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. 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,
• Under-performing,
• 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 School
  • 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 

Elementary

  • 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 School
  • 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 School
  • 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 School
  • 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 School 
  • 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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