An initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona



Successful Schools Do Things Differently
Our mission is to significantly improve individual student achievement and align student performance with national and global standards.

BTO SUCCESS STORY: SALT RIVER ACCELERATED LEARNING ACADEMY
Beat the Odds Institute's core belief is that "demography is not destiny." The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community's Accelerated Learning Academy provides at-risk students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and the resources to turn their lives around. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: NFL YET COLLEGE PREP ACADEMY
According to Beat the Odds research, "... exceptional performance is achievable by virtually any school with the discipline to analyze over and over and keep focusing on what works." Arlahee Ruiz, principal of NFL YET College Prep Academy, an Espiritu Schools charter, is a strong leader with a penchant for "what works." Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: SUN CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A clear bottom line, one of the Beat the Odds Institute’s six keys to success, focuses on ensuring that each individual student learns. At Sun Canyon Elementary School, students set their own goals in a "student-centered" education environment. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Beat the Odds schools emphasize the achievement of every student in every classroom and take responsibility for that performance. At Westview High School, its mission -- optimized learning for all -- and vision -- excellence from all, for all -- are ingratiated into the school's culture. Read More

METRO TECH PRINCIPAL PAYS IT FORWARD, BECOMES MENTOR
For three years, Metro Tech High School Principal Kate McDonald participated in the Beat the Odds program, leading her school to the gold award and designation as a Beat the Odds School. Today, she is paying forward her insights and experiences as a Beat the Odds mentor. Read More

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Beat the Odds Institute Wins
Expect More Excellence Award


Expect More Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy organization, created the Expect More Excellence Tour to shine a light on what Arizonans are doing all over the state to make progress toward a world-class education.

Beat the Odds Institute has been awarded the Judge’s Pick spotlight for its rigorous, multi-year school improvement program, which provides mentoring and training for principals at low-income, high-minority K-12 schools. The Beat the Odds spotlight features academic achievement at Burk Elementary School in the Gilbert Public Schools district.

“We are especially proud that our hardworking principals and their mentors received this recognition,” Beat the Odds Director Dr. Marjorie Kaplan said. “We are honored to receive this award and appreciate the work Expect More Arizona is doing to showcase programs that ensure all children have the opportunity to succeed regardless of their background, income or zip code.”