Award Year: 2013

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School

2301 North Al Harrison St
Nogales, AZ, 85621-3658

(520) 377-2855

Annette Barber, Principal at time of Nomination

Nogales Unified School District

School Website


Coronado School is dedicated to educating the whole student, to enlighten the mind, and to nurturing the body and spirit of each child.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 97%
  • ELL: 32%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School, named after the famous Spanish conquistador, has impacted the lives of thousands of students and their families since 1989. Located in Nogales on Arizona’s southern border, Coronado is one of ten schools in the Nogales Unified School District. The school’s impeccable grounds, beautiful Spanish courtyards, and colorful classrooms provide the perfect educational setting and clearly demonstrate the school’s sense of pride, commitment and enthusiasm for learning.

Coronado’s parents, students, and staff share a vision of success for all students. Schools today face many challenges associated with meeting increasingly high levels of state and federal accountability, particularly when these higher standards include meeting not only objectives relating to the passage of state tests but academic growth associated with these tests. For schools like Coronado, these challenges are compounded when the student population includes a significant percentage of low socio-economic students and a high number of English language learners. The principal at Coronado leads staff, students, and parents to overcome these challenges by building a culture of high expectations, effective instructional leadership, and strong parental involvement.

Coronado also celebrates diversity and culture by supporting traditions such as the “Around the World” musical, a memorable activity where students learn about different countries and cultures from around the world. Coronado also participates in city parades, conducts a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, and hosts a fall carnival—all of which enable the school to connect to the community it serves.

Coronado’s staff takes pride in the success of their students and works collaboratively with the school community to provide its students with the highest quality educational experience possible.