Excelling Arizona Schools Named for 2004-2005 School Year

March 18, 2010

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. The AZ LEARNS evaluation is based upon four established measurements already required by the Arizona schools. They are:

• AIMS Scores — Measures reading, language arts and mathematics for elementary schools; and reading, writing and mathematics for high schools.
• MAP — Measure of Academic Progress for schools, where students scores for AIMS and SATs are compared to the state average.
• Graduation/Dropout Rates — Used for the high schools.
• 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:

• Failing to meet academic standards,
• Underperforming,
• Performing,
• Highly Performing, or
• 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 School
Arizona schools’ Alhambra Elementary District Alhambra Traditional School
Arizona schools’ Allen-Cochran Enterprises, Inc. Center for Educational Excellence
Arizona schools’ Amphitheater Unified District Canyon Del Oro High School
Richard B. Wilson Jr. School
Winifred Harelson Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Arizona School for the Arts Arizona School for the Arts — both
elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ BASIS School, Inc. BASIS Tucson — both elementary &
high school
Arizona schools’ Basis School, Inc. — Scottsdale Basis Scottsdale
Arizona schools’ Benchmark School, Inc. Benchmark School
Arizona schools’ Benjamin Franklin Charter School Benjamin Franklin Charter School in
both Gilbert and Mesa
Arizona schools’ Bright Beginnings School, Inc. Bright Beginnings School #1
Arizona schools’ CASY Country Day School CASY Country Day School #1
Arizona schools’ Catalina Foothills Unified District Canyon View Elementary School
Catalina Foothills High School
Esperero Canyon Middle School
Manzanita School
Orange Grove Middle School
Sunrise Drive Elementary School
Ventana Vista Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Cave Creek Unified District Cactus Shadows High School/PSH
Desert Arroyo Middle School
Desert Sun Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Challenge School, Inc. Challenge Charter School
Arizona schools’ Chandler Unified District Anna Marie Jacobson Elementary
Basha Elementary
Basha High School
Chandler High School
Chandler Traditional Academy —
Liberty Campus
Hamilton High School
Jane D. Hull Elementary
John M. Andersen Elementary School
Robert and Danell Tarwater
Sanborn Elementary School
Santan K-8
Shumway Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Crane Elementary District Ronald Reagan Fundamental School
Arizona schools’ D.W. Higgins Institute D.W. Higgins Institute
Arizona schools’ Daisy Education Corporation Sonoran Science Academy — both elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ Deer Valley Unified District Arrowhead Elementary School
Cooper Creek Elementary
Desert Sage Elementary School
Greenbrier Elementary School
Hillcrest Middle School
Legend Springs Elementary
Mountain Ridge High School
Sierra Verde Elementary
Arizona schools’ East Valley Academy East Valley Academy
Arizona schools’ Edu-Prize, Inc. Edu-Prize
Arizona schools’ Flagstaff Junior Academy Flagstaff Junior Academy
Arizona schools’ Flagstaff Unified District Charles W. Sechrist Elementary School
Flagstaff Middle School
Manuel DeMiguel Elementary School
Thomas M. Knoles Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Foothills Academy Foothills Academy — both elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ Fort Huachuca Accommodation District Colonel Smith Middle School
Arizona schools’ Fountain Hills Unified District McDowell Mountain Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Franklin Phonetic Primary School, Inc. Franklin Phonetic Primary School
Arizona schools’ Gilbert Unified District Ashland Elementary
Carol Rae Ranch Elementary
Desert Ridge High
Finley Farms Elementary
Gilbert High School
GPS Traditional Academy
Greenfield Junior High School
Highland High School
Highland Junior High School
Islands Elementary School
Patterson Elementary School
Playa del Rey Elementary School
Sonoma Ranch Elementary School
Spectrum Elementary
Technology and Leadership Academy
Towne Meadows Elementary School
Val Vista Lakes Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Glendale Union High School District Sunnyslope High School
Arizona schools’ Heritage Academy, Inc. Heritage Academy — both elementary
& high school
Arizona schools’ Hermosa Montessori Center Hermosa Montessori Charter
Arizona schools’ Horizon Community Learning Center, Inc. Horizon Community Learning Center
Arizona schools’ Humanities and Sciences Academy of the US, Inc. Humanities and Sciences High School
Arizona schools’ Ideabanc, Inc. AmeriSchools College Preparatory
Academy — Tucson
Arizona schools’ James Madison Preparatory School James Madison Preparatory School —
both elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ Joseph City Unified District Joseph City Junior/Senior High School
Arizona schools’ Keystone Montessori Charter School, Inc. Keystone Montessori Charter School
Arizona schools’ Khalsa Family Services Khalsa School

