An initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona



Successful Schools Do Things Differently
Our mission is to significantly improve individual student achievement and align student performance with national and global standards.

BTO SUCCESS STORY: TONALEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
In the past year, Tonalea Elementary School has faced unprecedented challenges. Despite obstacles, Principal Lori Pizzo has persevered, forging ahead with dogged determination. She exemplifies a "strong and steady principal," one of Beat the Odds six keys to success. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: QUENTIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
In his first year as principal of Quentin Elementary School, Eric Atuahene also became a Beat the Odds partner. From the get-go, Atuahene, promoted from assistant principal, set his school up for success. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: ARIZONA COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL
Albert Einstein said, "Creativity is intelligence having fun." At Arizona Collegiate High School, Principal Michael Dunbar is driven by creativity -- from overcoming obstacles to celebrating student success. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: AIRE LIBRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
When Janice Moore was named principal of Aire Libre Elementary School last year, she brought more than 20 years education experience, a track record for student achievement excellence and a penchant for Beat the Odds principles to the position. Read More

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Beat the Odds Institute
Accepting Schools for 2015-2016


Beat the Odds Institute, 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. Schools are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

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.