Beat the Odds, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona, improves student performance and academic achievement at minority-intensive, low-income schools in Arizona.
Participation in Beat the Odds is open to K-12 public, charter and tribal schools throughout the state.
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. Research indicates that academic achievement improves significantly with six keys to success: a strong and steady principal, clear bottom line, ongoing assessment, collaborative solutions, a program built to suit individual students and a commitment to stick with the program. Beat the Odds schools overcome obstacles to demonstrate that demography is not destiny.