A Brief Guide to Choosing a School in Australia

One of the most asked questions by migrants moving to Australia is “How do I choose a school for my children?”. Not an easy task when you’re 10,000 miles away so let’s look at some of the things you need to consider.Private or Public school This comes down to personal preference and what you can afford.

Most states operate similar programs with primary school running from kindergarten through to year six or seven

Both my children went through public schools in Western Australia and onto University so for me public schools have been good. Public schools are often very diverse and most draw their main body of students from the local community.If you go private just beware that some are faith based and follow a religious curriculum with some very old fashioned values, often all girls all boys schools. They do pride themselves on sport and many operate excellent sport programs. They are generally well funded which is something you would expect considering they also receive funding from the government at the expense of public schools. A top private school can command a $30,000 fee per year so make sure you understand the impact the school fees will have on your living expenses.Not all can afford to send their children to a top private school but don’t despair some public schools regularly beat top private schools in the school ranking tables despite the poor funding. You will need to keep in mind though that even public schools are not totally free and top public schools can command fees as much a $2,000 per year for a student in year 12. They may say voluntary contributions but if your child is to participate fully you will be expected to pay so you will need to budget for this.Cost is one factor that will determine where we send our children to school the other factor is where we live.

Make sure you draw up an itinerary and a plan of where you are going to visit to ensure you give yourself enough time to have a holiday as well

Most parents have to live near where they work and so this will often dictate what schools are available to you. Just remember though the quality of education is not just about results. According to the ACER (Australian Council for Educational research) chief executive Geoff Masters “The quality of education provided by a school is best judged not by its final results but by the difference it makes, taking into account students’ starting points. A school making a large difference ‘value adding’ to students’ levels of achievement and life chances may deliver ‘better education’, despite its lower Year 12 results.” So something to consider rather than just results.

That doesn’t always hold true as I have seen children go through private education only to drop out due to the pressure of the strict regime and work ethic, it doesn’t suit everyone

