NCEA identifies Higher Performing Schools based on one or both of two measures: (1) consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth), and/or (2) an above-predicted percentage of continuously enrolled students scoring at the “Exceeds” level on Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). NCEA's higher performing methodology controls for school and student demographics to allow for an apples-to-apples comparison of school achievement and to demonstrate that with the commitment of educators, all schools can have success no matter the zip code.
Recognition as an NCEA Higher Performing School indicates a school’s deep commitment to raising student achievement and putting more students on the path to college and career readiness regardless of socio-economic barriers or any other obstacles that might otherwise impede success. These schools stand out as shining examples of what can be achieved when staff, students and parents work together toward a unified goal of better preparing students for life after high school.
NCEA began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in Arizona.
Acacia received an “A” from the Arizona Department of Education and is an A+ School of Excellence and National Title I Distinguished School.