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Arizona 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Sedona AZ (September 29, 2017)Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced today which Arizona schools are being honored as a National Blue Ribbon School.

“I am proud of our Arizona schools and am glad there is an award to honor their hard work and dedication to the students and the community. These schools are putting the children first by creating safe and welcoming places where they can learn and be challenged.”

In Arizona, five schools made the grade by meeting the U.S. Department of Education’s accountability requirements:

Acacia Elementary School                                                   Vail, Arizona
Arizona College Preparatory – Oakland Campus                Chandler, Arizona
Franklin at Brimhall Elementary School                               Mesa, Arizona
Palm Valley Elementary School                                           Goodyear, Arizona
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School                              Chandler, Arizona

The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized 342 schools nationwide as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders.”

These schools are being recognized for their performance in two categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition to more than 8,500 schools. On November 6-7, these schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Secretary and the Department of Education.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year, but only the top schools make the grade to be honored as a National Blue Ribbon School. For more information about this national award, visit azed.gov/blueribbonschools/ or the national website.

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  1. Bob, west Sedona says:

    Hey admin & teachers I don’t see Sedona schools mentioned?!@4)(*&^%

  2. Terri for our kids says:


    (if link doesn’t work, google Ted.com and search Alexander Tsiaras)

  3. Erin the teacher says:

    Schools in northern Arizona need to get a handle on balancing small town pressures with necessary discipline of students, parents, and teachers who fail proper behavior expectations.

    Zero tolerance is necessary for children or parents or teachers, and it should be the norm. If other cultures come into the American school system, zero tolerance after a period of adjustment must be mandatory (no more than one day is necessary; in foreign schools it begins at day one, in private schools it begins at day one, in religious schools it begins at day one, in charter schools it begins at day one; I’ll presume my point is clear?).

    Public schools have adopted the philosophy they are the catch basin for the rejects, the poor, the lowest intelligence quotas, the mentally unbalanced, the “spectrum” groups and others. The Golden Cadillac syndrome is pervasive and demeans the people within all levels of the system.

    My family was military; they refused to allow me to attend base schools and enrolled us in the country of residence schools. Four countries and educations later, I can speak several languages, understand intimately several cultures, navigate several philosophically oppositional values and moralities. But I am an American, culturally holding onto the belief that all are equally entitled to access a free education (many cultures replace education with taxing all for the support of mosques, or social welfare for married mothers, and many complete differences around the world). Most Americans travel together, rarely seeing beyond the cruise or packaged tours and never understand what it means to “be in a country” and this is true of visitors to America. When there, you must adapt. When here, the same.

    Often my students are surprised to hear un-American opinions, and they should be. Examine how you pressure teachers to meet expectations not of education, but of your personal agendas. Give students a reason to be the best and they perform. Believe it of adults, too.

    You must want good schools recognized for being good schools? Change schools from the top down. The students are merely depositories. Taxpayers control the deposits and will get the blue ribbons their community earned.

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