Alhambra High School was named a Beat The Odds-Gold School by the Future of Arizona’s Beat The Odds Institute. A celebratory announcement was made at the school, yesterday in front of staff, students, community members, the superintendent, his executive team and governing board members.
Beat The Odds Schools must demonstrate consistent student academic growth over time, teachers and staff are surveyed annually, and the school must be recommended by the Beat The Odds Mentor Partner who visits the school regularly. Beat the Odds is a rigorous, multi-year school improvement program providing mentoring and training for principals. It focuses on K-12 schools where at least 50 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch and at least 50 percent are minority, primarily Latino. Using methodology from best-selling author Jim Collins (Good To Great), and based upon research, the six keys are: a strong and steady principal, a clear bottom line, ongoing assessment, collaborative solutions, a program built on individual student needs and a commitment to stick with the program.
Marty Hoeffel from the Future of Arizona, and a former Alhambra principal, presented a plaque, medal and banner to current Alhambra principal Karen Cardenas and Claudio Coria, who was principal the last five years and went through the process.
Alhambra is one of nine schools named a Beat The Odds Gold School this year, and one of only two high schools.
Alhambra is the third Phoenix Union school to earn a “Beat the Odds” Gold School designation. Metro Tech High School became a “Beat the Odds” School in 2013 and Franklin Police and Fire in 2015.