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3 metro-area schools win A+ designation

Citizen Staff Writer



Three elementary schools in outlying districts of the Tucson area have been named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Fourteen other schools in the state received the honor, which is based on student focus and support; active teaching and learning; curriculum; leadership; community and parent involvement; and assessment data.

The schools are:

• Quail Run Elementary in Marana Unified School District. The principal is Pennie Harcus.

• Sopori Elementary in Amado in Sahuarita Unified School District. The principal is Desiree Raulston.

• Sycamore Elementary in Corona de Tucson in Vail Unified School District. The principal is Ken Graff.

The A+ Program strives to create a comprehensive framework of successful programs for other schools throughout the state and nation to follow, foundation officials said in a news release.

The rigorous process of being considered for the award includes site visits and applications that involve a school’s administration and faculty, and also students and the surrounding community.

Once the schools are selected, Arizona Educational Foundation officials create a list of A+ Best Practices that can be used by anyone.

The list can be seen at www.azedfoundation.org.

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