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Rose K-8 recognized as an A+ School of Excellence

Posted May 7, 2013

TUSD's C. E. Rose K-8 School has been named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. The school will receive its award at a school assembly on Monday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m.

The designation, which extends through January 2016, was given based on the application submitted by the school principal Stephen Trejo and his staff followed by a site visit made by representatives of the Arizona Educational Foundation. In an email notifying Trejo of the award, Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, called the site visit "very memorable and impressive." The selection panel includes award-winning principals, teachers and community leaders.

As part of the award, the school will receive $500 and a banner designating it as an A+ School of Excellence.

The A+ School of Excellence Program was created by the Arizona Educational Foundation in 1983 to identify and give public recognition to outstanding public schools in Arizona, to make available a comprehensive framework of key criteria for school effectiveness that can serve as a basis for participatory self-assessment and planning in schools, and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools based on a common criteria related to success.

This is just one of several recognitions which Rose has received in the past two years. Rose K-8 School also received the 2012 NCUST Excellence in Urban Education Award, which was given to only seven elementary schools nationwide. Rose was the first and currently the only school in Arizona to receive the award. In addition, Rose's principal Stephen Trejo has been named a Rodel Exemplary Principal for 2013.

Four components that stand out in Rose's transformation include the positive school culture, a strong curriculum, quality instruction in each classroom, and support for students who are not yet achieving at expected levels. Rose K-8 is also a "Leader in Me" school, which follows a program to develop a culture of student empowerment based on principles from Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Photo of Rose students
C.E. Rose promotes a culture of student empowerment.