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.

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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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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