Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by state school officials, citing a variety of reasons that their grade should be improved.

For about two-thirds of those appealing, school officials say either that the Arizona Department of Education used incorrect data to calculate their letter grade or that the formula the Arizona State Board of Education used to grade schools is flawed.

Four schools say the teacher shortage in Arizona resulted in their poor letter grade.

Other appeals blame road construction, building construction, plumbing problems, air conditioning problems or an outbreak of the flu for their letter grade.

A small number of schools cited unusual conditions.
• Flagstaff High School received threats of “Columbine-style” violence, resulting in a spike of absences while parents kept their kids at home.
• Casa Grande Union High School explained that its principal was in China when data was provided to the Department of Education, and that the school’s staff did not include all the data.
• George Gervin Prep Academy described several specific teachers at the school who caused problems for students and needed to be disciplined or removed from the classroom. One teacher, the school administrators said, was “immensely affected” by and became erratic following the election of Donald Trump as president. Another, they said, bullied and intimidated students.

The Board of Education said they plan to review the appeals and make decisions on them in coming months, but do not have a firm date for when that process will be completed.

Additionally, the Board of Education announced this month that it will revamp the formula used to calculate the grades and issue a new set of “final” grades later this year.

 

 

SchoolDistrict/CharterGrade assignedGrade requestedReason
Aguila Elementary SchoolAguila Elementary DistrictDCIncorrect data used in formula
Aire Libre Elementary SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Alchesay High SchoolWhiteriver Unified DistrictFDSchool not aware of deadline
Antelope Union High SchoolAntelope Union High School DistrictDCRemote location, athletic events and fair preparation
Bagdad Middle / Senior High SchoolBagdad Unified DistrictB/F"Unknown"Grade system is unconventional
Bales Elementary SchoolBuckeye Elementary DistrictD"B or Above"Teacher shortage
Betty Fairfax High SchoolPhoenix Union High School DistrictDCIncorrect data used in formula
Blue Ridge Elementary SchoolBlue Ridge Unified School District No. 32DDIncorrect data used in formula
Buckeye Elementary SchoolBuckeye Elementary DistrictDDoes not specifyTeacher shortage
Buckeye Union High SchoolBuckeye Union High School DistrictDCIncorrect data used in formula
Canyon Del Oro High SchoolAmphitheater Unified DistrictCBIncorrect data used in formula
Casa Grande Union High SchoolCasa Grande Union High School DistrictDCPrincipal was in China / Staff sent incomplete data
Cesar Chavez High SchoolPhoenix Union High School DistrictDCIncorrect data used in formula
Children Reaching for the Sky PreparatoryCharterDCIncorrect data used in formula (appeal filed after close of window)
Chinle High SchoolChinle Unified DistrictDCPower outages (appeal filed after close of window)
Cloves C Campbell Sr Elementary SchoolRoosevelt Elementary DistrictCBFlooding due to storm
Copper Ridge SchoolScottsdale Unified DistrictBA6th-grade teacher took medical leave
Copper TrailsAvondale Elementary DistrictBAAbsences caused by "flu/illness"
Cordova Elementary SchoolAlhambra Elementary DistrictCBFlooding due to storm
Country Gardens Charter SchoolCharterDCRoad closures, school construction, "Air Conditioning Debacle"
Desert Horizon Elementary SchoolPendergast Elementary DistrictDCStudent death
Eliseo C. Felix SchoolAvondale Elementary DistrictDCAbsences, changed from K-8 to 2-5 school
Fine Arts AcademyLittleton Elementary DistrictFDoes not specifyConstruction
Flagstaff Arts and Leadership AcademyCharterCAIncorrect data used in formula
Flagstaff High SchoolFlagstaff Unified DistrictCAShootin threat caused spike in absences during testing period
Flagstaff Junior AcademyCharterCBIncorrect data used in formula