Australia, like the UK, uses a league table system to compare schools. When you use it keep in mind the words of ACER Chief Executive above regarding how schools add value to student education. You can find more information on league tables and compare schools in the area you wish to move to on the myschool.edu.au website. It covers the entire education systems across Australia.The Myschool website contains quite a large range of information on schools, covering the profile of population of each school of which there is approximately 9,500. The site also lists outcomes of NAPLAN testing performance data, student attendance and school financial figures including capital expenditure and sources of funding. It’s a good source of information and you are able to compare literacy and numeracy standards of local schools to state averages. Whilst this may give an indication of current standards it is important to consider achievements in Years 11 and 12. For example: years 7 and 9 NAPLAN tests may show the majority of students in the lower brackets of the test results. The school however has an excellent achievement rate for both ATAR (university students, more on that later) and vocational studies (non ATAR). This would suggest that the school may have an excellent system to bring those struggling students up to speed by the time they leave. A very important point to consider.For those who are curious NAPLAN stands with the National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) and is an annual assessment of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008. Assessments are undertaken nationwide every year in the second full week in May. Tests are made up of four areas or domains covering:• Reading• Writing• Language conventions (spelling grammar and punctuation)• NumeracyNow to try and explain this ATAR business which is not an easy task I might add. In short an ATAR score is a percentile score given between “less than 30” up to a maximum of 99.95 (in a minimum increment of 0.05). Clear as mud so far I guess. In layman terms it is a score which denotes a student’s ranking relative to his or her peers upon completion of their secondary education. This score is used by university and tertiary education programs to rank and select prospective students. In short the higher your ATAR score is the more university courses you have to choose from. Most universities will display minimum ATAR scores for entry to all their courses.The School system in briefAustralia is made up of a collection of states and territories each has its own government which is responsible for its own education. Because of this there are some differences between states in the way schools operate. There is a national framework however which all schools have to follow to try and ensure some standardisation across the nation. Most states operate similar programs with primary school running from kindergarten through to year six or seven. High schools tend to run from year 7 to 10 and then senior high school runs from year 11 to year 12. The majority of schools cater for the full range from year 7 through to year 12, although there are a few specialist schools that operate just years 7 to 10 or years 11 and 12 in all states. In some states schools that operate for just year 11 and 12 are able to specialise in certain areas becoming Regional Training Organisations (RTO’s) allowing students to get involved in pre-apprenticeships.All states offer their own certification, for example in Western Australia students achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education at the end of year 12 (WACE). In the Eastern states the Australian Capital Territory students are awarded the ACT Certificate. In New South Wales they offer the Higher School Certificate, in Queensland it’s the Queensland Certificate of Education. In Victoria (yes, you’ve guessed it) it’s the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning. Moving west to South Australia they have the South Australian Certificate of Education and up in the Northern Territory its known as the Northern Territory Certificate Education.If you are worried you may have to move states as I did rest assured that all Australian schools follow the Australian Qualifications framework (AQF) which has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This does allow for some standardisation across the states and allows students to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another. For early years there will be some differences but these will be more operational than subject content. For years 11 and 12 it may be more significant especially for university bound students as specialist areas will vary from school to school and state to state. This is also affected by availability of specialist teachers in your chosen subject area.In my experience I have found UK school children to be slightly in front in terms of their level of education and maturity. This is certainly true in the early years however years 11 and 12 can be extremely intense especially if they have University ambitions.Consider their in opinions?Now many will make the assumption that when choosing a high school you should look for the best. That doesn’t always hold true as I have seen children go through private education only to drop out due to the pressure of the strict regime and work ethic, it doesn’t suit everyone. In our quest to find the best we often forget the feelings of the little guys and girls who will have to attend that institution every day. In short your children’s opinions should count as well. Some children are naturally confident and enjoy tough