Arizona schools’ Khalsa Montessori Elementary Schools Khalsa Montessori Elementary School
— Phoenix
Arizona schools’ Kyrene Elementary District C. I. Waggoner School
Kyrene Akimel A-Al Middle School
Kyrene Altadena Middle School
Kyrene Aprende Middle School
Kyrene Centennial Middle School
Kyrene de la Colina School
Kyrene de la Esperanza School
Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary
Kyrene de la Mariposa School
Kyrene de la Mirada School
Kyrene de la Paloma School
Kyrene de la Sierra School
Kyrene de las Brisas School
Kyrene de las Manitas School
Kyrene de los Cerritos School
Kyrene del Cielo School
Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School
Kyrene Middle School
Kyrene Monte Vista School
Arizona schools’ Lifelong Learning Research Institute, Inc. Lifelong Learning Academy
Arizona schools’ Litchfield Elementary District Litchfield Elementary School
Palm Valley Elementary
Arizona schools’ Madison Elementary District Madison Heights School
Madison Meadows School
Madison Park School
Madison Richard Simis School
Arizona schools’ Marana Unified District Coyote Trail Elementary School
Quail Run Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Mary Ellen Halvorson Educational Foundation Tri-City Prep High School
Arizona schools’ Mesa Unified District Barbara Bush Elementary School
Entz Elementary School
Falcon Hill Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Franklin Northeast School
Franklin South
Franklin West Elementary
George Smith
Hale Elementary School
Hermosa Vista Elementary School
Ishikawa Elementary School
Las Sendas Elementary School
Mountain View High School
Poston Junior High School
Red Mountain High School
Sunridge Learning Center
Arizona schools’ Miami Unified District Las Lomas Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Mission Montessori Academy Mission Montessori Academy
Arizona schools’ Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff, Inc. Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff
— Campus
Arizona schools’ Montessori Schoolhouse of Tucson, Inc. Montessori Schoolhouse
Arizona schools’ Nogales Unified District Vasquez De Coronado Francisco
Arizona schools’ Northland Preparatory Academy Northland Preparatory Academy —
both elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ Palominas Elementary District Coronado Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Paradise Valley Unified District Boulder Creek Elementary School
Copper Canyon Elementary School
Desert Shadows Middle School
Desert Springs Elementary School
Desert Trails Elementary School
Grayhawk Elementary School
Horizon High School
Larkspur Elementary School
Liberty Elementary School
Mercury Mine Elementary School
Mountain Trail Middle School
North Ranch Elementary School
Pinnacle High School
Pinnacle Peak Elementary
Quail Run Elementary School
Sandpiper Elementary School
Sonoran Sky Elementary School
Sunrise Middle School
Arizona schools’ Peoria Unified School District Apache Elementary School
Canyon Elementary School
Centennial High School
Copperwood School
Ironwood High School
Oakwood Elementary School
Paseo Verde Elementary School
Sunrise Mountain High School
Arizona schools’ Prescott Unified District Abia Judd Elementary School
Pescott High School
Arizona schools’ Queen Creek Unified District Jack Barnes Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Scottsdale Unified District Anasazi Elementary
Arcadia High School
Aztec Elementary School
Chaparral High School
Cherokee Elementary School
Cheyenne Traditional Elementary
Cochise Elementary School
Cocopah Middle School
Copper Ridge Elementary School
Copper Ridge Middle School
Desert Canyon Elementary
Desert Canyon Middle School
Desert Mountain High School
Hopi Elementary School
Kiva Elementary School
Laguna Elementary School
Mountainside Middle School
Pima Elementary School
Saguaro High School
Sequoya Elementary School
Zuni Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified District Big Park Community School
Arizona schools’ Self Development Charter School Self Development Charter School
Arizona schools’ Show Low Unified District Linden Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Skyview School, Inc. Skyview School
Arizona schools’ Sonoita Elementary District Elgin Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Tanque Verde Unified District Agua Caliente School
Emily Gray Junior High School
Tanque Verde Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Tempe Elementary District Rover Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Tempe Preparatory Academy Tempe Preparatory Academy — both
elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ Tempe Union High School District Corona Del Sol High School
Desert Vista High School
Mountain Pointe High School
Arizona schools’ Tucson Unified District Fruchthendler Elementary School
Gale Elementary School
Ida Flood Dodge Traditional Middle
Magnet School
Miles-Exploratory Learning Center
Sabino High School
Sahuaro High School
University High School
Arizona schools’ Vail Unified District Cottonwood Elementary School
Desert Sky Middle School
Desert Willow Elementary School
Mesquite Elementary School
Arizona schools’ Valley Academy, Inc. Valley Academy
Arizona schools’ Veritas Preparatory Academy Veritas Preparatory Academy — both
elementary & high school
Arizona schools’ Washington Elementary District Abraham Lincoln Traditional School
Lookout Mountain School
Arizona schools’ West Gilbert Charter Elementary School, Inc. West Gilbert Charter Elementary
Arizona schools’ Young Elementary District Young Teaching High School

In addition to the Excelling schools, Arizona schools named 255 schools across the state as Highly Performing schools.

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