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EDUPRIZE'S Academic Departments

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Awards and Recognitions

EDUPRIZE has received more awards and recognition than any other charter school in Arizona.

We are committed to excellence at EDUPRIZE through fostering the whole child to better meet the needs of all children. We want to ensure that each child reaches their full potential and feels the success from their contribution and interaction within the community.

Take a look through the awards and recognitions listed to the right. Simply scroll over each of them to learn more about what each award is, how it is earned, and why EDUPRIZE was awarded.

EDUPRIZE is the Only A+ charter school in AZ!

The A+ school of excellence distinction was awarded by the Arizona Educational Foundation. The A+ School of Excellence Program was created to:

– Identify exemplary public schools in Arizona
– Establish key criteria for school effectiveness that can serve as a foundation for self-assessment and planning in schools
– Enable the collaboration of best practices within and between schools based on a common criteria related to achievement
– EDUPRIZE is honored to be the only charter school in the state of Arizona to receive the A+ recognition three which it has received times!

Congratulations Eagles!

Why it is so unique to be A+ acknowledged as a charter?

– Charter schools in general do not require teachers to be certified
– Charters in general do not have certified administrators
– Charter in general do not have certified, master curriculum directors
– Charters often do not have certified special education staff, registered nurses, etc.

Phoenix Magazine’s “Best Schools” edition, “The Valley’s Top Public, Private & Charter Schools” were evaluated. EDUPRIZE was recognized as the Best Science School. EDUPRIZE was spotlighted for their “hands on” approach to teaching science through STEM based thematic units. When students come to EDUPRIZE they become paleontologist, botanists, meteorologists, etc. as science comes alive through exploration of the live learning labs. EDUPRIZE was noted as the “Disneyland of education”.

“Cottages” are an EDUPRIZE original. These quarterly, thematic focuses allow students to learn and apply basic skills through a hands-on, science-based program.  Cross curricular instruction ensures that students can transfer knowledge to new and applied content areas and allow students to be actively engaged in their learning.  Our “Cottages” offer multiple modality, 9 week units in a Life Science, Physical Science, Social Science, and Earth Science.

Click HERE to learn more about EDUPRIZE’S science program.

 

Advance Ed Accreditation is awarded to schools that are following a rigorous set of educational standards.  The accreditation process examines the school’s programs, cultural, and the community stakeholders.  The entire school is evaluated to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of all students.

Accreditation is a significant achievement pronouncing an institution’s quality of education. EDUPRIZE is proud to announce that they are fully accredited by the Advanced ED (NCA/CASI).

EDUPRIZE has received more awards and recognition than any other charter school in Arizona, but what we are most proud of is our amazing teachers!

We are committed to excellence at EDUPRIZE through fostering the whole child to better meet the needs of all children.  We work to ensure that each child reaches their full potential and feels the success from their contribution and interaction within the community.  EDUPRIZE teachers are certified and a large number have received the title of “Master Teacher”.  This distinction requires at least 5 years of experience, a significant documentable contribution to education, continuous professional growth, leadership, and Board appointment.

In July of 1995, EDUPRIZE became the first charter school to open its doors to students in Arizona and the first charter school to operate as its own independent school district in the United States. Dr. Lynn Robershotte and JoAnna Curtis put their 30+ years of classroom experience and the best of educational research into effect when designing EDUPRIZE SCHOOLS. JoAnna Curtis was noted as a master teacher in Mesa Public Schools and has special expertise in the writing process. Dr. Lynn Robershotte has special expertise in science along with a Masters in Administration, and a PhD. in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. Her research in retrieval, retention, and cueing systems has served as the backbone for the EDUPRIZE method.  Her ability to design exciting science curriculum is complimented by our own Curriculum Director Terri Lymer.  Terri’s Masters in Instructional Design and special program expertise in English Language/Writing Process have created fabulous programs and training for our teachers.

EDUPRIZE is unique in that its campuses have curriculum coaches to assist teachers to meet the needs of all children and implement the best research-based methodologies.

