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Three Vail schools celebrate A+ designation


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  • Natalie Luna Rose/Vail School District

Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School, Senita Valley Elementary School, and Vail Academy and High School are Vail’s newest Arizona Education Foundation A+ designees for 2014.

Each school will have separate celebrations on Thursday, May 8. The first event will be at 8:00 am at Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School, 10170 S. White Lightning Lane.

At 9:15am, Senita Valley Elementary School, 10750 E. Bilby Road, will have their recognition and at 12:15pm, the last event will be at Vail Academy & High school, located at 7762 E. Science Park Drive (on the UA Tech Park campus).

Superintendent Calvin Baker stated, “Meeting the challenging criteria for these awards can only be accomplished when schools and communities work together. This is a great honor for Vail. We are very proud of the staff, students, and parent community at ALL THREE schools.”

The A+ School Recognition Program was created by the Arizona Educational Foundation in 1983 and exists to give public recognition to outstanding schools in Arizona.

The application and selection process for the prestigious award is a highly demanding and rigorous process including an extensive application and site visits from AEF judges.

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.

Other Vail Schools who received this award in recent years are: Desert Willow Elementary (2007), Cienega High School (2008 & 2012), Sycamore Elementary (2009), Acacia Elementary (2010), Cottonwood Elementary (2010), Mesquite Elementary (2010), Desert Sky Middle School (2011), Old Vail Middle School (2011), Empire High School (2011), Corona Foothills Middle School (2012), and Desert Willow Elementary (2013).