% fruit juice, low fat milk, and whole grain cereals. Fuel your day right with a complete breakfast at no charge in your school's cafeteria.

School Starting Times:

Ruth Fisher School:

  • K - 2nd: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • 3rd - 8th: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tartesso Elementary School:

  • K - 8th: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tonopah Valley High School:

  • 8:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Please take some time to visit our new website. Meet our Governing Board, keep up-to-date with district events on our news page or event calendar, find out about job postings, or get to know our schools. We also have some helpful Web resources.

A Message from our Superintendent

Welcome to the Saddle Mountain Unified School District.  We are proud of our schools and community.

  • Over 95% of the teaching staff is highly qualified under NCLB guidelines.
  • All schools have active PTOs or Booster Clubs.
  • Auditor General has reported that food service costs per meal are very low relative to peer group districts.
  • Auditor General has reported that transportation costs per mile are low relative to peer group districts.
  • Auditor General has reported that plant operations cost per square foot are low relative to peer group districts.
  • Our community voted to continue an M & O override and to support Bonds for the reconstruction of Ruth Fisher and safety and security improvements at all schools.
  • Fitch upgraded district credit rating to A-.

We welcome your interest in our district and our children.


Mark Joraanstad

Mark H. Joraanstad

Teacher of the Year
Mission Statement & Goals