3 Tucson schools earn 'A+' award - Tucson News Now

3 Tucson schools earn 'A+' award

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three Tucson schools were among 34 Arizona public schools recognized with the "A+ School of Excellence" award for the 2013-2014 school year.

The award recognizes outstanding pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools that demonstrate a comprehensive framework of successful programs and practices.

Marjorie W. Estes Elementary School, Senita Valley Elementary School and Vail Academy and High School were recognized in Tucson. The following is the entire list of 2014 A+ School of Excellence winners:

Acacia Elementary School, Phoenix (Washington Elementary School District), Christine Hollingsworth, Principal

Basha High School, Chandler (Chandler Unified School District), Ken James, Principal

Benson High School, Benson (Benson Unified School District), Ben Rodriguez, Principal

Black Mountain Elementary School, Cave Creek (Cave Creek School District), Matt Owsley, Principal

Canyon Ridge School, Surprise (Dysart Unified School District), Dr. Shelley Isai, Principal

Corona del Sol High School, Tempe (Tempe Unified School District), Brent Brown, Principal

Cortina Elementary School, Queen Creek (Higley Unified School District), Cort Monroe, Principal

Desert Sun Academy, Cave Creek (Cave Creek Unified School District), Dr. Donald Wood, Principal

Eduprize School, Queen Creek (Eduprize School LLC), Joyce Fox, Principal

Falcon Hill Elementary School, Mesa (Mesa Unified School District), Dr. Lynn Taylor David, Principal

Greenfield Jr. High School, Gilbert (Gilbert Unified School District), Brian Yee, Principal

Harvey L. Taylor Jr. High School, Mesa (Mesa Unified School District), Gina Piraino, Principal

James K. Zaharis Elementary School, Mesa (Mesa Unified School District), Mike Oliver, Principal

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, Phoenix (Kyrene Elementary School District), Michael Deignan, Principal

Laguna Elementary School, Scottsdale (Scottsdale Unified School District), Dr. Katie Root, Principal

Marjorie W. Estes Elementary School, Tucson (Marana Unified School District), Nancy Paddock, Principal

Maurice C. Cash Elementary School, Phoenix (Laveen Elementary School District), Lisa Sandomir, Principal

Metro Tech High School, Phoenix (Phoenix Union High School District), Kate McDonald, Principal

Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix (Tempe Union High School District), Bruce Kipper, Principal

Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School, Vail (Vail Unified School District), Jennifer Holt, Principal

Playa del Rey Elementary School, Gilbert (Gilbert Unified School District), Dr. Robyn Conrad, Principal

Red Mountain High School, Mesa (Mesa Unified School District), Dr. Gerald Slemmer, Principal

Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School, Mesa (Mesa Unified School District), Joyce Cook, Principal

Robert & J. Danell Tarwater Elementary School, Chandler (Chandler Unified School District), Jeff Hensley, Principal

Senita Valley Elementary School, Tucson (Vail Unified School District), Connie Erickson, Principal

Sequoya Elementary School, Scottsdale (Scottsdale Unified School District), Dr. Bridget Braney, Principal

Sierra Verde STEM Academy, Glendale (Deer Valley Unified School District), Dr. Paula Tseunis, Principal

Sonoran Trails Middle School, Cave Creek (Cave Creek Unified School District), Bill Dolezal, Principal

T. Dale Hancock Elementary School, Chandler (Chandler Unified School District), Connie Hull, Principal

Tempe High School, Tempe (Tempe Union High School District), Mark Yslas, Principal

Trailside Point School, Laveen (Laveen Elementary School District), Sarah Zembruski, Principal

Vail Academy and High School, Tucson (Vail Unified School District), Dennis Barger, Principal

Vistancia Elementary School, Peoria (Peoria Unified School District), Steve Gillett, Principal

Washington High School, Phoenix (Glendale Union High School District), Carol Lippert, Principal

"The A+ School of Excellence program celebrates education and calls attention to the positive stories and successes occurring in Arizona's public schools," AEF Executive Director Bobbie O'Boyle stated in a news release. "The Foundation identifies and recognizes outstanding schools throughout Arizona and those responsible for a school's success."

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, the release said. 

The recognized schools receive $500 and a banner designating it as an A+ School of Excellence winner. All staff and faculty at the award-winning schools are eligible for partial scholarships from Argosy University Phoenix. The award is valid for three and a half years. 

For more information, visit http://www.AzEdFoundation.org

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