Four Mesa schools earn 2018 A+ award

Four Field Elementary students pose in the school's media centerFour Mesa schools have been named among the best K-12 public schools in the state. These outstanding schools are winners of 2018 A+ School of Excellence™ awards from the Arizona Educational Foundation:

  • Field Elementary School, Scott Cumberledge, principal
  • Irving Elementary School, Penny Briney, principal
  • Red Mountain High School, Jared Ryan, principal
  • Zaharis Elementary School, Michael Oliver, principal

"The A+ School of Excellence™ program celebrates outstanding schools throughout Arizona, calling attention to the positive stories and successes occurring in public schools," explains Bobbie O'Boyle, AEF executive director. "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."

Since 1983, the foundation has honored A+ Schools of Excellence™ to give recognition to remarkable Arizona public schools. Schools submit applications that document demographic information, current programs and practices, parent and community involvement, the school's leadership and commitment to excellence, equity, service and high achievement.

To earn an A+ award, schools must show high achievement or significant improvement. Top schools identify and meet the academic and non-academic needs of their students. A team of trained judges selects A+ Schools of Excellence™ after conducting site visits throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to receive this award and to share all of the aspects that make Eugene Field Elementary School a great community," says Field Elementary Principal Scott Cumberledge.

Each of this year's 41 award-winning schools receives $500 and an A+ School of Excellence™ banner. All staff and their family members at winning schools are eligible for partial scholarships from Argosy University, Phoenix. Schools hold their A+ title for three and a half years. Mesa currently has 26 A+ Schools of Excellence™, the most of any district in the state.

(Information courtesy of the Arizona Educational Foundation)

Field Elementary students in the school's media center, which received a makeover by Target and The Heart of America Foundation in 2014. (Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)


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