Overview of the Balsz District
Balsz School District No. 31 is located in the central-eastern portion of the City of Phoenix, in a pocket of land between Papago Park and Sky Harbor International Airport, near downtown Phoenix and Arizona State University. Bounded roughly by Thomas Road on the north and the Salt River on the south, 64thStreet on the east and 32nd Street on the West, the district comprises approximately six square miles. The area is served by the 202, 143 and 153 Freeways and the Metro light-rail system.Students in the district are mostly minority and their parents are the working poor. More than 91 percent qualify for free or subsidized lunch and 75 percent of the district's children entering kindergarten struggle to speak English.