The Arizona Educational Foundation announced Scottsdale’s Pueblo Elementary School is one of the 44 Arizona public schools receiving the coveted A+ School of Excellence Award.
AEF has been championing public schools with the A+ School of Excellence Award program since 1983. The A+ Award is a way to identify, celebrate and recognize educational excellence in PreK through 12th-grade schools throughout Arizona, according to a press release.
In addition to showcasing outstanding public schools, the program provides school teams with an framework that serves as a basis for school self-assessment and planning.
Pueblo Elementary, 6320 N. 82nd St., is the only Scottsdale Unified School District school to receive the recognition this year. The elementary school is SUSD’s Spanish dual language immersion campus — offering students an opportunity to become multilingual.
Shelley Hummon serves as Pueblo’s principal.
“The A+ School of Excellence Award shines a spotlight on the positive stories and successes occurring in public schools,” said AEF Executive Director, Kim Graham, in a prepared statement. “The application and evaluation process for this program is comprehensive and rigorous. We applaud these schools for exceeding expectations to meet their students’ needs and for achieving overall success despite the many challenges that face the education community statewide.”
Applicant schools are evaluated in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data, the press release stated.
Applications are made available to pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools statewide. Evaluation of schools is based on a written application submitted by the school and a site visit conducted by a team of trained judges.
In the application, each school provides demographic information, a description of current programs and practices, documentation of parent and community involvement, and a profile of the school’s principal and the school community’s commitment to excellence, equity, service and sustained high achievement.
Preparation of each school’s application involves collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members.
Schools receive $500 and a banner designating them as an A+ School of Excellence winner. The award is valid for four years. Recognition through the A+ School of Excellence program helps increase confidence in Arizona’s public schools and creates greater parent and community support.