challenges. Others may like a more relaxed less pressured environment.Find out what your children’s preferences are, what special talents do they have, musical, mathematical, science, sport and then find a school nearby that fits their needs. Look for the school that best fits your values and children’s needs, not just plum for the best in the areas because that is what other parents are doing. Step back assess what the school has to offer and try to figure out what’s best for your children. By doing this your child is likely to be far happier at school and so will you.School lifeThe school year across Australia runs from the beginning of February through to the latter part of December. The school year is normally split into two semesters. Each semester consists of two terms each 10 week long (4 in total). At the end of each term students have a two week holiday. Summer holidays start in December and last until the beginning of February. As states look after their own education holidays can sometimes vary from state to state. You can get a full list of the holidays across Australia from http://www.australia.comDaily school normally starts around about 8.40 am and finishes at 3.00 pm. The day is split into five periods each lasting around 60 minutes with two 20 to 25 minute breaks in between period 2 and 3 and then period 4 and 5. Extracurricular activities normally run from 3 to 4pm. Again school days will vary from state to state and in some schools they operate the split system where lower school students start at around 7am through to about 1pm. Upper school students attend later in the day and finish around about 5pm. This is only a guide and it does vary from school to school and state to state.Just arrived There are some who believe that children should start school as soon as you arrive to help them integrate quicker. I think that is a fair comment as it’s important to get your children integrated into Australian life as soon as possible. Having said that I feel it’s important to give children a little time to recover from their travels and get used to their new surroundings.Some schools may allow you to preliminarily book your child into the their school before you arrive. Whilst it’s nice to know you have a school lined up in my opinion it may be in your best interests to just wait a little longer until you arrive. We gave our children a couple weeks to integrate and take in a little of the enormous change they had experienced in their lives at that point in time. It also gave us chance to visit the schools with the children in a more relaxed manner. I personally would not book my children into school before I had actually visited and checked out what it was like. Furthermore competition for places in the better schools is often tight so they can afford to be a bit choosy about who they pick especially if you live outside the catchment area. They will probably want to interview you and your children before they allow them to enrol.Researching schoolsIf you can afford to come out on a reconnaissance visit before you migrate it helps. It’s a lovely way to assess areas to live in and schools as you are in a far more relaxed mood. Make sure you draw up an itinerary and a plan of where you are going to visit to ensure you give yourself enough time to have a holiday as well.Contact the school prior to your arrival and make an appointment with the Principle to discuss your child’s proposed enrolment. Yes principles are busy people but they will appreciate that you have taken the time to make an appointment after all you want to make a good impression.Local knowledge is often the best so get out and about, talk to the locals and get their views on the best school in the area. Visit a few schools and watch the students coming and going. Are they happy? How are they dressed? Are they all in uniform? If any of these are negative then you might to try and discuss this with locals. Yes you will need to mingle with parents and introduce yourself but be brave and ask what they think of the school you may be surprised as to what you find outCheck out the schools social media profile. Most schools have a Facebook page Twitter account or an app to download for your phone. Take a look at these as this will give you an indication as to how the school communicates with the local community. look at how parents discuss the school, do they use positive or negative tones? How does the school communicate back to the parents do they answer all the questions politely and positively.Most schools have their own website which often contain details of the curriculum they offer to students including a plan of the year. Schools that have this facility are, in my opinion, often very organised and efficient which is good sign. Have a look and see what extracurricular activities they offer outside of school hours. Do they cater for disabilities or gifted and talented students? Remember the article above about adding value to a child’s education. If they have a newsletter sign up for it and get regular updates on what’s happening at the school.Opinions from message boardsLast but not least the expat message boards. They are useful especially when you have honest opinions from expats that have done it. These people can often be absolute gold mines of information. That said there are those that simply use these message boards to vent off their frustration and anger which is not really what you want. However, if used carefully they can be a rich source of information.Lastly keep in mind that students do well in schools that are well organised, with teachers that are well-prepared and supported by parents.

