Alhambra Recently Named a Beat The Odds-Silver School by the Future of Arizona’s Beat The Odds Institute

Posted by Community Relations on 2/18/2016

Alhambra was recently named a Beat The Odds-Silver School by the Future of Arizona’s Beat The Odds Institute. In order to qualify for Bronze, Silver and Gold – 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 is based on methodology from best-selling author Jim Collins (Good to Great-Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t) identifying six keys to success: 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. The Center for the Future of Arizona worked with Collins on a similar study involving Arizona Schools who are high poverty and mainly serve Latino students. The school can become a Gold school if they continue to show progress in a year. “We are now in the running for a Gold designation! We will know if we are a Beat The Odds Gold school around this time next year,” Alhambra Principal Claudio Coria said. “This is a tribute to our teachers and staff’s effective and long-term work with our students.  Our school’s transformation over the past few years is evident. I also recognize the effort and work from our students who now believe that we are a great school and do their best to demonstrate it.  I look forward to next year when we go for Gold.”