AEF® A+ SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE® AWARD
The A+ School of Excellence® Award program began in 1983 as a way to identify, celebrate, and recognize educational excellence in schools throughout Arizona. In addition to showcasing exceptional public schools, the A+ program provides school teams with an outstanding comprehensive framework that serves as a basis for school self-assessment and planning.
The A+ School of Excellence® award is a powerful energizer for increasing public confidence in recognized schools, often resulting in greater parent and community involvement and even serves as an economic driver for some communities. A+ Schools are celebrated and recognized as exceptional. Earning the highly prestigious and coveted A+ designation spotlights the positive successes happening in public schools every day.
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ABOUT THE AEF® A+ SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE® PROGRAM & AWARDS
Arizona schools who earn the distinguished A+ School of Excellence® Award go above and beyond the everyday practices that all schools are expected to implement.
Schools that ultimately earn the A+ School of Excellence® designation consistently share the following traits:
Model quality and equity
Demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence
Respond successfully to the changing environment of education
Cultivate learning-centered, safe school environments
Encourage innovative instruction by supporting teachers
Actively address students' social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs
Demonstrate superior ability to go above and beyond the norm in providing services to children, families, and the local community