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School Library Provision and Services in Sierra Leone

IntroductionHarrod’s (2000), defined school library as an organized collection of books placed in a school for the use of teachers and pupils, but usually for pupils. It may comprise books of reference and or books for home reading and in the care of a professional librarian, or teacher-librarian. It is variously call “Instructional Materials Centre”, “Learning Centre or Media centre.

The separation of the Internet facilities from the library services has posed a serious threat to the library provision and services

“The School library serves as a service agency which supports the schools’ objectives and provides materials for all subjects and all interest of pupils and teachers. The school library is a supportive resource of the school curriculum, its provisions, services, and development is directed at aiding school programmes (Kinnel, 1994).Libraries generally have as their main purpose acquiring, processing, storing and disseminating information to which school library is not an exception. The school library has a vital role to play in the information service. They provide materials relevant to the curricular needs of everybody with the school community. The importance of providing such resources cannot be overemphasized if the school library is to be an instigator of and support for resource based learning in the school.Also, in relation to information skills, the library and its librarian, make available materials and services in different varieties to allow both pupils and the school community to use these skills in finding the information they need.The purpose and philosophy of school library service are rapidly being understood and accepted by school administrators and teachers.

Therefore, they see the need for central stock of materials which can be borrowed for differing lengths of time (lending service) and also for reading and consultation services

The fact necessitates that the school librarian be thoroughly familiar with those purposes such as guidance, the reading programme and the enrichment programme for pupils and teachers. However, Albert Academy library has no trained and qualified librarian, who understands and performs those purposes in order to ensure that the service provision is fully attained.Albert Academy School LibraryThe Albert Academy was inaugurated on the 4th October 1904. It was until 1975 when the Albert Academy Alumni Association in their meeting thought it wise that such a reputable institution must not go without a library as the development of school libraries was at its highest peak at that time. An idea to erect a library building was born with the collaboration of the alumni association and the owners of the school that is the United Methodist Church. The library was established with the aim of having a place where pupils could go and explore new ideas to further strengthen their school curriculum activities and leisure as well.The library was officially opened to the entire school community by His Excellency the late Dr.

