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Accomplishments

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.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Systems-Silver Award, 2018
Paseo Pointe 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.

Staff Awards

Honor Sponsor Recipient Year
Pinnacle of Leadership Award Laveen Elementary School District Ms. Jessica Epacs 2018
Pinnacle of Leadership Award Laveen Elementary School District Ms. Kristi Pashley 2015
Adult Coach/ Mentor Award Arizona First Lego League Mr. Tristan Henderson 2015
Golden Gator Award, 2013 Xavier College Preparatory Mrs. Frincine Tait 2013

Student Awards

Vista del Sur is proud of our students who have earned awards at the state level and above.

Honor Sponsor Recipient Year
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
Student Illustration Contest Jeremy Jackrabbit Illustration Contest Ava Escarzaga 2014
Student Illustration Contest Jeremy Jackrabbit Illustration Contest Celeste Lamadrid 2014

Team Awards

Honor Sponsor Year
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