EDUPRIZE is rated an “A” label school as determined by the letter grade system established by the Arizona Department of Education.

Since 2010, all schools in Arizona are measured with the A-F Grade Accountability System by the Department of Education.  This is done to hold schools accountable in a fair and systematic fashion. Each school is equally evaluated both on AIMS performance (50 percent) and how much students grow academically from one year to the next (50 percent).  Academic growth is determined by comparing the change in AIMS test scores from one year to the next for similarly achieving students across the state. This is done to evaluate how well a school is growing its students, academically, as they advance from one grade to the next. Other factors such as AIMS improvement, dropout rate, graduation rate and English language learner proficiency rates are taken into consideration, when applicable.

EDUPRIZE has consistently achieved one of the highest student growth rates in the state of Arizona and has been rated an “A” letter grade since the inception of this accountability system. “A” schools demonstrate an excellent level of performance!

In addition to receiving acclaim for our A-rated schools, EDUPRIZE has been continuously acknowledged by the Arizona Department of Education, and at the national level for its unmatched growth-scores.  What this means is that EDUPRIZE, through its differentiated instruction, increases student performance on state measures and more importantly ensures that gifted students to at risk students grow at their full potential.

A+ School of Excellence


Best Science School


Advanced Ed (NCA/CASI) Accredited


Teacher Credentials


“A” Label School


Gilbert Events

Fall Pictures for K-11 grades

Picture packets will be coming home a the end of August!

4th Grade Classes – Horning and Ciesla

The Reptile Guy will be bringing in reptiles for the students to learn about and see first hand.  This supports the Reptile Ranch Cottage and provides a great learning experience for the 4th graders!

Queen Creek Events

Parent University – Eureka Math

It’s not enough for students to know the process for solving a problem; they need to understand why that process works so they can use it anytime. Eureka Math builds students’ knowledge logically to help them achieve deep understanding. While this approach is unfamiliar to those of us who grew up memorizing mathematical facts and formulas, it has been tested and proven to be the most successful method in the world. At Parent University, our district curriculum coach, Terri Lymer, will give an overview of the program, provide some specific examples, and offer practical guidance to parents.

Thursday, August 13th, 6:30-7:15pm, in the Media Center

Let us know if you plan on attending…

Scholastic Achievement Awards

San Tan Valley – The San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor, in partnership with the San Tan Valley Think Tank, the 6th Annual Scholastic Achievement Awards April 20, 2015 starting at 6:30 PM with registration/check-in beginning at 6:00 PM at the Central Arizona College San Tan Valley Campus located at 3736 E. Bella Vista Rd. San Tan Valley, AZ 85143. The Scholastic Achievement event was created to recognize outstanding students and educators in grades K-8. This year the event will recognize 49 students and 42 educators that represent Florence Unified School District, Coolidge Unified School District, J.O. Combs Unified School District and Eduprize. In addition to recognizing the educational accomplishments the Central Arizona College Promise for the Future program will be featured. Promise for the Future is a program designed to encourage students who reside in Pinal County to stay in high school, graduate with a 2.75 grade point average and participate in 20 hours of community service. Students along with their parents/guardian sign a contract of commitment during the students’ eighth grade year. Students graduating from a Pinal County high school, who have fulfilled the requirements of the Promise for the Future contract, will be eligible for the Promise for the Future Scholarship. This scholarship entitles them to free tuition to any Central Arizona College campus for up to four consecutive semesters. The Scholastic Achievement Awards are open to the public, and we encourage the community to participate by supporting these outstanding students and educators.

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We look forward to another exciting year of learning at EDUPRIZE! Please choose your campus to continue:


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The EDUPRIZE Way

The EDUPRIZE mission is to provide educational excellence to our community of learners through the use of multiple modality instruction and a strong differentiated curriculum. Students will grow socially and academically in an environment where both leadership and collaboration are stressed. Students will acquire knowledge and ability in mathematics and language arts through our science-based, thematic approach to applied learning. Our project-based focus better ensures that students will excel across the curriculum providing competencies for career and college readiness.

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