Although these are not materials in the traditional sense, they still constitute resources for use by pupils and teachers

Siaka P. Stevens on 4th October 1976, then President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and also a member of the Albert Academy Alumni Association class of 1922. The library was named after him following the immense contribution he made towards establishing the library for the school community. The Albert Academy Library has a mission to “Support school curriculum activities by providing materials of relevance in the school process and to introduce new and improved information sources to help make the school to be in line with modern standards of education.”The objectives of the Albert Academy school library are as follows:I. To provide pupils with library materials and services most appropriate and most meaningful in their growth and development;ii. To participate fully in school programmes as it strikes to meet the needs of pupils, teachers, parents and others community members;iii. to stimulate and guide pupils in all phases of their reading that they may find increasing enjoyment and satisfaction and may grow in critical judgment and appreciation;iv. To make available new development and keep pupils abreast of modern trends in education recognize reader’s needs and keeping them well informed in order to create a well dynamic educational environment;v. To work with the teacher in the selection and production of educational materials that meet the aims of the curriculum, offer guidance in the use of collection, evaluation of education programmes and materials, facilitates the location, organisation and maintenance of materials efficiently; andvi. To help pupils to become skilled users of libraries and of printed and audio-visual materials.Library Provision at Albert Academy School LibraryA major role in the information service provided by modern school library is in the provision of materials relevant to the curricular needs of pupils and teachers. In recent years, the curriculum activities have moved to another level, where the school being supportive resource of this movement, must endeavor to house a variety of print and non-print materials and have access where possible to electronic sources of information which are also part of the information resources in the library.Given the demands of the modern school curriculum, the school library must now house a wide variety of print and non-print materials and have access, where possible, to electronic sources of information. The Albert Academy School provides printed materials, book, fiction and non-fiction as well as pamphlets, newspapers, chart, pictures, monographs, manuals, handbooks, textbooks and other reference books the library also provides non-books materials which include audio and audio-visual materials, slides, tape-slides, video cassettes, and CD ROM’s. Although these are not materials in the traditional sense, they still constitute resources for use by pupils and teachers. Use of electronic sources help school libraries to present pupils and teachers with a concept of a School Information Centre which is not continued to the school but is a link to an unending supply of information (Herring, 1988).Albert Academy School Library ServicesThe purpose of establishing Albert Academy School Library is to provide services for both pupils and teachers in a bid to fulfill one of its major purposes, which is to aid curriculum goals by providing services that are indispensably linked to the fulfillment of this purpose.One of the principal services of the Albert Academy School library is to act as back-up to the under resourced school programme. Even advanced countries cannot easily stock materials ranging from five thousand (5,000) to twenty thousand (20,000) in a small room to provide help to school programmes. Therefore, they see the need for central stock of materials which can be borrowed for differing lengths of time (lending service) and also for reading and consultation services. This is done in order to augment the school curriculum at the Albert Academy which is inclusive of the Basic Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Fine Arts.Albert Academy School library also provides inter-library loan services requests. This is particularly valuable to senior pupils studying topics across subjects offered in depth. Pupils who cannot afford to purchase or access such expensive materials benefit from this type of library service. Through inter-library loan services, materials are sourced from other schools libraries for the benefit of both pupils and teachers.A reference service is also provided at Albert Academy School library. The School Librarians spend a sizeable proportion of their time providing what in other libraries term would be termed as reference service. In providing a reference service, school Librarians perform a similar role to that of other librarians. In a reference interview in school, each pupil is treated as important as the other and given the Librarian’s full attention. This is achieved by personal assistance given to the pupils and teachers in finding specific information whether direct or indirect. Some of the reference materials at the Albert Academy School Library are dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, yearbooks, biographies newspapers, maps and charts, and the academic and administrative calendar of events or the operation of the school.One of the most valuable services provided by Albert Academy School library is that of information provision. The Albert Academy School library keeps the teachers and pupils informed about new educational resources and development in the fields of interest to them by displaying the jackets of books that just arrived. The Albert Academy School library uses Current Awareness Services (CAS) to achieve this goal. This is done by identifying the information needs of both teachers and pupils and meeting these needs. Linked to the CAS is the Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and this is more particular with teachers. This ranges from keeping individual teachers informed about new resources in the library or about newly published materials, to alerting teachers to meetings and course demands or event linked to their curricular interest.Challenges of Library Provision and Services at the Albert Academy School LibraryNo matter what an organisation has to count as success, is bound to face certain difficulties that stand before it as challenges to its success. School Libraries in Sierra Leone, especially Albert Academy School Library are not without challenges.To start with the library and its resources have been ignored by the pupils and teachers. Despite their all-important nature of service provision in support to them they do not see it as a valuable part of their activities. This is because most teachers and pupils do not get adequate supply of textbooks and other materials directly linked to the curriculum programme and most teachers prepare pamphlets for sale to pupils from which there teaching is based. This has caused most of the pupils to heavily depend on those sources instead of the library resources.The School Library has a staffing challenge. For example the Albert Academy School Library has no professional library staff to handle an information service for over two thousand pupils and teachers.Furthermore, the library has a challenge with space. The space provided for the library from inception is now not enough for the school. The school population in terms of teachers and pupils has grown relatively high to over two thousand (2000) pupils and staff as compared to the space provided for a little over Five hundred (500) pupils and staff about 40 years ago. It has become difficult to access the library and its resources.In addition, there is a funding problem. The Albert Academy School Library is faced with the difficultly of securing funds from the schools authorities for an effective collection development. The library depends heavily on donations and gifts to stock its collection and most of these materials given in this guise are not reflective of the courses offered in the school curriculum. Often, the school administration has to spread meager financial resources across a wide spectrum of school needs.The establishment of the computer laboratory with slight internet facilities independent of the school library has also created a problem for the Albert Academy School Library. The teachers and pupils would prefer to visit the Computer centre for Internet services much more that visiting the library. The separation of the Internet facilities from the library services has posed a serious threat to the library provision and services.Also, it is quite proven that the Albert Academy School Library lacks the capacity to provide for the visually impaired or handicapped. The absence of school library materials in the Braille format prevents blind and the partially sighted pupils to utilize the available library resources in their schools libraries.Final, the issue of preservation of library materials is not a common practice for the Albert Academy School. This preservation is supposed to ensure that the materials last long because of their frequent use. It has become difficult to access funds to preserve materials that are under threat of wearing out through continuous use.Despite some gloomy predictions on the future funding of education and possible restrictions on the availability of resources at the Albert Academy School Library, the future of the school library seems assured. It can be argued that because of current educational and technological trends, there has never been a greater need for well-resourced and professionally staffed school library than it is now. The emphasis on the individual’s-the child’s and the adult’s-ability to find and use information effectively is likely to continue in schools, at work and for leisure pursuits. A future society dependent on electronic information for its prosperity will need an information curriculum in its schools. Hence the availability of good school library provision and services in the school curriculum cannot be overemphasised (Kargbo, 2000).