Fountain Hills High SchoolFountain Hills Unified DistrictCBChallenge to how formula works
George Gervin Prep AcademyCharterFNo GradeMultiple severe staffing issues
Great Hearts Academies - Trivium PrepCharterCAIncorrect data used in formula or Challenge to formula
Helen Keeling Elementary SchoolAmphitheater Unified DistrictDCConstruction / Roof repair / Sick teacher
Horizon High SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Imagine Prep CoolidgeCharterF/CDoes not specifyChallenge to how formula works
Indian Bend Elementary SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictCBChallenge to how formula works
Indian Oasis Primary Elementary SchoolBaboquivari Unified School District #40NRBOvercrowding / Students moved among schools in school system
Keystone Montessori Charter SchoolCharterBDoes not specifyChallenge to how formula works
Kyrene Akimel A-Al Middle SchoolKyrene Elementary DistrictCBChallenge to how formula works
Kyrene Altadena Middle SchoolKyrene Elementary DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary SchoolKyrene Elementary DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Kyrene de la Mariposa SchoolKyrene Elementary DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
L M Prince SchoolAmphitheater Unified DistrictFDFlooding due to plumbing problems / Teacher left mid-year
Leading Edge Academy at East MesaCharterBAChallenge to how formula works
Littleton Elementary SchoolLittleton Elementary DistrictDCProblems with/changes in leadership and staff
Madison #1 Elementary SchoolMadison Elementary DistrictCAChallenge to how formula works
Madison Highland PrepCharterBAChallenge to how formula works
Madison Traditional AcademyMadison Elementary DistrictBAIncorrect data used in formula
Mary C O'Brien Elementary SchoolMary C O'Brien Accommodation DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Metro Tech High SchoolPhoenix Union High School DistrictCBIncorrect data used in formula
Michael AndersonAvondale Elementary DistrictCBAbsences caused by "flu/illness"
Mingus Union High SchoolMingus Union High School DistrictCBChanges in administration
Montessori AcademyCharterCBTechnical/IT problems during testing
Mountain Trail Middle SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictCBChallenge to how formula works
New School for the ArtsCharterFDoes not specifyIncorrect data used in formula
New School for the Arts Middle SchoolCharterFCIncorrect data used in formula or Challenge to formula
North Ranch Elementary SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Paragon Science AcademyCharterCAIncorrect data used in formula
Paramount AcademyCharterDC4th grade teacher left, students were emotionally distressed
Pinnacle High SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictBAChallenge to how formula works
Prescott High SchoolPrescott Unified DistrictCBIncorrect data used in formula
Queen Creek High SchoolQueen Creek Unified DistrictBAIncorrect data used in formula
San Simon SchoolSan Simon Unified DistrictDDoes not specifyChallenge to how formula works
San Tan Foothills High SchoolFlorence Unified School DistrictCBIncorrect data used in formula
Sequoia Secondary SchoolCharterFDoes not specifyIncorrect data used in formula
Shea Middle SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictDDoes not specifyIncorrect data used in formula
Sinagua Middle SchoolFlagstaff Unified DistrictDCSecurity, shooting, threats
Sonoran Science Academy - TucsonCharterBAIncorrect data used in formula
Stanfield Elementary SchoolStanfield Elementary DistrictFD/CTeacher shortage
Steven R. Jasinski Elementary SchoolBuckeye Elementary DistrictDDTeacher shortage
Sundance ElementaryBuckeye Elementary DistrictC"B or above"Challenge to how formula works
Superior Junior/Senior High SchoolSuperior Unified School DistrictDCIncorrect data used in formula
Topock Elementary SchoolTopock Elementary DistrictDBChallenge to how formula works / Teacher left
Valley Union High SchoolValley Union High School DistrictCBChallenge to how formula works
Vista Verde Middle SchoolParadise Valley Unified DistrictDCChallenge to how formula works
Westview High SchoolTolleson Union High School DistrictCBChallenge to how formula works