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
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.