Harrod, L. M. (2000). Harrod’s Librarians’ glossary… and Reference Book. 9th ed. Aldershot: Gower.Herring, J. E. (1988). School Librarianship 2nd ed. London: Clive Bingley.Kargbo, John Abdul (2000). “The history and development of school libraries in Sierra Leone,” School Libraries Worldwide, 6 (1), p.88-94.Kinnel, M. (1994). Managing library resources in Schools. Oxford: Library Association.

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Excelling Arizona Schools Named for 2004-2005 School Year

As with many school systems across the United States, Arizona Schools have several measurement and accountability programs in place to improve student scholastic achievement. One accountability program for the Arizona schools is the AZ LEARNS achievement program. AZ LEARNS holds all Arizona schools accountable for the performance of their students and teachers, measuring performance over several years versus a snapshot one-year measurement.

SchoolWinifred Harelson Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Arizona School for the Arts Arizona School for the Arts — bothelementary high schoolArizona schools’ BASIS School, Inc

The AZ LEARNS evaluation is based upon four established measurements already required by the Arizona schools. They are:o AIMS Scores — Measures reading, language arts and mathematics for elementary schools; and reading, writing and mathematics for high schools.o MAP — Measure of Academic Progress for schools, where students scores for AIMS and SATs are compared to the state average.o Graduation/Dropout Rates — Used for the high schools.o AYP — Adequate Yearly Progress measures student proficiency in the state’s academic standards of reading and mathematics over time.The AZ LEARNS program for the Arizona schools categorizes schools on a graded scale as either:o Failing to meet academic standards,o Underperforming,o Performing,o Highly Performing, oro Excelling.The Arizona schools for the 2004-2005 school year that were named Excelling are (listed by district/charter and school):Arizona schools’ Academy of Tucson, Inc. Academy of Tucson Middle SchoolArizona schools’ Alhambra Elementary District Alhambra Traditional SchoolArizona schools’ Allen-Cochran Enterprises, Inc. Center for Educational ExcellenceArizona schools’ Amphitheater Unified District Canyon Del Oro High SchoolRichard B.

Andersen Elementary SchoolRobert and Danell TarwaterElementarySanborn Elementary SchoolSantan K-8Shumway Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Crane Elementary District Ronald Reagan Fundamental SchoolArizona schools’ D

Wilson Jr. SchoolWinifred Harelson Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Arizona School for the Arts Arizona School for the Arts — bothelementary high schoolArizona schools’ BASIS School, Inc. BASIS Tucson — both elementary high schoolArizona schools’ Basis School, Inc. — Scottsdale Basis ScottsdaleArizona schools’ Benchmark School, Inc. Benchmark SchoolArizona schools’ Benjamin Franklin Charter School Benjamin Franklin Charter School inboth Gilbert and MesaArizona schools’ Bright Beginnings School, Inc.

