Estes and Twin Peaks elementary schools have been recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement as 2013 NCEA Arizona Higher Performing Schools.

The honor recognizes 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.

Schools are identified based on one or both of two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years, and/or an above-predicted percentage of continuously enrolled students exceeding standards on the high stakes AIMS test.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

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