Presidio Schools Achievements
We are extremely proud to share the news that in their annual review of American public high schools, U.S. News and World Report has awarded Presidio High School a Gold Medal, their highest honor. Of the 28,496 public high schools, Presidio was one of only 64 schools with economically disadvantaged populations over 75% to receive the Gold Medal. As part of the awards process, U.S. News also ranked high schools, and Presidio ranked as #299 among public high schools in the U.S., #11 among Arizona high schools, and #3 among high schools in the city of Tucson. Among charter schools, Presidio ranked #81 in the nation, #6 in Arizona, and #2 in the city of Tucson. Among Title One schools, Presidio ranked #1 in Arizona, and was the only Title I school in Arizona to earn a Gold Medal.
Presidio School was one of three Tucson schools to be recognized as a Tucson “A” Leader by A for Arizona, an initiative led by the Arizona Chamber Foundation in partnership with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A for Arizona is a multi-pronged campaign aimed at ensuring every K-12 student in Arizona has access to a grade “A”-level school. On Monday, October 26th 2015 about 35 visitors toured our campus, the visitors included leaders in education, business, the legislature, as well as the media. The group of visitors spent about an hour on campus being guided by our own high school Character Council Ambassadors. Some of the highlights featured for their tour were the school’s garden and tortoise habitat, the newly opened Pre-Kindergarten, Dream Catcher Library and a representative sample of the k-12 classrooms. They were especially enamored by our Pre-K Guppies, and their excitement to show the visitors all they have been learning thus far this year. Thank you to A for Arizona for recognizing Presidio as a Tucson leader in education.
The No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School Award, one of the nation’s top education awards, is part of a national recognition program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The program honors elementary, middle and secondary schools that are models of academic success by making significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. Regardless of the school’s demographics, each state’s nominees must demonstrate dramatically improving student performance on state assessments. The Presidio School Tucson campus was selected in 2007 from over 120,000 public, charter, and private schools as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Only four Arizona schools and 287 schools nation wide were so honored. Kristin Bannerman, deputy assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Education cited high test scores and the school’s rigorous curriculum as the basis for the school’s selection. She further stated, “Presidio is a model for the rest of the country.” Artisan’s Presidio School and Presidio de las Sierras School are direct replications of this nationally recognized school of excellence.
Presidio Tucson was a semifinalist for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award! Only 133 employers were selected as semifinalists out of an impressive pool of 3,236 nominees. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting members of the Guard and Reserve.
Presidio School is one of only 7 Tucson schools to achieve this designation!! Reward Schools are those Title I schools that Arizona commends for high academic performance or high levels of student growth. A High Performance Reward School is a Title I school with among the highest absolute performance over a number of years on the statewide assessments, is meeting AMOs and, at the high school level, has over 80% graduation rates.
To be identified as a High Performance Reward School, a school must meet all of the following criteria:
The Arizona Department of Education Released the A-F Letter Grades for Schools and Districts on August 1st, and Presidio Tucson earned an A for the second year!! These letter grades are based on the weighting of student performance on the AIMS tests and student academic growth from year to year, along with additional points awarded for high English Language Learner reclassifications, and significant reductions in dropout rates. Every school and district receives a report card with a grade that reflects their annual academic profile.