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: SUNSET VISTA ELEMENTARY
When Dr. Bryan Richman became principal of Sunset Vista Elementary in the Glendale Elementary School District, he became the leader of a turn-around team. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: SHEELY FARMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
After three years of participation in Beat the Odds, Sheely Farms Elementary is one of only seven schools to achieve gold medal status and be conferred the title of Beat the Odds School in 2016. Read More

BTO SUCCESS STORY: CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL
One of Beat the Odds six keys to success is a clear bottom line – emphasizing the achievement of every student in every classroom and taking responsibility for that performance. Read More

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

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Beat the Odds Improves Student Performance


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.