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Bright Beginnings School #1Arizona schools’ CASY Country Day School CASY Country Day School #1Arizona schools’ Catalina Foothills Unified District Canyon View Elementary SchoolCatalina Foothills High SchoolEsperero Canyon Middle SchoolManzanita SchoolOrange Grove Middle SchoolSunrise Drive Elementary SchoolVentana Vista Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Cave Creek Unified District Cactus Shadows High School/PSHDesert Arroyo Middle SchoolDesert Sun Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Challenge School, Inc. Challenge Charter SchoolArizona schools’ Chandler Unified District Anna Marie Jacobson ElementarySchoolBasha ElementaryBasha High SchoolChandler High SchoolChandler Traditional Academy –Liberty CampusHamilton High SchoolJane D. Hull ElementaryJohn M. Andersen Elementary SchoolRobert and Danell TarwaterElementarySanborn Elementary SchoolSantan K-8Shumway Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Crane Elementary District Ronald Reagan Fundamental SchoolArizona schools’ D.W. Higgins Institute D.W. Higgins InstituteArizona schools’ Daisy Education Corporation Sonoran Science Academy — both elementary high schoolArizona schools’ Deer Valley Unified District Arrowhead Elementary SchoolCooper Creek ElementaryDesert Sage Elementary SchoolGreenbrier Elementary SchoolHillcrest Middle SchoolLegend Springs ElementaryMountain Ridge High SchoolSierra Verde ElementaryArizona schools’ East Valley Academy East Valley AcademyArizona schools’ Edu-Prize, Inc. Edu-PrizeArizona schools’ Flagstaff Junior Academy Flagstaff Junior AcademyArizona schools’ Flagstaff Unified District Charles W. Sechrist Elementary SchoolFlagstaff Middle SchoolManuel DeMiguel Elementary SchoolThomas M. Knoles Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Foothills Academy Foothills Academy — both elementary high schoolArizona schools’ Fort Huachuca Accommodation District Colonel Smith Middle SchoolArizona schools’ Fountain Hills Unified District McDowell Mountain Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Franklin Phonetic Primary School, Inc. Franklin Phonetic Primary SchoolArizona schools’ Gilbert Unified District Ashland ElementaryCarol Rae Ranch ElementaryDesert Ridge HighFinley Farms ElementaryGilbert High SchoolGPS Traditional AcademyGreenfield Junior High SchoolHighland High SchoolHighland Junior High SchoolIslands Elementary SchoolPatterson Elementary SchoolPlaya del Rey Elementary SchoolSonoma Ranch Elementary SchoolSpectrum ElementaryTechnology and Leadership AcademyTowne Meadows Elementary SchoolVal Vista Lakes Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Glendale Union High School District Sunnyslope High SchoolArizona schools’ Heritage Academy, Inc. Heritage Academy — both elementary high schoolArizona schools’ Hermosa Montessori Center Hermosa Montessori CharterArizona schools’ Horizon Community Learning Center, Inc. Horizon Community Learning CenterArizona schools’ Humanities and Sciences Academy of the US, Inc. Humanities and Sciences High SchoolArizona schools’ Ideabanc, Inc. AmeriSchools College PreparatoryAcademy — TucsonArizona schools’ James Madison Preparatory School James Madison Preparatory School –both elementary high schoolArizona schools’ Joseph City Unified District Joseph City Junior/Senior High SchoolArizona schools’ Keystone Montessori Charter School, Inc. Keystone Montessori Charter SchoolArizona schools’ Khalsa Family Services Khalsa SchoolArizona schools’ Khalsa Montessori Elementary Schools Khalsa Montessori Elementary School– PhoenixArizona schools’ Kyrene Elementary District C. I. Waggoner SchoolKyrene Akimel A-Al Middle SchoolKyrene Altadena Middle SchoolKyrene Aprende Middle SchoolKyrene Centennial Middle SchoolKyrene de la Colina SchoolKyrene de la Esperanza SchoolKyrene de la Estrella ElementarySchoolKyrene de la Mariposa SchoolKyrene de la Mirada SchoolKyrene de la Paloma SchoolKyrene de la Sierra SchoolKyrene de las Brisas SchoolKyrene de las Manitas SchoolKyrene de los Cerritos SchoolKyrene del Cielo SchoolKyrene del Pueblo Middle SchoolKyrene Middle SchoolKyrene Monte Vista SchoolArizona schools’ Lifelong Learning Research Institute, Inc. Lifelong Learning AcademyArizona schools’ Litchfield Elementary District Litchfield Elementary SchoolPalm Valley ElementaryArizona schools’ Madison Elementary District Madison Heights SchoolMadison Meadows SchoolMadison Park SchoolMadison Richard Simis SchoolArizona schools’ Marana Unified District Coyote Trail Elementary SchoolQuail Run Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Mary Ellen Halvorson Educational Foundation Tri-City Prep High SchoolArizona schools’ Mesa Unified District Barbara Bush Elementary SchoolEntz Elementary SchoolFalcon Hill Elementary SchoolFranklin Elementary SchoolFranklin Northeast SchoolFranklin SouthFranklin West ElementaryGeorge SmithHale Elementary SchoolHermosa Vista Elementary SchoolIshikawa Elementary SchoolLas Sendas Elementary SchoolMountain View High SchoolPoston Junior High SchoolRed Mountain High SchoolSunridge Learning CenterArizona schools’ Miami Unified District Las Lomas Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Mission Montessori Academy Mission Montessori AcademyArizona schools’ Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff, Inc. Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff– CampusArizona schools’ Montessori Schoolhouse of Tucson, Inc. Montessori SchoolhouseArizona schools’ Nogales Unified District Vasquez De Coronado FranciscoSchoolArizona schools’ Northland Preparatory Academy Northland Preparatory Academy –both elementary high schoolArizona schools’ Palominas Elementary District Coronado Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Paradise Valley Unified District Boulder Creek Elementary SchoolCopper Canyon Elementary SchoolDesert Shadows Middle SchoolDesert Springs Elementary SchoolDesert Trails Elementary SchoolGrayhawk Elementary SchoolHorizon High SchoolLarkspur Elementary SchoolLiberty Elementary SchoolMercury Mine Elementary SchoolMountain Trail Middle SchoolNorth Ranch Elementary SchoolPinnacle High SchoolPinnacle Peak ElementaryQuail Run Elementary SchoolSandpiper Elementary SchoolSonoran Sky Elementary SchoolSunrise Middle SchoolArizona schools’ Peoria Unified School District Apache Elementary SchoolCanyon Elementary SchoolCentennial High SchoolCopperwood SchoolIronwood High SchoolOakwood Elementary SchoolPaseo Verde Elementary SchoolSunrise Mountain High SchoolArizona schools’ Prescott Unified District Abia Judd Elementary School
Pescott High SchoolArizona schools’ Queen Creek Unified District Jack Barnes Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Scottsdale Unified District Anasazi ElementaryArcadia High SchoolAztec Elementary SchoolChaparral High SchoolCherokee Elementary SchoolCheyenne Traditional ElementarySchoolCochise Elementary SchoolCocopah Middle SchoolCopper Ridge Elementary SchoolCopper Ridge Middle SchoolDesert Canyon ElementaryDesert Canyon Middle SchoolDesert Mountain High SchoolHopi Elementary SchoolKiva Elementary SchoolLaguna Elementary SchoolMountainside Middle SchoolPima Elementary SchoolSaguaro High SchoolSequoya Elementary SchoolZuni Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified District Big Park Community SchoolArizona schools’ Self Development Charter School Self Development Charter SchoolArizona schools’ Show Low Unified District Linden Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Skyview School, Inc. Skyview SchoolArizona schools’ Sonoita Elementary District Elgin Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Tanque Verde Unified District Agua Caliente SchoolEmily Gray Junior High SchoolTanque Verde Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Tempe Elementary District Rover Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Tempe Preparatory Academy Tempe Preparatory Academy — bothelementary high schoolArizona schools’ Tempe Union High School District Corona Del Sol High SchoolDesert Vista High SchoolMountain Pointe High SchoolArizona schools’ Tucson Unified District Fruchthendler Elementary SchoolGale Elementary SchoolIda Flood Dodge Traditional MiddleMagnet SchoolMiles-Exploratory Learning CenterSabino High SchoolSahuaro High SchoolUniversity High SchoolArizona schools’ Vail Unified District Cottonwood Elementary SchoolDesert Sky Middle SchoolDesert Willow Elementary SchoolMesquite Elementary SchoolArizona schools’ Valley Academy, Inc. Valley AcademyArizona schools’ Veritas Preparatory Academy Veritas Preparatory Academy — bothelementary high schoolArizona schools’ Washington Elementary District Abraham Lincoln Traditional SchoolLookout Mountain SchoolArizona schools’ West Gilbert Charter Elementary School, Inc. West Gilbert Charter ElementarySchoolArizona schools’ Young Elementary District Young Teaching High SchoolIn addition to the Excelling schools, Arizona schools named 255 schools across the state as Highly Performing schools.This information on Arizona schools is brought to you by www.schoolsk-12.com.

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12 providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. Patricia has a nose for research and writes stimulating news and views on school issues. For more on Arizona schools visit Arizona Schools

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