School Buses

It's our honor and privilege to transport the wonderful students who reside in our neighborhoods to and from our schools. We are here to help ease the stress of parents on how their children will get to school but we also need your help in providing the best customer service. Please check with your child's school about the designated stops and times for students who reside in the established bus areas.

Bus Application

Transportation Eligibility Request for General Education Students for the 
2020-2021 School Year

It is the mission of the Cartwright School District’s Transportation Department to transport students to and from school in a safe, efficient, dependable, professional and courteous manner, while providing the highest quality of support for educational programs by delivering the best possible transportation services.

Bus transportation is not mandated by the legislature, but a privilege offered by the Cartwright School District. Transportation services will be offered to:

Elementary students – Kindergarten through eighth grade students who are residents within a school attendance area and who live more than one radial mile from school.
Transportation services are offered to the following school sites for general education students: RH Castro Academy of Fine Arts, Peña Elementary, Heatherbrae Elementary, Holiday Park Elementary, Spitalny Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Atkinson Middle School, Tarver Elementary, Desert Sands Middle School, Estrella Middle School, and eligible gifted students.

Special Education students  Students with disabilities who require transportations, as indicated in their respective individual education plan (IEP).

All other students will be considered ineligible for transportation to and from school.

Students who are not eligible for bus transportation, such as students within walking boundaries and Open Enrollment students may apply for District transportation on a regular education bus route within the attendance boundaries of the school to which the student is
enrolled. Transportation of a non-eligible bus transportation students is subject to the flowing
  • The Transportation Application is must be submitted to the Transportation District (online or at the school) completed. Any incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Bus routes will be assigned to the student in the order that the Transportation
    application is received
  • The Transportation Department will review Transportation applications submitted
    during the school year in the order they are received and notify parents once the
    student is eligible to ride the bus. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for this to be
  • The Parent/Guardian is responsible to ensure that their student arrives to the
    designated bus stop 10 minutes prior to the pickup time.
  • Kindergarten students must be accompanied by the parent/guardian in the morning to the stop. The parent/guardian must receive the kindergarten student at the afternoon drop off time at the designated stop. Any kindergarten student whose parent/guardian is not at the stop will be returned to the school for the parent to pickup.
  • The Transpiration Department will review each applicant’s request and authorize
    transportation based on capacity on the selected bus route.
  • An application for Transportation must be applied for each new school year.
  • The Transportation Department will notify the parent/guardian once the transportation application has been approved.
  • Bus stop location, route numbers and pick up/drop off times are subject to change.
  • Upon written notification to the parent/guardian, the District may revoke a student’s eligibility to ride the bus at any time and for any reason, including but not limited to, capacity no longer existing on the assigned route and/or disciplinary issues occurring on the bus.

2020-2021 Bus Routes

Click Here to fill out the Transportation Application

Email the form to or return it to your school.
Remember this is to reserve your student’s seat on the bus. Return it quickly!

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Schedule 

The following schools have no regular education transportation:

  • Borman
  • Cartwright
  • Davidson
  • Downs
  • Harris
  • Long
  • Palm Lane
  • Peralta
  • Starlight Park
  • Tomahawk

Transportation is provided for the following areas: 

Atkinson Middle SchoolAll sixth through eighth-grade students residing in the established bus area.


Desert Sands Middle SchoolAll seventh through eighth-grade students residing in the established bus area. 

Estrella Middle School: All sixth through eighth-grade students residing in the established bus area. 

Heatherbrae SchoolAll kindergarten through third-grade students who reside north of the canal.

Holiday Park SchoolAll kindergarten through third-grade students residing in the established bus area. 

Peña School:
All kindergarten through fifth-grade students who reside at Del Mar, Emerald Shores, and Parkwood apartments and all kindergarten through third-grade students who live north of Thomas. 

Spitalny School
All kindergarten through fifth-grade students residing south of Thomas. 

Sunset School: 
All kindergarten through fifth-grade students residing north of the canal west of 59th Avenue. 

Tarver School
All kindergarten through fifth-grade students residing in the established bus area. 

Castro Middle School: 
All seventh through eighth-grade students residing in the established bus area.


*In order to determine if you live in an established bus area, please contact Leslie Chaparro in Transportation at (623) 691-4093.

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