BTO SUCCESS STORY: MELVIN E. SINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
It was a great school year for Tish Mineer, principal of Melvin E. Sine Elementary School. She was named Principal of the Year in the Glendale Elementary School District, students' vision has newfound clarity, and she's set her sights on an important public service campaign for 2014-2015. Read More
BTO SUCCESS STORY: NORTH CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
North Canyon High School Principal Elaine Jacobs is an accomplished lifelong learner with a penchant for diversity in high school education. She takes pride in her school's ethnically diverse student population as well as its myriad of programs from International Baccalaureate and honors to special ed, leadership opportunities in 40-plus clubs to a wide variety of elective offerings and sports. Read More
BTO SUCCESS STORY: THE GOLD AWARD WINNERS
This year, only two schools in the state received Beat the Odds gold awards -- the highest level of achievement in the Beat the Odds program. Read More
BTO SUCCESS STORY: P.T. COE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
According to Why Some Schools With Latino Children Beat The Odds...And Other's Don't, successful schools embrace ongoing assessment to drive student performance. "Principals and teachers are collecting and pouring over many metrics and measurements," the report says. "They are doing it over and over, often every week, to make sure they are catching problems as they arise." Read More
BTO SUCCESS STORY: CORTEZ HIGH SCHOOL
Cortez High School, a three-year Beat the Odds partner, truly demonstrates that demography isn't destiny. It is ranked among the nation's best high schools by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. Read More
Accepting Schools For 2014-2015
Beat the Odds Institute, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona, improves student performance and academic achievement at minority-intensive, low-income schools in Arizona.
Participation in Beat the Odds, entering its seventh year, is open to K-12 public, charter and tribal schools throughout the state. Schools are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.
Based upon methodology from best-selling author Jim Collins, Beat the Odds is a rigorous, multi-year school improvement program. Beat the Odds research indicates that academic achievement is improved significantly when six characteristics are present at the school: a strong and steady principal, the establishment of a clear bottom line, on-going assessment, collaborative solutions, a program built to suit individual students and a commitment to successful established programs. Contact Us >