The Arizona Educational Foundation has awarded an "A+" designation to a Vail School District elementary school.
Desert Willow Elementary School, led by Principal Deborah Bryson, is one of 28 Arizona schools to receive the title for being a model of educational excellence to other schools throughout the nation in 2013, according to a news release.
"The requirements and process for attaining "A+" status are most rigorous. Very few schools in the state qualify and this is a huge accomplishment and honor," Superintendent Calvin Baker said. "We are very proud of the staff at Desert Willow Elementary School."
The A+ School Recognition Program evaluates schools in the areas of student focus, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data.
The program, created in 1983, includes an application process and site visits from AEF judges.
Other Vail schools to previously received this award in recent years are: Corona Foothills Middle School (2012), Cienega High School (2012), Desert Sky Middle School (2011), Old Vail Middle School (2011), and Empire High School (2011), Acacia Elementary (2010), Cottonwood Elementary (2010), Mesquite Elementary (2010), Sycamore Elementary (2009) and Cienega High School (2008).
Desert Willow Elementary School was previously recognized in 2007.
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