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: AIRE LIBRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
When Janice Moore was named principal of Aire Libre Elementary School last year, she brought more than 20 years education experience, a track record for student achievement excellence and a penchant for Beat the Odds principles to the position. Read More

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

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Beat the Odds Institute
Accepting Schools for 2015-2016


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 is open to K-12 public, charter and tribal schools throughout the state. Schools are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

Based upon methodology from best-selling author Jim Collins, Beat the Odds is a rigorous, multi-year school improvement program providing mentoring and training for principals. Research indicates that academic achievement improves significantly with six keys to success: a strong and steady principal, clear bottom line, ongoing assessment, collaborative solutions, a program built to suit individual students and a commitment to stick with the program. Beat the Odds schools overcome obstacles to demonstrate that demography is not destiny.