October 29, 2018

School Profiles of the Month – October – Presidio School and Congress Elementary

After nearly 15 years, Presidio School continues to provide a high-quality education for students in its central Tucson community.

The K-12 public charter school provides a college preparatory education to its 400 students. The school’s rigorous course work prepares students for the best universities and incorporates arts into the core areas of math, science, and reading. Along with great academic standing, Presidio School offers notable extra-curricular activities including the chess team, running club, and its annual STEM festival.

The ‘A’-rated school works to enhance each child’s personal development as well as high academic potential, no matter their circumstance.

Due to their exceptional results, the school earned more than $172,000 in Results-Based Funding last year as well as $1,800 in Early College Credit Bonuses for teachers. The bonuses are given out based on the number of Presidio students passing college level coursework.

With its small class sizes of around twenty students to one teacher and great sense of community, it’s easy to feel a part of the “Presidio Family.” Presidio School is one public charter in Southern Arizona to watch!

About 20 miles north of Wickenburg sits Congress, a former gold mining town that now has just 1,300 residents. The town’s median household income is under $40,000 and nearly 98 percent of students at the only elementary school in town qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch.

But those adversities don’t stop kids from getting an amazing education at Congress Elementary School.

The ‘A’-rated public school in the Congress Elementary School District believes that instruction should be individualized to help all students achieve personal excellence.

This high performing school was recognized as one of seven pilot schools for increasing STEM education from Science Foundation Arizona. It offers a variety of rigorous STEM programs for students, such as MakerSpace, Legos Robotics, ST Math, and

Learning is integrated into all facets of this Northern Arizona school.

The school’s drama club, for example, incorporates science, technology, engineer and math vocabular within their plays to help increase outcomes in those fields.

Congress Elementary School continues to live out the school year theme of “Embracing Excellence through Critical Thinking” and is a great example of a District school which provides top-notch educational opportunities to rural and low-income students in Arizona.

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