Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy celebrated their National Blue Ribbon School designation on November 21, 2016. The celebration featured remarks from school and community leaders, the unveiling of the official National Blue Ribbon Banner, and the distribution of hundreds of National Blue Ribbon bracelets to students, staff, parents, and supporters.

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 del Sur was one of only four schools in Arizona selected to join this esteemed community this year by the U.S. Department of Education. 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.

Photos from this celebration can be found on the Laveen flickr page.