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.

Laveen Pinnacle Award
Vista del Sur principal Kristi Pashley was recognized with the 2015 Laveen Pinnacle of Leadership award. This award recognizes select individuals for exceptional leadership, outstanding accomplishment, and dedicated service to Laveen’s students and community.

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
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.

Honor Sponsor Recipient Year
4th Place Arizona State Spelling Bee Lindsay Davis 2016
Gold Medal, Middle School Division AZ MESA Day Solar Car Challenge Team 2016
2nd Place Overall, Middle School Division AZ MESA Day Vista del Sur Engineering Teams 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 AZ MESA Day Aquatic Vehicle Competition Team 2015
Student Illustration Contest Jeremy Jackrabbit Illustration Contest Ava Escarzaga 2014
Student Illustration Contest Jeremy Jackrabbit Illustration Contest Celeste Lamadrid 2014