Franklin Police & Fire Named "Beat the Odds Schools"

Posted by Community Relations on 2/18/2015

Franklin Police & Fire High School was one of six schools with minority-intensive, low-income student populations to receive gold awards and have been named "Beat the Odds Schools" by Beat the Odds Institute, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona. The announcement was made at a ceremony, February 12 at the school.

Based upon methodology from best-selling author Jim Collins, 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.

Marjorie Kaplan, executive director of Beat the Odds Institute, said, "Our award winners demonstrate that demography is not destiny. They have overcome obstacles and improved academic performance through their commitment to our Six Keys to Success."

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. "Successful schools do things differently and don't make excuses," Kaplan said.

“Beat the Odds” Gold Level schools must have a "B" or better from Arizona Department of Education and must demonstrate consistently improved AIMS scores over three years, plus other criteria.

Other “Beat the Odds” winners for the 2013-2014 school year are Burk Elementary in the Gilbert Unified School District; Cortez High School and Washington High School in the Glendale Union High School District; L. Thomas Heck Middle School in the Litchfield Elementary District; and Emerson Elementary in the Mesa Unified School District.