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Sabino HS recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne D.

Posted September 24, 2013

Tucson Unified School District is proud to announce that Sabino High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Sabino is the only public high school in Arizona to receive this honor and only one of four schools in the state to have this distinction.

Sabino, 5000 N. Bowes Road, is the sole Tucson school on the list, and is among 286 schools nationwide to receive the honor. Sabino has been an Excelling or "A" school for 12 consecutive years and is being recognized as an "Exemplary High Performing" school due to overall academic excellence.

"As the new principal of Sabino and a former Sabino student, it is a tremendous honor to receive the Blue Ribbon Award," says Principal Matt Munger. "This recognition from the U.S. Department of Education validates our staff's, students', and parents' commitment to excellence in education. It is an honor to be the principal at a high school whose community is 100% dedicated to academic success."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.

Sabino was nominated for the recognition by the Arizona Department of Education. Sabino students' SAT and ACT scores exceed state and national averages, and 92 percent of students enroll in college.

"Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," said Secretary Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor the 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

Sabino has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Here are some details of the school's ongoing academic successes and opportunities:
• "Excelling" / "A" school for 12 consecutive years
• 92% of graduates immediately enroll in a two-year or four-year college
• Graduates have earned between $6 - $13 million in scholarships and awards annually
• In 2012, students took 417 Advanced Placement exams, 61% of those earned a 3 or higher ◦AP Calculus AB scores are in the 90th percentile in the nation... students scoring 3 or above

• Sabino's population is made up of 53% open enrollment students (students who come from around the community to attend the school)
• ACT Composite average is 21 (State average is 19.6; National average is 20.9)
• SAT Scores
 ◦ Reading: Sabino: 524 (State: 521; National: 496)
 ◦ Math: Sabino: 532 (State: 528; National: 514)
 ◦ Writing: Sabino: 512 (State: 502; National: 488)

• Significant parent involvement has resulted in Sabino's PTSA being recognized as the largest PTSA in Southern Arizona
• ALE Opportunities:
 ◦ Advanced Placement courses: AP Calculus AB, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Chemistry, AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Macro Economics, AP American Government, AP French, AP Spanish
 ◦ Honors: English 9, 10, 11, 12, Honors Geometry, Honors Intermediate Algebra, Honors Spanish, Honors French
 ◦ GATE: Western Civilizations / English

Photo of announcement at Sabino

Sabino High School Principal Matt Munger (at podium) announces that Sabino has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez (left), Assistant Principal Russell Doty (center) and Sabino student leaders participate in the announcement.