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Three MUSD Schools Earn “A” Grades

Maricopa, AZ - October 30, 2023

Maricopa Unified School District is pleased to announce that three of its elementary schools—Maricopa Elementary, Butterfield Elementary, and Pima Butte Elementary—have earned an "A" grade from the Arizona Department of Education. These schools have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, which is a testament to the hard work of their students and staff.

"These three schools exemplify a commitment to student growth and instructional excellence," says Dr. Tracey Lopeman, Superintendent of Maricopa Unified School District. "An 'A' grade from the Arizona Department of Education is a label that reflects the dedicated efforts of students and the entire staff. 

The "A" grade is part of the Arizona Department of Education’s comprehensive school accountability system, designed to provide transparent information about schools and districts. Schools are evaluated based on various criteria, including standardized test scores, growth measures, and other factors indicative of a robust learning environment.

"Several schools have earned a “B” letter grade, which indicates promise and reinforcement that strategies and support are working for kids.  While we celebrate these successes, we're aware that ongoing improvement is essential across our entire district," said Dr. Lopeman. "We present the following grades of all MUSD schools to both inform and engage our community."

    • Butterfield Elementary School: A

    • Maricopa Elementary School: A

    • Pima Butte Elementary School: A

    • Saddleback Elementary: C

    • Santa Cruz Elementary: B

    • Santa Rosa Elementary: B

    • Desert Wind Middle School: D

    • Maricopa Wells Middle School: C

    • Desert Sunrise High School: Not eligible for letter grade until 2024

    • Maricopa High School: B

MARICOPA VIRTUAL ACADEMY:  D (Grades 2-12 last school year)