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41 Arizona public schools earn Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence™ Award


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Rancho Gabriela School In The Dysart Unified School District Was One Of Arizona's 2017-18 A+ Schools. Photo Courtesy Dysart Unified School District

The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced the names of 41 Arizona public schools receiving the coveted A+ School of Excellence™ award for the 2017-2018 academic year on Wednesday.

AEF has identified and honored exemplary pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools in Arizona since 1983.

The 2018 A+ School of Excellence winning schools and principals are:
Acacia Elementary School, Washington Elementary School District, Christine Hollingsworth
Basha High School, Chandler Unified School District, David Loutzenheiser
Centennial High School, Peoria Unified School District, Christine Lopezlira
Constitution Elementary School, Deer Valley Unified School District, Cheyana Leiva
Deer Valley High School, Deer Valley Unified School District, Kim Crooks
Desert Sky Middle School, Vail Unified School District, Katie Dabney
Elgin School, Sonoita Elementary School District, Dr. Christopher Bonn
Estrella Mountain Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School District, Sharon Marine
Eugene Field Elementary School, Mesa Unified School District, Scott Cumberledge
Fruchthendler Elementary School, Tucson Unified School District, Mary Anderson
Greenfield Jr. High School, Gilbert Unified School District, Brian Yee
Irving Elementary School, Mesa Unified School District, Penny Briney
James K Zaharis Elementary School, Mesa Unified School District, Mike Oliver
John and Carol Carlson Elementary School, Chandler Unified School District, Leo Schlueter
Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, Kyrene Elementary School District, Kelley Brunner
Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School, Kyrene Elementary School District, Dr. Cheryl Greene
Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School, Kyrene Elementary School District, Janet Tobias
Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, Kyrene Elementary School District, Lisa Connor
Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary School, Kyrene Elementary School District, Dan Langston
Laguna Elementary School, Scottsdale Unified School District, Dr. Katie Root
Madison Camelview Elementary School, Madison Elementary School District, Hilary O’Brien
Mansfeld Magnet Middle School, Tucson Unified School District, Richard Sanchez
Maurice C. Cash Elementary School, Laveen Elementary School District, Lisa Sandomir
Meridian Elementary School, Gilbert Unified School District, James Leeper
Mountain Pointe High School, Tempe Union High School District, Bruce Kipper
Mountain Ridge High School, Deer Valley Unified School District, Shona Miranda
Rancho Gabriela School, Dysart Unified School District, Scott Kerr
Red Mountain High School, Mesa Unified School District, Jared Ryan
Redfield Elementary School, Scottsdale Unified School District, Christine Bonow
Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Deer Valley Unified School District, Dr. Lynn Miller
Senita Valley Elementary School, Vail Unified School District, Connie Erickson
Sierra Verde STEM Academy, Deer Valley Unified School District, Dr. Paula Tseunis
Sonoran Trails Middle School, Cave Creek Unified School District, Bill Dolezal
South Valley Jr. High School, Gilbert Unified School District, Tim Cannon
T. Dale Hancock Elementary School, Chandler Unified School District, Connie Hull
Tartesso Elementary School, Saddle Mountain Unified School District, Liz Burton
Trailside Point Performing Arts Academy, Laveen Elementary School District, Sarah Zembruski
Vail Academy and High School, Vail Unified School District, Dennis Barger
Verrado Elementary School, Litchfield Elementary School District, Luke Jankee
Verrado Middle School, Litchfield Elementary School District, Karen Williams
Zuni Hills Elementary School, Peoria Unified School District, Fritz Maynes

“The A+ School of Excellence™ program celebrates outstanding schools throughout Arizona, calling attention to the positive stories and successes occurring in public schools,” said AEF Executive Director, Bobbie O’Boyle. “The application and evaluation process for this program is comprehensive and rigorous. We applaud these schools for exceeding expectations to meet their students’ needs and for achieving overall success despite the many challenges that face the education community statewide.”

Applicant schools are evaluated in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data.

Applications are made available to Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools statewide. Evaluation of schools is based on a lengthy written application submitted by the school and a rigorous site visit conducted by a team of trained judges. In the application, each school provides demographic information, a description of current programs and practices, documentation of parent and community involvement, and a profile of the school’s principal and the school community’s commitment to excellence, equity, service and sustained high achievement. Preparation of each school’s application involves collaboration among all stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members.

Schools receive $500 and a banner designating them as an A+ School of Excellence™ winner. All staff and their family members at the award-winning schools are eligible for partial scholarships from Argosy University Phoenix. The award is valid for three and a half years. Recognition through the A+ School of Excellence™ program can help increase confidence in Arizona’s public schools and create greater parent and community support.

Click here for school award ceremony details. The page will be updated regularly as events are scheduled.

Click here for additional information about the A+ School of Excellence program.