2016 National Blue Ribbon School
Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon School program recognizes overall academic excellence. Blue Ribbon Schools show outstanding results for all students. They are known for consistent excellence and improving student achievement. Vista was one of only four schools in Arizona to join this esteemed community. They were nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School, receiving this distinction for the performance of all students on the AZMERIT assessment in both math and English language arts in addition to other state performance targets. View the video, What it means to be a National Blue Ribbon School.
A+ School of Excellence, Arizona Educational Foundation, 2020
The Arizona Educational Foundation has named Vista del Sur an A+ Schools of Excellence.™ The program recognizes schools that demonstrate high achievement while identifying and meeting the academic and non-academic needs of their student population. Trailside Point submitted an application describing their programs and practices, parent and community involvement, and their commitment to excellence, equity, and service. The A+ School of Excellence™ selection committee; comprised of award-winning principals, teachers and community leaders; visited the school in 2020. Vista del Sur was presented with $500 and a banner designating it as an A+ School of Excellence.™
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Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Systems-Gold Award, 2019
Vista del Sur has been recognized with the PBISaz Gold Achievement Award. This award recognizes schools for successful implementation and measurable student outcomes with school-wide systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Award levels are based on time participating in PBIS as well as measured student improvement.
PBIS Film Festival Winner, 2019
In addition to receiving the PBISaz Gold Achievement Award, Vista del Sur received the PBISaz Film Festival Award. This award recognizes the captivating videos participating schools use to promote their positive behavior programs. Watch the video.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Systems-Silver Award, 2018
Vista del Sur has been recognized with the PBISaz Silver Achievement Award. This award recognizes schools for successful implementation and measurable student outcomes with school-wide systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Award levels are based on time participating in PBIS as well as measured student improvement.
High Performing Reward School, Arizona Department of Education
Vista del Sur was once again named a 2015 “High Performing Reward School” by the Arizona Department of Education. They received this honor for their high academic performance and student growth.
Higher Performing School, The National Center for Educational Achievement
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) recognized Vista del Sur as a 2013 NCEA Higher Performing School. NCEA reviewed student test results for the past three years to create this higher performing schools list. Vista qualified for the higher performing school designation by having a high number of students exceed state standards in math, reading, and writing. The NCEA honor indicates a school’s deep commitment to raising student achievement and putting more students on the path to college and career readiness — regardless of socioeconomic barriers or other obstacles that might otherwise impede success. Vista joins only 145 elementary, charter, and high schools across the entire state in receiving this honor.
Arizona School Garden Grant, Western Growers Foundation
Vista del Sur is the recipient of the Western Growers Foundation’s 2014 Arizona School Garden Grant. The school received $1,500 to create and sustain an edible garden on their campus. Additionally, they received an Arizona Gardens for Learning book, bookmarks, tools, and seeds to get started. The Western Growers Foundation’s School Garden Program encourages students to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and learn about where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition. Farmers from Arizona and California make up the Western Growers Foundation.
Vista del Sur is proud of our students who have earned awards at the state level and above.
|3rd Place||Arizona Regional Spelling Bee||Taylor Price||2019|
|9th Place||Arizona Geography Bee||Samhith Padala||2019|
|Winning Illustrator||Valley Metro Calendar Contest||Sophia Kinnaird||2019|
|3rd Place||Arizona State Spelling Bee||Lindsay Davis||2017|
|4th Place||Arizona State Spelling Bee||Lindsay Davis||2016|
|Arizona’s Smart Money Challenge||Junior Achievement||Mekeilah Aguilar||2015|
|2nd Place, Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest||Arizona State University||Alan Roy||2015|
|3rd Place, Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest||Arizona State University||Lucas Henderson||2015|
|Bronze, Essay Contest||Grand Canyon State Games||Julia Adams, Bronze||2015|
|2nd Place, Most Overall Points||AZ MESA Day||2019|
|3rd Place||AZ MESA Day||2019|
|Gold Medal||AZ MESA Day||2017|
|Gold Medal, Middle School Division||AZ MESA Day||2016|
|2nd Place Overall, Middle School Division||AZ MESA Day||2016|
|2nd Place||AZ MESA Day||2015|