Laveen’s Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best elementary and middle schools in Arizona. This recognition is based on Vista’s success in educating students from all socioeconomic backgrounds with the goal of preparing them for success in high school.

“Vista del Sur’s impressive ranking speaks to the commitment of the school’s leadership, teachers, and staff to provide each and every student a quality education,” said Dr. Jeff Sprout, Laveen Superintendent. “Vista’s families must also be commended for the level of support they provide to their children as well as their support of the school’s educational program.”

The rankings are based on students’ performance on the 2018-19 mathematics and reading/language arts state assessments and their results in the context of socioeconomic demographics, such as free or reduced-price lunch and underserved ethnicity groups. 

U.S. News & World Report predicted math and reading achievement levels based on this data. The greater the actual results compared to the predicted results determined a school’s ranking.

Over 118,000 schools nationwide were included in the rankings. Vista del Sur was one of 5,300 K-8 schools to be included in both the elementary and middle school rankings.

Vista del Sur is an accelerated school where all students work a grade level ahead in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The school is a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and an Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence. It has historically received an “A” label from the Arizona Department of Education each year.