2012, 2013, 2015 & 2017 U.S News & World Report
Best High School Bronze Award
The Best High Schools project identifies the country’s top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.
A bronze medal high school signifies commendable performance on state tests.
The American Institute for Research implemented U.S. News‘s comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college. According to the U.S. News Best High Schools methodology, a Best High School is one that succeeds at the following.
Step 1: Attains performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school’s relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school’s students in the core subjects of reading and math.
Step 2: Achieves proficiency rates on state tests for their least advantaged student groups (e.g., black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students) that exceed state averages.
Step 3: Prepares its students for college, as measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
The first-ever list of the U.S. News Best High Schools was posted online on November 30, 2007. The current edition was published online on May 2015.
To see the official write up on the U.S News & World Report website, please click the award logo
2011 NCEA Higher Performing School Award
The National Center for Educational Achievement recognizes schools for a three year span during which they demonstrate consistent improvement in student achievement and/or student achievement on Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS).
2010 Spotlight on Success Award
What is it: An award recognizing the top 10% of Arizona Arts Schools that offer a high quality academic and arts education.
How is it measured:
-Access of academic and arts classes.
-Adoption of AZ Academic standards
-Number of arts teachers and programs offered
-Dedicated space for the arts
-Arts classes are weighted equally with academic classes.
-Collaboration of arts and academic teachers